Do you spend most of your day in work boots? Do you enjoy taking long hikes in hiking boots? Or do you simply like having a resilient, comfortable pair of shoes at your disposal for any given situation? Whatever the case, you can be sure that you can find adequate footwear in Carhartt’s collection of breathable work boots.
Breathable Work Boots for all Purposes
No matter the nature of your need for quality footwear, the Carhartt brand will have a solution for you. From solid, steel toe boots that protect your foot from harm, to more comfortable waterproof boots to keep your feet dry despite the weather conditions.
With over 130 years in the business, the quality and the design of our products has steadily improved and adapted to various everyday needs. Special research and design are constantly being done in the work boots category which often requires special attention to provide protection without sacrificing comfort or breathability.
Millions of men get up every morning to spend most of the day doing physical labor which requires them to wear boots for at least 8 hours, often more. Those boots need to give their feet good arch support, be comfortable, allow the air to flow in and out, be waterproof, and on top of that protect the wearer’s feet from harm. Sounds like a lot, and it is. But Carhartt is up to the challenge.
Breathable Work Boot Types
Keep Your Feet from Sweating in Boots
They don’t call them the best breathable work boots for no reason. Thanks to some quality crafting and specialized materials, you would be surprised how much a well-made pair of boots can reduce excessive sweating in your feet. Try them on for size and see for yourself.
There are multiple factors to take into consideration when talking about feet sweating. How well is the boot isolated? How high is the shaft, what moisture-wicking properties does the fabric possess, etc?
Excess Foot Sweat Factors
You would be surprised how many different factors can cause excessive sweating in your feet. Whether it be the boot material or the way it supports your foot, you need to get everything right to give your feet the optimal conditions. The more time you spend wearing boots, the more you’ll pay attention to these factors.
Boot material - Probably the first thing that springs to mind when you think of feet sweat. If the fabric doesn’t let your foot breathe, your feet will suffer, simple as.
Arch support - Most people do not take this into consideration when talking strictly about excess sweat. However, if your shoes do not provide good support for your feet, they are likely to be under greater pressure and strain which will cause them to sweat more than usual. Besides sweat, it can also cause your feet and toes to cramp up and overtire more easily.
Shaft height - Low profile breathable boots tend to be better at reducing sweat. Boots with a high shaft simply cause the air to travel too great a distance and confine it, leaving your feet trapped with the same hot air for a long period of time. With a shallow shaft, the air will circulate better and give your feet a much-needed breath of fresh air.
Anti-Sweat and Waterproof Features for Dry Feet
Carharrt breathable work boots possess traits such as:
- FastDry technology
- The Storm Defender waterproof technology
- Lightweight materials that don’t sacrifice any comfort
- Ortholite insoles
FastDry technology keeps your feet dry and cool by wicking away any excess sweat you may generate during your activities.
Ortholite insoles provide great comfort for your feet and prevent them from going sore, while simultaneously repelling any rank odors produced by sweat.
The Storm Defender waterproof technology lets moisture slip out of the boot through a breathable membrane while still preventing water from penetrating the boot from the outside. This is an important feature as excess sweat creates a damp, warm space in which bacteria and fungus thrive. This can lead to bad odors as well as multiple infections so keeping your feet dry inside your boots is crucial.
Extra Safety Features
Carhartt’s breathable work boots have a wide range of models that offer great protection for your toes and feet. A lot of industry and construction workers deal with heavy objects, sharp tools, and high temperatures. Most boots will not be suitable for these conditions and will leave your feet open to injuries, so it is important to choose wisely.
Foot and Toe Protection
These features today are a necessity if your workplace has certain hazards such as heavy object shifting, heavy machinery, and the like. Thankfully with these models, you don’t have to sacrifice any comfort or style to meet the safety requirements.
Steel Toe or Composite Toe
A steel toe is a great feature for reinforcing the tip of your boot with steel for extra protection. However, if you work in high-temperature conditions and need a material that doesn’t transmit heat as much as steel and metal do, go for the composite toe.
A common puncturing injury to your toe or foot caused by stepping on a nail or a sharp piece of metal/glass can easily be avoided with the puncture-resistant plate addition which reinforces the boot sole greatly.
Best Metatarsal Protection
As for the fear of heavy objects landing on your feet, a met-guard is the best ally you can find. By strengthening the top of the boot it will protect your metatarsal from damage caused by heavy pressure on your foot, whether it is a falling object or a pressing surface.
Most models also meet the ASTM standards, meaning that they offer extra protection from any electrical accidents that may occur.
The Standout Breathable Work Boot
Models vary for a reason and every boot has its own area where it excels. Where one fits perfectly, another will not. So picking out a single model suitable for everyone is nigh impossible. However, we have decided to single out the Carhartt Men’s Work Safety-Toe NWP Work Boot.
Carhartt Men’s Work Safety-Toe NWP Work Boot
It is one of the most durable options you can find anywhere due to its Bon Welt constructed sole. It’s also quite the looker, with oil-tanned leather and metal hardware combination that gives it a rugged, yet still stylish appearance.
It’s great if you prefer shoes with a shorter break-in period, as it has very soft padding around the ankles, and a comfort tongue, so your foot should get used to it in no time.
This model also features FastDry technology, PU cushion insoles for ultra comfort, and a strengthened steel shank for stronger arch support for your feet. It meets the ASTM standards for electrical accidents.
The only flaw about this model that we’d single out would be that they are not waterproof. So if it’s water-tightness you are after, it’s better to scroll a bit further through categories and find a different model that will suit your needs.