Top 10 Best Leather Work Boots for Men and Women

So, I didn’t do any favoritism and chose to write this article to please all the handsome men and beautiful ladies out there!

Best Leather Work Boots for Men and Women

As in this article, I have mentioned the best leather work boots available in the market that are sure to match your needs. Each boot that I mentioned in this article is apt for a particular purpose and the best from the rest.

And I am very sure about this because I and my entire team of experts have done deep research on each of the below mentioned boots. We have not only read the descriptions but have tested them over a period of 6 months before recommending them to you.

So, here’s the comparison table of top 10 leather work boots for you:

Leather BootMaterial Outsoles Insoles EH RatedWaterproof
Caterpillar Men’s Second Shift 100% leather Slip-resistantCushioned insoles No Yes
Thorogood American HeritageTobacco oil tanned leather and Trail Crazyhorse leather both of which are full grain leatherPoron comfort cushion insoleMAXWear wedge anti-slip outsolesYes Yes
Dr. Martens Leona BootSubtle, grained effect retro version of the signature smooth leatherAnti-slip and fat resistant tooAirwair air-cushioned insoles----
Carhartt 6-Inch Waterproof100% leather Rubber outsoles Foam cushioned insoles Yes Storm defender waterproof breathable protection
Danner Bull Run
100% leather Wedge non-marking outsolesOpen-cell ortholite footbedYes --
Ariat Men’s Groundbreaker 100% full grain leatherDuratread outsoles Comfortable and removable insolesYes--
Georgia Giant High RomeoFull grain leatherSlip resistant outsolesMesh covered cushioned insoles-- --
Timberland Pit Boss100% leatherOil, slip and abrasion resistantAnti-fatigue insolesShock diffusion platesYes
Timberland pro men’s rigmasterBrown tumbled leatherPU outsolesAnti-fatigue and shock diffusion insolesYesYes
Danner-super-rain-forestFull grain leatherVibram outsolesGore-tex lining with cushioned insoles --Yes

Best Men’s Leather Work Boots

1.) Caterpillar Men’s Second Shift Work Boot

Second Shift by Cat Footwear

Oh how I love the look of these boots! They are just my gorgeous pairs with the lace up system with hex-shaped grommets. I love the fact how they give support to my arch and thus prevent feet ache. 


      • Goodyear welt construction, Waterproof
      • Lacing system is sturdy
      • The arch support is an added benefit
      • Slip-resistant outsoles

Build quality:

Caterpillar Boots have held their grounds on the build quality over the years. The 100% leather uppers are made durable with the best Goodyear welt construction so that you can walk miles in them for ages.

The heel support is a thing that provides better support to my feet in terms of stability. The nylon sockliner helps the boots to deal with water and keep the feet dry.


Whether you are a construction worker or a bricklayer or a lineman; these boots are going to endure whatever tough situation you throw them into. The oil-resistant traction outsoles hold grip on slippery surfaces and even doesn’t create an arch while climbing poles or ladders. Even if you work all day in the water, there is no chance for the water to seep into your feet.

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Best Full-grain Leather Work Boots

2.) Thorogood Men’s American Heritage 8″ Moc Toe

These boots are in fact so gorgeous that you won’t feel like wearing them to work and get them dirty. But trust me, the boots are very sturdy and can endure any hard situation you throw them into.

The thing I like most about these boots is the height which gives ample support to the ankle and also above that area ultimately preventing any pain in the joints or knee or the feet.


      • Class I/75 rated, Shock absorbing
      • Anti-slip outsoles, Waterproof, EH protection

Build quality:

These built-in USA Thorogood Boots give you two options to choose between: Tobacco oil-tanned leather and Trail Crazyhorse leather both of which are full-grain leather and the best of its types. The fiberglass shank provides much needed support and stability.

I love the fact how soft and comfortable the base of my feet feel in these poron comfort cushion insole which also absorbs the shock and prevents any foot ache afterward.


If you are into dealing with heavy loads or sharp objects, you will need these steel toe caps which provide protection from the aforesaid. The MAXWear wedge anti-slip outsoles strongly hold the grip in any slippery or watery terrain.

The one unique feature of these boots is the electric shock resisting soles and heels that can withstand a current application of 18,000 volts at 60 Hz for 1 minute. 

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Best Women’s Leather Work Boots

3.) Dr. Martens Leona Boot

Dr. Martens Leona Boot

Just one look at the boots and it will assure you of the toughness and the strong built especially the highly raised outsole and the heel area. The lacing system with the strongly set antique fashioned brass eyelets, visible stitching, scripted heel loop and the grooved sides make these boots a proper fitted one and also add towards enhancing the look.


