Oilfield Boot Buyers Guide

Best Oilfield Boots | A Bad Ass Buyer’s Guide 2019

 

In the oilfield, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is a big deal. Hard hats, safety glasses, FR (flame resistant) coveralls are all important, but when you work on your feet for 12-hour shifts, your oilfield boots may just be the most important PPE you can buy.

Oil & Gas Footwear Requirements

To make things easy, your employer should be able to tell you what PPE is required for your job, including the best oilfield boots for your particular role. Ask first, before spending big bucks on a brand new pair of shit kickers.

Things to consider:

  • Pull-on vs. Lace-up
  • Rubber vs. Leather
  • Boot Height

When it comes to footwear there are specific safety rules that need to be followed when it comes to the workplace, and specifically the oilfield.

The United States Department of Labor has a specific section – 1910.136 – related to foot protection.

It says that an employer must ensure that employees are using protective footwear when there is a danger of foot injuries. Potential injuries can be from rolling or falling objects that can pierce the sole, or anything related to electricity.

Standards for this type of footwear are outlined in the “American National Standard for Personal Protection-Protective Footwear”.  This comprehensive certification details the standards for which proper footwear must pass to be considered eligible in the workplace. This can cover everything related to impact and compression resistance, along with a suitable level of electricity and puncture protection.

All boots aren’t made the same though and different footwear might be useful for one trade and not another. Whatever standard the boot complies with must be legibly marked on the shoe in some area – typically found on the inside of the tongue, but can also be found on the shaft or gusset as well. The type of protection is typically associated with a two-letter acronym with EH (Electrical hazard), SD (Static dissipative), and Puncture-resistant (PR) being the most common.   Any protective footwear that is demonstrated to be in compliance with the above standards is considered to be in compliance.

Oilfield workers specifically should expect a type of boot that isn’t conductive of electricity, is crush resistant, along with having sufficient slip resistance.

The parts of an Oilfield Work Boot

Before getting into the first store you can find and buy a pair of boots for oilfield work, you should have a basic understanding of the parts that such steel toed boots must have. There are a lot – and we mean a lot – of boots types out there, designed for various work environments. However, you have to choose the ones that fit for your specific job in the oilfield. All boots are not created equal.

The boot you are looking for is typically made out of six pieces, namely, the upper, the toe cap, the footbed/ insole, the midsole, the outsole, and the shank. Now we’ll move on to detailing each part for you, as well as provide you with information on how it’s done.

Upper

As the name suggests, this is the upper part of the shoe. This is an umbrella term for all the parts that cover the toes, foot, sides of the foot, and back of the heel. From the image above, the upper of a shoe includes the toecap, tongue, vamp, quarter, jug loop, and the inner lining.

In most instances, the upper is made up of several pieces stitched together. But it’s not uncommon to find uppers that are crafted from a single piece.

The upper can be made from different types of materials including an assortment of leather styles (nubuck, smooth, and split leather) and synthetic materials. The type of material used affects the overall characteristic of the shoe in terms of breathability, water permeability, weight, fire resistance, heat conductivity, and price to name but a few.

Toe Cap

Safety toe cap refers to a protective reinforcement ‘cage’ used in the toe box to protect the wearer’s toes from the impact of falling objects and compression. Steel toe caps are the most common and the oldest too. Other options include aluminum, carbon fiber, plastic, and fiberglass.

The toe cap is one of the most important parts of the boot as it protects the area that’s most susceptible to damage. You might know how painful dropping a wrench or hammer on your basic footwear is – well, imagine that a toe cap is able to protect your foot from the pain caused by most of the objects you can find on an oil rig.

Composite toe caps are also available instead of the regular steel caps, as they are lighter and do not conduct electricity – since they don’t contain any metal. However, steel toe boots are more common in the oil and gas industry.

Footbed

A footbed is what most people commonly call the innersole or insole. It refers to the part of the boot that runs from the toe to the heel. Generally, the principal function of the footbed is to cradle and support your foot rather than being in direct contact with the sole. A range of materials can be used for the insole depending on the manufacturer. These include leather, pulp fibers, and non-woven materials.

