As great and useful as work boots can be, sometimes you don’t want something that feels as heavy and is as tall as those options often are. Fortunately, much like the fact that hiking boots come in a low cut version, so do work boots! Just like their taller brethren, work shoes are meant to help you stay on your feet for long, hard shifts and can protect your toes and feet from hazards on the job, whether that’s falling materials or falling rain.
The best work shoes for men should have:
- A thick sole to provide traction on a variety of surfaces
- Waterproofing to protect your feet from the rain and cold
- Strong materials to keep your toes and the soles of your feet protected
- A tough upper (usually made of leather) that actually gets better looking the more you beat it up
- Durable laces that won’t fall apart in your hand
While work boots have a tendency to look a little more stylish, a lot of work shoes look like rugged versions of your favorite pair of running shoes. That means they’ll work just as well on the weekends as they do on the worksite. Regardless of how you use them, here are some of the best work shoes for men to help you knock out whatever task you may have in front of you.
1. Skechers Cankton Work Sneakers
With its combination of suede and mesh for day-long comfort, the Skechers Cankton Work sneaker will help to keep your foot nice and airy even throughout the hottest parts of the day. The cushioned memory from sole gives a springy feel and bounce with each step. Additionally, the shoes are reinforced with a safety steel toe and meet Authority ASTM work electrical hazard requirements to provide a second level of protection against energized objects and surfaces.
2. SUADEX Safety Work Sneakers
With their easy-to-lace construction and flattering style, you might mistake these work shoes from SUADEX for a pair of running shoes. That is to say, they’re incredibly stylish for a pair of hard-working sneakers. But just because they’re trendy doesn’t mean they’re not capable of handling difficult situations. Rather, their steel toe upper provides solid protection against workplace hazards. However, they are missing that electrical-prevention sole present in other work sneakers. But if those sorts of hazards aren’t common at your workplace, and you prefer style, these are a great pair to get.
3. TICCOON Work Sneakers
This pair of work sneakers from TICCOON is a fantastic option. The construction of a knit upper is more common in a running shoe over a work shoe, and yet they still provide protection. But that’s not all it provides. That upper makes the shoe highly breathable, light, and still durable enough to handle a worksite. Furthermore, the textured rubber sole provides a sturdy and safe grip, while the steel toe cap at the front of each shoe provides an extra level of protection.
4. New Balance 412v1 Work Shoe
FEELS LIKE A REGULAR SNEAKER
Built to be light and modern for all-day comfort, the New Balance 412v1 work shoe has a 100% leather construction to make it feel just like a traditional sneaker. The alloy toe cap makes it so you still get protection without it feeling like you’re walking around with cinder blocks on your feet.
5. Reebok Oxford Work Shoe
With its MemoryTech Massage footbed that actively adapts to the contour and shape of your foot, the Reebok Oxford work shoe might just be the most comfortable work shoe you’ve ever worn. The flex grooves in the sole allow for increased mobility and traction while also yielding insulation against electrical hazards. And, of course, an alloy toe cap is included to provide top-notch safety.
6. Steel Edge Work Shoe
With its stylish suede panels and perforated panels for increased breathability, you’d be hard-pressed to realize these shoes from Steel Edge are actually work shoes. The contrasting white sole adds character to an already attractive silhouette while also managing to be penetration and electric resistant as well. And, of course, there’s steel toe protection for your precious feet.
7. Caterpillar Converge Work Shoe
One of the best in the business at workwear doesn’t disappoint when it comes to a work shoe, as Caterpillar’s skate-influence Converge sneaker packs practical sense into a trendy design. The lightweight midsole is cushioned to give the utmost support to your feet while still being flexible and durable enough to handle tough conditions. Furthermore, the soles are slip-resistant to keep you on your (steel-protected) toes.
8. Keen Flint Work Shoes
Keen made its name off of providing extremely comfortable and supportive shoes, so you can buy their work shoes knowing that their insoles and footbeds have been engineered to provide springy support and cozy cushion. Additionally, mesh panels provide superior breathability to keep your feet nice and airy. The torsion treading on the bottom sole provides excellent grip across a variety of weather conditions, while the asymmetrical steel toes provide excellent coverage and protection.
9. Red Wing Heritage Oxford Work Boot
While these shoes from Red Wing don’t have a steel toe like the other options on this list, they do have the timelessness and support provided by a quality heritage brand. Basically a low-cut version of their standard work boot, these oxford-style shoes come with the same guarantee that all Red Wings have, which is to say: you can beat them to hell and then send them back for a quick and easy repair.
