How To Choose The Right Work Boots

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When it comes to buying work boots, there are many unique options to choose from. Steel toe boots, composite toe boots, metatarsal boots and static dissipative boots, just to name a few. Buying a pair of work boots can be very frustrating, particularly because everyone’s foot is different. Here are four tips to buying the best work boots for men.

Kind of Work

The first thing to consider is what kind of work you will use your boots for. If you do a lot of walking in a warehouse, you may want a pair of steel toe boots known as hikers. However, if you climb ladders throughout the day, pick a boot with a defined heal. If you work in heavy construction, than steel toe boots are highly recommended, particularly with metatarsal protection. Really take a minute to think about your working environment.

Particulars Of Your Feet

The next thing to consider is the particulars of your own feet. Are you a heavy sweater? Do you blister easily? What parts of your feet always seem to get sore? These are important questions to consider as they can have a dramatic impact on the comfort of the shoe. For instance, if you are a heavy sweater you absolutely do not want steel toe boots. And if you have a bone spur on your small toe, it’s crucial to have a pair of boots that offer expansion. This is why it’s important to be honest and realistic with yourself.

Get the Right Fit

On average, we take between eight to 12 thousand steps a day. And we want those steps to be as comfortable as possible. It’s important that your boots fit properly. If they are tight or loose it can be difficult to walk in them. When trying on different work boots, you should wear the type of socks you usually wear at work. Try on different sizes as well to ensure you get the pair that feels most comfortable. If you feel discomfort, opt for another size or perhaps a different pair of boots altogether. This is the only way to determine the appropriate pair of work boots for you. Never buy uncomfortable footwear with the thought that your feel will grow accustomed to them, because chances are they won’t.

Caring For Work Boots

Buying the right pair of work boots is an investment in your health. Therefore, it’s important to properly take care of your investment. Keep your boots clean by brushing off mud or dirt daily, as it can ruin the leather over time. Most boots can be washed on the outside with a boot cleaner and water. You should always avoid using soaps and detergents. Check with the manufacture for suitable cleaning products. If your boots get wet, stuff them with newspaper and leave them to dry somewhere at room temperature. Never place them by a fire or heat source. Finally, if your work boots are made of leather they may need to be conditioned over time.

