10 Best Waterproof Composite Toe Boots for Work [2021]


If you need waterproof composite toe boots for your job, the good news is you do have a lot of options to choose from. Most all major boot brands make waterproof composite toe work boots. I personally wear the Wolverine Legend boots because I feel like they are more comfortable up around the collar than most other work boots.

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These are our choices for the best waterproof composite toe work boots:

  1. Wolverine Legend 6 Inch Waterproof Comp Toe Work Boots (click here to view)
  2. KEEN Cincinnati Waterproof Comp Toe Wedge Work Boots (click here to view)
  3. Timberland PRO Boondock Composite Toe Waterproof Work Boots (click here to view)
  4. Carhartt Rugged Flex Breathable Waterproof Comp Toe Work Boots (click here to view)
  5. Danner Men’s Vicious Waterproof Work Boots (click here to view)
  6. Ariat WorkHog 8″ Waterproof Composite Toe Work Boots (click here to view)
  7. Kodiak Men’s Quest Bound Mid Waterproof Composite Toe Boots (click here to view)
  8. KEEN Utility Davenport Waterproof Industrial Shoe (click here to view)
  9. Bogs Workman Waterproof Composite Toe Work Rain Boots (click here to view)
  10. *Women’s* Caterpillar Ally 6″ Waterproof Comp Toe Industrial Shoes (click here to view)

Composite toe boots are popular because they offer toe protection without the many drawbacks of steel toe boots. I own the Wolverine Legend and the Danner Vicious boots on this list, and really like both options (pics in article)

Of course, it must be noted that steel toe boots do offer more toe protection than composite toe boots, and ultimately your job requirements will demand which one is best for you.

Not only do composite toe boots make it easier to pass through metal detectors, they also are poor conductors of electricity, and as we discussed earlier, usually weigh less than steel-toe boots.

Wearing steel-toe boots for 8-10 hours on the job can be brutal, and if your job allows comp toe boots, this is a nice way to make your work day a bit more comfortable.

In this article let’s take a closer look at the best waterproof composite toe boots so that you can find a safety-toe boot that also keeps your feet dry.

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Best Waterproof Composite Toe Boots for Work

Wolverine Legend 6 Inch Waterproof Comp Toe Work Boots

Wolverine is another well-known name in industrial footwear. They do have a popular waterproof composite toe work boot.

Here’s what these Wolverine Legend Work Boots look like:

This is the current price of these Wolverine waterproof composite toe boots available at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). Here’s what you need to know about these boots:

  • Material – These boots are made with 100% full-grain leather uppers and have a design that makes them not quite as bulky as some other traditional work boots.
  • Toe Protection – Yes, these are composite toe work boots. These boots also have the rubber toe overlay for extra abrasion protection.
  • Waterproof – These boots combine waterproof leather uppers with a waterproof breathable membrane to help keep your feet dry. The moisture-wicking mesh lining keeps odors under control.
  • Other Details – This boot’s DuraShocks outsole is slip-resistant and employs energy return to help absorb shock. The footbeds are removable so you can clean or swap them when needed.

Here’s a look at my Wolverine Legend Boots:

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I have found these boots to fit true to size and provide a comfortable fit that keeps my feet dry. They are particularly comfortable up around the collar where they have extra padding:

My size 12 regular boots weigh 2.05 pounds per boot:

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Click here to buy these Wolverine waterproof composite toe work boots available at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). Wide sizing is available for these boots.


Timberland PRO Boondock Composite Toe Waterproof Work Boots

Timberland is a leader in creating comfortable and dependable boots. The Timberland PRO line of boots are premium boots built to handle some of the toughest jobs.

Here’s what these Timberland PRO Men’s Boondock Waterproof Comp Toe Work Boots look like:

This is the current price of these Timberland waterproof composite toe work boots available at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). These boots are available in wide sizing.

  • Waterproof – These boots are built with both waterproof sealed leather and a waterproof membrane to help keep your feet dry.
  • Toe Type – Yes, this is a composite toe work boot. It also has a rubber toe bumper that covers the toe of the boot to give it increased durability so the toe of your boot doesn’t wear out fast.
  • Traction – These boots have deep-lug outsoles to help you find traction even in messy, uneven terrain.
  • Material – These boots have a 100% leather upper, a slip-resistant rubber outsole, and a fiberglass shank.
  • Comfort – These boots have anti-fatigue footbeds designed to help absorb shock and provide comfort. They also have a padded top collar to provide comfort up near the ankle.
  • Odor – One thing I like about Timberland PRO boots (including these boots) is they have anti-microbial treatment to prevent and control odors.

