Work Boots Versus Logger Boots (Are There Any Differences?)

If you’re new to work boots I understand why you might ask yourself what’s the difference between work boots and logger boots. If any!

Well, let me get straight to the point and break the news for you: Logger boots ARE WORK BOOTS. In other words, logger boots are just another type of safety work boots.

a logging worker and a pair of logger boots and another pair of normal work boots

What is a work boot?

Just as their name implies, work boots are a type of footwear that’s made specifically for work to protect you in different environments you might find yourself in whilst doing your job.

Different jobs have different hazards and that’s why you’ll see different types of work boots. Do you want an example?

Well, if someone is pouring concrete they’ll need a work boot that’s waterproof and also that is resistant to chemicals. This type of work boots are usually made of rubber or PVC and they can have either:

  1. Steel toe protection
  2. Composite toe protection
  3. Soft toe (no toe protection)

This opens up another discussion. You don’t only have to consider using work boots for pouring concrete but now you have to think if you need toe protection as well.

This is easy if you work for a company since the safety officer or the foreman will tell you what type of boots you need. 

If you don’t know, just buy the one with the most safety features for that particular job.

You can never go wrong with having extra safety features!

What is a logger boot?

A logger boot is a safety work boot that’s designed specifically for people working in industries where EXTRA traction is needed. 

These types of work boots have a raised heel and quite deep treads to avoid getting stuck when working in poor weather conditions or walking through soft ground. Also, a very distinctive feature of the logger boots is that the soles have spikes to avoid slips and falls whilst walking on tree logs and wild nature in general.

Here’s a list of some of the best logger boots that people in the logging industry love to wear.

What is different about logger boots then?

The only different thing about logger boots is that they have a higher heel than other types of work boots.

That’s all? Yes, that’s all.

They are made of the same material as other work boots (leather or synthetic) the outsoles are going to be more heavy-duty maybe using Vibram outsoles with deep threads for extra traction. 

Logger boots also come with a composite toe cap, steel toe cap, or simply a soft toe box. But most of these features are found in most work boots.

So yes, the only thing that makes logger boots different than other work boots is their high heels.

What logger work boots are used for?

Do you work in retail or maybe in a warehouse? Then you don’t need this type of work boots. I know logger boots look kind of stylish but for smooth floors, you might want to go for a pair of work boots with wedge soles instead.

Logger boots are for people going inside the forest to cut trees, landscapers, and mostly every other job that requires you to go through mud and soft ground. 

Having a raised heel will not only give you that extra traction to move forward through soft terrain but also helps to keep moisture and water away from your feet.

Logger work boots are very similar to the linemen work boots when it comes to the purpose of the raised heel. In a lineman boot, the heel will keep your foot in place while climbing threes or poles and in a logger boot, the heel will help you stop slipping when walking down a steep slope.

When should you choose another type of work boots over logger boots?

These are the type of jobs that require a logger boot:

I’m sure I’m forgetting a few jobs, but I’ve listed the ones above just to give you an example.

The logger work boots are quite heavy duty so if you’re not working in a heavy-duty industry then go for any other type of safety work boots. Check out these comfortable work boots for alternatives to logger boots.

Wearing a pair of high heels works boots in the wrong environment will kill your feet. 

Logger work boots examples

Georgia Logger Boots
Georgia -Steel toe
-8 Inch boot
-Heel height ~2″
Check in-store
AdTec-Steel toe
-Heel height ~1.75″
-9 Inch boot
Check in-store
Irish Setter-Steel toe
-Heel height ~2″
-UltraDry system
Check in-store
Carhartt-Composite toe
-Heel height ~2″
-Heel stabilizer
Check in-store
Timberland -Composite toe
-Heel height ~2″
-Puncture resistant
Check in-store

Other type of work boots

Thorogood American Heritage
Thorogood work bootsLace-up wedge sole bootsSee in-store
Carhartt work bootsTactical style work boots See in-store
Ariat work bootsWestern style work boots See in-store
Caterpillar work bootsWellington type boots See in-store
Dunlop work bootsRubber type work boots See in-store

Work boots vs loggers boots: The takeaway

You can’t really compare work boots and logger boots!

Just remember that work boots and logger boots are not two different things…logger boots are actually one of the types of work boots you can find on the market.

Make sure you need these types of work boots for the type of work you’re doing because if you buy them for the wrong environment, they’re going to be very uncomfortable and you don’t want that for sure.

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1 thought on “Work Boots Versus Logger Boots (Are There Any Differences?)”

  1. Logger boots vs work boots are definitely not interchangeable. One type simply cannot replace the other boots. Work boots focus on more safety features, including toe protection, electrical shock insulation, etc. Meanwhile, logging shoes come with a high heel and top-rated leather with good construction. Yet, both of them can keep our feet safe and comfortable at the same time, as long as we choose the right one for our work.


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