Best Work Boots For Men and Women 2017 – Buyer’s Guide and In-Depth Reviews
Work is something we all have to do and there is no getting around it if you want to continue living and also improve your lifestyle. The best work boots are sometimes essential if you are looking to work harder and also look smarter. They can elevate your clothing and also ensure that you have a comfortable working experience if your job does require you to be on your feet most of the day.
Since working can be strenuous on the feet and many jobs also require that you need to be in some unforgiving environments, the best work boots will ensure that you can do this with much more comfort and also get the job done with as less pain as possible. If you stick with low-quality boots, you might find your feet being full of pain and also in need of some rest more often than not and this could really have a huge impact on your working performance.
We have decided to look a little deeper at the best shoes for working and find out how these shoes could potentially help you when it comes to improving your job and also the efficiency of your work. We have chosen a wide variety of boots for all sides of nature and these will certainly make life much more bearable and also ensure that all of the nerves found underneath the feet are stimulated and protected.
With that being said, here are the top work boots of 2017 broken up into sections:
10 Best Work Boots For Men And WOmen Reviews
Steel Toe Work Boots:
Steel toe work boots are generally used in any area with danger close by. If your boots are strong, but they do not include a steel toe, abrasions and accidental stuff falling on your feet might really do some damage. The top steel toe boots will ensure that abrasions are eliminated and your feet and toes are fully protected if you do work in any sort of hazardous environment.
Timberland is widely known for the quality and the amount of extra time they do invest when designing their boots. Then Timberland PRO Men’s Pitboss 6” steel toe boots are designed with this same precision and will definitely keep your feet as protected as possible.
The boots have been constructed from durable leather and since leather is rated as one of the toughest materials on the market today, you can be sure that your feet will always be protected and the boot will have great durability.
The boots are 6 inches from the arch to the shaft and this extra length is ideal for you to wear with your stylish longer pants and even your overalls if your job does require you to wear them. The sole is synthetic and this is actually a little more impressive than the average rubber sole you find on most other work boots. The softness will make your feet mold much better and there will not be any real discomfort from constantly wearing them.
We also like the fact that the boots feature an open-cell polyurethane footbed and this will allow your feet to mold on the inside of the boot. The added antimicrobial properties will be essential for those who like to wear the boots a lot and will also allow you have an odor-free boot every day after work. Odors can sometimes be tough to get rid of, especially if the boots are worn every day.
Shock absorption has also been added to the boot and you will be less likely to have any hard impact on your knees and joints. This feature will also help to reduce the fatigue since your job might already be strenuous enough. Furthermore, to absorb moisture, the polyurethane midsole has been covered with a water resistant cover and this will help evacuate sweat and keep the shoes dry on the inside, whilst you are working.
Finally, the Timberland PRO brand has been known for their comfortable collars on the inside and when combined with the lining, these shoes will not cause you any possible abrasions. The solid steel toe will also ensure that your feet are always protected from falling objects in the warehouse, or at the construction site.
We highly recommend these work boots for their affordable price tag and if you are looking to save a few bucks and still get great quality, these shoes will be ideal for you. They are also recommended for working in warehouses and at construction sites, but farmers have also gravitated to them, due to the stylish and durable design.
- Really durable and stylish design
- Really affordable
- Molds to the feet for more comfort
- Great moisture wicking properties
- Available in three colors
- Some people have had some troubles with the durability of the outer sole
Featuring a totally different style than you would expect from most other steel toe work boots, the KEEN Utility men’s flint low steel toe work boot is designed for the average person with a daily job in the warehouse of even just standing on their feet a lot.
This shoe is also very durable and has been constructed from leather and synthetic materials to ensure that you get great longevity from the shoes and have them last you for a very long period of time.
The low cut design on these shoes is also quite stylish and they actually look good with board shorts as well. Many hikers have also chosen these shoes as their go-to brand for getting over those steep hills and rocky terrains.
The steel toe will keep your toes protected from any possible bumps and will also ensure that you do not have to worry about getting abrasions as you enjoy the countryside.
