Best Welding Boots - Guide and Review

The best welding boots serve two purposes. They are general working boots with steel toes to protect your feet against heavy objects dropped onto the floor. They also must resist heat and fire in case something goes horribly wrong with your welder.

There are two very important parts of welding boots you must pay attention to when buying the best possible pair. The metatarsal guard protects the top part of your foot from heavy objects.

Metatarsal guards can appear on the outside of the boot or the inside, although ones on the outside help keep the laces from catching on fire or melting.

The second aspect is the sole of the boot. If a sole is too soft, it may melt if it comes in contact with temperatures needed for welding. Melted soles can lead to a very bad day for a welder.

Remember a few safety rules to keep in mind. Even though a sturdy pair of welding boots may make working conditions safer, you should still exercise caution and maintain safety standards as closely as possible.

Welding can be dangerous if you don’t follow the property safety protocols, so keep work spaces neat, clean and free of moisture as much as possible.

Taking these factors into consideration, here are five of the best welding boots on the market today. See what you think.

1. Timberland PRO Men's 53530 8" Metguard Steel-Toe Boot

Timberland PRO Men's 53530 8" Metguard Steel-Toe Boot

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Who knew that Doc Martens made work boots in addition to the fashionable line of footwear that made this company popular in the 1990s?

The Ironbridge ST steel-toe met guard boot is a great choice for welders due to the workmanship and protection, although it does have one drawback.

Keep the laces tight around your lower calves to prevent the work boots from slipping off. The leather is waterproof, while the rubber soles protect against slipping on wet surfaces.

 The eyelets are heavy duty and raise up away from the surface of the boots so you can easily tie and untie these work boots in a pinch. Timberland touts Kevlar laces that resist catching on fire.

That means this entire boot is essentially fireproof, although the soles may melt under very hot conditions. Double stitching means these boots won’t fall apart easily. The inside of the boots have padding for comfort and fabric that moves moisture away from your socks.

These boots may be more expensive than any others on the market, but they are worth every penny. Each boot weighs three pounds, but it may not feel that heavy because part of the boots come up to your lower calves.

Pros

  • Maximum safety and comfort
  • Fireproof stitching
  • Anti-slip and heat resistant soles
  • Waterproof leather

Cons

  • Heavy

2. Dr. Martens Men's Ironbridge MG ST Steel-Toe Met Guard Boot

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Who knew that Doc Martens made work boots in addition to the fashionable line of footwear that made this company popular in the 1990s?

The Ironbridge ST steel-toe met guard boot is a great choice for welders due to the workmanship and protection, although it does have one drawback.

The main part of the boot is made of leather, which is just about as fire-resistant you can get when it comes to materials. The leather is also water resistant for when you work outdoors.

Inside the boot you have a fabric lining that wicks away moisture, including sweat and water, so you feel more comfortable throughout your work day.

A pad on the inside is removable if you prefer less padding, although the extra pad helps when you’re on your feet for eight to 10 hours per day.

The met guard, which sits on the outside of the boot, looks like it belongs on a baseball catcher’s gear.

Double stitching keeps everything firmly in place, and heavy-duty eyelets contain touch laces that stand up to the toughest of work conditions.

All of the heavy-duty protection adds up to boots that weigh 38 ounces each, so you may feel as if you move a little slower in this welding boots.

The soles are made of anti-slip rubber for when there’s water, oil or grease underfoot. The one downside to the soft rubber is that it may melt under extremely hot conditions. In general, this is one of the best welding boots for the price despite its downsides.

Pros

    • Feet and toes protection
    • Shock absorbing 
    • Anti-slip soles
    • Very comfortable

Cons

  • Soles may melt
  • Boots weigh three pounds each

3. Caterpillar Men's Assault Work Boot

Caterpillar Men's Assault Work Boot

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Whereas other Caterpillar work boots might look more stylish, the Assault work boots are simply one of the toughest-looking welding boots on the market.

These are made entirely of leather, so they stay waterproof in just about any condition.

The thick rubber sole lays flat and resists slips, while double stitching keeps these welding boots together for a long time.

