Let’s face it; winter is so damn hard! It doesn’t matter whether you’re working indoors or outdoors, the cold has a way of chilling you proper. And I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing more paralyzing and painful than the feeling you get when your toes freeze up and get all stiff and twitchy. It’s straight up crippling. But before you start complaining about how the extreme winter is affecting your life , let’s give a shout-out to a couple of guys who have to bear with the cold all year round.
First, there’s my meat handlers who spend hours at the factory freezer stacking and moving frozen cows. How do you think you get fresh beef all year round? Second, major shout outs to all the workers who make sure we enjoy ice and snow sports and activities all year round. It’s not easy running indoor ice hockey and indoor skating rinks in the middle of summer. Big Ups.
Work Boots with Various Degrees of Insulation for Different Work Environments
Now for all you other guys; sure winter comes with so many different challenges. There’s the cold rain, freezing snow, slippery ice and a whole truckload of safety risks. If you don’t want to sign yourself up for frostbite and multiple toe amputation surgeries a few weeks down the job, you need footwear that can go toe to toe (pun intended) with the harshest of conditions. But then again, you don’t want to go overboard with tons of insulation when all you need is a simple touch; definite overkill. Here is the list of the best insulated work boots for men and the weather and work environments that they are aptly suited for.
1. Timberland Pro Men’s Direct Attach Waterproof Work Boot
Timberland; Nuff said. Their newest release in the form of the Timberland pro men’s direct attach waterproof work boot is without a doubt the cleanest blend of weather protection, stability, comfort and traction you will ever find in an insulated work boot.
Even when the mercury suddenly drops dangerously below zero, you can rely on the inbuilt safety features to keep you warm and toasty all day long. This is all made possible by 400 grams of Thermolite insulation for optimum warmth retention as well as seam sealed waterproof uppers that ensure not a single drop of moisture makes it to your boot’s interior. Thermolite is exceptionally thin and lightweight, meaning you get unmatched warmth without worrying about all the additional weight to your direct attach boots.
From the bottom, this boot features the Timberland Pro rubber outsoles that guarantee heavy duty durability for years. The outsoles are lined with non marking rubber lugs with slip and oil resistance to achieve more traction for a firm and solid footing in the slipperiest of terrains. Combine all the above features with the fact that these boots are quite high and you get the perfect machine for treading through a few inches of snow.
2. Wolverine Men’s Gold 6″ Insulated Waterproof Boot
If you work in semi freezing conditions, you have to remember that your feet and hands are always the first part to get cold. You can always pocket your hands, but I’d love to see you do that with your feet. Fortunately, Wolverine has a comfortable, durable and pretty cozy solution by the name of Wolverine Men’s Gold 6″ Insulated Waterproof Boots. We’ll start off with the most important part of the best insulated work boots; the insulation. The Gold Boots from Wolverine excels in cold environments due to 400 grams of Thinsulate insulation. This is complemented by the direct-attach construction that offers excellent durability and flexibility.
The construction joins the abrasion resistant, waterproof Nubuck leather uppers to the abrasion resistant super outsoles that significantly contribute to increasing the life span of your new boots. With cold comes slippery conditions, that’s why people everywhere will be glad to hear about the non marking, abrasion, slip, and oil resistant outsoles. These keep you from slipping and ending up on your back. In addition to removable, full cushion shock absorbing foot beds, the fact that these shoes are light and compact make them more suited to less snowy conditions. These would be great for my meat guys at the freezer and the onset of winter.
3. Chippewa Men’s 29416 8 Inch Waterproof Insulated Work Boot
For those of you who have a few shoes from Chippewa, then you already know that you can trust them for quality boots that keep you absolutely dry while working. Their best seller over the winter has been the Chippewa Men’s 29416 8″ Waterproof Insulated Work Boot which is a hit for all the right reasons. Coming to you all ready to go out of the box, these high work boots come with all the features required to tackle a brutally harsh day at the mines. Once you slip your feet in the warm interior, you can feel the soft, supple surroundings designed to keep you warm and safe from the elements.
