Most Comfortable Steel Toe Shoes For Men – Buyer’s Guide and In-Depth Reviews 2017
Being safe at work is the number one priority for many workers. The proper clothing and protective equipment can make a difference between life and death. Some of this mandated equipment are not the most comfortable things out there. Do they have to be that way? Steel toe shoes are made to be able to protect your feet from falling objects or anything else that can affect your feet. Sometimes you are required to wear them because of safety regulations.
How can you find the most comfortable steel toe shoes that will ensure maximum protection? It may be easier than you think. Several different shoes are perfect for long hours of daily use.
Top 15 Most Comfortable Steel Toe Shoes 2017
1. Timberland PRO Powertrain Sport - Best of the Best
2. KEEN Utility Atlanta Cool - Best Bang for the Buck
3. Skechers Synergy Ekron - Editor's Choice
5. Skechers for Work Hartan - Editor's Choice
6. KEEN Utility Flint Low - Editor's Choice
7. Timberland PRO Rigmaster XT - Hot New Product
1. Timberland PRO Men's Powertrain Sport Alloy Toe EH Industrial and Construction Shoe - Best of the Best
Timberland as one of the world’s most renowned footwear industries has specifically developed a PRO series dedicated to professionals that seek durability, comfort and safety qualities in one pair of work shoes.
Timberland PRO Men's Powertrain Sport model imitates features of casual sporty footwear with the additional protection features, such as the alloy toe cap (they are lighter and as strong as steel) and electrical hazard protection.
When speaking of safety, the slip, oil, heat and abrasion-resistant outsole simply cannot be neglected. Besides, the cement construction of these work shoes provides flexibility for safer and more natural foot movement on even most demanding surfaces.
The exterior of these shoe is made of ripstop nylon, while the interior is made of mesh lining enriched with the antimicrobial treatment that helps prevent and reduce the odor. The Anti-Fatigue technology also helps keep the shoes breathable, which is great when working in hot summer day where sweat doesn’t even spare the feet.
- Slip, oil, heat and abrasion-resistant
- Cement construction makes the shoes flexible
- Mesh lining is enriched with antimicrobial treatment
- Lightweight and durable
- Not suitable for heavy-duty labor
2. KEEN Utility Men's Atlanta Cool Steel Toe Work Shoe - Best Bang for the Buck
These shoes are made out of leather and fabric and are slip resistant. They do a pretty good job against oil, too. The boots have a rubber sole that has their signature bumper in the front. They are breathable and waterproof where it counts. The comfort is high quality, allowing you to be able to withstand long hours of working.
Support is another good thing about these shoes. They are pretty sturdy and last a good while. They do not work so well when walking around with ice and snow, however. Sometimes they can even give blisters, but proper sizing may help.
Steel toe shoes are sometimes challenging and painful to break in, but these do not require much if any at all. They can also fall apart somewhat easily with a good amount of wear. The comfort outweighs these advantages if that is your primary goal.
That may especially be the case since these shoes are so roomy. If you have wide feet, then perhaps you can like KEEN Utility Men's Atlanta Cool ESD Steel-Toe Work Shoe.
- Steel toe cap is covered with rubber for better protection
- Waterproof exterior keeps the interior dry and warm
- The boots are breathable, which reduces the risks of fungal infection
- Oil and slip-resistant
- The rubber in the front eventually starts to peel away
3. Skechers for Work Men's Synergy Ekron Alloy Toe Work Shoe - Editor's Choice
Skechers for Work Men's Synergy Ekron Alloy Toe Work Shoe combine sporty appearance with comfort and practicality. The simple but yet efficient design is excellent for woodworkers, carpenters, plumbers as well as the road builders.
These Sketchers alloy toe work shoes resemble the composition of sporty sneakers that don’t feel bulky and heavy on the feet.
The Sketchers 77068 series constructs of durable leather upper and padded collar and tongue that reduce the friction against the skin that may cause blisters when working long shifts.
The straightforward lace-up system gives enough control to make the fit as comfortable as possible.
Features such as safety toe cap that meets ASTM F2413-2011 I/75 C/75 safety standards and electrical hazard protection help prevent or at least reduce the impact of serious injuries. To prevent smaller risks, such as slipping on the wet or oily surface, the slip-resistant sole creates enough resistance that helps workers make much securer steps.
