10 Best Shoes for Metal Roofing of 2021

Last update: 2021-01-30

For those who usually work on the roof for reconstructing or repairing houses, you know best how dangerous metal roofs can be as they are sloped and slippery.

Therefore, wearing appropriate shoes is extremely crucial to help you stay safe and mobile during your work.

With that in mind, this post is created to help you find the best shoes for metal roofing.

Here are the best shoes for metal roofing you can buy in 2021:

  • Best For Wide Feet (Men’s Shoes): Timberland PRO Men's Wedge Sole 6” Boot
  • Best For Narrow Feet (Men’s Shoes): The North Face Men's Back-2-Berkeley Redux Leather Shoes
  • Stylish (Men’s Shoes): Reebok RB RB8877
  • Best For Winter (Men’s Shoes): Itasca Men's Authority 8” Medium-M
  • Sturdy (Men’s Shoes): Thorogood Men's American Heritage Lace-To-Toe Roofer Boots
  • Most Durable (Women’s Shoes): Merrell Women's Jungle Moc Slip Resistant Work Shoe Construction
  • Ultra Lightweight (Women’s Shoes): Reebok RB416
  • Best For Summer (Women’s Shoes): KEEN Utility Women's Sparta Work Shoe
  • Best For Narrow Feet (Women’s Shoes): Red Wing Heritage Women's Iron Ranger-W Boot
  • Best For Wet Weather (Women’s Shoes): KEEN Utility Women's Cincinnati 8” Soft Toe Waterproof Wedge Work Boot
10 Best Shoes For Metal Roofing
Best For Wide Feet
Timberland PRO Men's Wedge Sole 6” Boot
  • Men’s Shoes
Best For Narrow Feet
The North Face Men's Back-2-Berkeley Redux Leather Shoes
  • Men’s Shoes
Stylish
Reebok RB RB8877
  • Men’s Shoes
Best For Winter
Itasca Men's Authority 8” Medium-M
  • Men’s Shoes
Sturdy
Thorogood Men's American Heritage Lace-To-Toe Roofer Boots
  • Men’s Shoes
Most Durable
Merrell Women's Jungle Moc Slip Resistant Work Shoe Construction
  • Women’s Shoes
Ultra Lightweight
Reebok RB416
  • Women’s Shoes
Best For Summer
KEEN Utility Women's Sparta Work Shoe
  • Women’s Shoes
Best For Narrow Feet
Red Wing Heritage Women's Iron Ranger-W Boot
  • Women’s Shoes
Best For Wet Weather
KEEN Utility Women's Cincinnati 8” Soft Toe Waterproof Wedge Work Boot
  • Women’s Shoes

Best For Wide Feet (Men’s Shoes): Timberland PRO Men's Wedge Sole 6” Boot

Timberland PRO Men's Wedge Sole 6” Boot
Timberland PRO Men's Wedge Sole 6” Boot
9.6Outstanding
Pros
  • High-quality, durable – the real leather material & thick heels
  • Extra comfort for wide feet – available Wide option for each size
  • Look vintage - contrasting platform sole & rolled moccasin-toe stitching
Cons
  • The inside is a bit tall

Available from size 7 to size 15. But what’s worth mentioning is, for each size, Timberland provides one more option called “Wide”. For example, size 7 and size 7 Wide for extra comfort.

What a thoughtful design!

The shoes are made of real leather and constructed with nearly one-inch heel height for optimal protection. They’re also good at metal roofing.

Timberland PRO Men's Wedge Sole 6” Boot Specifications

Weight

2.1 Pounds

Material

100% Leather

Heel High

1 inch

Highlight Features

the real leather material & thick heels

available Wide option for each size

contrasting platform sole & rolled moccasin-toe stitching

Verdict

The Timberland PRO Men's Wedge Sole 6

Best For Narrow Feet (Men’s Shoes): The North Face Men's Back-2-Berkeley Redux Leather Shoes

The North Face Men's Back-2-Berkeley Redux Leather Shoes
The North Face Men's Back-2-Berkeley Redux Leather Shoes
9Outstanding
Pros
  • Great insulation and waterproof properties - full-grain leather & 100g PrimaLoft insulation inner layer
  • Durable - TNF grip rubber outsoles with IcePick lugs & compression-molded TPU heel clip
  • Fit well to narrow feet
Cons
  • Offer too little size options

Contrasting to the previous shoes, this pair is specifically for narrow feet.

