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What is the Best Type of Work Boot?

What is the Best Type of Work Boot?


You work hard, and you need a boot that works just as hard as you do. One that is ready to put in the long hours, keep you on your feet all day, and one that will protect you from the dangers of your job. There are so many different work boots out there, it can be difficult to find which one is right for you and your everyday grind.

At, we carry popular work brands such as Wolverine, Timberland Work, Keen, Skechers Work, Reebok Work, Carolina, and Georgia Boot. You may find yourself asking, “Do I need steel toe, alloy, or a composite?” Aside from the material protecting your toes, many jobs require slip-resistant, electrical hazard, and puncture-resistant boots that are certified to meet the specifications of your worksite, and to keep you safe while there. While there are hundreds of different options, we are going to give you a breakdown of our favorite work boots, and an extremely popular work shoe that our customers have come to love and trust.

Steel Toe

Steel Toe Boots are the standard when it comes to protecting your feet on the jobsite. When shopping for the best steel toe boot, or any work boot, it is important to look for one that includes a steel shank. A steel shank is a flat piece of material that is inserted into boots below the arch, between the heel and ball area of the foot. A steel shank serves the purpose of adding safety, comfort and longevity to your boots, while helping to maintain their overall shape.

While there are many options when it comes to steel toe footwear, below is one of our favorite steel toe work shoes, and one of our reliable work boots.


Composite Toe

Composite Toe boots are another great option when it comes to protective footwear that gets the job done. Composite toe boots have three major benefits over their steel toe counterpart: lighter weight, they don’t set off metal detectors and they hold in heat better when working in a cold environment. If you are not required by your employer to wear steel toe boots and work around electricity or out in the elements, composite toe boots will get the job done and be a more comfortable option for all-day wear.

Alloy Toe

Finally, the last type of work footwear that we love at Houser Shoes is the Alloy toe. How do alloy toe work shoes compare to its steel toe counterpart? Alloy toe shoes and boots are made of titanium, aluminum, or a combination of other various materials which make them 30-50% lighter than steel toe footwear and provide more toe room. If you are looking for an alloy toe shoe for work with the comfort of an athletic shoe, look no further than the Work Reebok Sublite.

Now that you know a little more about the three types of work footwear and have seen some of our favorites, grab a pair that suits your profession and standards set forth by your employer, and get back to doing what you do best, getting the job done, right.

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