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You are a man who works. That is what you do. With so much effort put into the work that you do, you want to be at your best, from your head to your toes. Clothing is an important part of our everyday lives and especially so when you are working. A great pair of durable work boots can enhance your performance, protect you, and comfort you for an entire day.
We wanted to find the best out there. We know the importance of protection and comfort and never settle for second best. We are not here to find you a bargain. We are here to find you the best of the best, but we know that means affordability, too. We have researched the topic and nailed down some criteria.
We looked at waterproofing, comfort, safety, and durability while remaining focused on affordability. We don’t mind paying a little more for a work boot which is going to stand the test of time. All of the boots on our list are long-lasting. They will work as hard as you do.
Our Top Picks
Talking of boots, let’s take a look at some of the best out there.
Ever Boots ‘Ultra-Dry’ Waterproof Men’s Boots
These boots have a neutral copper color which looks great on and off of the work site. They also come in a variety of sizes, so you are sure to find a pair which fit. They are waterproof, comfortable, and extremely durable.
These work boots are crafted from full-grain leather. Not only does this make them completely waterproof, but it also makes them comfortable. The leather is flexible, conforming to your foot as you move while still being a breathable material. There will be no moisture build-up inside of the shoe as the water is wicked away.
Along with being waterproof, these shoes are also insulated. If the weather gets colder, the boots will keep your feet warm, and that fact that they are breathable means that they will stay cool when it gets warmer. They are lightweight and flexible, bringing extra comfort, and they allow you to stay on your feet and move throughout the entire day. The durable polyurethane midsoles help to combat foot fatigue. You may be on your feet all day but, when you get home, you will not feel as if you have been.
These are durable and rugged boots which will bring you a lot of comfort.
Timberland Men’s White Ledge Waterproof Ankle Boot
When you hear the name Timberland, you expect something special, and that is exactly what you get with these rugged and high-quality waterproof work boots.
The boot is crafted from high-quality and durable leather with a rubber sole. This gives you a waterproof boot which is also comfortable and breathable. The water will be kept out while the moisture inside is wicked away. The rubber sole gives you flexibility and impact-resistance. There is also a dual-density EVA footbed for extra comfort if you need it, and it can also be removed if you want extra space in the boot. The padded collar protects your ankle, and the lace-up vamp secures your foot to help prevent injuries.
You will feel at home in these boots at work as you would feel hiking up a mountain. They are styl-ish, come in a variety of colors and sizes, and provide protection and comfort. These high-quality boots are going to last you for a long time.
Carhartt Men’s Rugged and Waterproof Work Boot
We love the look of these boots from Carhartt. They have a high collar, which not only looks good but also gives you extra protection against water while cradling your foot and preventing ankle injuries. The dou-ble stitching makes these boots as durable as you can get while adding to the look and feel of the boot. You have your choice of two colors and any size you may need.
The unique “Rugged Flex” technology means that the boot moves with your foot. The material will stretch and conform to your foot as you move, bringing the ultimate in comfort. You also have a flexible rubber sole which will absorb any shocks as you make your way through the work site. The padded tongue and collar help to cushion your foot as you work all day.
The full-grain leather is water-resistant, keeping your feet dry. The soles are also oil, slip, and chemical-resistant — the perfect boots for multiple job sites. You also have a composite toe which is light and protective. Bringing as much protection as a steel toe, you never need to worry about dropping anything on your toe or stubbing it against a surface.
A high-quality boot from Carharrt which will last you for a very long time.
Caterpillar Men’s Threshold Waterproof Industrial Boot
Caterpillar has a reputation for heavy-duty clothing and machinery, and they do not disappoint with these pair of boots. They are rugged and durable, featuring the bright yellow Cat branding. The leather and textile materials create a waterproof, durable, and light boot. The leather is breathable to wick away any internal moisture which bringing comfort to your foot.
The rubber outsole is not only flexible and shock-resistant, but it is slip-resistant too. We like the lace loops for added durability. Every time you tie your laces, you are not going to be pulling against the fabric of the shoe and wearing it down. On the inside, you will find a removable insole which can bring extra padding and comfort when inserted and more space when taken out.
