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Cold Weather Work Boots – Stay Warm In Winter With The Best Insulated Work Boots

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As winter rolls around, so do many new challenges at work. With cold temperatures come rain, snow, ice, and new safety risks.

if you’re going to have to crack out the winter safety gear, start with the most important gear- your work boots. If you’re fighting the cold, you need a pair of insulated work boots for men.

There are plenty of great high-quality boots out there, but Depending on how cold it gets, many of these will be impractical, even dangerous when the mercury drops.

First things first: you need to know what to look for, and then finding the right pair of boots for you will be a breeze (excuse the pun)

How to buy the right pair of cold weather work boots (insulated work boots)

Geez, with all the options out there, it can be tough choosing the one which will best fit your needs. Here are some pointers to make life easy for you:

How cold will it get?

The colder it is, the warmer you’ll want your boot to be, so look for a boot with a Thinsulate lining, which is the most advanced form of insulation around. The higher the gram rating, the warmer the boot, we’ll talk more about this below

 Are you expecting snow and rain?

Make sure your boot is very waterproof because if your feet get wet, they will stay wet and cold all day. Some boots will have waterproof leather lining, some will a Gore-TeX membrane for waterproofing, and some will have both.

 Which safety features does your job site require?

If you’re required to have safety toe boots, choose a composite toe over a steel toe, as they will not transfer the cold, steel will. The same applies to shanks if you require ankle support- choose fiberglass or nylon shanks over steel.

What’s your Thinsulate gram rating?

Thinsulate is the most advanced workbook-insulating material around — it’s so great because it’s very insulating, but very light (or thin), which means it doesn’t take up a lot of space.

When buying insulated work boots, you’ll find they have a gram rating from 100-1000, the higher the rating, the warmer the boot.

Here’s a quick guide on choosing the right rating for you:


This is the most common level of insulation for standard work boots. You will be all right in cold conditions if you have a high level of activity during work. Best choice if Your body heat is normally high because your job is very physical.


If you’re looking for something warmer than the norm, here is the answer for you. It’s very cold, but you don’t have to be constantly moving around. Best choice if your body heat stays at a normal level during most of the day.


It’s getting damn cold, there’s snow, ice, and your job doesn’t require you to move around much at all. This will keep you very warm.


BRRRRRR — it’s extremely cold, and you’re only required to move around lightly during the day.


We feel sorry for you. You will only consider this much insulation in very extreme cases.

The Top 3: The Best Insulated Work Boots For Men

Our picks for the top three best insulated work boots are:

Wolverine Men’s Gold 8″ Insulated Waterproof Boot

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Beautifully warm and very comfortable.

The 400 grams of Thinsulate insulation and waterproof means this wolverine work boot is a great all-rounder if you looking for a boot to keep you warm and dry during the colder months.

Designed for a flexible fit, you’ll not only stay warm, but comfortable too, with the removable, fully cushioned foot-bed. The sole is water, abrasion, chemical, heat, and slip-resistant, meaning this is one damn tough, comfortable work boot for those colder days.

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Chippewa Men’s 8 Inch Briar Insulated Waterproof Logger Rugged Boot

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Warm and extremely safe work boots.

If you’re looking for a boot with great insulation, great safety, that’s also very waterproof, Look no further than a pair of these puppies, made by Chippewa, who specialize in boots for the logging industry (where its almost always wet and cold)

100% waterproof thanks to the signature ‘chip-a-tex’ water-proof system, and Lined with 400 grams of Thinsulate to keep you warm all day.

If you’re working up a sweat, no need to worry about sweat problems as they are also lined with Ruby dri-lex, which is sweat-controlling fiber, so you can be sure your feet will stay warm and dry, no matter how hard you work.

Go for this boot if you’re looking for something that will keep you warm, but also if you are looking for something with maximum safety features, and that will keep the water at bay.

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Timberland PRO Men’s Boondock Waterproof ST Work Boot

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Extremely warm, made for the coldest climates.

If the mercury is really dropping, you’re going to need to add a little more insulation to your life, starting with your feet.

These boots were clearly made for extremely cold situations. 600 grams of toasty insulation, waterproof leathers and membranes keeps you bone dry, and dual-density cold weather outsole maximizes traction in cold weather. The smart use of a composite safety toe instead of a steel toe, aids in insulation while still providing much-needed protection.

Super comfortable, super durable, and super warm, makes this boot a clear winner when looking for an insulated work boot.

This boot WILL NOT FAIL to keep you warm and dry in even the coldest conditions.

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Ed Atkins

Need a price on the Timberland Pro Men`s Boondock Waterproof ST Workboot
600 gram insulation size 10 D width. Please advise.

    Big Al


    Why steel toe? If you’re working in cold conditions, a steel toe will only make your toes colder! A composite toe is the way to go, as it will not hold the cold.

    Here is the Boondock with a composite toe – roughly $180 but a very high quality boot:


I’m looking for boots for my husband the 600 ty insulate looks promising, the only problem is he is reall hard on boots , the last pair I got him .( don’t remember the brand ) they were 225 dollars and lasted only 1 Vermont winter season. He is a mechanic who also does road repair on tractor trailers, I’m trying to find something that will last more than 5-6 months. Do you have any recommendation?

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Cabellas infernos. 2000 grams of insulation. 140.00 I deliver diesel and heating oil. If there is one person on what and how to wear things it’s me. Timberlands don’t do a damn thing. Composite toe is good but only for down to 18-20F.

For 25 degrees all day I wear my Chippewas. 160.00 to about 210.00.

Throughtout the blizzard of 2015 to 2015 I wore the Cabellas. They are the damn right best. And they are water proof.

If you need pics of my boots email me at lostsociety09@gmail.com
I’m not spam my name is John
I live in Massachusetts


Hello I’m looking for a work boot but this. Reds to be steel toe because it is required in the job site for safety reasons… what brands and names would you recommend? My husband will be traveling all over the US this winter to work in refineries. So I’m not sure if he needs 400 or 600g or more insulation? Please help


I work in the home exterior business where we do siding, windows, gutters, and roofing. So I get to experience a little bit of everything from climbing ladders, carrying planks, wet grass, and being on roofs all day. Also live in a climate where we get 100 degree summer days and very cold winters. Just curious what you would recommend?


I’ve got a quick question regarding winter work boots. I work in a freezer, running a forklift for 12-hours at a time. I am highly active while at work, running the lift, and bringing pallets/skids down out of the racking, and placing them in the bottom pick-slots for the order fillers. Every pallet/skid I bring down out of the racking I have to step off the lift and cut and remove the plastic wrap around the skid. The temp in the freezer in constantly around 0 to -5 degrees at any given time. I am currently wearing a pair of Danner Men’s Steadfast 8 Inch 800G thinsulate boots. and I also use Darn Tough Over the Calf Extra Cushion Socks, and also use Gold Bond in my boots every morning before I leave for work. About halfway through my shift, I am experiencing cold feet. I am thinking about getting a pair of the Columbia Bugaboot with the 600gram thinsulate, since they have the Omni-Reflective lining. What would you recommend for my working situation? Any and all suggestions would be Highly appreciated! Thank You!!


    Gary- I do exactly what you do, though our freezer is -13 degrees. Have you had any success finding a warm work boot?



      I did try the Columbia Bugaboot 200gram, I wore them for 3 days, a full weekend shift which is what I normally work. And honestly they didn’t keep my feet warmer, nor less sweaty lol. I am still on the hunt for a pair of boots that will not make my feet sweat, I am very active while at work. Doing everything I explained in my first post… Any suggestions buddy?!?

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