Five popular steel-toe work boots that Reddit users swear by.


There are a multitude options available when it comes to steel-toed work boots. But how do you know which ones are worth the investment? We took to the internet to see what steel-toed work boots Reddit users swear by.

Reddit is a popular news aggregation and discussion website If you have a question about a topic—seemingly any topic—there’s a good chance you’ll find plenty of like-minded individuals on Reddit to discuss it. Nearly 30,000 people are subscribed to the r/Construction community, a place for tradespeople to discuss the industry.

After scrolling through some discussions, below is what we’ve found to be five popular steel-toe work boots that Reddit users swear by.


One Reddit user said these boots are comfortable, light, and easy to slip on and off. Another user said that after buying their first pair of Blundstones, they will never switch back to their other brand. These boots check all the safety boxes, providing protection from all electrical, chemical and mechanical hazards. Plus, the CSA label means they’ve been tested and certified in Canada to meet the highest standards of safety and performance.


One Reddit user said these boots are very similar in construction to the renowned Red Wing brand, but often less expensive. In fact, one user said Thorogood’s stitching is a little better. These boots also feature a waterproof, yet breathable lining. The lug outsole really improves traction. Another user said these boots fit great right out of the box.


If you want light and waterproof boots with a good tread, one Reddit user says these are it. Additionally, these boots are designed for superior arch support by cradling the natural contours of the foot. Coupled with extra ankle support and a direct-attach midsole, this boot is built for long-lasting comfort and durability. The outsoles are oil and slip-resistant. Cleansport NXT technology provides natural odor control—just what a hardworking construction professional needs.


This is Timberland’s standard Titan work boot with an alloy toe. Soft full-grain leather construction allows for minimal break-in time and enhanced comfort. Moisture-channeling spacer mesh lining with antimicrobial treatment helps with odor control, dry feet and added comfort. Abrasion, slip and oil-resistant outsole. The PowerFit Comfort System uses ergonomically designed elements to supply movement and provide support for longer-lasting comfort. This boot also provides electrical hazard protection.


We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the Red Wing brand, since so many Reddit uses cite Red Wing as a standard in quality for many years. The DynaForce boot features a host of Red Wing innovations, including SuperSole for comfort and durability in tough environments, and the ComfortForce footbed with molded arch and slight heel cup for light support and stability. This boot is classified as providing outstanding oil and gas resistance, as well as good resistance to slips, chemicals, abrasions and heat. As one user said, an extremely durable boot that provides a lot of comfort.

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