Caterpillar Second Shift Steel Toe Reviewed

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Caterpillar’s history is all about constructing, modernization, experimenting, maintenance, and upgrading. It is the world’s largest construction equipment manufacturer. In the footwear world, It is a brand generally accepted for workers that need specific work boots with safety features. Starting with Benjamin Holt and C. L. Best, the people of Caterpillar have proved remarkable.

Today, safety boots can be pricey, not appealing and uncomfortable. Since Caterpillar entered the footwear market, they felt the workers pain and decided they want to make a difference for those requiring a work boot that can survive any conditions. They started manufacturing work boots, that not only are affordable, durable and comfortable but are also designed with security elements, toughness, and support to assure your safety all day long. Created for the working men, these safety boots offer assurance for anyone working in harsh conditions.

Their primary purpose is for work environments where you require foot protection against heavy loads, sharp objects or tools, falling or rolling objects and equipment. This essential boot can handle various employments offering serious protection and robust construction. So, with a name like Caterpillar attached to these safety work boots, you’d expect them to provide durability and performance in almost all working environments.

Editor's Pros & Cons

Delivers great traction

Great for warm weather

Limited breaking-in period


Long lasting and durable

Offers excellent protection


Not very lightweight

Sizes run a half size smaller

Not waterproof


Workers in industry and construction need outstanding security at work. Protection of their feet is essential, mostly when they work long hours, and this is where safety toe boots come in handy. Caterpillar Second Shift Steel Toe boot features a durable rubber outsole that not only offers high traction but is also slip and oil resistant. This trait makes them great for both light, and heavy industrial uses and the rubber oil-resistant outsole prevents sudden fall. It is an essential element for heavy construction, engineers or steelworkers, needing stability, traction, and protection from on-site slip and falls. Granted they are rated ANSI Class 75 against compression and impact, Caterpillar Second Shift Steel Toe boots are only resistant to the electrical hazard of up to 600 Volts in dry conditions.


The midsole plays a significant role in a working boot since its primary goal is to provide cushioning, support and shock absorption for the wearer. Caterpillar Second Shift Steel Toe boot features a midsole plate that is coupled with a steel toe to protect your underfoot against punctures from sharp protruding objects, which makes them pierce resistant too.


Most work boots feature leather for their uppers. While full-grain leather is more resistant to water and ruptures, Nubuck leather looks more stylish, and it also weighs less. The entire part of the Caterpillar Second Shift Steel Toe boot is covered with rugged, high-quality leather that helps maintain a structure that doesn’t look beatable and fragile although it is not resistant to scratches. It is not waterproof, but it is pretty water resistant.

Metal hex-shaped grommets and two-speed hooks with a speed lacing system is incorporated for a fast and secure fit while a plush collar and padded tongue provide the wearer’s foot with comfort. While the visibly wide heel on these boots offers a better sturdy grip, some users have noted that the toe box is rather small and they might run a little narrow on your feet. The logo is stitched on the tongue as well as the side top of the boot that gives these boot the recognizable Caterpillar style.


When choosing the right safety boot, you need to make sure of the quality the major parts are made of. This boot features Goodyear welt construction which means guaranteed durability, although some users have noted that they are not flexible enough. In this case, flexibility is required but not essential since our primary concern is safety and durability as well as comfort. The good thing about this type of welt is that it is the most labor intensive, most durable as well as repairable. On the inside, the vamp is lined with nylon mesh Climasphere lining that draws moisture away and leaves your feet feeling dry even in warm weather.

During hot or cold weather, the steel in the toe box acts as a conductor transferring heat and cold from the outside straight to your feet. For workers that spend a great deal of time working in extreme temperatures, a composite-toe boot could be a better option. However, for those whose foot protection is more critical in this line of work, both aluminum and steel toe can withstand higher crushing forces than composites.

Caterpillar Second Shift Steel Toe Boot comes with a removable, contoured insole, for extra comfort, and in the case you require additional arch support, it is easy to remove and slide in your new insole. As some users reported, the midsole is better than most safety boots on the market but not as good as the top ones in the industry. The shanks offer additional support to these heavy boots.


When it comes to comfort level, these work boots will not disappoint the wearer. The unique Climasphere sock liner acts to keep your feet cool in hot weather and warm on those long cold days at work. This comfort element is accompanied with a nylon mesh liner that draws moisture away and prevents your feet from sweating after extended wear. In addition to these comfort features, a padded collar and tongue are added to provide support and comfort around the ankle. Some users reported that the leather takes a bit of a time to break in, but the longer you wear them, the faster the leather loosens up and stretches as it becomes supple, softer and more flexible. With that said, Caterpillar Second Shift Steel Toe is indeed a work boot made for year-round comfort, provided you don’t work in extreme heat or cold weather conditions.


