By Rehan Iqbal
If you’re on the run for most of the day, you’re going to want to hear what I have to say. This article is dedicated to helping all the hardworking guys who require footwear to meet the challenges of the daily grind.
My intention is to help you find the best men’s work shoes. Not an easy task, believe me. Since working conditions vary, as do our budgets, I’ve considered every angle to determine what’s important, like:
Since there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to work shoes and boots, there is quite an extensive array of products featured in this review. If you’re not sure how to set about choosing the best work shoe for your job, I’ve also provided a bunch of useful tips.
In the end, I want you to get the best bang for your buck. This means finding a good quality product that is perfect for your needs and offers great value for money.
Most Comfortable Men's Work Shoes
1. Skechers Men's Cessnock Food Service Shoe
A lightweight comfortable work shoe suitable for a many different applications. The non-slip sole is perfect for kitchen work, hence the Food Service Shoe designation.
While this Cessnock model is a big hit in the food prep industry, they are much-loved by nurses, drivers, servers, basically anyone seeking something that is easy to put on and take off and helps make a long day on your feet more pleasurable.
The breathable mesh upper ensures that your feet stay cool, while the memory foam insole takes the ache out of standing and walking for long hours. They are also electrical hazard compliant, with an ATSM F2413-11 safety certification.
Fantastic and superbly comfortable sneakers for work and they really aren’t that expensive for such a great product.
2. Fila Men's Memory Workshift-M Shoes
Tough and ready to take on any challenge, Fila Workshift-m shoes combine the ruggedness of a durable work shoe with a gentle touch of sublime comfort.
The leather and synthetic overlays are both stylish and durable. With a solid rubber outsole that provides excellent slip resistance, tested to the ATSM F2913-11 standard. You can step out with confidence on wet and slippery surfaces.
I love the comfort features of these shoes. A sumptuous memory foam sock liner and midsole provide all-day comfort. It’s also a breathable shoe, preventing sweaty feet.
The shaft is approximately 3” from the arch for a nicely relaxed fit. You should be aware that the sizes tend to run a little on the large side, so you may want to order a half-size smaller than you usually do.
3. Avia Avi-Union II Non-Slip Shoes for Men
Designed for people on the move, Avia Avi-Union Non-Slip shoes have a lot to offer. If you struggle to find the perfect fit with conventional shoes, these should come as a breath of fresh air. You can choose the width of your shoe between medium, wide, and extra wide.
They are both breathable and water resistant, making the Avi-Union II one of the top choices for guys in the food preparation and service industry. Add the tough non-slip rubber outsoles into the mix and you’ve got a real winner.
With memory foam and a generously padded collar, comfort is unquestioned.
4. Shoes for Crews Men's Freestyle II
Functional work shoes, with no compromise on quality. This would be the best way to describe Crews Freestyle II men’s work shoes.
They have all the components that make for an excellent work shoe. This means a well-designed non-slip outsole to keep you safe when the floor is wet or oily. With a breathable knitted, water-resistant upper you can tackle any job without working up a sweat.
They have a great memory foam inner sole, so you can perform all day at your best. For improved comfort, the unique Revive Midsole formula is quite magnificent.
Definitely one of the best work shoes for men. Crews Freestyle II are incredibly lightweight, comfortable, and durable.
5. New Balance Men's Slip Resistant 626 V2 Industrial Shoe
A remarkably tough work shoe of impeccable quality. The New Balance 626 V2 industrial non-slip sneaker is a cut above the average, and it shows.
The top-quality shock absorbent crash-pad technology is one of the best at keeping you comfortable and preventing health issues related to spending long hours walking or standing on hard surfaces. The compression-molded midsole adds yet another layer of comfort and support.
With a 100% leather upper, these shoes are as stylish as they are durable. The outsole design is also fantastic with ATSM 2913-11 slip resistance.
For those who expect the best, and are prepared to pay for it, the New Balance Slip Resistant 626 V2 Industrial Shoe will definitely deliver on your expectations.
6. Dr. Scholl's Shoes Men's Harrington II Slip Resistant Work Oxford
Practicality in a utilitarian package gives the classically styled Dr. Scholl’s Harington II a distinctive presence in the workplace.
Good quality leather, rubber, and synthetic materials combine to offer top comfort and quality. I really like the non-slip oil-resistant rubber soles. They provide excellent traction and are non-marking.
For great comfort in harsh conditions, Dr Scholl’s has really hit the mark with their Dri-Lex moisture-wicking, Aegis Microbe Shield (anti-microbial) linings. Say good-bye to smelly feet.
The memory foam insole is also quite remarkable. Not only does it give you the comfort of walking on air but is also breathable.