For such a high-quality boot, from a trusted brand, we were amazed at the affordability of this work boot. It is a heavy-duty work boot which will last for a long time and not need to be repaired. For what you pay, the investment is going to pay off many times over.
Timberland PRO Men’s Rigmaster XT Steel-Toe Work Book
If you are looking for the ultimate in toe protection, then look no further than these boots. They have been crafted from 100% high-quality leather to give a look and feel like no other. The texture on the leather makes these boots unique. They also bring you the ultimate in safety.
The steel toe will protect your feet against all of the dangers of the workplace. The steel toe will hold up to any impacts, and you will never stub your toe again. The work boot also has a non-slip sole, making them perfect for work in the oil & gas industry, where you have to deal with spills all of the time.
You will love the anti-fatigue technology, especially if you are on your feet all day. The shock-absorbing technology brings you comfort which will last all day. They have also been designed to give ultimate traction on any surface, improving the comfort of the boot as your foot is not going to slip.
You will love how these boots look, but you will love the performance even more. These are the perfect work boot for almost any work site; they are comfortable and protective.
What To Know Before Buying Work Boots
Waterproof vs. Water-Resistant
When looking for a good work boot, you need to think about the weather conditions where you work. Depending on what you do, you may need a waterproof boot or only a water-resistant one. But, what is the difference?
Waterproof means that you can be exposed to wet conditions for extended periods of time and the boots will not let the water penetrate. You could even stand in water, and the water will not get through to your feet.
Water-resistant work boots will stop water from getting through temporarily. If you were to step into water or be working in the rain, you would be protected, but you will not be protected from long-term exposure.
You cannot go wrong with a pair of waterproof work boots. They will save your feet in heavy and light water conditions. If you are not exposed to a lot of water, then water-resistance will be fine.
With any item of clothing, the material is extremely important. We always recommend paying a little extra for high-quality and durable material. This is only going to save you more money in the long run.
Rubber or leather will provide you with a lot of water protection while being protective and rugged. These materials are thick and flexible while offering protection from penetration. They are easy to shape, making them great for waterproof work boots.
For anyone who has ever stubbed their toe, you know that toe protection is essential on a work site. Many work boots come with toe protection, and the toe protection can vary by degrees.
Steel toes are probably the protection which you are most familiar with. They give great protection and are almost impossible to penetrate (you can even kick things when you get angry and not damage your toes). The downside to steel is that it is heavy and conducts temperature. If you work in cold conditions, then steel is not ideal.
Aluminum toes give as much protection as steel toes do and are lighter. The downside is that they are bulkier than steel toes. They also conduct temperature, so they are also not ideal in cold condi-tions.
Composite toes can be crafted from plastic, carbon fiber, or kevlar. They provide a lot of protec-tion, and the main selling feature is that they do not conduct temperature, so your toes will not get especially cold when the temperature drops.
If you do work in cold climates, then look for a shoe which has extra insulation but be prepared for those boots to be warm when the weather begins to heat up.
Sole & Heel
The sole and heel are an important part of your shoe when it comes to safety in the workplace. You should be looking for a sole and heel which is slip-resistant (oil-resistant if you can find it). Slip-ping causes a great many accidents in the workplace, and prevention is the best cure.
Your sole and heel should also be puncture-resistant. The best way to avoid a nail in your foot is to look where you are going, but that is not always possible. Many work boots are fitted with a puncture-resistant plate in the sole to protect against anything which you may step on. Depending on where you work, you can also find acid-resistant soles.
Boots with extra protection often translate into heavier boots. Heavy boots can be uncomfortable if you are on your feet all day and moving around a lot. We have tried to find boots which are protective and light. If you need a light boot, then we recommend staying away from steel-tip boots.
Heavy-duty work boots need to be tough and strong. You may find that it takes a while for you to find comfort and you have to break in the boots first. It could take up to a month for you to break in your boots before they feel comfortable.
If you are on your feet a lot and moving around constantly, then you may want to look for a boot which has high ankle and calf support. If you carry objects a lot, then boots with metatarsal guards can help to protect your feet.
Depending on the amount of water you are going to step into, you may want to look for tall boots as well as waterproof ones. For splashes or rain, regular height boots will be fine, but if you need to wade through water, you are going to need a boot which is tall enough to not let the water in. There is nothing more uncomfortable than water in your boots.