Toolmongers with feet that would impress a yeti know the pain of trying to find a good pair of work boots. Wide-footed individuals the world over have leaned towards New Balance products for ages, but New Balance doesn’t make work boots, do they? Well, sort of: Rockport Works, a work shoe manufacturer, contracts with New Balance to design their foot beds and toe caps, leaving the uppers, tongue, and lace arrangement for themselves, at least according to Moe at Harry’s Army Surplus.
True or not, I recently replaced my tired (and crappy) Goodyear work boots with a pair of Rockports, and they fit my 12EEE feet better than just about any other shoe I’ve ever tried. They’re steel caps, but still comfortable enough for everyday wear, which is a pretty remarkable achievement. The Rockports are on par with other high-quality boots from Red Wing, Wolverine, and other manufacturers.
They list for $134, but the guy behind the counter at your local retailer might be able to cut you a deal. If your feet are a weird size, it’s an investment worth looking into.