Best Work Boots of 2023

The results are in, and our list of the best work boots of 2023 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 2023 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: 2023'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 2023.

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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 Timberland PRO Direct Attach Leather Boots are a work boots staple for a reason. The look is timeless and the quality is exceptional, which keeps customers coming back for them year after year. They feature seam-sealed waterproof leather uppers that offer durability and ensure dry, comfortable feet. As functional as they are comfortable, the breathable mesh lining and open-cell polyurethane comfort footbed are treated with Agion anti-microbial treatment to combat foul-smelling odors. No wonder they have dozens of five-star reviews.

Pros

  • Seam-sealed waterproof leather uppers

  • Durable direct attach construction

  • Antimicrobial mesh lining

Cons

  • Not a good hot-weather boot

  • Water-resistant treatment fades over time

  • No extra-wide option

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 Carhartt Mud Wellington Boots. At an impressive 11-inch height, the handsome leather uppers keep water out and clean easily. They come built with an ASTM-rated steel safety toe box that protects against 75 foot-pound impacts. You'll be wearing these for years and years.

Pros

  • Steel toe cap

  • Waterproof

  • Oil, chemical and slip-resistant outsole

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 2023. 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

The Georgia Eagle One Chelsea earned this year's top spot through their versatility. Stylish enough for a night out yet durable enough for the job site, these soft-toe boots are ready to slip on and go anywhere they're needed. The handsome leather is waterproof while the outsole is made from thick, durable rubber. The number one customer compliment, though? These boots are the most comfortable boots they have ever worn, even right out the box. Try them for yourself and see.

Pros

  • Oil-, chemical-, abrasion-, heat-, and slip-resistant rubber outsole

  • Full-grain leather

  • Little-to-no break-in time

Cons

  • On the heavier side

  • Cemented heel

  • Mesh lining not antimicrobial

Best Western Work Boots

The Ariat name is synonymous with the west, so it's not surprising that our pick for the best western work boots comes from this brand. Built to withstand the harshest outdoor environments, features like Duratread oil- and slip-resistant outsole and a composite toe keep feet safe in outdoor terrain. The stand out feature? The handsome leather upper has strategically placed mesh panels to help regulate heat. If western boots are your thing, Ariat boots are king.

Pros

  • Composite safety toe

  • Cooling mesh panels in the shaft

  • Roomier toe box

Cons

  • On the pricier side

  • Not waterproof

Best Met Guard Work Boots

Not everyone's job requires a met guard, but if yours does, the Reebok Trailgrip Work Met Guard 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 an alloy toe box as well. Despite this heavy duty protection, these boots manage to stay as light and athletic as possible.

Pros

  • Lightweight alloy toe cap

  • Electrical Hazard protection

  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Lack of breathability

  • Outsole not oil-resistant

  • May require some break-in time

Best Safety Toe Work Shoes

Puma has been a staple in the footwear industry for ages for a reason. Our pick for the best safety toe work shoe proves why. As sleek and athletic as a non-safety style, the Puma Safety Airtwist Low packs a lot of protection in a lightweight package. The fiberglass safety toe cuts down on weight while still providing protection. The microfiber exterior boasts the classic Puma style, with some reviewers saying their friends are in disbelief that they are safety shoes!

Pros

  • Fiberglass safety toe

  • Proprietary custom footbed

  • Reflective elements

Cons

  • Runs a half-size big

  • 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 2023. 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