Most Comfortable Work Boots for Standing All Day
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Alright then guys. I know we can be hard asses out on the job, but there is no doubt that we need some TLC when it comes to our foot support. As much as we want to protect our feet from a sack of bricks falling on them, we also don’t want to go home feeling like we walked over coals all day. (And we’ve all been there.)
Too often, we neglect the comfort and focus on the safety. (Maybe that’s just to keep OSHA off our back.) And I know, we don’t really have the time nor the patience to go searching the web all day to find the most comfortable work boots reviews. So take a load off and check out this easy to use resource to find the best work boots for you.
|Pictures||Brand/Name||Boot Material & Construction||Features||Rating|
|Justin Original Work Boots||- Handcrafted Gaucho Leather|
- Double Stitched Norwegian Storm Welt
|- Soft Toe|
|Dr. Martens Men's Fusion Safety-Toe Chelsea Boot||- Full Grain, Double-Stitched Leather|
- Goodyear Welt
|- Steel Toe|
|Timberland PRO Men's Pitboss 6" Steel-Toe Boot||- Nubuck Leather|
- Goodyear Welt
|- Steel Toe|
|Timberland PRO Men's 26078 Titan Work Boot||- Premium, Soft, Full-Grain Leather|
|- Alloy Safety Toe |
|Wolverine Men's Gold 6" Insulated Waterproof Boot||- Nubuck Leather |
- Direct Attached
|- Soft Toe|
- 1 What To Consider: Can’t Miss Features Of The Most Comfortable Work Boots
- 2 Advantages of Comfortable Work Boots
- 3 The B.O.S. Billboard Charts: 4 Most Comfortable Work Boots Reviews
What To Consider: Can’t Miss Features Of The Most Comfortable Work Boots
When you’re looking for the most comfortable work boots, there are a number of factors to look at. While it may seem intuitive now, too often these features are overlooked.
Just look at the boot, if it appears that the boot is stiff, it is. Plus, if you factor in a safety toe feature you are destined for some really uncomfortable boots that may take a month to break in. So be mindful of the boot material! Here are some materials you will find out there, for better or worse.
- Full Grain Leather: This is hands down, the best leather that money can buy. When you see this, it indicates that the leather has not been sanded, buffed, or snuffed to remove imperfections on the surface of the hide. Naturally, this leads to a more durable and stronger boot. While added durability can often make for less comfortable work boots, there are some ways to get a boot that is already broken in. What you will find is that some of the boots featuring full grain leather will indicate that it is “smooth full grain” or “soft full grain” leather. That will be your prompt to know that these boots will have a bit less break in time. Best of Both Worlds!!!
- Top Grain Leather: This is the most common type of leather that you will find on the best work boots. A step down from full grain leather in durability, it will up the ante with its flexibility. That’s because the fibrous “split”layer has been separated from the hide, making the leather thinner and more pliable. However, once the sanding and buffing is done, a coat is applied to the leather to seal it and creates a less breath-able boot environment. But, top grain is more resistant to stains and will definitely be more flexible from the go. So, pretty much a trade off.
- Nubuck Leather: Not seeing “top grain leather” on the boot descriptions. That is probably because manufacturers are mostly using Nubuck. This is actually just a top grain leather that has been sanded or buffed. Nubuck leather is similar to suede, but it is made from the topside of the hide, versus the underside. Basically, you will find the same pros and cons for Nubuck as mentioned in Top Grain Leather. And ultimately, this is the best option for immediate comfort while still getting solid durability.
- Suede: Much softer than your standard leather, it will also feel “wearable” from the start. That’s because suede leather is made from the underside of the skin, which is super flexible. However, since it does not include the tough exterior skin layer it is less durable than your full grain or top grain leathers and susceptible to getting its bell rung on the job site. So, you’re not going to find a lot of work boots in Suede. And just a heads up, because of its brushed look, it can often be confused with Nubuck leather, which is one of the most common materials used in work boots.
As you can see, the world of quality boot materials is full of trade offs. So you have to decide! What will it be, Durability or Comfort? Just remember, you can always break in durable work boots. It’s a lot harder to make comfortable work boots more durable. If you’re faced with that hair splitting detail, you can always refer to my article on how to break in work boots fast. That will help for sure.
Well men, does size really matter? I mean, we are just talking about 2 inches here. But I have found that it does. And what you will find is that the most common boot heights are 6” and 8”. The difference is:
- 6” Boot Height
If you want to maximize boot comfort, sticking with the 6” will be optimal. They will cover just above your ankle, providing decent support. 6″ers will generally prevent any chafing of the shins and are more lightweight than the 8”ers. Plus, you will get better airflow on your legs, which reduces swampy situations, especially with a long day’s work.
