How Much Do Work Boots Weigh (#1 Guide)

Want to find out how much do work boots weigh?

Fantastic stuff. You are in the right place.

In this guide you will learn: 

  • The different boot types and typical sizes
  • Why they weigh so much 
  • Which part of the boot contributes mostly to the overall weight
  • And So Much More
How much do work boots weigh

Why This Blog Post On How Much Work Boots Weigh

Everyone needs a good pair of work boots, but have you ever wondered how much they weigh?

That's why I have written this blog post to depict the different weight categories for the various work boots.

Here we will explore together, the different factors that contribute to the weight of work boots.

Let's look at each of the different work boots in the next section and how much they generally weigh. 

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Each Work Boot and It's Weight

How much work boots weigh

Composite Toe Work Boot

Composite toe work boots are designed to provide protection and comfort on the job. so you may be wondering how much they weigh.

On average, these work boots come in at a moderate 3-4 lbs., depending on style and size.

The heaviest part of the boot is typically the sole, which is made from materials like rubber and ethylene vinyl acetate which also have good thermal characteristics and weighs around 1.5 lbs.

Composite toe boots are exceptionally lightweight compared to traditional steel toe varieties.

What is also interesting to know is that the composite insert generally weighs between 1.7 to 2.6 ounces, making it about half the weight of the very popular steel toe option.

Steel Toe Work Boot

Steel-toed work boots are essential elements of work apparel for many hard-laboring professions, but they also come at a price: weight!

On average, a pair of steel toe boots will weigh around 5 pounds - that's double the weight of regular dress shoes.

To make matters worse, the heaviest part of the boot is usually the steel toe protector, meaning it can be quite difficult to find a balance between protection and comfort.

However, with modern manufacturing processes, it's now possible to find lighter-weight boots without sacrificing safety features. So don't let the hefty load stop you from making sure your feet are adequately protected before clocking in!

Leather Boots

The weight of leather varies depending on the process used to produce it. Generally, one square foot of full-grain leather can weigh up to one-and-a-half pounds, while a full hide can reach upwards of 45 pounds.

Additionally, the heaviest part of a boot is typically the sole and heel - these are often made with heavier leathers such as cowhide and steer hide to provide more durability and stability.

As such, the average pair of boots can weigh anywhere from two to four pounds - much heavier than typical footwear like canvas sneakers or sandals but still lighter than steel-toe work boots.

Plastic Boots

For those who work in trades or construction, it's important to choose the right kind of boot. Plastic work boots, which can be an ideal option for wet and muddy job sites are an essential piece of safety gear for many industrial workers, offering both protection and durability in the most challenging of environments.

But how much do these trusty boots weigh?

Generally, plastic work boots weigh anywhere from 3-4 pounds per pair, with the heel constituting the heaviest part of the boot. Durable plastic material makes them a lightweight alternative to rubber or steel-toed options that can add weights of up to 5 pounds or more.

Plus, they offer superior insulation and will keep you comfortable when your feet hit a slippery surface.

Also, wet weather creates damp environments that tend to increase the weight of your work boot, especially if the material is either suede or leather.

Hence plastic work boots are great in these types of environments as they tend to retain much less water than their counterparts.

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Suede Work Boots

Suede work boots typically range in weight from two to three pounds.

The heaviest part of the boot is usually the sole, which can account for up to one pound of the total weight.

When sizing for suede work boots, you’ll want to ensure that the weight fits your job spec requirements.

As an example, suede work boots would not be the best for a muddy environment as they capture dirt and water very easily.

When compared to leather work boots, suede tends to be a few ounces lighter, so if you are looking for something lightweight this might be a great option.

Additionally, look for supportive cushioning and quality lacing as these will also contribute significantly to the overall weight of the boot.

What Contributes To The Weight Of Different Work Boots

Padding (Extra Layer)

One of the biggest contributors to the weight of a boot is padding. Padding adds an extra layer of cushioning and insulation to help protect your feet from abrasion and other elements.

Additionally, heavier padding helps keep your feet warmer in cold weather, which can make all the difference if you're trekking through icy terrain or snow-covered ground. Padding also increases the durability of boots by offering more protection against impacts and moisture penetration.

Ultimately, it pays to consider the type, thickness, and quantity of padding when purchasing a new pair of boots so you get something that fits your needs while not over-burdening you with an unnecessary amount of weight.


The outsole is an incredibly important part of any boot, and it is remarkable just how much weight it can contribute.

It is the most rugged, hardwearing part of a boot, designed to stand up to all types of terrain, so it's no surprise that outsole material can be much heavier than other parts of the shoe.

While the technology behind today's innovative outsoles have made them significantly lighter in recent years, outsole's still plays a significant role in the weight of a boot.

Nowadays you can get some great lightweight options that offer both grip and reliability even in difficult terrain. A word of caution though - if your outsole wear and tear or snags are creating extra weight on your boots, it might be time for a replacement!

In my experience, the combination of the outsole and midsole is probably the most important aspects of work boot weight. Having a firm understanding of the overall weight contribution of the outsole is very important in overall boot weight and comfort.


Midsoles—the durable layer of foam inside a shoe or boot—can have an enormous impact on the overall weight.

That’s because in addition to providing cushioning, midsoles also play a critical role in helping the boot withstand the test of time. The midsole is also important as it provides a base of stability to walk in the work shoe.

Typically made of lightweight ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) or polyurethane material, midsoles usually weigh between 6 and 12 ounces in men's boots and 4 and 6 ounces in women's boots. 

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The shank of a boot serves the important function of providing stability and support for the entire foot. It is a strip of rigid material that runs from the top of the heel, through the arch, and down to the toe box.

The material differs between styles but often uses steel or strong plastic composites. The amount of weight that shank adds to a boot depends on its strength and length.

On average, a thin steel shank may add anywhere from 6-10 ounces depending on size; whereas a composite shank may only weigh 2-3 ounces. 

Boot Size

Also something that is often not factored into the equation is the size of the boot. a size 12 boot has twice the material (and hence twice the weight) of a size 6 boot. So the larger your foot the heavier the boot overall.

Final Thoughts On How Much Do Work Boots Weigh

When it comes to the weight of work boots, there are several factors that contribute including padding, outsole material, midsole cushioning and shank strength.

While each factor plays an important role in determining the overall boot weight, size also has a significant impact on how much your new pair will weigh. It’s essential to consider all these elements when choosing a new pair of work boots so you can find something lightweight yet durable enough for your needs.

With careful consideration and thoughtful research into what contributes to the weight of different types of work boots, you should be able to select a perfect fit every time.

Mogale Modisane, PrEng

Mogale Modisane, PrEng

Mogale is a professional engineer (PrEng). With experience working on large-scale Solar, Wind, and Hybrid Projects. He has been exposed to multiple tools throughout his career and has a keen interest in breaking down the often murky world of power tools, machines, and measurement equipment making them more accessible and understandable to everyone.

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Mogale Modisane, PrEng

Mogale Modisane, PrEng

Mogale is a professional engineer (PrEng). With experience working on large-scale Solar, Wind, and Hybrid Projects. He has been exposed to multiple tools throughout his career and has a keen interest in breaking down the often murky world of power tools, machines, and measurement equipment making them more accessible and understandable to everyone.

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