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  • SKECHERS Work
    Stay fast on your feet in total comfort with the Synergy Ekron work shoe from SKECHERS Work. ; Smooth trubuck synthetic leather upper with synthetic overlays. ; Lace-up sporty work shoe with safety toe, slip resistance, and features the Relaxed Fit design for a roomier, more comfortable fit and Memory Foam cushioning. ; Relaxed Fit design provides a roomier fit for your foot. ; Stabilizing heel overlays. ; Padded collar and tongue for all day comfort. ; Soft fabric lining. ; Cushioned comfort insole with memory foam for incredible underfoot support. ; FlexSole shock absorbing flexible lightweight midsole. ; OSHA compliant slip-resistant nitrile rubber traction outsole. ; Alloy safety toe tested ASTM F2412/2413-2011 I/75 C/75 standards. ; Electrical Hazard (EH) Safe design tested ASTM F2412/2413-2011. ; Sole tested ASTM F1677-2005 Mark II to meet or exceed a .5 coefficient even on wet and oily surfaces. ; Imported. Measurements: ; Weight: 1 lb 10 oz ; Product measurements were taken using size 11, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
    $65.99  from 6pm.com
  • SKECHERS Work
    Get the same comfort, support, and traction you would from a hiking shoe with the tough yet stylish Blais shoe the Skechers Work. It has a hiking shoe design with the tough leather and steel protection of a work shoe to keep you safe and steady all day long. ; Sporty lace-up work shoe features a protective steel toe, a Relaxed Fit design for a roomier, more comfortable fit, and Memory Foam cushioning for better support and comfort. ; Smooth action leather upper with durable synthetic overlays. ; Features mesh fabric inserts for added breathability. ; Waterproof seam sealed breathable design. ; Padded tongue and collar. ; Protective synthetic toe and heel bumpers. ; Traditional lacing for an easy on and off. ; Soft fabric lining for a more comfortable fit. ; Features a cushioned, removable insole topped with Memory Foam for incredible all-day comfort. ; Supportive midsole provides excellent shock absorption. ; Wraparound rubber sidewall traction lugs. ; All-terrain rubber outsole with lug traction for excellent grip. ; Imported. ; Steel toe rated for ASTM F2412-2011 I/75 C/75, EH rated. Measurements: ; Weight: 1 lb 6 oz ; Product measurements were taken using size 9, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
    $57.99  from 6pm.com
  • SKECHERS Work
    The Skechers Work Kenner boot keeps you steady on your feet and protected in unpredictable work areas so you can perform at your best every day. ; Lace-up work boot features Memory Foam cushioning. ; Durable leather upper. ; Leather overlays for a tough construction. ; Stitching detail for unique style. ; Embossed SKECHERS Work logo on side. ; Lace-up closure with durable metal eyelets and speed lacing for a secure fit. ; Padded collar for all-day comfort. ; Soft textile lining for breathability. ; Gel infused high rebound Memory Foam insole with additional stabilizing gel heel cradle. ; Shock-absorbent midsole. ; Steel toe meets ASTM F2412/2413-05 I/75 C/75 standards. ; Electrical Hazard (EH) safe design meets ASTM F2412-05 EH standards. ; Flexible nitrile rubber outsole is high traction and all-terrain ready and is oil resistant. ; Imported. Measurements: ; Weight: 2 lbs 6 oz ; Shaft: 6 1 4 in ; Product measurements were taken using size 11.5, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
    $94.99  from 6pm.com
  • SKECHERS Work
    The SKECHERS Work Synergy Hosston SR shoe is the perfect sporty work shoe to keep you comfortable and confident on your feet all day long. ; Smooth leather upper with synthetic overlays. ; Lace-up sporty casual work sneaker features the Relaxed Fit design for a roomier, more comfortable fit, Memory Foam cushioning, and excellent slip resistance. ; Lace-up sporty work shoe with safety toe and slip resistance. ; Relaxed Fit design for a roomier foot. ; Stabilizing heel overlays. ; Padded collar and tongue for all day comfort. ; Embossed side S logo. ; Soft fabric lining. ; Cushioned footbed with memory foam for long-lasting underfoot comfort. ; FlexSole shock absorbing flexible lightweight midsole. ; OSHA compliant slip resistant nitrile rubber traction outsole. ; Electrical Hazard (EH) Safe design tested ASTM F2412/2413-2011. ; Sole tested ASTM F1677-2005 Mark II to meet or exceed a .5 coefficient even on wet and oily surfaces. ; Imported.
    $57.99  from 6pm.com
  • SKECHERS Work
    Stay fast on your feet in total comfort with the Synergy Ekron work shoe from SKECHERS Work. ; Smooth trubuck synthetic leather upper with synthetic overlays. ; Lace-up sporty work shoe with safety toe, slip resistance, and features the Relaxed Fit design for a roomier, more comfortable fit and Memory Foam cushioning. ; Relaxed Fit design provides a roomier fit for your foot. ; Stabilizing heel overlays. ; Padded collar and tongue for all day comfort. ; Soft fabric lining. ; Cushioned comfort insole with memory foam for incredible underfoot support. ; FlexSole shock absorbing flexible lightweight midsole. ; OSHA compliant slip-resistant nitrile rubber traction outsole. ; Alloy safety toe tested ASTM F2412/2413-2011 I/75 C/75 standards. ; Electrical Hazard (EH) Safe design tested ASTM F2412/2413-2011. ; Sole tested ASTM F1677-2005 Mark II to meet or exceed a .5 coefficient even on wet and oily surfaces. ; Imported. Measurements: ; Weight: 1 lb 10 oz ; Product measurements were taken using size 11, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
    $65.99  from 6pm.com
  • SKECHERS Work
    The Skechers Work Kenner boot keeps you steady on your feet and protected in unpredictable work areas so you can perform at your best every day. ; Lace-up work boot features Memory Foam cushioning. ; Durable leather upper. ; Leather overlays for a tough construction. ; Stitching detail for unique style. ; Embossed SKECHERS Work logo on side. ; Lace-up closure with durable metal eyelets and speed lacing for a secure fit. ; Padded collar for all-day comfort. ; Soft textile lining for breathability. ; Gel infused high rebound Memory Foam insole with additional stabilizing gel heel cradle. ; Shock-absorbent midsole. ; Steel toe meets ASTM F2412/2413-05 I/75 C/75 standards. ; Electrical Hazard (EH) safe design meets ASTM F2412-05 EH standards. ; Flexible nitrile rubber outsole is high traction and all-terrain ready and is oil resistant. ; Imported. Measurements: ; Weight: 2 lbs 6 oz ; Shaft: 6 1 4 in ; Product measurements were taken using size 11.5, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
