There are many kinds of working shoes that workers wear as part of the requirement or necessity when working in certain conditions. Working footwear varies from cowboy and jungle boots to Wellington boots and safety footwear. These types of footwear have materials and safety features incorporated into them to keep the feet of the workers fairly well protected.

One of the requirements for those who work in areas such as construction sites and places where there are risks of injuries is to wear safety work wear. These include clothes or overalls made especially for the work to be done as well as appropriate footwear. For a lot of these clothes it's not just about wearing clothes that are of ease to wear but they can also be made of specific durable material. These clothes also may have belts attached so that they can attach themselves to safety rigs. The footwear is also specially constructed from materials that give protection to the foot.

There are also various work shoes that cater to the weather. For cold weather, a fur lining is often found on the footwear to keep the wearer's feet warm. Conversely, in warm weather, shoes with breathable uppers and materials that absorb moisture are used.

For safety shoes, along with strong, durable materials that are used, most of the time steel toe caps are also incorporated into the footwear. This toe cap usually extends from the toes to past the arch of the foot. Different soles catering to various conditions are also a factor in these types of shoes and these are specifically used for the type of work being done or the risk being faced. Some examples would be slippery floors, areas of heavy machinery moving about or being shifted from place to place or oil rigs. Some of these shoes have a mid soles made of steel to protect the wearer from sharp objects such as steel rods from penetrating. Safety footwear also can be found as clogs and sneakers. With their rugged looks, many types safety footwear have found their way into cultures in society with the younger generation mainly favoring them. However, the opposite can also be found when manufacturers of popular rugged shoes worn in cities have given licenses to shoe manufacturers to manufacture safety footwear.