It doesn’t matter if you’re in construction, security, or work in a factory or some other job that keeps you on your feet all day, there’s one piece of workwear that you should have as a part of your daily kit – proper boots! These will help protect your toes and keep your feet and back from aching after a long day standing or walking around.
So please keep reading if your soles are crying out for relief…
That’s why we have put together some in-depth reviews of the best lightweight work boots with the pros and cons for each, and a buying guide to further aid your decision. So, let’s go through them and find the perfect pair of lightweight work boots for you…
- Best Lightweight Work Boots Reviews
- 1 Timberland Men’s Titan Waterproof Boots – Best Lightweight Waterproof Boots
- 2 Wolverine Men’s Blade LX Waterproof Boots – Best Lightweight Leather Work Boots
- 3 Wolverine Men’s Floorhand Waterproof Boots
- 4 Carhartt Men’s CMX4023 Lightweight Casual Wedge
- 5 Vivobarefoot Men’s Tracker FG Leather Walking Shoes
- 6 Timberland Men’s Pit Boss Work Boots
- 7 Skechers Men’s Energy-Clan Waterproof Work Boots
- 8 Rocky Men’s C4T Tactical Boots – Best Lightweight Military Boot
- 9 Carhartt Men’s Lightweight Waterproof Work Hiker Boot – Best Lightweight Breathable Work Boots
- 10 Ever Boots Men’s Tank Insulated Work Boots – Best Lightweight Winter Work Boot
- 11 Magnum Men’s Precision Ultra Lite II Composite Toe Waterproof Boots
- 12 Stanley Men’s Dredge Soft Toe Industrial and Construction Boots – Best Pull-on Lightweight Work Boots
- 13 Condor Men’s Idaho Steel Toe Work Boots – Best Lightweight Steel Toe Work Boots
- 14 Belleville Men’s Khyber Lightweight Tactical Research Boots
- 15 Golden Fox Men’s Lightweight Moc Toe Insulated Work Boots – Best Insulated Lightweight Work Boot
- Best Lightweight Work Boots Buying Guide
- So, what are the Best Lightweight Work Boots?
Best Lightweight Work Boots Reviews
1 Timberland Men’s Titan Waterproof Boots – Best Lightweight Waterproof Boots
We all know that a long day working can feel like an eternity when your dogs are hurting. It’s even worse if your feet are cold from getting wet from rain or harsh work conditions. But don’t worry, Timberland has you covered with their PRO® TiTAN® waterproof boots.
Keep your feet happy by keeping them dry…
The PRO® TiTAN® waterproof boots are some of the best waterproof lightweight boots on the market. The upper part of the boot is made of premium waterproof leather for a respectable, clean look that will keep your feet dry. This is furthered with mesh lining that helps with moisture-channeling, while the antimicrobial treatment helps reduce odors.
Everyone you live with will appreciate that last point…
The footbed of these boots also utilizes Outlast® Adaptive Comfort® temperature-regulating technology in the contoured open-cell polyurethane. So, no longer will you have hot, sweaty feet.
But what about comfort and protection?
High-rebound heel inserts above the Polyurethane midsoles create better support and cushioning to help you keep on the move all day long. There’s even an asymmetrical-shaped alloy safety toe meeting a number of impact and compression safety standards.
Further protections come from the underfoot design with lightweight slip, oil, and abrasion resistant rubber dual-density tread. Plus, these boots meet many electrical hazard standards by providing protection from live electrical currents.
Will they last through tough use?
While they may weigh only 1-lbs 7-oz, these Timberland boots employ cement construction for flexibility and faster break-in times. We have heard reports that the sole cracks over time, though we suspect this to be limited to particular environments wreaking havoc on the rubber.
- Waterproof 6” design to keep your feet dry.
- Outlast® Adaptive Comfort® temperature-regulating technology.
- Short break-in times.
- 6-inch shaft for ankle support.
- Alloy safety toe protection.
- Reports of the sole splitting before even close to being worn-out.
