The Most Comfortable Work Boots For Men: Buying Guide, In-Depth Reviews and Best Picks 2017 – 2018

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Work is something we all have to do and there is no getting around it if you want to continue living and also improve your lifestyle. The most comfortable work boots are sometimes essential if you are looking to work harder and also look smarter. They can elevate your clothing and also ensure that you have a comfortable working experience if your job does require you to be on your feet most of the day.

Since working can be strenuous on the feet and many jobs also require that you need to be in some unforgiving environments, the best work boots will ensure that you can do this with much more comfort and also get the job done with as less pain as possible. If you stick with low-quality boots, you might find your feet being full of pain and also in need of some rest more often than not and this could really have a huge impact on your working performance.

We have decided to look a little deeper at the best shoes for working and find out how these shoes could potentially help you when it comes to improving your job and also the efficiency of your work. We have chosen a wide variety of boots for all sides of nature and these will certainly make life much more bearable and also ensure that all of the nerves found underneath the feet are stimulated and protected.

With that being said, here are the top work boots of 2017 - 2018 broken up into sections:


Most Comfortable Work Boots For Men 2017

Steel Toe Work Boots

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Steel toe work boots are generally used in any area with danger close by. If your boots are strong, but they do not include a steel toe, abrasions and accidental stuff falling on your feet might really do some damage. The top steel toe boots will ensure that abrasions are eliminated and your feet and toes are fully protected if you do work in any sort of hazardous environment. ​Learn more about steel toe work boots.

#1 Timberland PRO Men's Pitboss 6" Steel-Toe Boot


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    Really durable and stylish design
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    Really affordable
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    Molds to the feet for more comfort
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    Great moisture wicking properties
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    Available in three colors

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    Some people have had some troubles with the durability of the outer sole

Timberland is widely known for the quality and the amount of extra time they do invest when designing their boots. Then Timberland PRO Men’s Pitboss 6” steel toe boots are designed with this same precision and will definitely keep your feet as protected as possible. The boots have been constructed from durable leather and since leather is rated as one of the toughest materials on the market today, you can be sure that your feet will always be protected and the boot will have great durability.

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#2 KEEN Utility Men's Flint Low Steel Toe Work Shoe

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    Stylish low cut design
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    Durable leather construction
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    Great odor protection
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    Oil and water resistant
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    Slip resistant

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    Does not protect the upper areas of the ankles

Featuring a totally different style than you would expect from most other steel toe work boots, the KEEN Utility men’s flint low steel toe work boot is designed for the average person with a daily job in the warehouse of even just standing on their feet a lot. This shoe is also very durable and has been constructed from leather and synthetic materials to ensure that you get great longevity from the shoes and have them last you for a very long period of time.

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Alloy Toe Work Boots

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Replacing steel with alloy is actually very beneficial and some people might find that steel is a little too heavy in the entire shoe and makes walking more effort. The alloy toe shoes will be decent, but expensive replacement. The alloy can still keep your toes protected, but will be a little more expensive to purchase. This is thanks to the added refinement of the steel. Learn more

#3 Timberland PRO Men's Powertrain Sports Alloy Toe EH Industrial and Construction Shoe

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    Very comfortable design
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    Lightweight
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    Decent price
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    Good anti-fatigue technology included
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    Molds to the shape of your feet

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    Lacks a little in terms of durability

The Timberland PRP men’s Powertrain Sports Alloy toe EH shoes are not the most durable of shoes that you could choose from and the shoes are only constructed from Rip Stop nylon. This is not really on the same level as leather, but it will still be a decent substitute if your job does not require you to walk through all of those strenuous outdoor terrains and on a few of those busy construction sites.

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#4 Timberland PRO Men's 26078 Titan 6" Waterproof Safety-Toe Work Boot

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    Extremely durable
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    Moldable footbed
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    Odor and slip resistant
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    Waterproof

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    Relatively expensive

You will notice that Timberland PRO is a very prominent brand on our list and it is a very highly trusted brand in terms of creating work boots of decent quality. The Men’s 26078 Titan 6” waterproof safety toe work boot is another great example of their quality and this boot also includes a decent alloy toe to keep your feet protected and to ensure that you need not worry about any abrasions setting in.

