Do you work to live or live to work? The best work boots do both. Designed to be worn during your 9-5 and well beyond it, with their tough aesthetic and reliable construction, traditional leather work boots, aka engineer boots, were first created for railroad workers. These days, you’re more likely to be wearing them on a cocktail terrace than a train track but the chunky old-school look still delivers results.
Timberland Waterproof Boot
These iconic work boots for men are the brand’s best-sellers, first hitting stores more than 40 years ago. No surprise really, given it’s hard to find any other boot with the same level of flawless performance and classic work boot style. These Timberland work boots feature abrasion-resistant and durable waterproof uppers, rust-proof eyelets, insulation that balances warmth with minimal bulk, and a climate-controlled footbed. Some of the most comfortable work boots on our list.
Carhartt Composite Toe Boot
We’re not sure when Carhatt became cool but we’ll happily jump on the trend. These black work boots are the perfect halfway house between no-nonsense practicality and something you could wear to a posh cocktail bar with your date next Friday. As a pair of bonafide safety boots, they feature a composite safety toe for protection against impact, compression, and even electrical circuits of up to 18,000 volts. Because you can never be too careful.
Red Wing Heritage Classic Boot
If you’re looking for a pair of men’s casual boots that deliver when it comes to functionality and durability, check out these waterproof work boots by Red Wing. They feature a moc-toe design, taking inspiration from moccasins to create a funky and distinct profile that would look great with a shirt and chinos. Unlike moccasins, however, these leather work boots also have a sturdy and reliable treaded outsole.
Skechers Work Boot
These steel toes work boots by Skechers are the real deal—proper industrial boots, tested and certified to meet the necessary standards, and resistant to impact, compression, and electrical energy. Wear these heavy-duty boots on the job, whatever your job, to keep your feet safe and secure. They wouldn’t look out of place with a pair of black jeans and a bomber jacket either.
Caterpillar Second Shift Steel Toe Work Boot
Some of the best steel-toed boots we’ve seen, these work boots from Caterpillar definitely take no prisoners with their rugged styling and solid construction. These are boots that know the meaning of hard work but also the importance of a work-life balance. They’re handsome in a hefty and heavy-duty kind of way and we can imagine wearing them with selvage denim and a biker jacket at the weekend.
New Balance 3-in-1 Boots
These Niobium hiking boots bust-up boundaries and break the rules. They’re convertible hiking boots, for one thing, and can be dismantled into mules to wear around the campsite and a pair of socks for inside the tent. They’re made from heavy-duty rubber, suede, and mesh, and are the perfect footwear for trekkers and nomads. Oh, and they’re seriously style-savvy too.
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