9 Best Electrician Work Boots – Electrical Protection
As an electrician you are constantly on your feet working long days with volatile wires and electrical hazards close by.
This is definitely something of concern if you are not equipped with the right protective clothing. This includes your boots.
The best electrician boots are designed for comfort and to give you that much needed versatility for working up and down ladders and in and out of tight spaces.
We have decided to look a little closer at the top boots, footwear and shoes and select the top 9 to help you perform your job comfortably and keep you safe.
We have also looked at the most important features you need to be aware off when making your purchase as this will give you a better idea of how to get the best possible value for your money.
Keen Utility Men's Davenport
Best Overall Rating
Wolverine Men's Tarmac
Timberland PRO Men's Boondock
Carhartt Men's 6" Inch Composite Toe
Thorogood Men's GEN-FLEX 6 Inch Lace-Toe Composite
Irish Setter Work Boot
Dr. Martens Calamus Non-Metallic
Carhartt Rugged Flex Composite Boot
Steel Blue Argyle Bump
Key Features to consider when looking for the best electrician work boots:
The features are the things that essentially set the footwear apart and with the right features, you will not have to worry about getting hurt on the job. We have done all the legwork to find these features and we also used them in the process of judging all the selected boots to ensure that the boots are perfect for you to complete your job to the best of your abilities.
The Standard of Electrical Hazard Boots You Need to Look For:
The outer sole is a fundamental part of any work boots. It not only ensures grip, but it is also made from a certain type of material. Rubber is one of the top materials when it comes to resisting any potential electrical shock.
Most reviews of work boots do require at least some information and facts on how they perform in terms of electrical standards.
For most reviews of work boots do require at least some information and facts on how they perform in terms of electrical standards.
If the rest of your kit is made from electrically insulating materials, you should also ensure the boots are made from these materials. It is also important that you follow the correct electrical standards to ensure that your boots are safe enough for the current you work with.
Electrical Safety Boots and the Toe Cap:
The safety toe is necessary and offers protection in any environment, but when it comes to work boots for electricians, the steel toe is not the right option. Steel does conduct electricity and the composite toe will be a good alternative.
We understand it might be a little more expensive, but having comfort and a lightweight safety toe for protection will be the best possible choice you could make.
Why is Waterproofing important?
It is no secret that water is conductive of electricity and should definitely not mix on the job site, but if there is water around, which will inevitably happen, you should have the good footwear for protection. While electricity on its own could lead to permanent nerve and tissue damage; if water is present, this can be ten times worse.
The boot should be waterproof and it should dry out quickly. Leather seems like the obvious choice when it comes to durability, but the rubber can often times dry out much faster and still offer you decent protection from electrical hazards.
Lastly, you should consider adding or ensuring comfort features, and this is where the upper materials and the inner lining play a huge roll. Leather is stiff, but once tanned, it can be quite flexible, while rubber is already flexible and synthetic is affordable, but lacks durability.
The inner lining should dry out quickly and provide some decent ventilation. Thinsulate will not be the best option here.
For the inner sole, we recommend sticking to EVA as it is reasonably priced and provides some additional comfort where the PU cushioning might fall short. Memory foam is the best for people suffering from a foot condition as it will mould to the shape of your feet with ease.
Top 9 boots for electricians:
Now that you have a better understanding of the most important features, you might wonder what the best electrical work boots are. This is once again where we have taken the initiative to help you find the right footwear to get you started. Here are the top 9 boots we would recommend for electricians:
Keen Utility Men's Davenport Shoe
The KEEN Utility Men’s Davenport shoe is designed to give you versatility. It is constructed from a leather and textile upper, with a rubber sole that offers electrical hazard protection. As an electrician, it also offers you dry waterproof membrane that will offer you decent ventilation, whilst keeping the boot dry and the water from getting inside.
Two asymmetrical composite toes will offer some added protection from the tough environment while ensuring that you have comfort as well when wearing them. Cleansport NXT has been used to remove any potential odors, which also means that the boot will be clean and smell great when used for prolonged periods.
The price makes it ideal for the average electrician and the style will make it ideal for all your working needs. We like the mid-cut design as it offers some additional ankle support and it also offers some additional security when entering in those electrical hazardous areas. We would highly recommend them to construction workers and electricians.
