Best Work Boots of 2022

The results are in, and our list of the best work boots of 2022 is here. Check out cutting-edge, industry-leading styles from top brands to be sure you’re lacing up with the very best.

Best Soft Toe Work Boots

Best Soft Toe Work Boots


No safety toe needed? Keep light on your feet with our pick for the year's best soft toe work boots.

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Best Wellington Work Boots

Best Wellington Work Boots


Pull 'em on and throw 'em off: the best wellington work boots of 2022 are designed for top-level performance.

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Best Safety Toe Work Boots

Best Safety Toe Work Boots


We take safety seriously, and our selection for best safety toe work boots will act like a fort for your feet.

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Best Soft toe Work Shoes

Best Soft toe Work Shoes


This is as light as it gets, but these soft toe work shoes still come with all the heavy-duty features you need.

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Best Western Work Boots

Best Western Work Boots


Better than the rest and best in the West: 2022’s best western work boots have style without sacrificing safety.

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Best Met Guard Work Boots

Best Met Guard Work Boots


Your metatarsal bones are fragile, but our pick for best met guard work boots are anything but.

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Best Safety Toe Work Shoes

Best Best Safety Toe Work Shoes


Athletic agility meets job site stability. For a bit of everything, try out the best safety toe work shoes of 2022.

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Best Wedge Work Boots

Best Wedge Work Boots


The wedge boot is a classic look, and this year’s best wedge work boots do it better than all the rest.

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Best Insulated Work Boots

Best Insulated Work Boots


Keep your toes toasty with our selection for the best insulated work boots of the year.

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Best Waterproof Boots

Best Waterproof Work Boots


The best waterproof work boots of the year are the perfect choice for working in wet conditions.

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Best Soft Toe Work Boots

The Carhartt Lightweight Wedge boots are a staple among WorkBoots.com customers (seriously, it's hard to keep them on the shelves). It’s not difficult to tell why, either. Just look at them — they look like great, classic, all-around work boots. They function that way, too: with slip-resistant outsoles, cushioned insoles and oil-tanned leather uppers, you just can’t ask for a better pair of soft toes. No wonder they have dozens of five-star reviews.

Pros

  • Premium oil-tanned leather uppers

  • Moisture-wicking lining

  • Foam cushioned insole

Cons

  • No extra-wide option

  • Lack of water protection

  • No insulation

Best Wellington Work Boots

Wellingtons are great, aren't they? No laces, simple pull-on tabs, calf-level protection — you just slip them on and get to work. And no style has your back better on the job site than the Georgia Homeland boots. They come built with an ASTM-rated steel safety toe box that protects against 75 foot-pound impacts. They're also waterproof, electrical hazard safe and made with a steel shank, so they can offer the safety standards you need, no matter your industry.

Pros

  • Protective steel shank

  • Steel toe cap

  • Waterproof uppers

  • Electrical hazard protection

Cons

  • No odor protection

  • Potential for long break-in time

  • Lack of breathability

Best Safety Toe Work Boots

The Timberland PRO Pit Boss boots are just that: the boss. That's why they’re our pick for the best safety toe work boots of 2022. While composite, aluminum and alloy toe boxes are lightweight, nothing can touch the steel toe boxes trusted by those who built America. The fun doesn't end there, though; these boots are engineered with nylon shock-diffusion plates, nubuck leather uppers and padded ankle collars for extra comfort. If it's safety you’re after, it's hard to beat the boss.

Pros

  • Electrical hazard protection

  • Padded ankle collar

  • Odor-resistant

Cons

  • Eyelets may pop out

  • Potential for long break-in time

  • Heavy, even for a safety toe boot

Best Soft Toe Work Shoes

Moving down into the featherweight class, the Grabbers Friction shoes are our pick for the best soft toe work shoes of 2022. Don't let their lightweight construction fool you, though — these shoes are made for work. Their slip-resistant outsoles will keep you upright while you're treading on slippery surfaces. Their leather uppers will resist everyday wear and tear. Their EVA cushion inserts will keep your feet feeling fine while you work. As soft toe shoes go, the Grabbers Friction beats 'em all.