The shoes also include a Torsional Stability Shank that will give you some added support as you are busy with your daily routine and working hard. This shank is located in the midfoot and will provide all around support to the entire foot and keep your feet fully secured whilst you are walking. The leather used in the shoes is waterproof and they also do not hold back any water. This means that you could use them for hiking and working in some of the wettest conditions.
In terms of the outer sole, you will find that it has been constructed from a decent quality rubber. This rubber will ensure that you cannot slip and if you do work near slippery environments, this could potentially save you from very hazardous situations. We were also really impressed by the EVA footbed and this EVA will mold to the shape of your feet, which makes these shoes perfect for people suffering from pronation and supination as well.
Clean spot NXT antimicrobial properties have been added and these will keep the shoes odorless and also allow you to wear them without the fear of having any bacteria accumulate and lead to foot problems and embarrassing odors. The shoe is, unfortunately, only available in two colors that you could choose from, but since both of them are dark, they should work with any wardrobe.
In terms of pricing, these shoes are priced quite decently and for the value they provide, they are highly recommended. We not only recommend these shoes for working and we believe that they could serve a multifunctional purpose and even work to keep your feet safe if you feel like hiking or backpacking.
- Stylish low cut design
- Durable leather construction
- Great odor protection
- Oil and water resistant
- Slip resistant
- Does not protect the upper areas of the ankles
Alloy Toe Boots/Shoes:
Replacing steel with alloy is actually very beneficial and some people might find that steel is a little too heavy in the entire shoe and makes walking more effort. The alloy toe shoes will be decent, but expensive replacement. The alloy can still keep your toes protected, but will be a little more expensive to purchase. This is thanks to the added refinement of the steel.
The Timberland PRP men’s Powertrain Sports Alloy toe EH shoes are not the most durable of shoes that you could choose from and the shoes are only constructed from Rip Stop nylon.
This is not really on the same level as leather, but it will still be a decent substitute if your job does not require you to walk through all of those strenuous outdoor terrains and on a few of those busy construction sites.
The shoes take the form of a sneaker and this is actually quite welcoming to those who like to dress fashionably casual for work.
The shoes will work with most wardrobes and can even be worn without any type of board shorts as well. If you are having a night out with the boys, you can even wear these shoes with your casual jean and t-shirt.
The alloy toe is carefully placed on the inside of the shoe and this will not hurt your feet at all. The alloy is strong enough to keep your toes protected when you are working near dangerous objects, but we do think that the nylon might eventually give in and this could be really hazardous.
The outer sole also includes some technology of its own and it features anti-fatigue technology. This will ensure that you manage to stay on your feet for longer periods of time before getting tires, which will be ideal for waiters.
A mesh lining has been included and this has been carefully treated with antimicrobial properties. This will ensure that your shoes never give off any embarrassing odors and no buildup of bacteria will ever be present on the inside of the shoe. For structural support, the addition of a non-metallic shank will keep your feet supported and also add some more resistance to the buildup of fatigue.
In terms of pricing, this shoe is priced right in the middle. We do think that it does lack a little in terms of durability and you might find that buying leather shoe is a little better. The style and the design of this shoe are great and we believe that it is the real selling point of the entire shoe.
In terms of recommendations, we would recommend that you only use this shoe if the environment is not as strenuous and your shoes do not get torn or ripped all that often. This will be perfect for waiters and for anyone working in a slippery warehouse environment.
- Very comfortable design
- Decent price
- Good anti-fatigue technology included
- Molds to the shape of your feet
- Lacks a little in terms of durability
You will notice that Timberland PRO is a very prominent brand on our list and it is a very highly trusted brand in terms of creating work boots of decent quality.
The Men’s 26078 Titan 6” waterproof safety toe work boot is another great example of their quality and this boot also includes a decent alloy toe to keep your feet protected and to ensure that you need not worry about any abrasions setting in.
The boot is made from durable leather, but it includes a little bit of rubber on the sides. This rubber combines with the leather to not only give you great durability, but also the utmost of comfort when it comes to wearing the boots for hours on end. The boots also include more rubber in the outer sole and this will give you some great protection for your joints when walking. This rubber will also delay the effects of fatigue and you will, be wearing them and standing for longer periods of time.