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Composite Toe Work Boots

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Composite toe boots are slowly replacing steel and alloy boots and they are slowly becoming the new norm when selecting safety boots to keep your feet from getting crushed. Since no metal is used in these boots, they are ideal for passing through metal detectors and they are also more comfortable to work with outdoors. The composite toe boots are also much lighter and will reduce fatigue. Learn more about composite toe work boots.

#5 Timberland PRO Men's Boondock 6" Waterproof Non-Insulated Work Boot

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    Extremely durable design
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    Lightweight
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    Includes anti-fatigue technology
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    Stylish design
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    Waterproof

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    Quite expensive

The Timberland PRO men’s Boondock 6” Waterproof non-insulated work boot is designed to make life much more comfortable for you. The boot is constructed from extremely durable leather materials and also features a few spots of rubber here and there. This added rubber will be great for comfort and while the composite toe will ensure that your toes are protected, the added rubber will keep the rest of your feet protected as well.

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#6 Keen Utility Men's Davenport Mid WP Industrial and Construction Shoe

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    Decent durability
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    Waterproof
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    Slip and abrasion resistant
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    Lightweight design

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    Little overpriced

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    No antimicrobial properties included

The KEEN Utility Men’s Davenport Mid WP Industrial and Construction shoe is designed with comfort in mind and also to try and save you a few bucks when upgrading your work boots. This boot is constructed from a combination of synthetic and leather materials. The incorporation of the synthetic materials will drive down the price a little bit, without compromising on the durability too much.

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American Made Work Boots

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Choosing the best American made work boot will always be a daunting task and with so many to brands, it is sometimes only by one or two small features that one does excel above the other. We have chosen our choice for American made work boot and this was measured on absolute quality and durability.

#7 Thorogood Men's 814-4200 American Heritage 6" Moc Toe Boot

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    Extremely durable design
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    Water and slip resistant
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    Very comfortable
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    Decent price for the quality

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    Not fully waterproof

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    Doesn’t stay clean

The Thorogood brand has been one of our favorite brands for a very long time and while all of their boots are extremely good, we have selected the Men’s 814-4200 American Heritage 6” Moc toe boot for our choice of best US made work boots. This boot is extremely durable and it has been designed from pure top grain leather to ensure that you do have maximum durability and comfort when wearing these boots for a long period of time.

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Work Boots for Standing, Working and Walking on Concrete Floors

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Concrete is found in many places and it can be found in warehouses as well as on construction sites. Since concrete does not have any give to it, your feet might sometimes become painful and also take some damage when constantly standing or being on your feet. With a decent shock absorbing outer sole, you could work on concrete with less excruciating pain and more comfort. Learn more about work boots for concrete.

#8 Irish Setter Men's 83605 6" Work Boot

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    Offers great durability and comfort
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    Stylish design
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    Electric and heat resistant
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    Waterproof
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    Moldable polyurethane footbed

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    Hard to keep clean

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    No toe protection

The Irish Setter men's 83605 6" work boot is not the most well-known of work boots and it is not the best seller by any means, but we have found it and considered it to be somewhat of a hidden gem that people keep overlooking. This boot is also made from top grain leather and will ensure that you do have maximum durability. The boot has also been double stitched for durability purposes and improves the longevity of the boot.

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8 Inch Work Boots

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Longer work boots are slowly fading away, but many people still like to wear them. This is especially true if you work in swampy environments and you would like to keep the bugs and the sharp thorns from getting inside the boot. These boots are also a little more expensive, but they do offer unrivaled protection and we have selected the number 1 longer work boot for your quarry of swamp jobs.

#9 Danner Men's Quarry USA 8-Inch BR Work Boot

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    Great durability
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    Waterproof
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    Excellent traction
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    Includes a comfortable Gore-Tex lining

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    Really expensive

Danner has always been known for the more expensive prices on their boots, but many people around the world are fully invested in the quality and the value of their boots. The Men's Quarry USA 8-inch BR work boot is one of the top boots that you could choose from if you do find yourself working in the swamps or in some sort of strenuous outdoor environment. These boots have been constructed from premium grade leather and will ooze durability and keep you for multiple years.

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Pull On Work Boots

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Pull on work boots are great for those needing to quickly slip on the boots and get to work, but they might not be ideal for outdoor environments since they cannot be tightly secured like many of the other outdoor boots on the list. Pull on work boots also have a cowboy presence around them and while this following pair of boots might be good for work purposes; we also like them for the style they do show off. ​Learn more about pull on work boots.