10. Skechers Men’s Cessnock Food Service Shoe
DESIGNED FOR FOOD SERVICE WORKERS
Working in food services, whether it’s a restaurant, a catering business, a grocery store or a cafeteria can get messy and that includes the floors. Workers need to be fast on their feet to keep up with the demands of the job but also need to stay safe, which is why we like the Skechers Men’s Cessnock Food Service Shoe. The slip-resistant shoes help to keep wearers upright and the lightweight design and breathable mesh make these shoes comfortable and easy to wear. Thanks to the relaxed fit and bungee lacing, workers can easily slip the shoes off and put their feet up during their breaks.
11. Skechers for Work Men’s Flex Advantage Mcallen Food Service Shoe
BEST FOR WIDE FEET
Skechers has one of the best selections of comfortable and reliable work shoes and that includes their line of shoes for Food Service. Like the Cessnock style above, the Mcallen Food Service shoes by Skechers are also made with a slip-resistant sole and memory foam insole for added cushion. Where the shoes differ are their design and sizing. The Mcallen is a slip-on shoe with a mesh fabric upper that offers excellent breathability. This style is also ideal for users with wide feet thanks to its wide toe box and roomier heel space.
12. FENLERN Steel Toe Shoes
BEST COLOR OPTIONS
If you’re looking for a pair of lightweight work shoes that match a uniform, check out the FENLERN Steel Toe Shoes. A robust steel toe helps to prevent users from getting injured by falling or rolling objects. Even with the anti-smashing protection, the woven upper still provides a breathable top that keeps feet dry. Paired with an air cushion sole and moisture-wicking fabric liner and your feet will be protected and comfortable at the same time. The shoe also comes in a wide variety of styles that make it easy to pair with a uniform.
13. Fila Men’s Memory Workshift Slip Resistant Work Shoe
One of the most popular work shoe styles is undoubtedly the Fila Men’s Memory Workshift Slip Resistant Work Shoe, which is durable, comfortable and affordable. Available in black or white, the high rubber sole is slip-resistant and elevates wearers to help protect against objects on the ground. Perforated to provide breathability, the Fila sneakers have a memory foam sock liner and midsole that makes them a shoe that is supportive and enjoyable to wear even during long shifts.
14. Crocs Men’s and Women’s On The Clock Clog
EASY TO SANITIZE
If you need a shoe that is easy to sanitize, we recommend the Crocs Men’s and Women’s On The Clock Clog. Designed with health care workers in mind, the slip-on Crocs are fully molded, meaning there are no places for dirt and bacteria to hide and can be cleaned with soap and water. The slip-resistant shoes have an enclosed toe and heel, which make them compliant with most workplace requirements. We also like that they are made with the signature Croslite foam has helped Crocs become known as one of the most comfortable shoes to wear.
15. Dr. Scholl’s Shoes Men’s Harrington II Work Shoe
BEST FOR LABRATORIES
Some jobs require workers to split their time between formal office settings and more informal work areas, including labs and warehouses. Finding shoes that are appropriate for both can be difficult, which is why we like Dr. Scholl’s Shoes Men’s Harrington II Work Shoe. The Oxford style shoe is formal enough for a business casual setting but still has an oil-resistant and slip-resistant sole that makes it appropriate for more hands-on tasks. An anti-compression insole and memory foam cool fit add to the shoe’s comfort no matter where your workstation is located.
16. Golden Fox Work Shoe
BEST FOR OUTDOOR
Whether you are looking for a shoe that can be worn around a construction site or something that will hold up when making house calls, the Golden Fox Work Shoe is an excellent choice. The full-grain upper leathers have been treated with a water-resistant and abrasion-resistant coating. The four-inch shaft of the shoes provide added clearance for safety and is traction-treated to help absorb shock. The lower backing provides more flexibility for bending and moving when compared to work boots and the welt construction means these shoes will last even through extensive use.
17. Nunn Bush Men’s Sherman Slip-Resistant Work Shoe Oxford Sneaker
BEST FORMAL OPTION
Need a shoe that is appropriate for the boardroom and beyond? We like the Nunn Bush Men’s Sherman Slip-Resistant Work Shoe Oxford Sneaker. The oxford style of the all-black synthetic leather shoe has a professional look that will be appropriate for the office but also includes a slip-resistant, oil-resistant, non-marking sole. The faux-leather upper is easy to clean in the case of spills and a memory foam footbed with EVA layers provides comfort even when spending the day on your feet.
18. Shoes for Crews Men’s Freestyle II Non-Slip Food Service Work Shoes
For a shoe you can slip on and forget, try the Shoes for Crews Men’s Freestyle II Non-Slip Food Service Work Shoes. The low-profile shoe helps protect against trips and is inspired by performance sneakers for a lightweight feel. The ventilated sneakers have been treated to repel water and the soles of the Crews are slip-resistant.