You should consider oilfield safety boots that have a comfortable footbed, as you will be in them the entire day. Try them on and walk around a bit as well – you must be sure that they will always be comfortable and that they don’t cause you any discomfort or pain.

Midsole

This is the part between the footbed and the outsole (sole). It offers cushioning besides acting as a shock absorber. Depending on the intended use, your boots may have either soft or hard midsoles. Generally, soft midsoles are favored for their high shock absorption levels, but they tend to wear out more quickly. Firm midsoles, on the other hand, are highly recommended for people suffering from Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and hallux limitus among other conditions that are caused by excessive pronation.

The Outsole

This is the part that will be in constant contact with the ground, and therefore, it must be specially designed to give the wearer of the boot protection, stability, and traction to help prevent slips, trips, and falls. If the outsole is not properly made, you are very likely to slip and get injured, so it is recommended that you take a really good look at it and even test the boots before going to work.

It can be made of TPU, rubber, leather, or Polyurethane. Furthermore, the outsole can be equipped with cold and heat insulation, making it easier for you to avoid having wet and cold feet on the job. Cold insulation is recommended if you work in cold areas, obviously – as you won’t have to pack up a thicker pair of socks with you.

Shank

This refers to a plate that lies between the insole and the outsole underneath the arch of the wearer’s foot. The shank can be made from steel, plastic, Kevlar, or fiberglass and it’s responsible for giving the boot its shape by stiffening the outsole.

The shank also supports and stabilizes the foot when walking. As you lift your heel, the arch bends as it transfers the weight to the ball of your foot. But thanks to the shank, the boot bends at the toes, not at the arch.

Considerations when Buying an Oilfield Boot

Now that you know all the parts that make an oilfield work boot, here is a detailed guide on how to get a boot with the best combination of the elements above.

Boot construction

This simply refers to how the upper attaches to the outsole. There are basically 2 major types of construction methods used for work boots which determines the cost of the boots, durability, and replacement of parts.

Cement construction (a.k.a Direct Attach): Also known as direct-attach, cement construction means that the upper part of the boot is fastened to the sole with the help of molten rubber. In this construction type, the outsole is bound to the rest of the boot using a flexible and durable adhesive, thus making the boot mold under your foot, ensuring comfort.

The advantage of this type of construction is that the boot will be lightweight and affordable – not a burden to your foot or your wallet. On the other hand, the sole will start to separate from the rest of the boot if it’s damaged. This problem is not so easy to fix, meaning that you will probably just have to buy another pair of boots.

Welt construction: A welt refers to a ribbon of leather (although plastic and rubber may also be used) that is stitched along the edge of the upper and through which the upper attaches to the sole of the boot or shoe. This method is labor intensive and, therefore, moves the price of the boot at the higher end of the price spectrum.

When it comes to oilfield work, the welt construction boots have an advantage over the cement construction ones, as they are more resistant and can withstand wear and tear for a longer time.

The good news, however, is that this double-stitch reinforcement makes the boots resilient besides preventing the threads from unraveling. Even better, since the welt strip is literally an intermediary layer between the upper and the outsole, it’s easier for a cobbler to replace worn outsoles. So, you won’t have to write-off your favorite worksite boots simply because the sole got ripped.

Leather upper

The best oilfield boot brands use leather for the upper although some parts may be constructed using synthetic materials. The high price tag of dreamy leather work boots is justified as this material is tear-proof and abrasion-resistant and this adds to the overall protective attributes of the boot.

In addition, leather boots not only have an exquisite look, but they also have a supple feeling and great temperature-regulating effects that are responsible for their top-notch comfort.

Note: Leather may be the most popular choice, but it may also depend on what type of work you do. If you work with completions fluids, you may want to consider a rubber boot. Calcium Chloride will shrink leather boots. I’ve seen a rig hand cutting slits in his leather boots throughout his shift because his boots were getting tighter throughout the day!

Sole and Slip Resistance

Slips, trips, and falls are among the common causes of oil field accidents both onshore and offshore. Although it’s somewhat hard to ensure a non-slip work environment given the extreme conditions in this industry, suitable non-skid boots with excellent traction will definitely go a long way in protecting you from unforeseen injuries and fatalities.