It is a high-quality pair of work shoes that are made of full-grain leather with synthetic soles. The 100g PrimaLoft insulation inner layer offers top-notch wet-weather insulating performance, and it’s also known as the best down alternative in the world.

For protection enhancement, the shoes are designed with TNF grip rubber outsoles with IcePick lugs and a compression-molded TPU heel clip.

The North Face Men's Back-2-Berkeley Redux Leather Shoes Specifications

Material

Full-grain leather

Heel High

1”

Highlight Features

full-grain leather & 100g PrimaLoft insulation inner layer

TNF grip rubber outsoles with IcePick lugs & compression-molded TPU heel clip

Verdict

The North Face Men's Back-2-Berkeley Redux Leather Shoes - Men’s Shoes run smaller than usual but they give great support to the heel. So, for narrow feet, they’re the best bet

Stylish (Men’s Shoes): Reebok RB RB8877

Reebok RB RB8877
Reebok RB RB8877
8.8Great
Pros
  • Resist water optimally – real leather materials & waterproof zippers
  • Look stylish – nicely contoured shoe shape, high ankles, and full-black design
  • Lightweight – 100% non-metallic
Cons
  • Not ventilate well
  • Seem to take a longer time for breaking in

The next metal-roofing work shoes give you the best of both worlds – exceptional protection and stylish design.

Thick materials aside, the shape of these shoes contours nicely to the wearer’s feet, making you look taller and neater. Not to say that the full-black color brings a cool vibe.

Another bonus is that it gives optimal waterproof properties, not only from the high-grade real leather material but also the waterproof side zippers.

Reebok RB RB8877 Specifications

Weight

2 Pounds

Material

100% Leather

Heel High

2.25"

Highlight Features

real leather materials & waterproof zippers

nicely contoured shoe shape, high ankles, and full-black design

100% non-metallic

Verdict

Made to let you wear in style, Reebok RB RB8877 is a shining candidate for people who are seeking good metal-roofing shoes with a stylish design.

Best For Winter (Men’s Shoes): Itasca Men's Authority 8” Medium-M

Itasca Men's Authority 8” Medium-M
Itasca Men's Authority 8” Medium-M
8.6Great
Pros
  • Superior insulation & warmth - premium full-grain leather & high-grade polyurethane insole
  • Extra comfort - well-padded collars
  • Safety - slip- and oil-resistant outsoles
Cons
  • The heels are prone to wear out

A pair of cool, retro construction shoes for those people who want extra warmth during winter. While the outer layer is made of premium full-grain leather material, the insole is of high-grade polyurethane.

Plus, the collars are well-padded for extra comfort and insulation.

Itasca delicately designed these shoes to be slip- and oil-resistant, which comes in handy for roof jobs.

Itasca Men's Authority 8” Medium-M Specifications

Weight

2 Pounds

Material

100% Full Grain Leather

Heel High

1.5” – 2”

Highlight Features

premium full-grain leather & high-grade polyurethane insole

well-padded collars

slip- and oil-resistant outsoles

Verdict

For winter, the Itasca Men's Authority 8

Sturdy (Men’s Shoes): Thorogood Men's American Heritage Lace-To-Toe Roofer Boots

Thorogood Men's American Heritage Lace-To-Toe Roofer Boots
Thorogood Men's American Heritage Lace-To-Toe Roofer Boots
9.4Outstanding
Pros
  • Reliable – made in the USA
  • Durable and sturdy - Vibram(r) Christy blown rubber wedge outsole & Oil-tanned leather upper
  • Comfortable - a Poron(r) 4000 comfort cushion & polyurethane footbed
Cons
  • Give less protection to the ankles
  • Not for wide feet – the boots run narrow

For extra flexibility, these low-ankle work boots might be your best bet.

They’re proudly made in the USA, of high-quality oil-tanned leather and a Poron 4000 comfort cushion beneath polyurethane insoles. A big plus is these footbeds are removable for easy cleaning.

The shoe, in general, gives a durable and sturdy hand feel that can last a lot longer than other counterparts.

Thorogood Men's American Heritage Lace-To-Toe Roofer Boots Specifications

Weight

5 Pounds

Material

leather, rubber

Heel High

2”

Highlight Features

made in the USA

Vibram(r) Christy blown rubber wedge outsole & Oil-tanned leather upper

a Poron(r) 4000 comfort cushion & polyurethane footbed

Verdict

The Thorogood Men's American Heritage Lace-To-Toe Roofer Boots are our top pick for those who want ultra-sturdy metal-roofing shoes.

