Mother nature is harsh and unforgiving, no more so than during the winter. It brings about new and unforgiving dangers to the job site. Unfortunately, regardless of the weather, work goes on. The warmest work boots for winter would be ideal, but it’s a lot more than just the warmth that you have to take into account. If you’re going to be working in and around snow, ice, and puddles you need to have the best winter work boots you can afford.
The perfect example would be having your toes feel so cold that you can’t walk properly (or operate the pedals of a truck), yet you’re a landscaper who is clearing the roads with a plow. Not only will they fail to accomplish the job in a timely manner, but you might not even get it completed at all. In this article, we’ll take a look at four different types of the best winter work boots, all of which have different features and advantages.
Each of these boots is going to apply to a different toe-type, that way you can decide which one suits you the best. Some people prefer a composite, whereas you might be a steel toe kind of guy; it all comes down to your preferences when all is said and done. Finding the best-insulated work boots should be the top priority, regardless of your toe choice.
Why You Need The Best Cold Weather Work Boots
There’s typically an inverse relationship between comfort and warmth. This is because to make a boot warmer you need to add extra padding and liners. These make the boot feel stiff, heavy, and clunky. Every once in a while you will find a good winter work boot that’s capable of doing both well. I’ve listed them below and strongly urge you to take a look. You won’t regret it, especially if you’ve got to work a 12-hour shift (you know, the one that starts at 3 AM).
- Traction/Grip – You’re going to be walking through and on snow, ice, slush, mud, and uneven terrain. One fall can put you out of work or worse especially while on a job site. It goes without saying you want a boot that’s going to give you great traction no matter the terrain.
- Insulation – Nothing is worse than cold feet. They throb and ache and interfere with the way you do even simple tasks such as walking. With a quality winter boot you won’t ever have to feel the pain of cold feet again.
- Waterproof – When working around snow, ice, and mud waterproofing if always a concern. If even a little moisture makes its way into your boot you’re in big trouble. It will rapidly cool your feet and cause irritation. You need a waterproof winter boot that will be able to go a whole day without letting any moisture in.
Top 4 Best winter work boots for men
Composite Toe – Carhartt Men’s Pac Insulated Winter Work Boot
These are hands down the best winter work boots I’ve ever had the pleasure of wearing. They have 1000g of insulation while still remaining breathable and lightweight. They’re composed of an abrasion-resistant leather and rubber sole. They are completely waterproof, slip-resistant, and have an outstanding composite safety toe. I think composite is preferred as it doesn’t hold the cold as steel does.
This is for those of us that work in the coldest conditions and need outstanding equipment to stay warm. It’s expensive but worth every single penny.
Why We Love It: The boots are incredibly comfortable, lightweight, without compromising on warmth. The traction they offer is also bar-none and they are the best boots for ice.
Where We Think They Could Do Better: The sizing can be a little wonky and I suggest going a half size down. Due to all the padding and insulation, the boots are very large.