Short overview of the best composite toe work boots

Composite toe work boots are the newer alternative to the traditional metal cap safety boots which have been made and worn for decades. The composite toe boots are lighter than the metal ones, and do not trigger metal detectors, so they are great for work environments where such requirements exist. The fact that the composite toe doesn’t weigh as much as the metal toe makes the composite safety boots more comfortable, lighter and help reduce and limit the fatigue in the feet and legs.

Composite toes are made of plastic, Kevlar or carbon fiber and comply to the ANSI/ASTM safety standards. Sure they tend to be bulkier than the steel toe boots, but the fact that there is no metal in the safety toe cap makes them more suitable for very hot and very cold work environments, because composite doesn’t transfer heat or cold.

Thorogood Gen Glex#1 Thorogood Gen Flex
Bates GX 8#2 Bates GX 8
Timberland Boondock#3 Timberland Boondock
Magnum Stealth Force 8.0#4 Magnum Stealth Force 8.0
Carhartt Rugged Flex Mud#5 Carhartt Rugged Flex Mud
Wolverine Piper Womens boot#6 Wolverine Piper Womens boot

Top Composite Toe Work Boots Reviews

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

Gen Flex 6 inch bootsOur #1 pick for the best composite toe work boots have a ton of features and benefits! The long rough days even in very harsh environments will be easier with the cloud comfort offered by this boots! And boy, those beauties turn heads and get compliments.

They have a leather and synthetic upper, a mesh lining, a rubber slip resistant sole combined with an EVA cushion flex insole and a molded midsole and an impact gel heel insert. The silver stripes are reflective.

The composite safety toe is made of 100% non-metallic composite material which provides the ultimate comfort and the necessary safety while performing a potentially hazardous job or task. They are 18,000 Volts shock resistant and have a dual density outsole.

Little or no break-in time is necessary to get these boots into perfect form for wearing, and the comfort and lightness of these shoes will help you feel less fatigued at the end of a hard work day. They are so light that you won’t feel you’ve got them on when you sit for a rest! What I liked most about them is that they were the most comfortable composite toe work boots right from day 1. This, of course means that they won’t last for decades, especially if your jobs is taxing. However if comfort is your priority over durability (and you can’t have both) we highly and wholeheartedly recommend them. They are stylish, comfortable, waterproof and look good enough to be worn during your free time as well.

Bates Men’s GX-8 Comp Toe Side Zip

With a leather and fabric upper, a synthetic sole and a mixed media lace up system, plus a side zipper and a padded collar, these lightweight composite toe work boots are extremely comfortable, have an excellent grip, and require no break-in time. A Velcro cover for the zipper protects it from catching on bushes or on your pants.

They are sturdy boots and yet are light enough to keep you moving freely around your workplace. They have a high traction outsole, so you will stay safely on your feet even in wet conditions. Plus, your feet will stay safe and dry as well.

Apart from the padded collar, these boots feature a breathable mesh lining, a molded EVA midsole, a high quality composite safety toe, which makes them one of the most comfortable, cushioned and light composite toe safety boots offered at the moment.

Timberland PRO Men’s 8 Inch Boondock WP Work and Hunt Boot

These composite toe boots from Timberland have a premium waterproof leather and textile upper, a moisture and odor controlling mesh lining. They are comfortable, durable, and offer excellent protection to the toes. They also feature a membrane for abrasion resistance,

They have a very handy finger grip for easier pulling on of the boots. The collar is padded for extra comfort and foot support, and the heel construction and heel cup offer superb lateral stability.

Also, these boots have a very efficient shock absorption system which helps keep the feet and the legs comfortable and less fatigued when wearing them for long strenuous hours.

These composite toe safety boots from Timberland come with a 30 day comfort guarantee but require no break in time or effort. They look great and feel great as well.

Magnum Men’s Stealth Force 8.0 Side Zip Composite Toe Boot

These Magnum composite safety boots are definitely one of the top contenders for the most comfortable composite toe boots available. With a full-grain leather and denier nylon upper, rubber soles and deeply lugged outsoles for a very secure grip on all surfaces, these stealth shoes are durable, very comfortable and safe. The boots are treated with waterproof and antibacterial treatments, so your feet will feel nice, fresh and dry at all time, when you are wearing them.

They have convenient side zippers and a Velcro strap to hold your feet securely and keep the ankles and feet protected at all times. They are very safe, comfortable and durable, which is why the US law enforcement recommends them and uses them!

Carhartt Men’s Rugged Flex Mud Wellington Work Boot

These Wellington composite toe pull-on boots are a wonderful alternative to all the lace-up and zip-up work boots. They offer a very comfortable fit. The 10 inch boot upper is made of neoprene and full grain oil leather. This makes the boots easy to put on and take off, and keeps them protected from water and grime. The leather foot is fitted with a breathable membrane which is waterproof and will help keep your feet dry and fresh. The combination of the EVA midsole, and the ortholite and polyurethane cushioning in these boots provides the feet with an amazing comfort, plus the shock absorption helps keep the feet strong and well even after a long work day.