The shoes include a polyurethane footbed and this will make the feeling on your feet much more comfortable. The open-cell feature will allow air to pass inside and you will basically be walking on mostly air to ensure that you do not get any pain from using them. Antimicrobial properties have been included on the footbed and the abrasion resistant lining, and this could ensure that no odors occur and lead to a few embarrassing smells that you would like to avoid.
Finally, the leather is completely waterproof and you will be able to walk through those puddles if you need to. The moisture will easily be evacuated on the outer sole and the rubber, which also makes the shoes slip resistant to not only water but oil as well.
In terms of pricing, these shoes are a little expensive and you might need to consider this as a lifelong investment. We highly recommend these shoes to people with any jobs, but it will look better with longer pants. Many farmers have also decided to buy these shoes and had some good results, thanks to the waterproof feature and moisture wicking abilities.
- Extremely durable
- Moldable footbed
- Odor and slip resistant
- Relatively expensive
Composite Toe Boots:
Composite toe boots are slowly replacing steel and alloy boots and they are slowly becoming the new norm when selecting safety boots to keep your feet from getting crushed. Since no metal is used in these boots, they are ideal for passing through metal detectors and they are also more comfortable to work with outdoors. The composite toe boots are also much lighter and will reduce fatigue.
The Timberland PRO men’s Boondock 6” Waterproof non-insulated work boot is designed to make life much more comfortable for you.
The boot is constructed from extremely durable leather materials and also features a few spots of rubber here and there. This added rubber will be great for comfort and while the composite toe will ensure that your toes are protected, the added rubber will keep the rest of your feet protected as well.
The shaft measures approximately 6.5 inches from the arch and this added length is ideal for those working outdoors with thorns and bushes constantly brushing past the leg.
These boots also work perfectly with longer pants and the stylish dark color will match almost any working wardrobe that you have. A padded collar has also been added to the top end of the boot and this will allow you to have maximum comfort when wearing the boots for prolonged periods.
The outer sole is made from synthetic materials and features great slip resistant properties. This boot has been tested and will ensure that you never stumble or fall on any surface. Including heavy oily surfaces and a few watery puddles that might be present outdoors. We also like the fact that the entire boot has been treated to abrasion and water resistant, and you will find that the leather does not get wet as easily as some other boots.
Much like the other Timberland PRO boots, this boot also includes anti-fatigue technology and this technology will be great for those needing to be on their feet all day. The midsole also absorbs most of the shock that your feet will face during the day and to combat the effect of odor, antimicrobial properties have been included to eliminate bacteria and the build up of embarrassing odors in the boot.
Since the boot is a little lighter than most of the other steel toe boots, it should come as no surprise that it is a little more expensive. This boot is also very multifunctional and can basically be used for almost any job. We highly recommend it if you do have the available funds to make this long term investment.
- Extremely durable design
- Includes anti-fatigue technology
- Stylish design
- Quite expensive
The KEEN Utility Men’s Davenport Mid WP Industrial and Construction shoe is designed with comfort in mind and also to try and save you a few bucks when upgrading your work boots.
This boot is constructed from a combination of synthetic and leather materials. The incorporation of the synthetic materials will drive down the price a little bit, without compromising on the durability too much.
The shaft measures about 6 inches from the arch and this medium cut design is perfect for those working outdoors and having to face the elements constantly.
The addition of the soft inner collar will help to reduce any possible chances of abrasions and will also make the shoes feel more comfortable from the start. This reduced break-in period will save you a lot of pain at the start.
The composite toes included in these shoes are decent and will definitely work to keep the front part of your feet protected. Since no metal is used in the design, you need not worry about setting off metal detectors and the weight has also been significantly dropped for your comfort. We also like the fact that these composite toes are designed asymmetrically and this will allow you to feel the same in every shoe, without having the composite toe irritate the one foot.
The boots also include a PU midsole for added comfort and this will mold to the shape of your feet and always maintain that same shape on the inside. The outer sole is synthetic and has been carefully designed to be slip resistant against not only water but oil spills as well. This should allow you to wear the shoes in the warehouse and outdoors, no matter the weather conditions.