That being said, it really pays to double check the type of sole used for the boot as well as the tread pattern.

Depending on the intended use, high-end boots may sport Vibram, rubber, or TPU soles. Generally, all these materials are great for use in work boots since they are resistant to splitting, abrasion, and oil.  However, Vibram and Rubber are the most recommended for use in oilfields thanks to their high-level traction. This explains why the best oilfield boots brands such as Wolverine, Timberland, and Red Wing rely on them so much.

Speaking of traction, how good the boots keep you steadily on different terrains will highly depend on the type of tread used on the soles. As an oilfield worker, there are 2 major types of soles that you might want to consider depending on where your career takes you;

Lug outsoles– these outsoles have sharp-edged cleats that jut out from the base of the boot. They are workhorses in rugged terrain as the lugs dig and wedge into hard surfaces giving you all the traction that you require in clay, dry dirt, rocks, snow, and ice.

Air-bob outsole– these models feature round knobs with hollow cores. The bobs are flexible and have independent grips that offer solid traction in different terrains such as dry dirt and rocks.

Toe cap (steel, aluminum, or composite?)

Toe caps are intended to protect your toes from being crushed by rolling or falling equipment and in most instances, you won’t be allowed to work without toe-capped boots.

Toe caps may be made from metallic (steel or aluminum) or non-metallic materials. Here is a breakdown of each of these materials’ characteristics:

Steel- steel toecaps: are the most popular. They are thin yet strong and offer the highest level of protection against weights of up to 4 tons. On the downside, steel toe boots are relatively heavier. They also tend to have poor thermal regulation.

Aluminum: also commonly known as alloy toe, these toe caps are 30-50% lighter than their steel alternatives. Of course, their lightweight design is a trade-off between resistance and weight. Yes, aluminum toecaps meet ANSI/ASTM safety standards and will be ideal if extreme resistance isn’t so necessary in your career. Again, if your job involves a lot of walking, the alloy toe will surely appeal.

Composite:  this is a general term that refers to caps that are made from non-metallic materials; Kevlar, plastic, carbon fiber, and fiberglass. These caps are majorly used in nuclear power plants where the personnel regularly go through walk-through metal detectors. They are not the best for oilfield boots since they can be easily crushed under heavyweights.

Comfort and Size

Comfort is everything in an oilfield work boot. No matter how protective it is, a boot that rubs certain areas of your foot or one that doesn’t fit well could be a real pain in the ass, especially when doing a 12-hour shift.

Comfort in oilfield boots begins with getting the right size. The good news is that your boot sizes are similar to shoe sizes. Thus, you shouldn’t have an issue getting a pair of kickers that fits you nicely. However, keep in mind that the toe box might affect how the boots feel at first.

Useful tips when sizing up the best boots for oilfield jobs

  • If you wear a half-size but your target model only comes in full sizes, you’ll be better off with a pair that is half-size bigger than a half-size smaller.
  • If you are buying the boots from a physical store, ask the attendant whether you can try them on. To ensure that they fit comfortably;
  • Ensure that the toe box has enough room for breathability but not overly roomier
  • Check that no part of the ‘upper’ chafes or rubs against your lower leg
  • Ensure that the back section of the boot isn’t too tight to constraint your heel movement. You don’t want it too loose to make your heel to slip around though

What to look for in an Oilfield Boot?

Picking the right oilfield boot is not an easy task. There are a lot of things you have to take into account before choosing the sturdiest boots you can find. You’ll have to consider your usual work environment, as well as the potential dangers you could be exposed to.

As always, it’s better to be prepared for everything than regretting it later.