- The laces could be longer.
2 Wolverine Men’s Blade LX Waterproof Boots – Best Lightweight Leather Work Boots
One of the best lightweight comfortable work boots on this list is the Blade LX from Wolverine. While they may not have the classic appearance of the option above, these are some of the best leather lightweight work boots as well.
Walk all day without the pain…
Featuring Wolverine’s EPX anti-fatigue technology, these boots conserve and return energy to help fight foot fatigue with the use of a honeycomb heel, cushioned lightweight stabilizer midsole, and a rubber outsole. Working together, these features supply unrivaled support all day long.
With 6.5-inches of shaft support, these boots will keep your ankles from rolling while also keeping out the wet with the full-grain waterproof leather uppers. Foot sweat is also dealt with the Waterproof Plus breathable membrane lining.
In addition to flexing with your foot and keeping out the wet, the Blade also employs a carbonmax nanotechnology safety toe. This is lightweight and meets ASTM safety standards for comfort and keeping your toes attached in the place of a possible work accident. There’s also a durable heel kicker for tougher environments.
We feel that you can see the durability of these boots just by looking them over, though we will note that they come quite stiff and need a good break-in.
- Wolverine’s EPX anti-fatigue technology for all day wear.
- Carbonmax nanotechnology safety toe.
- Quality materials and construction.
- A bit stiff out of the box and need to be broken in.
- Won’t pass for nice looking everyday town-boots.
3 Wolverine Men’s Floorhand Waterproof Boots
If you prefer a more traditional looking work boot, Wolverine still has you covered with the FLoorhand waterproof boots. Made by the iconic American brand first established in Rockford, Michigan, in 1883, these boots are made for work but look good anywhere.
Can you kick concrete walls when frustrated?
Yes, these boots have a steel toe cage to help protect you from accidents of all kinds, though we suggest an anger management course rather than kicking things to let out our frustration.
The Floorhand boots are made from full-grain 100% leather for protection from water, while the removable full-cushion footbed provides comfort throughout the day. We always like removable footbeds, as it’s nice to regularly replace the inner sole with a new, less-smelly arch support.
What about the quality?
You got us on this one, as these boots are not up to the same standard as the above entry from Wolverine. The rubber soles offer great traction on slippery surfaces, but they are known to wear through quicker than we are comfortable with for daily use boots.
- Waterproof 100% leather.
- Classic look for town wear after work.
- Steel toe for protecting the five little piggy’s.
- Soles are known to wear quickly.
- Not the high-quality materials or construction Wolverine is known for.
4 Carhartt Men’s CMX4023 Lightweight Casual Wedge
We know what you’re going to say, but truth be told, not all work boots are created equal. This lightweight casual wedge by Carhartt is certainly one example when compared to the above, however, some of us like wearing boots to work even if we aren’t working in dangerous environments that require a toe cap protection.
Made of 100% leather, these boots are more for coffee shop living hipsters looking for something more comfortable than durable.
We just want to look like we work hard…
The oil-tanned leather is lined with FastDry® technology to wick sweat away from your feet and fight odors, both of which are a welcome feature to any boot being worn for long hours. We also like the cushioned polyurethane insole that provides a decent level of shock absorption, and the cement-constructed rubber outsole.
These are great casual work boots for wearing around town, or for those who like the idea of a leather work boot with sneaker style comfort.
- FastDry® lining to help with sweat and odors.
- 100% leather looks slick.
- Stylish and comfortable.
- No toe safety box.
- Stitching is reported to fray quickly.
5 Vivobarefoot Men’s Tracker FG Leather Walking Shoes
Another great option for those who spend all day on the move and need protection from the elements without needing to worry about dropping anything stupidly heavy on their toes is the Tracker FG by Vivobarefoot.
A boot from a barefoot shoe company?
Yes, that’s correct. These boots are made for hiking by a company that states the “Tracker is a testament to our belief that feet can go barefoot across all terrains.”
