Comfortable work boots for men have the power to make your workday either bearable (perhaps even pleasant) or hell on Earth. A good pair is absolutely essential for anyone working in a field where boots are required, especially those who spend the majority of the day standing on your feet on concrete.
Don’t ever nurse swollen, achy, and sore feet again. With the right boots, you will feel great even after those extended shifts.
Features To Look For In Your Boots
Always Look For the following qualities in your boots:
- Waterproof, but breathable: Wet feet are unhappy feet, but so are feet stuck in a hot, sweaty, stuffy environment, which is why the comfortable safety boots you select should keep moisture out without turning the inside of the boot into an oven.
- Roomy toe box: No one enjoys pinched, cramped toes; pick a pair of boots that give you plenty of wiggle room.
- Cushioning and support: A boot that offers good support and plenty of cushioning can reduce overall body fatigue as well as foot pain. Many, if not most, major work boot brands use their own proprietary technology for things like their insoles and lining, so if you have a boot that you find especially good, consider purchasing that brand the next time your boots need to be replaced.
Material and construction method
The comfort of a work boot is mainly influenced by the material and method used in the construction of the boot.
Toes: Safety toes come in three basic varieties—steel, alloy, and composite—and depending on your specific situation. Steel toes are the heaviest and both they and alloy toes conduct temperature and set off metal detectors. Composite toes are usually the lightest of the three and they do not conduct temperature.
Construction: If lightweight and flexible footwear is important to you, then you should look for boots that use cement construction, as they usually weigh less and are much more bendy than those constructed using Goodyear welts. Boots put together using cement do not last as long, and they cannot be resoled, but they are the more comfortable option out of the two.
Shank: The shank is what provides arch support and it can be made out of several different materials—steel, fiberglass, nylon, and even wood are all used in shank construction. Steel shanks are the heaviest and the least flexible, so when you are shopping for comfort, look for boots that use fiberglass or nylon (work boots that use wooden shanks exist, but they are not that common), as they are much lighter and more flexible.
The Best Comfortable Work Boots For Men 2019
Thorogood Men’s 814-4200 American Heritage 6” Moc Toe Boot
American-made quality meets exceptional comfort in these Moc Toe Boots from Thorogood. Because they use Goodyear welt construction, the boots are slightly inflexible, but extremely durable due to the excellent craftsmanship and materials. These boots are triple-stitched with full-grain leather uppers and a Vibram outsole—in other words, Thorogood’s Moc Toe Boot is built to last under the harshest conditions and general day-to-day abuse.
While they may be slightly less flexible than other boots (specifically those put together with cement), Thorogood packs plenty of comfort-enhancing technology into their boots. These Moc Toe boots have a removable, shock-absorbing insole, which reduces the amount of stress put on the body (not just the feet). They also use a Poron 4000 Comfort Cushion, which (in my opinion), makes your feet feel like they are standing in a fluffy, supportive cloud.
Additionally, these boots feature a fiberglass shank that supports the foot and adds flexibility to the boot’s construction. However, these boots are not waterproof (though that is something you can and should do yourself), nor do they have heavy insulation. These are very comfortable work boots for standing all day.
These boots do not have a safety toe, steel or otherwise, which greatly reduces their weight but, obviously, does not provide many toes and foot protection. They are slip-resistant, however, and resistant to shock. Because they lack a steel toe, Thorogood’s Moc Toe Boot is not recommended for use in industrial environments or dangerous workplaces, but it makes a great hiking boot or everyday boot.