How much do work boots weigh?

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Work boots weigh on average anywhere from 1 pound to over 5 pounds. This depends on the size and style of the boot, as well as the material it is made from and what features it has.

But why exactly do some work boots weigh so much more than others, and what problems can you encounter if you decide to buy a pair of heavy work boots?

Join us as we take you through the exact reasons why some work boots are heavier than others, and what features can lead to this.

What causes some work boots to be heavier than others?

The reasons for some work boots being heavier than others can be split into a few categories. These are mainly the material, size and features of the work boot in question.


Work boots come in a wide variety of materials such as leather, rubber and nylon. The material that you choose can greatly affect the weight of the shoe.

It is important to know that more than one material can be used in work boots, as there are different sections to a boot that each can be made from a unique material. Below we have outlined the sections of a typical work boot, so you can see why there are usually more than one material involved in a work boot.

  • Upper Section – The upper section of a work boot is the section above the sole that has the greatest impact on the aesthetics of the shoe. This section typically weighs less than the lower half and can vary in size depending on the type of boot you have.
  • Sole – The sole of a work boot is the bottom of the shoe that protects your feet from the ground and provides grip. The sole will almost always be made from either rubber, thermo-polyurethane or vinyl acetate.
  • Toe – The toe of a work boot will typically provide some protection. This is vital because it can be incredibly easy to injure your toes on a work site or on a job without the right protection. Toe protection is usually in the form of a steel cap, but can also be made from composite materials that are specifically designed to protect your toes.

So, not only can work boots be made from a wide variety of materials, but they are usually comprised of a number of different materials.

The choice of which can greatly affect not only the strength and durability of a pair of boots, but also the weight.


Its important to know that depending on the size of shoe you require, the weight of a pair of work boots can vary greatly. Manufacturers will usually state the average weight of their boots but this can change greatly depending on size.

Another thing to consider is the ankle length. If you prefer a pair of work boots that are taller, such as an 8 inch design, then these will clearly have greater weight.


The features that you choose for your work boots can have a large impact on the weight.

An example of this as we’ve already mentioned would be steel cap boots. Steel cap boots weigh on average around 4 pounds, which is clearly on the higher end of the spectrum.

Below we’ve listed some other features and how they affect the weight of work boots.


Depending on how much support you prefer to have for your feet you may choose for more or less padding with your insole.

More supportive insoles tend to have more padding, which in turn can increase the weight of your work boots – although this tends to be minimal in the grand scheme of things.

Some work boots also have padding around the ankles for more cushioning and support, which can also increase weight.


Although this does technically come under materials, we’ve included outsoles as a feature because this is how most people tend to view outsoles. The type of outsole that you choose can make a pair of work boots feel completely different as the outsole affects the grip and support of the shoe, as well as the orientation of your feet.

Outsoles tend to be made from either rubber, polyrethine, ethyl vinyl acetate or thermoplastic rubber. These materials will generally weigh a similar amount with rubber being slightly heavier, but this can vary between boots.

Some common types of outsole include commando, ridgeway and wedge. Depending on what type of outsole design you choose, the weight of the boot is likely to change.


You’ll find a lot of work boots have shanks. A shank is a small rectangular piece of (typically) metal that is attached to the insole to provide both protection and support to your feet.

A shank won’t affect the weight of a pair of work boots much at all, as it is such a small piece of material typically half an inch to one inch long.


Insulation is another key factor when it comes to how much your work boots will weigh.

If you opt for insulation, you’ll usually have a layer of insulation around 5mm thick in your boots. This obviously makes the weight of the boots increase, but only by a small amount.


Final Thoughts

Thank you for taking the time to read this article!

We hope you’ve learnt something new, and please be sure to check out some of our other articles about boots here!


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