      • Stylish look, 2” heel
      • 7” shaft, Airwair air-cushioned insoles

Build quality:

These Dr. Martens Boots are made with subtle, grained effect retro version of the signature smooth leather and the contrast base color just enhances the entire look. One of my very close friends who is a roadway contractor, says how she loves to walk in these boots because they are way too comfortable for the presence of the airwair air-cushioned insoles. The 2” heel and the 7” shaft provide support and stability like no other.


What is unique about the outsoles is that they are fat resistant too besides being oil and abrasion resistant. 

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Best Waterproof Leather Work Boots

4.) Carhartt Men’s 6-Inch Waterproof Wedge Soft Toe Work Boot

Carhartt Men's 6-Inch Waterproof Wedge Soft Toe Work Boot

None can beat the toughness of these boots in almost whatever environment you can imagine. Be it snow, rain, mud, or rugged terrain, the boots are ready to endure any of them.

Especially if you work in watery areas and have to stand in water for 10 hours at a go, you will know the actual worth of these boots because they are hell waterproof!


      • EH  protection meets ASTM F2892-18 EH standards
      • Waterproof, Breathable, Rubber outsoles
      • Foam cushioned insoles

Build quality:

These stunning boots are made of 100% leather which surpasses the durability test for years. What I like about these boots are while most boots are waterproof, they are not breathable, but with these boots you are sure to get both.

The storm defender waterproof breathable protection makes the boots water resistant and keeps your feet all day dry by allowing air flow.

The good thing about the built is the Goodyear welt construction which lasts long and can be re-soled. You will also be mesmerized with the comfort these boots provide with the presence of the foam cushion comfort insoles.


If you work in the warehouse or deal with electricity in the work environment, these boots are meant for you as they protect against electric hazards. The ankle and arch support is enough for support. And the rubber outsoles hold quite a good grip on slippery terrains.

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Best Lightweight Leather Work Boots

5.) Danner Men’s Bull Run Moc Toe 6″ Work Boot

These USA built full grain leather boots are available in different shades of brown, black, wheat and tobacco oil tanned. The steel shanks provide good support and prevent foot pain.

The best part about these boots is that they are extremely lightweight and the cushioned and open-cell Ortholite footbed which is hell comfortable and prevents foot ache. 


      • ASTM F2892-11 EH rated
      • Open-cell ortholite footbed
      • Moc toe design, Stitch-down construction 
      • Extremely lightweight

Build quality:

The uniqueness of these boots is handcrafted stitch-down construction which not only enhances the look of the boots but also offers strength. The good news is the boots can be re-crafted!


The wedge non-marking outsoles provide great traction being oil and slip resistant. The Moc toe design offers protection to toes from falling objects and is the new trend. These boots are no less giving protection against electric hazards. 

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Best Leather Pull-on Work Boots

6.) Ariat Men’s Groundbreaker Wide Square Toe Workboot

Ariat Men's Groundbreaker Wide Square Toe Workboot

O my my! What a stylish design with the Clarino shaft that has an outstanding design made with stitching. You just cannot take your eyes off with these boots I bet! The boot opening too has a unique design too! 


      • F2892-11 EH rated, Duratread outsoles
      • 90 degree heel 11” shaft, Exclusive design

Build quality:

These stunning Ariat boots are made with suede uppers and 100% full grain leather foot. The shaft measures 11” from the arch and with 90-degree heel you can imagine the support your feet will get from these pairs. The insoles are comfortable as well as removable.


These boots provide electric hazard protection besides being oil and slip resistant. The soft toe caps in it provide safety against heavy and sharp objects despite being light in weight.

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Best Leather Slip-on Work Boots

7.) Georgia Giant High Romeo GR500 Work Boot

Georgia Waterproof High Romeo Boots Style# - GR500

Oh they are so easy to put on and off with the slip-on design of the boot opening. It’s just super comfortable to be in them throughout the day. They are ankle-high and the dual elastic pull-on loops ensure your task becomes easy while wearing them. These beautiful boots feature round toe shape.


      • Mesh covered cushion footbed
      • Steel shank lining, Heel support
      • Pull-on loops, Easy to wear

Build quality:

These full grain leather boots are built with the Goodyear welt construction which assures you of the durability and the fact that they can be re-soled. The steel shank lining is one extraordinary thing and the EVA midsole distribute pressure and saves from foot ache.

