Whether you are working as a bartender or construction worker or nurse, you know how important it is to wear the most comfortable pair of work shoes you can find. You’re no stranger to foot pain, backaches, nail trauma, and blisters because you’ve worn the wrong pair of shoes too many times. Finding the most comfortable pair of work shoes, therefore, is imperative. 

But checking if a pair of work shoes are comfortable or not can be difficult, especially if you’re buying online and you’re just looking at some pictures on your screen. You can also head out to your favorite shoe retailer to try on different shoes, but first impressions are sometimes wrong. So how will you know that you’ll purchase a comfortable pair? 

In this blog post, we’ve reviewed some of the most comfortable work shoes for men. You can also check out our work shoes buying guide to help you choose the perfect pair. Let’s begin.

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Reebok Work Men's RB4041 Sublite Cushion Safety Toe Athletic Work Industrial & Construction Shoe, Black, 10
  • Full-foot flex grooves for improved mobility and flex with every step
  • Low-cut design for a sleek, athletic look and easy ankle mobility
  • MemoryTech Massage footbed adapts to the contours of your foot and provides immediate cushioning
  • Sublite foam midsole for lightweight cushioning and soft support
  • Alloy toe reduces weight while maintaining impact protection (meets or exceeds ASTM F2413)
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Timberland PRO Men's Powertrain Sport Alloy Safety Toe Electrical Hazard Athletic Work Shoe, Black Synthetic, 10.5 Wide
  • KEEP IT COMFORTABLE: Athletic styling gives these men’s Powertrain Sport work shoes a modern look. Alloy safety toes, breathable mesh linings, electrical hazard protection & anti-fatigue technology combine for ultimate low-profile comfort & protection.
  • SAFETY AND COMFORT: Built on a tradition of craftsmanship & innovation, Timberland PRO helps you conquer your work day. Technology like our proprietary outsole with built-in Anti-Fatigue Technology keeps you comfortable all day.
  • 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.
  • Premium ripstop nylon upper with breathable and moisture-wicking lining with treatment for odor control
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Fila Men's Memory Workshift-M, Black/Black/Black, 10.5 M US
  • SOLID PERFORMANCE: Durable leather and synthetic overlays to meet your occupational needs
  • SUPERIOR TRACTION: Solid rubber slip resistant outsole - tested in accordance with the applicable industry standards, including: ASTM F2913-11; though designed to help prevent slips, you should always exercise caution on slick surfaces
  • ALL DAY COMFORT: Memory foam sockliner and midsole for additional comfort
  • RELAXED STYLING: Perforations for breathability and a lace up front closure for relaxed fit
  • DLS foam midsole
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KEEN Utility Men's Atlanta Cool Low Steel Toe Work Shoe, Black/Dark Shadow, 10.5 Wide US
  • Torsional Stability Shank
  • Mesh Liner provides breathability to help keep feet cool in warm environment
  • Dual density compression molded Eva midsole
  • Left and Right asymmetrical steel toes
  • Reflective webbing for additional safety
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Dr. Scholl's Shoes Harrington II Work, Black, 10
  • Oil-resistant, slip-resistant Lock Step OutsoleTM meets SATRA TM63 and TM144 standards
  • In independent lab testing, our shoes beat industry average for comfort and cushionig. HeeluxeTM Occupational Shoe Research April, 2016
  • Slip-on fit
  • Dri-Lex moisture-wicking lining
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LARNMERN Steel Toe Work Safety Shoes Men Reflective Casual Breathable Outdoor Sneakers, LM30K (12, Pure Black) …
  • Anti-Smashing Steel Toe: European standard steel toe has an impact resistance of 200J
  • Breathable & Comfortable: The work shoes are made from Knitted fabric uppers, keeping the feet fresh and comfortable to wear. Reflective webbing for additional safety.
  • Slip Resistant Sole: These Knitted fabric safety shoes meet EN ISO 20345:2011 safety standards and feature SRC slip-, oil- and abrasion-resistant outsoles. meet the needs of those who work in demanding environments.
  • Arch Support: Dual-density compression-molded EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning and soft support. Arch support footbed adapts to the contours of your foot and provides immediate cushioning.
  • Keep Work Safe: Our 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.
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VOLKLAND Men Women Black Grey Breathable Lightweight Steel Toe Work Shoes 9
  • Steel toe meets ASTM F2413 Safety Standard, can protect feet from construction dangers
  • The safety shoes with lightweight Kevlar-midsole can protect your feet from being punctured by sharp objects like nails. It is not only durable and soft, but also can be bent randomly at work
  • Breathable & Comfortable: The work shoes are made with breathable mesh upper & soft fabric lining, keep the feet comfortable all day
  • Ultra Lightweight: Each pair (size 7) is only about 720g, which is much lighter than regular steel toe shoes
  • Widely Application: These work shoes are suitable for delivery driver, warehouse staff, logistics, chemical plant, auto repairing, laboratory, etc. Also can be used as casual sneakers for daily use

