Finding a comfortable pair of work boots isn’t always easy. For work boots to fit their purpose, they need to be tough, they need to be durable. And unfortunately, this doesn’t always translate into something that’s actually comfortable to wear.
The good news is that there are still quite a few manufacturers who take the comfort of their products seriously. They design boots that won’t just keep your feet safe but also happy. Here are my top four picks for the most comfortable work boots in 2014.
Wolverine Men’s Raider 6” Contour Welt Boot
First off, we have the Wolverine Men’s Raider. Unlike some of Wolverines product line, the Men’s Raider is 100% USA made. And during its five year lifespan, it’s gained quite a reputation for its serious comfort levels.
Each pair benefits from Wolverines Multishox comfort system. This consists of individual pressure pads on the outside and a comfort insole gel on the inside. The result is a boot that’s great for working on concrete or other hard surfaces.
Wolverines Contour Welt is also in place, offering maximum flexibility. It’s designed to provide the flexibility and cushioning of an athletic shoe with the durability of a work boot.
Another thing that I like about the Men’s Raider line is that they’re a very airy pair of boots. While this might be a problem for those working in cold temperatures, it’s ideal for indoor work. Your feet aren’t going to overheat in warm environments.
Unlike some work boots, there is no break in period. The Men’s Raider is available both with and without a steel tip and I’m pleased to report that the latter is just as comfortable as the former.
Other features include a waterproof coating, slip and oil resistant soles and heavy duty laces.
Chippewa Men’s 6” Rugged Hand Crafted Lace-Up Boot
Comfort levels are taken care of with both a 5 iron Texan insole and a removable cushion insert. This eventually leads to a very supportive fit but one word of warning, the break in period is surprisingly long.
If you’re looking for a boot that you can start wearing immediately, you should therefore look elsewhere. Multiple reviews point to an uncomfortable wear during the first two to three weeks.
The cause of the delayed break in period is basically the toughness of the leather. The upside of this (and the reason that these boots make it onto the list) is that these boots are ridiculously durable and are likely to last you many years.
If you are interested, aim for a pair that are one size too small.
Timberland PRO Men’s 52562 Endurance 6” PR Boot
The Timberland Pro Boot makes it onto our list of comfortable work boots for two reasons, comfort and value. For most shoes sizes, they can be purchased for under $110. And for that price, you’re getting a whole lot of boot. Advanced safety features include:
- A puncture resistant plate.
- Electrical hazard protection
- Oil, slip and abrasion resistant sole.
- Steel Toe
Despite the inclusion of all of these safety features, the resulting product is still incredibly comfortable.
They require absolutely no break in period and are designed to be worn by people who spend large portions of their day either walking or standing on concrete surfaces. This is a result of:
- Shock absorbent cones designed to maximize support and minimize foot fatigue.
- A contoured insole to increase support at key pressure points such as the heel and ball of your foot.
The result is a boot that will keep your feet comfortable during even the most demanding work days.
Another thing that I like about the Timberland Pro Boot is that it comes complete with a 30 day money back guarantee. It doesn’t matter how many times you wear them during this period. If you’re not happy, simply return them to the manufacturer and you’ll get a full refund.
Two things that I don’t like about these boots are their weight and the possibility of durability problems. At 1.5 pounds each, these aren’t lightweight boots by any stretch of the imagination.
I’ve also found a few complaints on Amazon regarding them not holding up so well after a years wear. At this price point however, I still think they make a great purchase.
Timberland PRO Men’s 26078 Titan 6″ Waterproof Safety-Toe Work Boot
Another great Timberland boot, the Titan Pro has one major benefit over the Endurance, it’s a lot lighter. Each boot weighs less than a pound making it a great choice for those who have to move around a lot during the day.
Despite it’s lightweight construction, each boot is still fitted with a safety toe. Instead of steel, each toe is made from a composite alloy. The result is a toe that’s just as strong as steel but half the weight. The boots are also oil, slip, puncture and electrical surge resistant.
Another thing that I like about the Titan Pro is that it’s been around for a long time. It was first released almost thirty years ago and while it’s protective features have obviously been updated, the overall style remains the same. And if that’s not a solid indicator of quality I’m not sure what it is.
If you do your research on the Titan Pro Boot, you’re also likely to find that it has a reputation for being a very long lasting boot. Claims of 5 year ownership periods are not uncommon.
Like the Endurance, it also comes complete with a thirty day money back guarantee.
If there’s one thing that I would fault about the Titan Pro, it’s that it’s not exactly a very stylish boot. As I mentioned earlier, it’s style hasn’t changed much in 30 years and in my opinion, this shows in the boots aesthetics.
If you’re OK with this minor complaint however, it’s probably one of the most comfortable work boots currently on the market.