Quality work shoes can take the ache out of your back, ankles, knees and feet. The question of “best shoes for the woodshop” comes up over and over in woodworking forums. Like most things woodworking the best answer is “it depends on what your needs are.”
We’re a safety-first company so we definitely recommend steel toed boots. From what I found most woodworkers agree – by and large they lean towards standard work boots while they’re working with wood. That said I found a SHOCKING number of people who wear sandals… or even flip flops. And one woodworker claims he works in the shop barefoot. YIKES! To each his own I guess, but remember, what you’re reading here is the collected opinions of woodworkers and does NOT reflect ToolCrib.com’s recommendations.
One thing NOT reflected well in the results you’ll read is the difference that cushioning floor pads will make! Most folks reported that good floor cushioning makes expensive/comfortable shoes unnecessary. Safe shoes are still recommended of course…
Boots: 23 Votes Total
Red Wing: 5 Votes
Red Wing 6611 Mens Oxford
Redwing “comfort zone” boots
Wolverine: 3 Votes
Wolverine Steeltoes for me.
Wolverine safety boots in the shop
Danner: 2 Votes
Danner Hunting Boots
Timberland: 2 Votes
Timberland steel toe steel shank
Blundstone: 2 Votes
Blundstone safety boots
Merrell hikers with Dr. Scholl’s most expensive insoles.
matterhorn safety toe boots
Doc Martens with bouncing soles
hi tech work boots
walking shoes/sneaker-y type shoes: 21 Votes
worn out running shoes: 14 Votes
slip on mocassins from cabelas
Rocky steel toed sneakers
converse steel toe sneakers
Sandal-y Foot Coverings: 16 votes Total
Crocs: 9 votes (close-toe recommended)
Sandals: 3 votes
Birkenstocks: 2 votes
flip flops: 2 votes
Barefoot: 1 Vote
We highly highly un-recommend this idea. Your mileage may vary!
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