8 BEST Lightweight Work Boots of 2019! (Men & Womens)

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Best Lightweight Work Boots

Do you need a pair of the best lightweight work boots?

If so, here's the perfect list for you...

I ranked the Top 5 Lightest Work Boots of 2019 by certain factors & features such as weight, comfort, reliability, safety, toe type & more...

Ready to find the perfect pair of lightweight work boots for You?

Then Continue Reading.....

5 Best Lightweight Work Boots of 2019 (Mens)

(Womens) 3 Best Lightweight Work Boots of 2019

Buyers Guide

Here's who lightweight work boots are best for:

Lightweight boots are best for people who:

  • Are required to wear them for work (because of the type of work you do or because of a recent injury, etc.)
  • Just want an ultra light pair of boots for home projects
  • Need light boots for weekend side jobs
  • Plan on hiking, biking, and camping

Maybe you've been injured and your employer or doctor is requiring you to wear light work boots so your recovery process is quicker and also to ensure you don't have any complications during your injury...

Or maybe you just want lighter boots that are comfortable, for home projects, side jobs, or hobbies....

Lightweight Boots are NOT good for people who:

Have a dangerous or heavy-duty profession... Mainly because lighter work boots aren't as safe or durable as heavy-duty boots are.... 

So if you're working in an industry that has a lot of safety hazards, heavy machinery, heavy objects, or dangerous chemicals... Light work boots aren't a very good idea.

Steel Toe

In terms of protection, steel toe boots are the winner, BUT, in terms of being lightweight, steel toes are dead last! At least with most steel toe boots they are.

So if you want an ultra light work boot, you'll probably want to pick a soft toe or composite toe boot, since they are the lightest options....

But if you need something light, durable, and strong for protection during a heavy-duty work day...

Then there are some steel toe boots out there, that are lightweight! In fact, our #1 Best Lightweight Work Boot pick is a steel toed boot....

Composite Toe

This type of toe for boots is the best of both worlds in a sense, because...

They pass ANSI/ASTM safety requirements, aren't heat or cold conductive, and they're often made of plastic, kevlar, carbon fiber, or fiberglass, which are all non-metal materials (meaning you won't have to worry about electrical currents or interference!

If you need extremely light boots with a moderate level of protection & safety features then a composite toe would be the best option for you....

Soft Toe

Soft toes are boots that have a regular toe made with whatever material the rest of the boot is made from...

No steel, no alloy or plastic.. It's just soft like a shoe's toe.

Which means soft toes are by far the lightest boots available but they don't offer protection for your feet and they aren't as safe as composite toes or steel toes.

1. Carhartt CMH4251 Mens Lightweight Steel Toe Boots (Best Lightweight Work Boots)

Carhartt Men's Lightweight Hiker 6-Inch Black FastDry Technology- Steel Toe - CMH4251 Review

(Mens) Carhartt CMH4251 Review

These boots are a footwear miracle.... Carhartt somehow managed to create a pair of breathable, steel toe boots, that are very lightweight.

Typically, steel toe boots are quite heavy, which is to be expected, but not Carhartt's CMH4251 boots. These boots are a great option for anyone wanting a good pair of lightweight work boots!

What You'll Like

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Breathable
  • Steel Toe
  • Abrasion, Chemical, and Slip Resistant
  • Designed to Keep Feet Dry & Cool
  • Meets ASTM 2413-11 EH (Electrical Protection)
  • Majority of Previous Customers Say these Boots are Extremely Comfortable

What You'll Dislike

  • Not waterproof
  • Padding in the Insoles don't last longer than about 2 months

Features & Specs.

  • 1.3 Pounds (Shipping Weight)
  • Synthetic Material
  • Rubber Sole
  • Ankle-high shafts from arch
  • Ax suede top cover material for better grip
  • Fast dry technology (dries feet sweat fast and keeps them cool)
  • Electrical Protection of 18,000 Volts or Less
  • oil resistant, chemical resistant, abrasion resistant, heat resistant and slip resistant

2. Carhartt CMF6366 Mens Composite Toe Boots (Most Comfortable, Lightweight Work Boots)

Carhartt Men's CMF6366 6 Inch Composite Toe Boot Review

(Mens) Carhartt CMF6366 Review

The CMF6366 is an amazing all-around, daily, lightweight, pair of work boots. It has a Composite toe, plus, it's water resistant, durable, comfortable, and of course.... Very light! 

With Handsome full-grain leather, abrasion-resistant rubber outsole, gripping lugs and ladder lock channels... This pair of work boots is a feature rich haven for the working man that needs a highly affordable pair of light boots.

