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Most Comfortable Work Boots 2017 – Buyer’s Guide and In-Depth Reviews

In today’s economy, a lot of people like to work longer hours or even multiple jobs to ensure that they are able to make ends meet and most of these jobs require physical labor from the individual. It can be quite stressful to the feet when you decide to work these longer hours and thus it is harder to continue this trend, but with the most comfortable work boots, you can certainly accomplish this and still have the comfort of walking around at home.

We were able to get our hands on a few of these boots and test them out to ensure that they match the quality and comfort required to be the one. These boots might be expensive at first, but it is worth noting that you will have more and more comfort and also save a few dollars on those dreaded medical bills when it comes to joint pain and feet problems.

Before we look at the top 15 work boots, you need to know exactly what you need to look out for in the process of purchasing these boots and therefore, we have compiled a list of features that we believe will help ensure that you have quality and value for your hard-earned cash.

Top 15 Most Comfortable Work Boots For Men 2017

Soft toe work boots are generally preferred by those who do not need that extra protection. These boots might also be a little more comfortable than the alloy or steel toe boots and you will have another advantage of them being lightweight as well. Here are our to lightweight soft toe work boots for 2017:

1. Timberland PRO Men's Pitboss 6" Soft-Toe Boot - Editor's Choice

Comfort: 90/100
Safety: 80/100
Durability: 85/100
Waterproof: 75/100

Timberland has been well-known for their farming boots and many people love their boots for the multifunctional use that it provides and the easy and short break in periods. We were able to reach out to a few of the people that like these boots and most of them love the comfort that it provides and the multiple years’ worth of use that they have gotten from the boots and this will certainly ensure that you get quality and value for your money.

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  • Shorter ankle shaft for more maneuverability
  • Durable leather construction
  • Around cushioning on the inside
  • Abrasion and slip resistant designs
  • Light colored design does retain dirt after prolonged use

2. Thorogood Men's 814-4200 American Heritage 6" Moc Toe Boot - Editor's Choice

Comfort: 95/100
Safety: 80/100
Durability: 90/100
Waterproof: 75/100

Designed for construction and farming purposes, this high-quality boot will definitely provide the user with value and the slip resistant outsole has been tested to be resistant to oil slips as well. This will make any water puddle or spillage nothing more than child’s play.

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  • Durable welt leather construction
  • Comfortable first-time fit
  • Short break in period
  • Multiple moldable cushioning features
  • Lack of steel toe might not be good for construction of mining

3. Wolverine Men's W02421 Raider Boot

Comfort: 85/100
Safety: 85/100
Durability: 90/100
Waterproof: 70/100

The Wolverine Men's Raider boot is one of the more standard looking and high quality work boots. The boot features the standard high-quality feel and the imported leather will certainly add to the quality of the product.

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  • High-quality exterior to ensure quality
  • Non-slip rubber sole
  • Stylish embossed Wolverine logo
  • Smooth transitioning system with every step
  • The boots may be a little tough to break in at first

4. Irish Setter Men's 83605 6" Work Boot

Comfort: 90/100
Safety: 80/100
Durability: 85/100
Waterproof: 75/100

Featuring a stylish light brown color, the Irish Setter men’s 83605 6" work boot is one of the most comfortable work boots ever for multifunctional use. The boot features a speed lacing system that will allow you to quickly lace up your boots and also provide you with a tight fit.

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  • Features a speed lacing system
  • Tested in extreme conditions
  • Provides comfort to supinated and pronated feet
  • Features added flexibility
  • May be difficult to keep clean

5. Red Wing Heritage Men's Blacksmith-M Work Boot

Comfort: 95/100
Safety: 80/100
Durability: 90/100
Waterproof: 70/100

We had to take a look at one pair for business use and find a pair of boots that is not only durable, but will also provide you with a lot of comfort. These Heritage men’s blacksmith boots have been specifically designed for multifunctional use, but when you see the style, you will immediately notice that it will work well with almost any suit and business clothing item.

