Boot Ratings https://www.bootratings.com The Ultimate Boot Research, Reviews, and Recommendations Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:53:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Best Snow and Ice Cleats https://www.bootratings.com/best-snow-and-ice-cleats/ https://www.bootratings.com/best-snow-and-ice-cleats/#respond Sun, 18 Nov 2018 14:36:07 +0000 https://www.bootratings.com/?p=1880 If you live in a place with winter snow and ice, you know how slippery it can get.  Even with the best boots, ice cleats are necessary to get full traction on the ground. It only takes one good fall on the ice to ruin your day, end up at the chiropractor, or even break a bone… regardless of what type of boots you wear, add-on ice cleats can save you from an accident! Here are our reviews of the most popular winter ice cleats and the research you need to make a good decision without wasting time exploring all

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If you live in a place with winter snow and ice, you know how slippery it can get.  Even with the best boots, ice cleats are necessary to get full traction on the ground.

It only takes one good fall on the ice to ruin your day, end up at the chiropractor, or even break a bone… regardless of what type of boots you wear, add-on ice cleats can save you from an accident!

Here are our reviews of the most popular winter ice cleats and the research you need to make a good decision without wasting time exploring all of the lesser options.

  • Unigear Traction Cleats

  • PRICE
    $$
  • COLORS
    Black, Orange
  • BEST FOR
    Any activity including hiking, running, and work
  • STABILicers Maxx Traction Cleats

  • PRICE
    $$$$
  • COLORS
    Black
  • BEST FOR
    Any activity including hiking, running, and work
  • ICETrekkers Diamond Grip Traction Cleats

  • PRICE
    $$$
  • COLORS
    Black
  • BEST FOR
    Everyday tasks and moderate activity
  • STABILicers Walk Traction Ice Cleats

  • PRICE
    $
  • COLORS
    Black, Blue, Pink, Orange, Red, Yellow
  • BEST FOR
    Everyday tasks
  • Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats

  • PRICE
    $
  • COLORS
    Black
  • BEST FOR
    Everyday tasks

Unigear Traction Cleats Ice Snow Grips

Unigear Traction Cleats Ice Snow Grips with 18 Spikes for Walking, Jogging, Climbing and Hiking (Black, Large)

Our #1 pick for people that need sure-footed traction in any winter conditions are the Unigear Traction Cleats.  They come with great features, a medium price, and excellent reviews.

The obvious difference with these are the stainless steel crampons and sharp cleats that are held in place with chains.  A balance of 1/2″ spikes in the forefoot and heel bite into ice and snow throughout your stride, even on descents and when you traverse the side of a hill.

Extra-thick and stretchy Thermoplastic Elastomer bands wrap high around your boot to keep the traction in place under your foot.  They are available in both black and orange colors.

Plus, an adjustable strap over the top of your foot ensures a better fit and that you can’t twist the cleats off when running, climbing, or working.

Finally, the price of these falls right in the middle of all of our reviewed options, so you are getting a lot for the money, especially compared to other brands that offer nearly the same design for twice the price.

Whether you are climbing a steep, icy driveway or hiking a steep snowy mountain, these are proven to do a great job.

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STABILicers Maxx Traction Cleats

STABILicers Maxx Original Heavy Duty Stabilicers Ice Traction Cleat for Snow and Ice - Large - Traction cleats for Boots and Shoe Ice Cleats

A big step up from the STABILicers Walk shown below, the STABILicers Maxx are a heavy duty option built for people that work and play in the winter elements.

Heat-treated steel cleats dig into snow and ice to provide stability and are strategically placed to provide traction through the natural stride of your step.  Each individual cleat is replaceable, in case you wear them enough that they eventually wear down.

To ensure a secure fit, the SureFit Binding System wraps all the way around both your ankle and toe so that the cleats stay in place during strenuous activity.

While these are the most expensive option in our list, they also get some of the highest reviews from working professionals that need reliable traction.  Made in the USA.

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ICETrekkers Diamond Grip Traction Cleats

ICETrekkers Diamond Grip Traction Cleats, Medium (Men's 6.5-9/Women's 7.5-10), Black

If you need more aggressive traction for everyday tasks, then check out the ICETrekkers Diamond Grip Cleats.

They cost a bit more than the options below, but you get upgrades in almost every feature.

The steel “diamond beads” have hundreds of biting edges that grip terrain in all directions.  The elastic tension traps that hold them on your footwear are thicker, stronger, and wrap up the sides higher than the less expensive competition.

The traction beads move freely on steel aircraft cable and self clean to prevent snow and ice buildup.

Some people complain that they can still break if you are very active but overall, they get good reviews.

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STABILicers Walk Traction Ice Cleats

STABILicers Walk Traction Ice Cleat and Tread for Snow & Ice, 1 pair, Black,L

If you pick up a pair of ice cleats at a local store, you are probably getting something like the STABILicers Walk.

These cleats wrap around your boots and are held on by the tension of the rubber straps. Multi-directional cleats provide traction in snow and ice without creating too much of a rise under your feet.

They are easy to put on and take off, but to be sure they stay on, it is very important that you get the right size.  Some people complain that they run small.

Made in the USA and inexpensive, these are a good option for getting extra traction in everyday situations.  They are very popular with lots of good reviews and even come in a range of many colors.

However, the rubber bands are not the strongest and can break when pushed too hard.  Also, if yours are too big for your footwear, you run the risk of them falling off and and getting lost in the snow.

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Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats

Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats for Walking on Snow and Ice, Large

For some people, the Yaktrax brand is synonymous with ice and snow cleats.  The Yaxtrax Walk is both the most rated and cheapest option in our review lineup.  They are made to provide basic traction and be easy to take on and off.

Zinc-coated steel coils provide traction and are held on by the tension of the polyelastomer outer bands.  While the coils can grip ice and firm ground, they don’t have any points or edges that really dig deep.

Sizing is very important to keep them on your boots and the elastic bands are thin, so it is possible to break them with too much tension or twisting.

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NameBest forColorsRatingPriceLink
Unigear Traction CleatsAny activity including hiking, running, and work.Black, Orange5$$Check on Amazon
STABILicers Maxx Heavy Duty Cleats
Any activity including hiking, running, and work.Black4.5$$$$Check on Amazon
ICETrekkers Diamond Grip Traction Cleats
Everyday tasks and moderate activityBlack4$$$Check on Amazon
STABILicers Walk Traction Cleats
Everyday tasksBlack, Blue, Pink, Orange, Red, Yellow3$Check on Amazon
Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats
Everyday tasksBlack3$Check on Amazon

No matter how careful you are, a slip and fall can happen on snow and ice.  Get the traction and confidence you are missing with a pair of ice and snow cleats.  They’ll pay for themselves in every storm this winter!

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7 Best Hunting Boots [October 2018] https://www.bootratings.com/best-hunting-boots-reviews/ https://www.bootratings.com/best-hunting-boots-reviews/#respond Sun, 21 Oct 2018 23:53:55 +0000 http://www.bootzoom.com/?p=129 Camouflage and warm layers aren’t the only clothing you need for hunting.  The great pair of warm hunting boots are a necessity – whether you’re waiting for ducks in a cold, wet blind or tracking that trophy buck through the deep woods, you need to protect your feet at all times. If your feet can’t last through the day, then neither will you! We’ve done the research and have information and features of the 7 best and warmest hunting boots you can find the internet. if you are looking for other warm boots, then check out our best insulated work boots or best

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Camouflage and warm layers aren’t the only clothing you need for hunting.  The great pair of warm hunting boots are a necessity – whether you’re waiting for ducks in a cold, wet blind or tracking that trophy buck through the deep woods, you need to protect your feet at all times.

If your feet can’t last through the day, then neither will you!

We’ve done the research and have information and features of the 7 best and warmest hunting boots you can find the internet.

if you are looking for other warm boots, then check out our best insulated work boots or best ice fishing boots guides.

 

  • 4.7 Customer Rating
  • Lowa Men's Tibet GTX Trekking Boot
  • PRICE $$$$
  • MADE OF : 100% Nubuck
  • RESISTANT : Waterproof
  • SOLE : Vibram sole
  • COLOR : Sepia/Black
  • 4.6 Customer Rating
  • LaCrosse Men’s Alphaburly PRO 18 Realtree XTR Hunting Boot
  • PRICE $$
  • MADE OF : Rubber
  • RESISTANT : Waterproof
  • SOLE : Rubber sole
  • COLOR : Brown/Green, Green
  • 4.8 Customer Rating
  • MuckBoots Men's Arctic Pro Hunting Boot
  • PRICE $$$
  • MADE OF : Synthetic and fabric
  • RESISTANT : Waterproof
  • SOLE : Synthetic sole
  • COLOR : Bark
  • 4.4 Customer Rating
  • Kamik Men's Hunter Boot
  • PRICE $
  • MADE OF : Synthetic
  • RESISTANT : Waterproof
  • SOLE : Synthetic sole
  • COLOR : Black, Khaki/Black Sole, Camo, Khaki

Best and Warmest Hunting Boots

Lowa Men’s Tibet GTX Trekking Boot

Lowa Men's Tibet GTX WXL-Wide Trekking Boot,Sepia/Black,9 W US

These 100% Nubuck hiking boots are built sturdy and comfortable with an anatomically contoured tongue and Vibram sole that allows you to carry a heavy load of 50 lbs. or more.  A big benefit when hauling pack loads of equipment into the wilderness!

They are constructed with a seamless, Gortex lining to keep your feet cushioned and dry, while the perforated interior lining keeps them moisture free and cool during those long, hard treks.  In addition, the Flexfit design provides natural ankle flex and heel fit for easy movement.  The Lowa Men’s Tibet GTX Trekking boot is ideal for hiking and mountaineering or packing in your hunting gear for the long weekend.  When Mother Nature throws a curve ball, it’s important to be prepared for the elements and sure that your feet will take you where you need to go.

 

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LaCrosse Men’s Alphaburly PRO 18 Realtree XTR Hunting Boot

LaCrosse Men's Alphaburly Pro 18" Hunting Boot,Realtree Xtra Green,12 M US

Included as one of the best waterproof boots out there, the LaCrosse Men’s Alphaburly boots are meant for trekking through water and mud.  The unscented rubber exterior and rubber soles with superior traction and flexibility, help you to keep on going until you find your ideal target.  The 16” inch shaft is adorned with the green Realtree camouflage pattern so you can blend into the terrain.

An embossed neoprene liner insulates your feet and legs, regulating the temperature during weather fluctuations and allow them to breathe. In addition, an adjustable neoprene gusset supports a calf size of up to 18” and the narrowed toe pocket grips the top of your feet and locks your ankle into place to prevent rubbing.  An EVA midsole provides extra comfort and shock absorption, so the boots feel the pain at the end of a long day instead of you. These boots were constructed with waterfowl hunting in mind, but will protect you anywhere it’s wet.

 

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Muck Boot Men’s Arctic Pro Hunting Boot

Muck Boots Arctic Pro Bark - Men's 10.0, Women's 11.0 B(M) US

The Muck Boot Arctic Pro Hunting boot is one of the warmest hunting boots available with their extra thick 8mm CR flex foam bootie and a 2mm thermal foam underlay in the instep area.  Not only are these boots cozy warm in extremely cold temperatures but they are 100% waterproof as well.  Perfect for hunting outdoors in all of  the elements.  The 4-way stretched nylon wrapped shaft makes slipping the boot on and off easy. Plus, the stretch-fit binding keeps the warmth in and the cold out.

A multi-reinforced and durable, tough rubber shell with a high-abrasion synthetic outsole provides great traction on slippery surfaces.  In addition, the boots feature a contoured footbed and an EVA midsole comfort cushion to absorb shock so your feet don’t have to.  The liner is breathable and circulates air while reflecting moisture.  As cold weather hunting boots go, they are able to withstand temperatures in the range of -60° to 40° F.  Be informed, these boots do not come in half sizes, so it is recommended that you purchase the next full size up.

 

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Kamik Men’s Hunter Boot

Kamik Men's Hunter-M Snow Boot, Black, 10 M US

The Kamik Men’s Hunter Boot is another 100% waterproof boot that offers extra insulation with an 8mm removable Thermal Guard liner.  Your feet and lower legs will thank you in extreme cold weather conditions!  The Kamik brand comes from Canada – a place where the harshest weather conditions are common so they know what it takes to produce one of the best rubber hunting boots available.

The adjustable waterproof nylon collar fits comfortably around calves, keeping any dampness out.  In addition, these boots feature the Kamik Explorer rubber outsole to provide excellent traction on slick terrain.  These boots run slightly larger than the average boot, but a thick pair of socks will provide additional warmth and cushioning. The Kamik Hunter Boot is known for being highly durable and built to last.

 

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  • 4.4 Customer Rating
  • Irish Setter Men's 2870 Vaprtrek Waterproof 8" Hunting Boot
  • PRICE $$
  • MADE OF : Synthetic & Leather
  • RESISTANT : 100% Waterproof
  • SOLE : Midsole
  • COLOR : Realtree Xtra Camouflage
  • 4.5 Customer Rating
  • Irish Setter Men's 878 Trailblazer Waterproof 7" Big Game Hunting Boot
  • PRICE $$
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • RESISTANT : 100% Waterproof
  • SOLE : Synthetic sole
  • COLOR : Dark Brown
  • 4.5 Customer Rating
  • Bogs Men's Classic High New Break Up Boot
  • PRICE $$
  • MADE OF : Rubber
  • RESISTANT : 100% Waterproof
  • SOLE : Rubber sole
  • COLOR : Mossy Oak

 

Irish Setter Men’s 2870 Vaprtrek Waterproof 8″ Hunting Boot

Irish Setter Men's 2870 Vaprtrek Waterproof 8" Hunting Boot, Realtree Xtra Camouflage,10 D US

The Vaprtrek 8″ Hunting Boots look like a good military or tactical boot, but are highly durable and lightweight option for those who want the feel and comfort of an athletic shoe.  The UltraDry construction combines a moisture management lining with waterproof components for dry, long-lasting comfort and performance.  Plus, a composite material in the sole reduces the weight by 40% over a traditional hunting boot.

ScentBan is added to various materials from leathers to linings to footbeds, killing bacteria that cause odors.  Plus, the Realtree Xtra Camouflage will keep you concealed and out of sight.  These boots are ideal for early-season backcountry hunts where light weight and extreme durability are critical.

Note that a decent number of reviews report that these run a little small.  Go up a size and/or pick the wide option if you want to have some extra room.

And if you want the same boot but warmer, Irish Setter has you covered.  Check out the Vaprtrek 8″ 400 Gram Hunting Boot to add 400 grams of PrimaLoft insulation.

 

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Irish Setter Men’s 878 Trailblazer Waterproof 7″ Big Game Hunting Boot

Irish Setter Men's 878 Trailblazer Waterproof 7" Big Game Hunting Boot,Brown,10.5 D US

If big game is what you’re after, then Irish Setter has a big game boot for you.  The Trailblazer Big Game boot is rugged, durable, and stylish.  They are constructed of 100% waterproof, full-grain leather and Bulls-Eye Air Bob Carbon Rubber soles for aggressive grip on rough surfaces and terrain.  The shaft itself measures 7.5” and offers full support where you need it.

This boot has a thin layer of Thinsulate insulation to help in the colder weather and an UltraDry lining and ScentBan technology to keep your feet comfortable.  The Trailblazer works great in an terrain and is built for long hikes and long days.

 

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Bogs Men’s Classic High New Break Up Boot

Bogs Men's Classic High Waterproof Insulated Rain Boot, Mossy Oak, 11 D(M) US

Bogs are one of the best waterproof boots available.  The Classic High New Break Up Boot is constructed with a rubber upper, rubber sole, and is 100% waterproof.  The Mossy Oak camouflage design helps you to remain undetected in the wilderness.  Stay warm and dry with the Neoprene upper and removable moisture-wicking sock liner.

As one of the best insulated hunting boots, they are rated to withstand temps down to -40° F.  Standing in water is no issue with these boots and the non-slip rubber outsoles will keep you steady on your feet.  An integrated odor guard will prevent them from smelling at the end of the day.  Because of their extreme build, these rubber hunting boots aren’t as breathable as others and they tend to run smaller than average shoes.  Despite these arguable faults, they are still ranked in our top 7 hunting boots and are worth the money.

 

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Hunting Outfit

best hunting bootsYou’ve got everything in terms of tactical equipment but hunting can be very uncomfortable if you don’t have the right gear.  Unforgiving terrain, strenuous hikes, sitting for hours, and unexpected weather conditions are all common.

One key asset is a comfortable pair of boots that are built for the task, and a sturdy pair of heated socks to go with them.  Socks are just as important as the boots they fit in; cushioning and protecting your feet from injury and moisture. If your feet aren’t comfortable, then you aren’t either.

You need to dress for the occasion.  A good camouflage blends in with the trees, grasses and other natural elements of the wilderness, so you can stay invisible to your prey.  Layer your clothes, so you can stay warm when it’s cool and feel comfortable when it’s hot.

Waterproof gear is also essential.  Hunting is often the best in wet weather conditions, so you want to make sure that even when the weather is bad, you remain dry and comfortable.  After all, you’re not out there to be miserable.

Tips to Find the Best Hunting Boots

There are  many choices in hunting boots.  When searching for the right pair, there are a few important questions you should ask yourself. We have put together a list to help you determine which boot works best for your situation.

Waterproof or not?

Are you going to be spending a lot of your time traveling through standing water where your feet might be splashed or even submerged?  Or high grass and brush could be damp from the morning mist or there may be rain in the forecast. Hunting boots offer various levels of waterproof or water resistant materials to consider.  In addition, there are different shaft heights that dictate the depth of water you can stand in.  A taller boot will offer more protection for situations where you know you will be near or in water, and a shorter shaft is more suitable for wet, soggy grasses or a light rain.

Terrain Conditions

Another important factor to consider is whether or not you will be subjected to uneven, slippery terrain.  In most cases, the answer is yes!  You will want a boot that offers good traction to grip uneven surfaces or steep climbs and descents.

If you will be walking up and down hills, you’ll want a boot that doesn’t allow your foot to slip back and forth in the pocket.  This could cause rubbing and blisters.  A substantial shock absorbing insole or midsole is an additional benefit for long days.

Insulation

Cold weather can ruin your day in a hurry and there is nothing more uncomfortable than cold feet when the temperature drops.  There are varying degrees of insulation that boots offer.  There is ultra-thin insulation for slightly cold temperatures or heavier, thick insulation such as fleece or neoprene.  Some insulation is removable, so you can  adjust your boots for warmer temperatures.  Breathable liners can help eliminate sweat and control odor.

Camouflage

Most hunters prefer to wear boots that blend into their surroundings, and they may prefer to have a camouflage  design on the exterior of the boots.  As a hunter, you often prefer to remain unseen and undetected.  Some boots are even constructed with a material that is completely unscented, so you don’t give away your location with the smell of rubber. Others are designed to be extra quiet.

Comfort

Hunting boots have many different comfort features incorporated in their construction.  Features include padded tongues and collars, thicker insoles, lace up, zippers, and slip on.  Questions to ask yourself are: are you going to be wearing your boots for long periods of time or will you be hiking, standing, or sitting quietly in a tree stand?

You’ll also want to understand the unique needs of your feet.  Are you flat footed, have wide feet, a medical condition such as plantar fasciitis?  These are choices to take into consideration when you look for the perfect fit.

Well-Known Hunting Boot Brands

The top 7 hunting boots above come from brands that have a long history and experience in manufacturing the top rated hunting boots.  Each is a well-known name brand with a solid and proven reputation.  Here’s what makes these companies stand out.

Lowa

Lowa was established in 1923 in Jetzendorf, Germany.  In addition, they were the only outdoor boot manufacturer to be granted ISO 9001 (International Organization of Standards), which guarantees that their products are safe, reliable, and of good quality.  They have gained a global reputation for great fitting boots.  Another important quality of the Lowa brand is they have mastered the concept of making lightweight hunting boots that offer the same protection, durability, and support of heavier boots and incorporate softer polyurethane in their midsoles to provide more comfort and shock absorption.

LaCrosse

For over 100 years, LaCrosse has been making quality hunting boots.  They specialize in vinyl and rubber waterproof hunting boots with various levels of insulation and safety features.  With outdoor adventures in mind, they accommodate every season, protecting your feet from the elements and hazardous conditions.  Equally important, their hunting boots are scent free and quiet, making it easier to approach game without being detected.

Muck Boot

The Muck Boot Company began their adventure in making 100% waterproof footwear and boots in 2002.  Since then, they have become one of the fastest growing makers of waterproof footwear.  In just a few years, they quickly established more than 20 different styles of waterproof boots.  As a well-known name in quality, durability, and comfortable boots, they deserve a spot on our top hunting boot list.

Kamik

Since 1898, this Canadian company has been designing hunting boots to withstand severe, harsh conditions and building their boots around the elements of nature.  To this day, the company is still family owned and operated.  70% of their products are either made in Canada or built in the USA, and they proudly carry that logo.  Their employees are all local and some have been with the company over 40 years.

