The Top Ten Best Work Boots for 2018

When you think of safety footwear for the work, normally you would think of boots that look very industrial and functional, with next to no style or up to date fashion trend. Well in some cases you might be right, but I have put together the best safety work boots out there for you to purchase today.

These boots take into consideration a number of factors.
I look at overall safety factors like:

– steel / alloy toes caps,
– oil resistance
– slip resistance
– abrasive resistance
– electrical hazard protection
– exposed nail protection

I also check how waterproof the work boots are and if they have a certain level of breathability for the feet.

Price is important as well, as I know budget is an issue for some people, but as well as this I didn’t want to scrimp on the boots as you do get what you pay for at the end of the day. Normally the best work boots come with a bigger price tag.

Another important factor that I looked at was overall comfort, as this is in itself a safety factor for me. If you’re not comfortable in your footwear while working in a hazardous environment, then this too becomes a hazard.

In today’s footwear market, safety work boots are not only extremely safe and protect your toes to the maximum, but they are also very comfortable, flexible, easy to wear and in the majority of cases, very stylish. So much so that a lot of men will wear this type of footwear out of work and at social events.

Safety footwear is a vital accessory within construction and jobs that come with daily hazards to the welfare of your feet. Most jobs like plumbing, electrics, groundworks, warehouses and in factories, the work boot is an absolute must and a requirement. Safety footwear helps to protect your feet from minor and serious injuries in the work place. The main attribute of a good safety work boot is a steel or alloy toe cap. This can be the savour of your lively hood, should you ever experience an injury to your feet while at work.

Some boots come with steel toe protection but with no protection against slippery surfaces, exposed nails or electrical charges. That’s why it’s important to know what your safety footwear will protect you from.

But it’s not just about safety. You must consider the comfort of your safety boot, as if there is an element of the boot not fitting you right or giving you the proper support, then this could in turn be a safety hazard at work. While on the theme of hazard, it is also critically important to get the right boot suited to the right job. If you are putting out wildfires, then you need the right pair of wildland fire boots that offer the right protection for the job. Just as if you are doing rope work off a bridge or cliff you want boots that prioritise grip and agility above all else.

 

Why not have a look at my list of the top ten best work boots, and see what one might be the perfect fit for you.

 

Timberland PRO Men’s 26078 Titan 6″ Waterproof Work Boot

One of the best, tried and tested men’s work boots on the market, the Timberland Pro Men’s Titan is the grandad of the construction work boots. They were first released back in 1986 and they are by far one of Timberland’s best sellers of all time. You can’t really argue with that.


(View from behind)

Not only are they extremely comfortable, but they are waterproof and comes with the Power Fit Comfort System which is designed to give the user complete support to the major parts of your feet. Another great selling point of the Titan is that you literally need no break in period. You can take them out of the box, put them straight on your feet and head out to work.

As with most work boots, they come with a safety toe cap which is made from a very strong aluminium. This gives the user maximum protection, like what you would get with a steel toe cap, but the added advantage of it being nice and lightweight. A lot of the steel toe cap boots can really weigh you down. Not with the Titan. They are super light so that you can be quick on your feet while working.

The soles of the Titan are very hard-wearing and will last you around 2 years of daily wear. The brand is known for their robustness and durability, so you can be sure that when you buy a Timberland boot, you are buying pure quality and value for money. They come as oil, abrasion and slip resistant, which you will need if you work on construction sites.

Timberland are great when it comes to their warranty. The boots will come with a thirty day money back guarantee and it doesn’t matter if you have worn them around for everyday of those 30 days. If you’re not happy with them, then you can return them to Timberland. This is the kind of thing that makes Timberland one of the best work boots manufacturer in the world.

The thing with the Titan is that they are purely designed for work, so they look very functional and not at all in line with today’s fashion. But hey, you don’t go to work on the roads or on construction sites to impress people with your fashion sense!

If you’re after a great part of hard wearing work boots with lightweight metal protection on the toe area, then the Timberland Titans are the safety boots for you.