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  • Durable welt construction
  • Slip resistant Vibram outsole
  • Comfortable ankle area that is abrasion resistant
  • Made in the US
  • Might be expensive at first
The steel and alloy toe boots are designed to keep your feet safe in hazardous environments. The moment you need to go to a construction site or you need to walk underneath anything that could potentially fall, these boots should be ideal for those situations. Here is our selection of the top steel and alloy toe boots of 2017:

6. Timberland PRO Men's Powertrain Sports Alloy Toe EH Industrial and Construction Shoe - Editor's Choice

Comfort: 95/100
Safety: 90/100
Durability: 85/100
Waterproof: 80/100

The Timberland PRO men's powertrain sports alloy toe EH industrial and construction shoe is one of the more comfortable constructions and building shoes that you can find. Many people are used to using leather boots for their construction endeavors, but these shoes can actually be very heavy and expensive. If you are looking for something more lightweight, these boots should be perfect for you.

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  • Tear resistant
  • Good flexibility and versatility
  • Great stability
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Reasonably priced
  • Might lack long term durability

7. Timberland PRO Men's 26078 Titan 6" Waterproof Safety-Toe Work Boot - Editor's Choice

Comfort: 85/100
Safety: 90/100
Durability: 85/100
Waterproof: 90/100

Timberland Pro has been well-known for the quality of shoes they produce and the Titan 6" waterproof safety toe work boot is definitely one of their best boots. The boots are made from leather on the exterior and this definitely improves the durability to allow you to work in more strenuous environment, while the added alloy safety toe feature is great for protecting your feet from any falling objects as well.

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  • Durable leather construction
  • Comfortable inner midsole
  • Has an alloy toe for lightweight protection (as strong as steel toe)
  • Treated with antimicrobial properties
  • Stylish mid-cut design
  • Commands an expensive price

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8. KEEN Utility Men's Flint Low Steel Toe Work Shoe

Comfort: 85/100
Safety: 85/100
Durability: 80/100
Waterproof: 75/100

The KEEN Utility men’s flint low steel toe work boot is one of the most durable and still effect steel toe boots that you could find on the market today. The shoe has been constructed from extremely durable leather and this might make it more expensive, but luckily your boot will also be completely tear resistant.

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  • Great durability
  • Good stability
  • TSS technology will improve the overall construction
  • Stylish design
  • Really affordable
  • Low cut design might be dangerous

9. KEEN Utility Men's Pittsburgh Steel Toe Work Boot - Editor's Choice

Comfort: 90/100
Safety: 95/100
Durability: 85/100
Waterproof: 80/100

The KEEN Utility men’s Pittsburgh steel toe work boot is another high cut boot that should offer you maximum protection from the environment and also keep anything from getting inside. The boot has been constructed from a mixture of leather and other fabrics. This construction will make the boots very durable and you should not have any troubles or concerns about potential tears and breaks.

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  • Extremely durable
  • Stylish design
  • Offers great protection
  • Includes a moldable EVA sole
  • Comfortable fit
  • Quite heavy
  • Expensive
Many people might not like the feeling of alloy or steel and these boots might also feel a little heavier for the lighter walker. We have also decided to look into a few of the top composite toe work boots and find the best that is currently available on the market. Here is our selection of the most comfortable composite toe work boots of 2017:

10. Carhartt Men's CMF6366 6 Inch Composite Toe Boot - Editor's Choice

Comfort: 80/100
Safety: 90/100
Durability: 80/100
Waterproof: 90/100

The Carhartt men's CMF6366 6-inch composite toe work boot is one of the lighter safety boots that you could choose for your job. The boots are also very stylish and they have been constructed from premium leather materials. This leather will ensure that you are capable of getting as much out of them in terms of durability. The boots have been carefully stitched and this means that there should not be any way that they could tear or rip.

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  • Extremely durable
  • Stylish Rugged design
  • Moldable EVA midsole
  • Lightweight
  • Reasonably priced
  • Runs very small and narrow in the sizing department

11. Timberland PRO Men's Boondock 6" Waterproof Non-Insulated Work Boot 

Comfort: 85/100
Safety: 90/100
Durability: 80/100
Waterproof: 95/100

We managed to get our hands on a pair of this well-designed and high quality pair of boots and we did not hesitate to put the boot through a few tests. The fitting period was one of the essential talking points at first because of the huge design and the comfortable manner in which your feet will easily slip inside. We do recommend taking your average size even though the boot might be half a size bigger as the added space will reduce the break in period and provide you with more comfort.

