In this article we discuss the best logger boots made in the USA. Over the years, many boot companies have moved operations overseas. This may mean cheaper prices, but it also means cheaper quality. Wearing USA made loggers helps ensure that the quality of the boot will be up to par.
- USA made logger boots can be a bit expensive. The most affordable USA loggers that I have found are Justin loggers and Carolina Loggers. I like Carolina Style 922 – click here to view these Carolina Loggers Boots (affiliate link takes you to Carolina Boots Website). Not all Carolina Loggers are USA made, but several are.
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These are our choices for the 5 best logger boots made in the USA
If you are interested in custom, hand-made boots, we will also discuss the best places to get custom logger boots made in the USA.
Buying a boot that is made in the USA not only is a source of pride, it also provides a quality that many types of imported boots do not. Unfortunately, many companies have moved part or all of their manufacturing overseas as they struggle to compete in a competitive marketplace.
There are some boot companies that have stayed true to their roots and kept their manufacturing processes here in the USA. Let’s take a look at the best logger boots made in the USA.
In this article let’s take a closer look at these companies so you have a better idea what the best logger boots made in the USA are. To read more about what a logger boot is, and who benefits from using them, visit our article What is a Logger Boot?
5 Best Logger Boots Made in the USA
Chippewa Logger Boots
Fueled by the logging boom, Chippewa’s beginnings date back to 1901, and to a small factory in the lumber town of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Chippewa has played its own unique part in the history of this country, providing boots for US soldiers in WWI.
Modern day, they have grown to become one of the most trusted names in premium work boots (source), and a trusted source for logger boots. Chippewa boots are part of Justin Brands, a premium brand of western and heavy-duty, functional boots.
This is what the Chippewa Logger boots look like (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). The Chippewa Logger boots are probably Chippewa’s most popular work boot.
They make the logger boots in many different versions, including both plain-toe, steel-toe, and insulated. If you need an insulated boot, visit our article about the best insulated logger boots.
Most, but not all, of Chippewa’s Logger Boots are made in the USA. Chippewa has a philosophy to hand-craft as many of their boots here in the USA as possible, using raw materials. It’s worth noting though that the materials themselves are often imported.
Chippewa’s factory is located in Carthage, MO (click here to view a tour of their factory). Chippewa displays a US flag on the laces of their US-made boots (see picture above).
These boots are 100% leather, waterproof, and have rugged Vibram outsoles with aggressive lug patterns that can stand up to harsh terrain. They are made using a steel shank. These boots use a Goodyear Leather Welt construction that is re-craftable.
Click here to buy the Chippewa Logger Boots at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). In general, expect these boots to run true-to-size. Wide sizing is available.
Thorogood Logger Boots
Thorogood boots are made by Weinbrenner Shoe Co., an employee-owned company based in Wisconsin that has deep roots in American culture. Weinbrenner Shoe Co. started manufacturing shoes in the late 1800’s and, much like Chippewa above, was a significant contributor of boots for the US Army in both WWI and WWII (source).
Thorogood has a manufacturing facility in Merrill, Wisconsin. If you want a behind the scenes view of how Thorogood boots are made in their Merril facotry, click here.
Thorogood is famous for their American Heritage line of boots, which is a fabulous factory work boot made in the USA by union workers. Thorogood also makes a series of logger boots.
This is what the Thorogood USA Logger boots look like (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). They have a specific USA Logger series of boots, which are manufactured in the USA with global parts.
Their USA logger boots are all 9″ boots, and all come with a steel-toe. If you are looking for plain-toe USA loggers, you will need to choose a different brand.
Click here to buy the Thorogood Logger Boots at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). In general, expect these boots to run true-to-size. Wide sizing is available.
Carolina Logger Boots
Double-H boots was founded by H. H. Brown in Pennsylvania in the 1950’s. Double-H boots specialized in western boots and eventually became the first company to ever manufacture a steel-toe western boot. Eventually, the safety division of the company grew to the point where it developed its own brand, and was called the Carolina Shoe Company.
Although not all Carolina boots are made in the USA, they do have a quite large selection of USA-made boots, including quite a few logger boots. Carolina offers their logger boots in several different designs and sizes. These logger boots are made in the USA (Martinsburg, PA facility) by Union workers, but made with imported parts. Here are some of their USA-made logger boots (affiliate links take you to Carolina Shoe Company’s website):
- Carolina Maple Logger Boot – This boot is available in both a plain toe (style 922) and a steel toe (style 1922). This is a 9-inch boot, made with premium leather and a leather welt build. Arch-supporting footbeds and cushiony, antifungal insoles. Union made. Click here to view these boots at Carolina Shoe Company’s website.