  • Slip Resistance: The number one workplace injury are slips and falls and an oilfield is no different. Manufacturers typically follow one of the three different types of soles to protect from slipping – ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), and rubber. EVA material is probably one of the most comfortable, but are particularly soft resulting in a compaction over time. TPU on the other has a high resistance to oil and other chemicals while also having considerable gripping. Nonetheless, it is a rubber that is usually the highest rated as it has a natural gripping power that is unmatched.
  • Toe Cap: The cap of a boot has a simple job – it helps protect against crushing and piercing. OSHA has three different types of caps that they endorse – aluminum, composite, and steel. Aluminum is the most lightweight and still pretty tough. Composite is also a good choice as it is made up of a fusion of rubber, carbon, and plastic. Steel is the strongest though but can also be the heaviest.
  • Insulation: While not specifically targeted for oil fields or oil rigs, this characteristic is important because workers often find themselves in extreme weather conditions. Most insulation in work boots is either made from shearing or Thinsulate. Shearing is a natural wool material that is found in more recreational footwear. Thinsulate, on the other hand, is a synthetic material that is often found in more professional level boots. The level of Thinsulate is rated in grams typically anywhere from 200 to 1000 – with the higher the number equating to higher cold resistance.
  • Electrical Resistance: Having footwear that is sufficiently non-conductive is incredibly important considering all the explosive chemicals that are around on a typical day of working at the oilfield. When looking at boots make sure to get one that is clearly rated with either the EH, ESD, SD or CD labels. All of this help either cut back or dissipate static electricity that is naturally produced by the body and movement.
  • Comfort: Of course, after taking all of the above into account, you must make sure that you feel comfortable in the pair of boots you think it’s perfect for your job on the oil rig. The boots should mold to the shape of your feet as much as possible so that they don’t cause you any blisters or pain.

Luckily, boots come in a lot of sizes, from regular to wide, and to ones that even have some extra-padding in them, for increased comfort. As you are trying a pair of boots, you wouldn’t want them to be too tight – instead, look for that snug feel.

  • While there is little comfort to be found on a job site such as this one, you should still try to find a pair of boots that give a good fit. Thankfully work boots come in a wide range of sizes guaranteeing that you’ll be able to find something that fits you well. Ideally, a good pair of work boots should be snug without being too tight. The heel and toe should have a little bit of give, allowing your foot to move a bit. You also don’t want the upper part of the boot to chafe against the ankle or lower leg in any way.
  • Other Features

Depending on your working environment, you might also want to look into things such as insulation, water resistance, and electrical hazard protection.

In terms of insulation, you have two options that are most commonly found in work boots, namely Thinsulate and shearling. The latter is basically natural wool material, while Thinsulate is a type of branded insulation.

When it comes to electrical hazard, all of the boots have ratings on them that give you information in regard to their features in this matter. For example, EH stands for Electrical Hazard, and boots rated as such are specially insulated to significantly reduce the flow of electricity.

ESD or SD (Static Dissipating) boots are anti-static footwear, and they play a major role in reducing the accumulation of static electricity from the body. Conductive boots (CD) conduct the static electricity from your body into the ground, and they are reportedly faster at doing their job than the SD rated boots.

Oilfield Boot Reviews

1. Ariat Groundbreaker Pull-on Steel Toe Work Boot

Ariat Groundbreaker Steel Toe Boot

We can’t think of the best work boots for oilfield workers without an Ariat coming up. What we have here is the Groundbreaker Steel Toe Work Boot – one of the best-selling boots from this manufacturer and a decent purchase for oilfield workers who spend most of their time in wet, cold, and slippery environments.

Crafted for Long Shifts

Working in an oilfield can be so strenuous especially when doing regular 12-hour shifts. Ariat understands this better and uses a thoughtfully designed footbed that gives you the feeling of walking in clouds- just as one of the buyers puts it. At the top, this insole features a soft and soothing moisture-wicking material to keep your feet dry followed by a unique combination of gel and EVA midsole that work together to absorb shock.

Ariat’s Four Layer Rebound Technology (4LR) provides a comfortable wear with a 4-layer footbed that stabilizes the foot and comfort.

Similar to other boots in this series, this model is fitted with a block-heeled rubber outsole. What we like about this design is that it allows your arch and heel to rest naturally on the midsole without the risk of your ankle turning over. The outsole also has aggressive oil-and-slip resistant lugs that offer you a steady gait wherever your career takes you.

