For a growing number of jobs, the importance of work boots cannot be overstated. With the right pair, you can do more than just protect your toes. Some of the leading and most comfortable safety boots allow you to perform optimally without adding any extra burden to your feet. Safety shoes are not just designed to protect your toes from sudden impact or compression forces; they are also engineered to protect you against falls on slippery surfaces, keep your foot safe from punctures and cuts as well as protect you from getting electrocuted, freezing or burning your feet off.
However, the process becomes complicated when selecting comfortable and durable safety footwear that is well suited for your job. You have to take into consideration all the features you need and the ones that you do not need. We understand that as a hard working citizen, your time is very precious to you. This is why we have compiled a list of the most comfortable work boots which include steel toe, composite toe, and soft toe boots, currently on the market. Why don’t you have a look and see which one suits your needs best in 2017?
Most Comfortable Work Boots That Help With Foot Fatigue
1. Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6″ Steel Toe Boot
This beast from CAT boasts of one of the best welt construction currently on the market. The design and safety features make it perfect for people working in tough and hazardous jobs with dangers at every corner. With a hardy steel toe and midsole plate that exceed ASTM standards, you can rest fully assured that your feet are safe from impact from above and punctures from below. In addition to the typical safety features, the 2nd Shift 6″ Steel Toe Boot by caterpillar also includes extra comfort features such as a Climasphere sock liner for insulation during summer and winter.
2. Timberland Direct Attach Pro Steel Safety Toe Cap Waterproof Insulated Boot
Nobody wants to end up flat on their back due to slippery or wet surfaces. Speaking of wet this work boot features durable and waterproof seam-sealed leather uppers that keep your feet dry even in the worst possible weather. Like the originals, the PRO Direct Attach Steel Safety Toe Cap Waterproof Insulated Boot features the Pro 24/7 comfort system. This means that workers can look forward to more arch support and less fatigue even when working on the most demanding worksites. For additional comfort, Timberland was kind enough to include extra padding on the top collar just for when you need a little bit more out of your boots.
3. Wolverine Men’s Steel Toe Raider Boot
One feature that really stands out in the Steel Toe Raider Boot by Wolverine is the MultiShox individual comfort system. This includes a MultiShox full cushion bed that allows for more padding at the heel and foot. This helps absorb all pressure and shock upon impact to prevent overworking your feet, arches, and knee joints. The rubber lug outsole is slip resistant and is also built to withstand oil, water, chemicals, abrasion and heat. Of course, the feet need to aerate and receive fresh air. The uppers comprise of wave mesh lining that helps your feet breathe better and avoid excessive sweating.
4. Skechers Work Men’s 77009 Workshire Work Steel Toe Boot
Durable, smooth and boasting of all the right features in all the right places, these are just a few of the reasons why numerous industries can’t get enough of the boot. The work boot starts us off with a thick and hardy steel toe that has been independently and thoroughly tested and certified to exceed the ASTM safety standards for impact and compression. If your arches are aching for some support, you can thank Skechers for the shock absorbing, arch supporting midsole that takes very good care of your feet. For a more secure fit, the manufacturer also incorporates a lace up front that allows you to walk with confidence that your boot will not come off for anything. The 77009 Workshire Relaxed Fit Work Steel Toe Boots by Skechers are also ASTM-rated for electrical hazards.
5. Irish Setter Work Men’s Steel Toe 83624 Work Boot
A few features set the Irish Setter work boot apart from others. These include the thick, high traction design, beautifully crafted leather upper and a mock toe with gorgeous triple stitching. A removable footbed, so you can insert your favorite and most comfortable insoles to keep your feet fatigue free. A steel shank at mid foot that provides arch support and stability. ASTM standard electrical hazard protection. Very few manufacturers can achieve the levels of craftsmanship that the Irish setter sets. The thicker outsole offers very reliable traction grips that work even on rocky and uneven terrain. Looking at the tough exterior, you would not believe how plush and comfortable the interior is. Both the EVA midsole and interior make up a well-cushioned footbed that offers superb impact absorption in harsh environments.
6. KEEN Utility Men’s Milwaukee Wide Work Boot
Starting off our review is the clever incorporation of DRY’s waterproof technology that only works one way. This means that in addition to preventing a single drop of water from reaching your feet, the safety boots also allow for breathability and promote freer flow of air in the shoe. The safety toe is housed underneath the Keen’s patented wrap-around outsole that goes up and over the toe for reinforced protection of your feet against sudden impacts and compression. From the inside, these Utility Men’s Milwaukee Wide Work Boots by Keen feature a meta atomical footbed that contours and cradles your feet for maximum comfort levels.