- Stylish and durable design
- Lightweight, so your feet won't fatigue quickly
- Odor resistant and waterproof
- Offers ankle protection
- Composite toe gives you strong protection
- Longer break in period
Wolverine Men's Tarmac Work Boot
The Wolverine Men's Tarmac Work boot also features a non-metallic design that should be perfect for any electrician working in those electrically volatile environments. The boot is constructed from leather on the upper and rubber is the material used in the outer sole. The rubber is a little thicker and while they are slip resistant, it offers great protection from the floor.
Moisture managing mesh linings are incorporated to keep your feet dry and the removable insole can be replaced with whichever one you need to use in your job. The nylon shank and composite toe will offer you some additional support and protection while keeping the weight down to a minimum and reducing the fatigue.(For a full guide to top rated work boot insoles click here)
Even with the Multishox and Durashox technology, it remains one of the more affordable options for any electrician to buy. It is not as stylish, but all of the features work together perfectly to give you a great boot.
- Extremely durable
- Multishox and Durashox will reduce the effect of fatigue
- Reasonably priced
- A little oversized
Timberland PRO Men's Boondock 6" Waterproof Non-Insulated
Timberland PRO Men's Boondock 6" Waterproof Non-Insulated
The Timberland PRO Men's Boondock 6" Waterproof Non-Insulated Work Boot is designed from leather and synthetic materials. It features a unique design and it is not insulated. This means that you will have great ventilation coming through when moving through houses in the heat of the day.
With a synthetic sole, it can be used in virtually any environment. No metallic parts are found near the sole, but the eyelets in the laces are made from metal. A waterproof membrane is included, it also dries out much faster to ensure that electricity and water do not need to get in contact with one another when on the job.
This pair is really affordable and the design does look stylish and perfect for any wardrobe. The anti-fatigue technology is ideal for those spending most of the day on their feet, but we would have liked to see some sort of safety toe included.
(For a full guide to quality but affordable work boots click here)
- Durable and comfortable
- Provides decent ventilation
- Includes anti-fatigue technology
- No safety toe
- Rubber toe lacks some durability
Carhartt Men's CMF6366 6 Inch Composite Toe
Carhartt boots are quite rugged in and the Men’s CMF6366 6-inch Comp toe is the ideal boot to used in your electrical job. It is constructed from premium leather and includes a shock absorbing rubber outer sole. The composite toe adds some protection and keeps the weight down, while also keeping this pair from having problems in electrical situations.
On the inside, you will be treated to an EVA midsole that includes the Ortholite technology. This adds to the already lightweight feature and ensures maximum comfort. The boot is ideal for construction as well as electrical environments and the durability will give you a long lifetime with them.
These boots are some of the cheaper boots when looking at all of the features they include. They have everything you need if you work in construction and can be seen as a versatile boot for almost any potential job. The only downside is the steel shank that adds some additional weight and could be bad for strong electrical currents.
- Extremely durable and versatile
- EVA midsole adds comfort
- Really affordable
- Steel shank makes the boot heavier than other deigns
Thorogood Men's GEN-FLEX 6-Inch Lace-Toe Composite Work Boot
Last but certainly not least, we have the Thorogood Men’s Gen-Flex 6-inch Composite toe boot. The boot is constructed from premium leather for the upper and does not contain any metallic parts in the laces. The outer sole is made from new Gen-flex dual density rubber, which should help absorb shock and reduce fatigue as well.
A composite toe and composite shank have been used in the design and this reduces the weight significantly. The boot also features an oversized design, providing some additional space and comfort for those with larger feet. A molded EVA midsole is included, making these boots perfect for those suffering from foot problems such as pronation and supination.
This pair is also quite affordable and we would recommend them to anyone working in construction or near potential electrical hazards.
- Non-metallic design
- Includes a molded EVA midsole
- Reasonably priced
- Lacks ventilation
Irish Setter Men's 6" 83605 Work Boot
These work boots from Irish Setter are a favourite of ours. They’re versatile, comfy and would not look out of place if you wore them at the pub. And most importantly, since this is an article on boots for electricians, they offer electrical hazard protection in line with ASTM F2413-11 Safety Standards.
