Short overview of the best construction work boots

Wearing suitable construction work boots is mandatory if you work on a construction site, where there is a high risk of injury. Because this industry poses so many risks, it is not surprising that there are so many specialized construction boots being offered. But this can make picking the best ones for you quite difficult, so it is really important that you know which characteristics to look for.

Danner's Quarry 8-inch#1 Danner’s Quarry 8-inch

-oil and slip resistant
-electrical hazard protection ASTM F2892-11
-instantly comfortable
-fiberglass shank

Thorogood Gen Flex Lace Toe#2 Thorogood Gen Flex Lace Toe

-composite toe
-flexible & comfortable
-slip resistant
-composite shank
-electrical hazard protection
-antifatigue gel heel insert

Carhartt Cmf6371 Rugged#3 Carhartt Cmf6371 Rugged

-waterproof breathable
-oil, chemical and slip resistant
-Composite toe meets ASTM 2413-11 EH
-antifatigue insoles

Keen Utility Detroit Mid Steel#4 Keen Utility Detroit Mid Steel

-steel toe
-puncture resistant shank
-oil and slip-resistant sole
-medium duty
-waterproof breathable

Timberland PRO#5 Timberland PRO Titan

-Aluminum toe
-Electrical hazard proof
-Slip-resistant sole

Caterpillar Endure#6 Caterpillar Endure

-Steel toe
-Puncture resistant
-Steel shank
-Slip resistant sole
-Good traction
-Electrical hazard protection

Construction Work Boots Reviews

Danner Men’s Quarry USA 8-Inch BR Work Boot

These work boots are one of the top picks for best construction boots, mainly because they fit the requirements of most construction companies as far as safety codes and standards are concerned. They offer electrical hazard protection, slip resistance, and are oil and waterproof, plus they are fitted with a fiberglass shank. They provide electrical hazard protection ASTM F2892-11, so you will be safe from possible dangers from stepping on a live wire.

The leather upper and synthetic sole may feel a little hard when you first put them on, but with some break-in, these shoes will become an indispensable part of your work gear and uniform. Their heels are approximately 1.5 inches, and their shafts are 7.75 inches from the arch. Sturdy and durable, they are really strong and will keep your feet and yourself protected from a number of hazards you face when working. Made of highest quality materials, these boots are made in the USA, and are definitely one of the best construction work boots out there.

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Thorogood Men’s GEN-FLEX 6-Inch Lace-Toe Composite Work Boot

With their 6 inch oiled full-grain leather upper, a composite shank and a rubber sole, they offer superb protection against electrical hazards and 18,000V electric shock resistance. The composite toe is 100% non-metallic and offers great protection during construction work with heavy instruments and materials. The ankles and heels are protected from twisting via the anti-roll bar.

The antifatigue gel heel inserts will add to the comfortable, cushioned feeling and will help your feet feel good even after a long day at work.

The outsoles are made of double density rubber which offers excellent traction, protects from slipping and provides amazing durability to these boots. The platform of these shoes is about an inch, and the heel is an inch and a half which can make some tasks such as driving trickier at first.

Overall, these are great looking construction boots, which after a very brief break in period will become one of your favorite pair of shoes to wear.

Carhartt Men’s CMF6371 Rugged Flex Six Inch Waterproof Work Boot

These Carhartt work boots are another excellent choice for construction boots. They provide reliable protection of the toes, and they are slip, chemical, oil and 100% water resistant. The composite safety toe meets the ASTM 2413-11 EH standards so they will keep you safe from electric hazards. Plus, the composite toes are great for keeping the very hot or freezing outside temperatures away from your toes and feet.

They have cement construction and ortholite antifatigue insoles which provide 5 separate layers of comfortable cushioning and sufficient flexibility to allow you to perform all kinds of tasks on your job.

Made of high quality materials, these work boots from Carhartt are rugged and durable, and are worth every dollar they cost.

Even though they are so sturdy, these boots are breathable, and have antifatigue insoles, so your feet will feel quite happy in them even after long hours of work. They may need a few weeks of break in time, but after that you will be happier than ever with your choice of best construction boots.

Keen Utility Men’s Detroit Mid ST

These are one of the top steel toe work boots and as such are versatile and relatively light for construction boots, but have a puncture resistant shank, a safety steel toe and oil and slip resistant outsoles, which are suitable for many construction work site and jobs. The nubuck leather upper featuring a lace-up vamp makes these boots waterproof. At the same time, these boots are breathable due to their unique Keen Dry membrane.

The lining features a double zone comfort technology. The uppers have reflective setting for safety when working at night and in dark conditions. These boots offer electrical hazard safety, and have an overall versatile medium profile which helps protect and support the feet at all times. The comfort they provide is due to their unique design as well as the two zone comfort technology in the lining and the removable EVA double density midsole. So, if you need medium duty construction boots, you should definitely consider this particular model from Keen.

Timberland PRO Men’s 26078 Titan 6″ Waterproof Safety-Toe Work Boot

An excellent pair of work boots from the TiTan series offered by Timberland, these ones are a very good option for the construction workers. They feature the signature TiTAN alloy safety toe which offers protection and is yet is as light weight as possible. The outsoles are slip resistant as well as oil and abrasion resistant. These sturdy work boots are also electrical hazard proof.

They are designed and made to require as little break-in time as possible. Their upper is made of high-quality full grain, soft leather, and they are fitted with an antimicrobial lining to keep the feet fresh, dry and odor free. The ergonomic design of these work boots provides great support and comfort at all times. They comply to ASTM standards, so if their safety features are sufficient for your particular job, then do not hesitate and buy yourself a pair of these babies!

Caterpillar Men’s Endure 6″ Superduty Steel-Toe

A great pair of super duty construction boots which offer reliable protection against electrical hazards, waterproof, safety for the toes, great traction for slipping protection, and an overall stability and protection of the feet, ankles and legs. They are puncture resistant due to the strong steel shanks. They also provide tested electrical hazard protection.

These boots feature a 6 inch leather upper with metallic lacing, a very strong steel toe, a rubber sole and a good traction outsole. The manmade tongue helps support the foot and also to protects the top of the feet from the steel toe cap when the foot is bent.

The ortholite cushioning is great and the boots are breathable and odor resistant. These pair from CAT is possibly the most perfect choice for construction boots for people who need serious protection from various hazards.

Features to look for in good construction work boots

/safety toes, flexibility for movement, durability, puncture resistance, electrical hazard protection, slip resistance, good traction/

First and foremost, the construction boots must offer aggressive foot protection, which includes: safety toes, puncture resistant lining, ankle support, electrical hazard protection, oil and other slip protection and an overall good traction.

The other important feature to keep in mind is that the boots need to be comfortable and allow for flexibility of the movement, despite all the safety features they have.

Also, you should choose construction boots which are durable, so that the investment you make when buying them is worthwhile. Some producers offer a comfort warranty and quality warranties, so look for those details as well.

Keep in mind that most leather work boots need break-in time. Some need less and others need more time and wearing, so make sure to ask about this too when you are choosing your new pair of construction boots too.

Of course, always ask your employer which safety codes your boots must comply with, in order to be acceptable for work at their construction site before proceeding to buy construction boots. For some jobs only certain safety features are mandatory, while for others, they may need to be more “aggressive”, so go ahead and ask your bosses about all specific requirements they have.