The Best Work Boots for Roofers

Roofing is a tough job and the stakes are high. Not only are roofers constantly exposed to the elements, but standing on a pitched roof all day is very hard on the feet. In this line of work, your shoes might be the most important tool you have, besides a safety harness of course.

In this article, I’m going to talk about some of the critical aspects to consider when looking for the best roofing footwear. I’ll make some recommendations based on my experience as a general contractor who has worked on every type of roof imaginable. I’ll also look to other tradesmen, specifically roofers, to get their take on the best boots available.

The type of boot I’ll recommend will depend on your specific needs as a roofer or contractor and where you spend most of your time on the job site. If you spend all your time on an asphalt roof, I’ll recommend the foam-sole Cougar Paws. If you are walking around on the ground as much as you are on a roof, the Thorogood Toe-to-lace boots might be a better choice for you. Now, let’s explore some of the features of these specialty roofing boots.

 

Specialty Roofing Boots vs General-Purpose Roofing Boots

I’m not going to talk about general work boots here and will be sticking to roofing specific boots. If you want to explore the best options for general work boots head over to this article.

The Best All-purpose Work Boots

When it comes to specialty roofing boots you have a few options and will want to consider what type of roof you’re going to be working on.

The most specialized boots available are Cougar Paws.

Cougar Paws Work Boots

Developed by Dan Cougar in 1996, Cougar Paws Roofing Boots are designed with traction and comfort as the top priorities.

Cougar Paws Peak Performer Roofing Boots (Asphalt Shingles)

If you are going to be spending your days walking around on asphalt shingles, there is no better boot when it comes to traction and comfort. Besides protecting your feet and toes, Cougar Paws’ patented foam sole is easy on the shingles even when it heats up in the summer sun. Nobody likes replacing shingles that were damaged from walking on them.

The soles are very grippy, but the downside is they wear out fast. That’s why Cougar Paws designed these boots to have easily replaceable soles. You can buy a pack of them and just replace them yourself when they wear out.

Standard Features:

  • Replaceable foam soles to keep them fresh for maximum grip.
  • Velcro cross-band to keep your foot secure on pitched roofs.
  • Breathable inside boot lining helps keep your foot dry and comfortable for the duration of any roofing job.
  • Full-grain leather on the upper portion of the boot is extremely durable and helps to keep moisture out.
  • The protective finish makes cleaning fast and easy.
  • This high-quality leather will naturally soften in time to look more appealing.

These boots are normal when it comes to size, so you can order your normal shoe size.

 

Cougar Paws Steel Walker Roofing Boots (Metal Roofs)

If you’re working on metal roofs then you will appreciate the grippy rubber accompanied by the high-power magnets found in the Steel Walker and Steel Walker II boots. People that use these shoes say it makes their job a lot easier because it makes it easy to get in the right position without worrying about slipping.

Standard Features:

  • Grippy and durable rubber soles.
  • High-powered magnetic soles for easy grip and positioning.
  • Breathable inside boot lining helps keep your foot dry and comfortable for the duration of any roofing job.
  • Full-grain leather on the upper portion of the boot is extremely durable and helps to keep moisture out.
  • The protective finish makes cleaning fast and easy.
  • This high-quality leather will naturally soften in time to look more appealing.

 

These boots are normal when it comes to size, so you can order your normal shoe size.

 

Thorogood American Heritage Lace-to-toe Wedge Sole Roofer Boots



The name is a mouth full but it’s earned by the top-of-the-line quality of these Thorogood roofing boots. For roofers that will be all over the job site and need a consistently comfortable and practical boot, there is no better option. Some folks even wear these boots in casual situations because they are so cool looking.

Known for their durability, especially in the toe area, these boots are often regarded as the best boots for construction in general, not just roofing. One contractor remarked that these are the longest lasting boots he’s owned in over 35 years of construction.

Standard Features:

  • Tobacco Gladiator Oil-tanned leather
  • Cotton Drill Vamp lining
  • Removable Dual Density Ultimate Shock Absorption™ Footbed on Poron® 4000 Comfort Cushion
  • Rubber Midsole
  • Composite Shank
  • Slip & Oil Resistant Polyurethane MAXwear Wedge™ Outsole
  • Goodyear Storm Welt Construction
  • Seam Reinforcement Rivets

These boots run a half-size large, so be sure to order a half-size smaller than you usually wear and you should be fine.

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