Welcome to your guide to the Best Work Boots for Wide Feet. In this article, we will go over how to tell if you need wide work boots, where to find them, and how sizing works when it comes to wide fitting work boots. After all of that, I’ll show you my top 5 picks for the best wide fitting work boot.
How do I know if I need wide work boots?
Are your boots tight on the sides? It is a gross oversimplification but this is the number one question you need to ask yourself. A new pair of work boots should be snug on the side of your foot because the leather needs to stretch and form to your foot, however it should not be painfully tight. It should not rub you raw or cause blisters on the widest parts of your feet. If this is a common occurrence for you, then you need to check out wide fit work boots, or you need to check our guide on how to stop steel toe boots from hurting your feet.
Another blatantly obvious way to know if you need wide work boots is to measure your feet or have your feet measured by a professional. This is something that takes at most ten minutes and should not cost you a dime!
Why do I need wide work boots?
You need wide work boots because your feet should not hurt every time you put your boots on. It really is at its core as simple as that. Another reason you do not want to wear boots that are too narrow for your feet is that it can cause a whole host of medical conditions. No one wants Hammertoe, bunions, calluses, corns, or ingrown toenails. All of these can be caused by wearing a boot that is just too narrow for your foot! If you are experiencing any of these medical conditions it may be time to take a look at a new set of wide work boots.
Where can I get wide boots?
Wide boots can be challenging to find in a brick and mortar store. You may be able to find some by heading to a boot retailer directly. Somewhere such as Boot Barn or even a brand-specific store such as a Redwing or Danner retail store.
While you may find a limited selection at these brick and mortar stores and you may pay more for your boots at them. You will, hopefully, have the benefit of a trained sales associate, who likely will be trained to measure your feet and make sure you find a boot and insole that fits your foot properly.
Online retailers such as Amazon, Walmart and BootOutfitters may offer a larger selection and lower prices but you will have to measure yourself and make sure you are ordering the correct size of boots. Now that may present some problems as we are now not only measuring the length of our foot but also the width. Compound this with most boots either running large or small and it can be quite the headache. Do not worry though we have you covered with our reviews which will let you know how the boot fits and if you need to worry about ordering up or down a size.
How do I know what size of wide work boots I need?
Now that you have found your wide fitting boots, you are likely going to see sizing numbers and letter combinations that you are not familiar with. Most likely you will run into two letters D and E. D tends to be narrower fit than E. If you need a larger size than a standard E you will run into sizes such as 2E and 3E.
Less often you’ll find sizing such as wide, X-wide, XX-Wide, or even XXX-Wide. These sizes are commonly 1/8” different from each other.
Now that you know how sizing will be labeled, it’s time to figure out what size your feet are. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as 4” wide foot means you need a 2E, as foot width is relative to length. I admittedly am not an expert in fitting and measure shoes so I will leave that up to the experts at the HealthyFeetStore who have some excellent charts and video guides on how to measuring your feet.
The Top 5 Best Wide Work Boots
Timberland Pro Direct Waterproof Insulated
At Number one on our list, we have the Timberland Pro Direct Attach 6” Steel Toe Boots!
These boots are made from seam-sealed waterproof leather ensuring that you have a durable and dry boot! Not only will you be staying dry with the Timberland Pros but warm too, as these boots have 200g of Thermolite insulation. Now you may be thinking these are going to keep my feet warm so I’m going to be sweating in them. Think again the Open-cell Polyurethane footbed with antimicrobial treatment is going to keep your foot dry and your boot smelling nice!
Comfort is key in work boots and the Timberland Pro Direct attach is no slouch in this area. The boots feature a padded top collar to keep your calf nice and warm and not marked up like some boots are want to do. A Nylon Shock Diffusion plate is also integrated into the boot providing support for you and your feet throughout the work day.
The Timberland Pro Direct Attach features a steel safety toe that meets safety standards ASTM F2412-11, ASTM F2413-11 I/75, and C/75 Safety Standards!
Electrical Hazards are also mitigated with the Timberland Pro Direct Attach, the boots meet ASTM F2412-11, ASTM F2413-11, and ASTM F2892-11 standards.
A Non-slip sole that is oil resistant and will not mark up floors is another fantastic feature of this boot!
Sizing and Availability
These boots, of course, come in Wide sizing that should accommodate all sizes of foot and they should be readily available at your local boot retailer, as well as on Amazon!
The Timberland Pro Direct Attach 6” Steel Toe Boots weigh in at 2.01 Pounds or 916grams per boot.
Keen Utility Men’s Milwaukee Wide
The KEEN Utility Men’s Milwaukee Wide Work Boot is an incredibly durable boot. This is because it features KEEN’s Patented Tough Tech leather, this technology enables the boot to resist abrasions, scrapes, and cuts, meaning you get a boot that is going to last longer than average. You also will not have to worry about the seams failing as they are also constructed with some proprietary KEEN technology, the KEEN-Welt. If this durability isn’t enough for you, the boots feature a membrane to keep your feet dry and healthy!
If you are looking for a boot with a ton of sizing options, all of which actually fit true to size, then the KEEN Utility Men’s Milwaukee Wide Work Boots are the boots you are looking for.
An incredibly unique feature of these boots is the addition of a left and right asymmetrical safety toe. This feature ensures that your toes are not going to be rubbed raw by a standard safety toe. A Metatomical footbed is employed in the boot to provide a comfortable stride all day long.
