Employee sustains fracture after he was struck by falling metal storage. 

Employee’s toe is amputated after being hit by a falling stone. 

These are just some of the examples of injuries sustained by workers that are recorded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The actual statistics, however, paints a grimmer picture. In 2018 alone, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded more than 47,000 cases of non-fatal foot injuries. These injuries include fractures, cuts, punctures, chemical burns, and more. That’s why it’s important to wear the best work boots you can afford. And not just any ordinary work boots for men. You have to find the work shoes that offer maximum protection, as well as optimum comfort, to your feet. 

In this article, we’re going to take a deeper look and review some of the most comfortable work boots you can find online and in stores. We’re also going to discuss the aspects you need to consider before you pick and purchase the best work boots. Let’s begin.

Carhartt Men's Rugged Flex 6" Comp Toe Construction Shoe, Brown Oil Tanned Leather, 12
  • Rugged Flex - Carhartt's unique Rugged Flex technology moves and stretches with you throughout the day so that whatever you're doing, it's easier to do because you need gear that helps you move not gear that holds you back
  • Rubber Sole - shock absorbing traction In any environment. Perfect for indoors or outdoors. Whether it's a casual stroll through the neighborhood or a cold muddy day on the job site, this versatile work boot keeps your feet supported and protected
  • Durable & Versatile - Cement constructed Carhartt Rugged Flex outsole makes for a durable long lasting men's boot, great as work or casual wear. Go seamlessly from work to woods in this well constructed supportive boot. Comfortable - Generously padded tongue and collar plus a lightweight EVA midsole and OrthoLite insole give you multiple layers of cushioning for all day comfort
  • Composite Safety Toe. Identifies protection against impact and compression hazards with a composite (non-metallic) safety toe. Composite toes meet ASTM F2413-18 standards.
  • Electrical Hazard (Safety Toe). Identifies secondary protection against incidental contact with electrical circuits of 18,000 volts or less under dry conditions. Safety Toe EH styles meet ASTM F2413-18 EH standards.
Timberland PRO Men's Direct Attach 8" Steel Toe Boot,Wheat,11.5 W
  • WORK TOUGH: Our famous 8" men's work boots, adapted for on-site survival. Featuring waterproof leather, seam-sealed construction and Thermolite insulation, these steel-toe waterproof boots keep feet dry and warm, enabling you to focus on the job at hand.
  • ANTI-FATIGUE TECHNOLOGY: A comfort system designed with shock-absorbing, geometrical technology that returns energy back to the foot to deliver all-day support and comfort.
  • A SOURCE OF PRIDE: We know you take pride in your work, so our soft-toed shoes and boots and steel-toe boots and shoes are designed to provide you with enhanced job performance day in and day out. Wear them at work well as at home with comfort & style.
  • QUALITY WORKWEAR: Timberland PRO assesses the unmet needs of those who work in the most demanding environments and then develops solutions that deliver ultimate comfort, durability & protection—all day long—from work boots & shoes to anti-fatigue insoles.
  • Rubber Outsole that is Heat, Slip, Oil and Abrasion Resistant.
Ever Boots"Tank" Men's Soft Toe Oil Full Grain Leather Insulated Work Boots Construction Rubber Sole (10 D(M), TAN)
  • Durability: Goodyear Welt Construction is the toughest shoe construction ever invented. It’s the best choice for Industrial Construction Workers, Contractors, Home Builders, Electricians, Yard Jobs. Rubber outsole delivers stability on walking any kind terrains
  • Break In Free: Soft leather take the pain out of braking into a new pair of work boots. No more wanting to take off your boots while working. Insole Removal option offers custom insole of your own to ensure ultimate comfort
  • Comfort Easy Wear: PU Insole provides maximum comfort to your feet and long stand hours. Speed hooks makes easy to put on or take off. Steel shank alleviates pressure when climbing downstairs or ladders
  • Sizing: True size to big brand work boots. Our width is between regular and wide. Women size is 2 sizes down. Women size 9 is Ever Boots size 7
  • 3 month manufacture: We are pride with our quality workmanship. Any issue with the boots or shoes, we can help you out
WOLVERINE Men's Floorhand 6 Inch Waterproof Soft Toe-M Work Boot, Dark Brown, 10 M US
  • Full-grain waterproof leather
  • Rubber outsole to provide extra traction
  • Cushioned footbed for all day comfort
Ariat Men's Sierra Wide Square Steel Toe Work Boot, Black, 11 EE US
  • Steel toed
  • Six-row stitch pattern upper
  • Oil and slip resisting outsole
  • 10 inch upper
  • 90 degree heel
Caterpillar mens Second Shift Steel Toe Work industrial and construction boots, Dark Brown, 10.5 US
  • Ankle-cut work boot with steel toe with padded ankle and oil-resistant outsole
  • Engineered nylon mesh lining optimizes breathability and comfort
Dickies Men's Wrecker 6" Steel Toe EH Industrial Boot, Brown, 13 Medium US
  • Leather upper
  • Steel Toe
  • Removable EVA comfort insole
  • Fully lined with breathable, moisture-wicking performance fabric
  • Lightweight, flexible, oil-resistant PU outsole

