Make no mistake about it, you need to invest in a good pair of welding boots if you are serious about being a professional welder. If you do overhead welding, you need to make sure your feet are protected because the debris that falls when doing overhead welding has the potential to burn your clothes—including your shoes.

To prevent damaging either your feet or a good pair of shoes, go get a pair of welding boots. If you get some welding boots with the metatarsal guard for keeping the top of your foot safe (including the shoelaces) or the steel toe cap to protect your foot from hits, your boots will protect you for a long time to come.

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

Guard Boot by Dr. MartensPros

These boots are made for tough wear. The sole is very sturdy and prevents slipping in water or other slick surfaces. Also, the double stitch design and heavy duty eyelets allows these boots to have superior durability under rough conditions.

The upper part of the boot is made of water-resistant full-grain leather to keep your feet cool and dry throughout the day. Despite the sturdiness of these boots, they are very flexible. And the removable insole and ankle pads make them even more comfortable without sacrificing the durability of the shoe.

These boots also come with steel toe caps to prevent damage from knocks and bumps while maintaining a lightweight feel compared to similar boots being sold.

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Cons

Small sections of the sole may sometime melt when you step on something that’s extremely hot because of the flexible interior. Use caution and watch where you are stepping when using these boots.

Conclusion

These boots are well worth your money when you consider the overall package.

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Timberland PRO Steel- Toe Boots

steeltoe boots timberlandPros

Always check out how well the metatarsal guards protect the foot on a welding boot because this is an important area to have of good quality.  If you try this brand, you won’t be disappointed because these boots made by Timberland offer superior protection.

The asymmetrical and hinged design of this boot gives your foot well-rounded coverage to conform to your foot’s shape while standing, bending or squatting.  This design makes for a very comfortable shoe that is soothing to wear the first time you use them.

These boots are stitched using Kevlar thread, and the boot is made of Ever-Guard leather to give you one durable boot. An added comfort is the space afforded by the steel toe caps which provide protection from the elements and the heat.

There is a sturdy slip-resistant rubber sole that protects you when walking on wet or other slippery surfaces. These boots also protect against abrasion when you wear them indoors.

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Cons

These boots are very heavy and can tire you out—causing ankle and leg fatigue—when wearing them for long periods of time.  On a positive note, you will tone your leg muscles while wearing these boots!

The Kevlar stitching sometimes starts to unravel on the back of the boot after a couple of months of using them. So, the lifespan of these shoes is relatively short compared to what we expect from Timberland.

Conclusion

Overall, you still can’t beat the quality of this boot when welding and doing other construction work.

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Rocky Duty Men’s Modern Paraboot

Paraboot of Rocky Duty MenPros

No rocket scientist needed to know these boots sit taller than many the welding boots found in the industry.  If you are working in a dangerous environment, you will appreciate the leg and foot protection awarded by these 10-inch tall boots.  The tallness of the boots does not make them hard to take off and put on though. The ease of getting in and out of these boots can be attributed to the side zipper.

These boots look nice to wear. The full-grain leather upper that makes these boots good for protection can also be polished. The footbed is nicely fashioned to keep your foot in all-day comfort!

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Cons

No metatarsal guards are found on these shoes, so they are vulnerable to spills and burns. Also, your feet have very little protection from moisture because there is no inner lining. Some people complain that the boots are not as good as they used to be, but you use discretion since these shoes still tend to be very good at protecting the feet.

Conclusion

These boots may not have the quality they used to have, but they still make for a good pair of welding boots for protecting the legs, ankles, and feet.

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Caterpillar Men’s Assault Work Boot

cat assault bootsPros

These boots are a snug fit that provides quality protection.

There is a padded collar to support the ankles and prevent rubbing. Also, the metal laces won’t slip or work loose.

The rubber soles give superior traction that also keeps you from slipping. The metatarsal guards offer another level of protection while wearing these shoes for extended periods of time because they protect the feet from spills, burns and knocks or bumps.  The leather material that these boots are made of gives another level of protection for your feet while offering comfort.

The inner linings found in these boots provide all-day protection, comfort and a cool, fresh feeling for your feet. These features are characteristic of shoes that Caterpillar designs.

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Cons

Note that these boots will be heavy to wear because of their heavy-duty nature. The Metatarsal guards don’t conform to all foot positions, so you may experience slight discomfort when bending. If you are relying on a boot with maximum protection, these minor discomforts may be worth overlooking.

Some customers report the eyelets break off on these boots, but this issue can be remedied with regular maintenance.

Conclusion

Caterpillar always offers a quality product that speaks safety and durability when it comes to welding boots.

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