Best Work Boots for Construction Industry – Top 3 Reviewed

Best Work Boots for Construction Industry – Top 3 Reviewed

Best Work Boots for Construction Industry
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What Are The Best Work Boots for Construction Industry?

The best work boots for the construction are work boots that should protect your feet from hazards. This can include anything from dropped objects, slippery surfaces, chemicals and abrasives materials. In addition to the safety aspects, a good pair of work boots should also provide your feet with the comfort and support that they require.

Top 3 Best Work Boots For Construction Industry

Here are top 3 Work Boot Planet recommendations for the best work boots for construction industry workers..

Workboot Weight (oz) Customer Rating Price
Timberland Pro Pitboss 6” Steel Toe Boot 32 4.0/5.0 Check Price
Caterpillar 2nd Shift 6” Steel Toe Boot 12 4.3/5.0 Check Price
Thorogood Composite Toe 804-4445 Gen Flex Shoe 80 4.1/5.0 Check Price

Timberland Pro Pitboss 6” Steel Toe Boot

Timberland Pro Pitboss is our #1 recommendation for this year and for all the right reasons. This shoe has been given the “Professional Grade Safety & Comfort” Tag from Altrec Outdoors.


This boot has been referred as the “Shield for your feet” and it holds up to that reputation. The steel toe protects you from the heaviest of debris. The toe area offers ample of room for movement, and unlike most steeltoe shoes they don’t tend to cram up your toes. The rugged sole provides good traction owing to slip resistant outsole. Talking about the outsole, the anti-puncture arch lining prevent any sharp objects or nails to pierce through the shoe. Overall, the safety standards set by the Pitboss are pretty high.


This shoe uses the most durable construction, the Goodyear Welt. This means that despite daily usage, your shoe should last for a long time.

The upper is made from premium material and clearly no compromises have been made concerning the durability of the Pitboss 6″. You can expect to wear these shoes every day for years and still get the same level of comfort and performance from the shoe.


The padded collar and the cushioning ensures that you get the necessary comfort. The shaft is 5.5” from the arch, and this height should provide ample support to your ankles.

Your entire foot will be well-supported thanks to the PRO 24/7 Comfort Suspension System. The footbed comes with an Agion Antimicrobial cover and this ensures that your feet don’t smell after a long day’s work.


This shoe can take a while to break-in. When you wear these shoes for the first time, they might be a little uncomfortable, but that lasts for around 2-3 days.

Other than the early day’s hiccups this shoe should provide great safety, premium comfort and solid durability.

Caterpillar 2nd Shift 6” Steel Toe Boot

A bit more affordable steel toe boot than the Pitboss, the Caterpillar 2nd Shift has been termed as the all-rounder by “Work Boot Critic”.


The steel toe boot gives you the right amount safety for your toe. The sole should provide moderate level of traction while working in wet conditions. If you are working outside in cold conditions you should protected well by the Climasphere internal sock. With this shoe you are guarded from heavy objects, decent stability can be expected in wet conditions and protection in cold weather is also available.


We have mixed feelings about the durability of this shoe. The Goodyear welt construction offers solid durability at the start but with time, it decreases substantially. The nuback upper which is essentially full-grain leather on the other hand provides protection from debris and holds up well.


If breathability of your boots concerns you, then you should be satisfied with the upper. it provides good ventilation, and this adds to the comfort of the shoe. Decent level of cushioning is present throughout the shoe.


As mentioned earlier some customers have had some issue with durability of the shoe. The stitching tends to get ripped off, and in worst cases, the sole gets separated from the upper. However with added care this can be prevented, but in tough working conditions this might not be possible. So before buying this, keep that in mind.

Overall, this shoe works should work well as an all-rounder. But if your job requires you to work in conditions with a lot of debris, or stones, then you might experience durability issues. This work boot is recommended for those who are in the early years of their job, and looking for something affordable with decent all-round performance.

Thorogood Composite Toe 804-4445 Gen Flex Shoe

If you are looking for a composite toe work boot, this beast from Thorogood 804-4445 Gen Flex is one of the best one’s out there. Here’s our complete run down on it’s safety and durability features.


The composite toe passes all the guidelines laid by the ANSI and should provide adequate safety for your toe. It is also rated to handle 18000 volts of electricity.

So if your job requires you to work near wires, you would be safe from electrical hazards. The upper provides the expected level of security and the composite toe provides adequate protection against heavy objects. However the shoe fails to offer good traction if you’re prone to work in slippery conditions.


The 804-4445 Gen Flex is pretty durable. The upper is made from good quality leather and copes well in rugged terrains. The rubber outsole has been one of the toughest that we’ve come across. The Goodyear Welt construction ensures that this shoe is built to last.


The Gen Flex excels in the area of comfort and fit. The patented Gen flex technology should provide support to your arch and also give you the flexibility you will need while climbing stairs. The double EVA cushion in the midsole offers added support. Overall, buyers have found it to be comfortable during long working hours.


It doesn’t too a good job in cold weather conditions. So if you are working outside in winters you might consider the other shoes. Also since this shoe is not waterproof, if exposed to wet conditions the glue of the shoe might get effected.

Overall with durability and great comfort, this shoe is recommended for those who are working near electrified areas and also looking for nice comfort while working.

Final Words

Timberland Pro Pitboss 6” Steel Toe Boot – This is a premium work boot that offers solid safety and great fit while working. Pitboss is popular for being much more durable when compared to other top ranking boots.

Caterpillar 2nd Shift 6” Steel Toe Boot – A solid work boot that costs less than 100$, offers good ankle and arch support.

Thorogood Composite Safety Toe Work Boot – If you need a work boot with a composite toe, then this is a good option to go with. Top notch material choices and complete protection from electricity, single this shoe out for the most hardworking men.

Work Boot Guru
Work Boot Guru
Hi there, my name is Stuart and I am the founder of Work Boot Planet. Having spent a lot of time researching before purchasing my own work boots, I now make work boot, work shoe, safety boot and safety shoe reviews and guides to help other be safe in their industry.


  1. John says:

    If you showed up on my job in Timberlands, or Cats I would send you home. 1. They aren’t made in the US, and 2. They are junk for working in. If you work construction you need to have a wedge sole, and the boots better be American made. Boots with heals are for women, loggers, and cowboys. Throrogood, and Redwing are the only option in my opinion. In fact my union (Ironworkers local #1) only approve these boots for members.

    • Thanks for your interesting feedback. While being extremely patriotic about US products is very commendable, there other highly rated manufacturers of quality safety boots.
      From my own experience in the offshore oil and gas construction industry, a heel is always a preferable safety feature. When climbing metal rung ladders from an oil covered deck, a small heel on a boot can safe you from a potential slip and the resulting injury.
      My personal preference is SAFETY FIRST.

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