Best Safety Boots Reviewed & Rated

Feet are important!  You’re given only one pair at birth, and you need to make them last a good (hopefully) 80 plus years.  Safety boots are a critical component to protecting our feet from a number of potential hazards on the job or while at play.  For most of us, working or playing isn’t a short-term endeavor.  We need footwear that not only lasts under pressure but that is flexible enough for us to stand and move long hours, day after day, in comfort! With so many options out there, choosing the right pair can be overwhelming.  But fear not! We’ve taken the guess work out of it; find out all the details you need to select the right pair of safety boots for you below.

Featured Recommendations

Timberland Pro Pit Boss
  • Timberland Pro Pit Boss
  • 5 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Roomy Rounded Toe
  • Removable Sockliner
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The Original MuckBoots
  • The Original MuckBoots
  • 4.5 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Reinforced Achilles Area
  • Waterproof
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Caterpillar 2nd Shift
  • Caterpillar 2nd Shift
  • 4.3 out of 5
    Our rating
  • Steel Toe
  • Padded Ankle
  • Price: See Here

Every day, we’re faced with a variety of potential hazards on the job.  From flying objects and burns to spills, slips, trips, and falls…risks surround us! Let’s not forget chemicals, electricity, and extreme temperatures!  We need footwear that is slip resistant, durable, and comfortable.  Don’t forget about those ten toes (yep, we’re only born with one set of those) and metatarsals; they need protection too!.  A good safety boot must meet all these conditions and, perhaps most importantly, protect us from fatigue.  We’ve reviewed a plethora of products on the market and found the creme of the crop for you!

When electing the perfect pair of safety boots, you have many things to consider.  Is protection valued over comfort? Is comfort valued over protection? Or are both equally important?  What type and level of toe protection is required? From the construction materials to the way the sole is melded to the shoe, from the materials used to keep you warm (or cool), a multitude of products exist at almost the same variety of costs.  

 

10 Best Safety Boots

 

1. Timberland PRO Pit Boss

The Pit Boss is the safety boot that has it all! Steel toe construction, excellent sole traction grip, weather-proof protection, and comfort throughout. With a roomier toe box, removable sock liner, mid-sole support, and antimicrobial lining, Timberland thought of everything with this model. Rugged and comfortable at an affordable price point, you will NOT be disappointed with this Editor’s Choice!
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Rugged Durability
This boot will protect you from the elements for years to come. The steel toe and superior tread combined with quality construction mean you won’t be frustrated with broken lace hooks, rips, tears, etc. compromising your protection.

Comfort, comfort, and more comfort!
Timberland considered comfort throughout this model. With a roomy toe box, extra mid-sole support, and removable sock liner, you won’t even need to break them in. The comfort is already present, right out of the box!

Cost and Value
The Pit Boss is a fantastic bargain value! It’s less expensive than most of the products rounding out our top ten list and provides even more protection and comfort. Wearers report using these boots for years at a time!
Pros
  • Breathable uppers
  • Great traction grip
  • Excellent mid-sole support
  • Long-lasting foot protection
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Not the lightest model
  • Sizes run a bit small

2. The Original MuckBoots Chore Hi-Cut

Farming, gardening, animal, and equine enthusiasts delight! This lightweight boot boasts heavy duty protection and a 100% waterproof rubber outsole! Complete with a wide heel for extra stability, tall shaft for premium protection, and a breathable lining, MuckBoots has you covered. Bonus - there’s even a kick rim so you can take them off hands free! This is the perfect boot for all of those outdoor chores!
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Stability
With the Chore’s extra wide heel and reinforced achilles, toe, and heel areas, you are sure to be steady on your feet while taking care of business! The rubber outsole will keep you from slipping around in the mud and muck.

Resist the Elements
The extra tall shaft coupled with the rubber outsole and breathable liner protects your feet and lower legs from the rain, sleet, and snow as well as any puddles you decide to jump in!

Cost and Value
MuckBoots’ Chore may run you a bit more than other rubber boots on the market, but the extra spend is well worth the optimized stability, breathability, and weather resistance you get with this boot.
Pros
  • Tall shaft for superior protection
  • Reinforced toe, heel, and achilles for extra stability
  • Extra wide heel for added stability
  • Kick rim for hands free removal
  • 100% waterproof
Cons
  • Extra stability can lead to less comfort over time
  • Upper material can be prone to puncture, leading to leaks

3. Wolverine W02421 Raider

Welcome to Woverine’s most comfortable safety boot! This model was built tough but with a flexible, athletic feel. Complete with ankle protection and a slip & abrasion resistant rubber outsole, these boots are perfect for every-day use. They come cushioned with CountourWelt and Multishox construction for added comfort and are available with a soft or steel toe option! Stylish enough to wear when you’re not on the job.
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Comfort and Flexibility
The extra care Woverine put into the cushion of this boot shows! Superior flexibility and comfort for daily wear all in a boot that doesn’t crowd the toes. Users report almost immediate break-in times!

