A lot of people think about how much your hands need protection when welding. And eyesight, face, and body for that matter. But an important thing to protect that is often overlooked is your feet. Splatter, falling objects, electrical current, these are all hazards you’ll find on the job that a good solid pair of boots will protect you from. Welding boots are no different from any other work boot, and you should look for something that’s all purpose to start. Here’s a few of my favorites.
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Dr. Martens Icon 2295 Steel Toe
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1. Dr. Martens Icon 2295 Steel Toe Welding Boot - Top Overall Pick
These are simple, fashionable all purpose work boots great for most job sites. These boots are relatively lightweight (under a pound) for easy maneuvering even during long, arduous work days. They’re also High backed for extra ankle support and a snug fit.
Sole is a slip resistant PVC making it more of a hard bottom for firm footing. Good if you like a firmer step rather than the slightly softer one a rubber sole provides. It’s slip resistant to oil, fat, and acids, making these work boots safe in a variety of working conditions. The PVC also makes these welding boots properly electrical hazard resistant, one of the primary protective features you look for when welding. These are ANSI/OSHA approved as proper protective gear.
Overall materials are high quality leather with very tight stitching, so should be a long lasting boot, and it’s steel toed for extra protection from falling heavy objects.
It comes with an odor resistant Agion Treated Antibacterial Smartmask.
Finally, while not the primary concern, these welding boots are fairly fashionable. Doc Martens are commonly used as fashion shoes with many outfits, so don’t look too out of place at semi-formal occasions, making this a versatile boot you could potentially use as your only pair of work shoes. And yes, they do come in fits for both men and women.
2. Iron Age IA5016 Welding Boot - Best Value
This welding boot touts itself as “unbreakable”, and while not literally true, is about as close as you can get in a piece of footwear.
The feature you’ll probably notice first is the external metatarsal guard. This provides all the protection of a built in variant while making it a bit easier to replace if it gets damaged (which it probably will if it ever has to save you), since you can just buy a replacement and slap it on there good as new. Plus it’s steel toed for even more protection. As you might expect, these work boots meet ASTM F2413 standards for safety footwear.
In addition to the impact resistance, it boasts electrical hazard protection and Kevlar stitching for heat and ignition resistance. The Kevlar stitching also makes the threading more durable over the long term than some traditional threads.
While they look kind of bulky and weird, they’re surprisingly lightweight for such a heavy duty work boot. They won’t fatigue you, even though you’ll look like you have a pair of bricks strapped to your feet, and they’re fairly comfortable, containing a removable EVA cushion footbed and rubber heel wedge for added comfort.
All of this comes at a good price. Depending on the size you get this is between 2/3 and ½ the price of some of the other welding boots on this list, while not skimping on the quality of its pieces.
3. ROCKROOSTER AT872 Composite Toe Welding Boot
These work boots are a newer model, but quite good, and don’t look half bad either. They boast a stretchy, moisture wicking fabric on the interior that keeps feet cool and dry, with a comfortable, odor resistant insole (antimicrobial Poron technology).
Besides comfort, these welding boots provide great protection. The composite toe provides good protection (meets ASTM safety standards) and offers extra electrical resistance, while the insole is made of Kevlar, providing extra heat and puncture resistance (also ASTM approved). Many of the seams are likewise kevlar (though not all).
Moving to the bottom, the beveled heel provides excellent slip resistance and the out-sole is high grip, anti static, and very puncture resistant TPU (oil, grease, and abrasion resistant polyurethane). The mid-sole is polyurethane for even more puncture resistance; the welding shoe provides a three layer defense against sharp objects stuck into the bottom of the boot, and can support up to 270 lbs of force applied before puncturing.
Rounding things out the interior shank makes for great shock absorption and foot support and the outer leather is water resistant for wetter climates and outdoor work (these boots are made in New Zealand, so have that in mind).
The only real drawback is the welding boots are very heavy compared to others of similar size. Each boot is around 4 lbs apiece, making it twice as heavy as some with metatarsal guards for protection (which these boots sadly lack).
4. Timberland PRO 85516 Steel Toe Welding Boot
Heavy duty work boots perfect for any situation. Particularly great on job sites that require a lot of climbing. These work boots have a built in shank, a thin strip of metal that runs the length of the boot. This increases impact resistance and weight distribution, particularly for climbing ladders (eliminates “rung bruises”) and provides a moderate amount of puncture resistance as well.