Under Armour

The Under Armour brand began in America in 1996 but only started making footwear in 2006.  A top manufacturer of military and tactical boots, their hunting boots are built to be light, quiet, and undetectable.  Known to handle tough terrain and extremely cold temperatures, Under Armour has become a popular name brand in hunting boots.  Their motto is “Go where you don’t belong.”

Irish Setter

The Irish Setter brand is a derivative of the popular Red Wing brand, an American made company.  This particular brand came to be in 1956, and established their logo based on the actual Irish Setter dog owned by the family and used for hunting.  Their tag line was “Finest in the Field.”  The Irish Setter brand introduced Exo-Flex technology to their rubber boots and RPM technology that reduces the weight of the boot significantly.  They have a great reputation for making hunting boots.

Bogs

A brand that offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee must be confident in their product.  As one of the top hunting boot brands available, they have made a quite a reputation  for themselves.  Established in the Pacific Northwest of America in 2002 (where the weather changes in a blink of an eye) Bogs hunting boots are manufactured accordingly.  They design comfortable hunting boots for uncomfortable conditions.  Weatherproof, waterproof, terrain proof, you name it and they have it.

Best Hunting Boots Comparison Chart

PRODUCTPRICEMADE OFSOLE
Lowa Men's Tibet GTX Trekking Boot$$$$100% NubuckVibram sole
LaCrosse Men’s Alphaburly PRO 18 Realtree XTR Hunting Boot
$$RubberRubber sole
MuckBoots Men's Arctic Pro Hunting Boot$$$Synthetic and fabricManmade sole
Kamik Men's Hunter Boot$SyntheticSynthetic sole
Irish Setter Men's 2870 Vaprtrek Waterproof 8" Hunting Boot$$SyntheticRubber sole
Irish Setter Men's 878 Trailblazer Waterproof 7" Big Game Hunting Boot$$LeatherSynthetic sole
Bogs Men's Classic High New Break Up Boot$$RubberRubber sole

Bottom Line

Now that you have seen our top best hunting boots and what they have to offer, you have the information you need to make a choice from our short list of great options.  Our honest reviews include the best brand names that have established an excellent reputation through years of experience.  Pick your pair and be ready for anything on your next hunt!

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Best Insulated Work Boots [Winter Boots Reviews & Guide 2018] https://www.bootratings.com/best-insulated-work-boots-reviews/ https://www.bootratings.com/best-insulated-work-boots-reviews/#respond Fri, 12 Oct 2018 22:26:51 +0000 https://www.bootratings.com/?p=1001 There is nothing worst than cold, painful feet when your focus is on getting work done.  If the conditions are harsh, it’s easy to put on another sweater, but you can’t put on a second pair of boots.  When you need all-day protection from the elements, the right insulated work boots are a necessary part of your cold weather gear. It’s easy to assume that your general-duty work boots will be good enough year round, but proper insulation requires layers.  Warm socks can help but the extra insulation of insulated boots give you the edge you need for long days in

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There is nothing worst than cold, painful feet when your focus is on getting work done.  If the conditions are harsh, it’s easy to put on another sweater, but you can’t put on a second pair of boots.  When you need all-day protection from the elements, the right insulated work boots are a necessary part of your cold weather gear.

It’s easy to assume that your general-duty work boots will be good enough year round, but proper insulation requires layers.  Warm socks can help but the extra insulation of insulated boots give you the edge you need for long days in the cold, ice, and snow.

  • 4.3 Customer Rating
  • Timberland PRO Direct Attach 6" Waterproof Insulated Boot
  • PRICE $$
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • RESISTANT : Slip- and puncture-resistant work boot
  • SOLE : Rubber sole
  • COLOR : Black, Brown, Wheat
  • 6"
  • 4.3 Customer Rating
  • KEEN Men's Sheridan Composite Toe
  • PRICE $$
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • RESISTANT :Water
  • SOLE : Synthetic sole
  • COLOR : Cascade Brown
  • Approximately 7.5" from arch Heel measures approximately 1.25"
  • 4.2 Customer Rating
  • Wolverine Men's Marauder Insulated Wellington
  • PRICE $$
  • MADE OF : Full grain leather
  • RESISTANT : Heat, oil, water and slip-resistant
  • SOLE : Rubber sole
  • COLOR : Brown
  • Approximately 14" around
  • 4.2 Customer Rating
  • Timberland PRO Men's Helix 8" Insulated Composite Toe
  • PRICE $$
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • RESISTANT : Slip-resistant outsole , Waterproof
  • SOLE : Rubber sole
  • COLOR : Brown
  • 8"
  • 4.4 Customer Rating
  • Chippewa Men's 9" Waterproof Insulated Steel-Toe EH Logger
  • PRICE $$$$
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • RESISTANT : Water
  • SOLE : Synthetic sole
  • COLOR : Bay Apache
  • 9"

Best Insulated Work Boots (The Updated List)

Timberland PRO Men’s Direct Attach 6″ Boot

Timberland PRO Men's Direct Attach Six-Inch Soft-Toe Boot, Brown Oiled Full-Grain,9 M

Timberland is one of the most trusted brands of men’s work boots. Join the countless other satisfied owners of Timberland Pro with the classic styling of the Direct Attach work boots.

     Features:

  • Full-grain leather
  • Rubber sole
  • Waterproof
  • Thermolite insulation
  • Soft or steel toe
  • Available in 4 colors

    Detailed Description:

  • Premium waterproof leather with seam-sealed direct-inject construction
  • 200 grams of Thermolite insulation
  • Mesh lining with antimicrobial treatment for odor control and comfort
  • Timberland PRO rubber outsole is slip-, oil- and heat-resistant.
  • Provides secondary underfoot protection against live electrical hazards

 

 

KEEN Men’s Sheridan Composite Toe Work Boot

KEEN Utility Men's Sheridan Insulated Comp Toe Work Boot,Cascade Brown,11 D US

Gear up for your next adventure with durable men’s boots from Keen.

     Features:

  • Nubuck waterproof leather upper
  • Left and right toes are asymmetrical
  • Waterproof, breathable membrane
  • Comfortable and durable
  • Synthetic sole and waterproof leather

    Detailed Description:

  • Waterproof breathable membrane locks out rain and humidity, but releases the heat and perspiration.
  • Dry-Lex footwear lining with hydrophobic/hydrophilic 2-zone comfort technology.
  • Metatomical footbed design is anatomically engineered to provide excellent arch support while cradling the natural contours of the foot.
  • Oil and slip-resistant non-marking rubber outsole meets or exceeds ASTM F1677-96 Mark II non-slip testing standards.
  • Soft toe meets or exceeds ASTM F2892-11 EH Standards for electrical hazard protection from open circuits.

 

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Wolverine Men’s Marauder Insulated Wellington Work Boot

Wolverine Men's Marauder Rubber Wellington-M, Brown, 10 XW US

Open at the top, comfortable from inside – These work boots are best for working outdoors in extreme temperatures.

     Features:

  • Leather
  • Rubber sole
  • Waterproof
  • Insulated

    Detailed Description:

  • Waterproof full-grain leather upper keeps you dry
  • 200 gram Thinsulate™ Insulation for extra warmth
  • The boot opening has a circumference of 14”, so you slide in easily
  • Wolverine MultiShox® removable full-cushion footbed
  • Athletic shoe feel for all-day comfort

 

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Timberland PRO Men’s Helix 8″ Insulated Composite Toe Work Boot

Timberland PRO Men's Helix 8 Inch Insulated Comp Toe Work Boot,Brown,10.5 M US

A warm, insulated work boot that offers shock absorption and a protective toe for working all day.

     Features:

  • Leather
  • Oil-resistant rubber sole
  • Composite safety toe
  • Insulated
  • Waterproof membrane

    Detailed Description:

  • Premium waterproof leather uppers with waterproof membranes to lock out water
  • Mesh linings with antimicrobial treatment for odor control
  • Anti-fatigue comfort technology polyurethane footbeds
  • Lightweight, non-metallic, asymmetrical-shaped toe cap. Meets US and Canadian safety standards including ASTM F2412-11 and ASTM F2413-11 I/75 and C/7
  • Heat-resistant, durable rubber compound offers enhanced slip, oil and abrasion resistance.
  • 400 g insulation for warmth without bulk

 

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Chippewa Men’s 9″ Waterproof Insulated Steel-Toe EH Logger Boot

Chippewa Men's 9" Waterproof Insulated Steel-Toe EH Logger Boot,BayApache,11.5 E US

Made with pride in the USA and “Hand Crafted by people who care.”

     Features:

  • Leather
  • Steel toe
  • Waterproof with moisture management lining
  • Vibram outsole designed for maximum traction
  • 400 gram insulation
  • ATSM Electrical Hazard rated

     Detailed Description:

  • Chippewa Classics represent the best of class in components and classic styling for everyday wear.
  • Every lug incorporated in this design has been strategically placed for braking, kick off, traction, stability, slip resistance, oil resisting, and good abrasion
  • These Chippewa Loggers contain 400 grams of 3M Thinsulate Ultra Insulation.
  • Dri-Lex delivers heightened comfort through a moisture management lining system that is totally breathable and quick drying.
  • The Chip-A-Tex waterproof membrane system is breathable. Water is locked out of the boot by the membrane shield but air passes through from the foot for maximum comfort.

 

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Benefits of the Best Cold Weather Work Boots

best-insulated work boots

Even when temperatures fall, you need to be protected by your winter work boots.  Your feet want to stay warm, dry and healthy.

To get the most of our your boots, consider all of the features you may need:

  • Insulation: There are several types of insulation that can be added to give you the extra layer of protection you need in cold weather.  Thinsulate and Thermalite are two of the most popular insulation materials available and they come in different levels from 200 grams to over 1000 grams. Most boots use one of these options.
  • Waterproof: Cold weather often also means wet weather.  Regardless of the temperature, the last thing you want in a long day is wet and uncomfortable feet.  Waterproofing can happen at both the exterior and interior of the boot.  While most people focus on the exterior, moisture-wicking membranes inside of the boot can be just as important to keep the environment around your feet comfortable.
  • Good Grip: Work boots need to have good grip so that you do not fall when you are focused on your work. The rubber sole has to hold on to the ground whether you step in water, ice, oil, or grease.
  • Comfort:  Assuming your feet are warm and dry, comfort depends on cushioning and insoles so that you can work for long hours without suffering any pain.  A good pair of warm socks is also important to your overall comfort.  Heated socks raise your comfort to the highest level in the coldest temperatures.
  • Nylon shanks: The shank in work boots is there to provide support in the sole. While they can be made from different materials, nylon is lightweight and will not transfer cold from outside into the boot while reinforcing the structure.
  • Safety: Your feet also need protection from the work you are doing.  Steel and composite toes keep you safe from bumps or heavy objects falling although composite are better are at preventing cold temperature transfer into the boots.  Electrical hazard (EH) rating is designed to protect you from electrocution.
  • Price: Prices vary across different makes and models of boots, and it is possible to get both quality and value in your next pair of boots.  Remember, however, that you rely on your boots to protect you for long hours of hard work.  The cheapest boots may not offer the best protection or comfort and paying a little more may go a long way to keep you comfortable and protected.

Dangers of Extreme Cold Weather

There are many dangers of working in cold weather and if measures aren’t taken then it may lead to health issues. A few major problems that can happen include:

  • Frostbite is an injury caused by the onset of freezing of the skin and underlying tissue. First your skin becomes very cold and red, then numb, hard and pale. Frostbite is most common in the extremities such as fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and chin. Frostbitten skin can be painful and have a prickling and irritating sensation. Frostnip is the milder form of frostbite and does not cause permanent damage.
  • Trench foot is a condition caused by prolonged exposure to cold and wet conditions. Blisters, blotchy skin, redness, and dead skin are all symptoms of this problem.  Protective boots and dry socks will help to prevent these issues.
  • Toenail fungus is more common in cold weather because nails become more dry and brittle.  If your socks don’t wick away sweat and moisture, athlete’s foot and toenail fungus can breed more quickly.
  • If you have any kind of circulation issues, there are even more problems that can affect feet as blood circulation decreases.

The right foot wear and proper planning can ensure that none of these issues affect you.

Boot Insulation Guide

best insulated work boots

With the help of an insulated pair of work boots, you can protect your feet and stay warm all day regardless of how long you work. Insulation adds warmth to keep you comfortable. This feature works with the waterproof outer layers that repel both cold water and cold temperatures to protect your feet.

Insulation is measured on a scale from 200 to 1000 grams. The required amount of insulation depends on the activity you are doing. Very active people who are on the move may require less insulation since there will naturally be more blood flow.  Sedentary activities that force you to stay in one spot without much movement may need higher insulation to keep the feet warm.

Thinsulate is an advanced insulating material that is well-suited to extremely cold weather and is the most common option included in the boots recommended here.  Here is a description of the different levels of Thinsulate insulation:

  • 200 gram Thinsulate insulation works well at the start of the cold season. This amount of insulation is light weight and thin, taking very little space.  If your activity level is high then you generate plenty of your own heat and will need less insulation.
  • 400 gram Thinsulate insulation is the next level and will keep you warmer as the temperature drops. This level of insulation is very popular and covers most winter situations.
  • 600 gram Thinsulate is recommended for cold conditions or when the activity level is low. If your work requires sitting or standing in the same place more often, you can count on this level of insulation to keep you warm.
  • 800 gram Thinsulate insulation boots are for very cold conditions. Sitting or standing or very cold weather means less blood flow to naturally warm your feet.
  • 1000 gram Thinsulate insulation is the highest level and is usually worn only in extreme cases. The ultra insulation of these work boots will keep you as warm as possible.

Best Insulated Work Boots Comparison Chart

PRODUCTPRICEMADE OFRESISTANTSOLECOLORSIZE
Timberland PRO Direct Attach 6" Waterproof Insulated Boot$$LeatherSlip- and puncture-resistant work bootRubber soleBlack, Wheat, Brown6"
KEEN Men's Sheridan Composite Toe$$LeatherWaterSynthetic soleCascade BrownShaft measures approximately 7.5" from arch Heel measures approximately 1.25"
Wolverine Men's Marauder Insulated Wellington$$Full grain leatherHeat, oil, water and slip-resistantRubber soleBrownBoot opening measures approximately 14" around
Timberland PRO Men's Helix 8" Insulated Composite Toe$$LeatherSlip-resistant outsole , WaterproofRubber soleBrown8"
Chippewa Men's 9" Waterproof Insulated Steel-Toe EH Logger$$$$LeatherWaterSynthetic soleBay Apache9"

 

Wrap Up

If you need to work in cold conditions and keep your feet protected no matter what, then you need the right pair of insulated work boots.

With good waterproofing, the right amount of insulation, and features that keep you comfortable, your boots will help you to get through any activity without the distraction of cold, wet feet.

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Insoles (often referred to as footbeds, inserts, or inner soles) are the part of the shoe or boot that is located directly underneath the foot and are designed to provide cushioning and support for your feet.  Manufacturers of boots and shoes almost always include a insole in the construction of their footwear and they are generally removable.  Unfortunately, they are also often very cheap, basic and thin.

To get the most out of your boots, you may want or need the extra support and comfort of insoles that are designed to accommodate your specific foot needs.  Therefore, you need to find the best insoles for work boots that will help you to get through the day comfortably.  To help you better understand which inserts are available, we have researched the top inserts on the market today so that you can pick from the best options.

Top Insoles for Work Boots

Tread-Labs-Stride
  • Tread Labs Stride
  • PRICE
    $$$
  • SIZE
    Multiple sizes and heights
  • FEATURES
    • Four custom heights
    • Firm, medical grade support
    • Antimicrobial and replaceable covers
Aline Active Insole
  • ALINE Active
  • PRICE
    $$$
  • SIZE
    Multiple sizes
  • FEATURES
    • 100+ flexible ribs
    • 3 suspension zones
    • Supportive and shock absorbing
  • FORM MAXIMUM and REINFORCED
  • PRICE
    $$
  • SIZE
    Multiple sizes and thickness
  • FEATURES
    • Immediate comfort
    • Custom formable
    • 200+ lb option
    • Anti-bacterial coating
  • Powerstep Pinnacle Orthotics
  • PRICE
    $
  • SIZE
    Multiple sizes
  • FEATURES
    • Anti-microbial
    • Maximum Cushioning
    • Semi-rigid Arch Support
  • Timberland PRO Anti-Fatigue
  • PRICE
    $
  • SIZE
    Multiple sizes
  • FEATURES
    • Shock absorbing
    • Dynamic arch support

Tread Labs Stride

Tread Labs Stride InsoleIf you need high quality customized support, comfort, and performance without the high costs of custom orthotics, then you should consider the range of insoles from Tread Labs.

Their Stride insoles are available in four different arch heights and various sizes to ensure a precise fit, prevent fatigue, and improve your foot’s natural shock-absorbing ability. They are particularly effective for relieving the pain of plantar fasciitis and flat feet.

The Tread Labs insoles consist of two parts:

  • A firm, dynamic arch support that comes in four custom heights and provides more comfort than soft, disposable insoles
  • A durable and removable top cover with PURE antimicrobial technology to kill 99.9% of bacteria that can be inexpensively replaced when they eventually wear out
Purchasing from Tread Labs is risk free since insoles can be returned for any reason within 30 days and shipping is free both ways.  The molded arch supports are guaranteed against breakage and wear – forever – and Tread Labs prides themselves in providing exceptional customer service.

They even have a very helpful Find your perfect fit tool that will help you find the best insole for your unique needs.

While cheaper insoles only offer soft cushioning that wears out quickly, the Stride is designed to provide medical grade support and comfort that will last along with an advanced, durable cushion.  If you consider the total cost of a guaranteed arch support with replacement covers that cost much less than generic alternatives, then these insoles are a great value.

 

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ALINE Active

ALINE Active InsoleIf you spend a lot of time on your feet and want some of the best support you can find, then check out the Active insoles from ALINE.

To place your body in the correct alignment at the correct times during any activity, their patented ALINE Suspension Technology combines:

  • Over 100 dynamic, flexible ribs
  • Biomechanically correct support
  • 3 distinctly engineered suspension zones
  • An ultra-supportive heel cup
  • A shock-absorbing gel pad
  • Advanced polymer construction

This all adds up to a suspension system that protects your whole lower body and improves your balance, alignment, and performance.

More than 100 X-Games medals, 13 Professional Golf Tournaments, and 12 Olympic medals have been won by athletes with ALINE in their shoes, but they can help the rest of us with major foot-related problems including: shin splints, heel spurs (Exostosis), achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, back pain, and metatarsalgia (ball-of-the-foot pain).

While these insoles are on the high end, they provide superior support so that you can give your best every day.  Compare the cost over time to the benefits of reduced foot, leg, and back pain and you’ll realize that these are an investment in your best self.

To prove it, ALINE stands behind their insoles with a Risk Free 90 Day Money Back guarantee!

 

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FORM Maximum and Reinforced

FORM Premium Insoles Maximum Support-Custom Fitting Shoe Inserts, Blue, Men's 10-10.5, Women's 11.5-12

FORM insoles are a great mid-range option between cheap, disposable replacements for standard insoles and higher-end insoles that cost much more.  The key features are noticeable padding and improved comfort right out of the box and the fact that you can custom-mold them for your unique foot and boot shape.

One of the most unique features of the FORM insoles is that they will custom form to your feet.  While other insoles are pre-formed to a certain shape, there are two ways to customize these insoles:

  1. Wear ‘N Form – FORM insoles are designed to feel good right out of the box but after you use them for a few days, the base will naturally change to fit your unique foot shape.
  2. Warm ‘N Form – For more advanced customization, you can warm up your insoles in an oven, place them in your shoes, and after a few minutes of standing, they will adjust to the shape of your shoe and foot. What’s even better, is that you can do this up to 5 times with the same pair of insoles as you move them to different boots!

While they are great for anyone who wants more comfortable boots, FORM insoles can also help with plantar fasciitis, over pronation, arch pain, heel pain, knee pain, back pain, shin splints, heel spurs, bunion pain and heat blisters.

Other features include:

  • Soft, comfortable high-density foam for prolonged shock-absorbing comfort.
  • Comfort-shaped arch design provides ideal support reducing stress on feet and knees.
  • Heel cup designed for optimal support while stabilizing and positioning the heel to absorb impact.
  • TemperWeave™ top layer fabric regulates temperature and reduces moisture and odor causing bacteria.
  • Machine washable
FORM insoles

The FORM Ultra-thin, Narrow, Maximum, and Reinforced side-by-side

All of the features above are available in all FORM insoles.  They have a variety of products for different footwear and uses but the two that will work the best in boots are the MAXIMUM and REINFORCED options.

FORM MAXIMUM insoles provide extra-thick cushioning for maximum support in the boots you wear for long hours.  These are a great choice for anyone who is on their feet all day.

FORM REINFORCED insoles are based on the MAXIMUM but are even thicker with additional reinforcement in the heel and arch for those people that weight 200 pounds or more.

There is no doubt that you will notice the improved support and comfort of FORM insoles right out of the box and you’ll love them once they have been customized for you.  They will make any boots more comfortable and help your feet last through long hours of work.

