|BEST OF THE BEST|
|General Purpose & Construction|
|Tactical Work Boots|
|Forestry & Logger Work Boots|
|Outdoor & Farm Work Boots|
Best Work Boots
Over the years, we at ShoeBuy have collected quite a bit of feedback from our beloved customers and interacted with a ton of brands. For this Best of the Best series, we wanted to take a look at our work boot selection, specifically, those styles that have been tried and tested and that our customers have relied on us to supply year after year. Out of that group, we’ve provided what we believe is a great roundup of the Best Work Boots for some specific work categories.
Not everyone treats their work footwear selection like they treat their other work equipment. You’re willing to splurge on the heavy duty extended cab truck, the latest rotary hammer with shock vibration control, tactical vests with so many pockets even MacGyver can’t find a use for them, yet you neglect the hard hat for your feet: a new pair of boots.
You’re on feet all day; comfort and safety are essential, but functionality is key. Let us help you sort it all out with our Best Work Boots Top 4 List:
|General Purpose & Construction||Tactical Work Boots||Forestry & Logger Work Boots||Outdoor & Farm Work Boots|
General Purpose & Construction Work Boots
Timberland PRO is an obvious choice here and a trusted brand for work-specific products. While we could have easily gone with the Pit Boss series from Timberland PRO as well, we consistently see glowing reviews and positive customer feedback for the Direct Attach collection.
The feedback from experts and construction crews regarding this boot tends to focus on its special features. The toe box is regularly a point of emphasis, especially for a steel toe safety design. In this case, it’s the combination of roominess and support that helps avoid too much rubbing and irritation on the top of the foot throughout the day. A note here is that the soft toe version of the Direct Attach may be more popular overall, but we chose the steel toe edition due to the added versatility.
Avoiding the elements is easier said than done on an outdoor work site, but Thinsulate™ insulation and waterproof qualities make this shoe extremely resilient in most environments. Even with the insulation and steel toe design, it has a fairly lightweight construction, which helps with all day wear and comfort. The final feature to highlight is the electrical hazard protection, which meets ANSI safety standards and really adds to this pair of boots’ multi-purpose functionality.
|Love the Timberland PRO Direct Attach 6" Steel Toe?|
Tactical Work Boots
For professions that require you to be on the move and don’t involve heavy machinery, we find that a good tactical boot may be in order. If you’re working security or in a factory, for example, and are looking for general protection from work hazards but feel that the steel toe variety might be going overboard, the Magnum Stealth Force 6.0 will to do the trick.
All that walking builds up a lot of heat, so a boot that is breathable, antibacterial, and features a moisture-wicking lining is a performance trifecta. While those features are certainly great, memory foam and the contoured Cambrelle sockliner of this boot will take comfort to the next level. These two features have received great feedback from our customers, but it’s really the side zip with fastening that brings it all together. Stopping to retie may not appear to be a big issue at first glance, but it can be quite a disruption when you’re on the assembly line or in the line of duty.
The comfort qualities highlighted above may sound more like what you’d look for in a running shoe than a boot, and while this particular boot is known for being lightweight, its durability takes it to the next level. Utilizing full grain leather and ballistic nylon, it withstands the daily wear without fraying. Combine that with a composite shank plus excellent traction, and you’ve got a flexible boot in terms of environments and performance.
|Love the Magnum Stealth Force 6.0 SZ?|
Forestry & Logger Work Boots
Sometimes you just need a work boot that will hold up against continued wear and tear. That’s where a Carolina Logger boot comes in. Not a ton of bells and whistles here: it’s a non-insulated, straight lace up. But this 8-inch boot lives for the outdoors with just the right features and the freedom to adjust on the fly.
The weatherproof leather performs well in wet conditions and the lug outsole will help you navigate through the mud or up into the trees. The Cambrelle lining makes up for the lack of insulation, while the footbed features moisture wicking properties to keep you drier than other boots in the same class. Lastly, we believe the steel shank and toe are essential when debris or logs are constant hazards, making this straightforward yet well-made style a top notch boot.
|Love the Carolina ST Plain Toe Logger 8?|
Outdoor & Farm Work Boots
Our customers, from the farm to the oil rig, swear by the Ariat WorkHog boot. While we’ve featured mostly laced up boot types in this series so far, in many cases, a solid pull-on boot is the way to go for max coverage and ease of use. Many reviewers have found that when it comes to work boots, fit is often overlooked. That’s where this boot really shines. The U-Turn Entry System is designed to fit no matter your foot shape, a claim upheld by a number of customer reviews as well as our internal experts.
Additionally, the square toe front provides the necessary breathing room to get through a hard day’s work comfortably.
Once you’ve got them on, we think you’ll notice increased comfort and stability through and through, as this pair seems to limit the overall back pain often experienced from wearing work boots of similar styling. And just as your feet will have more endurance to get through the day, these boots will stand the test of time as well. Scrapes, nicks, oil, grease: the resistant leather holds up with proper care. Add to that the great tread on the outsole, plus a work-approved steel toe, and you’ve got yourself one great boot.
|Love the Ariat Workhog™ Wide Square Steel Toe Boot?|
Selecting the best work boots is indeed a tough choice, and you should probably choose based on the work you’re doing. Specialization calls for a specialized boot in most cases, but here at ShoeBuy, we feel that versatility can be a great equalizer for the handy man or woman. That’s why when push comes to shove, the Timberland PRO Direct Attach series will get it done in most environments and would be our overall top pick.