The 14 Best Work Boots of 2017

When it comes to welding, you want the best work boots that money can buy.

That means finding a well-rounded boot that offers:

  • Comfort
  • Protection
  • Durability
  • Longevity
  • Affordability

Whether you’re on a budget or don’t mind splurging, we’ve got you covered for any tough welding job. Here are the 14 Best Work Boots of 2017.

1. Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift Boot

This 6″ steel toe boot excels at the well-rounded part, especially because it’s made from leather which repels away water.

Since it has a slip-resistant rubber out-sole, you won’t have to worry about slipping from any spills.

And if sweating is a problem for you, these boots are also made with internal nylon mesh lining, so your feet can stay dry through those long work hours.

Not too shabby for a comfortable, durable boot. Read user reviews…

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2. Timberland Pro Titan Boot

If comfort is your thing then check out this 6″ waterproof safety toe boot, which is made from an Alloy/composite safety toe and offers durable protection and a lightweight feel.

You don’t have to worry about “breaking in” these boots, thanks to the full-grained leather material.

Bonus points for the leather’s water-resistance and rubber-out sole too, so you won’t need to worry about slipping since these boots are also made with a rubber-out sole.

Odor control is important as well, which is why these Timberland Pro Titan Boots were created with antimicrobial lining.

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3. Timberland Pro Pitboss Boot

This 6″ steel toe work boot excels in the durability department; sharp objects can’t even pierce through with its anti-puncture arch lining.

Since it’s made from tight-grained leather, these boots will keep the water away while also protecting your feet from electrical hazards.

But this boot doesn’t sacrifice comfort for protection; it’s also made with a polyurethane foot-bed and a nylon mesh sock liner so your feet will feel good as new after a tough welding job.

With its antimicrobial lining, your feet will be able to breathe while keeping odors at bay. Read user reviews…

4. Timberland Soft Toe Boot

A lightweight boot which also offers immense protection?

Say hello to these 6″ direct-attach soft toe boots, which is lined with Thermolite insulation and helps keep your feet warm and dry.

Especially because it’s also made from full-grain leather material with seam-sealed joins, which repels water.

If you’re worried about smelly feet, these boots also have an antimicrobial mesh lining to block troublesome odors.

As if these weren’t enough, these boots are also slip-resistant thanks to its anti-slip rubber sole. Read user reviews…

5. Dr. Martens Ironbridge Boot

Quality is pretty important when it comes to the best work boots, and these Steel-Toe Met Guard Boots are Goodyear-welted, which means high-quality craftsmanship is at the forefront with these boots.

For starters, these boots have a Smartmask® insole which helps keep your feet free of moisture, are also made with a padded collar and tongue which provides a cushion-like comfort and feel.

But these boots really shine when it comes to protection against:

  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Oil

Thanks to its steel toe cap and leather material, these boots are a workhorse on the exterior, yet comfortable with its interior. Read user reviews…

6. CAT Assault Work Boots

These boots don’t mess around when it comes to protection.

Made from full-grained leather, these boots protect your feet from:

  • Impact
  • Compression
  • Chemicals
  • Heat
  • Oil
  • Electricity
  • Slipping

This is due to its metatarsal guard and steel protective toe construction.

Also lined with Climasphere, so your feet will experience maximum comfort and protection. Read user reviews…

7. Timberland Pro Met Guard Boots

These 8″ Met Guard steel toe work boots shine when it comes to heat-resistance, as it withstands temperatures up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, and protects against:

These Ever-Guard leather boots also feature a waterproof membrane which protects against water damage, increasing its longevity.

Comfort is also a big factor with the 24/7 comfort suspension, which provides round-the-clock comfort while helping to reduce foot aches and pains.

Finally, odor and sweat are kept at a minimum with the open-cell polyurethane material. Read user reviews…

8. Timberland Pro Excave Met Guard Boots

These 6″ Met Guard steel toe work boots were designed with flexibility and grip in mind.

The ABS metatarsal guards aids in flexibility with joints while the mesh lining gives your feet some breathing room.

