Whether you’re buying your first pair of work boots or need a replacement, finding the right boots with the right fit is important for your comfort and safety. If you need a safety toe, you’ll have to decide between composite toe vs steel toe boots. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and if your workplace allows either, it can come down to personal preference.

One advantage of composite toe protection is that unlike steel, composite isn’t a conductor, meaning your boots should stay a consistent temperature and not get overly hot or cold. They also don’t conduct electricity, so they’re sometimes preferred by electricians. And if you’re on your feet all day, you might prefer composite because it’s slightly lighter than steel, even if the weight difference is minimal.

When you’re considering which boots to buy, make sure you pay attention to employer requirements, but also keep an eye out for boots with these features:

  • Good leather quality – don’t skimp out and buy cheaper boots that are made of poor-quality leather. You’ll end up replacing them more frequently than if you spent a bit more for higher quality boots!
  • Roomy toe box – just because you need a safety toe boot, doesn’t mean you have to suffer cramped feet, opt for an emperor toe if you prefer extra space and always try on a pair of boots if you’re unsure on sizing.
  • Comfortable footbed – when you’re on your feet all day, you need comfort. Make sure the boot footbed offers shock absorption to lessen discomfort during long days.
  • Durable outsoles – one of the most important features of a quality boot, you’ll want to look for good thread, slip-resistance, and a solid boot construction.

Fan Favorite Composite Toe Work Boots

Job-tested, worker approved. These boots are our most popular for a reason and are some of the most comfortable composite toe work boots no matter whether you’re installing drywall, wiring a new build, or building custom cabinetry.

  1. American Heritage 8” Round Toe – Classy and comfortable, these composite toe boots are waterproof, durable, and supportive. It’s no surprise they’re at the top of the list.
  2. Emperor Toe Briar Pitstop 6” Work Boots – Coming in at a very close second, the extra room in the toe box of these boots make these a great choice when you want more space for your toes without compromising on protection.
  3. Crosstrex Waterproof Safety Toe Boots – Designed with the comfort of a sneaker and the durability of a boot, don’t let the appearance of these hikers fool you. The low profile gives you more flexibility but they’re still waterproof and have a composite toe for extra protection.
  4. Crazyhorse Safety Toe Boots – If you’re not a fan of lace-up boots, these short wellington style boots offer superior comfort with a SHOCK ZONE footbed and a composite toe box to protect your feet on the job.
  5. V Series Wellington Safety Toe Boots – Last but certainly not least, these might be our most comfortable composite toe boot. Easy to pull-on and off, these waterproof and slip-resistant boots are as tough as the people who work in them.

If you need steel toe boots for work, Thorogood offers a range of lace-up and pull-on work boots, no matter your trade. We even created a guide to help you pick the best pair of boots for the job.