We aren’t sure what that’s supposed to mean either, but these boots sure do offer a completely different style to the ones reviewed above. The minimal Firm Ground Sole is comprised of 3mm lugs to keep you aware of every step you take, according to the manufacturer.
Will that be enough protection from the cold?
Well, no. However, there is a removable thermal insole to help keep the cold from seeping into your feet if you’re walking around on cold terrain. The 100% leather offers waterproof protection and is lined with a sealed inner Hydrophobic breathable membrane.
One thing we do like is these boots weigh just over 1 lbs., meaning you likely won’t notice you have them on.
- They made a boot for barefoot shoe people.
- One of the lightest options listed here.
- Minimal protection offered by this style of boot, so watch your step.
6 Timberland Men’s Pit Boss Work Boots
A second traditional style work boot from Timberland, the Pit Boss, is a soft toe option for those not a fan of the carbonmax safety toe on the above Titan option.
What’s the advantage of a soft toe?
There’s plenty of us out there that work jobs that require boots, or simply where they are the most comfortable option for a long day on varying terrain. Still, we don’t all need a hard-capped toe that is needed by those working heavy-duty construction jobs. The Pit Boss fills this niche by providing a solid soft-toe boot.
Do you have wide feet?
With more room in the toe box than many other boots, these offer greater comfort while still meeting ANSI safety standards. The rubber outsole is slip, oil, and abrasion resistant as with the Titan above, while the boots are considerably less expensive than their hard-toe cousins.
We found that the Pro 24/7 Comfort Suspension technology provided a comfortable boot for spending long hours on your feet. The arch support helps reduce foot fatigue while the comfort system cushions every step taken.
Timberland means quality, or at least it used to…
We will note there’s been a lot of reports of a lack of quality control for the Pit Boss. This is just part of the game with the production moving outside of the USA but can be a real issue affecting comfort and durability.
- Pro 24/7 Comfort Suspension technology.
- Roomier toe box.
- Poor quality control on sizing means even if you had these boots before you should try-on before purchasing again.
7 Skechers Men’s Energy-Clan Waterproof Work Boots
Known for their sneakers, Skechers has made a decent work boot with the Energy-Clan boot, which is the first suede option on our list of the top lightweight work boots.
With a composite-toe, the Energy-Clan offers adequate protection for most jobs requiring a work boot. The toe box is ASTM tested, and the side leather overlap provides stabilizing ankle support.
How does the suede hold up to wet?
Made of waterproofed suede to keep out the water, these boots will hold up just fine in wet conditions. In fact, the innovative lace-up mid-high boots use a synthetic and fabric upper with a padded collar for comfort all day no matter how many miles you have to tread for work.
Still not sure about waterproof suede?
We will note that some have complained that these boots do not have the waterproof protection that some others offer, so if you work in regular truly wet conditions, this may not be the best lightweight work boots composite toe available.
Also for the ladies…
Even though these are aimed primarily at men, their ultra-lightweight and stylish looks also makes them one of the best women work boots currently available.
- More of a hiking boot look for those not wanting to look like a construction worker.
- Composite toe box for protection from stubbed toes.
- Do not stand up to tough use as well as some options.
- Waterproofing inadequate for truly wet work environments.
8 Rocky Men’s C4T Tactical Boots – Best Lightweight Military Boot
Marking the mid-way point on our list of the best lightweight work boots is one option for those who are working in conditions requiring a boot with a taller shaft, the Tactical boots from Rocky.
Who needs a tactical boot?
With a 7” shaft (measured from the arch), you’ll get a full inch or more leg coverage than with most of the options listed here. This is truly nice for those working in sandy, or muddy locations, offering extra protection from unwanted intruders visiting your toes.
The best military lightweight boot?
The leather and fabric construction offers a fast-drying water-resistant military style boot. Though we will note that these are not full military-grade boots, they are the lightest military performance boot in the Rocky line.