 

Red Wing Heritage Men’s Classic Work 6-Inch Moc Toe Boot

Red Wing is a brand with a long history of making high quality boots. They’ve made boots for soldiers in World War One and Two, so you can see that when you buy a Red Wing boot, you are buying into a history of boot making excellence. The brand has gone from strength to strength and have a strong reputation for manufacturing very hard wearing and quality work boots. This brand truly does produce some of the best work boots in the world.


View of sole of shoe

The Heritage line of boots from Red Wing is a very good looking boot, and could be worn as a normal fashion boot. They are very lightweight and are easy on the eye, which make them very popular for guys who just want to wear them out on the weekend. It has a nice thick sole which perfectly moulds the base of the shoe and provides a high level of comfort. They are extremely good for carpenters or warehouse workers who spend long periods of time during the day on their feet.

Although the Red Wing Heritage takes a good few weeks to properly break in, once they do, they will be perfectly moulded to your feet and become the most comfortable work boots you’ve ever had!

Other features of the Red Wing Heritage is the triple stitched seams, which make the boot very durable and highly unlikely to split open during hardwearing days at work. Another added bonus is that they come with welted out soles, a feature you normally see on much more expensive boots.

 

Timberland PRO Men’s 6 Inch Rigmaster XT Steel Toe WP Work Boot

The Timberland Pro Men’s Rigmaster is the absolute daddy of work boots. This boot really does kick ass. It’s 6″ in height which helps with the weight issue of steel toe boots. It has a Titan shaped Steel Toe cap which is built to last and has a superior fit.

The boot itself if properly waterproof and features premium high-quality waterproof smooth leather. I was quite surprised with the smoothness of the leather, yet it’s extremely hard wearing. Water just rolls off the boot, and is extremely durability as the waterproofing quality comes from a membrane coating.

The Timberland Rigmaster XT comes with the PRO® rubber vamp. This gives the sole extreme durability and heat resistance at work. Should you work within a hot industrial environment, then these boots will certainly hold their ground.

I know it sounds a bit lame, but another great thing I found with this boot is the ease that I can get my foot in and out of it. With some boots it can take an age to undo the laces and pull your foot out. Not with this work boot. The lace hooks make lace ups and lace downs really simple and quick.

 

Wolverine Men’s Raider 6″ Contour Welt Boot

Wolverine Men’s Raider 6 Inch Contour Welt ST EH Work Boot, Black, 10.5 M US

A good work boot should be comfortable to wear, durable and last at least 2 years of continuous use. Wolverine are famous for manufacturing work boots that do just that. Wolverine are an extremely popular brand of work boots for men, and have become even more so since the X men films came out in the early 2000s.

Wolverine have developed their own technology when it comes to adding in the extra level of comfort to their boots. This exclusive technology is called the “Multishox Comfort System” and is in every pair of boots that they make.  It’s made up various individual pressure pads which are positioned inside boot and the insole gel on the inside. The Wolverine Raider is abrasion, oil and slip resistant, which make it an ideal boot for construction workers, warehouse workers and mechanics.

The Break in period is really good. Mine were ready to wear in just an hour of walking around in them about the house. I think the reason for this is that it’s just a really comfortable and flexible boot, especially around the ankle and top of the boot areas. The sole is contour welt, which does give you incredible cushioning. This makes the boot very responsive to sudden movements, very much like a running or sports shoes. Not only are they waterproof, but they are incredibly breathable. There’s no excessive sweating in these boots, no matter how hot it gets.

So what’s the downside of the Wolverine Raider boot? Well it’s not that insulated, so wearing them in colder climates is probably not suitable.  I would say that these are summer work boots and maybe buy some others for winter wear.

 

Keen Utility Men’s Tacoma Steel Toe

Steel toe cap work boots are a must when working with heavy machinery or on construction sites. They protect your feet should something heavy fall on them. But with this high level of precaution comes a downside to wearing safety work boots. Yes, they are damn heavy. The size and bulkiness of these boots make them heavy enough, even without a steel toe cap. Some boots have replaced the steel with aluminium, which is good but you still can’t beat the safety of steel.  The work boot manufacturer, Keen, has gone to a lot of trouble to make their boots as lightweight as possible and still make them as safe as possible for workers.