Overall, these Wellington boots are roomy, comfortable, good looking, offer excellent safety for the toes. The protection against electrical hazards makes them great footwear for eletricians. No break-in is necessary. They can run a little large, so it is wise to try on half a size smaller than your usual boot size when buying them.

Wolverine Women’s Piper Comp-Toe Work Boot

These safety boots are perfect for ladies who want to stay steady and stable when working or walking in slippery conditions, and at the same time keep their toes safe and comfortable at all times. They look good and provide the necessary support and safety, and at the same time don’t look too tough and rugged, so ladies can enjoy the comfort and safety without feeling self-conscious when wearing them. They are fully waterproof, and feature a breathable membrane to keep the feet dry and free from perspiration. The upper is made of roughneck leather and the outsoles are resistant to slipping and oil. Overall, these are great for women who need to wear safety boots for work, hiking or any other activity which requires keeping the toes safe from impact, and the body safe from slipping and falling. Durable and of the highest quality, these shoes are definitely worth buying. To add to the comfort, we would recommend getting additional inserts for added arch support and comfort.

The closest men’s alternative to this pair is probably the Timberland pro men’s 26078 Titan 6″ waterproof work boot – which offer suprome comfort and reliable protection from mud and rain.

Ariat Men’s Workhog Pull-on H2O Composite Toe

Ariat Men's Workhog Pull-on H2O Composite ToeIf you prefer safety composite toe slip-on boots, these Ariat riding boots are another perfect choice for you. Their uppers are made of highest quality, full grain leather treated with the trademark Ariat waterproof pro treatment to keep your feet dry and comfy even in the dampest conditions. Their oily distressed color is very nice looking. They are waterproof and will help you feel comfortable and warm even in cold, wet or snowy weather. They are fitted with an advanced torque stability technology and have a composite forked shank which is airport and metal-detector friendly and will keep your feet stable, comfortable and safe, and will ensure a proper gait cycle. They are suitable for all foot shapes and will fit you well no matter your foot arch height.

The composite toes are compression, impact and EH ASTM tested and rated plus it is lighter and is less conductive than the traditional steel and other metallic toes found in other safety boots.

The soles are made of Duratread for added comfort and durability. The outsoles are slip and oil resistant. The patented U-turn Entry System adds to the comfortable and true fit no matter what your foot shape is.

These composite toe riding boots are true to their size and Ariat has provided its own sizing chart so you can measure your feet prior to ordering in order to make certain that you get a perfect fit. The leather does require some break-in time, but after that – you will be truly happy with your pull on boots will all safety and comfort features you need for a long day at work or outdoors.

Great looking, durable, tough, made of highest quality materials, with added comfort and safety features, we can recommend this excellent pair of boots to anyone looking for a great pair of composite toe boots.

KEEN Utility Men’s Davenport Mid WP


KEEN Utility Men's Davenport Mid WPIf you pick this pair of boots from KEEN, you will ensure that you get durable and comfortable support for your feet even in the wettest of conditions.

The uppers are made of best quality nubuck leather combined with PU coated split suede. The 90 degree heel allows for a comfortable and easy fit for all foot shapes and types.

They feature the trademark KEEN dry waterproof Cleansport NXT breathable membrane to keep your feet dry from any sweat and vapor as well as completely odor-free during the day. It also keeps any water from outside from entering your boots so you can stop worrying about ending up with miserable wet feet when working or walking in wet environments.

They have an entirely non-metallic construction suitable for those who need to pass through metal detectors, work at airports or need to wear footwear with minimal conductivity. The composite toes are asymmetrical for the different feet – made for a better and more comfortable fit. The toe boxes are roomy, so your toes will not feel pressed or crushed together while you are wearing these boots. They are tested and meet or exceed the safety standards for impact, compression and for electrical hazard. The TPU shank is also 100% metal-free and yet provides superb stability and fatigue reduction.

The comfortable PU midsoles provide excellent cushioning and shock absorption, plus they ensure sufficient arch support. The removable dual density EVA footbeds are with a metatomical design for added comfort, and can easily be removed to be washed, dried or replaced with other orthotics or inserts.

The rubber outsoles are sturdy, non-marking, oil and slip resistant and meet the ASTM non-slip testing standards.

Which are the characteristics of the best composite toe work boots

When looking for the best composite toe work boots, you should make sure that their toe complies with the safety standards required for your work. But what are composite toe boots? If you are unsure which type of safety toe is better suited for your particular job, check out our guide comparing composite toe and steel toe caps.

Also, given that the composite toe work boots tend to be more expensive than the metal toe safety boots, you should make sure that the boots of your choice are of high quality and are durable.

Another good idea is to check whether the shoes you choose need a break-in period or not, because this could mean that you need other shoes to wear at work while you break in the new composite toe ones. You have to choose between durability and comfort, and if you choose the first, then you definitely need the most comfortable composite toe work boots from our list. If you want boots that will last and will serve you longer, you will need to take your time breaking them in.

Naturally, the price is also very important, so try to find the perfect pair of boots for the budget you have made available for good work boots.

Last, the reputation of the brand. Who makes your footwear is extremely important. The most reputable and recognizable brands won’t risk their reputation to see cheap knock-off that won’t last a season. We’ve presented you our top favorites, now it’s your turn to choose according to your preference and needs