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10 Most Comfortable Work Boots of 2021 – Lightweight for Construction

When it comes to working in comfort, there’s nothing more important than what you put on your feet. Get the wrong boots, and you can suffer rubbing, blisters, and even serious injury. So how do you know which ones to choose?

That’s where we come in! We’re going to look at the 10 most comfortable work boots out there. And we’ll tell you everything you need to know about what makes them great – and any limitations they have.

So if you’re ready, step this way to find out more!

 

The Most Comfortable Work Boots on the Market

1. Oristaco Work Safety

ORISTACO Work Safety Boots Breathable Lightweight Reliable Durable Steel Toe Industrial Construction Shoes, High Cut 01 Black 42

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Oristaco’s work boots are suitable for both men and women, with male and female sizing.

They’re very robust. The uppers are made of Kevlar, so they’re literally bulletproof. And the soles are puncture-proof too. If you’re going to be working in an environment with uneven surfaces and lots of hazards, these boots are ideal.

They also feature a steel toe cap, which can resist anything up to 2,000 Joules of energy.

Despite these heavyweight credentials, these remain lightweight and comfortable boots. The sole is flexible enough to bend with your foot. The insole is made of memory foam. And there’s a padded collar to prevent rubbing around your ankle.

All the parts are fitted tightly together so that there’s no way in for moisture. The mesh lining will also wick away sweat, keeping your feet snug and dry.

They aren’t the best choice for wide feet, though. And the arch support splits opinion. While some love it, others feel it tips them forward.

Pros:

  • Memory foam insole and padded collar for comfort
  • Durable Kevlar construction and steel toe cap
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Not the best fit if you have wide feet
  • The arch support isn’t comfortable for everyone

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2. NORTIV8 Tactical

NORTIV 8 Men's Military Tactical Work Boots Side Zipper Leather Outdoor Motorcycle Combat Boots Black Size 9.5 M US Trooper

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NORTIV8’s work boots are only available in men’s sizes, although there’s a broad range – from 6.5 to 15. They have a military look, and are available in six different colors and finishes. These include black, dark gray and sand.

They lace up at the front, although there’s a side zipper to speed up taking them on and off. Note though, that the zipper doesn’t open that wide. You may still find you need to loosen the laces.

The boots finish above the ankle. You won’t have to worry about the tops rubbing your ankle bones. But there are no cleat hooks for the laces at the top. That makes threading them through the topmost eyelets a bit tricky.

The boots are made from a combination of leather and fabric. They’re good at keeping out water, and the fabric uppers will wick away moisture from around your feet.

The sole has three layers for comfort and durability. The padded insole can be removed and aired. The midsole is made of EVA, so it’s flexible and shock absorbent. And the heavy duty outer sole has robust grips to help you keep your footing, even on slippery surfaces.

Pros:

  • Moisture resistant uppers keep your feet dry and minimize odors
  • Comfortable padded insole
  • Heavy duty grips

Cons:

  • The zipper doesn’t open as wide as we’d like
  • No cleats for the laces.

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3. Skechers Burgin-Tarlac

Skechers for Work Men's Burgin-Tarlac Industrial Boot,black embossed leather,10 M US

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The Burgin-Tarlc from Skechers is designed for men. It’s available in full and half sizes from 7 to 14, and both standard and wide fittings. And the price is pretty keen.

You can choose from black and two different shades of brown, together with different color stitching. Whatever combination you select, your boots will be made of 100 per cent leather.

Inside, they feature a memory foam insole for superior comfort. And the outsole is made of rubber, with good, deep treads for a secure grip.

They also have a steel toe cap, and are rated to offer protection from electrical hazards. Just note that if you have bunions, you may find the edge of the cap rubs. If you need a toe cap for protection, try wearing them with a thick pair of socks.

One other thing to note with these is that the leather is fairly rigid. Don’t be surprised if you have to spend a couple of weeks breaking them in.

Pros:

  • Available in both standard and wide fittings
  • Made of 100 per cent leather
  • Memory foam insole for comfort

Cons:

  • They take a while to break in
  • The edge of the steel toe cap may rub against bunions.