Just to be sure you are happy, if you are not satisfied with the comfort of your FORM branded insoles in the first 100 days, FORM will refund your money.

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Powerstep Pinnacle Orthotics

Powerstep Pinnacle Shoe Insoles – Supportive, Professional-Grade Foot Support

The Powerstep Pinnacle orthotic and shoe insole is popular due to its versatility and ability to help alleviate many common foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, mild to moderate pronation, metatarsal pain, heel and arch discomfort, flat feet, sore and tired feet, and much more.

It supports all arch types and fits into a variety of shoe types and offers the perfect blend of foot control, spring and cushioning for outstanding comfort.

Features include:

  • Dual-layer cushioning of a durable EVA foam base plus a plush top layer
  • Powerstep Variable Cushioning Technology, enhances the comfort in your shoes
  • Firm yet flexible built-in arch support
  • Deep heel cradle help to stabilize the foot in casual, athletic and work shoes.

 

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Timberland PRO Anti-Fatigue

Timberland PRO Men's Anti Fatigue Technology Replacement Insole,Orange,Large/10-11 M US

The Timberland PRO is not only designed as a replacement insole for Timberland work boots, they also work with all other shoes or boots.

The lightweight design of these synthetic inserts conforms to the natural shape of your foot to provide ample support, comfort, and shock absorption.  In addition, these specific insoles have a versatile arch to work with any foot type.

Plus, they are equipped with a top cover that provides anti-microbial odor control and temperature regulation to protect your feet after extended shoe or boot wear.  Some people claim that they run big, so you may have to cut them down for a perfect fit.  This is easy if you use your old insoles as a template.

These basic insoles are a step up from the default in your boots, but provide very few of the benefits of the better insoles listed above.

 

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Top Insoles for Work Boots 6-10

  • Superfeet Trim-To-Fit
  • PRICE
    $$
  • SIZE
    Multiple sizes
  • FEATURES
    • Low Profile
    • Medium-arched
    • Anti-bacteria coating
  • Superfeet COPPER Personalized Comfort
  • PRICE
    $$
  • SIZE
    Multiple sizes
  • FEATURES
    • Memory foam
    • Low-arched
    • Anti-bacteria coating
  • Sof Sole Airr Full-Length Performance
  • PRICE
    $
  • SIZE
    Multiple sizes
  • FEATURES
    • For low arches and flat feet
    • Air bubbles absorb shock
    • Airmax and anti-microbial cover
  • Keen Utility K-20
  • PRICE
    $
  • SIZE
    Multiple sizes
  • FEATURES
    • Thick cushion
    • Medium arch support
  • Superfeet GREEN Full Length
  • PRICE
    $$
  • SIZE
    Multiple sizes
  • FEATURES
    • Deep heel cup
    • Odor control coating
    • Helpful for plantar fasciitis

 

Superfeet Blue Trim-To-Fit

Superfeet BLUE Full Length Insole, Blue, E: 10.5 - 12 US Womens / 9.5 - 11 US Mens

Superfeet Trim-To-Fit Low Profile Insoles is a medium-profile insole with the shape that can fit into most footwear while providing intermediate support.  They can be worn with most shoes or boots, even those that do not allow for much extra room or do not have removable insoles.

They are a synthetic insert made with a foam footbed and polypropylene stabilizer cup.  The deep heel cup absorbs and evenly redistributes inertia shock and controls heel deflection.  An anti-microbial coating eliminates odor-causing bacteria.

These are popular with those who have plantar faciitis.

 

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Superfeet COPPER Personalized Comfort

Superfeet COPPER, Memory Foam Comfort Orthotic Insoles, Unisex, Copper, Large/10.5-12 Wmns/9.5-11 Mens

Superfeet COPPER are low-profile insoles made for any type of shoe that offer the most flexible and accommodating shape and support.

Made of memory foam that captures the shape from the pressure of your foot while you stand, walk or run through the day.  Biomechanical support for all foot types and can help reduce stress on feet, ankles and knees.

Features include:

  • Stabilizer Cap provides structure and support to the closed cell foam layers.
  • Heel cup and can help position the heel to naturally absorb impact.
  • Memory foam top layer captures the shape of the foot.
  • Durable bottom layer maintains shape and support.
  • Organic, odor-control coating eliminates odor-causing bacteria.

 

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Sof Sole Airr Orthotic

Sof Sole Men's Airr Orthotic Full-Length Performance Shoe Insoles, Men's Size 9-10.5

Sof Sole Airr Orthotic Insoles are geared towards low arches and flat feet but provide support for for running, cross training, walking, or for long days in boots.  The reinforced arch support enhances motion control and promotes alignment.

Construction features include:

  • Air bubbles in the heel and arch absorbs impact, gel forefoot enhances shock absorption.
  • COOLMAX fabric top cover wicks away moisture so feet feel cool and dry.
  • Treated to prevent growth of odor-causing bacteria

 

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Keen Utility K-20

Keen Utility Utility K-20 Cushion Insole, Black, Medium (9-10)

These basic inserts feature medium arch support, shock-absorbing pads and a full-length layer of high-rebound foam help fight foot fatigue for long days on your feet.

Design features:

  • Natural odor control
  • Contoured heel cup with cushioning
  • Full-length energy return foam
  • Medium arch support
  • Quick-dry
  • Shock absorbing anti-fatigue pads

 

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Superfeet GREEN Full Length

Superfeet GREEN Full Length Insole, Green, Large E: 10.5 - 12 US Womens / 9.5 - 11 US Mens

The Superfeet GREEN insoles offer affordable, professional-grade orthotic support, performance and comfort for anyone who wants their footwear to fit and feel better.  It’s popular for those with heel pain & plantar fasciitis.

Features include:

  • Deep heel cup offers maximum support and positions the soft tissue to help with natural shock absorption
  • Biomechanical shape
  • Closed-cell foam supports and cushions the foot for long lasting comfort
  • Stabilizer cap supports the rear of the foot and provides structure to the foam layer
  • All natural coating that eliminates odor-causing bacteria

 

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Best Insoles for Flat Feet 

Insoles can assist you with your flat feet condition however, there are several brands to choose from and not all of them get good reviews.  So, how do you know you’re selecting the best insoles available for your flat feet?  You read the reviews on bootratings.com and educate yourself on what’s out there.  To make it easier for you, we have thoroughly reviewed the top orthotic insoles available for flat feet.

Tread Labs Stride

See review above.

Samurai Orthotic InsolesSamurai-Orthotic-Insoles

Samurai Insoles are a natural form-fitting orthotic insert that is designed to work with the interior of the shoe or boot by preventing the flattening of the feet.

They are constructed with a polypropylene layer within a high-density padded shell that adds maximum shock absorption to cushion the impact of each step.  They also assist in realigning the foot joints when necessary.  In addition, these specific insoles are compatible with a large variety of footwear, mainly because of their slim design.

Plus, they offer a 60-day, no questions asked, money back guarantee.  If for any reason these specific inserts do not work for you, they will give you a full refund.  Not only are these insoles recommended for flat feet, they also claim to work for those with plantar fasciitis and other foot conditions.

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Footminders Comfort Orthotic Arch Support Insoles

Footminders-Comfort-Orthotic-Arch-Support-InsolesSpecifically designed for sports shoes and work boots, Footminders Comfort Orthotic Arch Support Insoles provide adequate arch support and cushioning to assist in relieving the pain associated with flat feet and plantar fasciitis.

They are constructed with dual layers of firm cushion and an additional 2mm of cushioning to your heel and forefoot.  By improving your stance, they can also assist in correcting your posture.  These particular inserts are full-length, which means they run the length of your shoe for maximum support, plus they can accommodate wider shoes and work boots.  For those who are on their feet for long periods of time, Footminders Comfort Orthotics would be an ideal choice especially if you have a wider foot.

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VIVEsole – Plantar Series Orthotics

Full-Length-Orthotics-by-VIVEsoleAs another top brand of insoles for flat feet, these  are designed to support your heels and arches to alleviate pain and provide comfort to those with fallen arches or plantar fasciitis.  Also, these specific insoles can fit any type of shoe, even work boots.

They are equipped with an antimicrobial fabric lining that combats bacteria and odor to keep your feet fresh all day.  In addition, these orthotic inserts were designed by podiatrists to provide adequate lift and stability for your arches.  The Poron Heel and forefoot cushions provide shock absorption to alleviate the impact from walking on hard surfaces.

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Superfeet Black Premium Insoles

Superfeet-Black-Premium-InsolesSuperfeet Black Premium Insoles come in various sizes to accommodate most every shoe type.  They are made of synthetic material with an anti-bacterial coating to prevent odors.

These low arch support insoles are designed to provide support and comfort to those with flat feet and plantar fasciitis.  The shape of the insert helps to stabilize the foot and the full-length foam and heel cup support your foot comfortably and alleviate pressure placed on the arch area.  In addition, the Superfeet Black Premium’s design is versatile enough to support all types of arch issues.  The curvature incorporated on the insert is less than regular orthotic inserts for flat feet, so they would be ideal for those who require less support.  They fit well inside shoes and boots and can even be used in boots or shoes without removable insoles.

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Why Change Your Insoles?

There are many reasons why someone would require an insole or insert.  However, a medical condition is not a requirement to incorporate an insole or insert into your footwear.  ANYONE who spends long hours on their feet or works hard in boots could benefit from additional cushioning and/or support to help alleviate stress and fatigue.  Often times, people that are on their feet constantly can benefit by using inserts to prevent back pain or overtired feet.  Additional reviews of some great shoes for standing on concrete are available.

Those with medical foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, low arches, high arches, or alignment issues need additional support to assist in correcting those issues.  Anyone who has plantar fasciitis knows how uncomfortably painful it can be.

For those who have improperly sized shoes that allow their feet to slip forward or backward can benefit from an insert to stabilize their foot.  If your foot is constantly slipping into your footwear, there is a greater possibility of rubbing and getting blisters.  Furthermore, some conditions cause the foot to roll on either side causing an improper step and excessive wear to certain parts of the shoes or boots.  An insert designed specifically for that purpose will keep the foot properly aligned to avoid rolling of the foot while walking.

Sometimes an insert can also help those with bone spurs or bunions, as they provide additional cushioning to those areas alleviating pressure and further irritation.

How To Know Which Insole is Right for You

Do you often experience pain or tired feet at the end of the day or during regular wear?  Even if you’ve invested in the perfect pair of work boots, your feet may require something extra to be comfortable.  An insole can be the perfect fix to alleviate pressure, fatigue, pain, and discomfort caused long wear or conditions such as flat feet, high arches, back pain, bunions, and other conditions.

To determine what type of insert you require for your specific condition, you first have to realize you have a condition and know what that is.  There are literally hundreds of orthotic inserts on the market, and selecting just one can be overwhelming.  Certain insoles or inserts are for specific issues and are not engineered to accommodate everyone.

Types of Insoles

Best Insoles for Work BootsFirst of all, there are two separate types of insoles: those that are designed only for comfort, and those that are designed for support.

A comfort insert is one that provides additional cushioning for relief from everyday activity, such as standing and walking for extended periods of time on hard surfaces.  Comfort inserts can either be flat padding or shaped with gel or foam for cushioning.  It’s important to note that if after wearing a comfort insert you’re still experiencing some sort of pain, then you might have a condition that requires additional support.  If this is the case, you might want to consider a support insert.

Support inserts feature a harder, less flexible material that is structured in such a way to support certain areas of the foot, including the heel and arch.  They can also have features incorporated to support the ball or metatarsals, plus assist in the realignment of the joints.  Those with plantar fasciitis or flat feet require additional arch support that forces the foot into a more natural position.  The same goes for those with higher arches because, without that additional support to conform to the arch, there is too much give which can cause unneeded pain.  Some people have an overpronation of their step when walking, which means that the foot naturally rolls in or out while stepping.  A support insert can help with stabilizing the foot so there is less of a tendency for slipping from either side or support proper alignment.

Sizing and Fitting Insoles

In order to determine the proper fit of an insole or insert, you should step on the insert prior putting it in the shoe or boot.  Lift your other foot off the ground and balance on the insole.  How stable does your foot feel on the insert?  Is your heel cupped properly and how much pressure do you feel in the arch and ball area of the foot?

Next, place the insert in the shoes or boots you are intending to use them with.  Put your shoe or boot on and assess the fit of the insert.  Be sure to remove the old insert prior to doing this.  Now, how does the pressure feel?  Does the insert support your foot properly in all the necessary areas?   In general, how does your foot feel overall?

If you’re experiencing any discomfort, then that particular insert is either sized wrong, or you don’t have the correct one for your needs.  Inserts are designed to assist your feet and not hinder them.  Before investing money in an insert, be sure that you properly review products that are designed to meet your specific needs.  As we mentioned previously, there are several inserts available with different features for different issues.

How to Replace Insoles?

Replacing an insole or insert is an easy procedure that you can do yourself.  Follow these simple steps:Insoles for Work Boots

  1. As a general practice, insoles that come in shoes or boots aren’t glued down.  Reachinside the shoe and lift out the old insole carefully to avoid ripping and tearing.
  2. Put the old insole aside in case you need to use it as a guide for sizing the new one. Sometimes, inserts or insoles have guided lines that you can easily follow to trim to your appropriate size.  But if they aren’t equipped with these guidelines, you’ll need a pattern.
  3. Next, slide the new insole into the shoe or boot toe first. Fold it in half like a taco to reach the toe area and then use your hand and press down in all areas to make sure that the insole is positioned properly without any lumps or creases.
  4. If the insole does not conform easily to your footwear, then you might have to trim the excess material. This is when you will use the guidelines or the old insole.  If you’re using the old insole, place it on top of the new insole and trace the shape with a pen or pencil.
  5. Finally, trim the excess off by following your pattern until you achieve the proper fit.

 

Best Insoles for Work Boots Comparison Chart

PRODUCTPRICEPROVIDESFEATURES
Tread Labs Stride$$$Support and ComfortFour custom heights
Firm, medical grade support
Antimicrobial replaceable covers
ALINE Active$$$Support and Comfort100+ flexible ribs
3 suspension zones
Supportive and shock absorbing
FORM Maximum and Reinforced$$Support and ComfortImmediate comfort
Custom formable
200+ lb option
Anti-bacterial coating
Powerstep Pinnacle Orthotics
$SupportAnti-microbial
Maximum Cushioning
Semi-rigid Arch Support
Timberland PRO Anti-Fatigue $ComfortShock absorbing
Dynamic arch support
Superfeet Blue Trim-To-Fit
$$Support and ComfortLow Profile
Medium-arched
Anti-bacteria coating
Superfeet COPPER Personalized Comfort$$ComfortMemory foam
Low-arched
Anti-bacteria coating
Sof Sole Airr Full-Length Performance$Support and ComfortFor low arches and flat feet
Air bubbles absorb shock
Airmax and anti-microbial cover
Keen Utility K-20$ComfortThick cushion
Medium arch support
Superfeet GREEN Full Length$$Support and ComfortDeep heel cup
Odor control coating
Helpful for plantar fasciitis

 

Final Thoughts

Now that we have provided you with some valuable information on the best inserts for shoes, we hope that you will apply the knowledge you have learned and will be able to select the perfect insoles for your work boots and shoes.  We at BootRatings.com strive to obtain all the information that is available and combine it into one convenient place so that you can make the best decision.

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How to Waterproof, Maintain, and Care for Your Boots https://www.bootratings.com/how-to-waterproof-your-boots/ https://www.bootratings.com/how-to-waterproof-your-boots/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 14:42:48 +0000 http://www.bootzoom.com/?p=19 If you have recently purchased a good pair of work boots, tactical boots, or military boots, then the chances are that you want to learn everything you can about caring for them. If you properly waterproof, clean and maintain your boots, they can keep your your feet safe and comfortable for a long time.  Here, you will learn a few maintenance tips, designed to help you get the most life out of your boots. Waterproof Your Boots If your new boots are not already waterproof, there are many products available online to help with waterproofing, but you should use a thick

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If you have recently purchased a good pair of work boots, tactical boots, or military boots, then the chances are that you want to learn everything you can about caring for them. If you properly waterproof, clean and maintain your boots, they can keep your your feet safe and comfortable for a long time.  Here, you will learn a few maintenance tips, designed to help you get the most life out of your boots.

Waterproof Your Boots

If your new boots are not already waterproof, there are many products available online to help with waterproofing, but you should use a thick leather conditioner instead of something that is thin and watery.  This creates a barrier from water, preventing things like mold and rot.

To waterproof:

  • Simply slather on the conditioner on the leather parts and give it a little time to sit.
  • Then, use a heat gun or hair dryer to “activate” the product.
  • As the conditioner warms, it soaks down into the leather.
  • Use a towel or rag to remove the excess conditioner and buff clean.

Here is a popular video about waterproofing that covers a few different options and shows the hair dryer technique:

 

Popular boot waterproofing products

OptionMain IngredientGood ForImageLink
Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP Leather ConditionerBeeswaxLeather preservative, waterproofing Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP Leather Conditioner Natural Oil Beeswax Formula (4oz) Buy on Amazon
Atsko Sno-Seal OriginalBeeswaxLeather protector, waterproofing Atsko Sno-Seal Original Beeswax Waterproofing Leather Protector, 7 oz Buy on Amazon
Sof Sole Mink OilMink OilConditioning, Waterproofing Sof Sole Mink Oil for Conditioning and Waterproofing Leather, 3.5-Ounce Buy on Amazon
Huberd's Original Shoe Grease Pine tar and beeswaxWaterproof and preserve leather Huberd's Shoe Grease Buy on Amazon
Danco Toilet Bowl Wax RingWaxWaterproof Danco 40619 Toilet Bowl Wax Ring with Sleeve Buy on Amazon

It sounds crazy but the toilet wax waterproofing technique is considered a great way to waterproof boots!

Truthfully, you might be surprised at just how long your boots last once you condition the leather.

Cleaning your Boots

Waterproof boots are important in many situations, but you can do other things that will extend the life of your work boots. One of these is as simple as cleaning them every single day after you take them off. Here are the tips and tricks to help you do just that:

  • Allow mud to dry before attempting to remove it. This way, you can simply knock off much of the caked-on mud rather than grinding it into the leather.
  • Brush dust and dirt off of your boots with a soft brush such as a real horsehair brush.
  • Apply boot polish to leather areas when needed.
  • Brush the polished areas with the horsehair brush.

Tan suede boots, such as military desert boots, are a bit more difficult to clean. Because suede is soft, you will need different techniques.

  • Brush the boots with a stiff brush using moderate pressure. This removes excess dirt and debris.
  • Then, run lukewarm water over them – but do not soak them completely.
  • Use a mild soap, lather up the fingers of one hand, and use that hand to gently massage out any further dirt in the suede.
  • Rinse again and air dry.

Popular boot cleaning products

OptionGood ForImageLink
TAKAVU Horsehair Shoe BrushGentle leather cleaning TAKAVU 6.7" Horsehair Shoe Shine Brush - 100% Soft Genuine Horse Hair Bristles - Unique Concave Design Wood Handle - Comfortable Grip, Anti Slip - for Boots, Shoes & Other Leather Care (#1) Buy on Amazon
Shacke Suede & Nubuck 4-Way Brush Deep cleaning suede Shacke Suede & Nubuck 4-Way Leather Brush Cleaner Buy on Amazon
Huberd's Boot & Saddle SoapCleans and conditions leather Huberd's Boot & Saddle Soap Buy on Amazon
Leather Cleaner by Leather HoneyCleans leather and vinyl Leather Cleaner by Leather Honey: The Best Leather Cleaner for Vinyl and Leather Apparel, Furniture, Auto Interior, Shoes and Accessories. Concentrated Formula Makes 32 Ounces When Diluted! Buy on Amazon
Leather Honey Lint-Free Application ClothGentle cleaning and polishing Leather Honey Lint-Free Application Cloth - Perfect for Use with the Best Leather Conditioner Products Since 1968 - Leather Conditioner + Leather Cleaner Microfiber Cloth Buy on Amazon

Disinfect and Protect Boots Against Odors

Odor-Eaters Foot Powder, 6-Ounces (Pack of 4) If you are concerned about foot odor, you have options.

  • You can shoot some Lysol disinfectant spray into your boot at the end of the day and this will kill odor-causing bacteria.
  • You might also choose to sprinkle in some foot powder before you put on your boots since it will help keep your feet dry, no matter how hot and sticky the conditions that day.
  • Finally, if your feet sweat a lot, make sure that you invest in high quality, moisture-wicking socks. These will go a long way to keeping the insides of your boots dry and help them last longer.
  • Check out our post about preventing sweaty feet

 

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Amazon return policy

Amazon Prime and a free return policy make boot shopping easy.

If you are unsure about buying and returning boots through Amazon, don’t be.  Amazon has a very friendly return policy that allows you to return or exchange the work boots you don’t like or want FOR FREE.

You are probably used to trying on pair after pair of boots to find the right size, and you are not alone.  Getting the right fit can be difficult and visiting a shoe store can make that part of the process easy.