- 8” Boot Height
Superior support is provided with the 8”. Rising up towards the shin, this boot will truly support your ankles like no other. So if you are worried about twisting an ankle or anything like that, this is the way to go. Also, it does a better job of protecting you from the elements: water, snow, dirt, debris, rattlesnakes etc. On the flip side, these boots are heavier and can rub against your shins. So wear some high socks with them for additional comfort.
There aren’t any things more uncomfortable than a wet, soggy pair of feet. Especially when you got another 5 hours of work ahead of you. Wet feet will not only cause discomfort, but they can lead to some serious foot issues. That is why you should be on the hunt for waterproof boots when you are shopping for the most comfortable work boots. Two easy things to look for in a waterproof boot are:
- Leather: Nature’s answer to waterproofing. Most top of the line work boots feature high quality full grain leather that is not only durable, but wicks away water like an umbrella. Typically speaking, boots that use low grade leather, or “pleather,” are not going to do you justice. So get with the big boys, and check out leather that is deemed waterproof. BUT…You might be tacking on some more break in time with waterproof leather, as they can typically be a bit stiffer from the start.
- Gore-Tex: Another option, and almost synonymous with being waterproof. A company in it of itself, Gore-Tex is a technology featured in various work boot brands. Although I prefer waterproof boots in general because of my trade, Gore-Tex is certainly a feature worth paying for. That is because of its ability to not only keep your feet dry from the outside, but also allow your feet to breath on the inside.
Here’s the thing though, if you find a pair of boots that you love and they aren’t waterproof, DON’T WORRY. You can always apply a waterproofing product after the fact. If you don’t know how to, or where to find the best option, read my article on how to waterproof your work boots.
Well, do you really need this feature? That certainly depends. Although I used to live in New York, where the weather can get pretty frigid, I’m now in Southern California. So the type of insulation that you need can vary greatly depending on your climate.
- Cold weather: If you happen to live in an area where summer is just a myth, then you should invest in some well insulated work boots. Because losing the feeling in your toes will not only be uncomfortable but it can greatly impact your safety on the job. Thinsulate insulation is featured on nearly every insulated work boot that is worth a damn. It provides a thin layer of insulation to be light and flexible, while providing unbeatable levels of warmth. In addition to insulation, try a composite toe boot which is less likely to conduct cold temperature.
- Warm Weather: Now, if you happen to live in a warmer climate, you won’t need to invest as much in insulation. But you will still want to keep your eyes peeled so that you can avoid getting a pair of work boots that will heat your feet up and cause unnecessary sweating. Also, getting the Gore-Tex feature will definitely help in getting a healthy supply of airflow into your boot.
Similar to what I said about waterproof boots, if you find a pair of boots that you find to be super comfortable but they aren’t insulated enough, there are other options – like a serious pair of insulated socks. You can also learn about some other options in my article about Working Comfortably In The Cold.
HINT: Typically when shopping for insulated work boots, you will find a gram measurement in the boot description indicating how much insulation the boot has. (For example: 200 grams, 400 grams, etc)
Padded Collar: Kind of like a pillow around the top of the boot. It provides support while also being gentle on the leg. This feature is not offered on all work boots, but should be on your radar.
Heel Height: Ever wonder how women manage to walk in heels? Looks painful right? Well don’t make the same mistake. Getting a boot with a big heel can impact your balance and lead to lower back pains. So look for a heel that isn’t disproportionate to the rest of the boot. Also, this is an area that you will want to look out for if you are concerned about plantar fasciitis.
Advantages of Comfortable Work Boots
Better Work Performance: We buy great power tools and heavy duty trucks to make our tasks easier on the job. And the same goes for boots. The more comfortable you are in your boots, the better results you will get throughout the day.
Protect Your Knees & Back: Towards the end of the day, if you are starting to feel pain in your knees and back, you need more comfortable work boots. Continued neglect can lead to serious long term injuries. Don’t risk having a disc slip in your back, or blowing out your knee. That can put you out of commission for good.
Corns, Calluses, In Grown Toe Nails, Hangnails, etc.: I don’t think I need to elaborate on this. Pretty much self explanatory. I figured I would just highlight some of the more minor injuries that can take a major toll on your work load. And yes, these are common symptoms of not having comfortable work boots.
