The UK’s Most Comfortable Work Boots 2022

The UK’s Most Comfortable Work Boots 2022

If you’re working on your feet all day, comfortable work boots are essential. As an Australian living in the UK, you may call me bias, but I believe Aussie work boots are the best in the world. Which is why I’m sharing some of the most comfortable work boots available in the UK – from an Aussie perspective.

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If you’re working on your feet all day, comfortable work boots are essential. As an Australian living in the UK, you may call me bias, but I believe Aussie work boots are the best in the world. With such extreme weather to contend with, safety boots need to be able to handle relentless sun, bitter cold and the rain… not to mention everyday hazards you find on site. And with harsher weather conditions hitting the UK and Europe, and workloads increasing following the pandemic, it’s not surprising that more British workers are investing in better boots.

Whilst your working conditions will guide your choice of work boots (e.g. steel toe caps for construction and zip sided for… well everyone), keeping your feet protected from injury is the greatest way to remain productive. Which is why I’m sharing some of the most comfortable work boots available in the UK – from an Aussie perspective.

 

1. STEEL BLUE MENS WORK BOOTS SOUTHERN CROSS ZIP S3 – SAND / BLACK

RRP £118.99

Southern Cross Zip Steel Blue BIG Boots

Backed by Steel Blue’s 30 day comfort guarantee, the Southern Cross Zip S3 are probably the most comfortable work boots on the market – and with 30 days to change your mind, there’s no reason not to give them a try. With fantastic reviews online from real tradesmen, and a ladies fit version available, this boot is a real all-rounder. S3 rated for safety, and 5 stars for comfort, these come highly recommended by tradies.

Top Comfort Features

  • 150mm ankle boot with a scalloped, padded collar offers maximum ankle support
  • Industrial grade zip means you can tie your laces for the perfect fit, but use the zipper for easy access – so handy!
  • Trisole® Comfort Technology (strategically placed pads made of high-tech PORON® placed in the sole and under your foot’s peak stress areas) is specially designed to cushion, cradle and support the entire foot – much more effective in cushioning and absorbing shock than a standard footbed

2. STEEL BLUE MENS WORK BOOTS PARKES ZIP SCUFF S3 – SAND / BLACK

RRP £110.99

Steel Blue Parkes BIG Boots UK

Hard to argue with the brand offering a 30 day comfort guarantee, Steel Blue also have a lower cut version of their work boots available in the UK called the Parkes Zip Scuff (also S3 rated). Offering the same safety and comfort features as the Southern Cross boot, this style is more of a hiker fit (perfect for drivers or those needing a bit more ankle flexibility).

Top Comfort Features

  • 95mm ankle boot with a scalloped, padded collar and industrial grade zip (as above) allows greater flexibility and movement
  • Available in UK size 4-14, including half sizes 5.5 and 9.5 for the best fit
  • Ortho Rebound® footbed and soft Baltico® lining helps reduce foot fatigue and wicks away perspiration to keep your feet cool and dry

 

3. HARD YAKKA ATOMIC PR HYBRID SIDE ZIP BOOT S1 – BLACK / WHEAT

RRP £94.99

Hard Yakka Atomic BIG Boots UK

A hiker hybrid style of safety boot, the Hard Yakka Atomic PR Hybrid Side Zip Boot is a winner for comfort thanks to their memory foam footbed with ‘ERP Pod Comfort Technology’ (ahh marketing lingo). This means Energy Rebound Pods (ERP) cushioning provides softness underfoot with added energy return for all-day comfort. Plus as I’m sure you know from that expensive mattress you bought, the memory foam instantly moulds to the foot. Ideal for light industrial, warehousing, transport and DIY as they are S1 rated.

Top Comfort Features

  • Memory foam footbed with energy rebound cushioning adapts to all foot shapes
  • The ‘Nano Gravity’ safety toe cap is up to 50% lighter than steel and 40% lighter than composite toe caps, making them more lightweight

 Coming soon to BIG Boots UK

 

4. BLUNDSTONE 910 SAFETY S3 – BLACK

RRP £160.00

Blundstone Safety Boots

A modern take on a more traditional Aussie style of work boot, the new Blundstone #910 safety boot is hardwearing and comfortable with ‘XRD™ Technology’ (the marketing jargon continues) in both the heel and forepart of the outsole providing shock absorption, while the contoured, removable PU footbed provides arch support.

I’m not really a fan of unisex sizing in footwear, as I think the ladies don’t get as good a fit, however these are S3 certified and a good option if you prefer the old school ‘pull on’ style of boot. They also do a brown version that’s a little cheaper, as the 910 style is a little on the pricier end.

Top Comfort Features

  • Removable PU footbed provides arch support and can be replaced over time
  • Blundstone boots come with Extreme Impact Protection, a lightweight, thin and breathable cushioning material that's engineered for repeated impact and shock

 

5. REDBACK SAFETY BOOT USBOK S1 – BROWN

RRP £119.95

Red Back Safety Boots

Another classic Australian style of work boot, the Redback safety boot USBOK is great for comfort and anatomic support because of their air cushion mid-sole. Millions of tiny bubbles provide excellent shock absorption and superb cradling of the foot, to reduce foot and leg strain. S1 rated, this style of boot doesn’t feature a zip, but instead you pull them on and off.

Top Comfort Features

  • Soft and grippy cushioned sole
  • Air cushion mid-sole gives excellent shock absorption
  • Cradling of the foot reduces foot and leg strain

 

With so many other options on the market, I hope a look at the most comfortable Australian work boots available in the UK has been useful! Any questions, please get in touch with us. 

Please note that RRP were correct when writing this article, however may have since been updated.