Work Boots Buying Guide

Work Boots Material and Durability

Boots are usually made of leather, nylon, or rubber. But work boots are no ordinary shoes that’s why the type of materials used to create these shoes are extra tough, too. There are two main types of materials used to create work boots: full-grain leather and nubuck leather. 

Full-grain leather is probably the most popular material used to make work boots uppers. They’re durable, beautiful, and unfortunately, expensive. But there’s a reason behind the hefty price tag of work boots made of full-grain leather.

Full-grain leather is a type of leather that doesn’t go through the usual leather manufacturing process, such as sanding, buffing, and snuffing. The surface of the animal hide, however, is applied with aniline dyes or stains. But because it didn’t go through the usual manufacturing process, the leather looks and feels more natural. Full-grain leather doesn’t just look different — it feels different, too. Work boots made of full grain leather are soft to the touch, and they even become tougher as they age. 

Nubuck is a type of durable leather that comes from the top grain of an animal hide. Peel back the outer layer, and you’ll get suede. Nubuck, however, is stronger than suede. The hide goes through sanding, buffing, and dyeing or staining to ensure a more uniform appearance. The process not only hides the flaws but also gives it a luxurious look.

Toe Protection

Steel toes are pretty much self-explanatory. Boots reinforced with steel toes protect your feet from falling objects, puncture, impact, or compression. Steel used to be the most popular material used to manufacture these reinforcements, but these days some manufacturers opt to use aluminum to replace steel toes. 

Soft toe boots, on the other hand, are the opposite of steel toe boots. These boots do not come with steel reinforcements inside. Instead, they are reinforced with rubber, TPU, thick fabric, or some other durable material. Soft toe work boots are ideal for jobsites that pose little risk to your feet or where steel toe boots are prohibited by employers. 

Soft toe boots can protect your feet from chemicals and germs, but you can’t rely on them if you want reliable protection against falling objects or punctures.  

If you want to combine the affordability of soft toe boots and the protection offered by steel toe boots, then composite toe boots just might be perfect for you. These boots are reinforced with durable rubber, plastic, or any other tough material that can protect your toes from falling objects or sharp objects. 

Overall Comfort

You’re going to wear them for eight hours or more so always go for the most comfortable pair of work boots you can find. Make sure that the boots’ interior is roomy and wide. This is especially important if you have wider feet or if you want to prevent feet problems, such as bunions or blisters. When it comes to comfort, composite and soft toe boots are the clear winner. Even though they’re the safest, steel toe boots are notoriously uncomfortable, and they do not stretch even after you wear them again and again. 

Waterproof/Water Resistance

Rain, sewage-flooded basements, and muddy jobsites are the bane of your work boots’ existence. Your chosen pair of work boots might look cool and have protective steel toes, but if they’re not water-resistant or even waterproof, then get ready for smelly, water-logged shoes.


All of the work boots we’ve reviewed here are considered best in class. Steel toe boots offer the maximum protection work shoes can offer but they can be quite uncomfortable because of the addition of the steel reinforcement. Soft toe boots are great for your toes, but they lack the protection you need if you work in high-risk areas. So we’ve settled for something in between. Something like the Carhartt Men’s CMF6366 Composite Toe Boot.

These boots feature a full-grain leather upper that is not only smooth and supple on the outside but also tough and long-wearing. The seams are impressive, and you’ll know even at first glance that they will not unravel easily. The leather collars are padded and snug to provide that much-needed support around your ankles.

Now, let’s talk about the most important part: comfort. The interior is spacious, so there’s plenty of room for your feet without the shoes being too loose. The boots are reinforced at the toebox and meet electrical hazard requirements. These boots feature EVA midsoles and comfy polyurethane insoles for maximum sole protection against hard and rocky ground. The interior is lined with FastDry® lining that keeps your feet dry.

So there you have it, the most comfortable work boots for men. Make sure to explore the Sebring Design Build website for more informative articles, home remodeling ideas, and more.

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