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5 of the Best Work Boots for Wide Feet

Posted by The Boot Guy on January 15, 2019

Theres nothing quite so unpleasant as having your toes squeezed in a vise grip of a shoe. It can just turn a whole work day into unbearable. Worse still are the sides of your boot busting out after no time at all. With my years of working with boots and talking to those who need work and industrial footwear  I have compiled a starting list of a few boots I recommend for those with very wide feet. They are in no particular order. 

 

Tight Shoes?

 

It can be difficult to find shoes that fit just right when you have wide feet. I decided to put together this list of specific boots and brands I've found to be best for wide feet. 

 

1. Keen

 

Keen Oblique Toe

Keen is a great brand. Keen has a large selection of hiker shoes and boots in both steel and soft toe. What sets them apart from others in the boot world is that the toes are asymmetrical and oblique. The asymmetrical means each safety toe cap is shaped for your right and left foot. And they are oblique in shape. Oblique means that the big toe area is bigger than the little toe area. Just like your foot is shaped. Most other brands of steel toe boots have a round shape cap they use for both shoes.

  • So what does this mean for the fit of the boot?

The asymmetrical shape makes these boots surprisingly wide and roomy for your toes. This can be especially nice if you need safety toe boots. Instead of having a round shaped steel toe cap, the toe box is actually made to fit the shape of your foot. 

  • The Boot Guy Recommends:  the Keen Detroit XT style (1020086). A hiker style boot with a waterproof membrane. This boot is great for lots of walking.
  • The steel toe makes it versatile
  • Keens also have good arch support with their comfortable EVA footbeds.
  • The sole has excellent tread for gripping

 

Keen Detroit XT

 

2. Timberland PRO 

 

Boondock Toe

The Boot Guy Recommends: The Timberland Boondock is a style of boots from the Timberland PRO brand. This style of boot is made extra wide to give your toes wiggle room. This is one of the first boots I suggest for people who have really wide feet.  The toe box is also very high which is great for those who have hammer toe or a similar problem with their boots being tight on top of their toes. 


 

Insulated 8" Boondock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3.) Carolina 

The Carolina brand is known for durability. However, luckily this brand also runs very wide. Some of their boots even come in extra wide sizes of 3E and 4E. If you're looking for a strong boot that comes in a wide selection different extra widths, Carolinas are a great choice. 

The Boot Guy Recommends: The Carolina Grizzly comes in both wide and extra wide sizes which is great for those with wide feet. This boot comes in steel toe, soft toe,  6" tall and 8" tall so theres a grizzly style for most everyone 

  • Built with an aggressive lug sole these boots are sturdy and long-lasting
  • Waterproof membrane 

Carolina GrizzlyThe Boot Guy Recommends: The Carolina CA5520 

  • This boot is a hiker style that has a wide composite toe box 

CA5520

  • Comes in wide and extra wide widths
  • Waterproof boot 
  • Has a molded style sole for more flexility

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.) Thorogood 

Many styles of Thorogoods run quite wide or even come in extra wide widths. I particularly recommend the USA made Thorogood styles since they usually come in an extra wide width. If you are needing safety toe boots, many composite toe style Thorogoods will run a bit wider with a high toe cap for extra toe room if needed.

 The Boot Guy Recommends: The Thorodood Emperor Composite Toe (804-4367) is a great example of a composite toe work boot that works great for those of you with wide feet. Not only do these boots run wide and have a tall toe box, they come in wide and extra wide widths. 

  • An unlined leather boot which is great for those whose feet are sensitive to the cushion lining in most work boots or have a problem with their feet overheating 
  • Dual-density sole that provides shock absorption in the middle and a durable, abrasion resistant bottom
  • Made in the USA 
  • Brass hardware eyelets 
  • A composite safety toe with a tall, extra wide toe box
Thorogood Emperor Composite Toe  



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.) Justin Boots 

Most Justin styles in general run wide in my experience. The great thing about Justin boots is that they sell a variety of pull on styles. So if you are a person who enjoys wearing pull-on boots and also has wide feet, Justin boots may be for you. They have a wide range of styles and a price range for everyone. 

We Recommend.) The Justin Warhawk Work Boot (WK2150) is a boot I would highly recommend for those with wide feet. 

Justin Warhawk

  • This composite toe pull-on boot is long-wearing with it's reinforced heels and excellent Vibram sole.
  • This boot runs quite wide in the width and throat; which makes it great for those who struggle to pull on boots because of a high arch. 
  • This boot is waterproof and built to last

 

*For a Justin boot in a lower price range also try the Justin Stampede Collection 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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