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  • Great for multifunctional use
  • Waterproof
  • Durable Goodyear welt construction
  • Can be seen as an investment
  • Larger size might not be comfortable to everyone

12. Danner Men's Vicious 4.5 Inch Non-Metallic Toe Work Boot

Comfort: 85/100
Safety: 85/100
Durability: 80/100
Waterproof: 75/100

Next, we have the Danner men’s Vicious 4.5-inch nonmetallic toe work boot. This work boot is designed by one of the top footwear brands in the world and Danner has certainly done their best to ensure that they give you the best possible quality. The boot has been constructed from premium full grain leather and this leather will greatly improve the usability and the overall durability.

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  • Excellent durability
  • Fast break in period
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Waterproof and slip resistant
  • Stylish rugged design
  • Quite expensive

13. Wolverine Men's Legend 6 Inch Waterproof Comp Toe Work Shoe - Editor's Choice

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Comfort: 90/100
Safety: 90/100
Durability: 85/100
Waterproof: 95/100

Aside from the comfort and durability, we love the Wolverine brand for the style that they bring to the table in their shoes. This boot features a fully cushioned shaft that measures approximately 6 inches from the arch and thus it I will also provide more protection from higher grass and thorny plants in the jungle like terrain. Woodcutters will also enjoy the softer design and that the entire boot molds to your walking pattern on those uneven surfaces.

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  • A lot of patented features will set you apart from the rest
  • Great for pronated and supinated feet
  • Durable welt construction
  • Stylish design
  • Softer design might damage from wear and tear over time
Many people might not like the thought of having laces that they need to tie up before work. If you are one of those people, you should not worry, because we still have you covered. Here is our number one pick for the most comfortable pull-on work boots of 2017:

14. Ariat Men's Workhog Pull-on H2O Work Boot

Comfort: 85/100
Safety: 80/100
Durability: 90/100
Waterproof: 80/100

Made mainly of leather, this work boots from Ariat can impress you with its solid and durable construction and stylish design. It even has a Western flair, which adds up to its great look.

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  • Comfortable to wear and easy to slip on
  • Has a great traction
  • Sort of suede finish, which is good if you want to shine it regularly
  • Has an extra wide shank featured in the boots’ sole, making it more stable when used in steps and ladders
  • Offers a nice support for your toes and feet
  • Has minimal arch support
The top USA shoe brands love to put a lot of time and effort into creating the best footwear that the possibly can. If you love US brands, you should also look at a few we have in the earlier parts of the review, but we decided to change things up and we have selected this boot as out pick for the number one US made work boot of 2017:

15. Justin Original Work Boots Men's Double Comfort Work Boot

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Comfort: 90/100
Safety: 80/100
Durability: 80/100
Waterproof: 75/100

Featuring an extremely unique design and a 8,5 inch shaft, these boots have been designed for individuals with slimmer feet. We were able to try them on and they perfectly match the style of most business people, but they have been multi-functionally designed for outdoor use as well.

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  • Unique and stylish design that matches most wardrobes
  • Really affordable
  • Offers a lot of comforts
  • Moldable Cambrelle insole for pronated and supinated feet
  • Made in the USA
  • Longer lacing feature might waste time and be confusing at first

Work Boots Buyer’s Guide

Key Features to Take Note of in the Most Comfortable Work Boots

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Money is the real driving force behind the decision of working longer hours or in more treacherous conditions, but money should not be the main focus point when you are looking for the most comfortable work boots and thus you will need to spend a few bucks to ensure that your feet are adequately protected and that you have capabilities of withstanding fatigue.

1. Durability

Durability has always been an important point in shoes and it is very important to make sure that your boots will have the capabilities of resisting the terrain and giving you multiple years of use.