Work Shoes Buying Guide

Comfort

It is important to measure your foot size (if you haven’t already) before you order shoes online or visit your favorite shoe store. Visiting the store in the afternoon or evening is recommended as your feet change in size and tend to swell at the end of the day. If you don’t know your foot size, then have a store assistant determine your foot size for you. Bring the socks and insoles you’re going to wear during your shift to ensure a comfortable fit. Or you can check out this video to know how to determine your foot size if you want to buy the shoes online. 

If your work involves a lot of walking, then go for more flexible shoes. Flexible shoes have been proven to prevent pain and fatigue, as well as strengthen foot and leg muscles. A good way to know if the shoe is flexible is when the toes bend upward. 

A good way to know if the shoe offers ample support is by lightly twisting it. If you feel a slight resistance, then the shoe offers good support.

Keep in mind that work shoes with steel toe caps do not stretch, so look for wider work shoes with plenty of space in the toebox for maximum comfort. 

Material

Work shoes are typically made of nylon and/or leather. Nylon is a synthetic fabric often used as sneaker upper. Why this particular fabric? Well, it’s because nylon is sturdy and lightweight. Nylon fibers can be woven into a mesh that allows air to penetrate the shoes’ interior. Nylon mesh is sometimes used alongside leather to ensure that the shoe is breathable.

Leather is another material used as a work shoe upper. Cheaper work shoes are made of synthetic leather, while higher-end shoes are typically made of nubuck. Leather, in general, is sturdy and easy to maintain. They are comfortable, and in the case of Oxford work shoes, very versatile.  

Toe Protection

There are three types of toe cap protection being offered by work shoe manufacturers: soft toe caps, steel toe caps, and composite toe caps.

Of the three, soft toe caps offer the least amount of protection. Because of this, some employers prohibit their workers from wearing soft toe work shoes. The upside, however, is that they are comfortable and affordable. 

Steel toes, on the other hand, is the gold standard when it comes to workplace safety. Work shoes with good steel toe caps can protect your toes from falling heavy objects, sharp objects, and punctures. But work shoes with steel toes are not as comfortable because they do not stretch as soft toe shoes do. These shoes are also quite pricey.

Composite toe work shoes combine the comfort offered by soft toe shoes with the protection offered by steel toe shoes. The downside is that they are pricey, too.

Conclusion:

Our choice for the best and most comfortable work shoes for men is the Reebok Work Men’s Athletic Oxford Shoe. We have curated some of the best steel toe and soft toe shoes, but this pair stands out because of many different factors. Let’s take a look.

The Reebok Work Men’s Athletic Oxford Shoes look like regular sneakers at first. They have a lace-up closure, a mesh upper, and spiced up with a little synthetic webbing at the sides. But slip your feet inside, and you’ll feel the difference. These shoes feature MemoryTech Massage footbeds and Sublite foam midsoles that cushion your every stride, whether you’re walking on hard and flat pavement or a rocky jobsite. The soles are thick and skid-resistant, even on wet or slippery surfaces. The combination of supportive footbeds and midsoles, plus durable outsoles makes these athletic Oxfords some of the best men’s shoes for standing all day.

But the protection that these shoes offer doesn’t stop there. They also feature alloy toe caps that protect your toes from punctures, compression, and impact. The presence of the alloy toe caps makes them ideal for high-risk jobsites. These shoes are designed and manufactured to be lightweight, as well as meet ASTM F2413 standards.

While the upper might not look the prettiest or the most cutting-edge when it comes to design, it’s enough that it’s built for comfort. The mesh exterior allows air to circulate inside, keeping your toes dry all day long. The only downside? They’re quite pricey. But if you’re committed to finding the most comfortable work shoes and don’t mind the price tag, then these might be your next favorite pair of new kicks.

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