Tighten or loosen the met guard with the laces that run through the top part of the guard. Huge eyelets let the laces run easily up and down the face of these welding boots.

Thick padding along the ankles creates both comfort and protection from drops at the same time. Proprietary insoles keep your socks as dry as possible for extra comfort throughout the day.

These boots are actually lighter in weight than similar models from Timberland and Dr. Martens, so you might consider these if you want to use less energy to walk. The downside is that this pair may not stand up to heavy-duty use as well as heavier boots.

Pros

  • Waterproof leather 
  • Comfortable boots
  • Met guard
  • Lighter weight

Cons

  • Rubber soles may melt
  • Lighter weight may not stand up to tougher conditions

4. Timberland PRO Men's Excave External Met Guard Work Boot

Timberland PRO Men's Excave External Met Guard Work Boot

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Timberland, unlike Dr. Martens and Caterpillar, specializes in work boots. The Excave external met guard work boots are a great addition to your work accessories.

Arched soles help you maintain your balance while taking pressure off the middle of your foot as you stand all day.

The soles are made of synthetic materials, which means they might not melt as readily as those made with natural rubber. The soles are slip-resistant

On top of the these welding boots, the met guard can loosen or tighten based on the laces that go through the top part of the external guard. This gives you total control over your comfort. The padded collar makes the boots feel better around your ankles after you lace them up.

Double stitching stands up to heavy use, while heavy-duty eyelets keep the laces in place. Mesh lining on the inside keeps moisture away from your feet during particularly hot jobs.

As with most work boots, these come with steel toes. Similar to the Dr. Martens boots, these weigh around three pounds each which might make them feel heavy by the end of the day.

Pros

  • High-quality workmanship
  • Met guard
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Heavy boots for long days

5. Caterpillar Men's Revolver Pull-On Steel-Toe Boot

Caterpillar Men's Revolver Pull-On Steel-Toe Boot

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Caterpillar is another name you may not think of when it comes to the best welding boots, but the heavy equipment manufacturer also makes heavy-duty work boots to go along with heavy-duty equipment and style!

Whereas the Dr. Martens boots are high-tech, the Caterpillar steel-toe boots are more traditional in that they slip on over your calves rather than tie around your ankles.

Coming up to your calves is one important feature of work boots for several reasons, but it also has a drawback. If you’re outside in the mud while welding, these boots may keep muck and moisture from seeping into your socks to make for a very uncomfortable day.

The high calves also protect your legs against heat and fire, which is something lower-hung welding boots can’t do. The downside to this is if your feet get stuck in the mud. You may have to leave your boot behind if you can’t move.

There is no met guard here, but there aren’t any laces that could catch on fire, either. The rubber soles are slip-resistant, much like the the Dr. Martens boots, which means they could melt.

The leather boots are the most fireproof material you can get without the weight of the boot become too cumbersome. These boots have single stitching, so they may fall apart sooner than double-stitched boots. Despite the drawbacks, this is still a good pair of boots.

Pros

  • No laces to catch on fire
  • Easy on, easy off
  • Slip-resistant soles
  • Steel toes
  • Lighter weight than other boots with met guards

Cons

  • No met guards
  • No extra features for comfort
  • Boots may come off if they get stuck

Final Verdict

The best welding boots out of these five are the Timberland PRO 53530 work boots. They simply have the best possible protection for your feet due to the higher shaft that goes part of the way up your calves. Timberland specializes in work boots, and these boots certainly show that Timberland is the brand to beat.

The Dr. Martens pair of work boots comes in a very close second, followed by the Caterpillar Men's Assault Work boots. The Caterpillar slip-on boots may seem like a stylish choice, but they really should be used for lighter jobs and not heavy-duty ones.

Salvador J. Celaya
 

Salvador J. Celaya is the Editor of Bestweldinggear.com. As a welding enthusiast he loves to share what he knows about welding helmets and other gear in this field. In personal life he is the father of two cute kids and a loving husband. He loves foods and nothing is more important for him than being with family and friends in his spare time.

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