Click here to buy these Timberland PRO waterproof composite toe boots available at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). Again, wide sizing is available for these boots. To read more about fit, visit our article about Timberland Boots Sizing.


KEEN Cincinnati Waterproof Comp Toe Wedge Work Boots

If you like wedge work boots, it is a bit harder to find waterproof comp toe options. KEEN makes a wide range of footwear, all the way from sandals to work boots, and they do make a waterproof composite toe wedge work boot.

Here’s what these KEEN Cincinnate Work Boots look like:

This is the current price of these KEEN composite toe waterproof boots available at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). Here’s what you need to know about these boots:

  • Material – The barnyard-resistant, full-grain leather upper combined with Goodyear-welted style, this boot can handle the longest, toughest workdays.
  • Toe Protection – Yes, these are composite toe work boots. The left and right asymmetrical, carbon-fiber toes offer a more spacious toe box.
  • Waterproof – These boots have waterproof leather in addition to KEEN.DRY, a waterproof-yet-breathable membrane liner that keeps water out while allowing vapors to escape. This boot also features a moisture-wicking liner.
  • Other Details – Oil- and slip-resistant wedge outsoles. KEEN Luftcell provides pillow-top cushioning for comfort that doesn’t quit.

As you’ll notice, these boots use wedge outsoles instead of traditional square-heel outsoles. Wedge outsoles are popular because they are often a bit more comfortable than traditional outsoles.

The wedge design helps evenly distribute stress instead of localizing it on the toe pad and heel of your foot. This can lead to a more comfortable work day.

The drawback is a wedge sole is best used on a smooth surface like concrete. If you are on uneven terrain, it may be best to stick with a square heel which can provide extra slip protection.

Click here to buy these KEEN waterproof composite toe work boots available at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). Wide sizing is available for these boots.


Carhartt Rugged Flex Breathable Waterproof Comp Toe Work Boots

Carhartt is a brand that many workers trust and already wear. They are famous for their rugged work jackets and pants, but in recent years their boot line has gained popularity.

Here’s what these Carhartt Ruggedflex Work Boots look like:

This is the current price of these Carhartt waterproof composite toe boots available at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). Here’s what you need to know about these boots.

  • Material – 100% leather uppers; rubber outsole. Padded upper collar for extra comfort.
  • Toe Type – Yes, these are composite toe work boots.
  • Waterproof – These boots do have a waterproof breathable membrane to help keep your feet dry while you work.
  • Extra Details – These boots have a toe and heel bumper to help the front and back of the boot hold up longer from things like when you kick your boots off at night.

Click here to buy these Carhartt waterproof composite toe boots available at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). Wide sizing is available for these boots.


Danner Men’s Vicious Work 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.

The Danner Vicious boots are flexible, modern style boots that are a sort of hybrid between a work boot and a hiking boot. Here’s what these boots look like:

This is the current price of these Danner work boots available at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). This boot is offered in both a 4.5 inch and an 8 inch version.

While traditional boots tend to be built more for power and can be bulky and stiff, these Danner Vicious boots blend in more comfort and flexibility.

But just because these are hiker work boots doesn’t mean they can’t hold up to a tough site. I’ve been wearing the Danner Vicious boots for years as my go-to flexible work boot:

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These boots have a comfortable design that is easy to move around in. They also have a low-profile 90-degree heel that isn’t huge and bulky, but still gives you some slip protection. Here’s mine:

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  • Waterproof – These boots are made with waterproof leather uppers, and have a breathable Gore-Tex waterproof liner.
  • Toe Type – These boots use a non-metallic safety toe.
  • Fit – These boots are built with a DLE-01 last type mold. According to Danner the DLE-01 last type mold is “designed to be an extension of the foot to allow the user to feel the surface underneath them.” The DLE-01 provides plenty of space in the toe-box area.

Click here to buy these Danner Vicious Work Boots available at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). Wide sizing is available for these boots.


KEEN Utility Davenport Waterproof Industrial Shoe

As I mentioned earlier, KEEN makes a wide range of footwear, all the way from sandals to work boots.

One thing I’ve always liked about KEEN is they build a great heavy-duty work shoe. I feel like many of their shoes and boots can handle extreme work better than the typical work boot.

