There are thousands of different work boots out there, most of which were made for certain jobs.

If you work in construction, the risk of injury is high, so its critical that you pick the right pair – one which was designed for construction workers!

We all know that this industry can be very unforgiving, so to help you choose the right construction work boots, we’ve put together this guide:

PictureNameSafety featuresPriceOverall score

Timberland PRO Men's Pitboss 6" Steel-Toe Boot
Extra wide Steel toe

Slip resistant sole
$4.9

Caterpillar Men's 2nd Shift 6" Steel Toe Boot
Steel toe
Slip-resistant sole
$4.7

Timberland PRO Men's 65016 Direct Attach 6" Steel Toe Boot
Steel toe
Nylon shank,
Lightweight PVC mid-sole Puncture protection
Slip resistant sole
$$4.8

Timberland PRO Men's 26078 Titan 6" Waterproof Safety-Toe Work Boot
Aluminum toe
Electrical hazard proof
Slip-resistant sole
$$$4.9

Wolverine Men's W08289 Steel Toe Boot
Steel toe
Nylon shank
Slip-resistant sole
$4.7

Keen Utility Men's Detroit Mid Steel Toe Work Boot
Steel toe
Puncture resistant mid-sole plate Slip-resistant sole
$$4.7

Caterpillar Men's Endure 6" Superduty Waterproof Steel Toe Boot
Steel toe
Puncture resistant
Steel shank
Slip resistant sole
$$$4.8

Thorogood Men's Composite Safety Toe Gen Flex 804-4445 6-Inch Work Boot
Composite safety toe
Slip resistant sole
Anti-role heel support
Composite shank
$4.9

Why is it important to choose the right work boots for construction?

Its no secret, the construction industry is harsh; you will often find yourself working on all kinds of surfaces; wet, dry, hard, soft, muddy- in fact, The only thing that is constant is the daily battering which your work boots will receive!

So, which features are most important to construction workers when choosing there boots?

Make sure your boots tick these 3 boxes before you set foot on a construction site:

  • Aggressive foot protection (The tough stuff)- safety toes, anti-puncture linings etc.
  • Flexibility for movement (you’ll be bending, kneeling, lifting- whatever your day requires)
  • Durability- you’ll need an insanely tough pair of boots so they don’t fall apart on you after a few months.

To keep safe on the job site, Your going to need steel safety toes, anti-puncture lining, and solid ankle support- which comes from a shank (made from steel, or lightweight materials such as nylon or fiberglass). Its a good idea to check up with your employer on the features your boots will need in order to pass safety codes.

So your boots are keeping your feet protected, but how freely are you able to move around in them? Make sure you choose a boot which is not too restricting, because, you’ll be bending, lifting, throwing etc.

Tip: Don’t panic if your new boots feel a little stiff. Since construction work boots are made for tough conditions, they will usually require a ‘breaking in period’ which means they will take a few weeks to soften up and mold to the shape of your feet. The tougher the boot; the longer the break in period. Hang in there.

To avoid slips, trips and falls (which unfortunately are too common in construction) Deep traction on the soles will help you in moving over those uneven terrains confidently. A well defined heel will also add to your general stability.

The durability rating of your boots is critical; they will be under constant attack from the elements, you don’t want to replace them every two months, do you now? Full-grain leather is king when it comes to long-lasting boots; it will simply outlast any other material (especially in harsh environment’s) and its also water resistant. Avoid boots made out of nylon at all costs.