Chainsaw boots provide your feet with essential protection when using this potentially dangerous piece of equipment.
These types of boots need to made from thick material, and ideally have a steel toe cap and midsole, to protect your feet from cuts. Chainsaw boots are rated according to EU standards for protection against cutting, which range from Class 0-3, reflecting the maximum speed of the chainsaw.
The best chainsaw boots not only provide great protection for your feet, but are also comfortable, supportive, and easy to get on and off. After all, if you’re boots are comfy, you’ll be more likely to wear them!
To help you choose your new chainsaw boots, we’ve selected 5 of our favourite options on the market, and detailed exactly why we think they’re so great below.
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These boots are strong, sturdy, comfortable, and provide excellent protection – you won’t want to chainsaw without them.
Our best chainsaw boots are Class 1 rated, with a high-quality, water-resistant leather upper, and a steel toe cap to protect your toes
These Oregon Yukon Class 1 Leather Chainsaw Boots are our favourite chainsaw boots, and offer Class 1 (20m/s) protection for chainsaw operators.
They feature an anti-static leather upper, with a waterproof membrane, to make them repel water. The thick sole is hydrocarbon-resistant, anti-perforation and anti-slip, and there’s also a steel toe cap, to protect your toes from the chainsaw, and falling debris.
At 2.1kg, these boots are lightweight, yet feel strong and sturdy. An ergonomic padded ankle shaft and shock absorbent heel further help to reduce strain on your feet, and make the boots more comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
The boots come in black, with red detailing, and red and black laces. The metal hardware for the lacing is non-corrosive, offers up to 65kg of pulling resistance, and is KFW standard certified, so you don’t need to worry about damaging them when taking the boots on and off.
A range of sizes are available, and they do come up a little large, so you may need to order a size down from your usual size. Overall, the look is great, they’re comfortable, the protection is superb, and the price is very reasonable – these high-quality chainsaw boots are hard to beat.
- Durable, anti-static leather upper.
- Material rated to Class 1 (20m/s) chainsaw protection.
- Treated for water-resistance, with a waterproof membrane.
- Steel toe cap to protect your toes from impact.
- Hydrocarbon-resistant, anti-perforation and anti-slip PU sole.
- Strong and non-corrosive metal hardware for lacing.
- Lightweight (2.1kg) and comfortable to wear.
- Sizing comes up a little large – you may need to order a size down, or be prepared to wear thick socks.
- There is the odd report of the sole splitting from the boot after limited use.
Our best value chainsaw boots offer an ankle-high style and a good level of protection, for a highly affordable price
For a more affordable option, try these Grisport Men’s Safety Boots – they’re not specifically designed as chainsaw boots, but they do come with many of the same benefits as our top pick.
The boots have a breathable leather upper, which is anti-static, and water-resistant for up to 1 hour – although some users point out that the tongue of the boots isn’t waterproof, and will quickly soak up water in the event of a downpour.
They are rated to safety level S3-HRO-HI, and have both a steel toe cap, and a steel mid sole, to protect your feet from cuts and perforations. As well as being anti-perforation, the thick sole is also heat and shock-proof, grease-resistant, and anti-slip, so it offers you excellent grip on a variety of surfaces.
At 1.52kg, these ankle-height boots are even more lightweight than our top pick, and some may find them more comfortable, and easier to get on and off. However, the trade off here is the lack of ankle and lower leg protection.
The boots come in black, with yellow detailing, and yellow and black laces. The price varies across sizes, but one thing’s for sure – whatever size you go for, these affordable chainsaw boots are excellent value.
- Breathable, anti-static leather upper.
- Rated to safety level S3-HRO-HI.
- Steel toe cap to protect your toes.
- Anti-perforation steel mid-sole.
- Water-resistant, up to 1 hour.
- Heat-proof, shock-proof, grease-resistant and anti-slip PU sole.
- Light weight (1.52kg) and padded fabric lining offers extra comfort.
- Not specifically designed for chainsaw use.
- Ankle-height style means they don’t provide any lower leg protection.
- Tongue is not waterproof.
- Sizing comes up a little narrow.
These Class 1 chainsaw boots are super comfortable and fully waterproof, thanks to the Gore-Tex laminate – but they come at a price
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These Protector Pro Forest Boots by Haix are certified to Class 1 cut protection for chainsaw users. They have a steel toe cap, and a steel mid sole, to help prevent the blade and sharp objects from penetrating and injuring your feet.
The uppers are made from a smooth, breathable leather, with 4 layers of Gore-Tex laminate, to make them hydrophobic and waterproof. The lining is also Gore-Tex, so you can be sure your feet will remain dry and comfortable, even in the wettest environments.
The internal lining is also abrasion-resistant, and there’s a mid fleece layer, for improved climate control. The foot bed is anatomically formed, washable, and has high-moisture absorption – these are boots you can wear in all weathers.
Many online users praise these boots’ superior comfort, compared to competitors, in all temperatures. A durable PU sole provides good grip, and further ensures that these boots are suitable for a wide variety of forestry tasks.
These boots are comfortable, sturdy and hard-wearing – and they should be, considering the price. These are by far our most expensive chainsaw boots, but if your budget will stretch, they’re definitely one of the best on the market.
- Made from smooth, breathable leather.
- Class 1 chainsaw cut protection (20m/s).
