How to find the most comfortable work boots?
When you are choosing the most suitable pair for yourself, it is crucial that you have an idea of what kind of features you expect them to have, and to make sure that they will serve the purpose which you are buying them for. Apart from the obvious features they should have, such as: protection, sturdiness, durability, warmth, protection and safety, they need to fit you perfectly and provide all the comfort possible. Of course, the actual style, materials and color of the boots play a role when choosing a new pair, but it is important that in the end you get the work boots which fit you the best and provide the most comfort to your feet and your body as a whole. Just imagine spending all day at work or outside wearing uncomfortable shoes…
Our top choices for comfort
So, overall, the choice of the best pair is a complex issue, and is the combination of personal preferences and the craftsmanship of the shoe make. Since comfort is one of the leading factors when making such a choice, we would like to offer you our personal assessment of the wide variety of safety boots which we have reviewed and which has led us to pick the top five most comfortable work boots for standing all day and currently available on the market:
Timberland PRO men’s soft toe boot
The Timberland PRO men’s soft toe boot is definitely among our favorite five. They resemble the original 6-inch Timberland’s but have some added features which allow them to surpass the classic model. They are made of waterproof leather and are fitted with Timberland PRO rubber soles for better traction in order to keep you safe from slipping on spills and slippery surfaces.
On the inside, these Timberland PRO work boots are well insulated allowing for the feet to stay warm and dry at all times. The inner lining and footbed are antimicrobially treated which prevents the unpleasant foot odor, commonly occurring after spending long and strenuous hours wearing them.
What makes this pair truly comfortable is the special Timberland PRO 24/7 Comfort Suspension system providing excellent support for the foot arches and cushions the feet in a way which minimizes foot fatigue and soreness of the feet.
They have oil resistant outsoles and are comfortable enough both for work and for everyday wearing.
Thorogood men’s 814-4200 American Heritage 6” Moc Toe Boots
The other pair we chose as one of our top five most comfortable ones are the Thorogood men’s 814-4200 American Heritage 6” Moc Toe. The best thing about them is that they are both comfortable also are guaranteed to last you for years and years.
The high quality tobacco oil tanned leather design with crepe soles is complemented with a soft and comfortable cotton drill vamp lining. The Thorogood work boots have an advanced removable dual density footbed for ultimate shock absorption on their comfort cushion insoles. These features make this pair one of the most comfy ones you will ever try on.
Along with the added comfort and the fatigue prevention features, the American heritage work boots have rubber midsoles, vibram rubber wedges and fiberglass shanks. The high quality make and the Goodyear welt design are a guarantee for sturdiness and durability, so if you choose to buy this pair, you are in for a very rewarding and long-term investment.
Wolverine Men’s W02421 Raider Boot
Our third choice in the most comfortable work boot category is the Wolverine Men’s W02421 Raider Boot. Made of top quality leather nubuck and the single stitched welt and a tough rubber soul, these boots are made to last but at the same time to provide the comfort which everyone needs when working all day long.
These Wolverine Raider boots have special shock absorbing compression pads which are molded to the outsole to reduce the stress on the feet and to minimize fatigue. The multishox contour welt construction plus the full cushion footbed add to that comfort and nice fit adds to the safe and comfy feeling when wearing them.
While keeping the feet warm, these six inch lace-up boots have moisture managing mesh linings to keep the water and sweat away and ensure that the feet are healthy and dry throughout the day.
So, if you want a durable, safe and yet extremely comfortable pair of safety boots, the Raider could be the ones for you!
Timberland PRO Men’s Endurance waterproof 6” work boot
Another model which made it into our top most comfortable five is the Timberland PRO Men’s Endurance waterproof 6” work boot. There is no need for an introduction to the classic Timberland brand, but we have picked this particular model because of the various extra features it has, allowing it to be one of the top five most comfortable safety boots currently available.
They are designed to provide maximum safety for the person wearing them – in any kind of harsh and hazardous conditions. The steel toe, plus the special anti-slip, oil and abrasion rubber outsole will keep your feet and yourself safe from slipping, and from hurting your toes or feet while working. An additional safety feature is the Steel-Flex puncture resistant plates which they have to keep the feet safe from accidental injuries. The boots are waterproof, so no more freezing cold feet!