The sole is synthetic construction and is oil and slip resistant so you can stay upright throughout the day. The safety toe meets ASTM F2412-11 and F2413-11 I/75 and C/75 Standards. So You can be sure your toes are protected!
Sizing and Availability
The Keen Utility Men’s Milwaukee Wide Work Boots fit true to size so make sure you take that into consideration when ordering your pair. You will find that the KEEN boots also come in more sizes than your average boots all of which are available on KEEN.com or for a better price on Amazon!
A single Boot is going to weigh in a 2.36 lbs or 1074.4 g making it slightly heavier than some of the other boots on this list.
Wolverine Men’s Harrison Lace-up 6” Work Boot
The Wolverine Men’s Harrison Lace- Up 6” Workboot will accommodate even those of us with the widest of feet going up to a Size 15 Extra Wide. The Boot will keep your feet dry with a waterproof membrane but it won’t trap the sweat in. Instead, it utilizes an air mesh lining to ensure that your feet get the much-needed air flow throughout the day. Pair this with a Lightweight nylon shank to fight fatigue in your lower extremities and you have what you might expect to be a rather expensive pair of boots. However, the Wolverine Harrsion Lace-up work boots are incredibly affordable, more so than any other boot on our list!
These boots are comfortable! No, they are not like your other boots that get comfy after a grueling two-week break in period! They are comfortable out of the box, no break in needed! A Fully removable full-cushion footbed is going to keep your feet feeling great through the day, and if it isn’t the fact that it is fully removable will allow you to stick in your favorite insoles like Spencos!
Sizing an Availability
Many Sizing Options for even the widest feet are available with the Wolverine Harrison Lace-up Work Boots. Availability may be an issue with these boots and you will have the best luck finding them online either at Wolverine’s website directly or for, at the time of this writing, $10 cheaper on Amazon!
Danner Mens Bull Run
If you are looking for a wide fit work boot that is made in the good ol’ US of A then Danner has you covered. The Danner Men’s Bull Run Moc Toe Work Boot is manufactured in the US and made of imported leather. This leads to an incredibly high quality and attractive boot! With an upper that is constructed of high-quality full-grain leather, the Bull Run is built to last through even the toughest of work conditions. The Bull Run also features a mark resistant sole, so those of us that may work in finished settings will not have to worry about marking up the floors!
If a quick break in period is what you are looking for then you can’t go wrong with the Moc Toe Work Boots. These boots break in incredibly quickly and feel like slippers after just a week! They sport a Cushion Otholite foot-bed to keep your feet feeling good and help you fight the fatigue of being on your feet all day. These boots are not insulated, making them perfect for summer or for folks who run a little warmer than the rest of us.
A steel shank is at the core of this boot, protecting your soles from a whole host of potential hazards like nails, screws, or even rebar! Hopefully, you won’t need to employ it because there is no way you are going to be slipping on the patented Danner Wedge Non-marking outsole. This outsole is oil and slip resistant and offers amazing traction whether you are in the shop or out in the field! For our electrical workers out there, the Bull Run Moc Toe Work Boot Meets or exceeds ASTM F2892-11 EH and sports a nonconductive sole and heel
Sizing and availability
These boots do fit true to size, though it should be noted that they do run a little narrow so make sure you order the WIDE if that is what your foot is sized for.
These boots are incredibly popular so finding them can be a challenge. Your best bet is on Danner.com directly or via Amazon, pricing is similar on both so go ahead and choose the vendor you feel most comfortable with.
These are the lightest pair of boots on this list coming in at 1.93 lbs or 878.8g a boot. This is due to them being non-insulated and not featuring a safety toe.
51 oz per pair
Dr. Martens Ironbridge Ex-Wide ST M
Some of us love Dr. Martens because they’re an ode to our youth and some of us love them because they are an incredibly high-quality protective boot that is built for an industrial setting. The Dr. Martens Ironbridge Wide ST Work Boot is no exception to this. With the classic heat sealed Dr. Martens PVC Welted sole, and Industrial Grizzly leather construction these boots are going to keep you safe. Now you may be thinking with that incredibly thick leather, I’m going to sweat. Have no fear a moisture-wicking ling and an Anti-bacterial Smartmask Insole are here to save the day.
Boy, are these boots comfortable for us guys with wide feet. The safety toe is incredibly wide so you will not have to worry about your toes rubbing along the sides. The boot is also roomy enough that if you feel the need to slip in some orthotic inserts your feet won’t feel cramped. PVC Air-cushioned soles help keep your feet feeling great throughout a long day of standing, walking or climbing!
The Ironbridges, of course, features a safety toe cap to keep your toes safe. They also sport the slip resistant sole Dr. Martens are so well known for, so if you working around oil, fat, petrol based chemicals, or alkali these may be the boots for you. Electrical Hazard standard MI/75 C/75 are met by the Ironbridges.
Sizing and Availability
These boots are available in UK and US sizing so make sure you are picking the right one when selecting your pair. Another thing to keep in mind is that these boots are already extra wide so don’t be confused when you can not find wide sizing for them. As with most boots, the Ironbridges are available on Amazon or on Dr.Martens official website.
These are a heavier boot with the thick sole and safety toe. If you’re looking for a lighter boot you may be served better by some of the others on this list.