Contrary to popular belief, work boots don’t have to be used for, well, work. Rather, work boots is just a catch-all term for a pair of boots that are a little bit more sturdy and durable than your standard hiking boots. Of course, the best work boots should also keep you on your feet through an entire day of work, whether that work involves drywall, spreadsheets, or a little bit of both.
The best work boots for men 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