The problem with the shoe store is that the selection is often small, they may not have your size, and there are no reviews or ratings to help you find the BEST pair of work boots.

Amazon is better

Buying work boots on Amazon solves all these problems.

Amazon has a massive selection of styles and sizes, competitive prices, everything is backed by ratings and reviews, and Bootratings.com already researched and narrowed the best choices down for you.

The only “issue” that is left is trying the boots on. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about that either!

Amazon’s return policy

You can read the Amazon return policy yourself, but to summarize:

  • You have 30 days from the date of delivery to return the boots you don’t want
  • Returns/exchanges for the wrong size is perfectly acceptable
  • Return shipping is paid by Amazon and is free for you

So don’t think that Amazon is just the place for doing research before you waste a lot of time trying to figure out which shoe store has what you want.

If you don’t like the boots, log on to your Amazon account, pull up your list of orders, and click “Return Items” next to the order to start the process of returning the pairs that didn’t work out.  Amazon will refund your original payment method for the full purchase price AND provide free prepaid return shipping labels.

Amazon Prime Wardrobe

Amazon Prime Wardrobe

With Amazon Prime Wardrobe, you can try boots before paying for them and return what you don’t like for free.

New in June 2018 for all Amazon Prime members… Prime Wardrobe!

  1. Fill your box – Pick three or more items across clothing, shoes (BOOTS), and accessories
  2. Try on at home – Use your 7-day try-on period to find the best fit at home
  3. Check out and return – Check out online for what you keep.  Use the provided return label to return the rest via UPS.

Try Prime at a discount here

Free return confirmation from Amazon support

Here is an actual chat I had with Amazon support on April 4th, 2018:

Me: Hello! I am just curious about shoe shopping. If I was to order a few pairs of shoes to then pick the one pair that I liked or fit the best, is it easy/free to return all of the others?

You are now connected to Rinkesh from Amazon.com

Rinkesh: Hello, my name is Rinkesh. I’m here to help you today.

Me: Hi Rinkesh.

Rinkesh: You can return any item purchased on amazon within 30 days from the date of delivery 🙂

Me: Is return shipping always free within the 30 days?

Rinkesh: No worries if you get charged for shipping then we will refund full amount for return shipping

Me: So returning shoes just because they don’t fit is allowed and free?

Rinkesh: Yes. Correct 🙂

Me: Great! Thanks for your help, Rinkesh. 🙂

If your return doesn’t look right or you have a question, just contact Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/contact-us

Or call them: 1 (888) 280-4331

Find your new boots

Now that you know you have free return shipping, it is time to find your next pair of boots!

Bootratings.com

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6 Best Summer Work Boots [Reviews & Complete Buying Guide 2018] https://www.bootratings.com/best-summer-work-boots-reviews/ https://www.bootratings.com/best-summer-work-boots-reviews/#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 20:56:11 +0000 https://www.bootratings.com/?p=983 Switching over your wardrobe for a new season can be a big task.  When it comes to selecting the right footwear for the season, we generally know which pair of shoes to grab.  With work boots, it should be no different!  Finding the right boots for cold months tends to be easier, since insulation is the primary concern.  But it is just as important to find summer work boots that keep your feet comfortable and cool in warmer temperatures.  To help you with the process of selecting the best summer work boots, we have ranked our top picks based on

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Switching over your wardrobe for a new season can be a big task.  When it comes to selecting the right footwear for the season, we generally know which pair of shoes to grab.  With work boots, it should be no different!  Finding the right boots for cold months tends to be easier, since insulation is the primary concern.  But it is just as important to find summer work boots that keep your feet comfortable and cool in warmer temperatures.  To help you with the process of selecting the best summer work boots, we have ranked our top picks based on several criteria, including features, comfort and breathability.

Not the boots you were looking for? Check out these reviews instead:
Military/Combat Boots | Boots for Plantar Fasciitis | Boots for Flat Feet | Tactical/Police Boots

Top Summer Work Boots

  • 3.6 Customer Rating
  • Timberland PRO Men's Expertise Hiker Steel-Toe Work Boot
  • PRICE $$
  • MADE OF : Leather and fabric
  • RESISTANT : Slip and oil-resistant
  • SOLE : Rubber sole
  • COLOR : Brown
  • 4.3 Customer Rating
  • Timberland PRO Men's Waterproof Safety-Toe Work Boot
  • PRICE $$$
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • RESISTANT : Oil- and slip-resistant
  • SOLE : Rubber sole
  • COLOR : Dark Mocha
  • 4.4 Customer Rating
  • Thorogood Men's 6" Moc Toe Boot
  • PRICE $$$$
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • RESISTANT : Slip- and oil-resistant
  • SOLE : Synthetic sole
  • COLOR : Tobacco
  • 4.4 Customer Rating
  • KEEN Utility Men's Flint Mid Work Boot
  • PRICE $$
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • RESISTANT : Oil- and slip-resistance
  • SOLE : Rubber sole
  • COLOR : Slate Black/Burnt Henna
  • 3.3 Customer Rating
  • KEEN Utility Men's Detroit Mid Steel Toe
  • PRICE $$$
  • MADE OF : Leather and Fabric
  • RESISTANT : Slip, oil-resistant
  • SOLE : Rubber sole
  • COLOR : Brown, Brown/Grey, Brown/Black
  • 4.3 Customer Rating
  • Dickies Men's Escape Hiker
  • PRICE $
  • MADE OF : Suede leather work boot with breathable mesh , Synthetic
  • RESISTANT : Slip, oil-resistant
  • SOLE : Rubber sole
  • COLOR : Brown

Timberland PRO Men’s Expertise Hiker Steel-Toe Work Boot

Timberland PRO Men's 50500 Expertise Steel Toe Work Boot,Brown,14 M These boots are made for hard-working professionals who want to have extra comfort, durability and protection when they are at work.

     Features:

  • Roomy steel toe safety box protects your feet
  • The Ever-Guard leather is resistant to heat up to 346 degrees F and 10x more abrasion resistance than regular leather
  • Ortholite® footbed with an anti-microbial lining delivers excellent cushioning and keeps you feeling fresh
  • Waterproof
  • More comfortable than many other work boots and they can be worn from the trail to job site without getting too hot
  • Electrical hazard protection

 

Check The Price on Amazon!

 

Timberland PRO Men’s Titan 6″ Waterproof Safety-Toe Work Boot

Timberland PRO Men's 26078 Titan 6" Waterproof Safety-Toe Work Boot,Dark Mocha,10.5 M The Timberland Pro series have unbeatable safety features that meet industry standards and provide maximum comfort. This is the most comfortable work boot for any location where you constantly have the hazard of getting wet.

     Features:

  • TiTAN alloy safety toe design
  • Moisture-channeling mesh lining with anti-microbial treatment
  • Polyurethane midsole that adds cushioning and durability.
  • Waterproof
  • Oil- and slip-resistant PRO Rubber outsole
  • Cement construction for flexibility and reduced break-in time
  • Made of leather with rubber outsole

 

Check The Price on Amazon!

 

Thorogood Men’s 6″ Moc Toe Boot

Thorogood 814-4200 American Heritage 6" Moc Toe Boot, Tobacco, 10.5 D US The Thorogood boots are known for good craftmanship and they help you to work in any type of weather from sunny to humid.

     Features:

  • Made in USA
  • Polyurethane MAXwear Wedge sole
  • Removable Ultimate Shock Absorption footbed on Poron comfort cushion insole
  • Fiberglass shank provides stability
  • MAXWear Wedge slip resistant outsole
  • Oil-tanned leather allows your feet to breathe
  • Very popular and highly ranked
  • Available in a steel toe version

 

Check The Price on Amazon!

 

KEEN Utility Men’s Flint Mid Work Boot

KEEN Utility Men's Steel Toe Flint Mid Work Boot,  Slate Black/Burnt Henna, 11 D(M) US KEEN work boots are good looking and comfortable. Its breathable mesh lining keeps your feet cool while the outside looks like a hiker.

      Features:

  • Breathable mesh side panels keep you cool
  • Steel toe for protection
  • Low cut
  • Water resistant
  • Mesh padded collar and tongue
  • Comfortable and durable
  • Removable footbed and non-marking sole
  • Low weight without sacrificing protection
  • Slip Resistant Non-Marking Rubber Outsole

 

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KEEN Utility Men’s Detroit Mid Steel Toe Work Boot

KEEN Utility Men's Detroit Mid Steel Toe Work Boot The KEEN Detroit looks like a hiking boot but is a very popular and sturdy word boot.

     Features:

  • Asymmetrical steel toes shaped to fit your feet
  • Waterproof nubuck leather
  • KEEN.DRY waterproof breathable membrane
  • Torsional Stability Shank (TSS) for Midfoot Support
  • Dry-lex footwear lining with two-zone comfort technology
  • Oil- and slip-resistant non-marking rubber outsole
  • Available in wide widths

 

Check The Price on Amazon!

 

Dickies Men’s Escape Hiker 6-Inch Steel-Toe Work Boot 

Dickies Men's Escape Hiker 6 Inch Steel-Toe Work Boot,Brown,11 M US The Dickies Escape stay comfortable on long and tiring days. They look like hikers but still have the protection of a steel to work boot with value pricing.

     Features:

  • Steel toe
  • Lightweight
  • Padded collar and tongue
  • Breathable mesh lining
  • Made from suede leather
  • EVA cushioned insole
  • Anti-moisture technology
  • Reinforced toe and heel guards

 

Check The Price on Amazon!

 

Features of Good Hot Weather Work Boots

best summer work boots

The protection you need from work boots is no different in the summer, but if you are working for hours in the hot sun, you also have to take special features into consideration.  How well summer boots breath, wick sweat, repel water, and weight you down all matter if you are going to stay comfortable.

Here are some features to consider:

Safety toes

Safety toes built into the front of the boot protect the toes from pressure, weight, and impact. They can be made of steel, composites, or aluminum toe boots. Steel toes are heavier but cheaper, whereas composite toes are made from plastic or fiber material and to be lighter and more expensive, but just as strong. Since they are non-metallic, they can be worn through metal detectors. Aluminum toes are lighter than the steel toes.

Oil and slip resistant sole

If there is any chance of stepping on wet, smooth, or oily surfaces, then an oil- and slip-resistant sole will provide better traction and protect you from falling.

Construction

The most commonly used material in the construction of work boots is either leather or synthetic welt. This is attached in between upper and lower sole, making them highly durable and rugged. However, there are boots with a mold attached to the upper part filled with rubber, which hardens the sole. These work boots are more lightweight, comfortable and shock absorbent.

Fabric or mesh are more common in summer boots since the mesh is more breathable and allows moisture to escape.

Waterproofwaterproof summer work boots

When working in a wet environment or in the rain, waterproof boots can be a real benefit.  However, waterproofing can also make boots less breathable.  Waterproof boots can be submerged in water without the moisture penetrating the exterior whereas a water resistant boot will only be good at shedding rain or splashes.  We have a separate page dedicated to waterproof work boots.  You can also spend some time to make your boots more waterproof.

Insulation

Insulation is a good thing if you want a great pair of winter work boots but would be uncomfortably hot in a good summer work boot.

Weight

Often, people do not consider the weight of work boots and focus on other features like comfort, lacing system, insole, outsole, color, etc. Heavy work boots are not comfortable if you are traveling a lot or spending long days in your boots. Lightweight is preferable if you are very active while you work.

Durability

It is important to consider how durable a boot is.  Manufacturers may claim durability but reading online reviews is the best way to know for sure whether boots continue to perform over time.  In general, more expensive, well-made boots last longer than cheaper boots and will be rated higher.  Paying more for a more durable boot may end up cheaper in the long run!

Break in period

Most boots are built with comfort in mind and have insoles, padding, and lining designed to fit well right away.  Be sure to check the reviews for any complains about break-in period or sizing if your feet are not a popular size or the standard width.

Brand Name

Besides all the features of good summer work boots that are mentioned above, the last thing to consider is brand name.  People trust brand names that are established, popular, and proven over time.  The brands listed on bootratings.com and the models reviewed are all popular and well-rated options. Saving a little money by buying off-brand boots could be disappointing if they are not as comfortable or durable as you need for your work.

Problems Avoided with the Right Boots

best summer work boots

Many people would rather not wear any shoes at all in the summer. Since wearing protective boots is still necessary in many cases, you want to be sure to avoid any possible issues that they can cause.  Here are some of the most common problems you can have with your feet in boots and how to prevent them.

Blisters

Blisters are caused by the continuous rubbing of your feet against your shoes. You can avoid this issue by wearing comfortable footwear that fits well and does move independently of your foot. It’s also important to give your feet a rest from your shoes whenever you can.

Elongated toenails

It’s good manners to trim your nails but if they are so long that they bump the inside of your shoes, you can have bigger problems. Keep them short to help you avoid any unwanted pain when you are wearing your work boots.

Hard or cracked skin

The problem of cracks in the heel area is not only a winter problem, but can also happen in the summer season when your feet sweat.  It is recommended to wash you feet after a hot day and then moisturize to keep them soft.

Damp feet

Sweaty or wet socks can lead to blisters and fungus. If your boots do get soaked through, you should not wear them until they are fully dried out. Always change into fresh socks and appropriate waterproof footwear, depending on the work environment.

Fungus infection

While working in hot and humid weather, there is a chance that outside water or foot sweat will lead to wet feet.  The hot, wet environment in your boots can promote the growth of fungus.  This is easy to prevent with appropriate socks and summer boots for the situation.

Athlete’s foot

One common foot ailment during summer months is athlete’s foot. It is a combination of a bacterial and a fungal infection, which often starts at the toes and gradually spreads to other parts of the foot. People whose feet stay wet for long hours are more susceptible to this foot ailment. Athlete’s foot is both painful and itchy so it is best to avoid it.  Wear proper boots for the conditions and good socks to keep your feet free of moisture.

The dangers of flip-flops

When the temperature rises, it is natural to look for lightweight footwear like flip-flops or sandals. However, you should not forget that these shoes do not provide any support when you walk for long distances, which can lead to pain, rashes, and blisters that affect your comfort when it’s time to put on your boots. Take care of your feet in every situation so that you don’t have to deal with problems later.

Sweat

Sweat is natural during the hot temperatures of summer and some people sweat more than others.  Working with thick socks in heavy duty boots will almost always lead to sweaty feet. To avoid some of the other issues on this list, it is important to follow a proper foot care regime. Wash your feet daily with soap and dry thoroughly.  Give your feet some time in the evening with nothing on to relax and breath.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Best Summer Work Boots

best summer work boots

The right boots for your working conditions is extremely important and we’ve covered some of the best summer work boots, the most common features, and the issues you can avoid by making the right choice.

Here are some common questions about work boots and answers that may help.

Is a steel toe required?

A steel toe cap in the toe box provides protection from impact, crushing, and penetration by something sharp.  If there is any chance of something falling on your foot, they should be considered a necessity.  Some employers require them.

What is a composite toe?

The composite toe works just like a steel toe but is made of a non-metallic and non-magnetic material. It is lighter in weight than a steel toe cap but still meets the same ANSI/ASTM safety requirements as a steel toe.

What type of work is a composite toe boot suited for?

A composite toe boot is best suited for walking long distances (because of the reduced weight) or for passing through metal detectors.

What socks are better in hot weather conditions?

Cotton socks are not recommended in the summer season, unlike cotton clothes that keep your body cool. The reason is that cotton absorbs the moisture and stays wet in your boots.  Any kind of sock that wicks away moisture should be worn in the summer.  Synthetic fiber and wool socks wick the moisture away from feet and helps to keep them dry.

How do I find the perfect summer boots for my requirements?

To find the perfect boots, you must know where and how you will use them. The second important thing to consider is temperature. There are different work boots for summer and winter. Bootratings.com has recommendations for many different situations and environments.

What are the different heights of work boots?

The height of work boots ranges from 5 inches to 12 inches. The most common height for boots is about 6 inch to 8 inches.  Higher boots offer more protection for the legs from the elements.

Between boots with laces or without laces, which one is preferred?

Work boots that have laces are considered to be the ideal because they fit better and can be adjusted to your feet and socks.

What’s the best way to clean boots?

A damp cloth can be used to wipe off the dust and dirt. After every wearing, they should be properly dried if wet. Leather boots require conditioning, polishing,  and cleaning at regular intervals as to maintain the original look and feel.

What is the purpose of a steel shank?

A steel shank is built into the area under the arch of the foot and gives additional stability to the middle portion of the boot.

Do all footwear companies test safety footwear to the same standards?

In the United States, all boots are tested to ASTM test method F2412-11. It is important that these boots pass the performance requirements of F2413-11 for safety toe and F2892-11 for the soft toe. Other countries have different standard requirements and test methods.

Best Summer Work Boots Comparison Chart

PRODUCTPRICEMADE OFRESISTANTSOLECOLOR
Timberland PRO Men's Expertise Hiker Steel-Toe Work Boot
$$Leather and fabricSlip and oil-resistantRubber soleBrown
Timberland PRO Men's Waterproof Safety-Toe Work Boot
$$$LeatherSlip and oil-resistantRubber soleDark Mocha
Thorogood Men's 6" Moc Toe Boot
$$$$LeatherSlip and oil-resistantSynthetic soleTobacco
KEEN Utility Men's Flint Mid Work Boot
$$LeatherSlip and oil-resistantRubber soleSlate Black/Burnt Henna
KEEN Utility Men's Detroit Mid Steel Toe$$$Leather and fabricSlip and oil-resistantRubber soleBrown, Brown/Grey, Brown/Black
Dickies Men's Escape Hiker
$Suede leather work boot with breathable mesh , SyntheticSlip, oil-resistantRubber soleBrown

Summer Boots are a must-have if you work in the heat

Proper boots are a tool that is just as important as any other you may work with.  It does not take long to have problems if you wear the wrong work boots for the job or the season.  In the summer, adequate protection is required but you must also maximize comfort for the hot temperatures.

With the information provided above, you should be able to find the features you need and avoid the possible issues that could happen with the wrong boots.  The best summer work boots will protect your feet and keep you comfortable regardless of where you use them or what you do in them.

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Best Tactical Boots (+Bonus: Top 3 Police Boots Reviews 2018) https://www.bootratings.com/best-tactical-police-boots-reviews/ https://www.bootratings.com/best-tactical-police-boots-reviews/#respond Tue, 27 Feb 2018 23:47:53 +0000 http://www.bootzoom.com/?p=359 As a law enforcement officer, S.W.A.T member, or military personnel, you place yourself in dangerous situations on a daily basis.  Your position requires specific work boots that are durable, flexible, and protective during any tactical situations that you find yourself in. Police officers, in general, have to be able to move into action without restrictions, so they require the best police boots available.   Military personnel should be equipped with only the best tactical boots. Just as you rely on your partner to have your back, you should also be able to rely on your boots to get you through any

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As a law enforcement officer, S.W.A.T member, or military personnel, you place yourself in dangerous situations on a daily basis.  Your position requires specific work boots that are durable, flexible, and protective during any tactical situations that you find yourself in.

Police officers, in general, have to be able to move into action without restrictions, so they require the best police boots available.   Military personnel should be equipped with only the best tactical boots.

Just as you rely on your partner to have your back, you should also be able to rely on your boots to get you through any sticky situation without faltering.  For these reasons, we have provided information and reviews on the top brands of police and tactical boots.

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Military/Combat Boots | Boots for Plantar Fasciitis | Boots for Flat Feet | Summer Boots

Best Tactical Boots

  • 4.4 Customer Rating
  • Danner Men's Tachyon 8" Black GTX Duty Boot
  • PRICE $$
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • WATERPROOF : Yes
  • SOLE : Rubber
  • COLOR : Black
  • 4.4 Customer Rating
  • Original S.W.A.T. Men's Metro Air 9 Inch Side-Zip Tactical Boot
  • Top Police Choice!
  • PRICE $
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • WATERPROOF : No
  • SOLE : Leather
  • COLOR : Black
  • 4.5 Customer Rating
  • Under Armour Mens Valsetz RTS Side Zip Tactical Boot
  • PRICE $$
  • MADE OF : Synthetic
  • WATERPROOF : No
  • SOLE : Rubber
  • COLOR : Black, Desert Sand, Timber
  • 4.3 Customer Rating
  • Maelstrom Men's Tac Force 8 Inch Zipper Tactical Boot
  • Top Police Choice!
  • PRICE $
  • MADE OF : Textile and Leather
  • WATERPROOF : Optional
  • SOLE : Rubber
  • COLOR : Black, Tan
  • 4.4 Customer Rating
  • Magnum Men's Elite Spider 8.0 Boot
  • PRICE $
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • WATERPROOF : Yes
  • SOLE : Vibram Rubber
  • COLOR : Desert Tan
  • 4.5 Customer Rating
  • Bates Men's GX-8 8 Inch Ultra-Lites GTX Waterproof Boot
  • Top Police Choice!
  • PRICE $$$
  • MADE OF : Leather/Synthetic
  • WATERPROOF : Yes
  • SOLE : Rubber
  • COLOR : Black

 

Danner Men’s Tachyon 8″ Black GTX Duty Boot

Danner Men’s Tachyon 8” GTX Duty Boot,Black,10.5 D US The Danner Tachyon GTX Duty boots are constructed of waterproof full-grain leather and a 100% waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex liner that is designed to keep your feet dry and comfortable when the weather or environment is not.  For comfort, these boots are equipped with an EVA midsole for cushioning and shock absorption, which mean these boots take the abuse instead of your feet.  They also feature a polyurethane footbed that allows for adequate airflow.  A speed lace-up system with durable brass hardware provides ample support while allowing you to get the boots on and off fast.  In addition, the outsoles are rubber with pentagonal lugs for superior traction and surface contact.  Police personnel often like the option to polish their boots and this particular brand features a polishable toe that can be shined to suit inspection.