What You'll Like

  • Composite toe
  • Lightweight
  • Very affordable
  • Full-grain leather material
  • Water resistant
  • Comfortable
  • Steel shank
  • Electrical hazard safe

What You'll Dislike

  • Stitching on tongue might rub your leg (a few previous customers reported this problem)
  • Not very much padding in the soles, you may need to buy extra soles to put in the boots

Features & Specs.

  • 2 pounds (shipping weight)
  • Composite Toe
  • Dual-density footbed with OrthoLite top layer
  • 100% Leather
  • Cement Constructed Rugged Flex Outsole
  • Rubber Sole
  • Oil resistant, water resistant, slip resistant and chemical resistant
  • These boots meet ASTM 2413-11 EH
  • Padded tongue and collar

3. Timberland White Ledge Mens (#1 MOST Lightweight Boot of 2019)

Timberland Men's White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle Boot Review

(Mens) Timberland White Ledge Review

And the winner for lightest boots isssss.............

Timberland White Ledge!

Shipping weight of 12 ounces, which means the boots are around 8 ounces, which is 1/2 a pound! That's insanely lightweight for a pair of boots... But this pair got ranked #3 because it does have quite a few cons that you may not like! With almost 9,000+ reviews, this pair of boots has been able to rock a solid 4.4 Stars from previous customer reviews... So this might just be the best option for you!

What You'll Like

  • VERY Lightweight
  • 12 ounces (Shipping Weight)
  • Affordable
  • 100% Leather
  • Soft Toe boots with lots of room
  • Good temperature control & Breathable

What You'll Dislike

  • Not durable
  • Soles don't have much padding
  • For light to moderate work (not for major or heavy work)
  • Bad traction on wet surfaces
  • Pretty narrow (you'll want to order the wide version even if you don't normally wear extra wide boots)
  • Imported

Features & Specs.

  • 12 Ounces (Shipping Weight)
  • Removable dual-density EVA footbed
  • Rubber sole
  • Soft Toe
  • Padded collar
  • Shaft measures approximately 4.75" from arch
  • Breathable Footbed
  • B.S.F.P. System for Support and Traction
  • Multidirectional lugs provide traction

4. Under Armour Mens Valsetz RTS (Ultra Light Boots)

Under Armour Men's Valsetz RTS Review

(Mens) Under Armour Valsetz RTS Review

These boots have the same shipping weight as the Timberland's... Which means they're also a pair of ultra light, soft toed, work boots!

However, these are more sporty-like... Better for military or police academy training, running, jogging, hiking, etc. 

So they aren't the best option for work, but they are extremely lightweight. They'd be best for home projects, weekend work, and side jobs!

What You'll Like

  • VERY Lightweight
  • Great support
  • Affordable
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Easy on your feet
  • Breathable
  • Lifetime Warranty

What You'll Dislike

  • Won't last long
  • Not suited for chemical or wet material related jobs (Concrete, Cement, Muddy, etc.)
  • Unsuitable for heavy jobs
  • Not waterproof
  • Imported

Features & Specs.

  • 12 Ounces (Shipping Weight)
  • Synthetic Material
  • Soft toe
  • UA ClutchFit technology
  • Lightweight TPU shank for mid-foot support & the right amount of rigidity
  • Molded Ortholite sockliner is designed with a memory foam top & PU base

5. Carhartt Mens CMX4023 (Comfortable, Lightweight Boots for Casual Work)

Carhartt Men's CMX4023 4 Ltwt PT Moctoe Caswedge Work Boot Review

(Mens) Carhartt CMX4023 Review

Carhartt does it again... The CMX4023 is an one of a kind boot... Looks like a handsome brown shoe-like boot, but feels as homely and comfortable as a moccasin! Honestly... I'd probably choose this pair if It were me looking for some lightweight boots. Pretty stylish, comfortable, and what I love most about them is the moccasin feel/vibe they have... Makes you feel at home, everywhere you go!

At 1.2 Pounds (Shipping Weight), these are the 3rd lightest pair of boots on the list but I had to rank them at #5 because they are only designed for casual work. Not ideal for heavy duty or hard work like the first 2 options on the list! 

What You'll Like

  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Feels like a moccasin, feels like home
  • Comfortable
  • PERFECT for Casual Work or light duty jobs

What You'll Dislike

  • Don't last more than about 6 months
  • About 1/2 size bigger than your normal size (so order 1/2 size smaller)
  • Imported
  • Only suited for casual or light-duty work

Features & Specs.