The lightweight EVA/rubber outsole resists slippage, oil, heat, abrasions, chemicals, and just about anything else that you can throw at it. With speed eyelets and NATO hooks supporting the 550 cord laces, you’ll be able to get these tightened down, and on the road quickly and easily.
Will they set off metal detectors?
With no metal parts, you should be able to tell that these are constructed of the full military-grade materials you’d expect from the name, and we should note that many users have complained of the quick breakdown of these boots.
- A lightweight option for those who like the tactical boot look.
- Higher top to the boots limits sand entry.
- Very inexpensive for a tactical style boot.
- The sole is known to start falling apart with tougher use.
- Not fully waterproof.
9 Carhartt Men’s Lightweight Waterproof Work Hiker Boot – Best Lightweight Breathable Work Boots
With a 3-inch shorter boot from our last entry comes the mid-boot from Carhartt that they call the Lightweight Waterproof Work Hiker Boot, to just make sure you know they can be worn for many occasions.
These soft toe boots certainly look more like a low-end hiking boot than the traditional work boot, though that may be the 50/50 leather/nylon fabric construction as much as anything else.
The best breathable lightweight work boots?
Constructed using Carhartt’s Storm Defender™ waterproof membrane, these boots keep out the elements, but also offer outstanding breathability. A great option for those of us who have issues with sweaty feet when wearing boots for extended periods of time.
The flexible sole, padded tongue, and collar, and cushioned PU footbed combine to generate a very comfortable boot that you can wear all day no matter how many miles you have to cover. This makes them one of the most comfortable work boots you can buy.
How light are they?
Weighing just 1 lb. 10 oz. these are some of the lightest boots, though we will note that the toe box is a bit tight for those with wider feet.
- Mid-high boot for those wanting more freedom of movement.
- Carhartt’s Storm Defender™ waterproof, breathable membrane.
- Super lightweight.
- Too narrow of a toe box for some.
- Limited ankle support offered by the mid-height design.
10 Ever Boots Men’s Tank Insulated Work Boots – Best Lightweight Winter Work Boot
Moving back into a traditional working boot appearance, we have our tenth entry in the best lightweight work boot reviews with the Tank by Ever Boots.
We like the idea of putting your Tanks on before heading to work.
Constructed from premium 2mm Nubuck leather, these boots will supply the comfort and durability that you’d expect from a line called Tank. The Goodyear Welt Construction adds to this durability and makes these a great pair of boots for industrial construction.
Though we will note they are a soft toe, so don’t drop that steal on your toes.
We should also note that these do tend to run big compared to some other brands listed here, which is great if you are working in cold environments and need to double up the wool socks. Just take it into consideration prior to purchase, so your feet aren’t slipping around inside.
The best winter lightweight work boot?
These boots are not strictly a winter boot, having only an insulated mesh lining to keep your feet warm and comfortable. Great for cooler environments, but not for freezing temps.
- Premium 2mm Nubuck leather.
- Slightly insulated for working on cool days or nights.
- Bigger fit for those with wider feet.
- Run large, so try-on before purchasing.
- Some complain they become too soft to offer any real support once broken in.
11 Magnum Men’s Precision Ultra Lite II Composite Toe Waterproof Boots
Magnum is another great manufacturer of work boots, and they make it on our list with the Precision Ultra Lite II. Coming in towards the bottom of the price sheet for those reviewed here, these are a great option for the budget conscious.
These ankle-high boots are constructed of lightweight leather that is lined with a waterproof breathable membrane to increase protection from the wet and comfort all in one. This makes them one of the best waterproof work boots on the market. They are also built with an ASTM rated composite safety toe box, as well as electrical hazard protection. So, even at such a great price point, you’ll be good to wear them to work.
Are they kind to the feet mile after mile?
Designed using M-P.A.C.T. contoured footbeds with memory foam, these bad boys will wick moisture away from your feet and absorb the shocks step after step. The slip-resistant flexible rubber soles are designed with toe traction and heel brake zones, plus ladder grips. Because you’re too busy to worry about your footing not being secure enough for the job.
