The first pair of steel toe crew socks re-examined is the Dickies Kevlar option. It's made from a blend of spandex, Kevlar, nylon and polyester- manufactured in the United States and machine washable.
It's marketed as a Kevlar-reinforced boot sock to help guard your heel and toe against abrasion and impact for extended durability. In addition, they are constructed with arch compression so that your feet are always tightly but comfortably bound with the Kevlar fiber.
- One buyer who wears them in conjunction with steel-toe work boots on a construction site says that the nature of his work is extremely hot and dangerous.
- He says that these socks help guard his feet from the heat as well as providing an additional layer of security protection in dangerous factory environments.
- Another reviewer endorses their breathability, saying that he wears them for extended periods in his regular Nike sneakers and that they don't develop foul odors even in the hot dry climates over the summer.
- Another industrial construction worker says that he began wearing the Dickies Kevlar socks in conjunction with his Carhartt work boots because he's on his feet eight hours a day in a harsh factory environment and finds that these rugged work socks provide another layer of comfort.
The second pair of reinforced, heavy duty socks is manufactured by Fruit Of The Loom and they are built from polyester, Lycra spandex, and cotton. These reinforced work socks are marketed as odor resistant, extra-reinforced options with cushioned soles and spandex fiber to provide a contoured fit.
- Buyers looking for large work socks tell us that they do fit men with size 13 feet, even after they've been run through the washing machine several times.
- Buyer feedback is somewhat mixed with the reviewers criticizing their viability as a heavy duty work sock- saying that in their opinion that the fiber blend has changed recently so that they feel almost like a light dress sock.
- Another reviewer who wears them in conjunction with different shoes, including traditional walking shoes, high impact athletic training sneakers, and rugged construction steel-toed work boots, said that they are generally soft, a little bit thin and that over time the ends developed holes.
- Another buyer criticized these rugged crew work-socks saying that they have a low rise, whereas traditionally crew socks have a mid-calf rise.
- Yet another construction worker praises them, in contrast to the other sneaker wearers who have criticized them, saying that they are relatively strong, lightweight and work with formal to work-style sneakers.
The third pair of work performance crew socks we examined as manufactured by Carhartt- they're built from a 98% polyester and 2% spandex- an imported option that is machine-washable with toe and heel reinforcement.
Carhartt markets them as odor-resistant with a proprietary fast-drying technology to ensure that perspiration is kept to a minimum. Some other advanced features include polyester design elements, compression arches, reinforced toe and heel for extended durability and ventilating mesh panels to decrease foot sweat. Buyers looking for work socks say that they rise high enough so that steel toe work boots don't painfully chafe their ankles.
- Other buyers tell us that while they wick sweat, they also managed to keep their feet warm enough on cold days, and ventilated during summer months of all day outdoor work.
- While most buyer feedback is positive, one man who purchased them told us that the style is too tight on his calves- making them inappropriate for daily use.
- Yet, for the most part, buyers have been pretty impressed with this option- saying that the compression arch technology is not a load of bunk. Indeed, the 'feel' of these socks reinforces their claims of work-duty ruggedness.
The fourth option we examined is the Working Persons gray steel-toe crew socks- they're built from a cotton, nylon, polyester and spandex blend, made in the United States, and are machine washable.
- One construction worker told us that these heavy duty work socks are especially cushioned in the toebox area, helping to reduce painful problems with steel-toe work boots.
- In addition, because of their ribbed arches and insteps, they don't bunch up and actually promote blood circulation in the foot throughout the workday.
- Another interesting piece of feedback we received is that an elderly man who suffers from diabetic neuropathy in his feet found these rugged work socks a comfortable alternative to traditional socks that didn't provide the same level of padded cushioning.
- Buyers were impressed by their durability and how well they work in conjunction with traditional construction work boots, but do say that the sides are prone to developing lint rolls.
The last pair of reinforced work socks we examined is the polyester Timberland option- they are imported, machine washable and feature enhanced arch support as well as reinforced toes and heels. Users report that the blend is 35% acrylic, 3% elastane, 5% cotton 12% nylon, 31% wool and 14% polyester.
- One construction worker who spends all day on his feet unforgiving concrete work surfaces tells us that these Timberland reinforced work socks have helped protect and comfort his feet during these strenuous work days.
- In addition, the benefits redounded to his knees which often times had absorbed the brunt of the concrete tread and become painfully sore after an eight hour day stomping around on hard concrete.
- Another buyer praised the spaciousness the elasticity provides, saying that since he works in commercial vehicles, jumping on and off trucks, as well as inside of a large warehouse that these socks were are an essential complement to his traditional work boots.