- Modern sporty appearance
- Padded collar and tongue improve the comfort
- Modern sporty appearance
- The efficient traditional lace-up system offers control over the fit
- Few complaints about shoes quickly wearing off and falling apart
4. Timberland PRO Men’s Pitboss 6” Steel-Toe Boot
Timberland has remarkable sustainability and dedication to keeping boots waterproof and comfortable. These leather steel toe boots are comfortable to the max. The synthetic sole aids in the natural break in period. Soft and able to be worn all day, these boots are at the very top when it comes to comfort.
One thing to note is that this pair does tend to wear over a short amount of time. The softness of the shoe, unfortunately, means they are not as durable.
If the wrong size is chosen, they can be a little pinchy, but adjusting the size may be worth it. When you have the right size, you will have plenty of room to move your toes around.
They are oil resistant and moisture wicking, so you do not have to worry too much about the weather. The traction on these steel toe boots is ideal for inclement weather as well. With a removable and comfortably shaped inner sole these boots protect your feet from blisters like a dream.
Along with the Timberland brand, these come along with the knowledge that you are wearing the safest and most comfortable brand of work shoes around. They even keep your feet from being shocked by an electrical malfunction. The world renown shoe brand has its popularity for a reason, and these boots are no different.
- Both fashionable and comfortable at the same time
- Rubber outsoles are slip, oil, and abrasion-resistant
- Steel safety toed cap provides protection
- Has electrical hazard protection
- Padded collar for comfort
- Need time to break them in
5. Skechers for Work Men's Hartan Steel Toe Slip-On Shoe - Editor's Choice
Skechers is world renowned footwear industry that is recognized by its work footwear lines. Just as the casual footwear meets the high-quality standards so does the steel toe shoes.
Skechers for Work Men's Hartan Steel Toe Slip-On Shoe is really lightweight and make you feel comfortable on the feet even when working long hours.
The Skechers 77066 model is excellent for professions that require mobility and safety. The Shock absorbing midsole makes the mobility much easier because it provides firm and yet flexible cushioning. The durable leather upper makes the foot bending possible without the feeling of restriction.
The safety aspect relies on the slip and oil-resistant outsole that is a mandatory feature when working in damp weather or when dealing with oil or any other fluid. The Skechers 77066 model falls into the static dissipative footwear category that reduces static electricity hazards.
- Shock absorbing midsole provides firm and yet flexible cushioning
- The slip and oil-resistant outsole
- Static electricity protection
- Can be used for work as well as home purposes
- May not be comfortable for wide feet
6. KEEN Utility Men's Flint Low Steel Toe Work Shoe - Editor's Choice
KEEN is an internationally recognized brand that is most known footwear for hiking and working. However, this conglomerate also develops steel toe work shoes, and the KEEN Utility is just one of many series that combine comfort, durability, and safety into one inseparable unity.
The Flint Low Steel Toe Work Shoe imitate the design of casual shoes with the addition of work appropriate features, such as steel toe cap that meets ASTM F2413-11 M I/75 C/75 safety criteria. Simply said, the work shoes design doesn’t affect the performance as the bulky boots sometimes do.
Speaking of design, the KEEN Utility work shoes are made of nubuck upper and nylon mesh lining, which keeps the shoes airy and a person free of feet fungal infections.
The rubber outsole of these work shoes is oil & slip resistant, which is a crucial feature for people that work in car repair shops or woodworking shops where motor oil and wood coating represent a hazard.
- Best of the most comfortable steel toe shoes
- Breathable nubuck upper and nylon mesh lining
- Oil, slip-resistant outsole & electric hazard protection
- Flexible and comfortable work shoes
- Not suitable for heavy-duty work
Timberland is one of the world’s most renowned footwear industries that develops work as well as casual footwear.
Timberland PRO Men's 6" Rigmaster XT Steel-Toe Boots are all-purpose work boots that are durable and safe. Rubber outsoles offer secure traction on all surfaces while premium waterproof leather successfully repels the moisture when rainy days approach.
The Timberland Pro series offers steel safety toe protection, oil resistance, abrasion resistance, heat resistance and electrical hazard protection.
These boots are excellent for construction site workers that face hazardous obstacles on a daily basis in rugged worksite conditions.