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4. Free Soldier Tactical

FREE SOLDIER Men's Tactical Boots 6 Inches Summer Lightweight Breathable Desert Boots with Thin Durable Fabric(Tan, 10.5 US)

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If you’re looking for lightweight and breathable boots, these from Free Soldier should make your shortlist.

They come in a choice of thin or thick fabric, combined with suede leather. Choose thin fabric if your priority is a lightweight boot. With this option, they’ll weigh just 1.64 pounds. Thick fabric is better if you want your boot to be warmer and more water-resistant.

You can also choose from standard or wide fittings, helping you get the right fit for the shape of your foot. There’s a padded collar, strengthened heel and toe cap, and durable laces.

The grip is exceptionally good. If you want something to help you avoid slipping on treacherous terrain, these are a great choice.

Some people will find they need to purchase a padded insole to make these really comfortable. But these are amongst the least expensive boots on our list. And with that minor modification, they’ll suit most wearers very well.

One other minor niggle is that this is another design that doesn’t have cleats at the top. That means it takes longer than it otherwise would to get them on and off.

Pros:

  • Very lightweight
  • Excellent grip
  • Very cost-effective

Cons:

  • The insole could do with extra padding
  • No cleats to hold the laces at the top.

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5. Irish Setter 83605

Irish Setter Men's 6' 83605 Work Boot,Brown,10 EE US

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The 83605 from Irish Setter is a handsome work boot in chestnut brown leather with contrasting cream laces. It measures 6 inches from the back of the heel to the top of the collar.

The thick rubber sole is also cream, and it has good, deep treads for grip. It’s also heat resistant up to an impressive 475 degrees Fahrenheit. And it meets safety standards for electrical hazards.

It’s available in both full and half-sizes, and with standard or wide fittings. The collar is nicely padded for comfort. But this is another case where the laces are secured with eyelets throughout. That means they’re not quite as quick to loosen off as they would be if there were cleats.

And note that there isn’t a steel toe with these. If you need that extra protection, they won’t be the right choice.

Pros:

  • Made from good quality leather that’s supple and comfortable
  • Outsole is heat resistant to 475 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Meets safety standards for electrical hazards

Cons:

  • No cleats, so they take longer to loosen off
  • No steel toe cap.

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6. Timberland Pro Pit Boss

Timberland PRO Men's Pitboss 6' Steel-Toe Boot, Brown , 10.5 D - Medium

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Timberland’s Pro Bit Boss are another pair of work boots made from 100 per cent leather. You can get them in a choice of brown or wheat. The heel is 1.5 inches high, and they measure 5.5 inches from the arch to the top of the shaft.

There’s a steel toe cap and a tough outsole that will resist slips and abrasion. This boot meets all ANSI safety standards.

A design Timberland call “Comfort Suspension” cradles the arch of the foot to reduce fatigue. And there’s a breathable foot bed and padded collar too.

The leather with these will take a few days to break in, particularly around the ankle. And they’re heavier than some designs. But with the weight comes a very robust and well-made boot.

Pros:

  • Robust and durable
  • Meets all ANSI safety standards
  • Comfort Suspension system to cradle the arch of the foot and reduce fatigue

Cons:

  • The leather will take a few days to break in
  • Fairly heavy.

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7. Skechers Workshire Peril

Skechers for Work Women's Workshire Peril Boot, Black, 9 M US

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The Workshire Peril from Skechers is the only boot on our list specifically designed for women. It’s available in sizes 5 to 11, and in standard and wide fittings. You can choose between three practical colors – black, brown and dark brown.

The shaft is about 5.25 inches from the arch to the top, and the heel measures 1.5 inches. The lace-up design features sturdy metal eyelets all the way to the top. This is another boot without cleats, so you’ll need to take time to loosen them off.

The uppers are made of buffalo crazy horse leather, while the soles are synthetic. The boots are made for serious work, with steel toe caps. They meet safety standards ASTM F2412/2413-2011, I/75, C/75 and EH.

The durable outsole has deep treads and is oil-resistant. Inside, there’s a gel-infused foot bed and memory foam cushioning for comfort. It’s not thick enough for some, however. If you need stronger support for your arch, you may need to buy an extra insole.

