Everyone needs safety boot but picking the right one has always been a major challenge and will continue to be. Picking the right safety boot is pretty difficult especially if trying to pick a brand you are not familiar with. You’ve got to ask yourself few questions before you click that buy button. You might want to ask something like:
What do I need the boot for and which safety boot is ideal for my purpose?
How comfortable will it be wearing it for X number of hours per day?
Which brand should I opt for and can I afford the my preferred brand’s price?
What size would give my feet the much needed comfort?
Is there any safety boot that is winter and summer compatible?
All of these could trigger confusions and if you are not careful, you will end up picking wrong boots.
In this guide, I will try as much as possible to give my honest opinion on the best safety boots produced by established brands with global acceptance . I will not just introduce you to any boot but high quality boots that comes with durability and comfort.
If you are one of those who love trendy safety boots, don’t worry as you will surely find your fashion needs.
BEST SAFETY BOOTS FOR MEN
Red Wing Heritage Men’s Classic Work 6-Inch Moc Toe Boot
This brand earns one of my friends a nick name – Mr. Heritage – while I was still working for an advertising firm. Red wing is one of the leaders when it comes to leather booth making as they have been in existence even before the first and second world wars . As a matter of fact they actually produced some of the best safety boots used during the said wars. Red Wing Heritage Men’s Classic Work 6-Inch Moc Toe Boot is noted for durability and comfort.
They are made of leather
Synthetic and tick sole
Nine different colours to pick from
Elegantly stylish designs
- The boot featuring white Traction Tred rubber outsole and triple stitched quality
BENEFITS OF BUYING RED WING HERITAGE BOOT
- Durability: The Red Wing Heritage Men’s Classic Work 6-Inch Moc Toe Boot is triple stitched boot and that means its shaft will not be detaching from its outsole compare to what is obtainable with glued boots.
- Comfort: Your feet enjoy enough support right from the heels to your toes. This is because the boot comes with several unique designs that fit diverse foot shapes.
- Moderate boot weight: The safety boot in question is lightweight in nature and this makes it convenient for you to move around in it without having to suffer unnecessary pains
- Multiple colour to pick from: You are not limited to conventional black or brown colour as the it comes in nine different colours to pick from
- Dual usage: The Red Wing Heritage Men’s Classic Work 6-Inch Moc Toe Boot gives you dual usage options. This is because it can serve as casuals outside business environment.
- Two weeks of discomfort: Be ready for first two weeks of discomfort but you are sure of maximum comfort thereafter
Any Warranty Offer?
What if I buy this boot and it doesn’t last? If that’s what’s on your mind, you need not worry as the manufacturer is giving a full year warranty on any item that carries their label.
Red Wing Heritage does give one year warranty on their products You can read up their warranty terms for clarification
Pick and click your preferred colour
Thorogood Men’s American Heritage 804-4200 6-Inch Steel-Toe Work Boot
You sure can’t take it away from this very one by weinbrenner, USA. Thorogood American Heritage Safety Toe are of different types – safety toe and non-safety toe – choice is yours to pick the one you feel is most ideal for you.
I remember I promised my fashion geek friends of something unique and trendy and if you are one of them, this would be a good addition to your boot collections.
The boot comes with slip-resistance sole as well as a removable dual density shock absorption that provide users with the needed comfort. It is one of the few safety boots that meet ASTM 2413-05 M/I/75/C/75 standards. One of the major qualities of the Thorogood American Heritage Safety Toe is its ability to provide protection against electrical hazards.
- Thorogood American Heritage Safety Toe has Removable Footbed
- It has a 90 Degree Heel
- Thorogood American Heritage Safety Toe has strong resistance to scrapping or wearing away
- The boot does not get hot easily Heat Resistant
- The boot is slip resistant
- It is one of the few safety boots that is oil resistant
- Prevents electrical hazard
Benefits of Thorogood Men’s American Heritage Boot
- Durability: It’s durability is one of the best as it is build to resist wearing out.
- Protection against fire hazards: One of the key reason for buying safety shoes is to guard against hazards and that is provided by the Thorogood American Heritage Safety Toe.