Finally, the entire shoe is waterproof and will keep your feet dry when walking through puddles. Unfortunately, the shoe will not keep your feet dry when standing inside an ocean or large body of water, but it will do its job on the smaller puddles and keep your feet dry when working. The only thing we do miss in these boots is the inclusion of antimicrobial properties to keep your odor-free.
In terms of pricing, these shoes are a little overpriced when compared to all of the features that you will find in the Timberland PRO boots. The boots are still highly recommended if you feel the need to buy them and the design is actually really stylish. These boots will be ideal for all walks of life and almost any job will be able to use them.
- Decent durability
- Slip and abrasion resistant
- Lightweight design
- Little overpriced
- No antimicrobial properties included
Best American Made Work Boot:
Choosing the best American made work boot will always be a daunting task and with so many to brands, it is sometimes only by one or two small features that one does excel above the other. We have chosen our choice for the best American made work boot and this was measured on absolute quality and durability.
The Thorogood brand has been one of our favorite brands for a very long time and while all of their boots are extremely good, we have selected the Men’s 814-4200 American Heritage 6” Moc toe boot for our choice of best US made work boots.
This boot is extremely durable and it has been designed from pure top grain leather to ensure that you do have maximum durability and comfort when wearing these boots for a long period of time.
The boots feature an ankle length design and while this design does go perfectly with most longer pants and overalls, there are still many farmers who love this boot for the durability and they still look good when wearing the boot with their farming pants. The boots might not work well with board shorts.
The boots also feature a moccasin toe cushion for your feet and this will help to keep your toes a little protected, while also eliminating any possible abrasions that might occur when wearing these boots. The comfortable inner collar will also keep the feet comfortable and also insulted in the colder weather. You will also find that the inside of the shoe has been treated with antimicrobial properties to help reduce any potential odors that might come forth.
The outsole is white and this is a little tough to keep clean in the long terms, but the rubber outsole is also quite durable and will resist slipping on any watery or oily surfaces. Unfortunately, the boot is not completely waterproof and if you do find yourself walking the swamp areas, you might occasionally have to deal with water coming into the boot.
Another unfortunate downside is the limitations in terms of style and you will only have one to choose from. The colors are also light and sometimes harder to keep clean if your working environment does require you to trek through the muddy plains.
As an American sweetheart, this boot is a little expensive, but we do think that the price is justified and you will get some great value for your money. We highly recommend this boot for construction workers as well as farmers and even though the boot is not waterproof, you will still keep the water out if you are careful about where you walk.
- Extremely durable design
- Water and slip resistant
- Very comfortable
- Decent price for the quality
- Not fully waterproof
- Doesn’t stay clean
Best Work Boot for Walking on Concrete:
Concrete is found in many places and it can be found in warehouses as well as on construction sites. Since concrete does not have any give to it, your feet might sometimes become painful and also take some damage when constantly standing or being on your feet. With a decent shock absorbing outer sole, you could work on concrete with less excruciating pain and more comfort.
The Irish Setter men's 83605 6" work boot is not the most well-known of work boots and it is not the best seller by any means, but we have found it and considered it to be somewhat of a hidden gem that people keep overlooking.
This boot is also made from top grain leather and will ensure that you do have maximum durability. The boot has also been double stitched for durability purposes and improves the longevity of the boot.
The shaft measures approximately 5.5 inches from the arch and with a boot opening of 13.5 inches, you should have no troubles sliding your feet inside the boot.
The boot has also been treated with a waterproof covering and this covering will ensure that your feet do not get wet and the leather will simultaneously evacuate the excess water to keep the boot dry.
Rubber sole might seem hard, but it is actually very comfortable on flat hard surfaces like concrete. When you combine this with the comfortable polyurethane footbed, the shoe will also take on the shape of your feet and provide you with some decent comfort if you need to stay on your feet all day long.
This shoes also takes safety to a whole new level and it has been carefully tested to be safe against electric hazards as well as provide you with decent protection against heat. The only thing we think is missing in this boot is the added toe protection. Since you will most likely be working in hazardous environments, we do suggest that you try and find some sort of steel protection for your toes as well.