 

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If you are unsure about buying and returning boots through Amazon, don’t be!

Amazon has a very friendly return policy that allows you to return or exchange the work boots you don’t like or want FOR FREE.

Plus, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can now use Amazon Wardrobe benefits to order up to three pairs of boots, try them all on, and only pay for what you keep.

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Original S.W.A.T. Men’s Metro Air 9 Inch Side-Zip Tactical Boot (Top Police Choice)

Original S.W.A.T. Men's Metro Air 9 Inch Side-zip Tactical Boot, Black, 6 D US For those that require it, the Original S.W.A.T. Men’s Metro Air can pass through metal detectors without setting off alarms.  This is particularly important, especially if you’re in a hurry.  They include a polishable leather toe, and are constructed out of leather and Denier nylon upper.  Another nice feature of these boots is the low profile, slip resistant outsole with waffle traction and ladder grip control to maintain your footing on various surfaces.  In addition, your feet are comforted by the air cushion midsole and a synthetic liner that wicks away moisture.  The included nylon shank supports your feet comfortably.  These boots are equipped with a zipper for an easy on and off function but they are not equipped with a safety toe.  The S.W.A.T. Men’s Metro Air provide ample support and cushioning for those who anyone that spends a lot of time on hard cement surfaces. This makes this one of the most comfortable tactical boots on the market.

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If you are unsure about buying and returning boots through Amazon, don’t be!

Amazon has a very friendly return policy that allows you to return or exchange the work boots you don’t like or want FOR FREE.

Plus, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can now use Amazon Wardrobe benefits to order up to three pairs of boots, try them all on, and only pay for what you keep.

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Under Armour Men’s Valsetz RTS Side Zip Boot

Under Armour Men's Valsetz RTS Side Zip Military and Tactical Boot The Under Armour Valsetz is a lightweight tactical boot feels as though it’s a cross between a tennis shoe and a work boot.  Specifically, it would be ideal for infantry use or obstacle courses as it offers flexibility and foot-strike guidance that allows you to easily transition from impact to propulsion.  It also provides ample shock absorption and superior cushioning for your feet, especially in the heel and forefoot area.  The fully contoured EVA midsole conforms to your foot and cushions in just the right places, plus an Ortholite sock liner is featured for even more cushioning and less slippage of the heel. The lining of these boots is breathable and water resistant, however, the exterior of the boot is water resistant but not waterproof.  With an additional water-resistant application, the boots will be better protected from the elements.  Equally important is the on and off-road traction provided by the rubber outsole, it’s also equipped with a textured, high-abrasion rubber toe to further protect your feet. Click to see how to make boots waterproof!

 

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Amazon has a very friendly return policy that allows you to return or exchange the work boots you don’t like or want FOR FREE.

Plus, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can now use Amazon Wardrobe benefits to order up to three pairs of boots, try them all on, and only pay for what you keep.

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Maelstrom Men’s Tac Force 8 Inch Zipper Tactical Boot (Top Police Choice)

Maelstrom Men's TAC FORCE 8 Inch Military Tactical Duty Work Boot with Zipper, Black, 10.5 M US The Maelstrom Men’s Tac Force Boot is specifically designed for law enforcement and tactical professionals.  Its lightweight design is both durable and flexible, allowing for easy movement in active situations.  These boots are constructed with water-resistant leather and nylon upper, along with a breathable, moisture-wicking lining that prevents bacterial build-up and regulates temperature to keep your feet dry and comfortable during extended wear.  In addition, a shock absorbing molded insole conforms to your foot and takes the impact of each step.  Other comfort features include the removable, high-performance cushion insert and the padded tongue and collar.  The rubber outsoles provide ample traction and grip to surfaces, plus they are slip resistant.

 

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Amazon has a very friendly return policy that allows you to return or exchange the work boots you don’t like or want FOR FREE.

Plus, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can now use Amazon Wardrobe benefits to order up to three pairs of boots, try them all on, and only pay for what you keep.

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Magnum Men’s Elite Spider 8.0 Boot

Magnum Men's Elite Spider 8.0 Boot,Desert Tan,10 M US Designed for long hours of wear, whether you’re a soldier, security officer, or just in the market for a tactical boot, the Magnum Men’s Elite Spider provides ample comfort, even in very hot climates.  The AeroMesh vent and the Spider Mesh lining provides moisture-wicking, and allow your feet to breathe, which keeps your feet dry during patrols in extreme heat conditions.  A composite shank and the lace-up water-resistant leather upper delivers support, while the compression molded EVA cushion absorbs the shock of walking on pavement.  This particular EVA cushion also lasts longer than the standard EVA.  Furthermore, these particular boots are equipped with a high-density cradle layer that supports the arch and heel, plus an extra pad under the heel to deliver extra shock absorption.  A soft top layer that contours your foot is incorporated into the insole.  For traction and stability, the Elite Spider boots feature a durable Vibram outsole.  Also, you won’t be setting off any metal detectors in these boots because all of the hardware is constructed out of a durable composite material.

 

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If you are unsure about buying and returning boots through Amazon, don’t be!

Amazon has a very friendly return policy that allows you to return or exchange the work boots you don’t like or want FOR FREE.

Plus, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can now use Amazon Wardrobe benefits to order up to three pairs of boots, try them all on, and only pay for what you keep.

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Bates Men’s GX-8 8 Inch Ultra-Lites GTX Waterproof Boot (Top Police Choice)

Bates Men's GX-8 8 Inch Ultra-Lites GTX Waterproof Boot, Black, 12 M US The Bates Ultra-Lites GTX Waterproof Boot weighs in at only 3 lbs. which is especially nice if you’re constantly on the move.  They are waterproof, so your feet will remain dry through puddles or wet rainy weather.  Constructed with a full-grain ballistic nylon and leather upper and with a fully cushioned removable insert inside, they provide support and ample comfort during long wear.  The Ultra-Lites outsole resists slips and provides great traction on various surfaces.  This is a soft toe boot equipped with an easy side zip function enabling you to get your boots on and off quickly.  For these particular boots, we would recommend choosing one size larger, as they tend to run smaller than average and they are not designed for those with wide feet.  One of the great qualities about buying boots from larger stores such as Amazon is that they have an excellent return policy in case the size isn’t right.  For those working in fields of public safety, such as firefighters, paramedics, and EMT’s, these boots might be an ideal choice.

 

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If you are unsure about buying and returning boots through Amazon, don’t be!

Amazon has a very friendly return policy that allows you to return or exchange the work boots you don’t like or want FOR FREE.

Plus, if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can now use Amazon Wardrobe benefits to order up to three pairs of boots, try them all on, and only pay for what you keep.

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What to Look in The Best Tactical Boots?

Best Tactical BootsThe hard-working people associated with law enforcement, military, or other public safety positions have requirements for a specific type of footwear that will keep them safe in the field and allow them to perform their job to the best of their ability.  In order to do that, there are features that should be incorporated into their comfortable work boots.  So, what are the qualities you look for in a tactical or police boot?

There are three necessary components when selecting the proper tactical or police boot: support, flexibility, and durability.  It’s important when out doing your job that you’re not distracted by irritating discomforts such as rubbing, soreness, and tired feet.  Plus, you also require adequate protection from certain hazards that you might come in contact with.

Along with those three general qualities, there are many features available that will assist you in your line of work.  However, the features you need will vary depending on the needs of your work.  Some of these additional features are:

  • Waterproof or Water Resistant – If you’re subjected to the elements such as rain, puddles, or other bodies of water where there is a chance that your feet might become soaked, having a boot that prevents wet soggy feet and socks is necessary.  “Waterproof” means that you can submerge the boot in water without getting wet.  “Water Resistant” means that rain or splashes should be repelled but that they should not be submerged.
  • Traction and Slip Resistant – This is another important feature to consider when selecting tactical or police boots, especially if you’re constantly on the move, running, jumping, or marching. You don’t have time to worry about whether your feet will slip out from under you.  Traction provides the necessary grip to keep your feet firmly where they need to be.
  • Zippers or Laces – Depending on your occupation and the support you require, you’ll have to decide on zippers or laces. Zippers allow for speed when you have to get your boots on and off in a hurry.  Laces, on the other hand, are easily adjusted for ample support and are ideal for military personnel who require their boots to deliver a secure fit. Read more the pros and cons of zippers.
  • Contoured Cushioned Footbeds – If you have to be on your feet for long hours, you want a boot that provides that necessary comfort and cushioning for your feet.
  • Shock Absorption – If you’re constantly on the move, pounding the pavement, or performing tasks that can punish your feet, shock absorption takes the stress off of your foot so that every step is cushioned instead of feeling that constant impact of hard surfaces.
  • Breathable – You want a boot that breathes, to prevent moisture build-up and odor inside the boot. Sweaty, hot feet are uncomfortable, so having that mesh lining or air vents is an added bonus, especially in hot weather.

How to Find the Perfect Fit in a Tactical Boot?

You may have now found the boot that is right for your specific needs, but you need to make sure that the boot will fit your foot well.  What’s a perfect boot if it doesn’t conform to your foot as it should?  Here are a few tips that will assist you in properly sizing your boot according to the shape and size of your foot.

  • best police bootsFirst off, never assume that your boot will fit according to your normal shoe size. They can run larger or smaller, both in width and length.  Brands often fit similarly across all of their models.
  • Make sure you have some wiggle room for your toes.  If you can’t move your toes inside the boot; they might be too tight and will end up causing pain and discomfort.
  • Stand downward on an incline. Does your foot slide forward causing your toes to press or curl against the front of the boot? This should not happen with a proper fit.  Just imagine how your toes will feel after a long day walking up and down hills.  Your foot should always stay put in the boot without sliding.
  • How does the width of the boot feel? It should feel snug but not tight on the sides.  If you feel too much pressure on the sides of your feet, you may need a wider version of that boot.
  • Test the boots by walking around in them. Is there anything you notice about the boots that might cause blisters after extended wear?  This should be a warning indicator that there will be a problem in the future.
  • Adjust the laces if they are equipped with them. You can loosen or tighten according to your comfort.
  • Always try on boots with socks that you would normally wear with them.

Another way you can adjust the comfort level of your boots is to add comfort insoles.  These can be beneficial for someone who is on their feet for many hours per day.  Your boots should feel like an extension of your foot, and if you’re going to spend the money on a good pair of boots, then you might as well make sure that they are going to fit properly.

How to Polish Boots?

Generally, law enforcement and military personnel require uniform inspections and pride themselves on looking their best.    Boots are a significant part of the uniform, and you need to make them shine.  Though it might seem like a simple task, proper shine does require a certain technique and several steps to polish boots adequately.

  1. First, you must create a proper work area by clearing off a table, then covering it with newspaper or other material that will keep your table clean.
  2. Before applying polish you must prepare the boots by removing any dust, dirt, or mud that can affect the polish application. This can be accomplished by using a stiff, synthetic bristled brush or horsehair brush.  Make sure that all foreign material is removed, even on the soles.   Read more about cleaning your boots.
  3. Besides removing dirt and mud from the boots, you might have to remove old built-up polish. Old polish can trap debris that can create imperfections in the shine.  This can be done by using a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol.  Keep in mind you don’t want to remove all of the old polish as you require an adhesive base for applying the new polish.
  4. Apply the polish. For those who are polishing their new boots for the first time, your boots will require a base coat.  A base coat is a foundation for future polish.  However, if you already have your base coat established, then skip the base coat application.  First, you’ll want to have a cloth material, preferably a microfiber cloth, as it’s less likely to leave remnants of the material behind.  Wrap your index finger into the cloth, then swirl it into the polish container to get an ample amount of polish on the cloth.  Using small circular motions, apply the polish to the entire part of the boot that can be polished.  Keep in mind that polish is applied in very thin layers, so you don’t want to goop on so much that it can’t be buffed easily.
  5. After the polish has been applied and allowed to set a few minutes, take another cloth and dampen it slightly. In the same fashion as you applied the polish the first time, put a very small amount of polish on the damp rag and continue using circular motions.  You’ll want to do this multiple times, maintaining the moisture on the cloth as you go.  If you notice that the cloth starts to build up polish, then rotate to a cleaner area.
  6. After you’ve reached the shine you’re looking for, buff your boots with another clean cloth. This step will eliminate any remaining residue and enhances the smooth shine.

Best Tactical - Police Boots Comparison Chart

PRODUCTPRICEMADE OFSOLECOLOR
Danner Men's Tachyon 8" Black GTX Duty Boot$$LeatherRubber soleBlack
Original S.W.A.T. Men's Metro Air 9 Inch Side-Zip Tactical Boot$LeatherLeather soleBlack
Under Armour Men's Speed Freek 7" Boots$$$SyntheticMidsole
Black, Timber/Realtree AP, MULTICAM, REALTREE AP
Under Armour Mens Valsetz RTS Side Zip Tactical Boot$$SyntheticMidsoleBlack, Desert Sand, Timber
Maelstrom Men's Tac Force 8 Inch Zipper Tactical Boot$Textile and LeatherRubber soleBlack, Tan
Magnum Men's Elite Spider 8.0 Boot$LeatherRubber soleDesert Tan
Bates Men's GX-8 8 Inch Ultra-Lites GTX Waterproof Boot$$$Leather/SyntheticRubber soleBlack
Under Armour Men's UA Tactical Zip Boots$$$$SyntheticOutsoleBlack

Final Thoughts

The work that police officers and tactical professionals perform require specific equipment in order to get the job done safely and efficiently.  Boots are a small but necessary part of their uniform.  It’s important that you do your research to find the best police boots and the best tactical boots available.  After all, you put your life on the line every day, and you deserve the best work boot to serve you as well as you serve others.  Our job is to help you with those choices and provide you information on the pros and cons of police and tactical boots.  Your job already places you in uncomfortable situations, and your work boots shouldn’t.

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Military boots are essential gear and need to be rugged, comfortable, and ready for action.  Sand or rain, hot or cold, whether you are standing, marching, or running, you need to count on your boots to keep you focused on the mission.  Painful, sore, or blistered feet is the last thing you want to slow you down.

Our selection of the best military boots are suitable for those in uniform or those who work hard and need versatile footwear that is up to any task.

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Tactical/Police Boots | Plantar Fasciitis Boots | Flat Feet Boots | Summer Boots

Top Rated Military Boots

  • Garmont T8 Bifida 8" Tactical Boot
  • PRICE
    $$
  • SIZE
    Available in wide widths
  • COMPLIANCE
    Army AR670-1
    USAF Multicam
  • COLORS
    Coyote
    Desert Sand
  • Oakley Light Assault 8” Boot
  • PRICE
    $$
  • SIZE
    Regular widths only
  • COMPLIANCE
    Army AR670-1
    USAF Multicam
  • COLORS
    Coyote
    Desert Sand
    Sage Green
  • Rocky S2V Special Ops 8” Boot
  • PRICE
    $$$
  • SIZE
    Available in wide widths
  • COMPLIANCE
    Army AR670-1
    USAF Multicam
    Navy Working Uniform NWU Type III
    Berry (Made in USA)
  • COLORS
    Coyote
    Desert Sand
  • Belleville One Xero Ultra Light 8” Assault Boot
  • PRICE
    $$
  • SIZE
    Available in wide widths
  • COMPLIANCE
    Army AR670-1
    USAF Multicam
  • COLORS
    Coyote
  • Danner Tachyon 8" Boot
  • PRICE
    $
  • SIZE
    Available in wide widths
  • COMPLIANCE
    Army AR670-1
    USAF Multicam
  • COLORS
    Coyote

 

Garmont T8 Bifida 8” Tactical Boot

Garmont T8 Bifida Regular Tactical Boots Coyote 9.5

Popular with the active military, the Garmont T8 has everything you need to perform your best in any terrain or conditions.

Pros

  • Backward-sweeping design provides a snug fit that prevents blisters
  • Roller bearing hookless rigging-proof hardware
  • Tapered nylon woven footboard provides stability and shock absorption
  • Innovative heel retention technology supports your whole body
  • Zero optical refraction hardware
  • Available in wide widths

Cons

  • None!

Compliance

  • Army AR670-1
  • USAF Multicam

Colors

  • Coyote
  • Desert Sand

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The Garmont T8 is also available in the ultra lightweight NFS version: More info on Amazon

Oakley Light Assault 8” Boot

Oakley Men's Light Assault 2 Boots,10.5,Coyote

If you want to be confident that you can move quickly and with agility in any situation, the Oakley Light Assault is ready to provide lightweight and superior protection.

Pros

  • Built with mobility and protection in mind
  • Superior stability in unstable terrain
  • Durable laces are made from 100% braided nylon
  • Metal Speed Loop Lacing System Coated with Anti-IR

Cons

  • Only available in regular width
  • May run a little small

Compliance

  • Army AR670-1
  • USAF Multicam

Colors

  • Coyote
  • Desert
  • Sage

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Rocky S2V Special Ops 8” Boot

Rocky Men's RKC050 Military and Tactical Boot, Coyote Brown, 10.5 W US

Designed for the most challenging demands, the Rocky S2V are built to provide superior protection in rough terrain and to keep you comfortable through it all.

Pros

  • Roll-Stop Ankle Stability for superior ankle protection
  • PTFE coating for optimal flame-resistance
  • Flash and water resistant
  • Inner lining with Aegis Microbe Shield for reliable wicking
  • Fiberglass 8” shank
  • Available in wide widths

Cons

  • A few people claim they run small
  • More expensive than other popular boots

Compliance

  • Army AR670-1
  • USAF Multicam
  • Navy Working Uniform NWU Type III
  • Berry (Made in USA)

Colors

  • Coyote

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Belleville One Xero Ultra Light 8” Assault Boot

Belleville One Xero C320 Coyote Brown Ultra Light Assault Boot, Made in USA 10.5

As one of the lightest combat footwear options available anywhere, the Belleville One Xero are surprisingly light and portable even though they don’t sacrifice protection or comfort, especially in hot climates.

Pros

  • Ultralight at only 40oz per pair
  • Medial and lateral air vents make it highly breathable and ideal for hot climates
  • Rubber sole and Vibram Incisor lug design for maximum traction
  • Shock absorbent padding and a single density molded insole
  • Available in wide widths

Cons

  • Some reviewers complain that they lack cushioning, so an additional insole may be necessary

Compliance

  • Army AR670-1
  • USAF Multicam
  • Berry (Made in USA)

Colors

  • Coyote

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Danner Tachyon 8″ Boot

Danner Men's Tachyon 8 Inch Military and Tactical Boot, Coyote, 10.5 D US

Light weight and stable in any conditions, the Danner Tachyon is a great choice whether you are in the armed forces, an active hiker, or just an outdoor enthusiast.

Pros

  • Roomy toe box for maximum comfort
  • Open cell polyurethane for enhanced airflow
  • Full rubber outsole
  • Pentagonal lugs for reliable surface contact
  • Available in wide widths

Cons

  • Some reviewers complain that they don’t last as long as the competition
  • May run small

Compliance

  • Army AR670-1
  • USAF Multicam

Colors

  • Coyote

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  • Reebok Hyper Velocity 8" Boot
  • PRICE
    $
  • SIZE
    Available in wide widths
  • COMPLIANCE
    Army AR670-1
    USAF Multicam
  • COLORS
    Coyote
  • Danner Tanicus 8" Hot Duty Boot
  • PRICE
    $$
  • SIZE
    Available in wide widths
  • COMPLIANCE
    Army AR670-1
    USAF Multicam
  • COLORS
    Coyote/Mojave
    Sage Green
  • Rocky C4T 8” Military and Tactical Training Boot
  • PRICE
    $
  • SIZE
    Available in wide widths
  • COMPLIANCE
    USAF Multicam (in Sage Green)
  • COLORS
    Sage
  • Reebok Dauntless 8" Composite Toe Tactical Boot (Side Zip)
  • PRICE
    $
  • SIZE
    Available in wide widths
  • COMPLIANCE
    USAF Multicam (in Sage Green)
  • COLORS
    Sage
  • Belleville 800 8" Waterproof Steel Toe Boot
  • PRICE
    $$
  • SIZE
    Available in wide widths
  • COMPLIANCE
    U.S. Navy for flight and deck
    USMC flight
    Berry compliant
  • COLORS
    Black

 

Reebok Hyper Velocity 8″ Boot

Reebok Work Hyper Velocity

Built for performance, the Reebok Hyper Velocity is a low-cost option that provides comfort and support even in hot weather.

