9 Most Comfortable Work Boots for All Day Comfort 2018
We live in the world of technology and every day we see the release of gadgets that are better than the ones they replace. Some pieces of technology have rendered traditional ways of human business obsolete. But there’s something that technology cannot eliminate, and that’s the need for a comfortable pair of shoes that one can stand in for a whole day and not feel discomfort. This is especially true for workmen who run are responsible for a lot of the jobs that build the backbone of modern infrastructure.
The list contains boots with either hard toes made out of steel, composite or alloy materials. The soft toe shoes do not fall into the category of safety work boots.
|CAT Men’s 2nd Shift (Steel Toe)|
|Timberland GripMax PRO (Alloy Toe)|
Carhartt CMF6366 (Composite Toe)
What is a Steel Toe Cap Boot?
Boots that come with a steel toe cap are often referred to as hard toe boots. The reason for that is simple – the steel toe provides a level of durability that is unmatched by comparable soft toe shoes. The steel toe cap is incorporate into the boot at the time of manufacturing, and is a safety measure to protect your feet against knocks with hard objects. The steel toe can come in handy against falling objects such as bricks, and there’s also a midsole plate in these boots that will protect the underside of your feet.
To be a good safety work boot, the steel toe should meet certain ANSI/ASTM requirements. The steel toe is a tried and tested method of protecting the feet of workers for not much extra cost associated with the boot. There are composite materials that are lighter, but they tend to snap under pressure. Steel bends so it’s never out of the way of any harm your feet might encounter. Steel toe cap work boots are however, not recommended for workers that work in environments with electrical hazards, as steel is a conductive material. That’s where composite materials have a case for themselves.
Let’s have a look at the best 2018 steel toe boots.
1. Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6″ Steel Toe Boot
Caterpillar makes some of the best work boots on the market. They’ve established a name for themselves for making industrial-grade products. They’re more famously known for their diggers, but their shoes are also quite popular with workmen. CAT shoes perform very admirably when pushed to the limits, and are extremely durable. The Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6” steel toe boot is a shining example of that. It looks very purposeful and is made to a high standard.
The shoe has the ASTM rating required to be considered a true work boot. The steel toe in this shoe will guard workers against a lot of hazards that are common in construction jobs. These shoes will guard your feet under crushing sole, so that you can continue working without fear. The bottom of the shoes features a slip-resistant material that makes sure you won’t fall on wet surfaces. There’s a ladder-safe heel arch as well which make them well suited to construction workers. There’s really no excuse to exclude a heel arch and it’s good to see CAT incorporating that in these shoes. The 2nd Shift steel toe boot is a benchmark that other good work boots should be judged against.
- Leather construction
- Synthetic sole
- 25” sole height
- Moisture-wicking internal lining
- Slip-resistant rubber outsole
- 2 lbs weight
2. KEEN Utility Men’s Pittsburgh Steel Toe Work Boot
The KEEN Utility Men’s Pittsburgh Steel Toe work boot exudes a look of toughness. You can tell that this is a serious work boot just by looking at it. This is a very good work boot that comes with the safety features required from a boot that is likely to undergo a lot of abuse from its user. But more than that, it’s also supremely comfortable so you don’t fall into the uninviting arms of fatigue. Fatigue is a killer when it comes to manual labor and you definitely don’t want to get it whilst in the middle of a job. A tired foot will definitely bug you most when you get home and just want to relax after a hard day’s work.
The Pittsburgh work boot features all of the tech you’d expect to find in a world-class work boot. KEEN have gone the distance in making sure it offers great protection to its wearer and it shows. The boot has a steel toe that should keep your feet out of the way of falling hazards. It can also withstand a lot of crushing force, so you can work fearlessly even in the most daunting of environments. The shoe also looks quite casual, so it can be worn when you’re not working as well. It really is a versatile shoe. Definitely one of the best work boots around.
- Slip-resistant rubber sole, effective against oil spills.