The main characteristics of Caterpillar Second Shift Steel Toe boot, as we mentioned so far, are to protect and support while providing comfort as well. They are very versatile and find usage in many working environments. Because of their oil resistant and slip resistant feature, they make a perfect choice for industrial workers, engineers, forklift drivers, auto mechanics or anyone working in the gas, oil and power section where they have to walk on dangerous and tricky slippery terrain. Alongside the steel toe that ensures protection, these boots are also electrical hazard safe.


In order to provide stability and traction for those whose job requires working on slippery and tricky surfaces, special attention has been given to the outsole. The thick and sturdy rubber outsole is the one that gives these boots great traction while providing the wearer with slip and oil resistant features. The lug outsole is designed to provide good footing and together with the round heel, and the high platform makes Caterpillar Second Shift Steel Toe an excellent choice for harsh work conditions.

Regarded as one of the most secure, comfortable and protective steel toe work boot that provides the wearer with excellent slip resistance even on greasy and oily floors this is the perfect safety boot for any type of industrial work.


The weight on the boot varies depending on the size. Since it is designed as a safety boot, many wearers agreed that it is tough and heavy duty, but despite the use of the steel toe, there is not much weight to them. A pair of them in size 12 weighs 4.6 pounds.


Regardless of their rugged and heavy duty look, Caterpillar Second Shift Steel Toe boot can still be stylish enough for motorcycle riders or sporty enough to wear each day if you love that big, chunky look. They are after all long shift boots and are not made for fashion. These are an ankle-cut work boot with a lace-up shaft for adjustable support and are designed for hard work. The steel toe boots come available in dark brown, honey, and black color. Another nice thing about CAT Second Shift Steel Toe boots is that they come in sizes from size 5 to 16, medium to wide. They tend to run large, as some users have noted, and unless you are planning on wearing thick socks, getting a half to a whole size smaller may be a better option.


In addition to the steel toe for protection, these boots are also electrical hazard safe, slip and oil resistant. This guarantees a firm grip on slippery and tricky surfaces, which makes the boots a perfect choice for construction workers, industrial workers or mechanics. The round steel toe made to the highest standards set for the industry, allows for more space for your toes without feeling compressed.

Caterpillar Second Shift Steel Toe boot incorporates all the features you would expect to see in an all-rounder work boot, starting from high level of protection against heavy or sharp falling object due to the steel toe, a slip, and oil resistant rubber sole that helps you keep on your feet no matter what to a ladder-safe heel arch. Although they are rated ANSI Class 75 against impacts and compression, they’re only resistant to electrical hazards up to 600 Volts in a dry environment.


The Caterpillar brand is famous for high-quality manufacturing products and Caterpillar Second Shift Steel Toe Boot is no exception. When making these boots the company’s primary goal was to create a boot that not only will offer protection during those long shifts at work, but also provides durability to last longer than few months. It is rated over and over again as one of the most sturdy, reliable boot that many have worn day-in-day-out for over a year in hard working conditions. With this steel toe work boot, rest assured you are getting a well made and long lasting boot for many months to come.


Caterpillar Second Shift Steel Toe Boots are not waterproof, so applying a water-resistant oil based or wax application could be helpful when wearing them in a wet environment. One crucial part of the boot that regulates temperature to keep your feet cool in hot days and warm in cold weather and at the same time lets your foot breath well around the ankle is the Climasphere sock lining. For those who tend to sweat, this unique sock liner helps wick away moisture that develops as your feet stay snug in these boots after wearing them for long hours. Adding an extra insole will provide extra comfort but may prevent this function from working properly, so leave it to the Nylon mesh lining to their job and keep sweat at bay while you do your job.

Key Features

  • Full grain leather upper for durability

  • Steel toe or soft toe for protection

  • Slip and oil resistant rubber outsole

  • Removable soft Climasphere internal sock for cushion and support

  • Nylon mesh lining wicks away moisture before your feet become sweaty

  • Goodyear welt construction for improved water resistance and ability to be resoled

  • EH resistance of up to 600 Volts in dry conditions

  • Bottom Line

    There is no doubt in Caterpillar’s Second Shift Steel Toe boot safety features, durability and comfort incorporated in every inch. Specially created for models that consolidate a security toe box for the wearer, these work boots leave up to the expectations for those requiring a work boot that can withstand any harsh working environment. The outsole connects to the sole with single-stitched Goodyear welt construction, and the boot itself is full grain leather.

    In addition, your ankle is snug and secure with metal eyelets and hooks. Comfort and durability levels are one of these boots main features. These boots are not waterproof so applying a water-resistant application could be beneficial before wearing them in wet weather.

    Despite their age, they remain stylish both on and off the job. Caterpillar Second Shift Steel Toe boots will undoubtedly remain a popular choice among workers in another decade to come.