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Best Brands & Series for Work Boots [with shock-verdicts]


(Get some mind-boggling verdicts in the last part of this article) Nope, we did not discuss ‘best boots’ here, rather our focus is on, ‘best brands’. Read our extensive series on best work boots here. Brand name matters.  In this ever-upgrading era, both employers and employees need to protect their bodies. We mustmaintain health, increase fitness level and work-ability. ‘Safety first’ policy include footwear as well as specialized headgear, dress and other must haves.

Who are the makers of finest work boots? Who keep comfort in mind the most? Are the boots recognized by fellow craftsmen? What do others say after using these? If your colleague finds it awesome for a while, it’s fabulous indeed. So, the final question is:

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Who produce the very best dependable work boots?

Making the best boots is not a luck. It’s a continued process which gets better by time and rigorous efforts. As a brand grows, faith grows with them. With goodwill grows expectations. The expectations, feedback and criticism continues and best brands their positions by coping up with these evolving demands. Thus, they keep winning.

From leather to eyelets- they tend to choose every hardware with extreme caution. So, it’s no secret that best brands will continue to make the best boots. This way, brand faith has become one of the most crucial aspects over time. What footwear professionals say on a series, brand or model is utterly important. You will get definitive suggestions from shoe sellers to podiatrists and pedorthists. Your coworkers are the shapers of these brands:

  1. Keen
  2. Timberland
  3. Wolverine/ Harley-Davids
  4. Red Wing/ Irish Setter
  5. Rocky
  6. Danner
  7. Ariat (Pull-ons)
  8. Caterpillar
  9. Chippewa
  10. Thorogood
  11. Blundstone(Slip-Ons)
  12. Dr.Martens
  13. Under Armour
  14. Skechers

Which series is the best?


They are the trusted giants. Yes, we know that people adore Red Wing more, they see and search for Timberland more, but they eventually end up using Utility or Pro. Hard workers just blindly invest on UTILITY.

Letting you down is the last thing Keen would do. Their simple explanation is a better one:

There are a few comparative downsides with Utility though:

  • They tend to make more steel toe variants which is by any means an old technology.
  • Keen does not implement as many innovative technologies as their three main competitors do.
  • Their designs are good. However, you will get more good looking boots from other toppers.  
  • And yet we give them the first position, why? Utility simply deserves it.

Timberland PRO

We are certain of that. Timberland has 176 variants of PRO boots which are synonym to satisfaction. They just don’t stop R&D. Look at the Timberland Pro official video:

Wolverine Work and Outdoor

Founded in 1883, thriving since then, they make it fashionable. Merrell, Hush Puppies and Harley-Davidson are under Wolverine Worldwide’s vast coverage. What’s the sweet point? Their products are clearly cheaper. They also have a huge leap towards nanotech toes. Their CarbonMax somewhat replaced their steel, alloy and composite toes which is great. Other brands mentioned in the list above also make perfect boots, but these three are clearly ahead. They keep doing it with a lot of options. Watch their official video:

Red Wing FlexForce & Worx

Yes we know that FlexForce are little known to the most but the series is worth every bit of attention. Watch this:

RW Worx? You better check them out.

Some Mind Boggling Verdicts

Want some `unofficial’ type whisper? Definitive and conclusive words are rare but we love these chatterpatters. Hard yet consumable facts (a ShoeAsk on-the-house):

Well Known Facts Reconfirmed

  • Composite toe is the sole best choice if you are buying from a top class brand. Nanotech carbon toe will eventually take over. It is a good time to move away from steel toes.
  • Timberland PRO and Keen UTILITY make the best boots for the highest risk industry.
  • Absolutely no one can beat PRO and UTILITY features.
  • Maybe, Keen UTILITY is a bit ahead.
  • That’s because, Timberland is a bit behind on their entry-level PRO boots.
  • Danner and Red Wing are the most pricey yet adored top class brands.
  • Danner Quarry USA stands in a ‘best of the best’ trust situation in case you are trying to cut all the crap.

The Overlooked Ones

  • Rocky Mobilite is the best boot for you if you are not in the insanely risky industry.
  • Rocky is the most overlooked and underrated top chart brand.
  • Red Wing is making very good work footwear but these are neither very easy to get from online platforms nor discussed widely.

The Wolverine Shocks

  • Wolverine is the most affordable top class brand.
  • The least ugly boot maker? None but them.
  • They’re also making best grade nano toes named CarbonMax.
  • Wolverine’s Harley Davidson make Bonham/Boxbury (both of which happen to be the same except the heights). These two are the most dependable ride boots and you can easily use them for work too.

Wellington/Pull On

  • People tend to get satisfied the most while using pull-ons or wellingtons.
  • Ariat happens to be the most trusted pull-on/wellington/ western boot brand.
  • Irish Setter, Wolverine and Timberland PRO make great wellingtons as well!

Slip On

  • Right after wellingtons, the best category satisfaction is being reported for slip ons.
  • Blundstone is the Ariat (or iPhone) of slip ons.
  • A number of companies are making the best category slip ons as well.

Con Connections

  • 95% (or more) official sites fail to properly represent their invaluable pairs!
  • Under Armour and Caterpillar are the most unpredictable amongst the top brands; their quality sometimes get more compromised in comparison to other toppers.
  • CAT is now recovering from the ‘comparatively low quality’ tag with a number of awesome newcomers.
  • Dr.Martens did not cope up with its goodwill.
  • But their Ironbridge is still one of the most trusted and valued boots.
  • Heritage boots (RW, Thorogood, Chippewa etc.) are not the best choice for constant hard work environments. New specialized shoes and boots had taken their place a long time ago.
  • Some of the hot cakes do not have their official sites for the boots or even the brands.
  • Unauthorized sellers may fail to fulfill your warranty.
  • They may also tend to charge a higher or in some cases, lower price.
  • On the other hand, official sellers on Amazon sometimes mess things up while representing their products!
  • And official sites tend to charge more than Amazon for their own products.
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