- Contour heel lock
- Keeps out rain and humidity
- Breathable inner lining, helps against build-up of sweat
- Arch support
- 2 lbs 1oz weight
3. Thorogood Men’s American Heritage 6-Inch Steel Toe 804-4200 Work Boot
If you’re looking for something a bit stylish that can still cut it when the going gets rough, check out the Thorogood Men’s American Heritage 6-Inch Steel Toe 804-4200 Work Boot. Unlike some other shoes, this one is 100% made in the USA, so you’re supporting the local workforce and manufacturing when you buy these shoes. They feature excellent craftsmanship and quality and the company has a lot of experience in making these. This is a shoe of excellent aesthetics and high levels of comfort as well. In fact, Thorogood has been making high quality shoes like these since 1892. The shoe’s focus on comfort can be seen through the usage of Poron 4000 Cushion which elevates the level of comfort even further.
On the safety side of things, the shoe comes with a full ASTM rating for its steel toe. That makes it a very good choice if your work includes a lot of things that have a chance of falling onto your feet. The ASTM rating is a standard so you get good protection against crushing force and falling hazards. The high quality of these shoes means that you’ll be to get a lot of mileage out of them as well. Despite the dapper looks, these are serious work boots. The shoe also features the Goodyear storm welt construction, and meets the CAN / CSA Z195 electrical hazard protection standards. So despite having a steel toe in the front, these shoes won’t give you any trouble even if you work in an environment with a lot of electrical hazards.
- Rugged leather construction
- Steel toe cap for safety against hard objects and crushing force
- Poron® 4000 comfort cushion for better protection of feet from sores
- Goodyear® storm welt construction
- Certified for use in environments with electrical hazards
- 2lbs 7oz weight
What is an Alloy Toe Cap Boot?
Alloys are lightweight metals made from the combination of two or more materials. They offer a good compromise between full on steel toe boots and composite toe boots. Alloy toes can be made from a number of lightweight materials such as copper, silicon, iron, magnesium, titanium, zinc, chromium, and aluminum. In some cases, alloy toe caps can be as strong as steel toes. Perhaps the biggest selling point of alloy toe cap boots is that their simply lighter than steel toe boots. And because alloy caps can be as strong as steel, the advantage of weight becomes even better. Heavy steel toe boots can certainly become cumbersome if you’re working for extended periods of time. No one really wants to lug around extra weight tied to their feet, and that’s why alloy toe cap boots are extremely popular.
Here are some of the best alloy toe capped boots that can withstand the rigors of a hard day’s work. Let’s look at our picks for 2018 alloy toe boots.
1. Timberland GripMax PRO Men’s Stockdale Alloy Toe Work Boot
Timberland have often set benchmarks when it comes to work boots. Their boots are extremely popular and people even buy them because they look great. In fact, Timberland boots are often thought of as fashion accessories than serious work boots. The truth is anything but. These are serious boots and can take a serious beating. There is substance behind all that style.
One of their best work boots is the Timberland GripMax PRO Men’s Stockdale Alloy Toe Work Boot. It looks pretty good and has the appropriate safety technology to keep your feet protected in hazardous environments. The shoe has a lace up closer, so you don’t have to worry about the laces getting tangled in something, which might cause you to trip. The biggest draw of these shoes is the alloy safety toe. The toe provides a good amount of security for your feet, but unlike steel it’s very light. So you still get the protection of steel toe work boots but without the weight. These are perfect safety work boots for someone who wants good protection for their feet but doesn’t want to lug around unnecessary weight.
- Ankle coverage for a complete fit
- Breathable mesh lining which prevents sweat
- Padded lining for extended comfort
- 1lb 9oz weight
2. Timberland PRO Men’s TiTAN Safety-Toe Work Oxford
Given Timberland’s reputation for making some of the best work boots out there, it isn’t surprising that we’re including yet another of their work boots in this list. This is a boot that’s got classic looks with the absolute best in protective technology when it comes to alloy toe work boots. These are the Timberland PRO Men’s TiTAN Safety-Toe Work Oxford for the working man.
