Top 5 Men’s Work Boots for Walking on Roofs

When you work as a roofer, you encounter slipping hazards, hot tar, and more on the job.

Additionally, you often find yourself standing for long hours in uncomfortable positions.

In order to meet the demands of the job, you need a good pair of roofing boots.

Read on to learn about the best roofing work boots for comfort, durability, safety, and more.

Top 5 roofing shoes

#ImageDescriptionFeaturesPriceRating out of 5
1Thorogood Heritage Lace-To-ToeGrips even the slipperiest surfaces, absorbs shock$$$4.9
2Timberland PRO Men's WedgeSoft upper, roomy toe area, non-scuff outsole$$4.8
3Chippewa Men's Chocolate ApacheWater-resistant, lightweight, suitable for winter$$$4.9
4Golden Fox Oil Full GrainOil-resistant outsole, removable cushioned insole$$4.8
5Thorogood Tobacco GladiatorGood for summer, thick outsole, dual-density footbed$$$4.8

1. Thorogood Men’s Heritage Roofer

These ankle high boots are incredibly comfortable, even when standing on hard or metal roof materials for long hours.

It has a dual-density footbed that absorbs shock and adds comfort. It is also removable so that you can replace it with specialized insoles if you choose.

The inside of the tongue and the entire boot is well padded, adding to the comfort factor. A great thing about the padding is that is not too heavy, as the whole boot is quite lightweight. Finally, the upper is durable and stands up incredibly well to wear and tear.

The outsole is another great feature. It features a riveted design that grips even the slipperiest surfaces and is non-scuff. It is also very thick and rubber, so it absorbs shock and adds comfort.

The downside of this boot is the long and possibly painful break-in period. This is a pair of boots you will want to coat with mink oil to help with the break-in.

Verdict: While the break-in period is a little longer for this boot than others, it is well worth it. These metal roofing boots are incredibly comfortable, durable, and safe. They will not only rise, but succeed in providing all of the things you need for your roof repair job. 

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2. Timberland PRO Men’s Wedge

These boots feature an incredibly soft upper that allows you to wear them out of the box with no break-in period and an outsole with a unique riveted design to provide the traction you need not to slip.

The toe area and heel area of the outsole also offer narrower ridges, to add to the non-slip factor. Unfortunately, the boots still seem to slip on icy surfaces.

These boots also come with an EVA midsole that adds comfort, a pull loop on the back of the shoe that makes them easy to slide on, a roomy toe area that fits even the most awkwardly shaped feet, and an outsole that will not scuff.

There are a few downsides to the shoe. First, there seems to be a quality issue with the outsole peeling away from the upper as you wear it, sometimes after a month or two of heavy use.

Second, there is not as much arch support as some people like. You can easily fix this with an insole, however. Finally, this boot tends to run a little wide, which will get worse as the leather wears down.

Verdict: The quality of the outsole is not the greatest, but the other issues can be easily overlooked. Otherwise, it is rather comfortable- even through the break in period! 

3. Chippewa Apache Lace-Up

These boots raise just above ankle height and feature a non-slip tread, removable cushioned insert, and a Vibram sole that grips well and absorbs impact as you walk across hard surfaces.

The leather of the upper is thick and attractive, with a smooth, matte color.

They are also water-resistant, lightweight, and have good arch support.

Finally, they are cool enough to wear in the summer but also warm enough for working in the winter, especially with a thick pair of socks.

There are two downsides of the roofer’s boot. First, the upper will scuff and scratch rather easily. Despite the cosmetic issue, the boot is incredibly durable and will last for years.

Second, the boot breaks in after a week or two of heavy use but the upper edge can be rather scratchy during this time. You definitely want to wear a thick, tall pair of socks.

Verdict: These boots have a rough break-in period, but otherwise they are an excellent choice. They are durable enough that you will be able to wear them for years and comfortable enough that you will want to. 

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4. Golden Fox Men’s Premium Leather

These roofing boots feature a moccasin-style toe area, pig skin around the collar and an internal mesh lining to add warmth, and a durable outsole that can stand up to exposure to gravel and hot tar.

The inside is soft and features nice cushioning around the ankle and a removable cushioned insole.

The heel area of this also dips down a bit, which leaves your foot feeling especially secure and comfortable.

The outsole is both skid-resistant and oil-resistant and it grips incredibly well. The upper is very durable, though that means a little bit of a tough break-in period for you.

After time this boot will be great, but you should choose a tall, thick pair of socks to stop the upper from cutting into your leg during the break-in period.

There are a few other downsides to this shoe as well. First, it scuffs easily. The good news is that that these scuffs can easily be buffed away.

The tongue of the shoe also does not align well with the boot edges and it can slip and slide around. Finally, they are a little bit heavy and do not offer the arch support that everyone needs.

Verdict: While this boot does have a few downsides, it does quite well for some people, depending on their needs. It does stand up incredibly well to wear and tear, so it is a great option if you are rough on boots. They are also comfortable, so you do not have to worry about your feet being fatigued at the end of the day. 

5. Thorogood Six-Inch Plain-Toe

This solid boot is a little heavy, but that is because you can feel its durability and toughness when you put it on.

It is a good choice for roofers because the outsole is both slip-resistant and non-marking and the boot is not overly warm, making it a great choice for the summer months.

This boot is also incredibly comfortable, with a removable dual-density footbed, a soft leather upper, and a thick outsole. The upper part is so soft that you can wear them straight out of the box without discomfort.

However, you will find that the boot still conforms to your feet over time. Finally, it has great arch support.

There are a couple drawbacks of purchasing this boot for roofing. First, it does have a tendency to squeak a little on some surfaces. It is a little bit heavy and runs ½ size to full size too big.

The eyelets on the shoe are something that you will love or hate, as there are eyelets, then 3 sets of hooks, and then an additional eyelet on top. Some people find that this allows them to tie the boot more securely while others find this extra step to be a nuisance.

Verdict: Aside from the few disadvantages that can easily be overlooked, it is a good choice. It has a soft upper that allows you to wear the shoes without a break in period and meets all of the safety standards you require from a boot for roofing. It is also not too warm, making it an excellent choice for people working during warmer months. 

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The job of a roofer is one that requires a tough boot, one that can stand up to exposure to the elements and various materials on the job.

The right footwear must also be comfortable and protect you from hazards like slipping on the job. So, which of the above boots makes the top of the list for roofers?

Thorogood Heritage Lace-To-Toe

This boot is designed especially for the work associated with being a roofer. It stands up well to exposure to the elements, will not slip on surfaces like wet shingles, and provides all-day comfort that you will appreciate after long hours on the job.

While the break in period is a little long, you will find that it is well worth it when you relax in the total comfort and support that this boot has to offer.

It brings together safety, comfort, and durability like none of the other boots reviewed.

As you browse through the best roofing boots, make sure you keep your comfort in mind. You do not want to choose a roofer’s boot based on how it feels on someone else’s foot because each foot is unique.

As you search for the right shoes for your roofing job, be sure to consider the safety regulations required by your workplace and how comfortable it will be throughout the day.

Finally, keep in mind the durability compared to the price you are paying to the footwear. Good luck and happy shopping!