What about the wet?
The Precision Ultra Lite II also employs a waterproof bootie style construction along with the I-shield technology. So, you shouldn’t worry about much of anything other than getting the job done.
The last thing we’d like to note on these boots is the lower price point has to mean some gives, and these boots aren’t the quality many returning Magnum wearers are used to.
- ASTM rated composite safety toe box and electrical hazard protection.
- M-P.A.C.T. contoured footbeds with memory foam.
- Waterproof bootie style construction with I-shield technology.
- Quality is not as good as expected from Magnum.
- The boots are stiff and require a solid breaking in.
12 Stanley Men’s Dredge Soft Toe Industrial and Construction Boots – Best Pull-on Lightweight Work Boots
Here we have the best lightweight pull on work boots for those who hate having to tie their laces. The Dredge boots from Stanley show that the brand is attempting to cover every aspect of the construction workers kit that they can think of.
Who wants laces anyway?
Made from 100% leather, these boots are meant to offer instant comfort with no break in period according to the manufacturer, and we’d likely agree. Though the lack of laces prevents a tight, secure fit, however, it does make them very comfortable.
The best lightweight pull-on work boots?
The flexible rubber sole keeps you from slipping and resists acid and oils for long-lasting work footwear. The midsole comprises shock absorption material that provides comfort for a long day on your feet, while the removable EVA insole adds to this even further.
- No laces to mess with.
- Look good enough to wear around town.
- One of the most comfortable work boots covered here.
- The lack of laces does limit a tight fit.
- Not recommended for many construction jobs due to a soft toe.
13 Condor Men’s Idaho Steel Toe Work Boots – Best Lightweight Steel Toe Work Boots
Getting back into the steel toe options on this list of the top lightweight work boots, we have the Idaho series from Condor. Now go kick something solid.
The best lightweight work boots with steel toe?
The upper part of this boot is made from 100% Genuine Nubuck leather for a functional yet stylish look. The outsole is Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) injected directly using AM-TECH Direct Soling Technology, which creates an inseparable bond without the use of glue that can fail.
With all the reports of other boots having soles that separate, we find this feature almost too good to be true.
Especially for such a low price!
Additionally, the midsole is fashioned out of ultra-cushioning flexible polyurethane, providing comfort and support for those long days on your feet. We feel that this all adds up to a great lightweight work boot that you’ll want to wear even when not heading to the job.
What about that steel toe?
The steel toe is ASTM F 2413-11 certified, having been safety tested by dropping a 50 lbs. weight without causing damage. Good to know that it’s been tested as it’s rated for an impact of up to 75 foot-pounds and compressive loads up to 1,500 lbs.
- AM-TECH Direct Soling Technology.
- Steel toe protection.
- 100% Genuine Nubuck leather.
- Soles are known to crack due to low-grade materials.
- Lower quality than we’d prefer, though hard to argue at such a low cost.
14 Belleville Men’s Khyber Lightweight Tactical Research Boots
Belleville is a manufacturer who many veterans may recognize, having been in the business of making tactical boots for the US government since WWI, and still the largest supplier for the Department of Defense.
The Khyber, though, is not a tactical combat boot, but rather a tactical research boot. This separates those of actually military-grade form the lesser, public-friendly options of their line.
Not for the military, but still a great boot…
Designed employing deeply serrated heel and toe to help provide a better feel for the terrain and assist in movement from vertical climbing to crawling, or breaking slides. The VIBRAM “IBEX” outsole can handle the most rugged terrain, while the TR-1 Load Bearing Orthotic insole provides comfort.
Zipper assisted entry makes changing these boots a breeze, which is definitely not true of most boots with an 8-inch height. We should note, however, that this is also reported by many to be one of the main failing points as the zipper can break or be difficult to zip.
Thin soles mean two things…
First, you’ll be more connected to the terrain. This can be both good and bad and is entirely down to the preferences of the user. The second issue is simply that thin soles will wear out more quickly, which we have also heard tales of form those wearing them regularly.