On top of that, they boast an internal metatarsal guard, which is unobtrusive but protects the top of the foot from heavy impacts. Likewise they feature a steel toe (roomy for extra comfort) and an oversized sole, which provides a great bumper for both the toe and heel, eliminating the risk of damaging things you bump and shock absorbing for the slight risk of stubbed toes (even through the steel toe) or bruised heels.
Stitches and laces are fire resistant, self extinguishing Kevlar for superior heat resistance. While rubber outsole is heat, abrasion, slip, and oil resistant while being non-marking, and is of course electrical hazard resistant.
The only drawback to these welding boots is the price. While you get what you pay for, they are somewhere between 30% and 50% more expensive than many other solid competitors.
5. Dr. Martens Ironbridge Steel Toe Welding Boot
This pair of Doc Martens welding boot isn’t as fashionable as the other pair, but provides a good bit of extra protection and stability.
The sole is a highly slip resistant PVC sole that is aggressively cleated and rated for oil, fats, acids, and petroleum. They remain abrasion resistant sole with excellent impact resistance in the heel area and of course electrical hazard insulation prevents most casual on the job electrical exposure.
Exterior of the boot is water resistant, with a water wicking interior (added “PU Smartmask” insole also provides odor protection when feet do get wet), for improved durability and comfort even in wet conditions.
Sole features a wooden shank for increased rigidity, improving both footing and puncture resistance, while reducing impact shock. They’re also steel toed for extra protection, which gives pretty much all around foot protection combined with the external metatarsal guard which gives these boots their unique look.
These work boots are extraordinarily lightweight for the protection, weighing only 2 lbs apiece (about a pound more than your average tennis shoe/sneaker).
Unfortunately these boots have a tendency to fall apart if abused. I recommend them more for factory floors and similar relatively clean areas than tromping around in dirt and mud, as the latter will destroy these boots pretty quickly if you don’t go out of your way to take care of them.
6. Caterpillar Men's Revolver Steel-Toe Welding Boot
This is a good, simple pull on work boot made of high quality materials.
Outsole is slip resistant PVC while midsole is rubber, giving you the best of both worlds on shock absorption and firm footing. An internal nylon mesh lining increases breathability, keeping your feet cool and comfortable. Similarly, the taibrelle and PU footbed increases comfort and support for long days on your feet.
While comfort seems to be a primary concern with these boots, they don’t skimp on protection either. The steel toe meets ASTM F2413 safety standards for compression and impact resistance, and the same can be said of the boot as a whole for electrical hazard resistance.
It does have a steel shank for added foot support and a bit of puncture resistance in most conditions but it is reportedly unusually narrow. This make the boot good for most purposes, but gets a bit uncomfortable with repeated use on ladders and the like. If you’re climbing a lot it’s noticeable and you should likely get a different welding boot, though if it’s a rare occurrence they should serve you just fine.
7. EVER BOOTS Steel Toe Welding Boot
These welding boots are a cheap alternative to some of the above options. Great for more amateur welders who need a simple, cheap work boot.
They provide most of the standard protection you’d expect. Steel toes meet ASTM standards for good protection against falling objects, while a steel shank provides extra support and a more even footing in uneven work spaces (i.e. most of them). They’re also highly electrical hazard resistant, up to 18, 000 volts.
Plus, slip and oil resistant midsoles provide a steady footing in slippery conditions.
As an added plus, these welding boots are very comfortable. They wear and fit more like a thick pair of tennis shoes than work boots.
The main draw is that these work boots are highly affordable; about half what a pair of work ready boots would normally cost you. Unfortunately, the price is cheap, but so is the construction for some elements according to some purchasers. Some pieces (particularly the upper eyelets) fall apart very quickly. For this reason these boots are not recommended for someone who needs steady, consistent, long term use out of these boots, but is more of a “weekend welder”.
Our Top Choice
Dr. Martens Icon Steel Toe
Dr. Martens high quality welding boots steal the show, but not without competition. You can’t go wrong with any of these, and will likely end up picking and choosing based on what they don’t do rather than the things they share. Some features are worth the extra money to some people but not others, so make sure to choose based on what’s great for your budget.
We also reviewed other safety accessories like welding helmets. Check this link if you are interested.