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Men’s work boots are essential for workplace safety. The U.S. Department of Labor requires employers to mandate that their employees wear protective footwear if their job poses a danger to their feet, as it does, for instance, in carpentry and construction. These boots often feature steel-toe designs to prevent injuries from falling objects and other hazards, as well as grippy lug soles to keep you sure-footed on a range of surfaces.
Other options include aluminum-toe and composite-toe boots, which don’t offer as much impact- and compression-resistance as steel toe boots, but have other benefits. Aluminum boots are still reliably sturdy and more lightweight. Meanwhile, composite-toe boots are another lighter option that feature toe caps made of plastic, carbon fiber or other synthetic materials. Since these don’t feature any metal, they’re ideal for workers that are required to frequently pass through metal detectors, such as airport or security personnel. Keep in mind that these may be bulkier than steel toe, styles, however.
When it comes to cushioning and breathability, options also vary, allowing you to choose the level of support and aeration that suits your needs. Many of today’s looks are stylish enough to be worn outside the workplace, too.
Considering all this, we compiled some great men’s work boots that offer the best of function and fashion. Keep scrolling to shop them.
Keen Utility San Jose Aluminum Toe WP Boot
Available in two width options, this Keen Utility boot features a waterproof leather upper, oil-and-slip-resistant outsoles and aluminum toes that meet or exceed ASTM F2412-17 and F2413-17 M I/75 C/75 EH safety standards. They also offer odor control, moisture-wicking properties and a removable PU footbed for added comfort. A TPU shank also enhances midfoot support.
Ariat Turbo Chelsea Waterproof Carbon Toe Boot
Ariat’s Turbo Chelsea is completely waterproof and equipped with a lightweight carbon composite safety toe that is ASTM F2413-11 M I/75 C/75 EH rated. Comfort features include breathable mesh linings and high-rebound foam cushioned insoles with ATS technology for all-day support.
Reebok Work Rapid Response RB CT Boot
The tallest style on our list, this 8-inch Reebok boot offers more coverage than most. Highlights of this pair include an ultra-tough suede leather and ballistic nylon upper, breathable nylon mesh lining and a removable cushioned footbed with a heel cushioned designed to minimize shock. It also offers an extra-wide toe box for a roomier fit and comes in multiple width options.
Baffin Monster Boot
A waterproof exterior and breathable waterproof membrane make this Baffin boot capable of keeping wet weather out. What’s more, anti-fatigue technology absorbs shock and returns energy, while slip- oil- and acid-resistant outsoles feature deep lugs for multidirectional traction. Another plus? Lateral roll bars and a heel cup optimize stability.
Skechers Verdict Boot
If a steel-toe design isn’t crucial on your job site, this fully waterproof style is a great pick. A padded collar and tongue, shock-absorbing midsole and smooth fabric lining promote all-day comfort. What’s more, a steel shank offers additional support and rugged lug soles boost traction. These are also offered in extra wide widths to accommodate even the widest feet.
Caterpillar Second Shift Work Boot
Perfect for those whose feet tend to get hot on the job, these Caterpillar boots feature a mesh lining and breathable Climasphere insole to help prevent sweaty socks. The steel-toe style also boasts a durable Goodyear welt construction, and is roomy enough to accommodate orthotics. Slip-resistant rubber outsoles should keep you sure-footed on a range of surfaces, while a steel shank adds support and stability.
Timberland White Ledge Ankle Boot
In addition to being waterproof inside and out, this Timberland boot features padded collars and removable, compression-molded EVA footbeds for long-wearing comfort. Designed to keeo you steady on varied terrain, they offer rubber outsoles with multidirectional lugs. Bonus: a fully gusseted tongue also helps keep debris out.
Wolverine Floorhand Work Boot
Available in extra-wide width size options, this Wolverine boot has a waterproof, full-grain leather upper and moisture-wicking mesh lining to keep feet bone dry. The rubber outsoles on this pair are built to provide extra traction, while a removable cushioned footbed should keep feet comfortable for hours on the job. A durable nylon shank adds extra strength, too.
Carhartt Waterproof Wedge Soft Toe Work Boot
Carhartt’s leather soft-toe boots feature a slight wedge underfoot, which not only offers a stylish look but can also help boost traction on surfaces, since the sole makes more contact with the ground than traditional heeled styles. The silhouette also includes the brand’s beloved shock-absorbing foam insole and FastDry lining that wicks away sweat and fights odors. To top it all off, the boot has a Goodyear welt construction, breathable, waterproof membrane and meets ASTM F2892-18 electrical hazard standards.
Ever Boots Soft Toe Boot
Retailing for just $60, this boot offers a variety of great features for the money — including a genuine leather upper with hooks for easy on and off access and a steel shank to alleviate pressure on the soles of feet. A Goodyear welt construction gives these boots extra durability and protection, while the oil-resistant rubber outsoles with reinforced stitching makes these a solid choice no matter the job setting.
Rockrooster Work Boot
Coming in extra-wide width sizes only, this Chelsea-inspired boot features a steel toe, an anatomically-contoured footbed and a slip- and oil-resistant outsole. It also includes CoolMax technology to wick moisture away from the body and is designed to dissipate static into the ground to reduce the chance of shock.