- Comfort: The boot’s capacity to resist heat, its shock absorbent and the few insets makes this boot exceptionally comfortable.
- Easy to maintain: Unlike some other boots that you have to e weary of oil stains, the Thorogood American Heritage Safety Toe naturally resist soil stain
- The boot being slip resistant gives you additional confidence when walking around
- The boot is designed to cater for several class of people as it could be used as work boot and casuals
Price a bit high for few people
If you love changing your boots often, you might not need this as it does resist wearing out
Pick and click your preferred design and colour
The beauty of the Thorogood American Heritage Safety Toe is that they come in different sizes and heights. Your preference matter here but I personally prefer the 6’’ height reason being that it’s neither too high nor too short.
Danner Men’s Quarry USA 8-Inch Alloy Toe Work Boot
If you have passion for elegance and excellent handcraft, this pair of boots is ideal for you. Also, if you have preference for a triple stitched full grain leather pair of boots, this is what you should go for. Additionally, if you think waterproof safety boots are cool this is for you?
The Danner Men’s quarry USA 8-inch Alloy Toe Work Boot is waterproof hence, you are sure of some measure of satisfaction and comfort.
This barely known handcrafted pair of safety boots comes with a lot of features that a prudent buyer would look out for when making buying decisions.
As part of its manufacturer’s push for total comfort for their customers, each boot comes with memory foam. Also, you are sure of getting good leather and lace combination to give you the much desired elegant design.
You don’t really have to worry about the the height of this safety boot as it has some advantages such as insulation and ankle protection. Also, think about the extent of warm this could give your feet in winter.
- Danner Men’s quarry USA 8-inch Alloy Toe Work Boot is a triple stitched safety boot
- The boot is waterproof and could withstand some tough weather conditions.
- Men’s Quarry 3.0 8″ Alloy Toe is oil resistant.
- Good lace and leather colour combination.
Benefits Danner Men’s Quarry Work Boot
Here are my thoughts on what you tend to benefit if you buy this pair of safety boot.
Durability: The boots is triple stitched and that surely gives additional stability under your feet and at the same time enhances boot’s lifespan.
Good value for money: Although many feel the Men’s Quarry 3.0 8″ Alloy Toe is a bit expensive, its quality still ranks among one of the best among its pairs.
Multi-season Advantage: the Men’s Quarry 3.0 8″ Alloy Toe is waterproof and that makes it useful both in summer and winter.
Protection against hazard: It has electrical hazard protection and that makes it more ideal especially for people who work with electricity. Also, buying a safety boot that is slip resistant gives you additional confidence to walk freely even in slippery places.
Comfort: the inclusion of memory foam and the height would give comfort to your ankle and knees and your upper regions.
- Price a bit high for average shopper but its quality speaks
- Not really a known brand
Caterpillar Men’s Second Shift Plain Soft Toe Work Boot
If you are looking for cheap but quality safety boots, then consider picking this up. One of the features that set this boot apart is its leather and professional craftsmanship. This is certainly a kill for those with low budget. They are stylishly designed to serve dual purposes – work boot and casual.
The bold CAT logo makes the Caterpillar Men;s Second Shift 6” Soft Toe Boot more fashionable and the iron toe ensures safety of wearers protection in times of hazards and another thing worth mentioning is that it is oil resistant.
You will need to endure the break in period to really enjoy this boot but be rest assured of comfort as soon as the period is over.
Soft Toe boot
Carefully stitched leather
Benefits of Caterpillar Men’s Second Shift Work Boot
Comfort: comfort is assured after the break in period. Also, the height of the boot being a little bit above your ankle will give you some comfort .
Durability: The Goodyear Welt is the most durable type of outsole construction and this is one of Caterpillar Men’s Second Shift Soft Toe Work Boot major strengths which invariably makes it one of the few durable boots in the market.
Reparable: The boot is reparable and that gives you ample opportunity to keep repairing as long as you want
Easy maintenance: It’s oil resistant and that means you would not be having problem leaning it up
- You need few weeks for break in
Wolverine Men’s W02421 Raider Boot
Wolverine Men’s W02421 Raider Boot is noted for full strength as they are made with full-grain leather upper with solid outer sole.