Featuring Goodyear leather storm Welt construction to attach the tough, leather uppers to the rugged, die hard soles, to deliver the most durable, sturdy and dependable performance. One of the largest selling points in these bad boys from Chippewa is their Sweat control fiber feature. This literally means that these insulated boots are so warm that you will end up sweating even in below zero temperatures. The Dri-Lex wicks away moisture from your feet as you work so you can be dry and comfy while the 400 grams of insulation keeps you safe from the elements. A great boot for anyone working at slightly warm and slightly cold environments.
4. Columbia Men’s Bugaboot II XTM Snow Boot
There comes a time when the weather and temperatures drop so dangerously that you might consider hooking up the heater to your bed. At the peak of winter, it gets so damn cold that your AC needs its own AC to work. I’ve seen one winter that really got so chilly that by the time your tea was boiling in the pot, the top part had already frozen.
It’s times like these that even the toughest insulated work boots won’t work. Fortunately for mountain climbers and snow men like me, the Columbia Men’s Bugaboot II Xtm Snow Boot is built for conditions that are literally out of this world. Boasting of an unbelievable 600 grams of insulation, these boots are so darn warm you could take them to mars and still be comfortable.
As if the 600g insulation wasn’t enough, the manufacturer went ahead and incorporated generous layers of thermal reflective liners on the inside. Couple all that with the fact that these boots are shin high and waterproof means that your feet will never know what it’s like to be cold, frozen, wet and miserable. Forget 8 inches; these bad boys measure a whopping 8.75 inches to accommodate a larger portion of your leg.
5. EVER BOOTS “Tank” Men’s Oil Full Grain Leather Insulated Work Boots Construction Rubber Sole
I’ll be the first to admit; when it comes to taste, we all want the best insulated work boots for men that the markets have to offer. But when it comes to actually buying the shoe, our budgets tend to dictate otherwise. If you want to spare your feet the aches and pains of a brutally cold environment while still protecting your money from painful separation, then the ideal solution for you is the EVER BOOTS “Tank” Mens Soft Toe Insulated Work Boots Construction Rubber Sole.
Starting off from the build, the insulated beasts form Ever Boots boast of the most durable Goodyear Welt construction for industrial construction. This means that your boot is not coming apart for anything. The leather uppers are so premium that they come with their own warranty that covers ripping, tearing and separation from the outsoles. Speaking of soles, the Tank boots live up to their name by offering traction levels that could rival a war tank. Additionally, the insulated work boots allow for easy wearing thanks to the back loops and speed hooks.
6. Caterpillar Men’s Diagnostic Waterproof Steel-Toe Work Boot
Made for today’s hard working man, there’s a reason why everyone can’t stop talking about the Caterpillar Men’s Diagnostic Waterproof Steel-Toe Work Boot. In addition to offering you decent insulation and protection against the elements, these bad boys deserve props for their insane levels of comfort. Sounds like a very good place to start off our review.
Thanks to Cat Footwear’s Ergonomic comfort system, the Diagnostic Waterproof Steel-Toe Work Boots by Caterpillar are designed to offer support to your feet’s natural motion. With its anatomically correct shape, you get enhanced flexibility, comfort and a wider range of movement. Even with the extra strength steel toe for workers that need substantially more protection from heavy impacts and compression, this shoe is surprisingly light.
Now for the main part; how much insulation do you get from this Cat Boot? Well, in addition to a nylon mesh lining that works to regulate temperatures, this men’s work boot also boasts of 200 grams of insulation to keep you warm and toasty. Being the lowest insulation on the entire list, that makes this particular work boot ideal for moderately cold conditions such as the onset or end of winter when the sun is still warming things up a bit. This is complemented further by the full grain, Goodyear Welt construction leather uppers that combine leather with mesh for comfort, durability, and breathability. Definitely a multipurpose shoe to watch out for.