Square toe lace up work boots are excellent for workers who have to spend long hours working in rough and rugged conditions. As compared to ‘slip on’ boots, lace-up boots get more secured to the feet of the wearer, and they are less likely to shift and move around.
What Are Square Toe Lace up Work Boots?
These boots are, as the name indicates, defined by two salient features:
- The square toe shape.
- …and the lace-up system.
The Square Toe Shape: There are different types of toe shapes that you can find when buying work boots. Some can have a pointed end, while some can have a rounded toe instead. “Square toes,” on the other hand, are characterized by their blocky and sharp rectangular shape.
The Lace-Up System: Then there is the lace-up system. Other than lace-up boots, there’s only one other popular kind that you can get nowadays, i.e., slip-on boots.
Slip-on boots can be simply slid on and secured to the feet thanks to their long opening, whereas lace-up boots have to be tied up instead.
What is the Benefit of Wearing Square Toe Work Boots?
Compared to other types of narrow-toed boots, square toes are more comfortable to wear since they don’t squeeze or press the phalanges when worn.
The toes can get squished together in round or pointed toe boxes. While this may not feel very cramped or stuffed at the start, it can start getting uncomfortable after a while.
And there is another benefit to this wide toe area. Since there is more space around the front of the boots, your toes will likely not feel even a dampened impact should anything heavy fall on your boots.
However, if the toe space is confined or cramped, your toes could still feel a dull thud if you happen to drop anything heavy on them.
Lightweight Lace-Up Work Boots
Even in lace-up work boots, there are different types and categories. For one, they can be categorized into ‘lightweight’ and ‘heavyweight.’
Heavyweight boots usually have a steel toe. In other words, the toe box is made of steel. This, while adding to their weight, gives them considerable durability.
On the other hand, lightweight boots are those in which the toe box is made with some lighter material such as aluminum or titanium. They can also have a non-metallic toe box that can be made with composite materials like fiberglass and kevlar.
Both lightweight and heavyweight boots have their advantages and disadvantages.
Heavyweight boots (i.e., the ones with a steel toe) can be very tough, and they can hold up under heavy impacts without buckling or bending. But, they can get a little difficult to wear for long periods of time.
Lightweight boots, if made from composite material, can give a comfortable wearing experience, but they can be somewhat lacking when it comes to durability.
On the other hand, if we talk about lightweight boots made from alloys, they are just very expensive to get, although they don’t have any other downside.
Women’s Square Toe Lace-Up Boots
There are basically two main types in which square toe lace-up work boots can be divided vis-à-vis the length of their shaft.
Boots that end right below the ankle are called booties. Shape-wise, they’re just like your standard trainers and sneakers because they don’t come to or past the ankle.
On the other hand, boots that come up to the lower leg and cover the ankles as well are called ankle boots.
The main difference that you’ll see in lace-up work boots for women is that they have a generous shaft that goes up quite a way up the ankle. In other words, they are mostly ankle boots rather than booties. This is also paired with an intricate and complex-looking lacing setup.
Square toe lace-up work boots are characterized by their thick, blocky toe box construction and lacing setup. These types of boots are great for people who have to work for hours on hard and rough surfaces. Thanks to the square toe shape, the toes don’t get uncomfortable. Plus, the lacing secures the boots firmly to the feet to reduce slippage.