When working construction or any job that requires heavy lifting, it’s crucial to have a good pair of steel-toe boots for protection. There’s a myriad of styles out there so to help you find the perfect pair to keep your toes from getting crushed, we did some research and rounded up a few of the best steel-toe boots on the market. Our top picks are from well-respected brands like Timberland Pro, Caterpillar and Danner. Each boot features electrical hazard protection, a durable and flexible Goodyear welt construction and convenient speed-hooks that make putting them on and taking them off a breeze. You’ll also find styles available in wide-width options to accommodate wide feet.
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1. Timberland Pro Pit Boss Boot
These boots, which meet ANSI safety standards, have a rugged nubuck leather upper and rubber outsoles to prevent abrasions and slipping. Meanwhile, they’re made with plush cushioning and an antimicrobial treatment in the lining to control odor.
Pros: These boots are made with the brand’s 24/7 comfort system to reduce foot fatigue with every step. Nylon shock-diffusion plates offer support and torsional rigidity, while a removable sock liner helps prevent blisters. They come in several colors and in wide-width sizes.
Cons: They’re on the heavier side.
2. Caterpillar Second Shift Work Boot
These Cat work boots feature Climasphere breathable insoles and are offered in oiled, full-grain leather and nubuck leather. The safety steel toe meets ASTM standards.
Pros: An engineered mesh lining and a removable PU sockliner enhance comfort. A steel shank increases support and stability. Slip-resistant outsoles supply grip on low traction surfaces. Several color options are offered.
Cons: They may run a tad small.
3. Danner Bull Run Work Boot
This style has a soft-yet-strong oiled, full-grain leather upper and signature wedge outsoles that provide lightweight support and traction on oily or wet surfaces.
Pros: These also meet ASTM standards and feature non-conductive electrical shock resistant soles and heels. An OrthoLite footbed offers ample cushioning. They offered in black as well and come in wide-width sizes. Stitchdown construction delivers increased stability underfoot.
Cons: They’re unlined, so they may not be suitable for extreme cold.