Are you looking for the most comfortable and reliable work boots built for men? Not to worry, you are in the right place. I’m sure you work very hard to get the best performance out of your day. After hours of standing, walking and heavy lifting, it’s only natural that your feet have a thing or two to complain about. As such, you deserve to wear only the most comfortable footwear that the markets have to offer.
Even with an extremely rigid budget, you should never compromise on your inherent right to comfortable apparel. A decent work boot needs to keep your feet dry, fit your size like a charm and offer you additional support when the going gets tough. Sacrificing on comfort just to save up on a few bucks only leads to hours of endless pain and frustration. Sure, all brands may claim how they offer the best features and safety, but it’s up to you to know what your feet really need. Of course, buying from a respectable brand also helps. Here is a 2017 boots catalogue of the best composite toe work boots that the markets have to offer.
7. Wolverine Men’s Edge LX Nano Toe Work Boot
Most people have been claiming that the Edge LX Nano Toe Work Boot is among the most comfortable and resilient boot your feet will ever get to wear. This can be credited to Wolverine’s EPX technology that brings a whole lot of comfort much closer to your feet. Additional benefits of the EPX tech include more arch support as well as alleviating the symptoms of fatigue. This EPX honeycomb heel expands and contracts to absorb all impact and shock with each step you take. Other proprietary technologies include CarbonMax that makes the overall feel of the boot much lighter and comfortable. If you are looking for a great combination of technology and materials, this is the right work boot for you.
8. Timberland PRO Men’s 6″ Boondock Comp-Toe Industrial Work Boot
First off, the shoe itself looks like it was made to fit the foot of a god. The PRO Mens Boondock Comp-Toe Industrial Work Boot from Timberland boasts of uppers like you’ve never seen them before. Quality premium leather uppers, waterproof and scuff resistant membrane and a very futuristic design, the Boondocks model really sets the bar high for what a fashionable work boot should look like. At the front portion where the composite toe is located is some fantastic Quad stitching that adds a stylish touch and plenty of additional strength. From the bottom is a highly aggressive, oil and slip resistant TPU outsole with polyurethane to help absorb the additional shock while still offering incredible traction levels. Even with all these impressive features, the Boondock’s work boot weighs only a couple of pounds for easy and free movement.
9. Carhartt Men’s CMF6366 6 Inch Composite Toe Boot
You begin to appreciate the comfort features of the CMF6366 6 Inch Composite Toe Boot from the moment you step foot in them. The first thing your foot notices is the comfortable, long wearing and moisture wicking material that keeps the inside on your boot fresh and dry. Stepping down, you can also get a sense of precisely how supportive the polyurethane cushion is. It’s like walking on air. This particular work boot exceeds the ASTM safety standards and also includes protection against all electrical hazards. With the seamless construction, your boots won’t be coming apart anytime soon.
10. KEEN Utility Men’s Sheridan Insulated Comp Toe Work Boot
While the added insulation may take a bit longer to break in, it will be well worth the effort in the long run. The waterproof uppers have also been tested in over 4 inches of water without even letting a single drop in. The nifty trick comes in the Keen technology that allows the upper membranes to be waterproof while still remaining breathable. This way, your feet still enjoy the fresh, circulation of air without trapping sweat and water in the boots. If you are like Keen and believe in a Hybrid life, then you definitely need to try out the KEEN Utility Men’s Sheridan Insulated Comp Toe Work Boot.
One of the most significant things you have to consider in the workplace is safety. While your employer may be legally responsible for ensuring the workplace is absolutely safe and free from any hazard, we must ensure we also protect ourselves as employees where possible. After all, no workplace is truly hazard and risk-free. But no matter what your line of work is, you will require the right shoe for the right job. Sometimes, the situation calls for a little less armor and a little more agility. This is where finding the right safety shoes for your job becomes more beneficial than a cumbersome pair of work boots. Not only do work shoes offer similar protection to their larger counterparts, but they are also lighter and more stylish. Here is a collection of the most popular safety work shoes currently in the market for 2017.
11. KEEN Utility Men’s Atlanta Cool Steel Toe Work Shoe
This particular work shoe is intended to keep your feet extra cool. If your workplace involves extremely hot temperatures, this is more than an excellent choice for you. The mesh design is thanks to Dry’s technology which makes the shoes very light weight and allow free air flow. Nothing is more important to avoiding sweaty feet, athletes foot and fungus than clean and fresh circulation of air. On top of all that, the Keens Atlanta work shoes incorporate a soft sole with heavy padding on the heel for optimal support; this is one work boot that simply doesn’t feel like your usual work shoe. Given all these comfortable features and a stylish, casual look, you could be forgiven for mistaking the Atlanta Cool Steel Toe Work Shoes for neat sneakers.
