There are so many high end work boots on the market today that for someone who has just started out at a practical job, finding one to suit their needs can be difficult. There are brands touting to offer the most comfortable work shoes for men, the lightest work boots, the most durable work boots, and metatarsal work boots and so on. And even within work boots there is variation in terms of whether they are pull on boots or lace-ups.
Timberland PRO Pitboss Steel Toe Brown
The moderately priced ($95) Timberland Pit Boss is all you would expect from a high end work boot – rugged, safe and extremely comfortable. Firstly, its steel toe construction conforms to ANSI safety standards and provides a more open toe box compared to other boots.
This means you won’t experience any foot pain even after a long day at work (those who already have a history of foot pain may want to consider other models which are internal metatarsal boots with added support, we’ve reviewed such an offering by Timberland right after this one).
These Timberland Pro Steel Toe boots have unmatched grip which lets you work on slippery and wet surfaces, and they come with electronic hazard protection to protect you from open circuits.
As far as comfort is concerned, these Timberland boots steel toes come with a removable sock layer that minimizes blisters. The Timberland PRO 24/7 Comfort Suspension system reduces fatigue by supporting the arch and cushioning each step. Be it climbing, reaching or standing, the comfort system keeps the experience as silky as possible.
With their rugged, nubuck leather construction, rubber outsoles for resistance to abrasion, and their Goodyear welt construction, these Timberland steel toe work boots deserve as much applause for their ruggedness as they do for their comfort. All in all, one of the best work boots around.
Timberland PRO Internal Guard
The Timberland PRO™ Internal Met Guard 6-Inch Steel Toe is a tough, abrasion resistance work boot to serve those who work in the harshest of conditions.
These Timberland work boots for men are designed to exceed ASTM safety standards for metatarsal impact, compression resistance and other kinds of impact. With its steel toe and shank, Goodyear welt make, Kevlar self-extinguishing stitch and PRO rubber outsoles, you’ve got a shoe that is both hardy and offers excellent traction. There is also an anti-microbial lining to control odour.
Your toe and heel are protected by the Ever-Guard leather toe bumper and heal counter in addition to the Kevlar stitching.
Talking about the core function, there is an internal anatomical contoured met guard that has open-cell polyurethane and rubber to buffer impacts. In conjunction, these two features provide one of the most comfortable work experiences ever.
The leather is full grain, yielding a smooth, professional look so the shoes excel in the aesthetics department as well. To sum up, with this high quality, yet affordable ($58) steel toe Timberlands, the company has shown why they are one of the top boot brands today.
Chippewa Rugged Handcrafted Chocolate
Chippewa boot company is a household name in outdoor footwear, having established itself back in 1901. As you’ll see from most Chippewa boots reviews, their boots are of the finest quality and are an excellent choice for those looking for durable, high end outdoor footwear.
Made from superior components utilizing skilled craftsmanship, the Chippewa Men’s 10’’ Rugged Handcrafted Pull-on Boots are designed to endure year after year while looking classy at the same time.
These Chippewa work boots are designed to be multifunctional – you can easily use them for both works and play.
The tough leather upper will look good for many a year to come, with a short shaft. The boots’ thick rubber sole softens impact and provides support, which make them quite comfortable as well.
Best of all, they are pull-ons so putting them on is a breeze. Note that the shoes are made for a round toe profile and that they are pricey – the lowest price right now is $176 – so decide carefully.
Chippewa Men’s 6″ Rugged Handcrafted Lace-Up Boot
As usual, you can count on Chippewa to provide the best quality work boots. These particular Chippewa steel toe boots are made to protect you from various hazards at work.
These Chippewa work shoes are durable, highly comfortable and stylish. Along with the leather upper, there is a Vibram traction sole to make sure you’ve got a strong foothold regardless of your working conditions. Whether you’re walking down the sidewalk or relaxing at a lakeshore, these boots will do their job amiably.
Note that these shoes are quite expensive, starting at $150, so make sure you really need them before making a decision to buy!
Although we couldn’t find any Chippewa boots warranty from the retailer, we’re confident that these boots will last you for many years given the top notch materials and dedicated craftsmanship that go into making them.
Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6″ Steel Toe Boot
With a moderate price range between $60 and $110, this model of Caterpillar steel toe boots is a strong contender for our number one rated work boot. You can purchase them with either a soft or a reinforced steel safety toe, but the bottom line is that you’ll be getting a tough, durable and comfortable shoe for your money. It comes in a multitude of colors for its uppers and is versatile enough to handle both light and heavy industrial work sites, all the time exuding a sporty aura that oozes high end craftsmanship and detail.
In the durability department, these mens Caterpillar boots are made from tough full grain leather or a nubuck upper which is bound by a Goodyear welt so you don’t have to worry about them breaking down at any time. A robust lace up front is there to provide a secure fit.