  • 1.2 Pounds (Shipping Weight)
  • 100% Leather
  • Rubber Sole
  • Ortholite cushion insoles and fast dry technology
  • Soft Toe

1. ARIAT Womens Teton Shirt Review (Best Womens Lightweight Work Boots)

ARIAT Womens Teton Shirt Review

ARIAT Womens Teton Shirt Review

Don't ask me why ARIAT called this model of their boots "Teton Shirt"... I'm just as confused as you probably are on that....

But Ladies... This is the lighest pair of womens work boots available. At 12 ounces (Shipping Weight), not only are they ultra light, but they're also one of the most comfortable footwear that you'll ever own. They're perfect for horseback riding, outdoors activities, daily wear, and of course... Amazing to work in! Plenty of toe room, cute design (Other colors are available), and insanely light, which is what you were looking for most.

NOTE: Most previous customers recommend ordering 1/2 size smaller than normal, as this boot runs a bit big. Also when looking for your size... You'll see "W" and "M" on the side of the sizes... "W" means wide, and "M" means medium wide toe. Select "W" if you have really wide feet!

What You'll Like

  • Ultra Light
  • Medium Width (Good amount of toe room)
  • Very Comfortable
  • Affordable for Most
  • Cute
  • Great for Work, Daily Wear, Horseback Riding & Other Outdoors Activities
  • Removable/Replaceable Insoles
  • Great Arch Support

What You'll Dislike

  • Mediocre Traction
  • Not waterproof
  • Bad Durability (some customers got theirs to last a year, while others had theirs last only 6 months)

Features & Specs.

  • 12 Ounces (Shipping Weight)
  • 100% Leather
  • 4 Layer Footbed
  • Duratread Outsole
5.11 - 12025 Women's A.T.A.C. 6 Side Zip Boot Review

5.11 - 12025 Women's A.T.A.C. Review

One of the best pair of work boots that Women can buy, is 5.11's 12025 A.T.A.C.

Lightweight, polished, durable, comfortable, amazing ankle protection, water resistant (not waterproof), and good traction. Not to mention that you can just slip them on and then zip them up... Which is way easier than having to tie your boots everyday. Are they good for work? You bet... Most customers who buy these are nurse first responders, female law enforcement officers, or women that work for the government but they'd be great for women who work outdoors or who do general labor jobs too!

What You'll Like

  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Comfortable
  • Great Ankle Protection
  • Zip Up Boot
  • Water Resistant
  • Great Traction
  • Looks Professional (Polished Well Too)

What You'll Dislike

  • Kind of Narrow
  • Squeaks When Wet

Features & Specs.

  • 4 Pounds (Shipping Weight)
  • Leather & Textile
  • Synthetic Sole
  • Soft Toe
  • Zipper Boots
  • Shock Mitigation System

3. Maelstrom Women's TAC FORCE Work Boots (Most Affordable Lightweight Work Boots for Women)

Maelstrom Women's TAC FORCE 8 Inch Military Tactical Duty Work Boot with Zipper Review

Maelstrom Women's TAC FORCE Review

For around $60 and under... You won't find a better work boot for women that's lightweight, shock absorbing, and breathable!

These boots also have ankle protection, like the 5.11's... and they're about as light as the 5.11's too, with similar tactical like style, but their down fall is durability... They don't last as long as others on this list but the good news is that they're much cheaper than others on the list too! So it's kind of a trade off...

What You'll Like

  • Lightweight
  • Low Priced (Very Affordable)
  • Ankle Protection
  • Comfortable
  • True-to-Size
  • Fits Snugly
  • Breathable
  • Shock Absorbing

What You'll Dislike

  • Not Durable
  • Bad Traction

Features & Specs.

  • 4.5 Pounds (Shipping Weight)
  • Polish-able leather and nylon upper. Slip, oil-resistant rubber outsole
  • YKK side zipper with closure for fast on and off. Composite shank for stability and support
  • One year manufacturer warranty. Available in multiple colors


Q: What are the best lightweight work boots?

A: Carhartt's CMH4251 boots are among the best lightweight work boots made. They're safe, durable, ultra light, and built for a hard working man! (Women: ARIAT Womens Teton Shirt Work Boots)

Q: What are the lightest, most comfortable work boots?

A: Carhartt's CMF6366 boots (for men) are not only light, but also extremely comfortable boots to work in. They're one of the lightest, most comfortable work boots available today!

For Women, It'd be ARIAT Womens Teton Shirt Work Boots.

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