Pros

  • Ultra lightweight for maximum performance
  • Removable polyurethane cushion insert
  • Excellent slip resistance
  • Nylon mesh lining
  • Side air vents
  • Chemical and oil resistant
  • Available in wide widths

Cons

  • Some reviewers complain that they don’t last as long as the competition
  • May run large

Compliance

  • Army AR670-1
  • USAF Multicam

Colors

  • Coyote

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Danner Tanicus 8″ Hot Duty Boot

Danner Men's Tanicus 8 Inch Hot Duty Boot,Mojave,10.5 D US

The Danner Tanicus is combat ready and designed to be light and breathable in hot weather.

Pros

  • The lightest, theater-ready military boot from Danner
  • Extra cushioning in the midsole
  • Dampening heel cup
  • Breathable, moisture-wicking mesh liner
  • Fiberglass shank
  • Pentagonal lugs give maximum surface contact
  • Available in wide widths

Cons

  • Some reviewers complain that they have a non-standard fit
  • Run small, even in the wide widths

Compliance

  • Army AR670-1
  • USAF Multicam

Colors

  • Coyote/Mojave (same)
  • Sage

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Rocky C4T 8” Military and Tactical Training Boot

Rocky Men's FQ0001073 Military and Tactical Boot, sage Green, 10.5 M US

The Rocky C4T is a lightweight trainer that is built to protect your feet in any conditions.  Moisture-wicking material and ventilation holes ensure your feet stay comfortable with a sneaker-like fit.

Pros

  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Water resistant
  • Moisture-wicking material and drainage holes
  • Reinforced toe guard
  • EVA outsole with rubber lugs
  • No metal parts
  • Available in wide widths

Cons

  • Only compliant with USAF training requirements
  • Some claim that they run small

Compliance

  • USAF Compliant (in Sage Green)

Colors

  • Sage

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Reebok Dauntless 8″ Composite Toe Tactical Boot with Side Zip

Reebok Men's 8" Dauntless Composite Toe Combat Boot Sage Green 10.5 M

If you are in the Air Force and need a composite toe boot that is built to keep your feet safe and dry in any conditions, then the Rebook Dauntless is a very popular choice.

Pros

  • Composite safety toe
  • Side zipper with Velcro tabs
  • Moisture-wicking nylon mesh repels moisture
  • Aegis anti-microbial shield prevents bacteria
  • Slip and oil resistant sole
  • Abrasion and chemical resistant
  • Non-metallic and security friendly
  • Available in wide widths

Cons

  • People claim that they run big, others that they run small
  • Some say that they don’t hold up as long as other boots

Compliance

  • USAF Compliant (in Sage Green)

Colors

  • Sage

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Belleville 800 8″ Waterproof Steel Toe Flight and Flight Deck

Belleville 880ST Waterproof Steel Toe Flight and Flight Deck Boot - 10.0 R - Black

If you want an excellent boot for use on a cold and wet flight deck, then you need to check out the Belleville 800.  People love the durability, comfort, and protection they offer.

Pros

  • Gore-Tex waterproof fabric provides protection from the elements
  • Steel toe is ASTM F2412-11- and F2413-11-certified and EH-rated
  • Vanguard sole with rubber Vibram Chevron outsole
  • Polyurethane removeable insole
  • Available in wide widths

Cons

  • Not great in hot weather
  • Heavy

Compliance

  • Navy certified for both flight and flight deck use
  • USMC flight-approved
  • Berry (Made in USA)

Colors

  • Black

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Military/Combat Boots Size Guide

An important part of finding the right military or combat boots for your needs involves choosing and ordering the right sizes. Even a half-size too large or too small has a tremendous impact on your feet. Most of the time, you will use a Brannock device to find the right size for you. Here are some tips and tricks for making sure your boots fit correctly.

  1. Do not underestimate the need for a Brannock device. It measures the arch, width, and length of your foot.
  2. Make sure you have some wiggle room in your toes. Too tight? Your boot is too small. Too much wiggle room? Your boot is too large. If you can curl your toes, but only just, then your boot fits just right.
  3. Tap your foot on the floor. If your toe grazes the inside of the boot, it fits.
  4. Boots should always feel comfortable and snug, but never tight.
  5. Your heels should remain firmly in place and should not slide along the foot bed. If they do, your boot is too large.
  6. If your boot seems to fit well but feels “off”, try tightening and loosening the laces at certain points to provide more or less flexibility.
  7. Remember that a safety toe or steel toe makes the toe box feel snugger.
  8. If your boots are still in good shape but are not as comfortable anymore, a new insole may be the only thing you need to fix them.

 

FAQ – Choosing the Most Appropriate Boots

Is there any one military boot considered “standard issue”?

No. Several suppliers make boots for the US Military. However, if you want an authentic Army boot, try to find one that is Berry compliant and/or AR670 compliant (learn more about both in our military boot buyers guide).

What does “Berry compliance” mean?

This means that they are high quality and made in the USA.

What are the differences between hot weather and temperate weather boots?

Most hot weather boots have drain holes and air circulation to keep your feet dry. A boot is not a hot-weather boot if it has a waterproof lining. Temperate weather boots may have a waterproof membrane and a fabric liner that wicks moisture away from your foot.

What are the differences between ST, CT, and AT designations?

ST stands for the steel toe, CT stands for composite toe, and AT stands for alloy toe.  Learn more in our boot buying guide.

Why should I choose minimalist footwear? Is there an advantage?

Minimalist footwear allows your foot to move as it was intended by nature. As such, your toe and heel are at similar heights and are not influenced by the sole of your boot. These styles are lower to the ground and more lightweight than comparable styles.

Military Boots Comparison Chart

PRODUCTPRICESIZEComplianceCOLOR
Garmont T8 Bifida 8" Tactical Boot$$Regular / WideArmy AR670-1
USAF Multicam
Coyote
Desert Sand
Oakley Light Assault 8” Boot$$RegularArmy AR670-1
USAF Multicam
Coyote
Desert Sand
Sage Green
Rocky S2V Special Ops 8” Boot$$$Regular / WideArmy AR670-1
USAF Multicam
Navy Working Uniform NWU Type III
Berry
Coyote
Desert Sand
Belleville One Xero Ultra Light 8” Assault Boot$$Regular / WideArmy AR670-1
USAF Multicam
Berry
Coyote
Danner Tachyon 8" Boot$Regular / WideArmy AR670-1
USAF Multicam
Coyote
Reebok Hyper Velocity 8" Boot$Regular / WideArmy AR670-1
USAF Multicam
Coyote
Danner Tanicus 8" Hot Duty Boot$$Regular / WideArmy AR670-1
USAF Multicam
Coyote/Mojave
Sage Green
Rocky C4T 8” Military and Tactical Training Boot$Regular / WideUSAF Multicam (in Sage Green)Sage
Reebok Dauntless 8" Composite Toe Tactical Boot (Side Zip)$Regular / WideUSAF Multicam (in Sage Green)Sage
Belleville 800 8" Waterproof Steel Toe Boot$$Regular / WideU.S. Navy for flight and deck
USMC flight
Berry
Black

Bottom Line

Whether you are in the military, you hike tough terrain on a daily basis, or you simply like to protect your feed during weekend camping excursions, the top rated military boots can protect your feet and provide comfort at the same time. Choosing a pair of combat boots does not need to difficult and we provide links to plenty of great options.

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5 Best Work Boots for Plantar Fasciitis – (Ultimate Guide 2018) https://www.bootratings.com/best-work-boots-for-plantar-fasciitis/ https://www.bootratings.com/best-work-boots-for-plantar-fasciitis/#respond Mon, 26 Feb 2018 02:19:49 +0000 http://www.bootzoom.com/?p=305 Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports the arch of your foot and is the most common cause of heel pain.  Continuous strain from standing and walking (particularly on hard surfaces) can cause this ligament to swell and become irritated.  If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, you are aware of how important it is to find footwear that can accommodate your condition comfortably.  Because of this, we have researched and provided reviews of the best work boots for plantar fasciitis. Best Work Boots for Plantar Fasciitis Wolverine Men’s SD Mid Work Boot The Wolverine Men’s Wolverine SD

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Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports the arch of your foot and is the most common cause of heel pain.  Continuous strain from standing and walking (particularly on hard surfaces) can cause this ligament to swell and become irritated.  If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, you are aware of how important it is to find footwear that can accommodate your condition comfortably.  Because of this, we have researched and provided reviews of the best work boots for plantar fasciitis.

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Military/Combat Boots | Summer Boots | Boots for Flat Feet | Tactical/Police Boots
  • 4.3 Customer Rating
  • Wolverine Men's SD Mid Work Boot
  • PRICE $
  • MADE OF : 90% Leather, 10% Nyon
  • RESISTANT : Slip Resistant
  • SOLE : Rubber sole
  • COLOR : Olive/ Sand, Black, Olive, Olive Sand / Black & Work Sock Bundle, Green, Brown, Olive Sand / Black
  • 4.3 Customer Rating
  • Caterpillar Men's 2nd Shift 6" Plain Soft Toe Boot
  • PRICE $
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • RESISTANT : Slip Resistant
  • SOLE : Manmade sole
  • COLOR : Tan, Black, Dark Brown, Honey
  • 4.6 Customer Rating
  • Timberland PRO Men's Rigmaster Steel Toe 8" WaterPROof Workboot
  • PRICE $$$
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • RESISTANT : Slip and Oil Resistant
  • SOLE : Rubber sole
  • COLOR : Brown
  • 4.4 Customer Rating
  • Wolverine Men's Steel Toe Raider Boot
  • PRICE $$
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • RESISTANT : N/A
  • SOLE : Rubber sole
  • COLOR : Brown, Brown and Work Sock Bundle, Black
  • 4.3 Customer Rating
  • Timberland PRO Men's Pitboss 6" Steel-Toe Boot
  • PRICE $$
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • RESISTANT : Oil and Abrasion Resistant
  • SOLE : Synthetic sole
  • COLOR : Wheat, Black, Brown, Wheat Nubuck

Best Work Boots for Plantar Fasciitis

Wolverine Men’s SD Mid Work Boot

Wolverine Men's W02072 Athletic Mid Boot,Sand,9.5 M US The Wolverine Men’s Wolverine SD Mid Work boots are constructed with a tough, split suede leather and mesh upper that breathes to eliminate interior moisture and odor.  In addition, they feature a removable cushioned footbed and static-dissipating steel toe that prevents shock plus provides adequate protection from impacts and compression.  The slip resistant outsole prevents slippage on wet surfaces, plus provides oil and abrasion resistance as well.  Comfort is provided by the EVA midsole comfort cushion and the durable fiberglass shank that molds to your heel and arch area to provide flexible support to the areas that require it most.  An easy lace-up feature allows you to adjust the comfort and support of your boot, which is necessary for those with plantar fasciitis.

 

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Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6″ Plain Soft Toe Boot

Caterpillar Men's 2nd Shift 6" Plain Soft Toe Boot,Tan,9.5 M US This particular work boot features a soft toe but is available with a safety toe if you require it.  The Men’s 2nd Shift Plain Soft Toe Boot is constructed with a full-grain leather upper and man-made sole.  The leather lace-up shaft measures approximately 6” from the arch and is also equipped with an adjustable circumference for personalized comfort level and support.  Furthermore, a padded collar is incorporated in the construction and provides additional comfort around the ankle.  The nylon mesh lining wicks away moisture to keep the interior of the boot sweat-free.  During varied temperatures, a removable sock liner keeps your feet cool in warmer temperatures and warm during cold weather, even in snow and rain.  A rubber outsole with aggressive grip that clings to various surfaces.  These Cat work boots are ideal for those who spend a lot of time on their feet or on hard surfaces.

 

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Timberland PRO Men’s Rigmaster Steel Toe 8″ WaterPROof Workboot

Timberland PRO Men's Rigmaster Steel Toe 8" WaterPROof Workboot,Brown,11 M Since a boot that provides adequate arch support which is necessary for those with plantar fasciitis, the Rigmaster Steel Toe 8” work boot is constructed out of waterproof full grain leather with an adjustable circumference for an individualized fit.   This particular boot offers a roomier steel toe that is rated ASTM F2413-05 and an electrical hazard rating of 095553214.  Furthermore, the ladder lock non-slip outsole with multi-directional triangular-shaped lugs grips surfaces aggressively and keeps your feet securely on the ground.  They are water, oil, heat, and abrasion resistant, which is an important feature if you’re working as a mechanic or a welder.  For comfort, these boots are equipped with an anti-microbial, contoured, single-density, Ortholite footbed and an anti-fatigue midsole.  The NATO speed laces allow you to easily adjust the support level and ensure a secure fit, plus, the convenient leather tab located on the back of the boot assists in pulling them on and off.

 

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Wolverine Men’s Steel Toe Raider Boot

Wolverine Men's Raider 6-Inch Steel Work Boot Safety Toe,Brown,8.5 XW US The Men’s Steel Toe Raider Boot is another work boot that would be ideal for those with painful plantar fasciitis as it features specific comfort technologies such as a nylon shank for arch support where you need it, multi-shock compression pads that are molded in the outsole, and a removable cushioned footbed.  All of these features are designed to create extra padding, support and absorb the shock from walking on hard surfaces.  In addition, the Steel Toe Raider Boot is constructed with a moisture managing mesh lining that wicks away moisture from long wear and reduces odor.  For safety, a round steel toe is incorporated in the boot and protects against impact and compression.  These particular work boots are manufactured out of full grain leather, with a matching leather lace up shaft.  A padded collar provides additional comfort to your ankles.  For someone who is constantly treading on hard surfaces, such as a warehouse or factory, the Raider Boot would be an ideal choice.  Check out our other reviews of steel toe work boots.

 

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Timberland PRO Men’s Pitboss 6″ Steel-Toe Boot

Timberland PRO Men's Pitboss 6" Steel-Toe Boot, Brown , 10.5 D - Medium Timberland make some very comfortable and durable work boots designed for the hardworking man, and the Pitboss 6” Steel Toe Boot is no exception.  These rugged leather lace-up boots with tonal stitching adjust easily for a secure fit, and the padded collar provides extra cushioning to your ankle area.  A removable sock liner prevents rubbing and lessens the possibility of blisters.  In addition, the roomier than average steel toe meets ANCI standards and doesn’t restrict the movement of your toes.  The synthetic sole offers ample traction and grip to prevent slipping on wet and oily surfaces.  The electronic hazard protection allows for a safe working environment around electronic sources.   Another important feature is the antimicrobial fabric lining that prevents odors by allowing your feet to breathe properly during long extended wear.

 

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What Is Plantar Fasciitis and What Are the Causes?

In laments terms, Plantar Fasciitis is a painful foot condition stemming from an over-strained ligament called the plantar fascia.  This ligament is a flat band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes; its primary function is supporting the arch of your foot.  When it is damaged or strained it can cause severe pain in your heel or bottom of your foot while standing or walking, especially on hard surfaces such as concrete, and asphalt.  Sometimes, you can further injure your plantar fascia by wearing incorrect footwear that doesn’t support that particular area or provide comfort.  Additional injury can consist of actual tears in the ligament itself, which can’t heal properly if not taken care of.

You’re more apt to contract Plantar Fasciitis if you have high arches or flat feet, walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time, and wearing footwear that doesn’t fit well or has become worn out.  In addition, weight can also be a contributing factor because of the added strain and pressure that is placed on that ligament.  As I mentioned before, this particular ligament supports the arches and will only allow for so much flex before it breaks down.

Sometimes, the effects of Plantar Fasciitis can be felt when you first start moving, and may gradually fade away with more movement, however, reversed, your feet might feel fine at the beginning of the day then worsen as the day progresses.  It’s important to not ignore the signs your feet are giving you, as pain is an indication that something isn’t right.  The proper shoe or work boot can make all the difference in the world to assist in preventing Plantar Fasciitis, or further inducing a pre-existing condition.  Learn more from our reviews of some great shoes for standing on concrete.

Best Work Boots for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis Help

In the previous section we discussed what Plantar Fasciitis is and what were some of the contributing factors of this painful foot condition, and now we will provide information on how to prevent, and alleviate a pre-existing diagnosis.  Did you know that even after a diagnosis of the condition, it can take up to 6 to 8 weeks before the pain is alleviated; months for total relief, and even longer if you don’t alter certain conditions of your lifestyle such as excessive weight, or ignoring telltale symptoms.

One way to protect your feet from further damage is to invest in a good pair of work boots, the type that offers specific support and comfort for this condition.  As we know, Plantar Fasciitis affects the arch of your foot, and it’s imperative to provide those arches additional support, especially if the ligament that is designed to support them is damaged.  Another important factor is the outsole of the work boots; they should have a well-cushioned platform that alleviates the shock caused by walking on hard surfaces.

In addition to work boots as a preventive or remedy, there are other ways to prevent an onset, or protect your feet from further damage associated with the condition.  One of those ways consists of stretching the area known as the Achilles tendon, also referred to as the heel cord.  After a long, hard day of work, stretching will stimulate the plantar fascia.  In addition, applying ice packs to the painful area can reduce swelling.  However, if pain continues it’s always a wise decision to consult with your physician or a podiatrist that can assist you with other treatments.

Protecting your feet should be a priority as they are what keep you standing and allow you to perform your job efficiently.

 

How to Select the Ideal Work Boots for Plantar Fasciitis?

Not all work boots are designed alike; some of them have special features, and advanced construction to suit the needs of a person with Plantar Fasciitis or flat feet.  The ligament that supports the arches is damaged so you require an artificial form of support that mimics the ligaments purpose.  For this reason, we have come up with a list of features and specifications you should look for when purchasing a work boot.

  • Contoured Footbed – A contoured footbed conforms to your foot naturally and takes on the shape of a healthy foot. It supplies proper cushioning in the areas of the foot and supports the arch efficiently by producing less strain on the ligament.
  • Shock Absorbing Insole – A well cushion absorbs some of the shocks from walking or standing on hard surfaces, plus alleviates pressure from the weight being placed on your arches during your daily activities.
  • Lower Heels – Choose a medium sized heel for your work boot, higher heels tend to cause unnecessary pressure and increased tension to the plantar fascia. Keep in mind, it’s essential to have some type of heel and not choose a flat outsole, as they would only be contributing to the problem.
  • Lace-up Boots – Boots with a lace up feature are adjustable for support and are less likely to allow your foot and heel to slip, unlike zippers or pull-on work boots. The additional support a lace-up boot provides will keep your foot where it needs to be.
  • Orthotic Inserts – If boots are not already equipped with an orthotic insert, it’s highly recommended that you purchase them as they are designed for those with foot issues, plus, they can also alleviate back, knee, and leg pain as well.

Having the proper work boot is essential to hard working individuals with this medical condition, or those who are prone to develop it, especially those who are on their feet constantly, performing their duties on hard un-giving surfaces.  By taking care of your feet, you’re assuring yourself that you are doing everything possible for the prevention of Plantar Fasciitis.

Best Work Boots for Plantar Fasciitis Comparison Chart

PRODUCTPRICEMADE OFSOLE COLOR
Wolverine Men's SD Mid Work Boot$90% Leather, 10% NyonRubber sole Olive/ Sand, Black, Olive, Olive Sand / Black & Work Sock Bundle, Green, Brown, Olive Sand / Black
Caterpillar Men's 2nd Shift 6" Plain Soft Toe Boot$LeatherManmade soleTan, Black, Dark Brown, Honey
Timberland PRO Men's Rigmaster Steel Toe 8" WaterPROof Workboot$$$LeatherRubber soleBrown
Wolverine Men's Steel Toe Raider Boot$$LeatherRubber soleBrown, Brown and Work Sock Bundle, Black
Timberland PRO Men's Pitboss 6" Steel-Toe Boot$$LeatherSynthetic soleWheat, Black, Brown, Wheat Nubuck

Upgrade Your Insoles

If you already have boots you love or found that your new boots still don’t provide enough support, then upgrading your insoles could be a quick and easy fix.  Check out our recommendations for the top insoles for work boots.

Bottom Line

We certainly hope that we have provided you with valuable information that will assist you in selecting the best work boot for Plantar Fasciitis.  As you have learned, it’s not a condition you want to develop or further aggravate.  If you find yourself experiencing this type of foot pain, pay close attention to the symptoms and don’t let them go untreated.  You are responsible for your feet, and only you can decide on how to protect them properly.  Keep in mind; we pride ourselves in delivering quality, useful information, and reviews of only the top brands of boots.  The research we put into each brand is beyond comparison. In addition, our intentions are not to promote, but to inform consumers such as yourselves of the choices available to you.

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Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6″ Steel Toe Boot Review https://www.bootratings.com/caterpillar-mens-2nd-shift-6-steel-toe-boot-review/ https://www.bootratings.com/caterpillar-mens-2nd-shift-6-steel-toe-boot-review/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:45:21 +0000 http://www.bootzoom.com/?p=480 Caterpillar work boots are a popular brand name for those requiring a work boot that can withstand any environment.  These particular work boots have made our top 15 list because of the certain safety features, durability, and comfort that is constructed in every inch.  Anything from heavy construction, steel workers, or engineers needing ample protection on the job; these boots are a good choice. BootRatings.com is here to provide additional information on these work boots, so you’re getting the full story on why we feel these boots deserve to be on our list of the  most comfortable work boots available.

