Logger Boots vs Work Boots

There is a difference between logger boots vs work boots. In fact, these two boot types do not look alike at all.  

Before you can invest in a pair of boots for work, you must find out what is appropriate for your industry. For example, construction boots may not protect your feet appropriately if you wear them for welding jobs. On the same note, logger boots are not good for the building and construction industry.

You need to know all the risks in your line of work. After that, you can look for the best boot to keep your safe from personal injury.

In this case, we shall look at the main differences between the logger boots and work boots.

Work Boots vs Logger Boots: Construction

Even if you are a first time boot buyer, it will be hard to mistake one for the other just by looking at the boots because they are so different.

1. Work Boots Design and Build

Work boots are designed to keep your efficient on your feet and keep your feet safe at the same time. Therefore, they are lighter in weight than the logger boots.

Leather is the main material of choice for work boots. It can be soft or hard leather, but the truly best ones such as Wolverine Raider boots come with full-grain leather. It is finished with a thin membrane that keeps it water resistant. They are not waterproof, so you cannot use them to wade in water for hours on end.

Work boots are light in weight, with most of them weighing below 2 pounds. If you care about looks, most of the work boots are really stylish and you can even wear them with formal office suits or casual outfits during the weekend.

Some of the work boots such as Danner High Ground or Pronghorns really look nice. Most can also come with plain/round toe, others with moc toe while some also come with cap toe.

2. Logger Boots Build and Design

Can you use logger boots for construction? This is one of the questions most commonly asked on the internet. However, you cannot for obvious structural differences between the two boots.

Image of why do logger boots have heels

These boots come with high heel designs to keep you elevated as much as possible. Most of the time, they also come with thicker soles as compared to work boots.

The leather used for these shoes is heavy and rugged. You see, these boots are made for safety and functionality than for looks. You cannot wear these boots with anything from your wardrobe apart from your work outfits.

The full grain leather used to make these boots is also treated to be completely waterproof. Logging jobs take place in forests, in swamps and waterlogged areas. As a result, you need boots that can keep your feet dry and comfortable throughout your working hours.

Work Boots Shaft Size

You can find working boots with high and mid length shaft sizes. For example, in a past article for Wolverine Buccaneer boots vs Raider boots, we saw that these boots come with a shaft measuring 6 inches from the arch. However, some boots also come with shorter shafts, and it is possible to find work boots that come with really high shafts.

Logger Boots Shaft Size

Logging boots come with a high shaft design. There is a reason for this. You will be working in the brush or forest all of you working hours. Therefore, you need boots that are going to keep the creepers out of your feet.

Snakes, toads, insects and other types of vermin can enter your shoes. These work shoes lace right up and tightly too. That way, you can also keep the debris from getting to your feet.

While 6 inches of shaft size for construction, oil or welding boots is the norm, it is just the option for logging boots. They start at 6 inches but most of them go higher than 8 inches for extra protection. You see a person working on slippery grounds all the time needs good ankle support.

3. Sole Design

Why do logging boots have heels? As we already mentioned above, logging boots have a distinctive heel design. They have a high heel that can sometimes go higher than 1.5 inches.

The reason why they have such a heel is to help you dig in when you are treading on slippery ground. The heel also gives you proper support when you are going downhill. Another benefit is that shoes with heels are more stable on uneven ground than flat soled ones.

The logging soles are completely waterproof. You are going to wade and even stand in waterlogged areas for a long time. These outer soles will keep your protected. Most of the boots also have a welt construction to prevent water from getting into the shoes at the areas where the sole joins the upper.

The logger boot outer sole will have deep lugs. They give traction on many surfaces and terrains. The flip side is that small rocks can stay stuck in the lugs.

Work boots outer sole

Work boots also come with heels. However, most of them max out at 1.25 inches. Some that come with thicker soles will also go to 1.5 inches but never higher than that.

Work boot sole designs depend on where the shoes are used. For example, for the construction industry, flat sole designs with gentle treads are a favorite. Such small treads do not leave marks on wet concrete. The soles of such boots might not be designed for many hours of standing in water.

4. Logger Boots vs Work Boots: Safety Features

Needless to say, the logger boots have more safety features than the work boots. One of them is that the hard, tough leather protects your feet all the time.

Image of standard work boot

In addition, some may come with steel toe cap while others might come with composite toe cap. Even with the boots that do not have steel or composite toe caps, the reinforced leather for the toe area is hard enough for more safety.

Another safety feature we can discuss is the steel shanks that reinforce the boots. Most standard work boots also come with steel shanks, but some come with nylon ones that are not as good as the steel ones.

The high heel design of logging boots is a very important safety feature as are the deep lugs that offer excellent traction.


We could go on and on with our logger boots vs work boots comparison as they share so many features yet they are still distinctive.

One more thing we might mention is that all logger boots come with a breathable lining for insulation. Since you will be working in wet conditions most of the time, you need a means to keep your feet dry, warm and comfortable.