The 6’’ model also comes with fiber glass shank is great for structural support and can keep these boots lasting for years.
The Timberland Pro series also has anti fatigue technology that supposedly helps reduce foot fatigue while supporting the arch and keeping your feet comfortable all day.
- Waterproof leather and seam
- Excellent for harsh working conditions
- Oil, abrasion and heat resistance
- One of the most comfortable steel toe boots for comfort
- Only one color
8. Rocky Men's Mobilite Six Inch Steel Toe Work Boot
This pair of shoes has padding around the top, where its ankle cut design is just right. They are lightweight and durable, lasting for a long time. The arch support is better than most. Sweat will be a concept of the past with TPU technology of the boots. The EVA midsole will make your feet comfortable all day long.
The authentically rugged design and feel of these boots will not hold you back. They will have you feeling good all day with no worries about falling objects or electrical mistakes. They are exceptionally comfortable and dry when dealing with wet weather.
These boots tend to have a longer break in time than the other most comfortable work boots. After breaking them in you will know that you made a good choice.
They tend to run a little big, so you may want to order a half size down if those type of things give you problems.
- Boots have special slips, oil resistant, electric hazard construction and a wide toe box to keep your feet safe & comfortable all day
- Full-grain leather makes the boots water-resistant
- Can be used many years and in any conditions
- Can’t think of one
One of the excellent invention of Timberland is Men's 26078 Titan 6" Waterproof Safety-Toe Work Boot. This model is excellent for heavy-duty works where comfort, durability, and safety are much needed.
The comfort of the shoes comes from Powerfit comfort system that supports natural foot movement. The high-cut 6-inch shaft is generously padded for maximum support throughout the whole day.
The 26078 model has a lining that keeps worker’s feet snug and warm in the cold and damp environments. The moisture channeling mesh lining is breathable material that will make your feet dry and secure of any fungus infection risks.
The dominant and most noticeable feature of these boots surely is full grain leather that stops moisture from flooding the whole interior.
The Timberland PRO Men's 26078 Titan model also has the polyurethane midsole that is designed with the help of Outlast technology. This series is also well known for an abrasion, oil and slip-resistant outsole for better traction on demanding surfaces.
- Waterproof construction
- Electrical Hazard protection
- Moisture channeling mesh lining is breathable
- Has electrical hazard protection
- Has an alloy toe cap (they are lighter and as strong as steel)
10. Thorogood Men's Heritage 8 Inch Safety Toe Work Boot
Thorogood is one of leading footwear industries that
This model is made of the oil-tanned leather upper that prevents the moisture from flooding the cushiony interior.
Speaking of the interior, removable dual-density footbed improves the overall comfort that surely is very well welcomed when working long hours.
Every construction site represents an obstacle course where accidents are part of everyday reality. The Thorogood 8" work boots have exclusive oil and slip-resistant polyurethane outsole that provides maximum traction on the ground. While speaking of work accidents, these steel-toe boots also have electrical hazard protection that comes in handy when working with electricity.
- Oil and slip-resistant polyurethane outsole
- Electrical hazard protection
- Goodyear storm welt construction securely seals the boots
- Made in the USA
- Not cheap
The KEEN Utility Men's Pittsburgh Steel Toe Work Boots are made of both leather and fabric. Ideal for all day comfort, these boots have a short break in period.
They have a bit of a snug fit resulting in occasional blisters. Breaking them in or getting a larger size can help alleviate some of the tight space. There is a plate in the tongue of the boot to protect the tops of your feet as well.
They made of the best Keen's technologies, so there is no need to worry about most impacts either. They are perfect for outside work and warehouse work, anything that you find yourself doing from day to day.
- Oil, slip-resistant, durable rubber outsole and good ankle support
- Great to wear in both warm and cold temperatures. Suitable for all weather conditions
- Great for heavy duty work
- One of the most comfortable steel toe shoes 2017
- Some colours are not the same as what is shown online. They differ a bit
For my friends – they love Thorogood Men's steel toe work boots. They swear by them. They will not purchase any other boots. They are just as dedicated to them as I am to my Timberland PRO shoes. Why you may ask? It is because they work. They fit them just perfectly and they are sturdy and comfortable. Exactly how steel toe shoes should fit you.