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Caterpillar work boots are a popular brand name for those requiring a work boot that can withstand any environment.  These particular work boots have made our top 15 list because of the certain safety features, durability, and comfort that is constructed in every inch.  Anything from heavy construction, steel workers, or engineers needing ample protection on the job; these boots are a good choice. BootRatings.com is here to provide additional information on these work boots, so you’re getting the full story on why we feel these boots deserve to be on our list of the  most comfortable work boots available.

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Toe

These boots come equipped with a round steel toe rated ASTM F2413-11 I/75 C/75.  The round toe allows for more room for your toes without feeling compressed.

Protection

Along with the steel toe for protection, these boots are also electrical hazard resistant, slip resistant, and oil resistant. This ensures strong footing on slippery surfaces, which would be ideal for an auto or diesel mechanic.

Comfort

Caterpillar Men's 2nd Shift 6 inch Steel Toe BootComfort features associated with these CAT work boots include a Climasphere sock liner that regulates the temperature and keeps your feet cool in hotter temperatures and warm in colder ones.  A nylon mesh liner wicks away any moisture and prevents sweating.  In addition, they are also equipped with a padded collar for cushioning around the ankle.  However, they do have a break in period, but as you wear them the leather becomes softer, supple, and more flexible.

Durability

The Caterpillar 2nd Shift boots are built to last in hard working conditions.  The outsole is attached with single-stitched Goodyear welt construction and the boot itself is full grain leather with matching leather upper.  In addition, the sturdy lace up feature is secured with durable eyelets and hooks.

Usage

These boots have lots of usages and would be beneficial for anyone needing that extra protection on the job.  Because they are oil resistant and slip resistant they would be a nice choice for auto mechanic, oil refinery engineer, or someone who works on smooth concrete surfaces where the potential to slip exists.  In addition, they are a nice everyday boot as well for motorcycle riders, and sporty enough to wear out on the town.

Cons

They tend to run large, and unless you are planning on wearing thick socks, we would recommend a half to a whole size smaller.  However, larger stores such as Amazon have an excellent return policy and you can exchange them for a different size.  Adding additional insoles make them more comfortable, but don’t allow them to breathe as well.  Furthermore, they take about a week to break in, which could cause blisters.  We would suggest some thicker socks during that period.

 

Waterproof

These boots are not waterproof; therefore, applying a water-resistant application could be beneficial prior to wearing them in wet weather. If you are in search of a waterproof boot, click here!

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Style

They look like work boots, but stylish enough to wear every day.  These are an ankle-cut work boot with lace up shaft for adjustable support and are designed for hard labor.

With a 1-10 Rating: Safety – 8     Price – 8       Comfort – 8

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Thorogood Men’s American Heritage 6″ Review https://www.bootratings.com/thorogood-mens-american-heritage-6-review/ https://www.bootratings.com/thorogood-mens-american-heritage-6-review/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:33:58 +0000 http://www.bootzoom.com/?p=497 If you’re in the market for a work boot that works every bit as hard as you do, then Thorogood features the American Heritage 6” Safety Toe Boot which has made it to our list of one of the top work boots available.  BootRatings strives to provide you the additional information you require in determining which style of work boot is best for your occupation.  This particular style is packed with safety features to adequately protect your feet while you work in industries such as heavy construction, steel working, logging, etc.  Let us further explain why we feel these boots deserve

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Thorogood Men’s American Heritage 6″If you’re in the market for a work boot that works every bit as hard as you do, then Thorogood features the American Heritage 6” Safety Toe Boot which has made it to our list of one of the top work boots available.  BootRatings strives to provide you the additional information you require in determining which style of work boot is best for your occupation.  This particular style is packed with safety features to adequately protect your feet while you work in industries such as heavy construction, steel working, logging, etc.  Let us further explain why we feel these boots deserve to be on our list.

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Toe

These steel toe boots that are ASTM rated F2413-05 M/I/75/C/75 Electrical Hazard.

Comfort

 

These boots provide comfort right out of the box with the minimal break in time; they are also true to size.  In addition, the insole, midsole, and outsole of these boots provide ample cushioning and shock absorption and are a nice choice for someone with back or knee problems.  Plus, they are equipped with a lightweight fiberglass shank that supports your foot where you need it the most.  Furthermore, the leather shaft is padded for additional comfort. Check out our reviews of the most comfortable work boots.

Usage

If you’re looking for a boot that is built for extreme working conditions, these are them.  Occupations such as steelworkers, electrical engineers, or electrical engineers would benefit from this type of boot.  They are designed to protect your feet from injury, and provide the comfort you require if you are on your feet most of the day.

Waterproof

These are not waterproof boots, however, if you apply a water resistant application, it will assist in detouring moisture.  However, if your job requires you to work around water, we would suggest a more fitting match for those elements.

Durability

As a work boot designed to last when put to the ultimate test, they are constructed out of durable materials such as oil tanned leather, Goodyear welt construction that attaches the sole to the boot, plus a highly durable outsole with rugged traction that keeps you on your feet.  However, as we mentioned, these boots are not waterproof and would not suggest subjecting them to wet conditions. Click to learn how to waterproof them or check our waterproof work boots list!

Brand

Thorogood is a highly reputable name brand in work boots and shoes.  They have been manufacturing since 1892 and most of their styles are made in the USA.  Their most popular line is the American Heritage collection.  In addition, they are quickly growing in popularity because of their dedicated craftsmanship, and top notch features.  They are the go-to brand for many police officers, oil and natural gas workers, as well as heavy construction workers.

Cons

They are not waterproof which we believe is the biggest downfall for these work boots as they do feature all other ingredients for a perfect work boot.  Also, the toe box is a tad bit constricting for someone with wider feet.

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Material

They are constructed with oil tanned leather, solid brass hardware on the lace-up feature, rubber midsole and outsole, polyurethane comfort sole, fiberglass shank, and steel toe.

Safety – 8      Price – 8       Comfort – 8

 

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KEEN Utility Men’s Atlanta Cool Review https://www.bootratings.com/keen-utility-mens-atlanta-cool-review/ https://www.bootratings.com/keen-utility-mens-atlanta-cool-review/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:25:56 +0000 http://www.bootzoom.com/?p=495 Everything you want in a work boot, but all packed into a nice comfortable shoe!  Keen Utility Men’s Atlanta Cool Steel Toe Work Shoe has most all the features you require to protect your feet and still be able to move like your walking in tennis shoes. Furthermore, they are sturdy enough to use in the most hazardous working conditions, such as construction, framing, and roofing.  In addition, they are stylish enough to wear as an everyday shoe.  We’ve found these work shoes quite unique and have listed them as one of the best work boots/shoes available, and now we are

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Everything you want in a work boot, but all packed into a nice comfortable shoe!  Keen Utility Men’s Atlanta Cool Steel Toe Work Shoe has most all the features you require to protect your feet and still be able to move like your walking in tennis shoes. Furthermore, they are sturdy enough to use in the most hazardous working conditions, such as construction, framing, and roofing.  In addition, they are stylish enough to wear as an everyday shoe.  We’ve found these work shoes quite unique and have listed them as one of the best work boots/shoes available, and now we are going to review them further to provide you with an in-depth look on why they are so special.

 

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Toe

These boots come with a left and right asymmetrical steel toe, which is one of the strongest materials used to prevent injury from compression and impact.  In addition, they also meet ASTM standards for electrical hazard protection as well.

Protection

In addition to the steel toe, they also have a durable rubber toe cap for additional protection in those sensitive areas, oil and slip resistant, non-marking rubber outsole to prevent slipping, and water-resistant Nubuck leather to assist in keeping your feet dry.

KEEN Utility Men's Atlanta Cool

 

Waterproof

Keen Utility Atlanta Cool Steel Toe Work Shoes have constructed with water resistant leather and a hydrophobic mesh lining that breathes and detours water.  They are not completely waterproof; however, applying an additional water resistant application will provide more protection.  Find out how to waterproof your work boots here.

Comfort

These particular work shoes are lightweight and have the flexibility and comfort of a tennis shoe, which is nice if you have to do a lot of walking.  The Hydrophobic mesh liner also works as a thermostat, keeping your feet cool in warmer temperatures, and warm in colder ones.  Heel locks are incorporated on these work shoes to keep your feet from slipping.  A Metatomical Dual Density EVA footbed accompanied with the Compression Molded EVA midsole provides torsion and rigidity.

Durabilty

As far as durability goes for a work shoe, they are pretty tough and can stand up to a lot of abuse.  However, we feel a regular style work boot has the ability to outlast these work shoes in extreme conditions, only because of the style.  We do believe that these work shoes are well constructed and have those special features such as the reinforced toe with steel insert and the water resistant leather and would be a nice selection for those who have to constantly be on the move and require protection on the job sites.

Style

KEEN Utility Men's Atlanta Cool shoesAs mentioned before these are a work shoe that has added protection required for hazardous working conditions.  They resemble an athletic tennis shoe and they come with secured laces that can be loosened or tightened at the top.  They do not require tying, and can be easily adjusted to enable your foot to slip in and out.

Cons

Since they are a low cut shoe, there have been instances where socks have become wet if you are not wearing pants.  The arch support is minimal but can be easily remedied by purchasing additional inserts or insoles.  The footbed is removable and can easily accommodate a replacement.

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Usage

There are several uses for these particular work shoes, they are especially ideal for someone who needs to move fast and quick, as they have that extra flexibility as opposed to a work boot.  Framers, roofers, electricians might find these work shoes beneficial in their occupation.  Even mechanics has found them a good choice as they seem to be very resilient to oil and fuel. Hope you enjoyed our KEEN Utility Men’s Atlanta Cool Review, more work boots? click here!

Safety – 7      Price – 8       Comfort – 8

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Chippewa Boots Reviews & (Well-Selected Work Boot List 2018) https://www.bootratings.com/chippewa-boots-reviews/ https://www.bootratings.com/chippewa-boots-reviews/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:49:41 +0000 http://www.bootzoom.com/?p=61   Whether you’re in the market for original, outdoor, field, or road boots, Chippewa has what you’re looking for.  They take pride in their heritage by continuing the Chippewa tradition of creating handcrafted American made boots that offer modern durability, while retaining the vintage inspired look.  The Chippewa people believe that American craftsmanship and use of premium raw materials is the key to quality boots.  Their signature label of “Handcrafted in the USA” still accompanies all of their products.  Our Chippewa boots reviews will reflect a thorough investigation into what makes these boots stand out, and why they deserve to

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Chippewa boots reviews

 

Whether you’re in the market for original, outdoor, field, or road boots, Chippewa has what you’re looking for.  They take pride in their heritage by continuing the Chippewa tradition of creating handcrafted American made boots that offer modern durability, while retaining the vintage inspired look.  The Chippewa people believe that American craftsmanship and use of premium raw materials is the key to quality boots.  Their signature label of “Handcrafted in the USA” still accompanies all of their products.  Our Chippewa boots reviews will reflect a thorough investigation into what makes these boots stand out, and why they deserve to be on our list.

Top Chippewa Boots 

  • 4.5 Customer Rating
  • Chippewa Men's 6" Rugged Handcrafted Lace-Up Boot
  • PRICE $$
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • RESISTANT : N/A
  • SOLE : Vibram sole
  • COLOR : Chocolate Apache
  • 4.4 Customer Rating
  • Chippewa Men's 9" Waterproof Steel-Toe Super Logger Boot
  • PRICE $$$
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • RESISTANT : Chip- A- Tex waterproof
  • SOLE : Synthetic sole
  • COLOR : Bay Apache, Black Oiled, Black
  • 4.2 Customer Rating
  • Chippewa Men's IQ- 6" Composite Toe Waterproof Boot
  • PRICE $
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • RESISTANT : Waterproof Leather
  • SOLE : Rubber sole
  • COLOR : Apache
  • 4.6 Customer Rating
  • Chippewa Men's 9" Waterprrof Insulated Arctic 50 Boot
  • PRICE $$
  • MADE OF : Leather
  • RESISTANT : Water prof Insulated
  • SOLE : Vibram sole
  • COLOR : Bay Apache, Brown Chip-A-Tex® WP

Chippewa Men’s 6″ Rugged Handcrafted Lace-Up Boot

Chippewa Men's 20065 6" Rugged Handcrafted Lace-Up Boot,Chocolate Apache,12 D US

Best for: Carpenters, Contractors, Electricians, plus great for ever day usage

Chippewa designed this easy lace-up with D-ring lacing hardware, leather shaft boot, in a hand crafted chocolate Apache leather.  In addition, the leather is not only soft and flexible; its rich color provides a stylish flair while retaining its masculinity. These boots are not only tough enough for pounding the pavement but soft enough to keep your feet comfortable during the process.  The Vibram traction sole grips firmly on less than perfect terrain; a removable comfort cushion provides extra padding for your feet.

Pros

  • The high quality you receive with these boots is comparable or better than higher priced brands
  • Support around the ankle is amazing, the lace up feature with easy D-ring hardware, make it easy to adjust the support as necessary
  • After the initial break-in period, the comfort level is off the chart, they mold to your feet like a glove
  • Lightweight and flexible, not heavy and clunky. It’s a nice feature if you’re on your feet for long periods. 

Cons

  • Break-in period is a slightly longer than you’d prefer, however, the high-quality leather is thicker than most. We suggest wearing a heavier sock until they are worn in properly.
  • This particular model of Chippewa boot is not designed for snow or extremely wet weather. The traction on the sole is not deep enough and the boots are not waterproof.  However, you can apply a water resistant application which will work on the leather, but if you need boots for snow, we would suggest another selection from the Chippewa boots brand. Or you may check the  list of ice fishing boots, we listed for extreme weather conditions.

Final Thoughts

If you’re in the market for a top brand boot, that offers comfort, durability, and style, this boot is perfect.  Though, their not designed for certain weather conditions, ideal for the man who needs that additional support while working on concrete floors in warehouses, or contractors who constantly walk from job site to job site. Be sure to check out our other boots for concrete floors page.

 

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Chippewa Men’s 9″ Waterproof Steel-Toe Super Logger 

Chippewa Men's 9" Waterproof Insulated Steel-Toe EH Logger Boot,BayApache,7.5 E US

Best For: Hard working men such as Loggers, Heavy Construction, and Rough Terrain Occupations

The Chippewa Men’s 9” Waterproof Steel-Toe Super Logger Boot is a mouthful to say, but so are the features available in the construction of this super boot.  A synthetic slip-resistant sole is meant for traction on unstable terrain, where safety is of the utmost importance. Waterproofing on the boot and the bootie keep your feet warm and dry in the wet weather, and snow.  Also, a triple ribbed steel shank along with speed hooks for easy lace-up provides comfortable support. Furthermore, these steel toe boots will protect your feet from impact and injury.

Pros

  • These Chippewa boots can take a beating whether being subjected to rain, snow, sleet, or mud they hold up to every element thrown their way and still keep your feet warm and dry.
  • The traction is undeniable. Even working on the ice, you remain stable on your feet.
  • These boots are as comfortable as wearing a pair of tennis shoes, which in the line of work these boots are made for, is an extreme plus.

Cons

  • They’re fairly pricey, and consumers might not want to spend that much on boots, however, when considering what they are made for, the added protection and safety features will undoubtedly protect your feet, whereas other lower end brands will not.
  • This boot can fit tight at first, but we found that if you temporarily remove the inner sole for a day while wearing, it solves the problem.

Final Thought

We believe these boots are made well for their purpose. For example, safety and durability through extreme weather conditions while keeping your feet warm and dry, is an asset.  Though they may cost more than a typical work boot, it’s worth it to know your feet are enveloped and protected. These boots are highly recommended for those tough working men, in tough working conditions.

 

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Chippewa Men’s IQ- 6″ Composite Toe Waterproof Boot

Chippewa Men's 6" Waterproof Comp Toe 55161 Lace Up Boot,Apache,9 M US

Best for: Hikers, Outdoor Enthusiasts, Landscapers, Construction Workers

The Chippewa Composite Toe Waterproof Boot is perfect for those needing that extra protection outdoors in the weather.  Equally important, a composite toe is a safety feature for those working in the field where the possibility of injury exists.  This is a high-performance boot with traditional laces and thick sole with additional cushioning provides comfortable support.  Added insulation keeps your feet warm and cool depending on the season.

Pros

  • Can be used during a variety of different activities, they are not just your average work boots; they can be used for play as well, which makes them very versatile.
  • This Chippewa style is considerably long lasting, even after continuous use and abuse on construction and landscaping sites.
  • Composite toe really is an added bonus. It offers just enough protection from kicking things to dropping items, keeping your toes unscathed and out of harm’s way.

Cons

  • Size runs a bit larger than expected so it’s suggested to select half size smaller, and if you need to return the boots, larger online stores such as Amazon have an excellent return policy and will replace them in a size that fits.
  • Toes tend to slip from the back to the front, especially descending an incline. It’s suggested that you tie the laces tighter to prevent this from occurring.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a multi-purpose boot that is not just meant for outdoor working environments, then these boots will serve you just fine.  They are not only comfortable, but they are insulated and waterproof as well, which is ideal for someone who spends a lot of time outside in the weather. Though we wouldn’t recommend these boots for heavy construction that require extra safety, we do believe that these boots will stand up well for what they were made for. If you need more safety, check out our steel toe winter boots reviews.

 

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Chippewa Men’s 9″ Waterproof Insulated Arctic 50 Boot

Chippewa Men's 9" Waterproof Insulated Arctic 50 25492 Boot,BayApache,11 E US

Best For: Environmentally wet seasoned conditions, especially winter. Delivery drivers, Forest Management, outdoor Construction Workers

Remain safe and protected while you work, these hand-crafted, fully insulated with Shearling lining, waterproofed boots create a virtual climate controlled environment for your feet. In addition, a padded tongue and collar provide long-lasting comfort during the day.  A high-abrasion Vibram lug sole with traction, grips to various surfaces with ease, allowing you to concentrate on your job instead of worrying about slipping.

Pros

  • Nicely weather resistant, especially in snow and ice. Boots are warm, dry and comfortable in very cold conditions
  • Boots fit well right out of the box, virtually no break-in time
  • The height of the boot provides great ankle support without having to lace too tightly

Cons

  • Heavy and bulky to some, however, you want a boot that is going to hold up to the elements, not something flimsy and cheaply made.
  • Apparently, these boots are not kept in stock and they need to be specifically ordered. The only downfall we can see for this high-end boot is you might have to wait a little longer for them to arrive. You may check in some bigger stores like Amazon or Ebay.

Final Thought

We consider this boot a good purchase, though we believe they are for consumers who require that added insulation and waterproofing.  These boots are designed for extremely cold winter weather and can withstand being subjected to snow, ice, and rain without leakage.  Yes, the boot is not cheap, but either is how it’s made.  If you’re working outside in the elements and your feet depend on you than these are the boots are perfect.

 

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Chippewa Boots Comparison Chart

PRODUCTPRICEMADE OFRESISTANTSOLE
Chippewa Men's 6" Rugged Handcrafted Lace-Up Boot
$$LeatherN/AVibram sole
Chippewa Men's 9" Waterproof Steel-Toe Super Logger Boot
$$$LeatherChip- A- Tex waterproof bootieSynthetic sole
Chippewa Men's IQ- 6" Composite Toe Waterproof Boot
$LeatherWaterproof LeatherRubber sole
Chippewa Men's 9" Waterprrof Insulated Arctic 50 Boot
$$LeatherWater prof InsulatedVibram sole

Wrap Up!

As you are aware, we only review brands that are top-quality. Consumers such as you rely on our expertise and honesty to give our personal opinions of the products that we list.  We don’t waste your time on reviewing less than adequate brands of boots. Chippewa brand boots stand up to their tradition, offering only quality, and handcrafted products.  As a result, they’ve earned one of the top spots on our list.  We as a team, hope that our Chippewa boots reviews will help you make the best decision when it comes to the ideal boot type for your feet.  If you can’t find what you are looking for, better visit our epic work boot reviews home page!

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Timberland PRO Men’s Boondock Waterproof Boots Review https://www.bootratings.com/timberland-pro-mens-boondock-waterproof-boots-review/ https://www.bootratings.com/timberland-pro-mens-boondock-waterproof-boots-review/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:29:54 +0000 http://www.bootzoom.com/?p=478 As a nice work boot for various occupations, the Timberland PRO Men’s Boondock 6 Inch Waterproof boot, offers that rugged, handsome appeal and additional protection and comfort that your feet crave when working long hours on the job.  We have listed this particular boot in our Top 15 Work Boots  for several reasons, and this section is to further elaborate on what these boots have to offer, and provide you valuable information so you can be sure that these boots would be an asset to the type of lives you lead and the everyday abuse you put your feet through at

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As a nice work boot for various occupations, the Timberland PRO Men’s Boondock 6 Inch Waterproof boot, offers that rugged, handsome appeal and additional protection and comfort that your feet crave when working long hours on the job.  We have listed this particular boot in our Top 15 Work Boots  for several reasons, and this section is to further elaborate on what these boots have to offer, and provide you valuable information so you can be sure that these boots would be an asset to the type of lives you lead and the everyday abuse you put your feet through at work.