    $80.99  from 6pm.com
  • Dr. Martens Work
    The Dr. Martens Work Xanda ST offers a casual look with all the protection and comfort you need from a tough work boot. ; Wyoming leather, ballistic mesh, and synthetic rubber upper. ; Leather features subtle grain with an oily surface. ; Padded collar and tongue. ; Cemented welt construction for long-lasting wear and better flexibility. ; Cosmo Sketch Mesh lining wicks away moisture for a drier foot environment. ; Removable Smartmask PU cushioned with Agion treatment for fight against odors. ; EVA midsole for added comfort and shock absorption. ; Nonmarking nitrile rubber outsole with heat resistant to 300 degrees. ; Safety toe cap offers protection from a minimum 200j impact and 15kn compression force. ; Steel toe meets ASTM F2413-11 I/75 C/75, EH standards. ; Imported. Measurements: ; Weight: 1 lb 11 oz ; Product measurements were taken using size UK 10 (US Men's 11) , width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
    $47.99  from 6pm.com
  • Dr. Martens Work
    The Dr. Martens Suffolk slip on boot ideal for work environments that need light protection with superior slip resistance. ; Tumbled grain leather upper with side gore panels. ; Slip-on silhouette. ; Classic heel loop. ; Moisture-wicking nylon lining provides breathability and a drier foot environment. ; Cornerstitch construction for added durability. ; EVA comfort footbed for all-day wear. ; Air-cushioned, slip-resistant PVC outsole. ; Imported. Measurements: ; Heel Height: 1 1 4 in ; Weight: 1 lb 6 oz ; Circumference: 10 in ; Shaft: 5 in ; Platform Height: 1 in ; Product measurements were taken using size UK 10 (US Men's 11) , width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
    $59.99  from 6pm.com
  • Dr. Martens Work
    The Dr. Martens Suffolk slip on boot ideal for work environments that need light protection with superior slip resistance. ; Tumbled grain leather upper with side gore panels. ; Slip-on silhouette. ; Classic heel loop. ; Moisture-wicking nylon lining provides breathability and a drier foot environment. ; Cornerstitch construction for added durability. ; EVA comfort footbed for all-day wear. ; Air-cushioned, slip-resistant PVC outsole. ; Imported. Measurements: ; Heel Height: 1 1 4 in ; Weight: 1 lb 6 oz ; Circumference: 10 in ; Shaft: 5 in ; Platform Height: 1 in ; Product measurements were taken using size UK 10 (US Men's 11) , width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
    $49.99  from 6pm.com
  • Dr. Martens Work
    The Dr. Martens Work Xanda ST offers a casual look with all the protection and comfort you need from a tough work boot. ; Wyoming leather, ballistic mesh, and synthetic rubber upper. ; Leather features subtle grain with an oily surface. ; Padded collar and tongue. ; Cemented welt construction for long-lasting wear and better flexibility. ; Cosmo Sketch Mesh lining wicks away moisture for a drier foot environment. ; Removable Smartmask PU cushioned with Agion treatment for fight against odors. ; EVA midsole for added comfort and shock absorption. ; Nonmarking nitrile rubber outsole with heat resistant to 300 degrees. ; Safety toe cap offers protection from a minimum 200j impact and 15kn compression force. ; Steel toe meets ASTM F2413-11 I/75 C/75, EH standards. ; Imported. Measurements: ; Weight: 1 lb 11 oz ; Product measurements were taken using size UK 10 (US Men's 11) , width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
    $59.99  from 6pm.com
  • SKECHERS Work
    The Skechers Work Kenner boot keeps you steady on your feet and protected in unpredictable work areas so you can perform at your best every day. ; Lace-up work boot features Memory Foam cushioning. ; Durable leather upper. ; Leather overlays for a tough construction. ; Stitching detail for unique style. ; Embossed SKECHERS Work logo on side. ; Lace-up closure with durable metal eyelets and speed lacing for a secure fit. ; Padded collar for all-day comfort. ; Soft textile lining for breathability. ; Gel infused high rebound Memory Foam insole with additional stabilizing gel heel cradle. ; Shock-absorbent midsole. ; Steel toe meets ASTM F2412/2413-05 I/75 C/75 standards. ; Electrical Hazard (EH) safe design meets ASTM F2412-05 EH standards. ; Flexible nitrile rubber outsole is high traction and all-terrain ready and is oil resistant. ; Imported. Measurements: ; Weight: 2 lbs 6 oz ; Shaft: 6 1 4 in ; Product measurements were taken using size 11.5, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
    $77.99  from 6pm.com
  • SKECHERS Work
    Get the same comfort, support, and traction you would from a hiking shoe with the tough yet stylish Blais shoe the Skechers Work. It has a hiking shoe design with the tough leather and steel protection of a work shoe to keep you safe and steady all day long. ; Sporty lace-up work shoe features a protective steel toe, a Relaxed Fit design for a roomier, more comfortable fit, and Memory Foam cushioning for better support and comfort. ; Smooth action leather upper with durable synthetic overlays. ; Features mesh fabric inserts for added breathability. ; Waterproof seam sealed breathable design. ; Padded tongue and collar. ; Protective synthetic toe and heel bumpers. ; Traditional lacing for an easy on and off. ; Soft fabric lining for a more comfortable fit. ; Features a cushioned, removable insole topped with Memory Foam for incredible all-day comfort. ; Supportive midsole provides excellent shock absorption. ; Wraparound rubber sidewall traction lugs. ; All-terrain rubber outsole with lug traction for excellent grip. ; Imported. ; Steel toe rated for ASTM F2412-2011 I/75 C/75, EH rated. Measurements: ; Weight: 1 lb 6 oz ; Product measurements were taken using size 9, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
    $57.99  from 6pm.com

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