#10 Ariat Men's Workhog Wide Square Toe Work Boot

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    Very durable
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    Unrivaled protection
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    Really comfortable
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    Reasonably priced
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    Stylish design

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    Does sit a little loose and this might be uncomfortable

The Ariat men’s Workhog wide square toe work boot is one of the odd boots on our list and we still believe that it is worthy of making the list when looking at the most comfortable work boots of 2017. This boot has also been constructed from extremely durable leather materials and will be a great investment and since there are no laces that you need to worry about, the boot will not be snagged and have the laces broken whilst you are busy working.

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Work Boot Buyer's Guide and Important Tips

Key Features to Consider When Purchasing the Best Work Boots

Work boots are essential as we have already mentioned and we believe you have established and while you might like these boots on our list and we highly recommend them, there are also multiple other work boots that you will come across when searching for best work boots reviews. We have decided to create this buyer’s guide to help you make the right choice and get the most value for your money. Here are the top features that you should consider when buying a good pair of work boots 2017 - 2018:

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Durability

Durability is key no matter the type of boot or even the type of work you do. As you have seen, the most comfortable boots are actually a little expensive and it will not be easy to buy them on a constant basis. When searching for the best work boots, you should pay special attention to the materials that have been used in construction as this will give you a good idea of the overall durability of the boot.

We highly recommend leather and some sort of rubber for the outer sole. This combination has proven to be really great and will definitely allow you to wear them for prolonged periods of time without showing any weakness.

Midsole comfort 

The midsole is the part of the boot that you will be walking on most of the time and this needs to be very comfortable if you do spend a lot of time on your feet. The midsole can be made from various materials and many of them can even be removed to be washed or replaced when needed. But, you should be looking at the midsole and ensure that it molds to the shape of your feet for added comfort.

We highly recommend that you consider the EVA midsole or the open-cell polyurethane midsole as both of these will mold to the shape of your feet. The polyurethane midsole also has shock absorbing properties to reduce the strain on your legs.

Abrasion resistance

The inner lining and the composition of the toe will generally work towards reducing the abrasions that you could potentially get from wearing these shoes. Since many of our jobs do require us to walk a lot, having a good lining on the inside will be ideal for allowing you to reduce possible abrasions. We do recommend the Gore-Tex lining as this will ensure that you are protected from water and keep you fairly well insulated on the inside.

Slip resistance

Oil and water spills are extremely hazardous and could potentially lead to serious injury if you are not careful about where you are treading. Having a slip resistant outer sole will keep you upright and avoid a lot of potential hazards that might occur. We do suggest that you pay attention to the features on the boot and find out if the boot you are choosing, does have some backing when it comes to resisting spills.

Protective toe

A protective toe is not a necessity, but many jobs do require this and we also highly recommend that you do invest in one of them. Having a protective toe will ensure that your front area of the feet is fully protective, but since steel toes are so heavy, you might want to consider looking at the composite toe work boot. The protective to will also keep the abrasions down in the front end of the boot and these boots are also generally safe for almost any working environment.

Style

Is the style of your boot important or will any boot design work. If the style is important and functionality is not as important to you, you should be looking at the design of the boot as well. Many low-cut boots will also work, but if you are in construction, the high or medium-cut boots will offer you the best protection. The color is also something to look at and ensure that it matches your works clothing.

Brand

Last but certainly not least, you should look at the brand and find out more about them. If you continue reading, you will find the next section is dedicated to our favorite work boot brands. We generally do recommend brands established and based in the US. These brands are also widely trusted and will ensure that your boot is of the highest quality and made from the best possible materials. The customer support is also very helpful.

We consider these features to be the most important features that you should look at when purchasing the best work boots. While having all of them as well as a trusted brand might be a little expensive, you will find that the price will definitely be worth it in the long run. If you are set on value and quality, we recommend that you follow these features to ensure that you can judge the boots more strictly and get exactly what you need.


5 Best Work Boot Brands that You Can Choose From

People generally gravitate towards a certain brand and if the brand has been working for them, they will continue to use this brand. Finding your brand might take some time and therefore, we have chosen our top brands that you can consider to choose from for your first work boot. These brands are all established and highly rated. They have also been trusted for a very long time.

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Timberland

Timberland is the most well-known brand on the list and you also might have noticed that we have selected many of their products for our list. The brand has been established for a very long period of time and they always focus on using the best leather materials they could find. One of the main attractions of these boots is the polyurethane midsoles and the lack of a break in period.

