Best Composite Toe Boots

Foot injury can be really debilitating - the difference between being able to carry out a day’s work and not.  

And one of the most common causes of foot injury is the impact of something heavy landing on them. That’s where safety boots come in.

Safety boots are best known for their reinforced toe caps, and rightly so. They’re perfect for when you’re doing any sort of work that involves heavy lifting. 

This is because, if something heavy were to fall on your safety boot, your toes will be completely protected and you will be able to release your foot, rather than leave it trapped underneath.

Although traditionally safety boots were commonly reinforced with steel over the toes, this protection can now be easily achieved with composite materials such as very strong plastics, or aluminum.

The amount of such safety boots that are out on the market today has risen to meet demand, so there’s plenty out there. But luckily, we’re here to help you pick out which ones to get.

Coming up very shortly we’ve got some product reviews on 5 composite toe boots chosen from our top favorites. We’ve concentrated on ones that both sell really well and are highly rated by customers.

We’re going to level with you now and say that our reviews are mainly for men’s boots, but we have thrown in one for women as well.

Then, after that, we’ve got a handy buying guide for you, which is also there to help with your decision as to which ones to get.

Then, we’ll top that off with a section where we answer some of your most frequently asked questions on the subject.

Here goes…

OUR TOP PICK

Timberland PRO Men's Boondock 6' Composite Toe Waterproof Industrial & Construction Shoe, Black Full Grain Leather, 11 M US

The Timberland brand has been around for quite some time now and has only grown in popularity since the advent of their original waterproof boots as far back as 1973.

What we love about this composite toe boot, is that it’s black, so is easily made to look part of a uniform.

It’s made with durable, abrasion resistant, 100% genuine leather, which has been treated to be made completely waterproof.

So not only can you rest assured that you’ve got a top quality upper on the show, but you also know that a bit of rain is not going to harm, and you can keep on working whatever the weather.

They also feature an all-weather, and shock absorbing, thermoplastic urethane (TPU) outsole, which is designed to provide great traction on wet or frosty surfaces.

It gives great slip resistance and abrasion resistance, and at the same time provides great comfort and flexibility too.

And that’s not all - it also provides underfoot electrical hazard protection, so you’ll be perfectly safe around any electrically energized parts.

As for the composite toe, we can confirm that it’s non-metallic, and lightweight, and that it meets both US and Canadian safety standards.

And if that’s not enough, it also has antimicrobial odor control and even some pathogen resistance too.

It’s available in a range of different sizes, from 7.5 up to 15, with plenty of half and wide sizes available too.

Pros:

  • Abrasion resistant
  • Slip resistant
  • Shock absorbing
  • Provides underfoot electrical hazard protection
  • Meets both US and Canadian safety standards

Cons:

  • Premium product at a premium price

EDITORS CHOICE

Carhartt Men's CMF6366-M, Brown Oil Tanned Leather, 13 M US

Now this is a great composite toe boot! 

It comes from Carhartt, a brand that’s been in the business of quality work footwear since as far back as 1889!

But these boots have a lot more going for them than just the brand. 

Let’s start with the safety features. We can confirm that the composite safety toe is non metallic, providing great protection against impact and compression hazards. 

And we can also confirm that it meets iASTM F2413-18 EH safety standards, able to protect the wearer from 18,000 volts.

They’re also oil, slip, and chemical resistant too, so you’re protected from even more dangers.

We love the look of the boot, too. Smart-casual and conventional. We prefer the brown oil tanned leather, but the alternative brown isn’t bad either.

It’s rugged and durable, with abrasion resistant heel bumpers, to provide extra-long wear, just where you need it most.

But what we really love about them is just how comfortable they are to wear. They have a nice flex that moves as you move.

The outsole has plenty of flex, as well as durability, there’s a padded tongue and collar, and you also get plenty of cushioning thanks to the lightweight midsole and Ortholite insole.

The upper of the boot meanwhile, is made of real full grain leather and provides protection from the wet weather, right up to and including your ankles.

It’s available in a range of different sizes, from 8 up to 15, and is also available in half and wide sizes too.

Pros:

  • Great brand
  • Chemical resistant
  • Slip resistant 
  • Super comfortable
  • Meets EH safety standards

Cons:

  • Premium product at a premium price

BEST VALUE

Reebok Work Men's Rapid Response RB8694 Safety Boot,Tan,10 W US

Reebok may be better known for their running shoes, but they’ve outdone themselves in this safety boot!

To be honest, one of things we really like about this boot has to be the color. It’s much paler than your regular safety boots, giving it a whole new feel and look.

But don’t let the appearance of these boots fool you - they’re really rugged and practical. In fact, they’re a field proven boot, aimed at law enforcement officers, and military professionals.

These boots meet all the current footwear safety standards. And thanks to the composite toe, this includes electrical hazard protection too. This composite toe is just as strong as steel cap toes, but is nicely lightweight to wear.

We were also impressed with the Foot Force insole. There’s a gel pad to absorb the strike of your heel on the ground, high density polyurethane that will always retain it’s cushioning effect, and it has plenty of flex at the same time.

It cradles your foot, and it absorbs excess moisture too. 

