Are you and your shop buddies down to test your steel toe boots? If not, then no worries, because these brave men put their boots to the test with a hammer, a cinder block, and a vehicle. Yep, tire to the toe. Fast forward to the three-minute mark to watch the steel toe work boot test.
The boots did survive the worst-case scenario, but I don't think they survived the last shop experiment. The hot dog wieners didn't look intact once they cut the boots open. If you want to keep your toes, don't get too brave testing your work boots. If your current pair could need a replacement, then check out these men's work boots and shoes.
Steel Toe Boots vs. Car - Random Machine Shop Experiments
Composite Toe vs. Steel Toe Boots
The most significant difference is that composite toe work shoes do not have a metal toe. People who have gone through several pairs of square steel toe boots and composite boots will even suggest that there isn't much difference in safety features.
Many people prefer composite toe work boots because they feel more lightweight and moisture-wicking. They're also a type of shoe to consider if you have to go through metal detectors at work.
Most Comfortable Work Boots
Steel Toe Cowboy Boots
Ariat Men should be your go-to for cowboy work boots. These safety boots have a comfortable insole with a higher rebound for those long workdays. They are oil and slip-resistant, so they're perfect for factories or warehouses.
These western work boots are styled with the American flag and camo pattern. Any rancher would love these for work. If wide-square is your toe-shape preference, consider this pair. (Can we get a pair with the Texas flag too?)
A customer left a five-star review and said, "I am on my third pair, they last long and able to endure my work conditions, concrete floor, oil and water conditions, and kick around steel on a daily. Nice styles and safety features."
The rugged Rambler boots have a slip-resistant PVC sole that is ideal for concrete floors.
Steel Toe Boots
For all-day comfort, consider these steel safety toe shoes by Caterpillar. These are some of the best work boots for ankle support. It has a padded ankle and an oil-resistant rubber outsole. The Goodyear Welt construction provides durability and flexibility, while the steel shank adds support and stability.
Richard said after 18 months, they're still going. He gave them five stars and wrote, "They're hefty, but nothing most of us can't get used to. I haven't needed to use other insoles as I have with many other shoes due to my flat feet. Great traction. Comfortable materials on the ankle (I wear short socks). Sturdy lace hardware though the laces show their age."
Carhartt's Wellington Boot is only $169.99. These boots have reinforced fabric that prevents wear and tear and has waterproof technology to keep your feet dry.
The cushioned boots absorb shock and have excellent customer reviews. They even fit electrical hazard requirements.
Here's a pair of work boots that are ideal for long days. The breathable boots are great for the work environment. With top-notch durability, soft-toe flexibility, and a cushioned footbed, you won't mind wearing them all day.
These heavy-duty boots by Timberland offer breathability and are waterproof. They also have anti-fatigue technology to keep your feet feeling fine. The shock absorption returns energy back to your feet for all-day support and comfort. If you need arch support or suffer from blisters, consider these.
Since they're ideal for slippery surfaces (thanks to the slip-resistant outsole), they'll meet many safety standards.
A customer gave them five stars and wrote, "The fact is that there is no work boot known to man that will prevent your feet from hurting at the end of a hard day standing on concrete or grating. However, these boots are the most comfortable pair I've ever owned, and my feet hurt less with these than any other brand Ive tried, which is always a plus."
Thorogood's boots are made from full-grain leather and have a slip-resistant outsole. The cushioning on these boots is top-notch. With a rubber sole and shock absorption, you can't go wrong.
Louis gave them five stars and wrote, "Amazing boot. I love them and would recommend them to anyone. I'm standing in them roughly 10-12 hours 5-6 days a week and my feet never hurt."
Here's another great pair by Timberland. They meet ANSI standards (thanks to the 24/7 comforting suspension technology). They even have an antimicrobial treatment to control odor.
The polyurethane midsoles and abrasion-resistant outsoles truly provide ultra comfort. A customer wrote, "This boot is also a great all around work boot, I have a pair that I wear at home that is several years old with no significant wear on it."
Ladies, if you need work boots, you can also find high-quality women's steel toe boots on Amazon.
This post was originally published on July 21, 2020.