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    Listed here are the Best SAFETY and Work Boot Brands on the market. All of these brands are good and worthy of mention, but this breakdown will most likely help you select the work boot that best fits your needs. What the industry calls a "Brown Boot Company" is not without reason, as the nickname implies a product that meets a very basic, universal need for a lasting, durable work boot.
    HYTEST
    HYTEST is the oldest safety shoe maker and is still the leader in innovative safety shoe technology offering many styles for both men and women.

    One of their most notable breakthroughs is their invisible and well-constructed XRD Metatarsal Guard, which is 50% safer than other metatarsal guards offered by other companies.

    They offer the 6" and 8" work boot and Wellingtons to name a few. Their very high quality sub-brand, "FootRests" is the only brand of safety shoe to receive the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association--The Podiatrists) certification for a comfortable safety shoe. "FootRests" makes very comfortable men and women's work shoes, boots, wellingtons, and metatarsal guard shoes.

    Additionally, HYTEST offers the well-loved Hushpuppy brand; known for its light weight, comfortable shoes and bringing their innovative concepts into anything from semi dressy to casual styles for men and women.
    WOLVERINE
    Wolverine is a very popular, legendary brand, offering not only many styles of soft-toe work boots, but also a lot of safety shoes, as well. They are indeed a classic, American "Brown Boot Company", that has used modern, direct-attach construction and contemporary styling to enhance the Consumers work boot experience.

    Their best brand, "DURASHOCKS" uses "Direct-Attach Construction", which contributes to its remarkable durability. Recent upgrades to the DuraShocks brand include their MultiShox and award-winning Contour Welt brands that are similarly constructed. The sole on these brands is attached to the upper while it is in a liquid state, so it cures and attaches to the upper without stitches; creating a highly durable work boot for many different environments. Because this construction is so resilient and allows for the use of many different bottom materials, including Polyurethane, Thermo Plastic Urethane (TPU) and Rubber, these boots are capable of withstanding many tough industrial environments, like high-heat, water and chemical, and oil-based industries. These brands come in all the work boot styles, soft-toe and safety-toe, including oxfords, 6" & 8" boots, hikers, Wellingtons, and metatarsal guards.

    While Wolverine makes many casual styles, hikers, and Wellingtons, their claim-to-fame is truly their safety and soft-toe work boots.
    REDWING
    With their extremely high-quality leathers, it is no surprise that this legendary brand has a very loyal customer base, who are willing to pay top dollar for this quality brand.

    They have numerous styles in safety-toe and soft-toe work boots, hikers, waterproof shoes and Wellingtons; including their highly regarded "Pacos" boots.

    Using the "Direct Attach Construction", mentioned earlier, as well as classic welt and cement constructions, they do an outstanding job building work boots, that provide the durability and value that earns them some of the most loyal consumers in the work boot industry.

    When it comes to high-quality, durable leathers that withstand tough environmental problems like water and chemicals, Redwing is a top-grade, American brand of work boots. It is well-known for offering a wide variety of sizes and widths, including extra-narrow and extra-wide widths work boots for men and women. This company is certainly recognized as one of the legendary brands, especially when it comes to producing high-quality leather work boots and wide ranges of sizes.
    TIMBERLAND PRO
    Timberland Pro is a division of Timberland. Despite being relatively new to safety shoes and heavy duty work boots, it has retained Timberland's loyal following by bringing their contemporary styling, beautiful leathers, and high quality, to the work boot industry.

    Their most famous style is their 6" Gold Nubuck leather boot and 8" Gold Nubuck leather boot, which now uses GoreTex technology (now made more inexpensively with the expiration of the GoreTex proprietary patent). While that style is their most famous style, their most popular line of boots has been the Titan brand boots and shoes, which uses very nice work leathers and a dual-density Polyurethane-TPU (Thermo-Plastic Urethane) outsole to provide good looks and great performance for its loyal customers.