Stylish Protection
These boots will take you from the job site to other appointments with ease. You won’t be the one with the clunky heels walking stiffly into the room! The Raider pairs well with casual clothing as well.

Cost and Value
A bit more expensive than some other options on the market, but the conditioned leather uppers and the ContourWelt and Multishox construction are well worth the price. The comfort and durability of these boots far surpasses similar competitors’ products.
Pros
  • High quality leather uppers
  • Additional cushioning for comfort
  • Soft or steel toe options
  • Pairs with casual clothing
  • Doesn’t crowd toes
Cons
  • Leather can show wear easily
  • Soles can be a bit slippery

4. KEEN Utility Pittsburgh

4. KEEN Utility Pittsburgh
KEEN had the worker in mind when they developed this boot! Asymetrical steel toes, weatherproof construction, and extra torsional support make this one tough cookie! An oil and slip resistant rubber outsole that also provides protection from electrical hazards, combined with reflective webbing, provides optimal safety and protection for those long days of hard work. Make no mistake - they thought of comfort too! A removable footbed with dual-density and compression molded midsoles provide pleasing arch support to get you through hours on your feet in these surprisingly lightweight boots!
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Extreme Safety
Steel toes, stability plate, waterproof uppers, oil and slip resistant outsoles, reflective webbing, positive lacing locks and a stability plate combine to make this one of the most protective boots on the market.

Comfort
KEEN has you covered with comfort in this model. Asymmetrical steel toes for less rigid walking, additional midsole support, and a flexible lightweight construction mean less aches and pains for you...day in and day out!

Cost and Value
Pricier than the Pit Boss with similar features, but if you’re looking for a lighter weight model with some additional safety features, the Pittsburgh is worth the investment.
Pros
  • Asymmetrical steel toes
  • Removable footbed
  • Reflective webbing for safety
  • Surprisingly Lightweight
  • Weatherproof
Cons
  • Thin laces prone to breakage
  • Some users have reported “squeaky” shoes

5. Thorogood 814-4200

5. Thorogood 814-4200
Quality, comfort, style...this boot has it all! With full grain leather uppers, a removable footbed with comfort cushion, a cushion wedge sole, and a breathable cotton drill vamp lining, your feet will thank you! The sole on these puppies is stitched on, not glued, so they can be repaired (if needed) and enjoyed for years to come. Safety hasn’t been overlooked - check out the slip & oil resistant outsoles and the fiberglass shanks for extra stability. Perfect for everyday wear - in and out of the shop!
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Quality
These boots simply ooze quality! From the premium leather uppers to the sole stitching, you will not be disappointed. Slide your feet in upon arrival and enjoy the almost non-existent break-in period!

Style
A safety boot that doesn’t “look” like a safety boot. The attractive design means you can wear them in a variety of situations - a heavy duty construction site, dinner with the family, or a trip to the store. No Frankenstein walking required!

Cost and Value
You may end up shelling out a few extra pennies for the high end material and construction on these boots, which are made in the USA. While there are other less expensive options, you won’t get nearly as high the quality.
Pros
  • Full grain leather uppers
  • Uppers stitched to sole, not glued
  • Cushioned wedge sole
  • Attractive mocassin toe
  • Acceptable for everyday wear
Cons
  • Sole can be slippery on snow or dust
  • Heel runs wide

6. Caterpillar 2nd Shift Steel Toe

6. Caterpillar 2nd Shift Steel Toe
Budget Buy Alert! Looking for an inexpensive option? Look no further - Caterpillar built one for you. Welcome to the 2nd Shift - leather upper, steel toe, padded ankle for extra protection, and an oil resistant sole... boots that won’t break the bank! Soles that grip well, are water resistant and have heavy duty stitching have come together to land this boot on our top ten list. And to top it all off, these boots are stylish!
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Protection
The 2nd Shift provides the essential protection your feet require: steel toes, high traction soles, padded ankles, and water and oil resistance.

Comfort and Style
The leather uppers are thick yet flexible. Users report a quick break-in period (a couple wears) along with optimal temperature control. Throw these stylish boots on with your jeans or bibs, and you’re ready to hit the town!

Cost and Value
The 2nd shift is likely the best budget buy on our top ten list. Far less expensive than alternatives on the market, but may not last as long. Perfect for those of you looking for a low cost option and who aren't needing years out of their boots.
Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Steel toe for protection
  • Stylish
  • Thick, flexible leather
  • Excellent sole grip
Cons
  • Not waterproof
  • Expect to replace within a year

7. Red Wing Heritage Classic Moc

7. Red Wing Heritage Classic Moc
An American classic, Red Wing comes through again with the Heritage Classis Moc! Water, sweat, and stain resistant leather uppers with an attractive moc toe, coupled with a traction tread rubber outsole, brings comfort and protection to the consumer with this boot. Stitched (not glued) soles allow for repairability, and this model comes with a cork mid-sole. High quality is an understatement here!
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Quality Material and Construction
High quality leather, stitched soles, welt construction, a leather insole, waterproof uppers - Red Wing didn’t skimp on quality from top to bottom of this boot, down to the cork midsole.

