When shopping around for the best pair of boots for your job, you’re likely to come across two main types of boots with either a wedge or a lug sole. It goes without saying that a boot’s sole makes a big difference in wear and function. So how do you choose which ones are right for you?
What is a wedge sole?
A wedge sole, often accompanied by a moc toe design, runs the entire length of the outsole. That means from heel to toe, you have one solid piece of rubber (or other material) that allows for a larger contact surface area with the ground. Compared to a lug sole, there is no gap between the heel and the toe, providing more support under your foot’s arch and an overall more comfortable experience.
- More comfortable, especially on flat, hard surfaces. The increased surface area of the soles allow them to more evenly distribute impact when walking. This makes your experience much more comfortable on a daily basis and can help reduce stress on your back and knees in the long run.
- They’re more lightweight. Similar to the previous point, the lighter weight is more comfortable, allowing you to be on your feet more without as much fatigue.
- Tracks less dirt. Because the treads on the bottom of the soles are not as deep, they don’t collect dirt or debris as much, making them and your living spaces a little easier to maintain.
- Less traction on uneven surfaces. The main tradeoff here is that a solid wedge sole has less traction especially when you’re not on a hard,flat surface.
- Soles can wear out more quickly. And depending on how they were originally manufactured, you may not even have the ability to re-sole them.
A wedge sole is best for framing, construction, or any job that has you working on hard surfaces. A wedge sole boot can be worn on a daily basis as well. You don’t have to be performing physically demanding tasks in order to benefit from their all around comfort.
Our pick: The Ever Boots Weldor is a fan favorite, and for good reason. This wedge sole boot lives up to its reputation as being extremely comfortable, right out of the box. That means, with little to no break in period, you’ll be able to get to work right away.
What is a lug sole?
A lug sole boot is basically a heeled work boot. There’s a slight elevation in the heel, leaving a gap of space in between the midsole and the ground. While this means there’s less contact with the ground, it also allows for better traction and stability across different surfaces.
- Relatively more traction on uneven surfaces. This is especially important for folks that often work outside in various weather conditions and terrains. The treads on the sole, plus the raised heel offer more stability compared to a wedge sole.
- They’re safer for climbing. The heel allows you to “lock” yourself in place when climbing ladders.
- Can be heavier and not as comfortable as a wedge sole. Because your weight is less evenly distributed, you may experience more pressure on the heel and ball of your foot, especially after long hours.
A lug sole is best for people that work outdoors in varying terrain, or often climb ladders. Think construction workers, linesmen, loggers, etc… They’re also extremely versatile and can be worn on an everyday shoe.
Our Pick: The Ever Boots Tank is a classic work boot that you really can’t go wrong with. And thanks to Goodyear Welt construction, you can easily have the shoes re-soled when the time comes for a refresh.
You might also benefit from owning both and cycling through either pair depending on what you’re doing that day. Rotating through multiple pairs of boots is actually a great way to extend the lifespan of your boots. Click here for more tips.
Now that you know the pros and cons, it’s up to you to decide which type of sole will work best for you. At the end of the day, the best work boots are the ones that work best for you and your job.
At Ever Boots, we pride ourselves on making high quality, durable boots for a very reasonable price. We believe that we can use the best materials, NOT cut corners, and still offer the best for our customers. And for the past five years, we have. Learn more about the styles and features of EVER BOOTS products here.