Safety: Not having the most comfortable work boots can make you really fatigued before the day is over. Just like anything else, when you get tired you lose focus. That is when you jeopardize you and your co-workers. Don’t risk losing strength in your body by having the wrong boots.
The B.O.S. Billboard Charts: 4 Most Comfortable Work Boots Reviews
I’m feeling the pressure, but I think I delivered on some solid and unique work boots reviews that will maximize your comfort. Yes, I put these in order starting with the best option. But honestly, you need to decide which one best suits your needs. Let’s start from the top with a drum roll…
1) Timberland PRO Men’s 50507 Titan 6″ Composite Toe Boot
Here it is, THE most comfortable work boots. Working in rough, rugged and potentially hazardous conditions? Well, these boots are equipped with Timberland’s TITAN alloy safety toe, a composite toe that affords lightweight protection that meets or exceeds ASTM standards. Couple that with Timberland’s PRO rubber outsole that is slip-, oil-, and abrasion-resistant, and you just can’t go wrong.
And the comfort? The soft full-grain leather and cement construction used with this is certain to reduce break in time and even make the fit feel just right from the get-go.
But wait, there’s more! Timberland has a design called the PowerFit comfort system. This basically ensures that all the areas of the boot that provide support or can cause fatigue are optimized to ensure superior comfort throughout the day. You think it’s just a marketing ploy? Not so fast. Timberland is backing up their claims with a 30-Day Comfort Guarantee. According to Timberland, ” If during the first thirty (30) days of owning your Timberland PRO TITAN series footwear you are not completely satisfied, return them with your dated receipt of purchase for a full refund– no questions asked.” How are you going to beat that?
2) Timberland PRO Men’s Pitboss 6″ Steel-Toe Boot
First let me say, “I frickin’ love this boot!” Yup, I used to own a pair of these bad boys. The thing that I loved about them was the comfort from the start. And I truly believe that it has to do with the Nubuck leather used. (Can you tell that I’m big into the boot material?) It is soft yet durable, allowing for immediate flexibility and comfort. Quite often, boots with steel toes can dig into your feet when you step forward and crease them. But not these. Timberland really puts the “BOSS” in “Pitboss” with these boots.
Of course, they have a nice padded collar to cushion your leg. But that’s just the start. Timberland’s Pro 24/7 Comfort Suspension System supports the arch and provides a healthy cushion, which helps to reduce foot fatigue.
So why didn’t I put make this the # 1 choice? Other than my ulterior motive to show that I’m not biased towards boots that I’ve owned and loved, it has to do with the 30-Day comfort guarantee. The Pitboss series DOES NOT OFFER that. It is only available on the Pro Titan series. And for that, Pitboss is 2nd in command.
3) Justin Original Work Boots Men’s J-Max Work Boot (Non-safety toe)
So, you want the most comfortable work boots made in the USA? Look no further. The part that really makes this boot stand out is the gaucho leather. It is an Italian, dyed cow-hide leather that fits like butter straight out of box. And that’s why customers are raving about these boots. Not to mention, these boots fit just as expected. Nothing worse than getting a pair of boots in your size, and they are too big or small.
OK. I know this is an 8″ work boot, but I want to give you a bit of everything. So, to make up for any potential discomfort in the boot height, this boot is equipped with a padded collar. You’re now locked and loaded for ankle support and comfort.
4) Dr. Martens Men’s Fusion Safety-Toe Chelsea Boot
Although this styles goes against my old-school way of seeing a work boot, I just saw it as a great option. And boy does this boot have a following to back it up. When looking at this boot, you may think that it is just for casual use. But no. Hidden inside is a steel toe to protect your feet. Factor in the Dr. Martens’ signature Smartmask polyurethane cushioned footbeds, and you will get comfort and support all day long. No doubt, I’m digging these boots because of the slip on design. Surrounding the sides of the ankles are elastic sections, which keeps them snug for support, maximizes comfort and supports circulation. That way you can easily slip into your boots when racing out the door in the morning, or seamlessly remove them after that grueling day on the job.
That being said, you will need to spend a little more time breaking in these boots because of the infamous Dr. Martens’ full-grain leather, Goodyear Welt construction, and the steel toe. But once you get through that initial period, you will certainly find these to be some of the most comfortable work boots that money can buy.
So there you have it. The top 4 most comfortable work boots. Which one is in your “wheelhouse?” If you need some more information, click through on one of the links to read up on their reviews and features. And don’t forget, once you get your pair of boots, check out my how to break in boots article.