If you need footwear that's strong, durable, and tough, you're probably thinking of investing in a pair of safety boots. But not everyone wants to be dragging their heels in a pair of heavy, clunky boots. And fortunately, not everyone has to. Steel toe sneakers are the answer for anyone who wants to keep their feet safe without making them feel encased in lead in the process. And when it comes to options, you're spoilt for choice. With everyone for Skechers to New Balance, Timberland to Keen getting in on the action, the 2020 steel toe sneaker market is packed to the rafters with great footwear. But which of the many options is the best? While taste is obviously subjective, we wouldn't mind getting our hands on any of these top buys.
Timberland PRO Men's Powertrain Sport Alloy-Toe Safety Sneaker
Everyone knows the name Timberland. But not everyone knows they make sneakers. But as these very stylish pair prove, not only do they do make sneakers, they make them very, very well indeed. As one of Comforting Footwear's top picks for steel toes sneakers, the Timberland PRO Men's Powertrain Sport Alloy-Toe Safety Sneaker combines all the performance qualities you'd except of a heavy weight safety shoe with the lightweight, comfortable style of a sneaker. Boasting anti fatigue technology for superior levels of comfort and responsiveness, breathable mesh linings, electrical hazard protection, an alloy toe for enhanced safety, and a high traction oil and slip resistant rubber outsole, they're a superb middle ground between running shoe and safety boot. The athletic styling, meanwhile, makes them as suitable for everyday wear as their enhanced safety features make them suitable for workwear.
Harley-Davidson Men’s Safety Shoe
Harley-Davidson make a lot more than bikes these days. Jackets, pants, bags, belts, hats... if there's an item of clothing they can stamp their name on and market, you can bet your bottom dollar they already have. But it's not just empty profiteering. Their clothing and accessories come with the same rugged appeal and hardiness as their bikes... and if there's two things you really want in a steel toe sneaker, it's ruggedness and hardiness. Style wise, the Harley-Davidson Men’s Safety Shoe looks like any other normal pair of sneakers (albeit a very good-looking pair with the kind of hard-core masculinity you associate with Harley). But get beyond the appearance and you'll find a shoe that offers way more safety and protection than any normal pair of kicks has a right to. Made from a combination of leather and suede and featuring a very bouncy cushioned sock lining, they offer excellent levels of comfort and durability. The metal cap will keep your toes safe from bruising, while the anti-slip and oil-resistant outsoles ensure superb resistance to the elements. Add to that the stylish aesthetic (not to mention that Harley-Davidson seal of approval), and you're looking at one very swanky, very safety-conscious pair of sneakers.
New Balance Men’s Industrial Shoe
According to Hoodmwr, the New Balance Men’s Industrial Shoes are among the most comfortable and easy-to-wear steel toe sneakers on the market. We don't disagree. Despite being styled in the fashion of a conventional sports shoe, they offer all the safety features you'd expect of a pair of heavy-duty working shoes. Buyers can look forward to hardy, waterproof materials, oil-resistant and anti-slip bottoms, arch support, and a protective steel toe cap -everything, in fact, that you'd need to keep your feet safe and injury free in a hazardous environment. But it's not just in the area of safety that the sneakers shine. Thanks to their ESD inserts, shock-absorbing foam insoles, and Abzorb midsoles, they offer all the comfort you'd expect of a high-performance running shoe. If you don't want to sacrifice movement and comfort for safety, these sturdy, performance driven sneakers won't disappoint.
Skechers for Work Men’s Holdredge Steel Toe Work Shoe
If you want a shoe that offers excellent job performance and superior levels of comfort, you might want to cast your eyes over this handsome pair. While Sketchers might not be the first name that springs to mind when you think of work shoes, they've excelled themselves with the Skechers for Work Men’s Holdredge Steel Toe Work Shoe. As Feel Fitness notes, the sneakers have all the features you need to stay comfortable on your feet from dawn to dusk (including slip-resistant outsoles, ample cushioning, and an incredibly lightweight, flexible fit) while still keeping your tootsies protected with their in-built steel toe cap that's been independently tested and certified to meet the Authority ASTM F2413-2011, 1/75 C/75 standards for impact and compression. If you want a shoe that's capable of bending, flexing, and stretching like a running shoe while still offering outstanding performance in a work environment, they could be just the thing.
Keen Utility Men’s Atlanta Cool Steel Toe Work Shoe
If you've ever wondered why some Keen shoes feature an explanation point on the label, wonder no more. Far from being a warning sign, it's actually intended to signify that the shoes feature Keen's "KEEN. PROTECT" technology, a patented toe protection in which the shoe's outsoles wrap up and over the toes for the utmost protection. Now, if a company goes to the effort of creating and patenting toe protection, it's safe to assume they take the performance of their products seriously. And that's exactly what Keen do. Hikers, construction workers, and anyone else with a need for super- robust, durable shoes would do well to look at their extensive range of footwear. The Utility Men’s Atlanta Cool Steel Toe Work Shoe is one of their best offerings to date. Stand out features include a mesh liner for excellent airflow and ventilation (not to mention equally excellent resistance to odors), a rubber outsole for superior resistance to oil slicks and water spills, steel toes that meet ANSI standards 175/C75 and are electrically hazard rated to meet ASTM Standards F2413-11, F2892-11, and finally, removable EVA footbeds that have been anatomically engineered to provide superior ach support and cradle the foot's natural contours. Sturdy enough to stand up to the most hazardous working conditions (including construction, framing, and roofing) and stylish enough to wear as an everyday shoe, they're undoubtedly one of the best examples of a steel toe sneaker on the market.
Written by Garrett Parker
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