Grip protection is kept at maximum thanks to the Ladder Lock outsole and polyurethane material.

These Timberland boots also offer electrical underfoot protection and abrasion-resistance with its Ever-Guard leather material.

Comfort is also not sacrificed as these boots feature 24/7 comfort suspension which helps to reduce foot aches and pains. Read user reviews…

9. Caterpillar Revolver Boot

Talk about full-on durability.

These are one of the few boots that extend past the ankle to offer extra protection.

Made from full grain leather, these Goodyear welted boots are rated ASTM F2413-11 I/75 C/75, which means it’s the best of the best with impact and compression.

These also protect against up to 600 volts of electricity while also providing superior slip resistance. Read user reviews…

10. Keen Utility Tacoma Boot

For extra features, look no further than these Keen Utility Tacoma Boots.

This lightweight, Goodyear welted boots feature composite toe designs that provide extra room for your feet, compared to most other work boots.

Speaking of comfort, the footbed design of these boots provide support and comfort without sacrificing protection.

The Keen Tacoma Boots also features Cleansport NXT to control unwanted odors, while the non-metallic construction design also provides water and slip-resistance. Read user reviews…

11. Caterpillar Diagnostic Waterproof Boot

Talk about doing it all.

For starters, these boots feature a waterproof leather upper, which protects against long-term water damage, which is not good for the longevity of work boots.

These also feature a Best-in-Class Resistant Outsole to provide some serious slip-resistance.

And if that wasn’t enough, these best work boots are also insulated, providing your feet some extra warmth for those cold conditions.

These boots also feature the highest rated impact and compression protection, so you won’t have to worry about hurting your feet on the job.

Comfort plays a major part with nylon mesh lining and a removable Perforated EVA with Gel Technology, which provides breathable room for your feet.

Is there anything these work boots can’t do? Read user reviews…

12. Danner Quarry GTX Boot

One of the most high-quality boots on this list, the Danner Quarry GTX Boot boasts a plethora of features.

Meeting the industrial standards for electrical shock protection, these boots are triple-stitched to ensure extra durability.

Made with GORE-TEX liners, these waterproof boots are the ultimate protection against water damage, without weighing your feet down.

These also provide ample wiggle room for your feet to breathe.

You won’t have to worry about slipping, either, as the rubber compound is both oil and slip-resistant. Read user reviews…

13. Wolverine Raider Boot

It’s not often you find an athletic type of work boot, and the Wolverine Raider Boot is just that.

It’s constructed with ContourWelt® and Multishox® which provides flexibility and foot support.

Made with a full-grain leather upper, these lightweight boots also provide much-needed breathing room with the mesh lining material.

To top that off, these boots also provide resistance against:

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14. Keen Utility Pittsburgh Boot

Unlike most of the best work boots, this boot features reflective webbing for additional safety measures against work hazards, which is furthered by the EVA/PU midsole that aids in preventing harm against compression.

They’re made with a rubber outsole to protect against any slips from water or oil.

These boots feature KEEN Patented Toe Protection which provides ultimate durability with extra wiggle room for your feet.

Comfort is further ensured with the metatomical footbed design which provides support and cushion to get you through those long work hours.

This boot was is also designed with a waterproof membrane to repel and protect against water. Read user reviews…

Final Thoughts on the Best Work Boots

When it comes to finding the best work boots, you want your dollar to stretch far when it comes to:

  • Durability
  • Comfort
  • Protection
  • Longevity

Although the above work boots will vary slightly in these categories, they all excel when it comes to these 4 aspects.

Depending on which factor is most important to you will determine the best work boots for your needs.

Because welding is a tough job, and when you’re on your feet all day, you need welding boots that can help you through the day.

And that’s where these 14 Best Work Boots of 2017 have you covered. What’s your favorite pair? Did they make the list? Let us know in the comments!

Salvador J. Celaya

Salvador J. Celaya is the Editor of As a welding enthusiast he loves to share what he knows about welding helmets and other gear in this field. In personal life he is the father of two cute kids and a loving husband. He loves foods and nothing is more important for him than being with family and friends in his spare time.

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