There’s nothing worse than lugging around 5lbs on each foot all day. I used to be that guy, coming home with achy feet and calves every single day. I did some research and learned that the boots I was using were the likely cause of all my sorrows. My boots were nearly twice as heavy as the higher quality brands.
So, I spent a little extra money to purchase the best lightweight work boots I could afford. As simple as that, my foot aches were lessened and I was able to walk normally after extended shifts.
What Causes Achy And Sore Feet?
There are two primary issues that attribute to the issue of sore and achy feet.
Weight – While a pound here or there doesn’t sound significant, over the course of a day it will make a huge difference. Even shaving one pound off of each boot will have your feet feeling amazing.
Poorly Constructed – Boots that are poorly constructed are not going to form to your feet. This means you will be putting added stress on your joints, muscles, and bones of your lower legs and feet.
Low-Quality Materials – Poor materials are going to not only way more, but also be more abrasive. Their durability is shoddy at best and won’t last out the year.
The problem is, finding ‘the best’ of anything is a difficult process. Most brands try to claim the title but few actually stand up to the tests. That’s where I come in, I’ve done the ‘heavy lifting’ for you and reviewed the top brands and boots. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best lightweight safety boots.
Lightweight Work Boots Reviews
Carhartt Men’s Composite Toe Work Boots
First up we have these Carhartt composite toe boots. They’re incredibly lightweight while still offering the protection of regular boots. They have a shock absorbing cushioning that displaces the stress. A heel inserts that gives better arch support and comfort while moving on uneven terrain.
Carhartt insoles are also known to be very comfortable and reduce stress on the feet. It’s completely removable for easy cleaning or replacement.
What We Love: After a break in these form fit extremely well. This gives an incredible amount of support to your feet and ankles.
Where We Think They Could Do Better: Firstly, these boots take quite a few days to break in. Give yourself at least 4 days of wearing these casually before you take them on a work run. Secondly, the shoelaces aren’t the greatest. They’re thin and may fall apart within the first few months of heavy use.
Timberland PRO series has been around for a long time. They manufacture top of the line footwear for working men and women. These particular boots have a waterproof membrane that locks out moisture. They do have a composite toe to keep your feet extra safe.
Within the shoe itself is an antimicrobial treated polyurethane footbed. It quickly wicks away sweat to keep you cool and fights off bacteria that can cause rashes and irritation.
What We Love: The waterproof membrane works extremely well. They will keep your feet warm rain or snow.
Where We Think They Could Do Better: They do run a little small so I suggest sizing about a half size up.
These lightweight steel toe boots pack a punch. The patented Ariat ATS technology supports and cushions as you move which will significantly reduce fatigue. It has heel stabilizers for support and decreased the chance of injury. On the inside of the boot, there is a shock gel that absorbs and redistributes that stress of movement. This will save your knees big time.
They’re Goodyear welt constructed and ready to last for years of heavy use. These beautiful leather boots are some of the best on the list. They also have a side zipper making them incredibly easy to take on and off
What We Love: The cushioning and support that it offers is bar-none. It forces your posture to be better without fatiguing you.
Where We Think They Could Do Better: The only thing we wish they do a little better was traction. It’s fine for most conditions but if you’re going to be on ice you may want to look at the other boots.
Goodyear welt construction, triple stitched, and full grain leather make this one durable boot. The craftsmanship and quality of these boots make them one of the most trusted brands in the industry. Extremely comfortable, form-fitting and oil/water resistant makes them a great boot for any job.
Despite all the safety and comfort features they offer, they still remain incredibly lightweight and flexible. Anyone looking for a top of the line boot with added style should look twice at these.
What We Love: They’re made in the USA and you’re going to get quality to match that. Every boot is crafted to perfection and Thorogood guarantees it.
Where We Think They Could Do Better: The leather is rough at first and takes a while to break in. Don’t wear them to work or out all day when you get them.