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Slip-On vs. Lace Up Work Boots: Which Is Right for You?

Lace-up and slip-on work boots each have their pros and cons, but which one is the best when it comes to comfort on the jobsite or work area? If you want to know, we’re doing a comparison of these two types of work boots below.

Comfort levels

We’ll compare both of these boot types depending on a variety of factors, such as convenience in wearing, if it stays fit longer, maintenance, and more. We hope that this will help you decide which type of work boots to buy for your needs.

Comfort levels

When it comes to overall comfort, we think that slip-on boots are usually better because they provide both ankle support and much better non-slip properties as compared with lace-up boots. They have a design that allows you to wear them without feeling too restricted.

On the other hand, if you prefer more safety than comfort, especially if you work in a very dangerous environment, we think that it’s best to go with lace-up shoes. They are quite restrictive but they have puncture resistance that’s not seen much when it comes to hazardous environments.

Winner: slip-on boots

Wearing convenience

When it comes to convenience, we think that both lace-up and slip-on boots have their strengths and weaknesses. Lace-up boots are suitable for construction sites and other areas with dangerous falling debris while slip-on boots are better for jobsites that require you to put footwear on and off easily.

Therefore, when it comes to wearing convenience, if you are always in a hurry, it’s best to wear slip-on boots. It’s given in the name – “slip-on”, no tying required.

Winner: slip-on boots

How long does it stays fit?

On fit retention, that’s where tying up your boots comes in handy and therefore, the lace-up boots are more suitable for the job of keeping your feet firmly protected by the boot material, such as leather or synthetic leather. 

Slip-on shoes are ideal only for quick wearing but not for a long-lasting fit. They will get loose eventually, unlike lace-up boots, so they are not that good if you want your boots to fit your feet all day. Although special insoles can make the shoes fit better, it’s still different having lace-up boots.

Winner: lace-up boots


Generally, slip-on boots are easier to manage because they tend to be more breathable than lace-up types. They likely won’t smell that bad because you can easily take them on and off. There are no laces to toss into the washing machine and most of them are water-resistant boots, too.

On the other hand, lace-up boots are more tedious. As we said, laces require additional time when it comes to cleaning up your footwear. Lace-up shoes also don’t have as much ventilation as slip-on shoes due to being more snug and closed. Therefore, it’s much more difficult to clean up.

Winner: slip-on boots


From the above-mentioned comparisons, we can see that slip-on boots have a lot more advantages compared to lace-up boots. However, it still depends on what you need – if you want security on your feet for dangerous jobs like construction site work, lace-up boots are still the best for you.

This is Robert William, the content contributor on blogili.com. Working with different sites as a content writer.

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