In terms of pricing, this boot is actually really affordable and will definitely be a great buy for anyone working on construction sites or concrete surfaces. Electricians will also enjoy the overall comfort provided by the shoe and this shoe also features an extremely stylish design. Unfortunately, it will be quite a bit of a challenge to keep the white outer sole clean.
- Offers great durability and comfort
- Stylish design
- Electric and heat resistant
- Moldable polyurethane footbed
- No toe protection
- Hard to keep clean
Best 8” Work Boots:
Longer work boots are slowly fading away, but many people still like to wear them. This is especially true if you work in swampy environments and you would like to keep the bugs and the sharp thorns from getting inside the boot. These boots are also a little more expensive, but they do offer unrivaled protection and we have selected the number 1 longer work boot for your quarry of swamp jobs.
Danner has always been known for the more expensive prices on their boots, but many people around the world are fully invested in the quality and the value of their boots.
The Men's Quarry USA 8-inch BR work boot is one of the top boots that you could choose from if you do find yourself working in the swamps or in some sort of strenuous outdoor environment. These boots have been constructed from premium grade leather and will ooze durability and keep you for multiple years.
The shaft measures around 8 inches from the arch and this is quite large but will offer you some additional protection from cutting bushes and also a few bugs that might try and get inside the boot when you are walking.
The heel is also a little lifted and with a 1.5-inch heel, you should not have any problems trekking your way through the swamps and getting your job done. The rubber outer sole is also carefully designed and it has been tested to be slip resistant against water and oily spills on the most slippery of floors. This will be good if you need to walk past slippery and mossy rocks.
The inclusion of a fiberglass shank will ensure that you have decent foot support and since fiberglass is used, your feet will not need to deal with extra weight when walking. To further improve the durability, Danner has also gone so far to triple stitch the entire boot and ensure that you need not invest in a new boot for a long time.
On the inside of the boot, you will find a Gore-Tex waterproof lining and this lining is also quite breathable, which means that you will not have to worry about your feet overheating on the inside of the shoes. The Gore-Tex lining has always been used by military personnel when they need to deploy in those wetter areas.
In terms of pricing, this boot is really expensive, but still worth the price if you do work outdoors and in the swampy environments. The boot is also extremely comfortable and once you do make the investment, you might not need to buy another boot for a few years, which means that you will certainly be saving a few bucks in the long term.
- Great durability
- Excellent traction
- Includes a comfortable Gore-Tex lining
- Really expensive
Best Pull On (Slip On) Work Boots:
Pull on work boots are great for those needing to quickly slip on the boots and get to work, but they might not be ideal for outdoor environments since they cannot be tightly secured like many of the other outdoor boots on the list. Pull on work boots also have a cowboy presence around them and while this following pair of boots might be good for work purposes; we also like them for the style they do show off.
The Ariat men’s Workhog wide square toe work boot is one of the odd boots on our list and we still believe that it is worthy of making the list when looking at the best work boots of 2017.
This boot has also been constructed from extremely durable leather materials and will be a great investment and since there are no laces that you need to worry about, the boot will not be snagged and have the laces broken whilst you are busy working.
The shaft on this boot measures around 11 inches from the arch and if you are working outdoor, there will be no way for anything to get inside or hurt the lower part of your leg.
With a boot opening of around 15 inches, this boot will allow you to stick your overall inside and this is another layer of protection and nothing will be exposed. The large opening is also great for those with wider feet and the square toe will make it more comfortable for your feet on the inside as well.
This boot also features a mesh lining on the inside and while mesh might not be ideal for keeping out water, it will allow some ventilation and keep your feet cool on the inside. Mesh does have some water evacuation properties and will eliminate the buildup of sweat on the inside. The outer sole of this boot is also quite soft and will provide excellent traction. We tried to slip with it, but it will not give in on any slippery surface.
The addition of the ATS technology in the shank will give you decent stability and support. This technology is only used by Ariat in their top boots and this boot certainly ranks among one of their best boots yet. The inner sole is also really comfortable and molds to the shape of your feet, which will make it perfect for those suffering from pronation and supination in the feet.