Thorogood is known for their work boots for both manufacturing and construction – even for miners. They offer a Goodyear Welt construction and Vibram outsole which means they are durable, safe and comfortable.
If you are looking for all three in a work boot, then look no further than the Thorogood Men's 804-4200 6" Steel-Toe Work Boot. I recognize Thorogoods by their sturdy boot look. It is odd to see them in boot form. You have the safety minus the bulk so you can run from site to site and not be weighed down.
So these boots are made of full-grain leather. This material allow your foot to breathe and prevents foot funguses from spreading and causing odor. I hate nothing more than a smelly foot, and hate a smelly work boot even more. It just lingers wherever you go.
The outsole is slip, oil resistant in which is a necessity for anyone who works outside. If you work for a car repair shop or do some woodworking, then you know the importance of a slip resistant sole when there is oil on the ground.
- Short break in period
- Has a slip, oil-resistant outsole
- Suitable for standing on concrete
- American made work boots
13. Caterpillar Men’s Second Shift Steel Toe Work Boots
Caterpillar Men’s Second Shift Steel Toe Boots are versatile and can be used for industrial as well as home purposes. The model is made of 100% full grain leather and nylon mesh; therefore they are waterproof as well as breathable. The moisture resistance and airiness makes the shoes suitable for humid as well as dry climates.
The nylon mesh and all-terrain traction are very well welcomed throughout the four season of the year that bring diverse weather conditions. The all-year usability reduces the expenses of buying separate seasonal footwear.
The Caterpillar Man’s Second Shift Steel Boots have impressive safety attributes. The ASTM F2413-11 I/75 c/75 Steel Toe offers security for every occasion. The shoes protect from electrical hazard and have high-quality slip resistant rubber sole.
The lightness of the shoes, which measures only 2 pounds, feels natural and doesn’t waste worker’s energy for simplest tasks such as walking.
- Flexible rubber sole and climasphere insole
- Waterproof and slip-resistant
- Can be used throughout the whole year and in different conditions
- Can be used for work, home purposes and riding motorcycle
- Removable gel insoles
14. Wolverine Men’s Steel Toe Raider Boot
With mesh lining and a rubber sole, these comfortable steel toe shoes are somewhat customizable. They have a removable foot bed so you can put your own in quickly. You will probably want to do that to begin with. They are at maximum comfort with insoles that conform to your feet a bit more.
Wolverine has been in business since 1883, constructing well-made shoes for their customers. They were built upon his values of innovation and quality craftsmanship, and it shows to this day.
These specially made steel toe shoe have the movability of an athletic shoe while still protecting and maintaining the durability of a work shoe. The waterproofing on these shoes could be somewhat more efficient and may limit your ability to work in damp places for extended amounts of time.
So while they have a few quips, they are still amazingly comfortable and worth the price. Moreover, with a cool name like Raider, you cannot go wrong with these shoes.
- Waterproof construction
- Great-looking, durable and comfortable work shoes
- Very easy to have break them in
- With mesh lining makes the shoes breathable and a rubber sole
- Not suitable for standing all day (over 10 hours a day)
15. KEEN Utility Men's Braddock Mid Steel Toe Work Boot
Keen footwear is well known for the comfort and significant rubbery cover in the front. This model is no different when it comes to comfort, durability and safety aspects. These shoes are very flexible and because of this feature they can be used for work purposes as well as hiking.
The insole and interior are cushiony and excellent for long 12 hours shifts. The outer sole is just as impressive as the inside.
Braddock Mid steel toe shoes have oil and slip resistant rubber outsole. The resistant tough-tec leather can bear light rain and not downpours and puddles.
The Braddock Mid model has 90-degree heel and left and right asymmetrical steel toe. The locking metal hooks and lacing eyelets make the fit secure even during intense movements. The shaft of the shoes is also extended and measures 5’’ from arch for better ankle support.
- Flexible sole and comfortable insole
- Steel toe covered in rubber for maximum protection
- Can be used for walking & hiking
- Shoes break in quickly
Why Wear Personal Protective Equipment?
PPE is something every worker who has been around any mechanical or large equipment knows about. Employers ensure that each and every person in their employ has a working knowledge of safety regulations and can react to situations in a safe manner. Your safety training, drives home the importance of being careful and using the equipment correctly.