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Waterproof

These are a full grain leather waterproof boot with a premium waterproof membrane.  Designed to keep your feet dry, so rest assured that working in wet conditions or job sites with puddles will not be an issue.

Comfort

Comfort features associated with this specific boot include a padded collar, plus dual-density anti-fatigue technology cushions steps with two layers of shock absorbing comfort, plus a contoured insole supports adequately where needed, especially in the ball and heel area.  In addition, Timberland also offers a 30 day comfort guarantee, so if you find that these boots aren’t as comfortable as you’d prefer, simply return them without a hassle.

Protection

The round composition toe protects your feet from impact, plus it’s equipped with an abrasion-resistant rubber toe cap.  These boots are also EH rated to prevent you from getting shocked which are essential at work in areas where the possibility is apparent, such as electricians, or those who work around electrical components.  The safety toe is non-metallic as well, so you can work in areas without setting off metal detectors.  They are non-insulated, so we wouldn’t recommend them for extremely cold weather, but they do maintain their waterproof quality, so wearing them in rainy weather will protect your feet and keep them dry. If you are in search of a boot for extreme conditions, check ice fishing boots.

Durability

These Boondock boots are highly durable with their reinforced rubber abrasion resistant toe, Goodyear welt/cement heel construction, and fiberglass shank for structural support.  Plus, these waterproof boots are reinforced with Ever-Guard leather that enhances durability in rugged working environments.  Superior traction is incorporated with deep lugs that grip.  Designed for a hardworking man, who requires boots to work just as hard as he does, they can withstand just about anything you put them through without falling apart during stressful situations.  Triple stitching holds the boots together well.

 

Toe

This is a safety toe boot that is equipped with a lightweight composite toe that meets ASTM F2412-11 and F2413-11 safety standards for compression and impact.  In addition, the reinforced rubber toe guard provides protection from abrasion.

Material

Timberland PRO Men's Boondock 6" Waterproof Non-Insulated Work Boot

The materials incorporated in these work boots consist of full grain leather with Ever-Guard that provides extra abrasion resistance, thermal plastic urethane outsole with deep lugs for traction and slip resistance, lightweight fiberglass shank for support.  In addition, insoles have been treated with an antimicrobial to prevent odors.

 

Cons

They tend to run slightly heavier than a lot of work boots, but we contribute that to the additional safety features such as the rubber lugged outsole, safety toe, and reinforced rubber.  Furthermore, they run wide, which is great for those with wider feet, but fit loose for those that require a narrower size.  They are priced higher than other work boots that offer the same features.

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Usage

There are several uses for these particular work boots.  Light construction, landscaping, and electrical work come into mind when we think of these boots.  However, we wouldn’t suggest them for hard industrial jobs, even though they are equipped with several safety features.  They are also a nice choice for working outdoors, as they provide nice waterproof technology that keeps your feet dry. Click to read how to take care of your boots!

 

Safety – 7

Price – 6      

Comfort – 8

 

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Timberland PRO Men’s 26078 Titan 6″ Review https://www.bootratings.com/timberland-pro-mens-26078-titan-6-review/ https://www.bootratings.com/timberland-pro-mens-26078-titan-6-review/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:17:13 +0000 http://www.bootzoom.com/?p=492 As a work boot that is equipped for jobs that require that additional safety and specific features that keep your feet protected all around, the Timberland PRO Men’s Titan Waterproof, Safety-Toe Work Boot is a nice choice for carpenters, electricians, HVAC technicians, and heavy construction.  In addition, those with plantar fasciitis and flat feet can benefit from these boots as they provide that needed support to the heels and arches. We at BootRatings.com want to provide valuable information to assist you in your selection of a work boot that will meet your needs in all aspects and features. Waterproof These work

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As a work boot that is equipped for jobs that require that additional safety and specific features that keep your feet protected all around, the Timberland PRO Men’s Titan Waterproof, Safety-Toe Work Boot is a nice choice for carpenters, electricians, HVAC technicians, and heavy construction.  In addition, those with plantar fasciitis and flat feet can benefit from these boots as they provide that needed support to the heels and arches. We at BootRatings.com want to provide valuable information to assist you in your selection of a work boot that will meet your needs in all aspects and features.

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Waterproof

These work boots have that waterproof protection you need when working outdoors in the elements, even standing in water is not an issue as they are constructed with premium leather and a waterproof membrane, plus the moisture-channeling spacer mesh is treated with an anti-microbial application which eliminates odor and wicks away moisture so your feet remain dry and comfortable.

Protection

Ample protection is associated with these work boots with the lightweight alloy safety toe that meets or exceeds ASTM standards and a rubber outsole that is slip, oil, and abrasion resistant.  In addition, a nylon diffusion shank provides support, torsional rigidity, and flexibility.  Six-inch uppers encase your ankle for additional support and protection.

Toe

These boots have lightweight alloy toes that meet or exceed ASTM safety standards and are designed to protect your toes from impact, compression, plus electrical hazards.

Durability

The Titan Waterproof Safety-Toe boot is engineered with cement construction, premium leather to provide the necessary durability that can hold up in many conditions that these work boots might be subjected to.  The features incorporated within protect these boots as well as your feet.  Polyurethane midsoles with a high rebound heel maintain durable cushioning and shock absorption while redistributing energy and stamina back to your feet.  In addition, these boots hold up well in wet conditions, even submerged in water.

Cons

The only issue that we have found with these particular work boots is the outsole sometimes detaches itself, generally only occurring when one is pushing them to the limit and is very rough on them.  It is a bonded outsole, not stitched.

ComfortTimberland PRO Men's 26078 Titan 6" Waterproof Safety-Toe Work Boot

In short, these boots are comfortable for those with plantar fasciitis and flat feet because of the ample heel and arch support.  Furthermore, a padded collar surrounds the ankle area in added cushioning.  Your foot can move easily with the flexibility incorporated, plus the break in time is minimal.  A breathable liner with an anti-microbial treatment prevents odors and keeps your feet dry and comfortable during long wear.

Material

These boots are constructed out of premium leather, rubber outsole, and a polyurethane midsole.  In addition, the toe is an alloy safety toe, which is both protective and lightweight.  A nylon shaft provides support and flexibility.

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Usage

There are many uses for these work boots, whether you’re working indoors in a factory, warehouse, or auto shop, or outdoors on a construction site, these work boots are designed to withstand the most hazardous jobs that require the incorporated protection that the Titan work boots have to offer. Check out our other reviews of the best construction work boots available.

Safety – 8      Price – 7       Comfort – 7

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Irish Setter Men’s Work Boot Review https://www.bootratings.com/irish-setter-mens-work-boot-review/ https://www.bootratings.com/irish-setter-mens-work-boot-review/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:15:29 +0000 http://www.bootzoom.com/?p=476 The Irish Setter Men’s Work Boot is listed as one of the top work boots available on the market for a reason. Now, we will further elaborate certain specifics of these work boots that landed them this spot on our top 15 work boots.  Irish Setter as you know is a derivative of the popular Red Wing brand, they are known for their superior craftsmanship that incorporates durability and comfort in their line of work boots.  This particular style is designed to provide ample cushioning for walking and standing on concrete, tile, rocky surfaces, and even unsteady terrain which would be ideal

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The Irish Setter Men’s Work Boot is listed as one of the top work boots available on the market for a reason. Now, we will further elaborate certain specifics of these work boots that landed them this spot on our top 15 work boots.  Irish Setter as you know is a derivative of the popular Red Wing brand, they are known for their superior craftsmanship that incorporates durability and comfort in their line of work boots.  This particular style is designed to provide ample cushioning for walking and standing on concrete, tile, rocky surfaces, and even unsteady terrain which would be ideal for a contractor or warehouse worker.  In addition, the stylish appeal these boots provide make them a nice choice for the office or important meetings as well.

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Brand

Of course, it only seems appropriate to provide you a little bit of background information on the Irish Setter brand.  The company itself has been in the business of manufacturing Irish Setter boots since the 1950’s and have continuously improved their line by incorporating advanced technology features in their construction.  As a highly reputable company, their desire was to create boots that were durable, long lasting, and comfortable which we believe they have.  Whether you’re a hunter, a hiker, or a hard worker, Irish setter has styles to match any of those needs.  The Irish Setter Men’s Work Boot that we are featuring has a lot of the characteristics that are required in today’s work boots.

Material

These boots are constructed with red russet truly-tough leather upper and a mock toe with triple stitching.  A rubber extra thick wedge sole is equipped with ample traction that provides an aggressive grip to various surfaces.  These are lace up boots with durable metal eyelets and the removable polyurethane footbed for comfort is removable.

Comfort

These Irish Setter work boots require very minimal break in, and are comfortable right out of the box.  After wearing for a day, the leather softens up nicely.  In addition, the EVA midsole and the removable footbed provide adequate cushioning for long-wearing comfort.  Also, a padded collar and tongue provide cushioning around the ankle and prevents rubbing.

Toe

These are a soft toe work boot but they do meet ASTM F2892-11, Electrical Hazard safety standards, which mean they are safe to wear in working conditions where electrical components or the possibility of shock exists.  They are not equipped to handle compression or impact like traditional steel toe work boots.

Usage

Irish Setter Men's 83605 6" Work BootThese specific work boots have several uses, whether it be in the office, factory, or on a job site surveying.  There designed to provide that needed comfort to someone who is on their feet for long durations.  They are not recommended for those in construction, outdoor labor, or heavy machinery, as they do not have those needed protective features incorporated into the design.

Durability

These are well-constructed work boots with durable leather and mock toe with triple stitching.  The wedge sole is extra thick and has undeniable traction.  However, they are not waterproof, and in order to sustain the leather, it’s recommended that they are treated with a water resistant application.  We believe they will also last longer for those who aren’t subjected to harsh weather conditions.

Cons

These boots are lacking support in the ankle area, but as we mentioned they aren’t constructed for hard labor that requires more support and protection.  There is additional room in the boot, which is great for those with wider feet, however, if not they have a tendency to rub on certain areas of the foot, specifically between the heel and ankle.  We would suggest thicker socks to alleviate this issue. Check insoles reviews for further information.

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Waterproof

These boots are not waterproof; therefore we would suggest applying a water resistant application prior to wearing them in wet weather. Check out our best water proof work boots reviews or if you are comfortable with these boots, have a look at how to waterproof them by yourself.

Safety – 5
Price – 6
Comfort – 8

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Carhartt Men’s CMS4100 4 Romeo Review https://www.bootratings.com/carhartt-mens-cms4100-4-romeo-review/ https://www.bootratings.com/carhartt-mens-cms4100-4-romeo-review/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:05:05 +0000 http://www.bootzoom.com/?p=490 If you’re in the market for a work boot that is classy enough to wear in the office or important meetings, or you’d like to utilize them in the field, the Carharrt Men’s CMS4100 4 Romeo would be a nice selection.  Designed for contractors, architects, and warehouse workers, these boots offer features to keep your feet comfortable and dry.  Carhartt is a top name work boot on our list of the best, which is why we have extended our review on this particular style to enlighten and educate you more on what these work boots have to offer the working

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If you’re in the market for a work boot that is classy enough to wear in the office or important meetings, or you’d like to utilize them in the field, the Carharrt Men’s CMS4100 4 Romeo would be a nice selection.  Designed for contractors, architects, and warehouse workers, these boots offer features to keep your feet comfortable and dry.  Carhartt is a top name work boot on our list of the best, which is why we have extended our review on this particular style to enlighten and educate you more on what these work boots have to offer the working man.

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Usage

These are a light duty work boot, not particularly for heavy construction jobs, but are tough enough for outdoor road construction, landscapers, and technicians.  They are also a nice choice for those who work in and out of the office such as a contractor, or architectural engineer.  Also, they are comfortable enough to withstand hours on concrete or hard surfaces.

Waterproof

The boots are constructed out of a waterproof leather and waterproof membrane to keep your feet dry and comfortable. They are not a tall boot so we wouldn’t recommend you use them for walking in creeks for a long period of time as the water could seep through the top.

Style

They are a handsome looking work boot that is a slip on ankle boot with a tab on the rear to assist in putting them on and taking them off.  You can utilize them for casual wear and rugged working conditions.

Protection

As previously mentioned before, they are a waterproof boot that offers protection for moderate weather conditions.  In addition, the work boots are equipped with a slip resistant, oil resistant, and chemical resistant technology.  Ample traction is provided with thick, lugged man-made sole.  These are not safety toe boots so they would not be recommended in jobs that require that extra protection. In case you need a safety toe boot, click to see our top 7!

 

Comfort

These boots provide ample comfort for someone who is on their feet most of the day; they also are a nice fit for someone with wide feet, as they do not pinch.  In addition, Ortholite insoles provide cushioning and comfort, plus flexibility.

Durability

Engineered for medium to light labor jobs, they are able to withstand the outdoor elements such as rain, mud, and unsteady terrain.  The Goodyear welt construction is one of the best when it comes to attaching the outsole to the boots.  Plus, a steel shank is incorporated in the work boot for support and durability.

Cons

One of the biggest disadvantages of this boot is the lightweight construction and lack of safety toe.  They would be ideal for general labor, but not hazardous environments.  Furthermore, these work boots tend to run large and typically fit a wide foot and thicker ankles better, as they are not an adjustable boot and those with thinner features might have to downsize.   However, thicker socks might be the answer to taking up additional room.

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Toe

The Carhartt Romeo is equipped with a soft toe that is both roomy and comfortable without confining your toes.

Safety – 5      Price – 7       Comfort – 7

 

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Timberland PRO Men’s Hyperion Review https://www.bootratings.com/timberland-pro-mens-hyperion-review/ https://www.bootratings.com/timberland-pro-mens-hyperion-review/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:55:42 +0000 http://www.bootzoom.com/?p=488 Whether you’re an electrician, performing light construction work, or hiking the mountainous trails, Timberland PRO Men’s Hyperion Waterproof Work Boots might be a nice choice for you.  They are also on our list of the top work boots available, and we are going to tell you why.  First off, we only mention brands and boots that have already earned a valued reputation, and then we dig deeper to provide you additional information on particular styles and brands to assist you in making the right choice, plus we rate them in areas of safety, comfort, and price. Waterproof Waterproof leather accompanied

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Whether you’re an electrician, performing light construction work, or hiking the mountainous trails, Timberland PRO Men’s Hyperion Waterproof Work Boots might be a nice choice for you.  They are also on our list of the top work boots available, and we are going to tell you why.  First off, we only mention brands and boots that have already earned a valued reputation, and then we dig deeper to provide you additional information on particular styles and brands to assist you in making the right choice, plus we rate them in areas of safety, comfort, and price.

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Waterproof

Waterproof leather accompanied with a waterproof membrane is designed to keep your feet comfortable and dry through any wet weather conditions.

Durability

Though these work boots may look like typical hiking boots, they offer so much more as far as durability.  Cement construction along with the Ever-guard leather with abrasion resistant technology, the molded rubber sole, and the double layer rubber toe guard are all features that are combined in these work boots to assist in long-lasting durability.  However, we would not suggest them for heavy construction, or jobs that require additional safety features.

Comfort 

As a work boot that resembles more of a tennis shoe or hiking boot than an average work boot, they also fit like them as well.  They are featured with a lightweight, molded EVA midsole that provides athletic performance and anti-fatigue technology that absorbs shock and returns energy back to the foot for improved stamina.  They also come with a padded collar for cushioning around the ankle.  Timberland also offers a 30-day comfort guarantee, which means, after 30 days and the boots are not as comfortable as you had hoped; simply return them for a refund.

Toe

These are not a safety toe work boot; however, they do have an additional layer of rubber on the toe area that provides adequate protection against abrasions or stubbing.

Protection

Timberland PRO Men's HyperionA Vibram outsole provides adequate traction on various terrains and the double rubber toe cap and backstay is abrasion resistant.  Furthermore, the waterproof leather and membrane keep your feet dry. The protections offered in these boots are designed for those working in semi hard labor environments, not for hazardous jobs that require additional safety features.

Usage

Along with being a nice choice work boot for hikers, they are also ideal for road construction, concrete work, and carpentry.  They are well suited for outdoors as well because of the waterproofing and the ample traction that the outsole produces.  These work boots do not come equipped with a safety toe and are not ASTM rated.  However, they would make a nice addition for someone who requires the flexibility and movement that these boots provide.  Also, these boots tend to work well for those with Plantar Fasciitis or flat feet, as they have a nice size heel and provide support in the arch area.

Cons

They tend to run a bit large, so we suggest wearing thicker socks or a half size smaller than your average shoe size.  However, larger stores such as Amazon have an excellent return policy if you are having an issue with the size.  There have been some issues with rubbing around the ankle area, especially if you have narrow feet.  We would suggest choosing a sock that will cushion that area properly. They do tend to cause some sweating in hot weather, however, check out how to keep your feet from sweating in work boots!

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Style

The Timberland Pro Hyperian Waterproof Work Boot resembles more along the lines of a hiking boot than a work boot.  They style is designed for comfort, flexibility, and easy movement.  They are a lace up boot with dual-purpose top hardware for lacing customization.  In addition, they can be utilized on the job or for everyday use.

With a 1-10 Rating: Safety – 5     Price – 6       Comfort – 8

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Danner Men’s Super Rain Forest Boot Review https://www.bootratings.com/danner-mens-super-rain-forest-boot-review/ https://www.bootratings.com/danner-mens-super-rain-forest-boot-review/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:30:43 +0000 http://www.bootzoom.com/?p=486 These 11500 Danner Men’s Super Rain Forest Work Boots are on our list as one of the top work boots on the market today, hence the reason for providing you extra information on the available features of these boots to assist you in making an educated decision on whether or not they are the perfect boot for you and your needs.  In general, this particular style of work boots have been used by firefighters, forestry employees, along with many outdoor occupations as they are equipped for the outdoors along with the weather and conditions associated with it. Waterproof These boots

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These 11500 Danner Men’s Super Rain Forest Work Boots are on our list as one of the top work boots on the market today, hence the reason for providing you extra information on the available features of these boots to assist you in making an educated decision on whether or not they are the perfect boot for you and your needs.  In general, this particular style of work boots have been used by firefighters, forestry employees, along with many outdoor occupations as they are equipped for the outdoors along with the weather and conditions associated with it.

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Waterproof

These boots are equipped with a Gore-Tex liner that is 100% waterproof and breathable.  They are designed to keep your feet dry in wet and muddy conditions.  Check out our reviews for the best waterproof work boots.

Protection

Danner Men's Super Rain Forest Boot Though not considered a safety toe work boot, they are constructed with features designed to keep your feet protected, such as electrical shock resistant sole and heel that meets or exceeds ASTM F2892-11 EH standards.  In addition, extra thick leather covers the toe portion and the top of the boot for added protection.  The full-grain leather is the toughest available and it is also chemical resistant.  Slip-resistant outsoles provide traction on various surfaces including unsteady ground. If you need a steel toe, click here.

Durability

The double thick leather provides the necessary durability required for tough working conditions, plus they are engineered with triple stitching with hyper-strong thread to prevent unraveling.  Furthermore, the soles can withstand being subjected to sharp, jagged terrain without damage.

Cons

They require a break in period until they soften enough to feel comfortable.  Size can run small with this style, so we suggest a half to a whole size larger depending on the type of socks used.  The laces are very durable; however, they look like cheap laces that shouldn’t be incorporated with this stylish work boot.  In addition, they do tend to slip on ice surfaces, even with the advanced traction, the aggressive grip is mostly associated with the type of surfaces the outdoors present, such as dirt, mud, rocks, and logs.

Usage

Danner Men's Super Rain Forest BootsThe Danner Super Rain Forest work boot was engineered for many uses, particularly outdoor work environments.  Most common occupations that these boots would be beneficial for include logging, linemen, wildland firefighting, and forestry.  We would not recommend them for highly hazardous work sites that require safety toes, or where there is a lot of snow and ice.

Toe

These are not safety toe boots, but they do provide an additional layer of leather on the toe pocket and top of the foot for protection.  The toe can withstand some amount of impact, and the leather is very durable and protects against sharp objects and slicing.

Comfort

After the initial break-in period, which is about a week, these boots conform to your feet and provide adequate room for your toes so they don’t feel cramped.  Plus, the Gore-Tex liner breathes allowing your feet to stay dry and comfortable.  They are, however, heavier than a lot of other work boots, but generally, they are easily adjusted to.  A fiberglass shaft provides comfortable support where you need it most. Click to find out how to keep your feet from sweating!

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Material

The work boot upper and shaft are constructed out of tough full grain leather that is chemical resistant and the lining is Cambrelle nylon.  A polyurethane midsole is matched up with a Vibram rubber outsole and a special lug design for adequate traction.

With a 1-10 Rating: Safety – 6     Price – 6       Comfort – 7

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