We really like the understated look of this shoe. The previous shoes listed all look pretty eye-catching, but this looks like a regular old boot. The truth is that they’re anything but a regular old boot. They’re made from quality materials and feature a lightweight alloy toe to protect your feet when the going gets rough. They’re ready to be put to the test by even the most demanding professional users. It’s quite easy to be deceived into thinking that this is just another regular office boot, and that’s part of the appeal of it as well. This boot provides a perfect blend of everything – comfort, durability and protection, all in one great-looking package. Because they feature an alloy toe, they’re also very light so you won’t be burdened like you would be wearing steel toe work boots. These are tough shoes that will last you for a long while.
- Powerfit system for better comfort and all-day use
- Made from full-grain high quality leather
- Understated design that doesn’t attract attention
- Wide toe box
- Alloy safety toe cap for light weight
- Slip-resistant sole
- Protection from electrical hazards
- 1lb 5oz weight
3. Timberland PRO Men’s Powertrain Mid Alloy-Toe ESD Industrial Work Boot
Yes, we have yet another Timberland product in our list, but please bear with us. If you want a boot that looks like it has serious street cred yet can withstand the abuse of industrial use, then look no further than the Timberland PRO Men’s Powertrain Mid Alloy-Toe ESD Industrial Work Boot. These provide as much style as they do protection. To be honest, they look like very trendy shoes rather than serious industrial work boots. But that’s the reason why we decided to include these in our list. This boot really can do it all. The boot comes with a alloy toe cap to provide you protection against crushing force and falling hazards, and there also ASTM-rated ESD protection that prevents shock. So if you work in an area with electrical hazards, it’s perfect for use.
These shoes are a good option for electricians. They look good, provide protection against crushing force and electrical hazards, so you won’t have to worry about becoming part of the electrical circuitry wherever you’re working. The boot also features a breathable mesh upper which prevents heat from building up inside the shoe which can cause sweaty feet. Nothing feels worse than sweaty, smelly feet!
- Trendy look
- Alloy safety toe for protection against crushing force
- ASTM-rated ESD protection against electric hazards
- Breathable mesh upper
- Ghillie-style lacing for a secure fit
- 1lb 10oz weight
What is a Composite Toe Work Boot?
Composite materials have been gaining popularity for a few years now because of their weight savings over traditional materials such as steel and even aluminum. The reputation of composites shattering under extreme pressure still holds but for 90% of the time, they hold up just as well as steel and alloy toes. Composite toe boots need to meet ANSI standards to ensure proper protection for workers’ feet. Composite toes can be made of non-metallic yet durable materials such as plastic, Kevlar, carbon fiber, rubber and a few other materials.
One of the most renowned uses of composites in safety equipment is in helmets. Helmets need to be lightweight yet extremely durable because of the sensitive nature of the human skull. The same holds true for work boots, and composites are doing a fine job substituting heavier steel and alloy toes in these as well. Composite toe boots are also a good choice for people who work in areas with electrical hazards, or areas with a lot of metal detectors. Steel and alloys would just generate false alarms so composite toes can be really convenient. These are some advantages that pale in comparison to the really big advantage that composite toe work boots have over their steel toe counterparts: the weight saving. Composite toe work boots are some of the lightest you’ll find, which means they’re bound to be more comfortable if you work long shifts and constantly have to move around. Another thing to note is that composite boots don’t conduct cold or heat, thus providing better insulation. If this has piqued your interest, let’s have a look at the top 3 best composite toe work boots for 2018.
1. Carhartt Men’s CMF6366 6 Inch Composite Toe Boot
Carhartt has been making premium work boots for more than a century now, so they know what they’re doing. The experience in making top quality work boots has made the company push out consistently good products that fulfill the requirements of even the most demanding professionals. Wear one of their high-quality shoes and you’ll instantly know that this is a product from a company that knows how to make a good work boot. The boots are comfortable, well-made and feature technology that keeps your feet protected against all kinds of hazards. These are high-performance shoes that speak for themselves once you wear them. Carhartt really does make some of the most durable and rugged boots out there.
