Best Work Boots Under $200

When a boot can do more than just house your feet, it begins its journey as a work boot. To some, thick insulation matters more, while to others oil resistance, abrasion protection and steel toe make a huge difference. Thankfully, the under $200 segment is packed with hundreds of decent choices, each no worse or better than the other. This brings us to the question, ‘Does price really matter?’

Price isn’t the most definitive of deciding factors for work boots but it is a good starting point. Fact is, you can always find something in any price range to meet your most pressing requirements. Hence, this post – an compilation of five work boots under $200 – is a comprehensive listing of the most versatile and in-demand work boots in the market today. While not definitive by any means, I hope this listing will serve as a good starting point to base your selection of durable do-it-all work boots under $200.

(For those of you with a little less cash to spend, we previously covered best work boots for under $100.)

1st. Chippewa Men’s 6″ Rugged Handcrafted Lace-Up

Chippewa Men's 6 inch Rugged Handcrafted Lace-Up BootThe Chippewa Rugged Handcrafted Lace-Up work boot is made in the USA featuring an old-world charm with high durability and greater comfort. It comes with Vibram traction sole, leather upper and is equally adept at being a relaxing footwear as it is functional.
What Customers Say

The overall impression of the Chippewa work boot is that of a rugged, go-anywhere and do anything footwear. While it doesn’t appear versatile, the superior comfort, excellent protective features and durable US handmade crafting helps it retain the top spot among work boot enthusiasts.

Pros: Excellent fit and high durability with worn leather look.
Cons: Slightly longer break-in period, slightly larger than usual sizes.
Price: $130-$150 on average.

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2nd. Timberland PRO  Endurance Waterproof 6″ Boot

Timberland PRO 52562 Endurance Work BootThe PRO Endurance from Timberland boasts of durability with a redefined one layer at a time comfort. Engineered for long lasting comfort using Anti-fatigue technology and shock absorption construction, it offers all-day usability with superior protection from all elements. It even packs in a steel toe, TiTAN construction, polyurethane foot bed, Agion antimicrobial treatment, anti-fatigue technology, abrasion resistance and rubber heel with extra rubber toe protection.

What Customers Say

Great boot design with the ability to maintain traction on concrete, mud, rubber, slick and slippery surface as well as ladder and uneven terrain. High in comfort and completely waterproof with excellent protection against every possible hazard, it is much cheaper than many competing work boots.

Pros: Great all-round features, lacks nothing at all.
Cons: Heavy because of all its features.
Price: $130-$170 on average.

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3rd. Thorogood 814-4200 American Heritage 6″ Moc Toe

Thorogood Men's 814-4200 American Heritage 6 inch Moc Toe BootFor American workmanship admirers, the Thorogood Men’s 814-4200 is an absolute must have. This work boot packs in a dual density insole with fiberglass shank and full grain leather design. To top it all, it also features vibram outsoles for superior durability and Goodyear welt construction making it slip resistant and perfectly balanced for any kind of activity.

What Customers Say

Supporters for the 814-4200 say that this boot is excellent for all-weather use, both indoors and outdoors. Excellent traction, superior protection from the outside temperature with durable construction and longevity make it an ideal choice for folks who want a versatile work boot.

Pros: Superior American craftsmanship.
Cons: Not ideal for standing long hours on concrete and hard surfaces.
Price: $140-$150 on average.


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4th. Timberland PRO Men’s Pitboss 6″ Steel-Toe Boot

timberland-pro-pitboss-steel-toe-work bootGreat for mechanics, construction workers, welders and any kind of heavy duty usage, the Timberland PRO Men’s Pitboss is an absolute beauty with loads of safety features and ruggedness. It features an ergonomic modern design with 6 inch steel toe, slip and oil resistant features.

What Customers Say

Great at holding its own on oily surfaces, good protection from falling heavy objects, superior construction and decent prolonged usability, this work boot is a perfect choice for those who want a bit of everything including style.

Pros: Lasts well over a year, provides superior comfort and a good selection of colors.
Cons: Tends to run slightly larger than usual and nagging wear concerns.
Price: $90-$130 on average.

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5th. Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6″ Steel Toe Boot

Caterpillar 2nd Shift Steel Toe BootAvailable in the soft toe and steel toe configuration, we chose the Steel toe for its low pricing and overall decent performance. It is a comfortable, all-year round hardworking work boot with goodyear welt construction, nubuck uppers, full grain leather, sock liner and nylon lining.

What Customers Say

The CAT 2nd Shift generates a lot of interest among workers and work boot enthusiasts alike because of its low price tag and decent features. They have been described by many as an affordable alternative to Red Wings and Danners with exactly the same set of superior features and probably a longer lasting durability.

Pros: Good fit and superior feel, economical price.
Cons: Tends to run a size smaller than usual.
Price: $70-$130 on average.

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In my opinion, no one pair of boots exceedingly stood out above the rest. In fact, if I could, then I would rate each one of them as the best work boot under $200 – individually each deserves the top spot. With that being said, we recommend weighing the pros and cons of each boot based on your line of work and choosing accordingly.

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Today I will run what you will not so that tomorrow I will run what you cannot…. Can't really fathom who said that but it stuck with me ever since. Outdoor, nature, be it rain, sun or sleet, that's my passion. I am a complete outdoors guy, love trekking, running, jogging, cycling and basically anything physical. Quite naturally, boots, shoes and any kind of footwear gets my blood pumping. From work boots to trainers, flip flops to loafers, I love em all. Self proclaimed shoegeek, shoe-aholic whatever, I breathe shoes. If you want to add me in your circle here is my Google+ Profile.