Pros:

  • Robust steel toe work boot specifically designed for women
  • Meets a range of safety standards
  • Durable and oil-resistant outer sole

Cons:

  • The absence of cleats means they’ll take longer to get on and off
  • The memory foam insole isn’t particularly thick.

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8. Under Armor Stellar

Under Armour Men's Stellar Tac Side Zip Military and Tactical Boot, Black (001)/Black, 14

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While Under Armor’s Stellar work boots are marketed as unisex, the sizing is more suited to men. It’s available in sizes from 8 to 14, with half-sizes available too.

It comes only in black, and there’s a leather sole, and leather and tough nylon uppers.

This boot offers major advantages for those who like to get their footwear on and off in a hurry. The upper shaft has three pairs of cleats in place of eyelets. And there’s also a side zipper to make everything easier.

The boot is coated in DWR to repel water whilst remaining breathable. There’s also a molded midsole made of EVA, so it’s nice and flexible. And the shank is reinforced with TPU to provide extra protection.

There are only a couple of minor niggles. The first is that this is another design that needs a few days to break in. The second is that there’s no backing behind the zipper, so it’s vulnerable to letting in moisture and cold air.

Pros:

  • Water resistant yet breathable
  • Molded EVA midsole for flexibility
  • Cleats and a side zipper for easier access

Cons:

  • They take a few days to break in
  • There’s no backing fabric behind the zipper.

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 9. Cat Footwear Second Shift (Our Top Pick)

Caterpillar Men's Second Shift Steel Toe Work Boot, Tan, 13 W US

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Cat Footwear’s Second Shift work boots come in men’s sizes from 7 to 14. And you can get them in either standard or wide fittings.

There’s a choice of four different colors – black, tan, honey or dark brown. The shaft measures 6 inches from the arch, and the heel is 1.25 inches high with a three-quarter inch platform.

The boots are made of leather, with some colors having a nubuck finish. The sole is synthetic. There’s a steel toe, cushioned collar and rugged treads to help you keep your footing.

The outsole is resistant to oil. And the boots will protect wearers from electrical hazards up to 600 volts in dry conditions.

There are two pairs of cleats at the top, to help you loosen off the laces quickly. The other eyelets are reinforced with metal for strength. The insole is breathable, and the whole boot is lined with breathable mesh.

Note that the tongue is a little narrow, so position it carefully as you lace up your boots. It’s easy to end up with a gap at one side. And some people find they need insoles to provide extra arch support.

Pros:

  • Oil-resistant
  • Protects from electrical hazards up to 600 volts in dry conditions
  • Breathable lining and insole

Cons:

  • The tongue is a little narrow
  • You may need an extra insole to provide more support at the arch.

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10. Rockrooster Walker AP360

Rockrooster Walker Work Boots for Men, 6' Soft Toe Comfortable Boots, Upgraded Vibram Wedge Sole Boots, Arch Support Anti-Fatigue Boots, Leather Insulated Safety Boots, Electric Hazard(VAP360 Walker, US 11.5)

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RockRooster’s AP360 work boots go by the name “Walker”. They’re constructed from full grain leather in an attractive claret shade. The soles are made from TPU, and they retain their elasticity even in cold temperatures.

Inside the boot, there’s contoured arch support and a cushioned Poron XRD insole. The outer sole and back of the heel are also made from Poron XRD to absorb shock and reduce foot fatigue. And Coolmax breathable lining wicks away moisture to keep your feet dry and comfortable.

These are, however, heavier than many other boots. And while there’s no wide fitting, the standard width is on the broad side.

Pros:

  • Constructed from excellent quality leather
  • Contoured arch support
  • Coolmax breathable lining

Cons:

  • Rather heavy
  • Won’t suit those with narrow feet.

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Ready to choose your work boots?

That brings us to the end of our reviews of ten of the most comfortable work boots out there. We hope we’ve helped you narrow down your search!

For men, our top pick is the Second Shift boot from Cat Footwear. We love its durable construction, breathable lining and reassuring safety features.

Women looking for good work boots will find it hard to beat the Workshire Peril from Skechers. These are great quality boots that will stand up to tough conditions.

Good luck with your search, and we hope you find the perfect work boots for your needs!

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