The classic work shoe design, as opposed to the more common sneaker approach, gives this product a unique appeal that may not be everyone. When it comes to materials, design, and innovation, Dr. Scholl’s is hard to beat.
7. Florsheim Men's Medfield Cap Toe Oxford
While your colleagues may be perfectly content stomping around in plain old black sneakers, you may want to step out in style. If this sounds like you, the Florsheim Medfield Cap Toe Oxford shoe might be just the thing you’ve been looking for. Though the Oxford designation is misleading as these are actually Derby style shoes.
Looks can be deceiving. While the Florsheim Oxford resembles a classy dress shoe, not designed for comfort, the opposite is actually true. The wonderfully cushioned Suedtec linings are truly sublime. These shoes are every bit as comfortable as the best work sneakers.
Beautifully crafted leather uppers, durable rubber outsoles, and comfortable design give Florsheim an elegantly unique appeal. You’re going to pay top-dollar for this product, and it shows. A touch of class in the workplace.
8. Rockport Leader 2
Sporting a gleaming leather body that does a great job of concealing all the comfortable bits within, the Style Leader 2 is true to its name. It features a sponge footbed that conforms to the natural bends of the foot to offer a more personalized fit. The DEWIX anti-microbial lining helps control foot odor and prevents the feet from getting damp when the weather turns awry.
Among the most admirable aspects of this workwear loafer is that it’s made of top-quality materials that have been tested periodically for their durability and resilience. Plus, the leather upper is super easy to maintain and doesn’t need quick trips to the cobbler to last its lifetime. What’s more, the shoe offers you the perfect trade-off between firmness and flexibility, giving you just the right amount of freedom to bend and position yourself steadily on rough and jagged roads.
The EVA outsole is designed to lend optimum shock absorption and helps counteract foot fatigue, allowing you to stand on concrete floors for hours at a stretch without feeling an iota of pain. The padded footbed further improves responsiveness and enables you to hold your ground on slippery surfaces. The plush, glove-like-fit is desirable to all the clumsy ones out there, while the holistic support system takes arch support to a different level altogether.
9. Timberland PRO Men's Powertrain Mid Alloy-Toe ESD Industrial Work Boot
The Timberland brand needs no introduction. It’s a name synonymous with high-quality, fashionable work boots. To this end, Timberland PRO Powertrain Mid Alloy Toe ESD Industrial work boots fulfill all expectations we have of the brand.
The shaft that measures to the ankle from the arch, provides all the support you need for rough work and all the materials are as durable as they come.
One of the best non-slip outsole designs gives you the edge in rain, snow, or ice.
This is a mid-cut work boot that is designed for outdoor rugged conditions yet will serve you just as well in more comfortable environments. They look good and perform just as well, albeit a bit on the pricey side.
10. Carhartt Men's CMF6366 6 Inch Composite Toe Boot
Carhartt is another brand that epitomizes high-end occupational footwear and the CMF6366 6-inch is one of the finest examples of their commitment to manufacturing top-quality safety shoes. As you’ve probably guessed these work boots aren’t exactly cheap. Rest assured though; you’re getting what you pay for.
At a glance, you can immediately see that these boots are made for working, no matter how tough things get. The thick leather outer smacks of indestructible quality.
Beneath the tough, understated elegance of the exterior lies a plethora of innovative safety and comfort features. The composite toe cap protects you from crushing, manufactured to ASTM F2413-18 standards. The luxuriously soft lining utilizes moisture wicking FastDry technology to keep your feet dry and fresh.
Carhartt CMF6366 6” safety boots are also ATSM EH rated, protecting you from electrical hazards up to 18,000 volts.
A relatively lightweight and superlatively comfortable work boot of an incredibly high-quality standard.
11. Timberland PRO Men's Endurance 6 Inch Steel Safety Toe Puncture Resistant Work Boot
Yet another not-so-cheap, top-quality work boot from the trusted Timberland stable. The Timberland PRO Men’s Endurance 6 Inch Safety Toe Puncture Resistant Work Boot ticks all the boxes – exceptional quality, superb design, and all the features we look for in a high-end safety boot.
A steel shank provides incredible support while the puncture-resistant plate provides comfortable, flexible protection from workplace hazards. The steel toe cap takes care of any dangers resulting from falling or rolling objects.
A full grain leather outer provides a durable shell encasing your feet in luxurious comfort. The mesh antimicrobial lining provides that extra bit of comfort and reduces the odors that may result from long hours of hard work.
You’re assured of a perfect footing, no matter where you work, thanks to the oil-resistant, non-slip, abrasion resistant soles.
Construction workers, riggers, or anyone requiring an exceptionally tough work boot with top safety certifications will love these extraordinary boots.