The best boots are tough as nails. They’re as hard-working as you — and they will never let you down, especially when you’re dealing with something like tricky terrain or a challenging work site or a long day on your feet. You need footwear that will protect your feet while promoting safety, security, and stability with every step. While there are many boots out there that purport to do all of the above, it’s a much taller order than meets the eye. To make life simpler, we’ve rounded up the best of the best. You can trust these to do exactly what you want, no question about it.
Red Wing Heritage 6-Inch Classic Moc
Since its debut in 1952, the Red Wing Heritage 6-Inch Classic Moc has completely transformed the boot game. It’s made with the smoothest full-grain leather imaginable and is boosted by ever-dependable Goodyear welt construction. That means that with every step you take, you’ll be supported by one of the most historic and reliable additions to men’s boots. It’s that Goodyear detail that separates the men from the boys — and you’ll notice it the moment you slip into these moc toe boots.
Red Wing Heritage Weekender Chelsea Boot
What if you’re looking for a shoe that’s as stylish as it is functional? The Red Wing Heritage Weekender Chelsea Boot spares nothing in balancing the best of both worlds. They exude that quintessentially hip, old-school appeal of the famed Chelsea boot — but they add the toughened-up details you expect of a workhorse, like durable leather and powerful outsoles that absorb shock with each step. Good with jeans, khakis, and everything in between, they’re destined to be an integral part of your wardrobe.
Until you’ve tried the Blundstone #587, you can’t appreciate what a difference a truly good work boot can make to your life. Once you set foot in a pair, you’ll wonder how you ever did without them. They’re tough, rugged, and ultra-comfortable all at once thanks to their premium leather uppers and flexible midsoles. The latter is designed to resist hydrolysis and microbial attacks for added functionality.
Rhodes Footwear Tracker Boot
For the guy who’s always on his feet comes the Rhodes Footwear Tracker Boot. With their minimal profile, they offer a more understated take on tough-boot style. They’re highly flexible thanks to their Vibram Gumlite outsoles — and they offer superior grip and comfort so you’ll always feel your best, whether you’re padding around town with the family or going on an expedition with your crew.
Naglev Combat WP
Reminiscent of an old-school football shoe, the Naglev Combat WP is a boot with serious throwback vibes. It’s a little bit retro, but it’s the of-the-moment details that make it a firm part of any 21st-century closet. With their tech details, including a Kevlar outer shell and cable speed laces, plus their clean details, they offer the benefits of form, function, and fashion in one eye-catching package.
Carhartt Men’s 6 Inch Waterproof Wedge Soft Toe Work Boot
At some stage of life you’ll find yourself stepping into puddles and trudging outside in the rain. These Carhartt Waterproof Wedge Work Boots capitalize on the moment by providing you with the practicality of a completely waterproof upper coupled with a breathable design that keeps you comfortable with every step. It’s a tall order for a pair of work boots that will even protect you from electrical hazards — but this is precisely the shoe for the job.
Danner Bull Run Moc Toe
Life is just better when you’ve got yourself one of the all-time, tried-and-true classics. That’s the story behind the Danner Bull Run Moc Toe, a piece of high-quality footwear that’s been around since the early 1930s. To say it’s a mainstay is something of an understatement, but with a glance you can understand exactly why. It’s a classic’s classic — the type of work boot that is recognizable at a glance by those in the know. Beautifully tanned leather coupled with shock-resistant soles makes it a powerhouse of both fashion and function.
Merrell Strongfield Leather 6” Waterproof Comp Toe Work Boot
You can, of course, never go wrong with Merrell boots. The company’s Strongfield Leather 6” Waterproof Comp Toe Work Boot is a solid example of precisely what makes the range so reliable. This workhouse arrives ready to do the job — and even when you’re worn out and ready to clock out, it’s here to keep you going for those extra few steps. Part of that is due to its COMFORTBASE footbed designed to absorb shock like a dream, but it also features a waterproof upper that keeps you dry. Talk about a winning combination.
Blundstone #1931 Men’s Originals Lace Up Boots
Handsome and timeless, Blundstone #1931 Men’s Originals Lace Up Boots epitomize enduring style. The design itself is inspired by a lace-up style the company derived in the 19th century. To imagine that it’s endured for so long speaks to Blundstone’s commitment to producing nothing but the finest quality footwear. This rugged option is made with water-resistant leather and features a simple, flawless design that you’ll even want to wear when you’re off duty.