Classic Design
These boots have the classic Red Wing design that we all have come to know and love. Available in a multitude of colors and shades, you are sure to find the right fit.

Cost and Value
Red Wing reputation comes with a price - as in a pricey boot. This model is a far more expensive option than others on our top ten list or in the market in general. You’ll pay more for this model than the Thorogood.
Pros
  • High quality leather
  • Stitched, not glued, sole
  • Stylish design
  • Welt construction
Cons
  • Insoles not as soft as other models
  • Soles can wear quickly

8. Carhartt CMF6366 6 Inch

8. Carhartt CMF6366 6 Inch
Carhartt’s Rugged Flex technology makes these boots extremely flexible for wear, and flexibility = comfort! Complete with a rubber sole for shock absorption and traction; along with leather material to protect your ankles and resist water, oil, and slips! The only product on our list with a composite toe for protection WITH comfort! These boots are lightweight, comfortable AND affordable!
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Composite Toe
The composite toe is much more lightweight and comfortable than the traditional steel toe. This allows you to be on your feet longer without struggling and can be a pleasant alternative for women.

Versatility
This boot combines top safety features with options for comfort as well. The flexible sole and comfortable insole coupled with the leather construction and composite toe creates the ultimate balance of safety and comfort!

Cost and Value
A less expensive model than similar competing products on the market, but still great value for a boot made of leather and with a composite toe.
Pros
  • Composite toe is lightweight
  • Leather uppers
  • Rugged Flex technology for enhanced flexibility
  • Rubber soles for shock absorption
  • Slip, oil, and chemical resistant
Cons
  • Users have reported uncomfortable insoles
  • Composite toe holds up to only initial impact

9. Caterpillar Diagnostic Steel Toe

9. Caterpillar Diagnostic Steel Toe
Caterpillar designed this boot anatomically correct to enhance stability, flexibility, and comfort. The leather upper shaft is padded for additional support, and the steel toe provides the ultimate protection for your most exposed assets! Got cold feet? The Diagnostic is fully equipped with Thinsulate insulation for those freezing winter days! And for added comfort and support, Cat built this boot with a removable EVA foam insert.
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Waterproof
The waterproof leather uppers were a great start, but Cat took it to another level and added Thinsulate insulation to keep you dry AND warm when you face the elements!

Comfort and Durability
These boots have been considered by some users to be more comfortable than traditional sneakers! The comfort hasn’t been at the cost of durability. These boots will last for years and hold up to daily wear.

Cost and Value
The Diagnostic is about middle of the road in price range of our top ten list, a great value considering the features included, especially if you are working in harsh weather or elements.
Pros
  • Steel toe
  • Thinsulate insulation
  • Removable EVA foam insert
  • Leather
  • Extremely comfortable
Cons
  • Laces come undone easily
  • Lace rivets are hook type, not ideal for construction work

10. Timberland PRO 26078 Titan 6

10. Timberland PRO 26078 Titan 6
Timberland bookends our top ten list, ending with the Titan. Leather uppers with a breathable, moisture wicking air mesh lining provides optimal comfort for wear. The rubber outsoles, and TiTan alloy Safety Toe provide significant protection from hazards; soles are oil, slip, and abrasion resistant. All of these features make the Titan a well-rounded safety boot fit for everyday use, complete with an almost nonexistent break-in time!
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TiTan Alloy Safety Toe
Stronger than composite, more comfortable than steel. Timberland’s trademark TiTan Safety Toe provides the best of both worlds!

Comfort and Safety
While rated a little lower than Timberland’s Pit Boss, the Titan is highly rated in both categories of comfort and safety and is a bit lighter. The PowerFit comfort system rounds out this boot for the typical user.

Cost and Value
Timberland charges a premium for the lighter weight construction, Safety Toe, and PowerFit comfort system. An insignificant splurge if these are needed, but the Pit Boss may be a bit more durable for less of an expense.
Pros
  • Safety Toe is lightweight yet protective
  • PowerFit comfort system for premium comfort
  • Leather construction
  • Rubber outsole for oil, slip, and abrasion resistance
Cons
  • Less durable than similar products
  • Soles tend to wear quickly

Each of the boots in this review have been carefully selected to cover the potential risks and requirements of all types of uses – from farming and agriculture to heavy machinery construction.  We’ve taken the guess work out of your shopping.  Each has strengths and weaknesses, and hopefully we’ve helped you choose a pair suitable for your needs.  Your feet are worth it!