As far as support and comfort are concerned, there’s a nylon mesh lining to get rid of moisture, and a Climasphere sock liner to keep your feet cool in hot climates and warm in cold ones.
The slip resistant rubber outsole makes for steady footing regardless of the terrain. As already mentioned, you can choose between a soft and a reinforced steel safety toe as per your discretion.
The Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6’’ Steel Toe Boot proves that basically does not mean boring by a long shot. And our verdict? This is one of the best work shoes you can get at its price point.
Bates Men’s Delta Gore-Tex 6 Inch ICS Waterproof Boot
Established back in 1885, Bates was originally a dress hoe manufacturer, but they have since grown into a major footwear manufacturer catering to the needs of all branches of military and police.
The Bates Delta – 6 GORE – TEX Side – zip Boots may be a bit on the pricey side at $190, but they offer unrivalled comfort and elemental protection. Featuring the impressive Individual Comfort System (iCS), these GORE TEX work boots let you pick a comfort setting to match your requirements and taste, something we haven’t seen with any other manufacturer yet – all you’ve got to do is remove the sock liner and you’ll see an adjustable disc which adds inner or outer support as you wish, and there is also the option to get more cushioning or a firmer footbed.
As far as durability is concerned, you’ve got an ultra-tough ballistic nylon upper joined with leather which will make the boots last for years. You’ll be safe from any wet weather related issues thanks to the GORE-TEX. As always, this breathable yet waterproof liner prevents water from getting into your boot without making your feet feel stuffy.
There you have it, these metatarsal shoes have durability, comfort and weather protection in an unbeatable package.
Timberland PRO Men’s 40000 Met Guard 6′ Steel Toe Boot
The Timberland PRO 6’’ met guard work boot is the perfect blend of toughness and intelligence. Featuring a hinged metatarsal guard to shield you from impacts while fitting naturally into the shape of your foot, these shoes let you bend / squat with ease.
The footbed is made from closed cell polyurethane and is quite robust. The whole boot is held together by a tough Goodyear Welt, which lends it both stability and durability. As always, the Timerbland PRO sole is resistant to heat, abrasion, oil and slippage.
Made out of Ever-Guard® leather, this ankle work boot is meant to hold its ground even when the going gets really tough.
The steel shank and contoured footbed provide support to your feet while you’re working for hours on end while the metatarsal shield keeps you safe from any sudden impact. What’s more, the ridged rubber outsole is electrically insulated!
To conclude this Timberland boots review, we’ll say that this is an excellent choice for those who want metatarsal protection at a reasonable cost ($114).
Thorogood Men’s 814-4200 American Heritage 6″ Moc Toe Boot
Priced at $115, these Thorogood Moc Toe boots are the result of superb expertise and craftsmanship. Only the most trusted brands are used to source the raw materials that go into making these boots, so they provide a durable end product without compromising comfort.
These shoes feature a highly sophisticated shock absorbing footbed and a comfort cushion insole rubber midsole, all of which is held together by a tough Goodyear welt construction.
The Moc Toe work boots feature a slip resistant Vibram outsole to keep you safe on any surface. Summing up our Thorogood boots review, we’ll say that if you’re in search of an American made high performance work boot, this one is a strong contender with its full grain leather build, removable shock absorbing insole and fiberglass shank. It packs a lot of features for its reasonable price tag.
Timberland PRO Women’s 72399 Titan 6″ Safety-Toe Boot
Starting at a modest price of $85, these boots are designed with reliability and functionality in mind. The Titan is built specifically to fit the feet of women, while retaining all the features which make the Timberland PRO series one of the best rated work boot lines in the market today.
The full grain leather provides durability and flexibility whereas the polyurethane midsole with its high rebound heel insert gives lasting cushioning. Even more importantly, there is an electrical protection to keep the wearer safe from open circuits.
The comfort factor is enhanced by the anti-microbial lining and the temperature regulating footbed. To prove that they truly are great comfort work shoes for women, Timerbland has even offered a 30-day comfort guarantee.
These are without doubt one of the best womens work boots out there right now.
Men’s Carolina® 8″ Steel Toe Loggers Boot
The 8’’ Carolina Footwear Steel Toe Logger Boots can be summed up in three words – just, plain, tough. Put them on and you’ll be all set for a tough days work. While most work boots can get bulky owing to the materials involved in their construction, these steel toe logger boots are designed to be light weight, while providing extreme support, which makes them ideal work shoes for standing all day – something that you might often have to do as a logger.
They come with a cushy EVA insole, a steel shank for support, Steel safety toes, rubber lug outsoles for traction heavy yet flexible performance, and, of course, are completely waterproof.
They are moderately priced at $119.99, and are one of the best logger boots because of how the combined comfort and flexibility, with uncompromising protection.