Best Waterproof Work Boots - Forget About Getting Your Feet Wet Anymore

There are few minor things in life more annoying than working in wet socks due to work boots that can't effectively keep water out. Aside from the disgusting squishing feel and sound with each step in the waterlogged shoe or boot, continuing work while wearing wet socks can cause blisters as well as cause fungal infections of the foot and toenails that can be difficult to fully eliminate.

 However, it is cumbersome to carry around extra pairs of dry socks and most work places do not generally permit breaks just to change into dry socks when the entire work site is in wet or damp conditions. The best way for workers to prevent the problems that arise from wet socks when working in areas prone to sudden rains or in work areas that are frequently wet or damp is to invest in the best waterproof work boots that are best suited for the job at hand.


Although these boots certainly won't win any fashion contests, the Rancher Forge Steel Toe boots by Bogs more than make up for their plain appearance with the ability to handle nearly any work environment. 

  • The natural rubber uppers can take a serious beating without tearing or scuffing and completely repel water. 

  • These boots can also be easily cleaned with a water hose at the end of a long, muddy day and have an extra layer of material over the toe box and steel toe cap to keep the toes of the boots from being torn. 

  • Neoprene booties double as liners to add flexible and breathable insulation that is rated to -40° Fahrenheit

  • Orthopedic insoles treated with an antibacterial agent keep feet comfortably supported throughout the day while the rubber outsoles resist slips, chemicals, and leaving marks. 

  • At 3 pounds, 5 ounces, these are on the heavier side of work boots, but are tough to beat when practical waterproof boots are needed for work or recreational activities. 

  • Bogs' Rancher Forge Steel Toe boots boast a 4.9 out of 5 rating and are only available in men's sizes.


Inclement weather does not hinder criminals’ intent on committing nefarious activities, so law enforcement officers require footwear like the GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip boots that won't hinder their pursuit of criminals in any type of weather.

  • In addition to laces that extend to the lightly padded collar of the boots, there is a side zipper on inside section of each boot to allow for the boots to quickly and easily put on and taken off.
  • Two hundred grams of insulation keep feet warm in wintry conditions while the waterproof lining helps keep the weather out of these boots.

  •  Lugged rubber outsoles help the wearer keep steady on slick or wet ground and the combination leather and ballistic nylon uppers allow feet to breathe while repelling the elements.

  • Law enforcement officers often have long days on their feet, so the orthopedic cushioned insoles keep their feet comfortable without adding unnecessary weight to these 1 pound, 12 ounce boots.
  • Bates Footwear's GX-8 GORE-TEX® Side-Zip boots enjoy a rating of 4.7 out of 5 and are only available in men's sizes.


Soggy socks can be uncomfortable but work boots that don't adequately support the feet throughout the day can be downright painful.

  • Milwaukee WP boots by Keen Utility offer a solution to aching, unsupported feet with a removable orthopedic insole that provides stellar arch support and premium comfort.

  •  As is the case with other Keen Utility footwear, the oil and slip-resistant rubber outsole extends to cover the top of the toe box to prevent the toes of these boots from tearing.

  •  Below the rubber cap, a steel plate cap that is modified to proportionally cover the toes of each foot allows extra room within the toe box while equally protecting all of the toes.

  • Ruggedly handsome waterproofed full grain leather uppers available in black and earthy brown round out this sturdy work boot at 2 pounds and 10 ounces.

  • Keen Utility's Milwaukee WP boots hold a 4.6 out of 5 rating and are only available in men's sizes.


A truly hard worker doesn't let foot injuries slow them down, but they do need work boots that won't aggravate the injury. 

  • With a molded heel counter that supports the Achilles tendon and patented lightweight yet supportive and cushioned insoles, the CMW8100 8" boot by Carhartt is an excellent choice for a worker recovering from a foot injury or who has foot problems. 

  • The polyurethane outsoles resist chemicals, oil, and slipping for steady footing on nearly any surface and won't easily succumb to falling apart on the wearer. 

  • Beneath the oil tanned cinnamon brown uppers, a waterproof membrane keeps water out while the padded collar and tongue support and cushion ankles without feeling restrictive. 

  • Weighing in at 2 pounds and 1 ounce, these boots are sturdy enough to survive a work day in some of the toughest job sites without feeling like anchors when the job is done. 

  • Carhartt's CMW8100 8" boots have a respectable 4.5 out of 5 rating and are only available in men's sizes.


When working long shifts, a work boot that prevents foot fatigue can be an absolute blessing. 

  • The patented polyurethane outsoles on the Brek Durashocks® Waterproof boots by Wolverine diffuses the the impact from each step taken throughout the entire outsole to prevent foot pain or fatigue while the arrowhead shaped treads offer a firm grip on terrain in nearly any weather. 

  • For optimal comfort throughout the day, the polyurethane midsoles provide additional support while the removable polymer insoles cushion the feet after the extremely short break-in period.

  •  Pulling these boots on at the start of the day is a breeze with the mesh lining that allows the boot to breathe without allowing water in due to the handsome distressed brown leather waterproofed uppers. 

  • Although not super-light, these 2 pound, 7 ounce boots can handle long, rainy work days with ease. 

  • Wolverine's Brek Durashocks® Waterproof boots carry an aggregate rating of 4.5 out of 5 and are only available in men's sizes.

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