12. Caterpillar Men’s Oversee Steel Toe Oxford
Boasting of all black leather uppers with a low cut design and detailed stitching, this shoe barely shows off its protective features. Don’t be fooled by the gorgeous, sleek and buff grain leather. It may be flexible and very soft around the steppers, but it is also highly resilient and resistant to the adverse effects of the elements. Underneath is a very robust and sturdy steel toe cap and shank that offer protection from impacts and punctures. The interior is just as comfortable as a luxury shoe. People who work with electricity and electrical components will be especially pleased with the ESD and EH rating that keeps you safe from static and electrocution.
13. Skechers for Work Men’s Synergy Ekron Alloy Toe Work Shoe
Like most products from Skechers, the Synergy Ekron Alloy Toe Work Shoe appears well made with pretty solid stitching and a very well designed, contoured sole. From the top, this work shoe comprises of the smoothest Trubuck synthetic leather uppers with similar synthetic overlays for a more durable construction. But what really impresses are all the safety features in the light package. These include OSHA compliant slip resistant nitrile rubber outsoles for incredible levels of traction as well as ASTM safety rated alloy safety toe caps that protect the toes from impact and compression. Trust me; your feet deserve to feel pampered, even at the workplace.
14. Dr. Martens Ashridge Unisex Steel Toe Oxford
We also have to give it up to the Doc for including removable Smartmask insoles that offer some of the plushest comfort you will ever find in an Oxford. Now, let’s check out how well the outsoles perform. The Ashridge Steel Toe Oxford incorporates rugged outsoles that are highly slip-resistant. This means all workers have secure footing and more walking stability. The outsole is also oil resistant and provides protection against corrosion from chemical compounds. The Ashridge line is rated Electrostatic dissipation (ESD) and provides optimum protection against static buildup. This makes the shoes a premier choice for static sensitive environments. Moreover, the work shoes have ASTM-rated steel toes to provide exceptional frontal protection. With tough, d-rings, metal logo eyelets, and industrial strength cord lacing, the Ashridge Oxford work shoes are definitely too good to pass up.
While we would love nothing better than assuming the worst of the winter is over after what happened last year, this couldn’t be further from the truth. With global warming and the Polar Vortex making another turn, you can expect the oncoming winter to be worse and even spew into the precious spring season. Simply put, we can all expect some cold and chilly days on the horizon.
Now, winter is a very hard and unforgiving time even all on its own. However, we can’t avoid working out in the cold and snow as hard working, family men. I mean, whether you are just walking to the store or trying to shovel up a ton of this white ice, there’s nothing worse than paralyzing your feet in the freezing snow. To help all your hard working, warm-blooded men resolve this issue; we have compiled a 2017 boots list of some of the most recommended winter work boots made specifically for cold environments.
15. Columbia Men’s Gunnison Plus Snow Boot
This boot is really adapted to cold environments. Starting off from the interior, the thermal reflective Omni technology is quite the force to be reckoned with. Thanks to the Omni-Heat reflective fabric that comprises of silver dots, all the body heat is reflected back to your feet to ensure you do not lose even a bit. At only 200 grams of pure insulation for your feet, the Gunnison Plus Snow Boot from Colombia is one of the warmest work boots for its weight in this review. The boot also incorporates Colombia’s Omni-Grip rubber compound with a highly aggressive lug patterns for unbelievable traction. In fact, the outsole was so effective that it gripped the ice on a steep hill very comfortably.
16. Carhartt Men’s Rugged flex Safety Toe Work Boot
The RuggedFlex name describes these incredible work boots aptly. Starting off from the top are highly oiled leather uppers that are more resistant to water than any other type. The manufacturer finished off with beautiful visible contrast stitching that adds a touch of classy detail to these insulated boots. Even with stern durability and insulation, the oil tanned leather uppers are so flexible that you can move around freely and at ease. However, the 400 g Thinsulate insulation makes these particular work boots quite the heavy pair. These uppers contain a composite safety toe to keep you safe from impact while the bottom boasts of oil, slip, chemical and Electrical resistant outsoles.