This boot is ideal for those loves simple but comfortable foot gears It comes with removable full cushion foot bed. Also, it is not just abrasion and oil resistant but also an anti-slip safety boots
Rubber outer sole
Removable full cushion foot bed
5’’ tall from the arch
Oil, water, abrasion resistant
Dual usage advantage
Benefits of Wolverine Men’s W02421 Raider Boot
Affordability: The boot isn’t expensive hence, you don’t need to break your bank before adding one to your shoe rack
Comfort: Wolverine Men’s W02421 Raider Boot does not just have enough cushion on the inside but also have enough cushions on its collar. This means that your ankle will enjoy some measures of protection against unnecessary pains.
Durability: You can be sure of durability in that the upper leather is stitched to its sole but not glued.
Maintenance friendly: You don’t have to worry yourself over oil or any other liquid spill as the boot has enough capacity to resist them all.
Mesh lining advantage: The mesh that covers the inner side of the boot will provide enough warmth to keep your feet dry all day.
Safety: The anti-slip protection as well as abrasion resistance provided by this safety booth will save you from preventable injuries such as ankle twist and other minor injuries.
Smartness: You surely want to dress smart which is also an added advantage when trying to escape from hazards.
- Limited colour to pick from. Buyers have limited choice
Pick your size
Chippewa Men’s 6″ Rugged Handcrafted Lace-Up Boot
The Chippewa Men’s 6″ Rugged Handcrafted Lace-Up Boot is stitched down and you can be sure of durability if you make this boot your pick.
The vibram sole safety boot is slip resistant. This implies it will invariably keep your steps steady while its removable cushion insert will give you enough comfort all day.
Chocolate apache leather
The boot is Oil resistant
It is Slip resistant
Removable cushion foam insert
Benefits of Chippewa Men’s 6″ Rugged Boot
Easy maintenance: Buying this safety boot means your maintenance rate would be low compare to other boots that are non-resistant to chemicals and oil.
Confort: Chippewa Men’s 6″ Rugged Handcrafted Lace-Up Boot comes with removable cushion insert as well as drill vamp lining. These two features add softness to the interior and invariably takes care of several forms of discomfort.
Steady steps advantage: In moments when you need to walk swiftly to stop impending danger, you need a safety boot that could guarantee steady steps on any type of floors.
Durability: Chippewa Men’s 6″ Rugged Handcrafted Lace-Up Boot is stitched down and that’s an assurance that it’s leather upper will not suddenly detach from its sole.
Safety Advantage: In moments when you need to swiftly walk away from danger, you need a slip resistant safety boot and that is why this might be ideal for you.
- Limited number of colour to pick from
Take a look at the Chippewa Men’s 6″ Rugged Handcrafted Lace-Up Boot again and if it possesses the qualities you are looking for, give it a click to get the price.
Timberland Men’s Classic Two-Eye Boat Shoe
Although the name implies that this shoe is for sailors, this stylishly crafted is sure fit for offshore use and this gives user dual usage advantage. Additionally, the classic 2 eye boat shoe has some amazing features such as 360 degree lacing system, slotted collar and that makes it incredibly elegant.
The Timberland Men’s Classic Two-Eye Boat Shoe comes with leather upper that is carefully stitched to the midsole. I have preference for stitched boots not because of any other thing but durability.
It’s made with Leather
Upper shaft stitched to middle sole
Near flat sole
Benefits of Timberland Men’s Classic Two-Eye Boot
Comfort: The shoe is sporty hence, would make you feel a sense of smartness.
Lightweight: The shoe is lighter compare to other boots and that will save you from unnecessary pains associated with heavy boots
Durability: Stitched shoes are durable and the Timberland Men’s Classic Two-Eye Boat Shoe isn’t an exception. You would not need a replacement within a short period of time
Safety: You stand the chance of escaping hazard when you dress smart and Timberland Men’s Classic Two-Eye Boat Shoe is one of those shoes you could count on.
