What shoes do truck drivers wear? The answer involves more factors than you may realize.
Truck drivers spend many hours driving, so any footwear needs to be comfortable all day. And yet, they need to be durable to stay safe during pre-trip inspections, while unloading freight and in a wide variety of weather conditions.
Just as good truck driver work gloves are important to protect your hands, a good pair of work boots is key for your feet, and we’ve compiled the best work boots for truck drivers. But first …
What to look for in truck driver work boots
Because of their multi-purpose use, the best work boots for truck drivers have:
- Leather uppers – safe and durable.
- Oil-resistant and waterproof – safe and dry.
- Slip-resistant soles – better non-skid grip.
- Steel toe or composite toe – only required for certain driving jobs.
Truck drivers should not wear:
- Standard tennis shoes.
- Flat-bottom boots/shoes (including plain cowboy style).
- Sandals, flip-flops or any open-toed shoes.
- Deck shoes.
7 best work boots for truck drivers
Whether you’re looking for comfort, style, durability, low cost or the best combination of all, below are some of the top-rated and best-selling work boots among Schneider drivers, who have access to a private discount site.
Links below are to purchase from Amazon.
This 6-inch (height) work boot features a non-metallic composite toe cap, removable polyurethane cushion insole and waterproof inner layer. They are not steel toe.
This is another 6-inch non-steel-toe Rocky work boot that boasts a non-metallic stabilizer, lightweight 1000-denier nylon fabric and a cushion footbed specifically targeting your heel and metatarsal ridge for support and comfort.
This 6-inch boot features a steel toe, excellent arch support with a contoured removable orthotic insole and a waterproof inner layer to keep feet dry, in addition to a puncture-resistant steel plate under foot.
This rugged steel toe 6-inch work boot is 100 percent leather and features 200 grams of insulation for warmth if you’re looking for winter boots for truck drivers that double as good work boots any time of year.
This 6-inch safety toe work boot is also 100 percent leather, along with low-profile outsoles for superior traction and a comfort system ergonomically designed to supply movement and critical support.
These 6-inch work boots from the Lehigh Safety Shoe Co. feature lightweight polyurethane outsoles, a soft tumbled upper leather easier to break in and insulated bottoms providing extra protection.
These 6-inch leather boots feature a moc-toe style (seam runs around the top of the boot), and though they’re more expensive, they’ve earned a reputation for quality, durability, comfort and craftsmanship.
Does Schneider provide work boots for truck drivers?
Schneider drivers are required to wear approved safety footwear at all times within the course and scope of their job. They receive:
- A free pair of work boots each work anniversary.
- Discounted work boots any time through Schneider discount, including payroll deduction purchase options upon initial hire.
Drivers may also purchase their own if they meet the four standards noted earlier.
Step up to a better driving career
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