- Gore-Tex lining, and 4-layer Gore-Tex laminate makes the boots hydrophobic and waterproof.
- Comfortable, abrasion resistant lining, and fleece mid-layer for optimised climate comfort.
- Steel toe cap and steel mid sole offer excellent foot protection.
- Wear-resistant, non-slip PU sole for good grip and longevity.
- Pricey – these are by far our most expensive chainsaw boots.
- May not last much longer than cheaper competitors.
These rubber chainsaw boots are rated to Class 3, making them our most protective boots, and ideal for use with powerful chainsaws
Next up is these Yukon Rubber Safety Boots by Oregon. These boots offer a different style to all those we’ve featured so far, and resemble wellington boots.
They are made from natural rubber and cover your whole lower leg. A steel toe cap offers protection from falling debris, and helps towards the boots’ high Class 3 protective rating (28m/s).
This is the highest rating for protective chainsaw clothing, and makes these the toughest boots on our list – these are the ones you should choose if your chainsaw has a high cutting power.
A shock absorbent heel and cotton leg lining ensure that these work boots are reasonably comfortable, as well as protective – although the lining is scratchy against bare legs, and they are quite heavy. The rubber sole is oil and slip resistant, to help you stay on your feet in all conditions, and the style makes them easy to slip on and off quickly.
Ultimately, these boots might look like bright orange wellies, but they’re actually the most protective chainsaw boots on our list, and very reasonably priced. We’d recommend them for anyone with a fast chainsaw, looking for a reassuring level of protection.
- Made from natural rubber, in hi-vis orange and black.
- Highest protective rating of Class 3 (28m/s).
- Offers protection for your whole lower leg.
- Ideal for use with more powerful chainsaws.
- Cotton leg lining and shock absorbent heel, for improved comfort.
- Oil and slip-resistant rubber sole.
- Easy to take off.
- Heavy, and can feel cumbersome to wear.
- Lining is scratchy against bare legs.
- Sizing comes up large – you will most probably need to order down at least 1 size.
These leather chainsaw boots are rated to Class 2, and have a waterproof Gore-Tex lining
Our final option is these Leather Safety Boots from Cofra. They’re crafted from high-quality Italian grained leather, and feature an all-black, lace-up design, with a khaki heel.
These boots are rated to Class 2 cut protection, making them the second most protective boot on our list – yet they’re still affordable, and much cheaper than the Yukon rubber boots.
The boots are highly water-resistant, and come with a Gore-Tex lining, making them ideal for keeping your feet dry and cosy in wet conditions. They also have an insulating Nitrile rubber sole, which will protect your feet from extreme cold and heat, up to 300°C for a maximum of 1 minute.
Although the anti-static, anatomic, shock-absorbent PU foot bed helps to make the boots more comfortable, they do take some wearing in. However, the same can be said for many of these boots, as they are made from stiff, durable material, in order to provide the maximum level of protection.
Overall, this is another pair of heavy-duty leather chainsaw boots, that offer you a high level of protection, reasonable comfort and excellent water-resistance, without breaking the bank. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed.
- Made from high-quality Italian grained leather.
- High Class 2 chainsaw protection (24m/s).
- Water-resistant, with a Gore-Tex lining.
- Anti-static, shock-absorbent PU foot bed.
- Cold and heat insulating Nitrile sole, can protect your feet from temperatures up to 300°C, for 1 minute.
- Sizing can be a little off.
- Need to be worn in to be comfortable.
What’s The Best Material For Chainsaw Boots?
The best material for chainsaw boots is thick and tough, yet lightweight and supple – leather and rubber are popular choices. Many chainsaw boots also have a PU sole with a thick thread, and a cotton or polyester lining, for improved comfort.
Waterproof Gore-Tex is another great choice for chainsaw boots, as it will keep your feet dry, and enable you to wear the boots in all weather conditions. Other materials can also be treated, to make them water-resistant, so look out for this when choosing your new boots.
Finally, a steel toecap and/or midsole will provide extra cut protection for your feet, and help to prevent injury from falling debris, and perforation from sharp objects on the ground.
Can You Get Chainsaw Boots Resoled?
If the tread or welting on the soles of your chainsaw boots is starting to look significantly worn, then the time may have come to get your boots resoled. Most chainsaw boots can be resoled, and doing so will not only make your boots safer, but also prolong their life, and save you money.
To get your boots resoled, take them to a cobbler, or a shop that offers a shoe repair service. If there’s nothing like that near you, it is usually possible to send them away to a specialist service, and have them posted back to you once the resoling is complete.
What Should You Wear When Using A Chainsaw?
As well as chainsaw boots, there are several other items of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) you should always wear when operating a chainsaw. Some of the most important items are a chainsaw helmet, to protect your head from falling branches, safety goggles, to shield your eyes from flying debris, and ear defenders, to protect your hearing. You should also wear a leather safety mitt to help you control kickback, thick work gloves, and a protective jacket and trousers. Make sure all of these items comply with EU safety regulations – you don’t want to scrimp on PPE. It is also recommended to carry a first aid kit, along with a whistle and mobile phone, so you can attract attention, and call for help if required.
April is a freelance writer who specialises in writing about home and garden design and the environment. She is an avid wildlife-enthusiast and adventure-seeker, and feels happiest when in the Great Outdoors.