These boots come with 100% full-grain leather uppers and a thick, white rubber sole that both looks good and absorbs shocks with ease. In fact, on top of protecting you against the risk of electrical shock, the EVA outsole is also heat resistant, withstanding temperatures of up to 475 Fahrenheit without melting. The white stitching of the Goodyear welt construction also contrasts beautifully with the dark leather body.
If these boots leave anything to be desired, it’s in the level of protection they give your toes. While they are great at guarding against electrical shocks, they come without composite safety toes, leaving your feet vulnerable to injury from falling objects while on site.
However, if you intend to wear them for lighter-duty jobs, you might decide you don’t mind chancing it. If you don’t, you’ll have yourself a pair of some of the comfiest - and probably the most stylish - boots for electricians on the market.
Dr. Martens Work Mens Calamus Non-Metallic Electrical Hazard Composite Toe 7-Eye Boot
The Calamus Non-Metallic Electrical Hazard Composite Toe 7-Eye Boots from Dr. Martens. It’s quite a mouthful, isn’t it. Well, these boots have the features to match.
From a practical point of view, they might even have it all. An external rubber toe bumper is supplemented by a reflective heel panel to give these boots maximum durability. A thick, slip resistant rubber sole not only offers electrical hazard protection, but is also heat resistant.
In fact Dr. Martens claim that, by providing insulation from the ground, these boots even guard against the risk of electrical shock by accidental contact with an electric charge.
The comfort features are impressive too. Padded tongues and collars hugs your ankles tightly. Removable footbeds are made from antimicrobial smart foam, keeping your feet cushioned and free from odour, while the synthetic uppers are constructed from a lightweight, three-part TPU shell moulding, ensuring the boots are lightweight and breathable.
(These uppers are affixed to the rubber sole with an equally lightweight cement construction.) Finally, a mesh outer layer makes the Dr. Martens an incredibly breathable pair of work boots.
And of course, these boots are complete with composite safety toes to guard your feet from falling objects. Some pairs of work boots have it all. The Calamus Non-Metallics are very nearly one of those pairs. All that’s lacking is greater water resistance. If you can look beyond that, these are some of the best boots for electricians around.
Carhartt Rugged Flex 10-Inch Composite Toe Wellington Boot
Another pair from Carhartt, the Rugged Flex Composite Toe Wellington Boots are a little different from anything else you’ll find on this list.
Though they were manufactured to be farm boots, they offer everything a good pair of boots for electricians requires. Leather and neoprene uppers, a patented Storm Defender waterproof membrane and high outer walls make these boots more waterproof than anything else we reviewed.
EVA midsoles, in addition to cushioned polyurethane insoles, provide great support and shock absorbing properties, while the slip resistant outsoles are known for providing high levels of traction and flexibility.
Composite toes also provide great impact resistance. Most importantly, these boots meet ASTM 2413-17 electrical hazard standards, providing protection against accidental contact with electrical circuits of up to 18,000 volts in dry conditions.
This pair of Carhartts is a little more cumbersome than the other woor boots on this list, but they meet all the safety standards you could possibly wish for them to meet. They’d make a great boot for electricians who spend the majority of their time working outdoors.
Steel Blue Argyle Bump S3
And finally, the Steel Blue Argyle Bump S3s. These unremarkable but solid work boots are constructed from full-grain leather and come with a patented Baltico lining to provide comfort and wick away moisture.
Polyurethane footbeds are designed to reduce foot fatigue, aided by supplementary pads, placed beneath your foot’s peak stress areas. TPU outsoles offer heat resistance up to temperatures of 130°C, while in-built anti-static technology prevents build-ups of static electricity within your body by dissipating it through the sole.
The Argyles are also penetration resistant, water resistant and come complete with steel toes. We wouldn’t recommend them if you work with electrical hazards, but if your job requires a good, all-round pair of work boots that protects you from the build-up of static electricity, this is the pair for you.
And the winner is...
As an electrician, you take safety to the next level and with these boots; you will be able to do exactly that. Choosing the best one is not easy and we have decided to choose the Keen Utility Men's Davenport Shoe. It offers great durability and comfort and the non-metallic design makes it perfect for electrical hazards.
We would like to thank you for reading this article and we hope that you have found the ideal boots to match your needs. We would like to thank you for reading our electrical boots edition and we would like to encourage you to let us know in the comment section if we have missed any of your favourites.