Easy to Put on and Comfortable

These boots feature a classic country-style upper design with double handles on each side that make it a breeze to grab and put them on. What we like most, however, is the ingenious (and patent pending) U-turn entry system in the middle of the shaft that creates enough give for the feet to get through the turn without a lot of struggles.

Slip Resistance

Their outsole is slip- and oil-resisting with Ariat’s Trademarked Duratread, making this pair of boots perfect for the oilfield.

Verdict

The Ariat Groundbreaker Steel Toe is a great entry-level boot for oilfield workers Among other things, we appreciate its pull-on design and U-turn entry system and the advanced construction used for the footbed and midsole.

Pros

  • U-turn entry system and dual handle make it breeze to put on
  • Shock-absorbing footbed and midsole and wide shank for long shifts and walks
  • Robust outsole and aggressive lugs for rough terrains

Cons

  • Might feel a little bit narrower for wide-footed users (consider a half size up)

2. Timberland Pro Powerwelt Wellington Boot

Timberland Pro Powerwelt Wellington Steel Toe Boot

No reviews of the best oilfield boots 2018 would be complete without the Timberland Pro Wellington. Period! This is one of the most functional work boots out there and it has been particularly engineered for the tough weather conditions that you are bound to come across as an oilrig worker. However, it does come with a few minor issues that we would like to bring to your attention before adding it to your protective footwear collection.

Design and Material

The Timberland Pro Wellington has a simple design featuring a combination of top-grade full-grain leather and synthetic Everguard leather that is engineered to resist heat and all types of liquids too. This boot has been painstakingly handcrafted to weather watery worksites and also offers a go-to option for outdoor workers who live up North thanks to their ability to put cold at bay.

The Outlast Adaptive Comfort insole used for it has a decent amount of comfort although it’s a no match to the EVA footbed that we saw on the 2 Red Wings above. The good news, however, is that this insole is removable. So, you can easily switch it to any other type that best meets your comfort needs.

Of course, a reinforced steel toe is always welcome especially if you are prone to falling tools and equipment. And we are glad that the Timberland Powerwelt Wellington boots have it.

The upper and steel toes are attached to rubber soles using Goodyear Welt construction. These outsoles are considerably stable and the construction helps in preventing water leaks for quite a long time.

At the bottom, these rubber soles are endowed with high traction treads to protect you from slips. Even better, these soles incorporate a Ladder Lock Sole Radius that aims at boosting your confidence when climbing extension ladders and an extended shank for advanced arch support.

Any Drawbacks?

One thing that we should let you know is that these boots are notably heavy at around 6 pounds. As such, they might take some time to get used to more so if your job involves moving on foot a lot. It won’t be an issue though if you are used to heavy footgear. Actually, we did come across several reviewers claiming that these boots are super lightweight for them.

Secondly, the Everguard leather used at the foot of the upper (the black part) isn’t so durable especially when subjected to constant abuse.

Verdict

These kicks are a superb choice for people who work in oilfields, mineral rigs, and in shipyards. The Everguard leather makes them suitable if you spend hours in watery, muddy, and wet conditions. We wouldn’t say that they are the most durable of the lot. But on the other hand, they are among the most affordable and they also kick the ball out of the park in terms of protection credit to their steel toe. If you are really strapped for cash and are looking for the best oilfield boots under $200, the Timberland Pro Powerwelt Wellington Boot will definitely appeal.

3. Timberland PRO Rigmaster XT Work Boot

Timberland RigMaster Steel Toe Boot

Aptly named the Rigmaster, the Timberland Pro XT work boots are a highly versatile model that has been crafted to remain a walking companion from rocky dirt roads to rain, to mud, and even on snow. Basically, these beasts are designed to take you wherever you need to be with utmost safety and foot protection. So, why exactly did they feature in our best oilfield boots reviews?

Built for Extreme Weather Conditions

The Timberland Pro Rigmaster boots are meant for people who commonly work in oil and mineral fields that are located in cold and wet conditions. The shaft, for instance, measures 8 inches from the arch and is designed to hug around your lower foot nicely to keep you warm and to prevent water from infiltrating your boot.

