Slip-On Work Boots vs Lace-Up Work Boots

Slip-On Work Boots vs Lace-Up Work Boots

Slip-On Work Boots vs Lace-Up Work Boots


After a long day, one of the worst things to have to deal with is tired, achy feet. This is why, whether you are a carpenter, outdoorsman, or construction worker, a comfortable pair of work boots is a critical part of your daily tool kit.

With the large assortment of options on the market, it can be difficult to narrow down what type of work boot is right for you. This is why today, we will discuss the differences between slip-on work boots and boots that are fastened with laces, as well as why podiatrists may recommend one over the other.

Standing up to aging

Boots made with a form-fitting material, such as full-grain leather, will mold to the feet over time. As this occurs, the boots will expand and adapt to the wearer’s shape. This is one of the reasons why many podiatrists recommend work boots with laces because it allows the user to tighten the boots as they stretch out.

Laces on work boots allow for a more customizable fit.

Convenience and daily wear

At first glance, slip-on boots may appear to be the more convenient option. However, there are many lace-up boots out there with an added zipper that makes them exceptionally easy to put on and take off. We recommend looking for a pair that has this feature.

A work boot with laces and side zipper offer the best of both worlds - comfort and safety.

Long-lasting support

Because laces allow the wearer to tighten the boots as they age, it also means that lace-up boots will provide better support to the feet for a longer amount of time. As a boot stretches, it may gape at the sides where your foot’s arches are located. When this happens, the arches are no longer supported and protected from collapsing. To combat this, laces can help tighten the boot and support your foot and ankle better.

Due to their ability to maintain their shape, lace-up work boots are also better because they work well with orthotic inserts. Slip-on boots may widen at the base with use, and an orthotic will not be held in place as well.

Some final remarks

Ultimately, lace-up boots are the better option because they are more versatile. They allow the wearer to adjust the fit, which is very useful over the long term. Their customizability also makes for a more supportive and comfortable fit—something anyone who wears boots can benefit from.

When it comes to comfort, stability, and longevity, lace-up boots are the way to go.

Have some more questions?

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