The Carhartt Men’s CMF6366 6 Inch Composite Toe Boot is a testament to the craftsmanship that the company has come to be known for. These shoes feature a special heel that’s made out of materials that are abrasion-resistant, which means you’ll get a lot of mileage out of these boots. Durability and longevity matters because these are expensive investments (for boots) and you don’t to replace them after only a few months of use! These are also very comfortable boots in addition to being robust. You can easily wear them all day without going through discomfort. Because of the use of composite materials for the toe, they’re also quite light compared to steel toe work boots. There’s use of moisture wicking materials inside the shoe that fights against the accumulation of perspiration. The composite toe is also quite durable and should protect you against falling hazards and crushing force. There’s no reason to fear electrical hazards because these are completely conduction proof.
- Comfortable padding for a secure fit
- Use of lightweight yet robust materials
- Abrasion-resistant heel for longevity
- Cement construction
- 2lbs 1oz weight
2. Thorogood Men’s American Heritage Safety Toe 6 Inch Lace-up Boot
We all know that the American manufacturing industry has fallen into hard times because of the cheap labor and production costs in China. But that doesn’t mean we should lose hope as there are still companies in America who’re producing 100% USA-made products at great prices. Thorogood is one of those companies and the company has been producing consistently high-quality work boots since a long time. It is one of the most trusted brands when it comes to durable and sturdy work boots.
We don’t recommend Thorogood products just because they’re made in the USA, but because they’re actually great products. The company uses top-notch craftsmanship and technology for their boots. There’s a reason that Thorogood has managed to stay competitive in such a crowded market. Let’s take a look at one of their best offerings in the composite toe work boots, the Thorogood Men’s American Heritage Safety Toe 6 Inch Lace-up Boot. These boots are made from top quality leather and look fantastic. They’re suitable for a variety of professionals because of their durability and comfort. You can easily stand around all day in these shoes without any pain. The shoe is made out of a durable leather upper and solid all-around construction to ensure the ruggedness that is associated with Thorogood shoes. The composite safety toe is also very strong and should protect your feet against crushing force and other hazards.
- Made in the USA
- Composite safety toe for lighter weight compared to steel toe
- Goodyear® welt construction for durability and easy maintenance
- Slip-resistant outsole
- Safe for electrical environments
3. Wolverine Men’s Overman NT 6 Inch WPF Contour Welt Work Boot
Have you ever wanted a work boot that combines everyday style with serious ruggedness and durability? Work boots are normally associated as being huge pieces of weight that look like only builders should wear them. And that’s true to an extent, because the requirements make them look ruggedness and cumbersome. That’s not the case with the Wolverine Men’s Overman NT 6 Inch WPF Contour Welt Work Boot, which has every-day style and serious safety technology built into it. Wolverine is an old American company that has been crafting timeless boots since 1883 using high-quality materials.
Wolverine makes some of the most rugged work boots available today. They’re meant to survive the toughest of terrains while remaining comfortable enough for all-day use. That is one of the reasons to strongly consider the Wolverine Men’s Overman NT 6 Inch WPF Contour Welt Work Boot. It uses superior materials for impeccable build quality and a composite safety toe for a lighter weight than steel toe boots. The safety toe uses Wolverine CarbonMax technology for maximum toughness and survivability under crushing forces. It’s very unlikely that you’ll be able to break it under everyday circumstances. It’s ASTM rated so you have additional peace of mind. For people who move around a lot during the day, these shoes are extremely comfortable. There’s special technology to help absorb shocks better as well. It’s called Wolverine MultiShox which is essentially some compression pads placed in the shoes for better shock absorption.
- Comfortable thanks to premium materials
- Composite safety toe for weight savings over traditional steel toe
- CarbonMax technology for maximum toughness of composite toe
- Slip-resistant outsole
- ASTM rated
- Breathable outer lining that fights perspiration build-up
- 2lbs 11oz weight
Why are Hard Toe Safety Work Boots Important?
A pair of uncomfortable shoes can result in as much as an injury for a worker, which will obviously hinder his efforts and make his work worse. No one wants that of course, and especially a worker who depends on his physical fitness to make money. Keeping this in mind, it’s imperative for workers and their employers both to pay special attention to the kind of shoes that are being used. Normal sneakers won’t cut it. Work boots need to be extra durable and comfortable. They do tend be quite heavy but that’s expected and a fit worker won’t necessarily mind that. In this article we’ll be talking about some of the best safety toe work boots that will stand the test of time. They’re super comfortable but also built very well, so you’ll be able to use them for a very long time. These are also some of the most comfortable safety work boots for 2018.