Similar to their sibling, the Wellington above, the Rigmaster boots’ upper features a combination of premium waterproof leather plus what this manufacturer calls the Everguard leather around the high-wear areas.

Worth noting, the genuine leather has a water-impermeable membrane that works hand in hand with the Everguard leather to offer superior waterproof protection. However, this does not mean that these boots are waders. They will obviously get wet in case the level of water goes past the first eyelet.

They also have a nicely rounded steel toe to protect your toes from dropping and rolling objects. But as we mentioned in the Timberland Pro Powerwelt Wellington Boot review, this steel toe does take the kicks a tad on the heavier side.

Are they comfortable?

In our opinion, yes they are especially if you work in extremely cold locations. These boots feature a mesh lining in the interior which is slightly padded at the top to give you a consistent good feeling from the time you slip your foot into the boot till the end of the shift.

In addition, these boots are fitted with contoured single-density Ortholite footbeds that bring all the benefits that are known to these type of insoles; breathability, moisture-wicking, and incredible thickness retention.

These insoles again get a good boost from a conical PU midsole crafted with anti-fatigue technology and a fiberglass shank that works like a charm in diminishing the weight incurred by your calves and feet in general over a prolonged shift.

On the same subject of comfort, we like that these boots are lace-up style featuring heavy-duty laces and quick-release hardware system for fuss-free on/off.

Traction and Slip resistance

The Timberland Pro Wellington Boots come with rubber outsoles boasting triangular lock lugs that will definitely take you through muddy worksites safely. Unfortunately, we wouldn’t say the same in terms of oil resistance.

Verdict

If affordability is your major concern, these Wellington boots might be worth investing in. These are among a few other work boots that can be used by people with narrow and wide feet without an issue. They have several unique designs that offer structural support including a robust yet flexible fiberglass shank and a contoured orthopedic insole for shock absorption. They are also great performers in terms of water impermeability provided the water level doesn’t go past the first eyelet. The only minor drawback is that they don’t offer the best traction in oily environments.

Pros

  • Steel toe for optimum protection
  • Very comfortable with top-notch cushioning
  • Waterproof
  • Best for cold environments
  • Fits nicely

Cons

  • Might feel heavy at first (if you are not used to steel boots)
  • Not the best traction for oily floors

4. Muck Boots Chore Steel Toe

Muck Boot Steel Toe

This recommendation here is totally different from the rest and a good pick if you are looking for a flexible pair of boots that is 100% waterproof and with top-notch toe protection. This is a metatarsal boot that will come in handy in any job site that involves heavy loads and machinery including oilfields and coal mining sites. It’s also a good choice for use at home whether you are working in the garage or working up a sweat in the lawn.

Material and Construction Design

The Muck Chore Steel Toe boots are made from rubber that covers the lower part of the upper and the outsole. The essence here is to offer you a 100% waterproof boot that you can hit water puddles with without getting your feet wet. On the same note, these boots boast a 16-inch shaft that again minimizes any chances of splashing water getting inside.

The top of the upper is made from a breathable material to allow air to pass through freely. This combination makes the boot an all-weather footgear that can be used anywhere and at any time of the year from sub-freezing to 65 degree F.

Protection (steel toecap)

This is a rare type of muck boot considering it has a steel toe box to protect your metatarsals and phalanges at the front and a quadruple reinforced heel at the back for protection against nails, shrapnel, and rolling objects from behind.

The rugged outsole, on the other hand, has a lot to offer in terms of grip and traction and will give you confident strides when trudging through unpredictable terrains. One thing though; these soles aren’t indestructible. But on the flipside, they can be replaced if the uppers are still in a good condition.

Comfort

As you can tell from its simple design, the Muck Boots Chore Steel Toe boots are straight up comfortable. Most people affirm that they don’t require any break in period. In addition, it has a spacious access at the top so getting them on and off is timeless and hassle-free.