17. Timberland PRO Men’s Gravel Pit 10″ Steel Toe Waterproof Boot
Starting off from the top is a sleek full-grain leather upper that makes these rugged boots from Timberland more than tough enough for just about any workplace. To keep the harsh and brutal elements from slowing you down, the manufacturer really went all out. The Gravel Pit Steel Toe Waterproof Boot similarly incorporates a zoned 200g Thermolite insulation as well as antimicrobial mesh lining. Whereas the antimicrobial-treated lining instantly wicks away internal moisture, sweat, and perspiration for a dry fit, the Thermolite insulation works to keep out the icy cold for all-day warmth. Since it is much thinner and more lightweight than conventional materials, Thermolite works great at delivering outstanding cold-weather protection without all the added bulk. Why not give the Gravel Pit from Timberland a try and watch all your colleagues go green with envy?
Picture this, you show up to work feeling great about that new job. However, you feel like quitting half way into the day thanks to some ill-fitting boots. Truth be told, spending an entire day at work is actually more painful, tiring and annoying than it sounds. After the day is done, you will not have to imagine the blisters and corns that will be all over your feet. Fortunately, there are work boots that are designed to center on your comfort and offer your feet the required support they need to complete the day without giving out. Out of all the safety toes available, none offers less weight, more comfort and more freedom of motion than soft toe boots. We understand that it can be often difficult to choose the best pair of soft toe work boots. So, here are several top-rated brands and styles for 2017 that offer some of the natural solutions on the planet.
18. ARCTIV8 Men’s Construction Rubber Sole Boots
These cheap work boots under $50 are designed and built for the chilliest, wettest and most unforgiving outdoor and indoor conditions possible. So, what new and exciting technologies make this possible? The Arctiv8 boot attributes these features to waterproof safety as well as microfiber. Both these components are combined with a super warm and highly reflective lining that maximizes the ability to retain heat and feel all day comfort. Of course, with wet conditions comes some of the most slippery surfaces you ever stepped foot in. this is the perfect environment where dozens of workers are sure to end up taking disastrous falls. Fortunately, construction Rubber Sole Boots from Arctiv8 incorporates highly resilient and durable outsoles with multidirectional treading and lugs for immaculate grip. With a generously cushioned EVA foot bed for supportive comfort, it’s like driving a souped up 4 by 4.
19. EVER BOOTS “Tank” Men’s Soft Toe Oil Full Grain Leather Insulated Work Boots Construction Rubber Sole
When you see the name Tank attached to a work boot, you know things just got serious. Starting off from the top are premium leather uppers that guarantee absolutely zero seepage of water. You all know how annoying and draining having wet feet can be. Not to mention all the health risks posed by the horrid conditions. The Arctiv8 work boot is not only comfortable from above, but safe from below too. It may be a soft toe work boot, but there’s nothing soft about the oil and slip resistant rubber soles that won’t give out for anything.
20. Wolverine Men’s Floorhand 6 Inch Waterproof Soft Toe Work Shoe
The second features that really stands out in the boot is the rubber outsole that gives you incredible traction on the most slippery surfaces so as to keep you safe on the job. Wolverine boots are built for battle, to withstand even the toughest of environments and conditions as well as provide all day comfort. After hours of working, it gets so hot and steamy. Even our feet are not immune to the sweats. The interior of the Floorhand 6 Inch Waterproof Soft Toe Work Shoe by Wolverine comprises of a moisture-wicking mesh that allows your feet to remain fresh and cool all day long.
21. Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6″ Plain Soft-Toe Work BootReleased over 10 years ago, the Second Shift still continues to be one of CATs most popular and widely trusted work boots. Reviewers have looked far and wide to determine the cause of this, and we’ve finally seen why. Despite being comfortable, flexible, durable, and surprisingly stylish, most of their work boots still offer the most customer friendly solutions in the market. It’s also easy to see why given their latest works of art such as the Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6″ Plain Soft-Toe Work Boot.
In addition to being the ideal choice for budget conscious people, the soft toe work boot is also perfect for conditions that would otherwise destroy even the most expensive safety boots in a mere matter of weeks. Since the boot comes as either a soft toe or a steel toe, buyers have the option of buying whichever suits their job requirements as well as working conditions. With the soft toe Second Shift, you technically do not get a steel shank, so they are not puncture proof. However, the Goodyear welt construction makes for one heck of a durable and reliable work boot. This particular boot guarantees an extra secure fit thanks to the lace-up feature with hex shaped grommets and a speed lacing shaft for the fastest tie ups you will ever see. All in all, this soft toe easily stands up to the worst conditions that other safety toe boots would complain about.