The size range starts small at 6, and goes up to 13. There are also half and wide sizes available.

Pros:

  • Great brand
  • Unique look for a safety boot
  • Impressive Foot Force insole
  • Meets all current safety standards

Cons:

  • Premium product at a premium price

RUNNER UP

Wolverine Men's Overpass 6' Composite Toe Waterproof Work Boot, Summer Brown, 10 M US

Here’s another great composite toe safety boot.

It comes from a brand that has been in the business forever (well, since 1883). And they’re still industry leaders even now.

In this boot, they use their innovative technology to provide a boot that has that optimum combination of performance and  comfort.

The composite toe for example uses carbon fibre, and this makes it more lightweight to wear, and makes it thinner too, to achieve a better, more contoured fit.

And when it comes to bending your feet, Wolverine has got that sorted too, with motion max technology allowing the boot to blend and flex as needed.

And to improve your comfort further still, there’s also a breathable liner to ensure you don’t have to suffer from your feet getting needlessly sweaty, which they otherwise would do if you wore them all day.

It also has a waterproof upper, which we deem as essential for any outdoor work (you never know when it’s going to rain).

We only wish there were morse sizes available, the range starts at 9, and only goes up to 12, with no wide sizes. Though there are one or two half sizes available.

Pros:

  • Great brand
  • Breathable liner
  • Performance & comfort
  • Well designed composite toe

Cons:

  • Very few size options available
  • Premium product at a premium price

RUNNER UP

Caterpillar Women's Ally 6' Waterproof Comp Toe Industrial and Construction Shoe, Brown, 7 W US

As promised, here’s our women’s safety boot pick.

It comes from CAT, a brand that we love, and one that specializes in work boots and industrial footwear.

It’s made with 100% full grain leather, which has been treated to be made completely waterproof.

And, moreover, it has a SRX rubber outsole to give you fantastic traction on whatever surfaces you happen to be working on. So, your feet will be completely dry and you don’t risk slipping. 

CAT’s nano composite toe is made from a blend of both composite and carbon fiber. The result of which is that you get a lower profile toe box, without compromising protection from impact and 

There’s extra fabric on the toe and heel, to bring extra abrasion resistance exactly where you need it.

Despite this rugged construction however, these boots are very comfy to wear - they’re lightweight and they have really great cushioning too. Plus, there’s a nylon mesh lining and EVA sock liner.

It’s available in a range of different sizes, starting small at 5, and going up to 11. This includes half and wide sizes too.

There’s only one color to choose from, which is a shame. But that said, it does look good - brown and smart-casual.

Pros:

  • Shoe sizes aimed at women
  • Lower profile toe box
  • Superior traction in outsole

Cons:

  • Premium product at a premium price

Best Composite Toe Boots Buying Guide

As promised, here’s your buying guide for composite toe boots.

Composite toe cap vs steel toe cap

Composite toe boots have several advantages over their steel toe counterparts. They tend to be composed of strong non-metal materials, including the likes of Kevlar, hard plastics, carbon fibre or fibreglass.

And it is because they have no metal included that makes them a great choice for work sites that have metal detectors. They also offer better electrical resistance, which is what makes them so popular with electricians and engineers.

What to Consider When Buying Your Composite Toe Boots

Safety Features

If you’re specifically looking for composite boots because you need to ensure there’s no metal in your shoes due to potential electrical hazards, then we recommend that you check that your boots meet the necessary EH safety standards before you buy.

Where applicable, we have confirmed meeting this standard in the product reviews we showed you earlier.

But there are several other features that your boots can have besides protection from electrical hazards.

We would argue for example, that slip resistance is also important, or failing that, superior traction on the outsole to help prevent any slipping.

Waterproof

If your work entails being outdoors at all, then you need  your boots to be waterproof in the event of rain.

If you’re wearing waterproof overalls but you’re not wearing waterproof boots it’s kinda counterproductive.

Abrasion Resistance

You don’t want your brand new safety boots getting scratched.

Brand

There are some really great brands in the safety boot market.

You’ve got the likes of Timberland, Wolverine, Caterpillar, Reebok and Carhartt.

We were sure to include some in our top 5 picks.

Budget

You can’t really put a price on safety. When it comes to safety boots, you need to put safety first and cost second.

If budget brands sold as well as the bestsellers, you might have an argument otherwise. But the truth is that if you want good, top quality safety boots, you have to pay that little bit more.

The price of a particular safety boot is usually determined in large part by the required size, with smaller boots often costing considerably less than their larger counterparts.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Best Composite Toe Shoe?

We would argue that our number 1 pick, the Timberland PRO Men's Boondock Composite Toe Boot, is one of the best, if not THE best composite toe shoe.

This is foremost because it meets all the electrical hazard safety standards, which is what people are usually looking for in a composite toe shoe.

But it’s not just that. The Timberland PRO Men's Boondock Composite Toe Boot has some other great qualities besides, and we’re not just talking about the usual waterproof upper, abrasion resistance, the flex in the outsole, or even the 100% genuine leather…

The Timberland PRO Men's Boondock Composite Toe Boot also has a number of features that it’s competition simply doesn’t have. Such as the antimicrobial odor control and pathogen resistance.

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