Verdict

The Muck Boots Chore Steel Toe presses all the right buttons that make the best oilfield boots without taking the price tag over the roof. One of their best features is their ability to keep your feet warm even in sub-freezing conditions. They can also be used in areas that get as hot as 65 degrees F although they can become quite hot. Unlike other boots in this list, the Mucks are easy to keep clean and require virtually no treatment.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Truly waterproof
  • 16’’ shaft makes them great for flooded job sites
  • Steel shank and reinforced heel for structural comfort

Cons

  • Might not last long under heavy-duty use
  • Can get really hot in desert conditions

5. Red Wing Steel Toes (PECOS) – King of the Oilfield

 

 

Red Wings are by far the most popular boots in the oilfield. Heralded for comfort and function, many oilfield workers have claimed to wear the same pair for several years.

Construction material

Right off the bat, the Red Wing Worx boots have been designed for heavy-duty outdoor and industrial use. True to this manufacturer’s culture, these boots have a top-grain leather upper that has been attached to the rubber outsole using the most coveted Goodyear welt construction.

Some models are 100% waterproof and should hold up pretty well against all types of liquids including oil and water. They hold up quite well in cold environments and are, therefore, a sure bet regardless of where you’ll be taking them.

One thing that sets these boots apart- and why we really recommend them to oilrig workers- is their steel toe. This renders them nicely as one of the best boots for oilfield workers who work in a department that involves falling blocks, nails, and heavy equipment and forklifts.

However, keep in mind that this additional safety feature compromises weight. You should, therefore, expect these boots to be a little bit on the heavier side.

Comfort and Fit

Overall, the Red Wing Boots are designed to offer comfort as the nicely curved opening coupled with the removable polyurethane footbed suggests. Their pull-on design with dual handles, on the other hand, means that you won’t be taking all years to put them on and off. However, we found the Ariat Workhog Pull-on Waterproof Pro to offer a much easier time with its U-turn entry system compared to the Red Wing Metguard.

Word of caution!

Keep in mind, though, that Red Wing work boots tend to run smaller. This doubled with the fact that steel-toe boots rarely expand mean that these boots can be a real pain in the ass if you get the size wrong. Our recommendation is to go a full size up and correct the extra room with a heavy pair of socks.

Verdict

Red Wing  Boots are a hardworking workhorse that you can never go wrong with especially as an oilrig worker. The toe box is toughened to protect your toes from falling blocks, tools, and equipment and the rubber outsoles have deep treads to take you almost anywhere. These boots are 100% waterproof; pair them with heavy socks and you can trust them to protect your feet in freezing oilfields. As we’ve just told you though, remember to go a size up. Your feet will thank you later.

Pros

  • Steel toe for optimum protection
  • 100% waterproof
  • Stylish
  • Rugged outsole with excellent traction
  • Tough full-grain leather upper

Cons

  • Steel toe makes them heavy
  • Typically run small (consider a size up)

Final Thoughts

Tough worksites call for tough footgear and our best oilfield boots reviews have some of the most recommendable hardworking models on the market today. High-quality work boots go a long way in protecting you- and your crew in general- from unforeseen injuries and severities besides making it a little bit easy for you to get through long shifts.

Aspects such as comfort and support are indeed important in a perfect pair of kicks. But what you want most is protection from falling objects and sharp objects. But even the best oilfield boots in the world will be utterly useless if they don’t fit or if they are simply uncomfortable. So, remember to throw these 2 aspects into your list of considerations in your hunt as well.

Well, we can say that working on an oilfield is definitely hard – you might be used with all the hard work, but the difficulty comes in when you have to go out there and choose your equipment.

You may have no problem when searching for a hard hat, as you can just get a regular one and be saved from all the trouble. Still, when you get to the boots, everything gets so complicated. There are six things, as we mentioned before, that you have to look into and make sure that they are fit for your job.

You have to check if:

  • The upper is made of qualitative materials
  • The toe cap is made of steel or something as strong
  • The footbed is as comfortable as possible
  • The midsole is supportive enough and equipped with shock absorption
  • The shank is as rigid and stable as it should be
  • The outsole is stable and capable of a lot of traction

But we hope that our buying guide has made things a little easier for you and that it has provided you with just the information you needed in order to purchase the best boots for your first day on the rig.


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