Pros

  • Slip-resistant outsole

  • EVA cushioned insole

  • Padded ankle collar

Cons

  • Low level of impact protection

  • No electrical hazard protection

  • Not waterproof

Best Western Work Boots

Everybody has a little cowboy in them, and the Double H Wayne boots are pure cowboy. Just take a gander at those chocolate, gator print vamps — it doesn't get any better than that. And even setting style aside, these western work boots have plenty to offer. They feature a steel toe safety cap, electrical hazard protection, and cushioned Frelonic insoles (Frelonic is the stuff yoga mats are made from. Talk about comfort.). If western boots are your thing, the Double H Waye boots are king.

Pros

  • Steel safety toe

  • Gator print vamp

  • Electrical hazard protection

Cons

  • Not waterproof

  • No extra-wide option

Best Met Guard Work Boots

Not everyone's job requires a met guard, but if yours does, the Avenger Foundation boots are a no-brainer. This style features an internal met guard to ensure the delicate bones on the top of your foot stay protected and intact. That's not all, either — these boots are waterproof, and they come with a composite toe box as well. In a word, these boots are heroic; they are “Avengers,” after all.

Pros

  • Composite toe cap

  • Full-grain leather upper

  • Oil-resistant outsole

  • Non-metallic

Cons

  • No insulation

  • Lack of breathability

  • A bit heavy

Best Safety Toe Work Shoes

Reebok is the undisputed king of safety toe work shoes, and their All Terrain style is our choice for the best of the year. They're made with breathable mesh to ensure your feet aren't stifled while you're working hard. They come with a neoprene lining to help optimize the way they fit on your feet. Throw in a steel toe cap, slip resistance and electrical hazard protection, and you're left with some of the best work safety shoes money can buy.

Pros

  • Electrical hazard protection

  • Slip-resistant outsole

  • MemoryTech footbed

  • Neoprene lining for a precise fit

Cons

  • May run large

  • No water protection

Best Wedge Work Boots

There's nothing like a good wedge boot, and there's no boot brand like Thorogood. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Thorogood 1957 Moc Toe boots took the spot for best wedge boots of 2022. They come with a premium price tag, but you get a premium performance as a result: the wedge outsoles are slip-resistant, the Briar Pitstop leather uppers are waterproof, and they're made in the USA to boot (pun very much intended). If you can swing the cost, these boots will be your go-to style for years to come.

Pros

  • Made in the USA

  • Waterproof

  • Memory foam footbed

Cons

  • No safety toe

  • Big price tag

  • No extra-wide option

Best Insulated Work Boots

Staying warm when you're working out in the elements simply comes down to preparation. Gloves, pants, outerwear, headwear — you're only as warm as the clothing you bring along. The same goes for footwear and, as far as we're concerned, the Avenger 7264 boots are as good as insulation gets. Featuring 200 grams of Thinsulate insulation, these boots are like a blanket for your feet. They're waterproof, too, which should help keep out all that pesky rain and snow.

Pros

  • Waterproof

  • 100% metal-free

  • Slip and oil-resistant outsole

Cons

  • Composite toe cap isn’t as protective as steel

  • Lack of breathability

  • Might run small

Best Waterproof Work Boots

And, finally, our best waterproof style of the year: the Wolverine Floorhand boots. These things are comfortable, protective and very well-reviewed. Not only are they waterproof, but they’re also abrasion, oil and slip-resistant. They come with a steel toe cap, a nylon shank and electrical hazard protection. Basically, they do it all, and for a very reasonable price. They'll keep your feet dry, and they'll provide plenty more protection to keep up with even the most demanding jobs.

Pros

  • Pull tab for easy on/off

  • Padded ankle collar

  • Moisture-wicking lining

Cons

  • Steel toe cap is heavy

  • Tend to run small

  • Not metal detector-friendly