Dual usage advantage: You could use Timberland Men’s Classic Two-Eye Boat Shoe both onshore and offshore
Convenience: the Timberland Men’s Classic Two-Eye Boat Shoe is easy to wear and same thing could be said of its removal after a day’s work
Enough colour options: You have several colours to pick from
- Not good for winter
- Less protection against major hazards
Columbia’s Bugaboot Plus III Titanium Omni-Heat
If you are looking for an outdry boot with enough insulation to keep you warm all day, the Columbia’s bugaboot plus iii titanium omni-heat is surely ideal for you. The waterproof boot has approximately 8 inches shaft made with leather and high quality synthetics.
The boot is easy to wear unlike some other safety boots in its category and pulling it off is easy as well. At the end your daily routine, just loosen your boot laces and give it a slight push from the back side.
It’s insole provides enough cushioning for a wearer who intends to go on long trekking on snow. The beautiful side of it is that it’s removable and could be replaced with any other insole of your choice.
If you ask me what I like most about the Columbia’s bugaboot plus iii titanium omni-heat, I would simply say it’s how the manufacturer laminates its proprietary waterproof-breathable material, OutDry, to both the inside of the boot and its outermost layer.
Waterproof Leather and stiff synthetics
Eight inches high from the shaft
Well designed and padded interior
Easy to clean
Good traction while walking on snow
Benefits of Columbia’s Bugaboot
Water proof: The boot is waterproof and that means it will not be absorbing water thereby adding more weight as you walk through ice or snow
Comfort: This boot provides the needed comfort as its interior is well padded.
Lightweight advantage: Buying a lightweight boot is a good option because it will save you from fatigues common with heavy boots after few hours of hiking or walking.
Steady walk advantage: The Columbia’s bugaboot plus iii titanium omni-heat boot is a boot with double-density rubber outsole. This means the sole of the boot will always become harder in colder conditions thereby providing the needed rubber traction logs. In other words, a total grip on ice or snow by the sole is certain.
Easy cleaning advantage: You don’t have to go through unnecessary trouble to clean this boot. You can take advantage of it’s waterproof feature by simply hose it or wash it in a pan with less stress or better still, allow it to dry and thereafter brush salt layers off it.
- No colour option: There is only one available colour for men for now
- This boot is just few months over year of product launch
Pick your size
Timberland Men’s Euro Boot
Its cushioned tongue and collar couple with its exceptional craftsmanship make it almost irresistible to boot lovers especially those who are crazy for elegant designs. Guess what…it’s my personal preference.
The Timberland Men’s Euro Boot is lightweight. Additionally, it is available in different colours as this gives every user an opportunity to make a choice If you love smartness, this is what you need.
Leather and synthetic made
Cushioned tongue and collar
Benefits of Timberland Men’s Euro Boot
Comfort: The cushioned collar is meant to protect your ankles from bruises and it is a boot you could afford to wear all day.
Lightweight: This boot is lightweight hence, less stress on your legs.
Smartness: This boot depicts smartness and elegance. If you are a fashion geek, you know what I mean.
Steady Walk Advantage: This safety boot has a lugged rubber sole and this would enhance grip on surface which makes it a good choice for steady walk.
Multi usage design: this stylish boot could be used either as work boot or casual.
- It may not be suitable for deep ice
Hi-Tec Men’s Altitude IV Hiking Boot
Additionally, HI-tec men’s altitude iv hiking boot comes with Comfort Tech removable sock liner and above all, it’s lightweight .
Removable sock liner
Steel shank hiking boot
Benefits of Hi-Tec Men’s Altitude IV Hiking Boot
Comfort: With all the features such as padded collar, removable sock liner this boot has what it takes to give the needed comfort you desire.
Fit: This boot scores high in fit and as at the time of this review, it’s one of the few boots reported to be 80% fit as expected.
Lightweight: Buying a lightweight boot is ideal for you as that will save you from unnecessary fatigues.
Less breaking in time is required: You don’t need lengthy time for breaking in t5o this boot.
- It is not stitched hence, durability may be a challenge to those who don’t have other boots to supplement it with
- There are few reported cases of leaks and this may cause additional weight
Baffin Apex Men’s Extreme Cold Winter Boot
Although few people say this safety boot is hyped, it still remains a leading winter boot in the market with temperature rating of -148 degrees. It comes with incredible number of removable inner layers system -eight to be precise- specially provided to ensure moisture control, cushioning and comfort.