Here’s what these KEEN Utility Men’s Davenport Waterproof Composite Toe Work Boots look like:

This is the current price of these KEEN waterproof composite toe boots available at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). These boots have a sort of modern hiker work boot style.

  • Waterproof – These boots do have a waterproof KEEN.Dry liner to help keep your feet dry while you work.
  • Toe Type – Yes, these boots have a composite toe. 100% non-metallic construction.
  • Footbed – These boots have footbeds that can be removed to be cleaned or swapped.
  • Insulated – These boots are not insulated, but KEEN does offer the Davenport boot in an insulated version if you need something for winter.

Click here to buy these KEEN composite toe waterproof boots available at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). Wide sizing is available for these boots.


Other Waterproof Composite Toe Boots To Consider

  • Carolina Gravel Waterproof Comp Toe Hiker Work Boots – These Carolina boots combine waterproof leather with their waterproof “Scubaliner” to help keep your feet dry. This boot is a hiker work boot that might be perfect if you don’t like traditional, heavy-duty boots. Non-metallic shank. Composite toe. Click here to view these Carolina Gravel waterproof composite toe boots.
  • Bogs Workman Waterproof Composite Toe Work Boots – These are rubber work boots that will provide extreme waterproof protection. Not everyone wants to use rubber work boots, but if your situation calls for it, these boots do have a composite toe. Click here to view these Bogs waterproof composite toe boots at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com).
  • Ariat Catalyst VX H2O Composite Toe Boots – These are pull on leather work boots that are waterproof and have a composite safety toe. These boots have a wide square toe to give your toes extra breathing room. They also have protective shin guards. Click here to view these Ariat waterproof composite toe work boots at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). To read more about pull on options, visit our article about the best pull on composite toe boots.

5 Things to Consider When Buying Composite Toe Waterproof Boots

Outsole

Do you need a traditional outsole that has a square heel (outdoor)? Or will a flat, wedge outsole work better (indoor)?

The traditional square heel boots are built for rugged terrain. The 90-degree heel can help prevent slipping on things like a ladder and uneven terrain. The drawback is they aren’t usually as comfortable as a wedge sole.

The wedge sole is flat, and helps evenly distribute the stress across the bottom of the foot. Most people consider a wedge sole to be more comfortable than a square heel boot, but there are other factors that affect comfort, including brand.

The drawback to wedge is although they usually are slip-resistant, they are best used on smooth surfaces like a factory floor because they don’t have the raised heel to help you find grip on uneven terrain, etc. For indoor/outdoor options, visit our article about the best composite toe hiker boots.

Insulated

If you work outside during the winter, insulated boots might be needed. The weight of insulation used can vary boot to boot. To read more about what type of insulation might be best for you, visit our article about the best insulated composite toe boots.

Modern Boots

If traditional, bulky boots are not your thing, then perhaps a modern hiker work boot might be best for you. These types of boots are a combination of a hiking boot and a work boot.

This design helps maximize comfort and flexibility while still providing enough toughness to stand up to a work site. On our list above, the Danner Vicious boots are good example of a hiker work boot.

If you are after a hiker boot, you might consider waterproof chukka boots. For pull on options, visit our article about the best waterproof pull on work boots.

Shank

If you are interested in composite safety toe boots because you want, or need, no metal whatsoever in your work boots, don’t forget to consider the shank.

A shank is a supportive piece near the midsole of a work boot. Not only does the shank provide support and structure to the boot, it can also offer under-foot pierce protection.

Many heavy-duty boots use steel shanks which provide maximum support and protection, and can handle rigorous work.

If you need waterproof composite toe boots for work because (for whatever reason) you can’t have metal in your boot, be sure to check the shank.

Most boot companies know that if you are interested in a composite safety toe, then you probably don’t want a steel shank. Composite toe boots usually have a shank made of fiberglass, nylon, Kevlar, or some other type of non-conductive material, but always double check.

Toe Overlay

Many of the work boots on our list will not only have a composite safety toe for protection, they will also have a rubber overlay that covers the toe of the boot and adds extra abrasion resistance.

This can be a way to help extend the life of your waterproof composite toe boots. As you probably know, it is very easy to damage the front of a work boot, and these overlays help prevent that.


***If you are looking for USA options, visit our article about the best composite toe boots made in USA. For waterproof options, visit our article about the Best Waterproof Boots Made in USA.

Paul Johnson

Paul is a lead content creator for Workwear Command. He has had several blue-collar jobs which have provided him a wide range of experience with tools and gear. He also has a business degree and has spent time in business casual office settings.

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