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Carolina work boots review

By: Daniel Smith




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A lot of people have been asking me lately why I only wear Carolina boots when working, and why I never try another brand. Well after answering that question about 50 times I decided to write this article.

I think it is pretty clear that I love Carolina boots but why exactly is that? I’ve been switching between different brands my whole working life. Not one fully satisfied my needs, until about 5 years ago I found Carolina boots. I’ve never looked back.

I will tell you why I choose Carolina boots and I will give my 3 favorites as suggestions. If you are looking for more boots, I suggest you have a look at the best waterproof work boots.

Are Carolina boots good quality?

They are very comfortable and seem to always fit. I also discovered that they have notable durability. With other brands, I often needed to buy a new pair but nowadays my boots just stay close to brand new all the time. It feels like magic.

Carolina work boots weight

Moreover, they are surprisingly light for working boots. It’s a nice change to not feel a load on my feet while working. The materials they use are without a doubt high-quality, you immediately feel that from the first moment you wear them. I don’t understand how they can keep the prices so low while not producing in a third-world country. But it makes me happy to know most of their designs are made here in the United States.

The company understands that different occupations require different work wears and that’s why if you’re interested you will find a pair that matches your needs perfectly. Furthermore, it will probably be one of my suggestions.

Carolina Loggers Boots review

Carolina Men's CA9823-8 Waterproof Logger Steel Toe

Men’s Carolina® 8″ Steel Toe Loggers Boot

our score: 9.3
  • 100% Leather and Leather lining
  • Lace-up closure
  • Waterproof Membrane
  • Steel Shank

I am not going to lie, these boots are the favorites of most of my friends. I fell in love with this pair from the first moment I tried them. They are all that I look for in my work boots: durable, comfortable, waterproof, and 100% leather.

Some find the price a little too high. However, when you buy these boots you will discover that they are more than worth that price. Just try them, you will love them.

  • Pros
  • Highly waterproof
  • take almost no time to break-in
  • very comfortable
  • Cons
  • Little bit expensive

Carolina steel toe work boots review

Carolina 8588 work boots

Carolina 8588 Waterproof Steel Toe Work Boots

our score: 9.2
  • Steel Safety Toe Cap
  • Waterproof SCUBALINER
  • Electrical Hazard Rated
  • Thick rubber sole

These boots are perfect if you’re looking for a solid pair of insulated boots. They are perfect for working in environments with electrical hazards.

Very sturdy boots, the leather never seems to scuff. I also really love the oil-resistant lug outsole because I often work with oil products.

  • Pros
  • Electrical Hazard Rated
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Rubber Lug Outsole
  • Cons
  • Quite heavy

Carolina wedge boots review

Men's Carolina® 8 Domestic Moc Toe Wedge Work Boots

Carolina 8″ Domestic Moc Toe Wedge Work Boot

our score: 8.6
  • 100% Leather
  • Made in the USA
  • Synthetic sole
  • Shaft measures approximately 8″ inch

And finally, the last pair I suggest (also my most recent purchase) is this pair of Carolina wedge boots. I like this pair because my feet are a little odd-shaped and I discovered that these boots are quite adaptive. These boots are flexible and generous enough in the toe box for correct body movement.

I purchased this pair because they are produced here in the USA and it’s noticeable. They feel higher-quality than some of the ones produced in China or Vietnam. It’s nice to know I support our economy by buying these boots.

The leather is extremely durable and 100% leather. However, this pair is not waterproof out of the box. Also, the soles seem to wear a little faster than my other pairs. But overall I’m very happy with my purchase.

  • Pros
  • Made in the USA
  • Comfortable
  • 100% Leather
  • take almost no time to break-in
  • Cons
  • Not waterproof out of the box
  • Soles wear down faster than by other designs

The Author
Daniel Smith
My passion for power tools and work clothing started when I was a kid. My father and I used to build tree houses together, he taught me all the tricks of the trade! Meanwhile, I'm a 28-year-old with more than 7 years of experience on various job sites.

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