The Keen Tacoma steel toe boot as a smaller steel toe cap that protects the most important part of the foot, the toes. Most steel toe cap boots will cover the whole front of the foot, which makes the boot extremely heavy and clunky to wear. With the Tacoma they have only put a steel toe cap that covers the actual toes area. This gives you full toe protection and a boot that doesn’t weigh like a boat!

As with many other Keen work boots, they are very robust and are great for construction workers.

 

Thorogood American Heritage Safety Toe

There’s a lot of good stuff going on with the Thorogood American Heritage work boot.
They are versatile due to the design on the boot. You can wear them both in and out of work as they do look very stylish, but still strong and durable enough to wear them on site. The height of the boot gives the user good support around the ankle.

The Thorogood American Heritage work boot is ideal for summer wear as the boot is very breathable around the feet. Nobody like soaking wet feet from sweating all day, that’s why it’s important to buy the right work boot for the weather that you’ll be working in.

These are truly one of the best looking steel toe capped boots on the market, as well as being amazingly comfortable for such a big boot. Ok, they are a bit on the heavy side, but this is balanced by the shock absorbent sole and an additional insert that they provide you with.

There’s zero break in period for these work boots. Just take them out of the box and wear them to work!

 

Keen Utility Men’s Pittsburgh Steel Toe

Despite what you see before you, these are actually work boots. Yes I know, they look like the sort of boots you would wear hiking or going on outdoor pursuits, but that’s where this boot is different to most other work boots. Not only do they tick all the safety boxes, but they also are incredibly breathable due to the textile type material. Don’t be fooled by this, as the textile itself makes the boot lightweight and flexible. This will no doubt reduce foot fatigue during your working day.

They are similar to the Keen Tacoma boot in the sense that they both have asymmetrical safety toe caps, which is a must when working in construction or with heavy machinery. With this they are also resistant to oil, slips, abrasion and they are waterproof as well as having electrical hazard protection. Cool or what!!??

As I mentioned before, they do look like hiking boots. Well here’s the thing. They are pretty awesome for hiking as well !!! So if you work in construction and like hiking in your spare time, then you could literally kill two birds with one stone with these versatile, multifunctional boots!

 

Timberland Pro Men’s Pitboss 6” Steel Toe Work Boot

Timberland just know how to make great work boots. Plain and simple. So it’s no surprise to see yet another Timberland work boot on our list. The Timberland Pro Men’s Pitboss is a beast of a work boot. They are one of the best sellers on Amazon and you’ll see why when you buy a pair.

This boot will give you exceptional value for money as well as a ridiculously comfortable fit.
They are ideal for a number of uses such as working in a warehouse or as a plumber. They come in a range of three colors, brown, black and wheat. They also don’t look out of place if you were to wear them on the weekend while on a night out with the boys. They’ll also fit in with any uniform that you may wear at work.

Timberlands are known to take a while to break in, but once they do, they will be your best friend when it comes to workwear boots. They last a long time as they are made from tough leather. They are made with a Goodyear welt construction, and it’s not uncommon for these boots to last up to three years of continuous wear! I’ve had a pair for 5 years and they are still good as new. They come with a 30 days, no hassle money back guarantee should they not work out for you. You can wear them as much as you like within those 30 days.

Like other Timberlands on the market, they are slip and oil resistant and come with an optional steel toe cap to keep your toes nice and safe at work. More features include waterproof and electrical hazard protection.

 

Danner Men’s Quarry GTX 8” AT Boot

Danner as a brand doesn’t immediately spring to mind when you think of work boots, but they are fast becoming a major player in this market. They have been producing some very specialised and high quality work boots, mainly for workers in hostile industrial environments like Quarrying and groundworks.

