Best Work Boots For Mechanics

For a mechanic two things matter above all else – oil/chemical slip resistance and greater comfort on hard concrete floors. As such, finding the ideal work boot to keep your feet both snug and comfy on a sleek concrete surface is a tough task. In fact, this post was prompted after many of our readers wanted to know the best work boot for mechanics and in our survey we observed that oil resistance with steel toe ranked as the number one requirement ahead of comfort and longevity. Accordingly, we have selected five of the most suitable work boots for mechanics ranking them based on oil & slip resistance and fall protection from heavy objects.

1st. Timberland PRO Men’s Pitboss 6″ Steel-Toe Boot

timberland-pro-pitboss-steel-toe-work bootPacked with plenty of ruggedness and first-class safety features, the Timberland PRO Men’s Pitboss is an excellent work boot, especially so for mechanics. Traction enhancing soles, an ergonomic design with 6 inch steel toe construction, oil resistant and slip resistant features all add to its allure.

What Customers Say

The Timberland Pitboss excels at offering a steady working surface that can hold its own on oily, chemical laden surfaces and take on heavy objects without so much as slipping or compressing. Great for regular use and prolonged daily wear, mechanics will love its rugged design with high traction feel.

Pros: Runs well over 2 years, great comfort irrespective of one’s pronation and a basic color palate.
Cons: Has a bit of wear issue with a slightly larger than usual size chart.

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2nd. WORX by Red Wing Shoes Men’s 8″ Cordura ST

WORX by redwings CorduraWaterproof, steel toe, Electrical hazard protection, nylon leather trim with seam-seal technology are some of the additional features present in the WORX Red Wing Cordura ST Work boots. The stalwart features that distinguish these are boots for mechanics though are its heavy welt construction, oil/slip resistance outsole design and removable PU insoles for improved shock absorption.

What Customers Say

The fact that the WORX by Red Wings is a do-it-all versatile work boot gives mechanics a versatile option when they plan on doing more than just workshop activities. Great for the outdoors, waterproof to the skin, superior welt construction and removable insoles make it a lucrative long lasting choice.

Pros: Excellent traction on oily slick surfaces, superior overall construction and lightweight steel toe boots.
Cons: Sizes run a tad bit large for most.

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3rd. Wolverine Men’s Raider 6-Inch Steel Work Boot

Wolverine Men's Raider 6-Inch Steel Work BootVersatile pair of protective work boots, the Wolverine 2419 Men’s Raider Stee Toe comes with full-grain leather uppers and durable construction. The inside is packed with lightweight PU midsoles and a superior arch supporting nylon shank, multishox rubber lug outsoles that are slip and oil resistant. These boots also offer protection against electrical and chemical hazards with comfort gel insoles for standing on your feet longer.

What Customers Say

If it had not been for the painful first few days of breaking this boot in, the WORX steel toe could have been the best possible choice for a mechanic. Once you break these form fitting boots in, they feel ultra-lightweight and really comfortable even on 12 hour shifts. Excellent waterproofing, oil and chemical slip resistance and good quality steel toe.

Pros: Lightweight, great for all-round performance.
Cons: Longer break-in period, lack of longevity.
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4th. Caterpillar Men’s Second Shift ST Work Boot

Caterpillar 2nd Shift Steel Toe BootComfortable and good heavy-duty boots for daily wear, the Caterpillar Second Shift ST also comes as a soft front and is available in many versatile color choices. Designed for heavy industrial applications, don’t expect a sporty look from this mechanic’s choice work boot. Sock liner for added breathability, nubuck uppers, oil and chemical resistance with goodyear welt construction are its stalwart features.

What Customers Say

Customers are keen to recognize the superior comfort offered by these CAT boots. Not only do they have a heavy industrial appearance but folks have worn then for over 12 hours straight without complaining of discomfort. If you work long hours, on slippery surfaces, require steel toe protection with good comfort and fit then this work boot is just perfect. Moreover, they are a snug fit with accurate sizing.

Pros: Gradual wear and tear adds to its appearance, steel toe is quite comfortable, leather lasts long and is overall ergonomic for heavy concrete usage.
Cons: Poor water resistance, has a longer break-in period.
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5th. Wolverine Men’s Hudson W02194 Work Boot

Wolverine Men's Hudson W02194 Work BootRequire a lightweight, high comfort work boot that packs in a steel toe with oil, chemical resistance and electrical hazard protection? Look no further than the Wolverine Men’s Hudson W02194 that is rugged, comfortable and long lasting. Additional features of this mechanic friendly boot include its full cushioned foot bed, sturdy nylon shanks and full grain suede like leather finishing.

What Customers Say

Top notch construction quality, good feel and a wrap-around effect on your feet thanks to softer materials used and suede appeal. If it is a lightweight low usage work boot you require that can double as a casual footwear then the Hudson from Wolverine is an ideal choice, packing in style with protection.

Pros: Lightweight, perfect fitting, quick break-in and extended lifespan.
Cons: Lacks full protection from weather, only protects against heavy objects at the absolute front.
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So there you have it, our top five picks for best boots for mechanics. Although we primarily focused on slip resistant steel toed boots here, we have previously discussed our favorite boots for those working long hours on concrete floors that care about comfort above all else. Check out that review here.

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