The 10 Best Rugged Work Boots You Can Buy

And they're all made in the USA.


Work boots are the one of the most important pieces of protective gear you can wear for any project. The days of heavy and bulky boot construction are gone, and have been replaced with comfortable footwear that can be worn all day without fatigue setting in.

Manufacturers are devoting technology and new materials in work boots never seen before, and pros and DIYers are benefitting from it.

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Wolverine Jenson

Made in: Big Rapids, Michigan

Practical and sharp, not to mention waterproof and breathable, with a cap toe that’ll easily pass in the office. Also: Gore-Tex.

Danner Bull Run Moc Toe

Made in Portland, Oregon

The Bull Run aims to be a work boot you can wear after hours, and it succeeds mightily. Top-quality leather, comfy footbed.

Red Wing Heritage Roughneck

Made in Red Wing, Minnesota

Designed for work in oil fields. The heavy lugs on the Vibram sole give you grip on any surface, oil-slicked or otherwise.

Carolina Amp Steel Toe

Made in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania

With tobacco stampede leather, steel-toe safety cap, and rated for electrical hazards, this American-made boot is a classic and it's up for the task.

Chippewa Blaine

Made in Carthage, Missouri

Lugged Vibram sole will keep you locked onto the ground regardless of conditions. Dri-Lex lining pulls moisture away from your feet to keep them cool and dry. Durable leather and laces so you won’t have any breakdown on the worksite.

L.L. Bean Boots

Brunswick, Maine

A New England classic for working in the slop of “mud season.” Rubber-bottomed and full-grain-leather uppers meld waterproofing and mobility, but steel shank keeps them firm under the foot.

White's Foreman 6-Inch

Made in Spokane, Washington

Hand-lasted and hand-bottomed, these are some high-quality boots. Iron shank, brass eyelets, these guys are built to last and can be resoled, or even completely rebuilt if it gets that bad. Ortholite footbed and water-resistant, not waterproof, leather.

Carhartt 6-inch Composite Toe Work Boot

Made in Woburn, Massachusetts

Storm Defender waterproofing (that we already love from the company's jacket) with a moisture-wicking liner so you are dry inside and out. Oil-tanned leather and composite toe to protect you from drops and the crippling cold of a steel toe on a chilly day.

Thorogood American Heritage 6-Inch Moc Toe
$189.95 (19% off)

Made in Marshfield, Wisconsin

Union-made boots built for comfort. Full-grain leather, shock-absorption footbed (that you can remove if you like), comfort cushion insole, slip-resistant outsole, and a light fiberglass shank. Plus Goodyear-welted, so they’ll last as long as you.

Timberland American Craft Moc-Toe Boots
$289.99 (21% off)

Made in Wynne, Arkansas

All the components you want for a boot you can wear in the office, and also do some real work. Horween leather, Goodyear welted, Vibram sole, and a leather lining so they’ll dry out well whether you sweat in the field or at that meeting with the big boss. Go with leather finish, not suede.  

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