    Timberland Pro's work boots not only look good, but they use superb technology, as well, offering work boots with features such as electrical hazard and static dissipating technology.

    Timberland's reputation for very popular, high-quality safety footwear clearly continues that tradition with its Timberland Pro line.
    ROCKY
    Rocky boots are well-known for its waterproof, hunting and outdoor boots, as well as their work boot line. They were one of the biggest users of Gore-Tex waterproofing membrane in their boots and this made them a very popular, American brand. In work boots and safety shoes, they are known for using high-quality leathers and soles in their boots and styling popular with outdoor consumers, including Wellingtons, logger boots, and insulated-waterproof boots and shoes.

    Dr. Martens were made popular with their PVC "Hot Knife" construction process, that bonds the PVC sole to the boot. The unusual, clear, PVC sole is heavy, but it has many redeeming qualities that make it popular. The sole is very resilient and has a cushioning property, and even though it feels "soft" on the feet, it is actually very durable in most environments except heat. (PVC melts at very low temperatures, which makes it inappropriate for metal industries that have hot materials on the floor.) Additionally, though PVC is also a very slip-resistant compound, and that also makes it very popular in slippery environments. And because it is also durable in chemicals and oils, it does a good job in industrial environments despite its limitations in high-heat.

    One more unique feature of Dr. Martens is that they have traditionally only been available in one width and whole sizes only (8, 9, 10, 11, etc. no half-sizes), which makes them more difficult to fit comfortably. Dr. Martens will continue to maintain its popularity with young workers because of its unique styling and be important in certain work environments and industries.
    THOROGOOD
    Thorogood is a brand produced by the Weinbrenner Shoe Company in Wisconsin. They also are traditional American work boot brand and also make a lot of boots for the uniform industry. Their boots feature excellent leathers, durable soles, and traditional work boot styling, and also have many safety specifications, like Electrical Hazard, Static Dissipating, and Metatarsal Guards. Their boots are regarded as some of best for tough industrial conditions,Safety Footwear, as they use a variety of constructions (welt, cement, and direct-attach) to build boots for specific environments and needs. Whatever they may lack in styling, they make up for in their high quality, durable boots for industrial and work environments.
    WARSON GROUP
    The Warson Group has licensed several brands to support multiple segments of the work shoe industry; offering everything from dressy-casual and beautiful, colorful athletic styles for men and women to heavy-duty work boots for the steel and aluminum industry. They make static dissipating, electrical hazard, and conductive work shoes and safety boots, as well as soft-toe, uniform shoes.

    Caterpillar offers both soft-toe and safety-toe work boots, and their work shoes feature very contemporary styling. They have two basic lines of shoes: casual-athletic-hiker styles which have colorful, attractive patterns, while featuring light-weight, durable, slip-resistant outsoles and work styles, which have heavy-duty, high quality leathers and outsoles, great contemporary styling, and comfortable insoles.

    Because Caterpillar is synonymous with high quality, tough products, Caterpillar work shoes have taken that reputation and built some outstanding and comfortable work boots, both safety-toe and soft-toe, for men and women, that are very appealing to the younger generation.
    NAUTILUS
    Nautilus is known for its athletic shoes, but it has made a name for itself in the work shoe industry by morphing their athletic constructions and designs into a line of mens and womens athletic safety shoes and also soft-toe, slip-resistant shoe styles as well. Their focus and key products are their colorful and comfortable, mens and womens, athletic, safety shoes,Oxford Safety Shoes, which feature some styles with an extra-wide safety-toe, an extra wide width, and extra-large sizes.

    They also own the AVENGER and Skidbuster brands, and together with Nautilus, they offer static dissipating, electrical hazard, waterproof, metatarsal,Sneakers Safety Shoes, and slip-resistant work shoes.
    SKECHERS

    Relatively new the work boot industry is Ariat, but they are a very traditional western and work boot manufacturer that uses high quality leathers and classic styling to make both work and safety boots.
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