We recommend looking for high-quality leather materials and rubber or textile outsoles to provide you with this quality.

2. Inner Cushioning

When it comes to comfort, the inner part of the boot is the most important and you would need to look at the quality of the inner sole.

Most high-quality boots will feature a durable and moldable insole that will mold to the shape of your feet and thus be very beneficial for both pronated and supinated feet.

3. Shock Absorbent Features

When walking in tough terrains, it is important to ensure that the boot will have shock absorbent features to allow you to jump from higher places and the shock will be evenly spread throughout the boot.

This feature can even be added to the top part of the boot and if you cannot afford a boot with a steel toe, this should be the next thing to look out for.

4. Spacious Interior Design

Interior design is not only important when it comes to our homes, but will also play a very important role in terms of having quality and value for your money when you are buying a new pair of boots.

We like to recommend a spacious interior that will not squeeze your foot and this will also greatly reduce the strain from the break in period and it might even shorten this period significantly.

5. Lacing

The laces can be quite troubling if you are not comfortable with them or the high that is required for optimal lacing. If the boot is too loose, it will become irritating and keep sliding around and this could really spoil the day. Having the perfect lace technology will ensure that you have more comfort.

6. Slip Resistance

One thing you might be inclined to overlook when you are buying comfortable work shoes is the outer sole. While shock absorption technology is great, the composition of the outer sole is also very vital. We recommend looking for decent rubber lugs that will be slip resistant to not only the water puddles, but also to the oily surfaces. This can definitely ensure that you have the maximum results when spending so much money on these boots.

7. Toe Type

There are multiple different types of protection that you could choose for your boots. The composite toe is the lighter choice, but it can also be quite durable and will be easier to wear. Steel toes will offer you much more secure protection, but these boots are generally quite heavy and in certain cases, they can also be more expensive. The alloy toe comes in the middle and these should allow you to have decent flexibility as well as great protection from anything that could potentially damage your feet.

8. Waterproof

Since these boots will not only be perfect for those who love walk and work in comfort, they are also mostly waterproof. Many people might have jobs in those strenuous environments and these waterproof features can ensure that you do not have the water getting inside and soaking the entire boot to make them uncomfortable.

9. Added Support

Most jobs will require you to work on those tough and sometimes uneven surfaces. Having a great steel shank that will support your feet is fundamental. The added support will ensure that your feet and ankles never get damaged and they will keep the joints secure. Those suffering from weak feet or past injuries should look at this support structure very closely.

All of these features are equally important when it comes to assuring comfort, but you also need to make sure that you are getting value for your money and therefore, the durability will play an important role.

These features might be expensive, especially if the boot has been constructed or even handmade in the United States, but it is easier to trust the US with quality in the end. We recommend that you pay special attention to these features and you can be sure to never go wrong. 

Why Buy The Most Comfortable Boots

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The most comfortable mens boots will make you work much better and there will not be as many distractions that you need to worry about. If you buy the best work boots for your job and you have decent comfort, you should not need to worry about those bad abrasions that could potentially come and ruin the day. The other thing that you might find is that the productivity levels are also greatly increased and this should allow you to get more done when you are at work.

Top Brands That You Should Consider Buying

Brands are usually important and many companies to make their shoes quite unique and different than you will find in others. We have chosen the top brands that we feel you should look into supporting, as these brands will give you excellent value for your money. Sometimes, you will also find that the price is higher on some of the more established brands, but this is because they have earned the right to have these increased price tags. Here is our selection of the top brands that you should consider buying for comfort in 2017:

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1. Red Wing Heritage

The Red Wing Heritage brand is one of the top brands that has been designed in the USA. Then Heritage does give you excellent durability and will also ensure that you have great comfort. The only downside to these boots will be the large price tag. If you do manage to get past this price tag, you will find that the boots are also the most stylish working boots currently on the market.

These boots have also been triple stitched and this triple stitching will significantly improve the shoe capabilities to resist any tears that could occur. Their outer soles are also completely resistant to any slips that might occur when there are a few spills in the way.