They are fitted with anti-fatigue and shock absorption features to help revitalize the feet after a long day at the job. In fact, these Timberland boots are so comfortable, that you will dread taking them off at the end of the day.
The combination of safety and comfort which this model provides make the Timberland PRO Endurance the perfect choice for men people who spend long hours working and standing on their feet. The excellent make and durability of these boots will ensure that you have them for a long time too.
Chippewa Men’s 6” Rugged Handcrafted Lace-Up boot
Last but not least in our top five list are the Chippewa Men’s 6” Rugged Handcrafted Lace-Up boots. Theis chocolate Apache colored pair has a unique design featuring the American flag lace pin on the 6-inch D-ring lacing and a contrast midsole and vibram sole.
These handcrafted Chippewa work boots are not only stylish and extremely durable, but are also designed to provide total comfort for the feet. Once you break them in, you will not want to wear any other type of shoe!
They are fitted with removable cushion inserts, and have drill vamp lining. This rugged but high quality pair could last for a decade, and will provide the person wearing them with constant comfort, warmth and safety during work or when enjoying some free time.
Of course, you must keep into consideration exactly what you need these boots for. After all, it does matter whether you are buying them to fit into the new lumbersexual fashion style, or if rather you need boots to wear during the long work hours at a car shop or a construction site.
Some work boots have extra safety features, such as electric hazard resistant, oil, alkaline or petrol resistance, steel, aluminum or composite safety toe cap to keep the toes and the feet safe from falling instruments and heavy materials and objects. Most of them have soles with added traction to prevent slipping and falling, and many have an extra ankle protection grip feature as well.
Many of them offer an extra anti-abrasion feature and are also safe from being punctured after stepping on nails or other sharp objects, for example.
Naturally if you spend a lot of time outdoors or work some sort of field work, you should look for work shoes which are 100% water-resistant.
But not only are the shoe manufacturers designing and making these boots to provide the ultimate protection and safety, they are also focusing on making their shoes as ergonomic as possible. Everyone knows what it is like to have sore and tired feet after a long day of work. The best work boots today offer a number of features which help relieve the fatigue, soreness as well as the unpleasant sweating of the feet.
For extra comfort, some shoe makers add special antimicrobially-treated insoles, in order to fight off the harmful bacteria which cause that nasty foot odor.
Most work shoes also have advanced mesh fitting systems which help keep the moisture away from the feet thus keeping them dry and healthy.
Of course, if you want these shoes as every day streetwear, you may go for the models which are lighter or do not have such advanced protection systems.
Nevertheless, make sure that when you are shopping, you strive toward the most comfortable ones.
Features that contribute to comfort
Obviously, when searching for the most suitable work boots for yourself, you need to have a clear idea about the kind of characteristics and features you are looking for exactly.
For example, if you work in a factory or garage where petrol and other oily or slippery spillages are common, then you probably should be looking at a pair which is slip-resistant, and is oil, petroleum and alkaline resistant.
If you work in a warehouse or construction site, where there is a big risk of dropping a heavy instrument, material or object on your foot, then we recommend looking for safety work shoes with steel, aluminum or composite toe caps. There are work shoes which offer extra safety protection for the feet from accidental puncturing of the sole.
If you spend a lot of time outside and want shoes which will keep your feet dry and warm during the day, then you should consider getting a pair which provides warmth and is waterproof, and yet has a “breathable” fitting to avoid sweating and foot odor. You can also look at the models which have extra comfort ankle pads, and added insoles and antibacterial features to keep the feet healthy and non-smelly. The leading work boot models have complex systems and designs which will allow for the reduction and minimization of fatigue in the feet, so this is another feature you probably should be looking for.
If you are in search for footwear to wear as a fashion statement, then the features obviously will be the design, the material and the make of the model, which is entirely up to your personal taste.
When looking for work boots you should try to find a pair which will serve you well and for the longest time. You can be sure that the investment in a higher-end and yet more durable safety footwear will pay off in the long run.
The bottom line though is, that whichever model and brand you choose – make sure that they fit and that they are comfortable to wear and to walk in!