Best Work Boots For Mechanics - Protect Your Feet Against Work Space Hazards

From puddles of motor oil and antifreeze dripping onto slick concrete floors from a vehicle hoisted on a lift to using electrically powered tools during a repair, a mechanic's work space can be home to numerous hazards.
 
Open bay doors during work hours permit precipitation from inclement weather conditions into the work space, making the non-insulated work space extremely cold and vulnerable to icy patches in winter months and prone to water entering the work space in rainy weather. 

When combined with walking and standing on unyielding concrete surfaces for long hours, the only thing preventing a mechanic from aching feet, injuries from falling due to slipping on slick surfaces, and long-term foot problems is a quality pair of work boots suited for their profession. 

The best work boots for mechanics provide stellar cushioning to prevent foot fatigue and foot pain through long hours on hard surfaces, outsoles that firmly grip slick surfaces to prevent slipping, and uppers that can resist oil and chemical hazards. 


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Nylon shanks allow the thick, lugged rubber outsoles to flex with feet for a full range of movement on the job while protecting against slips, abrasions, oil, heat, and electrical hazards. 

Polyurethane midsoles offer firm, lightweight support while the removable cushioned insoles absorb shock from each step to keep feet comfortably supported throughout the day after a brief break-in period. 

These boots have handsome deep brown leather uppers treated to keep water out while the mesh lining wicks moisture away from feet. Wolverine's Buccaneer 6" Multishox Waterproof Steel Toe boots enjoy a stellar aggregate rating of 4.8 out of 5 and are only available in men's sizes. 



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Work boots with leather uppers often look handsome when first purchased, but can easily become scuffed during the work day, particularly around the toes and heels. 

Rigmaster 8" Waterproof Steel Toe boots by Timberland PRO have rugged full grain burnt umber leather uppers with abrasion-resistant black leather reinforced patches over the back of the heels and toe boxes to keep these boots looking their best no matter how tough work conditions get. 

The padded tongue and collar support ankles during the day while the antimicrobial-treated mesh lining allows the boots to breathe without accumulating the stench of sweat. 

Steel shanks and orthopedic insoles support feet for all day comfort while the lugged polyurethane outsoles protect against slips and open electrical currents. 

However, these boots weigh in on the heavy side at 2 pounds and 3 ounces. Timberland PRO's Rigmaster 8" Waterproof Steel Toe boots hold a rating of 4.7 out of 5 and are only available in men's sizes. 



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Mechanics are often thought of as being covered with streaks of oil and grease from their work as opposed to style-conscious individuals, but messy work and stylish work boots needn't be mutually exclusive. 

American Heritage Wedge Moc Toe Boots by Thorogood Boots combine the safety features needed in a quality pair of work boots with a work boot handsome enough to wear out on the town. 

Tobacco brown full grain leather uppers resist damage from oil and are stitched to the classic white rubber wedged outsoles to make resoling these boots as needed an easy task. The patented dual density insoles cushion feet with each step and can be removed to make room for specialized orthopedic insoles as needed. 

Despite not having safety toe caps and fiberglass shanks instead of steel, these boots could feel heavy by the end of the day at 1 pound and 14 ounces. Thorogood Boots' American Heritage Wedge Moc Toe Boots have an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 and are only available in men's sizes. 



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Electrical hazards can occur in even the most safety-aware work environment, especially when combined with wet conditions. 

The lugs on the rubber outsoles of the 8" Insulated Waterproof Composite Toe Logger boots by Carolina Boots grip the ground in nearly any condition while preventing open electrical currents from using feet as a circuit closer. 

Steel shanks embedded in polyurethane midsoles support and protect feet should the outsole be pierced for any reason. Although not ideal for use during summer months, the 600 grams of insulation keep feet warm during chilly weather while the orthopedic insoles wick moisture away from feet. 

Waterproof liners prevent any water that may come through the chocolate brown leather uppers from penetrating socks for dry feet in wet conditions. Once past the lengthy break-in period, these 2 pound, 5 ounce boots will last well beyond the normal lifespan of most work boots. 

Carolina Boots' 8" Insulated Waterproof Composite Toe Logger Boots are rated 4.5 out of 5 and are only available in men's sizes. 



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Work boots with leather uppers often look handsome, but can be an arduous chore to clean. WORX 8" Cordura Steel Toe Waterproof Work Boots by Red Wing Shoes have chocolate brown nylon uppers with matching leather trim to make cleaning these boots at the end of the day simple. 

The waterproof liners allow moisture to wick out of the boots while preventing water from entering the boots. Orthopedic polyurethane insoles cradle the contours of feet and can be removed for cleaning or to replace with specialized insoles as needed. 

Slip, electrical current, and oil-resistant polyurethane outsoles firmly grip the ground for stable footing even when standing or walking through several inches of standing water. 

Although hefty at two pounds, these boots are ideal for mechanics working in wet conditions. Red Wing's WORX 8" Cordura Steel Toe Waterproof Work Boots hold a rating of 4.4 out of 5 and are only available in men's sizes. 

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