These boots are also designed for multiple working purposes, but sometimes they do lack in terms of durability. Many other brands prefer to double or even triple stitch the boots and this does let them above the Timberland brand. Luckily, these boots are not all that expensive and you should be getting some great value for your money.

Caterpillar

Caterpillar is one of the leading brands when it comes to designing quality boots that will last you years. Caterpillar boots are also really expensive, but you will be paying for this durability. We have not included caterpillar due to the high price tags, but they are great alternatives to the Timberland brand.

One of the only downsides that you will find in caterpillar boots is the long break in period. Many people do get frustrated by this as it can sometimes even last up to a few months before the boots are sitting comfortably. If you do have the funds to buy these boots and you have the patience to take the pain for a while, you will certainly not be disappointed.

KEEN

KEEN is a cheaper alternative to the above-mentioned boots, but the brand still focuses on quality. The one major draw we have seen from the KEEN boots is the amount of style and uniqueness of their boots. The boots might not be as durable, but they will work with virtually any wardrobe to keep you comfortable and looking good in your works clothing.

If you are on a tight budget and want a decent working shoe that will be great for multifunctional use, the KEEN brand is really something that you should look into. The shoes might not last you much longer than 1 year or about 18 months if you do put a lot of strain on them, but they are good as a budget option.

Danner

Danner is a brand known for their outdoor boots and their boots are generally bigger than most of the other brands. Danner does like to cater for the lumberjacks and the swamp workers and these longer designs will ensure that not only are your feet protected, but also most of the lower part of your legs.

We like the fact that Danner also uses high-quality leather in all of the boots and features wider boot opening that will allow you to stick your pants inside. This will not only keep you warm and insulated but with so many bugs and sharp bushes in the swamp, there will be virtually no way for you to get injured.

Thorogood

We like to look at Thorogood as the sweetheart of the United States when it comes to working boots and with the addition of the American Heritage soles, you will have maximum durability and comfort. Thorogood does focus on giving you comfort and also reducing the amount of fatigue that your feet and legs will face when you need to be on your feet for most of the day.

In terms of pricing, Thorogood is great and they are not overly expensive. The customer support is also really great and since the boots have been made from mostly US materials, you can rest assured that your boots will be lasting you multiple years on end. Thorogood is our favorite brand and we do stand by their boots, but, they do lack a little when it comes to style and their boots are sometimes ugly.


3 Tips and Tricks to Get the Best Out of Your Work Boots

During all the years of reviewing and using work boots, we have come across a few tips and tricks that you should try and do to get the best out of your work boots. These tips and tricks will also help to preserve the boots and you could potentially get more longevity out of them.

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If no antimicrobial treatment is added, do it yourself

You might not know, but bacteria thrive in sweaty and moist conditions. One of the best features many boots have is the addition of antimicrobial properties to help destroy bacteria. If you do buy a boot and the boot does not have this already added, you should try and do this yourself. This will not only keep the boot odorless, but it will also stop any potential foot fungus and other foot problems from arising.

Keep the boots clean

Like most things in life, keeping stuff clean is really important and this is not only for the inner part of the boot but for the outer part of the boot as well. If you do have the means of polishing the boot, you should do that. The polish will strengthen the leather and aside from making the boot look as good as new, you will also be making the boot much more durable. Many people lose trust in their work boots, but how can you expect something to take care of you if you cannot return the favor.

Buy a new insole to save money on expensive built-in ones

The insole generally comes with the boot, but sometimes this can be removed. If you do find one that can be removed and the insole is not of the highest quality, do not be discouraged. You will be able to buy new insoles from most pharmacies and these will be much better-suited for your feet. This trick could potentially save you a few bucks and you will be able to buy a better pair of work boots.


Our Verdict

Buying new work shoes or boots are tough and these boots will certainly help you to get the job done. In terms of recommendations, we would like to recommend the entire Timberland PRO brand and especially the specific range. The brand is not all that expensive and you should get your money’s worth.

We would like to thank you for reading this article and we do hope that you have found the most comfortable work boots 2017 - 2018 to meet your needs. Please share your thoughts in the comment section below and let us know if we might have missed any of your favorites

The Most Comfortable Work Boots For Men: Buying Guide, In-Depth Reviews and Best Picks 2017 – 2018
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