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Treat Your Feet: What are the 3 Best Work Boot Brands?
One of the 3 best work boot brands would have to be Red Wing, Chippewa and Timberland PRO. This is due to their reputation, vast experience of the industrial environment and a large availability of features and styles available to purchase.
Whether you’re a weathered veteran of trade work or just starting as an apprentice, the best thing you can do for your work and body is to grab a pair of quality work boots.
With so many brands available to choose from, it can often feel like an overwhelming task to pick a good one.
That being the case, I wanted to take the time to write about the top 3 work boot brands you should look at when picking up a new pair.
No delays, Let’s get into it!
Red Wing For The Win
Red Wing is the closest thing there is to a gold standard in terms of work boots.
Widely recognized by trade workers as protective, comfortable, and reliable, Red Wings are an excellent choice for anyone that cares about their feet on the job.
While applicable for any trade work, Red Wings are most often found on construction sites where workers swear by their support, protection, and style.
My friends in plumbers and pipefitters Local 9 and carpenters Local 254 both call Red Wings the only boot they’ll wear.
By the end of the 19th century, Red Wing was a boom town producing wheat and stoneware products, yet, there was an unmet demand for quality footwear for workers to stay at the top of their game.
With two US manufacturing plants, one in Minnesota and the other in Missouri, Red Wing remains a proudly American company that employs over 2000 employees and remains committed to their founder’s mission of helping the working person where they need it most.
1917 – Designing and manufacturing the boots used by US soldiers in the First World War
1927 – Designing and manufacturing The Gloria, the first womens’ recreational boot
1933 – Becoming the first footwear company to include a steel toe in their boots
1942 – Producing boots for US paratroopers in the Second world war
Besides making quality footwear, Red Wing owns and operates the S.B. Foot Tanning Company which provides all the leather needed to manufacture their products and the products of other businesses.
As stated by current CEO Mark Urdahl, “we are the only footwear company that has visibility into the entire product cycle.” This involvement of each and every step of the boot-making process is unique in the industry and sets Red Wing apart from the competition.
If you want rugged quality, Chippewa is a no-brainer choice that will serve you for years.
Chippewa is part of the Justin Brands which also own Justin, Justin Work, Tony Lama and Nocona Boots.
Timberland: The GOAT Of Work Boot Brands?
Timberland is definitely the most widely known brand from this list and for good reason, they’ve successfully connected their brand to the American worker through reliable products and excellent marketing.
Timberland boots are best described as a multi-purpose work boot.
They can be used in a variety of settings, a fact that makes them an excellent choice if your work is general and you’re not interested in an extremely specified design.
Ask a person walking down the street to visualize a work boot, the odds are they’ll picture a classic pair of “Timbs.”
If your product has a recognizable nickname, you know it’s a hit.
Besides manufacturing quality work boots, Timberland also produces a wide variety of footwear and clothing.