- Made by a company known for military boots.
- Side zip entry makes donning and doffing quick and easy.
- VIBRAM “IBEX” Outsole for rugged terrain.
- TR-1 Load Bearing Orthotic Insole
- Zipper known to fail more quickly than expected from this manufacturer.
- Soles are thin, so they will wear through more quickly.
15 Golden Fox Men’s Lightweight Moc Toe Insulated Work Boots – Best Insulated Lightweight Work Boot
This steel toe moccasin style boots by Golden Fox round out our list of the best lightweight work boot reviews and offer one last option that is both good-looking enough to wear in town and tough enough for almost any work condition.
The best lightweight insulated work boot?
These boots have a pigskin collar to keep your feet warm, Goodyear Welt Construction plus double stitching on the toe for additional safety, and oil resistant wedge outsole. Oh, and a dual cushion removable insole, because why not throw all the features in there.
A beautiful boot you’ll be proud to wear…
We really liked the look and feel of the industrial thick, hand-picked, and cut full grain leather, which has been oil-tanned for the ultimate use of the finest cowhides. This provides a great level of waterproofing and will soften and develop a great vintage look as the boots get worn in.
- Insulated with pigskin collar for warmth.
- Goodyear Welt Construction, and double stitching on the toe.
- Steel toe for safety.
- High-quality leather.
- On the heavy side to be considered a lightweight boot.
Best Lightweight Work Boots Buying Guide
So, what are the best lightweight work boots? We’ve reviewed fifteen pairs of them now, but with so many features, how do you decide which ones to purchase? Fear not, below we have a few points to consider that will help you decide…
First off, do you like your toes?
It’s a silly question, but also a complicated one. Many of us who live a life at work in construction boots can advise that steel toe caps will save you from pain far more often than you may realize. At the same time, they also tend to be less comfortable than our weekend boots that don’t have this feature.
We will save the most important consideration for last, so keep reading.
So, you have to consider what you’re using the boots for. If you work with heavy loads, don’t be stupid and get a steel toe cap. Or, at least an alloy one that is equally highly rated for safety.
Why go with lightweight boots rather than heavy-duty versions?
This again plays into what you’re using the boots for. For those that spend all day walking around, having that little less weight to lift with every step can really add up throughout the day. You’d be surprised how much more comfortable you’d feel with lighter boots on your feet.
Then again, if you work with heavy equipment or dangerous chemicals, you’d be best sticking with a heavier-duty traditional work boot that won’t have you second guessing if you need to reposition your feet. We all like keeping our toes attached now, don’t we?
OSHA wants you to keep your toes
A 2017 report by OSHA detailed nearly 4,700 work-related injuries in the construction industry alone. Many of these were completely preventable, if only the individuals injured had been wearing the proper gear. Boots are part of this gear, so protect yourself if you’re on the job.
If you don’t have these concerns and are simply looking for a boot for hiking, hunting, or wearing in a non-construction-oriented profession, then we’d highly suggest that you skip the steel toe altogether.
If you don’t need a steel toe, why carry the additional weight all day?
Many of the boots above are without this added protection, and they rely on other features like waterproofing, insulation, or the visual/comfort appeals to stand out from the crowd. For many of us, these are the features you should be focusing on.
But don’t forget the most important feature of them all…
Are they comfortable for YOUR feet? This is really the biggest issue with boots, as we all have different shaped feet with rubbing points in completely different locations. That’s why we suggest that no matter which option you decide is best for you, try them on before committing to wearing them day in and day out.
So, what are the Best Lightweight Work Boots?
Well, that’s it for our reviews of the best lightweight work boots. And hopefully, this should have helped you both narrow down the key features and decide which are the best option for you.
If you are still finding it difficult to make a decision, we would recommend staying away from the cheaper options. Boots for daily use need to be able to stand up to tough use, and we like the…
…for this very reason. Plus, they look rather snazzy.