- Carolina Linesman Logger Boot – The Linesman loggers are 16-inch boots that fit high up past the ankle. They have the one-piece Vibram outsoles, and steel right/left linesman shank. Click here to view these boots at Carolina Shoe Company’s website. Carolina also offers linesman loggers in other sizes, like 10 inch. Union made.
- Carolina Redwood Logger Boot – The Redwood loggers are offered in both a composite toe (style CA935) and a soft toe (style CA1935) version. These boots do have a waterproof liner. They have a steel shank. Union made. Click here to view these boots at Carolina Shoe Company’s website.
White’s Logger Boots
White’s boots is a premium brand of work boots that frankly might not be in the right price range for everyone. Based on quality alone, these boots would be at the top of the list. But price matters too, and so there is a tradeoff to consider here.
White’s has been hand-making boots since 1853. They are located in Spokane, WA, and still present day hand-make their boots in the USA (source).
If you go to their website, they say “We are the last of a dying breed, but we aren’t going to die.” That basically sums up White’s boots. They don’t believe in imported, cheap, machine-built boots. They stay true to their roots, and still hand-craft boots so that you can trust the boot will have a lifespan that far exceeds the lifespan of modern-day imported boots.
This is what the White’s USA Logger boots look like (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). White’s makes both spiked and un-spiked logger boots.
Their un-spiked logger-style boots, like the White’s Smoke Jumper boots pictured above, are fire-resistant boots that were originally built for woodland fire fighters.
These boots are one of the best logger boots money can buy. They have a hand-sewn stitch down construction and have heavy-duty screw-in soles. These boots are re-craftable.
Click here to view the White’s Smoke Jumper boots at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). These boots are built on a 4811 Last which provides medium-high arch support, and a deep toe box. White’s advises customers to order a half-size down off their normal shoe size.
Danner Logger Boots
Danner boots is based out of Portland, Oregon. Danner was started when founder Charles Danner ventured to the Pacific Northwest to build premium work boots for loggers in 1932 (source).
This is what the Danner Flashpoint USA Logger boots look like (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). The Danner Flashpoint boot, much like the White’s boot we just covered, has its roots in woodland firefighting. This is a plain-toe boot with fire, puncture, and water-resistant 8 oz. leather uppers.
As I said in other articles, one thing I love about Danner (and can’t figure out why more boot companies don’t do the same) is Danner will tell you what type of last they use for each boot. Actually, that is something else that White’s (which we just covered) does as well, and it is appreciated.
A last (or “last type”, “last mold”, “lasting process”) is what helps create the shape and fit of a boot. Danner publishes the last type for each boot, and what you can expect as far as fit.
Now, as much as I like Danner boots (and they make an effort to manufacture as many of their boots here in the USA as possible), not all their logger boots are made in the USA. One logger boot that they do make in the USA is the Danner Flashpoint boot.
Click here to buy the Danner Flashpoint Boots at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). These boots are made using a 74 last, which is designed specifically for traditional logger style boots (and has a removable footbed). They have a regular fit and run true-to-size.
***Custom Boots: If you are interested in hand-made custom boots, I would also suggest checking out Wescoe Boots and Nicks Boots. Both make their boots in the USA and can custom fit the boot to match your foot. These two boot companies, along with White’s boots, are probably the 3 best boot companies in the USA. To read more, visit our article about the best USA wedge boots.
***Red Wing Logger Boots: Red Wing is also one of the best boot brands in the USA. They do make their logger boots here in the USA, but in my experience, you will need to find a local retailer that sells these boots as I have had trouble finding them for sale online. Here is the Red Wing style 218 Loggermax boot, which is made in the USA. You can click through that link to find a local retailer who has the Red Wing loggers in stock.
***To read more about logger boots visit our article What is a Logger Boot? which goes into further detail about the importance of this kind of boot, and our article Why Do Logger Boots Have High Heels? which helps illustrate the importance of the raised heel for different trades.
***In this article we discussed the best logger boots made in the USA. If you are interested in USA-made work clothes and apparel, we have other resources. For rubber work boots, visit our article about the Best Rubber Boots Made in the USA. For work pants, visit our article about the Best Work Pants Made in the USA. For bibs, visit our article about the Best Overalls Made in the USA.