For the value and the comfort, this boot is not that expensive. You should also keep in mind that the brand is not yet as established as many of the other top companies and for now this can be seen as a diamond in the rough or hidden gem. We highly recommend this boot for the value and you will be getting great durability and comfort if you do decide to make the investment.
- Very durable
- Unrivaled protection
- Really comfortable
- Reasonably priced
- Stylish design
- Does sit a little loose and this might be uncomfortable
Work Boots Buyer’s Guide and Important Tips
Key Features to Consider When Purchasing the Best Work Boots
Work boots are essential as we have already mentioned and we believe you have established and while you might like these boots on our list and we highly recommend them, there are also multiple other work boots that you will come across when searching for the best work boots. We have decided to create this buyer’s guide to help you make the right choice and get the most value for your money. Here are the top features that you should consider when buying the best work boots of 2017:
Durability is key no matter the type of boot or even the type of work you do. As you have seen, the best work boots are actually a little expensive and it will not be easy to buy them on a constant basis. When searching for the best work boots for men, you should pay special attention to the materials that have been used in construction as this will give you a good idea of the overall durability of the boot.
We highly recommend leather and some sort of rubber for the outer sole. This combination has proven to be really great and will definitely allow you to wear them for prolonged periods of time without showing any weakness.
2. Midsole Comfort
The midsole is the part of the boot that you will be walking on most of the time and this needs to be very comfortable if you do spend a lot of time on your feet. The midsole can be made from various materials and many of them can even be removed to be washed or replaced when needed. But, you should be looking at the midsole and ensure that it molds to the shape of your feet for added comfort.
We highly recommend that you consider the EVA midsole or the open-cell polyurethane midsole as both of these will mold to the shape of your feet. The polyurethane midsole also has shock absorbing properties to reduce the strain on your legs.
3. Abrasion Resistance
The inner lining and the composition of the toe will generally work towards reducing the abrasions that you could potentially get from wearing these shoes. Since many of our jobs do require us to walk a lot, having a good lining on the inside will be ideal for allowing you to reduce possible abrasions. We do recommend the Gore-Tex lining as this will ensure that you are protected from water and keep you fairly well insulated on the inside.
4. Slip Resistance
Oil and water spills are extremely hazardous and could potentially lead to serious injury if you are not careful about where you are treading. Having a slip resistant outer sole will keep you upright and avoid a lot of potential hazards that might occur. We do suggest that you pay attention to the features on the boot and find out if the boot you are choosing, does have some backing when it comes to resisting spills.
5. Protective Toe
A protective toe is not a necessity, but many jobs do require this and we also highly recommend that you do invest in one of them. Having a protective toe will ensure that your front area of the feet is fully protective, but since steel toes are so heavy, you might want to consider looking at the composite toe work boot. The protective to will also keep the abrasions down in the front end of the boot and these boots are also generally safe for almost any working environment.
Is the style of your boot important or will any boot design work. If the style is important and functionality is not as important to you, you should be looking at the design of the boot as well. Many low-cut boots will also work, but if you are in construction, the high or medium-cut boots will offer you the best protection. The color is also something to look at and ensure that it matches your works clothing.
Last but certainly not least, you should look at the brand and find out more about them. If you continue reading, you will find the next section is dedicated to our favorite work boot brands. We generally do recommend brands established and based in the US. These brands are also widely trusted and will ensure that your boot is of the highest quality and made from the best possible materials. The customer support is also very helpful.
We consider these features to be the most important features that you should look at when purchasing your next pair of work boots. While having all of them as well as a trusted brand might be a little expensive, you will find that the price will definitely be worth it in the long run. If you are set on value and quality, we recommend that you follow these features to ensure that you can judge the boots more strictly and get exactly what you need.
Best Work Boot Brands That You Can Choose from
People generally gravitate towards a certain brand and if the brand has been working for them, they will continue to use this brand. Finding your brand might take some time and therefore, we have chosen our top brands that you can consider to choose from for your first work boot. These brands are all established and highly rated. They have also been trusted for a very long time.