The shaft of the Baffin Apex Men’s Extreme Cold Winter Boot is waterproof to provide the needed comfort while treading ice or snow. Its rubber sole is built to have superb grip on ice/snow and invariably gives you the much desired steady steps.
The way the outsole and the midsole are formed together in a continuous process gives the boot a form of uniqueness. This invariably separates it from other shoes and safety boots available in the market
Grippy rubber outsole
Cold rating -148 F
Eight removable inner layer system
Quick lace system
Benefits of Baffin Apex Men’s Boot
Warmth: You don’t want to tread the ice with boots that freeze as you go deeper into the ice or snow and if that is true, you might want to consider this boot.
Comfort: With eight-layer removable inner boot system couple with the height of this boot, you can always be sure of getting the comfort you so desire.
Good grip on ice: This boot will give you the needed grip on ice and that will surely give you a stable walk advantage.
No leak advantage: The boot’s upper is waterproof and that means you don’t have to struggle with leaks.
- It might be too high for some people
- Might be too warm if weather is not cold enough
- Limited colour choices
SAFETY BOOTS BUYING GUIDE: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
The volume of boots available in the market is enough to confuse an individual when trying to make buying decision. Below are the key things to look out for before you click the buy button.
Purpose of buying: This is the first thing to consider when searching for safety boots as it will be foolish to buy a winter boot when you are actually planning for summer.
Safety toes: This is mandatory in some industries especially when your job involves lifting of heavy equipment. Currently, there are at least three types of safety toe boots in circulation.
- Steel Toes: This is the heaviest of them all boots but often regarded as the most protective. Note that they are not good for cold weathers. Also, they are ideal for electricians or anyone who wants to work with electricity. Steal Toe wearer may not be able to access areas where there are metal detectors and they are usually bad picks for people who walk long distances.
- Aluminum Toes: There is no major difference between metal and aluminum reason being that they are both conductors hence, people working with electricity must avoid them.
- Composite Toes: They are lighter in weights because they are plastics hence, going through metal detectors is not a problem for wearers.
Comfort: To be efficient at your task, you must be comfortable. Imagine if your job demand you walk long distances every day. I am sure you would not want to lay your hands on any heavy boot.
Although it’s impossible to determine a safety boot’s comfort when you are not having it on, a review like this one will be helpful. Also, check to know what other buyers are saying about that boot of your choice.
Durability: This is very important when trying to make a buy decision. Few factors like nature of your job, boot construction and product maintenance/abuse worth consideration before making your judgment. Generally, stitched boots are more durable than glued ones..
Established brand name could be better: Buying from an established brand name is more ideal when buying safety boot for the first time. This does not mean the upcoming brands are bad or not good enough. Don’t forget we are in innovation era when technology is becoming more advanced and some old brands are finding it hard to fit in.
Safety boot weight: This is one of the most important factors as it could have major effect on your health in the long run. Also, if a hiking boot for instance is not truly waterproof, you may be in for serious problems when those boots begin to absorb water out there.
Are the soles slip resistant? Does it have enough grip? This depends on the type use but if you work in slippery environment, any sole that is not slip resistant is not good enough. Remember there will always be moments when you need to walk swiftly to avoid hazards.
Is the boot truly waterproof? This is not a requirement for all boots but if you live where winter is snowy or your job demand you have one, always go for the best. One advantage of reliable waterproof boot is that you are going to be afraid of additional weight resulting from water absorption during hiking.
Boot construction: There are three major construction types – the use of leather or synthetic welt, direct attachment method and the cement method. The leather and synthetic welt methods provides room for durability while direct attachment method and cement method often make room for light weight boots.
Again, it depends on what you need the boot for. There is no point buying a heavy leather welted boot if you are a postman who treks longer distances everyday. A cemented but light boot like Timberland Men’s Euro Boot may be all you need.
Shaft: Picking a safety boot with the right shaft is very essential if you are really aiming for comfort and safety. Always take the nature of your job into consideration when making a buying decision so as to avoid making wrong choices.