Which steel toe work boot is suited for me?

A reader asks:

Your list of shoes and sandals is great. I have a pair of Brooks Ghost 7, a pair of Saucony Excursion TR8, a Sanuk Beer Cozy sandals pair, and a pair of Teva Hurricane XLT. I can no longer go barefoot for more than 5 minutes, or my nerve pinches, and my foot goes numb. These shoes and sandals have been amazing; I have no foot pain as long as I wear these.

Thank you a million times over for these lists; they really made a difference for me. Pain-free feet are a wonderful feeling.

Do you know of any resource similar to this, but for steel, toe work boots? I am required to wear for my job when I go out in the field, and the ones I have are definitely not good.

Do you know of any resource similar to this, but for dress shoes?

Do you know of any resources similar to this but for slippers? I think my Sanuks will be quite cold here in New England during the winter.

Thank you, Scott.


Scott, thank you for taking the time to write to us. It’s nice to hear of your wonderful experience with these top shoes and sandals. Regarding work boots, Caterpillar and Timberland should be among the top list because they have a wide variety of choices and (in our opinion) the most comfortable work boots. We particularly like Timberland PRO Pitboss 6″ Work Boot because it has all the features/technologies needed to stay all day at ease. This work boot has 24/7 Comfort Suspension, which supports the arch and cushions your every step. It also has the APMA-certified Anti-fatigue Technology Insole designed to absorb shock and return energy to the foot in key zones providing all-day comfort. Pitboss work boot also has a steel toe that meets the safety standards. Other excellent options similar to Timberland PRO Pitboss are Timberland PRO Direct Attach 6″ Steel Toe Boot, Timberland PRO Hyperion Waterproof Work Boot, and Timberland PRO Mudslinger Mid WP Boot.

Regarding warm and comfortable slippers, you’ll find great options in brands like Orthaheel, Orthofeet, and Spenco. Since we focus more on reviewing athletic shoes, we can’t give any suggestions on dress shoes at the moment.