Timberland is the most well-known brand on the list and you also might have noticed that we have selected many of their products for our list. The brand has been established for a very long period of time and they always focus on using the best leather materials they could find. One of the main attractions of these boots is the polyurethane midsoles and the lack of a break in period.
These boots are also designed for multiple working purposes, but sometimes they do lack in terms of durability. Many other brands prefer to double or even triple stitch the boots and this does let them above the Timberland brand. Luckily, these boots are not all that expensive and you should be getting some great value for your money.
Caterpillar is one of the leading brands when it comes to designing quality boots that will last you years. Caterpillar boots are also really expensive, but you will be paying for this durability. We have not included caterpillar due to the high price tags, but they are great alternatives to the Timberland brand.
One of the only downsides that you will find in caterpillar boots is the long break in period. Many people do get frustrated by this as it can sometimes even last up to a few months before the boots are sitting comfortably. If you do have the funds to buy these boots and you have the patience to take the pain for a while, you will certainly not be disappointed.
KEEN is a cheaper alternative to the above-mentioned boots, but the brand still focuses on quality. The one major draw we have seen from the KEEN boots is the amount of style and uniqueness of their boots. The boots might not be as durable, but they will work with virtually any wardrobe to keep you comfortable and looking good in your works clothing.
If you are on a tight budget and want a decent working shoe that will be great for multifunctional use, the KEEN brand is really something that you should look into. The shoes might not last you much longer than 1 year or about 18 months if you do put a lot of strain on them, but they are good as a budget option.
Danner is a brand known for their outdoor boots and their boots are generally bigger than most of the other brands. Danner does like to cater for the lumberjacks and the swamp workers and these longer designs will ensure that not only are your feet protected, but also most of the lower part of your legs.
We like the fact that Danner also uses high-quality leather in all of the boots and features wider boot opening that will allow you to stick your pants inside. This will not only keep you warm and insulated but with so many bugs and sharp bushes in the swamp, there will be virtually no way for you to get injured.
We like to look at Thorogood as the sweetheart of the United States when it comes to working boots and with the addition of the American Heritage soles, you will have maximum durability and comfort. Thorogood does focus on giving you comfort and also reducing the amount of fatigue that your feet and legs will face when you need to be on your feet for most of the day.
In terms of pricing, Thorogood is great and they are not overly expensive. The customer support is also really great and since the boots have been made from mostly US materials, you can rest assured that your boots will be lasting you multiple years on end. Thorogood is our favorite brand and we do stand by their boots, but, they do lack a little when it comes to style and their boots are sometimes ugly.
3 Tips and Tricks to Get the Best out of your Work Boots
During all the years of reviewing and using work boots, we have come across a few tips and tricks that you should try and do to get the best out of your work boots. These tips and tricks will also help to preserve the boots and you could potentially get more longevity out of them.
1. If No Antimicrobial Treatment Is Added, Do It Yourself
You might not know, but bacteria thrive in sweaty and moist conditions. One of the best features many boots have is the addition of antimicrobial properties to help destroy bacteria. If you do buy a boot and the boot does not have this already added, you should try and do this yourself. This will not only keep the boot odorless, but it will also stop any potential foot fungus and other foot problems from arising.
2. Keep The Boots Clean
Like most things in life, keeping stuff clean is really important and this is not only for the inner part of the boot but for the outer part of the boot as well. If you do have the means of polishing the boot, you should do that. The polish will strengthen the leather and aside from making the boot look as good as new, you will also be making the boot much more durable. Many people lose trust in their work boots, but how can you expect something to take care of you if you cannot return the favor.
3. Buy A New Insole to Save Money on Expensive Built-in Ones
The insole generally comes with the boot, but sometimes this can be removed. If you do find one that can be removed and the insole is not of the highest quality, do not be discouraged. You will be able to buy new insoles from most pharmacies and these will be much better-suited for your feet. This trick could potentially save you a few bucks and you will be able to buy a better pair of work boots.
Buying new work shoes or boots are tough and these boots will certainly help you to get the job done. In terms of recommendations, we would like to recommend the entire Timberland PRO brand and especially the specific range. The brand is not all that expensive and you should get your money’s worth.
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