2. Thorogood

The Thorogood boot brand is one of the oldest boot brands in the US. These boots are designed from stylish tobacco leather and this gives it that awesome rugged look. The Thorogood brand is one of the top brands that many people prefer thanks to the lack of any break in period. The boots are also much cheaper than the Red Wing Heritage brand.

We recommend this brand to those who love the tough and rugged designs. The break in period will certainly make a huge difference and there should be no way that you have to go through the suffering of those tough abrasions.

3. Timberland

Timberland is one of the top brands on the market today. They have been known for their impressive durability and the ruggedness of their boots. These shoes are not as expensive as the Red Wing Heritage brand and they also offer you a great opportunity to get a durable and comfortable shoe at an affordable price.

Timberland also features and extremely wide selection of boots that you could choose from. They have a low-cut and mid-cut design. These designs will make the boots perfect for those who need to work in different conditions as their selection is good for every worker.

4. KEEN

KEEN is one of the more versatile and affordable brands. They have an extremely wide selection of shoes and boots that you could choose from. The KEEN brand also offers some great support to those who are wearing their shoes. If you should have any damages, they will be glad and happy to assist you as this way they continuously improve.

The good thing about KEEN is that they do not have any excessive prices. This makes them perfect for the middle-class worker and for those who are just entering the working environment. The KEEN boots are stylishly designed and we have seen that they do work with most wardrobe styles, but the most impressive thing is the multifunctional use they offer.

5. Caterpillar

Caterpillar is one of the most trusted brands in the world today. They have also been designing technologically advanced mobile phones and they have also added good technology in their boots. The Caterpillar brand might sometimes be a little overly expensive and this could push the people towards looking at different brands.

We would highly recommend Caterpillar for those who love to get a great and stylish design. These boots will be perfect for the high-end buyer, but it is also worth mentioning that there are a few cheaper brands that you could choose from.

Best Situations Where You Might Need The Most Comfortable Work Boots

Depending on the job that you will be doing, the top comfortable work boots are designed for those special working environment. These boots will also work great when you do use them for almost any job, but we have decided to look a little deeper into a few different working areas and environments where these should excel:

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1. Concrete

Concrete surfaces are extremely hard and tough and they can sometimes be very strenuous to work on. These most comfortable boots are designed with good outer soles and these outer soles will reduce the amount of fatigue strain that is put on your joints. We highly recommend the Thorogood brand for people working on those concrete surfaces. The short break in period will be perfect for those who need to endure long days on their feet on concrete surfaces.

2. Muddy and Grassy

Many of these shoes are designed for those wetter environments and these environments will require you to have something waterproof or at the very least, it should be water resistant. This will keep you from slipping in the mud and you will be able to keep your feet dry when using them.

3. Oily Surfaces

Finding shoes for oily surfaces are tough and they generally do not do as they are promised. The shoes that we have selected for our list are all slip and oil resistant. If you do need to work in those factories or major kitchens, these shoes should be ideal for you. We would highly recommend the KEEN brand for those who work in those top of the range kitchens and also for those who work in the slippery factories, but still need good comfort and style.

4. Construction

In our list, you will also find shoes or boots with multiple toe designs. The alloy, steel and composite toe shoes will be perfect for those working in these volatile environments and it will ensure that your feet are adequately protected from those falling objects and even if you should accidentally stub your toe. The steel and alloy toes are the best for those who need something extremely durable, but the lightweight composite toe should be perfect for the person who needs a lightweight boot.

These 4 surfaces or working environments should be strenuous on your feet and your legs, but if you do decide to invest in one of these shoes, you will definitely see that these environments might not be so tough to work on. All of the above-mentioned boots should be perfect for your job.

Conclusion

We would like to thank you for reading this article and we hope that you now have a better understanding of the most comfortable work boots. We would love to recommend the Thorogood brand for their affordability, but we also like the Red Wing Heritage brand. If you do have the money to buy the Red Wing boots, we would highly recommend that you do make the investment.

Please let us know in the comment section below what you do think of our selection and also let us know if you think we might have missed any of your favorite boots or brands.

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http://www.sears.com/articles/shoes/men-s-shoes/types-of-work-boots.html​

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