These are triple stitched full grain leather which make the boots tough as nails and robust as a rock. The Quarry GTX is a handcrafter wonder in boot manufacturing and it’ll last you for a long time. In the era we live in, we are constantly going for the cheaper option. Most times when you buy boots that are expensive, you are actually investing in your feet. Don’t scrimp, as good comfy boots for work are important.

The GTX is awesome in cold weather. For a winter work boot, look no further than the GTX. The high 8 inch boot not only offers warms and comfort, but its high ankle gives you added support and sturdiness. They look very stylish for a work safety boot with the black leather and white stich combination. Actually I’ve seen quite a few goths and rockers wearing these at gigs that I sometime attend.

They don’t just look just, they also are as safe as houses. The GTX has an alloy metal toe cap to keep your feet nice and protected. Amazing comfort comes from the boot’s memory foam insert. I’m not a big fan of memory foam, but was surprised by the comfort it gives.

As with most work boots in this price range, the GTX comes with electro hazard protection and a sole that’s slip, oil and abrasion resistant.

 

Caterpillar Men’s Diagnostic Steel Toe Waterproof Boot

For all you gardeners, roofers, brick layers and outdoor construction workers, these are the waterproof Caterpillar work boots that you have been looking for!
The Caterpillar men’s diagnostic steel toe waterproof boot are designed for whatever weather Mother Nature decides to throw at you. These boots will keep your feet nice and dry up to the point of swimming in the sea.

The unique feature of this particular waterproof boot is that they are very airy and breathable for a waterproof boot. It won’t make your feet overheat and sweat, and will help you remain comfortable while wearing these boots at work. One thing that does grate on me a bit with these boots is the weight of them. The steel toe cap, even though is very safe and chunky, weighs down the boot somewhat.

Another pro factor on the Caterpillar Diagnostics is that they are quite flexible and not at all rigid. This means there is very break in period and will no doubt be comfortable from the moment you get it out of the box.

 

Caterpillar Men’s Second Shift ST Work Boot

A few awesome things about the Caterpillar Second Shift ST Work Boot is that they are incredibly well made. The leather is top quality and durable. Then you have the comfort element. Once they’ve been broken in (took me a few days) they become complete moulded to your feet, which just gives you the upper level of comfort. They are surprisingly comfortable for a boot with the size of steel caps they have in the boot. You hardly realise that you are wearing steel toe cap boots when wearing them.

A versatile work boot that can be worn in and outside of work without looking odd. They are pretty decent on the style side of things and if you’re looking for something casual to wear after work, then they certainly fit the bill. They come in a wide range of different colors, so you don’t necessarily have to go for the traditional work boot color of black or tan.

The cons of this boot are:

  • They are not waterproof. This is ok if you work in a factory or warehouse, but useless if you’re a brick layer or roofer.
  • Break in period for a number of people is hard going. You can break them in about a week, but it’ll be a painful and uncomfortable week for some.

 

Wolverine Men’s Moc-Toe 6″ Work Boot

Another Wolverine has made it onto my list. This Men’s Wolverine 6″ Moc Toe Wedge Heel Boots are extremely fashionable, which makes it a versatile part of any man’s wardrobe. This boot will never go out of fashion, both in and outside of work. Then you have the stable, sturdy and hard wearing boot that is required of a safety work boot.

This work boot is made from full-grain leather uppers to give it durability and then it comes unlined which allows your feet to breath and keep cool, rather than sweating and making you feel uncomfortable.

They come in both soft toes and steel toes, depending on your footwear needs at work. The sole is made of polyurethane and is oil, water and abrasion resistant. To add to this, the boot is made from Goodyear welt construction, which just makes it even more durable. Not only that, it’s easier to replace if the sole is worn down.

Comfort comes is the form of a removable full-cushion footbed.

Overall, if you’re looking for a reliable, tough and comfortable boot that is also stylish, then you can’t really go wrong with the Wolverine six-inch boot.

 

I hope you found our best work boots list helpful, and good luck with your search.