5 Tips for Choosing the Best Work Boots for Your Work Situation
If you work in an industrial environment, you have to take extra precautions to ensure your safety. Most employers will probably figure this out for you but you still have to make some accommodations yourself. Especially if you work in a place with a lot of chemicals, fumes, wet surfaces, you’ve got to equip yourself so that you don’t get hurt. Getting hurt can be disadvantageous in both the health and financial sense. Your body suffers and so does your monetary situation, since you won’t be able to work. Many people guard their bodies and heads, but don’t pay much attention to the feet. However, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t. Your feet are what you walk on. If they endure discomfort or injury, there’s a great chance you won’t be able to work. That is what work boots are made for. Work boots tend to be very sturdily built, and have safety toes to ensure protection against crushing force. Some of them are also insulated against electricity. Choosing the right work boot can mean the difference between a painful injury and a completely healthy foot.
You should definitely take into account the type of environment you’re working in to make the best possible purchase when it comes to work boots. Not all work boots are created equal. Steel work boots are susceptible to electrical conduction, and you don’t want that if you work in an area with a lot of electric hazards. You also want your work boots to be comfortable, so you won’t endure pain or discomfort throughout your day. Discomfort can seriously impact productivity which again, will mean you’ll be worse at your job. If you care about your feet and are curious about what factors you should consider when buying work boots, read our list of the factors you should be on the lookout for when buying safety boots.
Choosing the Best Work Boots for Yourself
1. Type of Safety Toe
Crucially, there are three types of safety toe materials available for work boots – steel, alloy and composite. These mainly differ from one another on the basis of weight. Alloys and composite materials tend to be much lighter than steel. They can shave off as much as half of the weight of a work boot, so they need to be considered deeply. Alloys have nearly all of the advantages of steel, namely being malleable and not breaking under sheer stress. But they’re also much lighter, which is better for foot comfort. Composite materials are also very light but they can shatter under intense force, which is something to consider. If there are a lot of falling hazards at your work place, consider alloy toe boots as they’re a good compromise. Steel delivers the ultimate durability while being very affordable, so you might have to go for it if you’re on a budget.
2. Outsole and Heel
Shape and durability of outsole
This is a major factor in work boot design. There are flat work boots out there but be warned, they’ll not play nice with ladders. The use of ladders is quite widespread in the labor industry, so be sure to look for work boots that have arched heels for better support. The sole of the work boot should also be quite sturdily built and should not give in to nails and sharp objects. There’s a high chance of injury if your boots are not puncture-proof. Sharp objects are a constant danger in the construction industry, so make the appropriate choice. Things to look out for when considering puncture-proof work boots are steel, alloy or Kevlar midsoles. These make sure that sharp objects won’t reach your feet even if they manage to puncture through the outsole. Please make sure that your work boots have a sole that is resistant to up to 1100N of penetration force.
If you work in a wet environment, there is a great chance of slipping and falling over. Of course, it doesn’t need to be mentioned that this can be a very painful and injurious experience. Your feet are the only contact point you have with the ground, so they need to have good traction. A good work boot will feature a slip-resistant under side which will prevent you from slipping.
3. Weight of the boot
Imagine yourself lugging around a huge around for the whole day. Do you imagine that experience would be pleasant or otherwise? Heavy work boots can prove to be quite cumbersome and actually counter-intuitive as they can result in pain and fatigue. Since most labor work involves long hours or extended periods of movement, it is absolutely imperative that a work boot be comfortable and light. Steel toe boots are the heaviest type of work boot, but that’s the price you pay for steel’s strength and protection. You can opt for lighter work boots that employ the use of composite or alloy safety toes if you feel the additional weight might be a problem.
If you’re involved in labor, getting a pair of good work boots is a no-brainer. Even if you don’t get them, your company will more than likely provide a pair for you. But having your work boots is certainly better as you can choose exactly the type of boot that you like. The most important thing to note is the safety and comfortable of the work boot. The boots mentioned above all score very high when it comes to safety and comfort, so you can just buy the one that strikes your fancy the most!