Personal Protective Equipment is one of the greatest emphases during this training. The company may provide your safety vest and glasses, gloves and all of that safety knowledge, but picking out your shoes in on you. They give you some regulations, but the final decision is yours. It is really up to your feet, though, right?
The Importance of Most Comfortable Steel Toe Shoes
Why would you skimp on comfort for the sake of saving a little money? Hard work can be rewarding and time-consuming. Spending all that time on your feet with discomfort will sometimes distract you from a job well done. Besides that, being uncomfortable is just, well, uncomfortable. It is not a good feeling to be dealing with when other things may be of more importance, like correctly lifting that box instead of trying to raise it in a way that doesn’t hurt your feet.
Comfort is not a luxury when it comes to your feet. They take the weight of most of your daily tasks. Taking care of them is more important than some may realize. High-quality shoes that protect them and provide maximum comfort are worth the hike.
What Shoe is Right for You?
How do you choose a type of shoe for its comfort? There are some features and designs to look out for that help your feet be at their best. The kind of metal is not always steel, and this can have an effect on the overall comfort.
How the metal is put inside the shoe is also good to watch out for. They do not always have an ideal design. Figuring out what type of shoe is best for you is just the beginning of your search for the best steel toe shoes.
The design is, of course, another factor. Being that you will most likely be on your feet all day, you will want something that will barely even feel there. Wet socks are a huge pet peeve of mine, so I know many people dislike it too. Who would not? Shoes that can withstand a little water are always kind of cool.
Depending on what specifications you need for your use of these shoes, the perfect pair is out there. Keeping your personal needs in mind, also look for steel toe shoes that are suitable for any pre-existing foot problems you may have. Every type of shoe is different, just like every pair of feet is different.
Maximize Comfort: Outside Factors That Affect Your Shoes
The kind of socks you wear also have an effect on your steel toe shoe comfort. You do not even have to deliberate which ones to get. They sell socks specially made for steel toe shoes. They tend to add extra cushioning and warmth if the climate you are working in can get cold.
There are other things like insoles that you can add to increase comfort. You can find ultra-personalized soles that you can buy in many stores. Whether you need arch support, heel support, or just want an all-around softer walking surface, they will have it all.
We’ll be going over just five of the best pairs that will keep your feet safe and comfortable. You have a difficult decidion to make, for they are all high quality and trusted brands. Sticking to companies that have a solid reputation is always a good idea when looking for new work shoes.
My Story Of The Best Steel Toe Shoes
In no particular order, these boots are all steel toe shoes for any situation. Each pair has their pros and cons. The final choice is up to your feet to decide which is best for your particular case. Most comfortable steel toe shoes are out there, and it is only a matter of time until it finds you.
This may be the case, but I think one of them stands out from the rest. The brand and reliability of the company are both well-known and trustworthy.
I may be a little biased, though, so forgive me. Timberland PRO Men’s Pitboss 6” Steel-Toe Boot is my favorite out of the ten. The safety and comfort are on par with not only a majority of regulations but with the demands of a long work day.
My first pair of boots is Timberlands, and I could not tell you that I knew comfort was an issue. I will even let you in on a secret… I got mine secondhand. They had lasted for a long time even though they had obvious signs of wear when I got them. They will undoubtedly last me much longer.
I just bought a new waterproof pair of Timberlands to wear as well. My old ones did not handle water as well as I would have liked. Their trusted name and high quality have me confident that my new pair will be just as great as my others. I have some feet issues of my own and need special insoles. They fit perfectly inside the ones that I wear now and are more comfortable than some of my other pairs of shoes.
These boots will likely be the same. With comfort as the primary goal, they will have your feet thanking you for giving them a break. I expect no less from the boots on their way to me right now.
Regardless of which of these boots you choose, you will be making a sound choice. With a little deliberation, you will be able to find the one that best suits your needs. Remember to tailor your search to your personal needs. Your search will go easier if you know how your feet will handle different pairs of shoes.
Timberland PRO Men's Powertrain Sport Alloy Toe EH Industrial and Construction Shoe take the first place in “the most comfortable steel toe shoes 2017 battle” because they combine comfort, durability, and safety into one harmonious unity. The exterior, as well as the interior of the shoes, is comfortable, flexible, waterproof and slip-resistant.