For serious work outdoors, or for any construction project, whether industrial or personal, a pair of rugged work boots is one of the most essential tools you need in your arsenal. Luckily, there are plenty of options that will make whatever task you have in mind that much easier.
We’ve picked out 13 pairs to consider, from some of the best lightweight work boots to the most durable, as well as the most comfortable work boots, because, hey, a blister can seriously burden even the toughest among us.
First, a primer in the features you should be looking for in a work boot, depending on your specific needs.
When it comes to the heavy lifting involved in day-to-day construction projects, consider steel toe boots, the standard for protecting your toes from all the hazards of a dangerous work area. Another option is a carbon fiber toe, also tough but a little lighter to wear.
For comfort, look to steel shanks, which provide support between the insole and outsole and reduce the load on your feet and calves, as well as any type of comfort insole. And if you’re afraid of your toes getting crunched, consider a pair of work boots in a wide fit.
An old-school and invaluable feature in a work boot is Goodyear Welting construction, created by, yep, a member of the Goodyear tire family over 100 years ago. The technique involves stitching together extra material for superior durability.
If your work outdoors takes you into wet or muddy terrain this winter, be sure to invest in a pair of waterproof work boots, but if getting around quickly is your biggest concern, opt for a lightweight pair, like several of the styles we’ve rounded up.
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