You can rest assured to be comfortable in these boots with the mesh covered cushion footbed which allows breathability. The 5” shaft and the 1.25” heel provide stability and support.


The outsoles are slip-resistant of course and the best thing is you won’t experience being in them even for 10 hours at a stretch.

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Most Comfortable Leather Work Boots

8.) Timberland PRO Men’s 6″ Pit Boss Steel-Toe

Timberland Pro Men’s 6” Pit Boss Steel-Toe

If you are someone who prefers comfort over anything else, these boots are surely for people like us! I myself cannot choose anything which fails to give me comfort and with these boots I can be assured of that with the PRO 24/7 Comfort Suspension technology (anti-fatigue insoles) which reduces foot fatigue, provides a comfortable cushion and supports the arch.


      • Waterproof, Nylon shock diffusion plates
      • Anti-fatigue insoles, Tough built
      • Goodyear welt construction
      • Anti-microbial treatment

Build quality:

These 100% leather boots from the Pit Boss range are waterproof. The padded collars add to the comfort and the nylon shock diffusion plates provide tortional rigidity and support. The polyurethane midsoles provide support to the mid of the foot. The 5.5” arch and the 1.5” heel add to the support and comfort.


The steel toe caps are by far the best known in offering protection against heavy and sharp falling objects. The outsoles are oil, slip and abrasion resistant so put them in any terrain and they will hold your grip on any surface. The unique feature in these boots is the Cambrelle fabric lining with anti-microbial treatment which keeps out odor from sweat.

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Most Durable Leather Boots

9.) Timberland PRO Men’s 6 Inch Rigmaster XT Steel-Toe 

Timberland PRO Men's 6 Inch Rigmaster XT Steel-Toe Waterproof Work Boot

If you are you going to drag your boots to hell through harshest of the conditions, then this Timberland Boots should be the ones you buy. None can beat its durability because it is that strong built. These boots are engineered to deliver the best durability, comfort and performance!


      • Made of tobacco oil tanned leather
      • Steel toe, Waterproof
      • EH protection ( meets ASTM F24112-11, ASTM F2413-11 and ASTM F2892-11 standards)
      • PU outsoles, Odor control
      • Anti-fatigue and shock absorbing insoles

Build quality:

The 100% brown tumbled leather boots are made of anti-fatigue insoles that absorb shock and the poron comfort cushion technology delivers comfort to your feet. Also, the 6” fiberglass shank offers stability and support.

One unique thing about the build is the blood-borne pathogen resistant breathable membrane that protects from diseases caused by blood-borne pathogens.


The steel toe caps (best of the types) are sure to protect your feet any impact of heavy falling or rolling objects, while the PU outsoles are lightweight and rugged and the best of the types in terms of traction on any slippery surfaces and are abrasion resistant too.

The boots are EH protected too; thereby resisting a current of 18,000 volts. one unique technology in it is the anti-microbial odor control treatment that helps to prevent and control odors.

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Most Expensive Leather Work Boots

10.) Danner Men’s Super Rain Forest 200 Gram Work Boot

Danner Men's Super Rain Forest 200 Gram Work Boot

You will fall in love at the first sight of these gorgeous boots and the price is worth it guys! The top to toe lace-up system and the same colored outsoles add on to the looks. They are tough and durable as are all other Danner boots. (Thorogood Vs Danner Boots)


      • Made of full grain leather
      • Lace-up system, Durable, Comfortable
      • Thinsulate insulation, Vibram outsoles

Build quality:

These exclusive boots are made of 100% full grain leather (the best of all the leather types). The unique thing is it has got a double layer of the leather with the stitch-down construction. The Gore-Tex liner keeps the feet all day dry and the as the name suggests these rain forest boots are surely waterproof. 


The Vibram outsoles are best known to offer protection from oil, slip, chemicals and puncture. The rare feature you will get in these boots is the thinsulate insulation that keeps the feet warm in cold weather conditions. However, people staying in hotter regions of the world would not appreciate this feature much.

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Before we Bid Adieu!

I hope the article was helpful in giving you insight into some of the best boots suited for each purpose. 

I guess choosing the right pair of boots for your need would be easy now!

Well, that’s all for today! Hope to see you in our next article!

Till then, take care and…

Happy work boots shopping!

Stephen Luettgen
I have 12+ years of experience in construction, inspections, handy work, and currently working as a Construction Site Manager. In today’s day we spent a significant part of our time at workplace and a right work gear can have significant impact not only on your safety but also work quality.

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