Most Durable (Women’s Shoes): Merrell Women's Jungle Moc Slip Resistant Work Shoe Construction

Merrell Women's Jungle Moc Slip Resistant Work Shoe Construction
Merrell Women's Jungle Moc Slip Resistant Work Shoe Construction
8.6Great
Pros
  • Easy to wear - dual elastic gore
  • Durable and protective - high-end full-grain leather material and patterned, thick outsoles
  • Targeted support - Merrell air cushions and KINETIC FIT footbed
Cons
  • The ankle rim is a bit tight

Cool, full-black work shoes for people who want a super-durable experience.

It is all in the high-end full-grain leather material and patterned thick outsoles. That doesn’t mean they will not give you a comfortable foot-feel.

The shoes are crafted with Merrell air cushions and KINETIC FIT footbed for targeted support as well as save your heels from pain during a long day at work.

For ease of slip-on entry, it features dual elastic gore.

Merrell Women's Jungle Moc Slip Resistant Work Shoe Construction Specifications

Weight

4 Pounds

Material

Rubber & Full-grain leather

Heel High

2”

Highlight Features

dual elastic gore

high-end full-grain leather material and patterned, thick outsoles

Merrell air cushions and KINETIC FIT footbed

Verdict

The Merrell Women's Jungle Moc Slip Resistant Work Shoe brings home our Top Choice for Durability this year.

Ultra Lightweight (Women’s Shoes): Reebok RB416

Reebok RB416
Reebok RB416
8Good
Pros
  • Lightweight and comfortable – made of micro web and rubber soles
  • High-quality – meet ASTM F2413 testing standards
  • Safety - slip-resistant, static-dissipative outsoles
Cons
  • The soles are a bit stiff
  • The size runs small

Compared to other counterparts, Reebok RB416 brings a lot more lightweight walking experience because it is constructed completely of micro web and rubber soles. Yet, the shoes still achieve all of the ASTM F2413 testing standards for quality.

The outsoles are slip-resistant and static-dissipative for extra safety.

Therefore, this is a nice choice for metal roofing.

Reebok RB416 Specifications

Material

100% Micro Web & Rubber

Heel High

1”

Highlight Features

made of micro web and rubber soles

meet ASTM F2413 testing standards

slip-resistant, static-dissipative outsoles

Verdict

Made to be ultra-lightweight, the Reebok RB416 offers increased comfort and support to the wearer

Best For Summer (Women’s Shoes): KEEN Utility Women's Sparta Work Shoe

KEEN Utility Women's Sparta Work Shoe
KEEN Utility Women's Sparta Work Shoe
8.6Great
Pros
  • Lightweight & breathable – made of 100% textile & low-ankle design
  • Great protection to toes - right and left asymmetrical aluminum toes
  • Quality & safety – meet ASTM F2413 EH and F2412 standards & ASTM F2913 SATRA and F1677-96 standards
Cons
  • They have a chemical smell

While leather is an ideal material for winter, the textile is our favorite choice for the summer months when it comes to choosing the right work shoes.

Another big advantage of this material is its lightness. But to optimize the total weight of these shoes for maximum comfort, KEEN built them with right and left asymmetrical aluminum toes which are 35% lighter than the steel.

Yet, it still meets ASTM F2413 EH and F2412 standards for quality and ASTM F2913 SATRA and F1677-96 standards for safety.

The best part is EH rating, meaning for a secondary protection source in case of accidents coming into direct contact with live electrical circuits.

KEEN Utility Women's Sparta Work Shoe Specifications

Weight

2.05 Pounds

Material

100% Textile

Heel High

1” to 1.5”

Highlight Features

made of 100% textile & low-ankle design

right and left asymmetrical aluminum toes

meet ASTM F2413 EH and F2412 standards & ASTM F2913 SATRA and F1677-96 standards

Verdict

We love the KEEN Utility Women's Sparta Work Shoe because of its exceptional breathability and ventilation, which is perfect for summer

Best For Narrow Feet (Women’s Shoes): Red Wing Heritage Women's Iron Ranger-W Boot

Red Wing Heritage Women's Iron Ranger-W Boot
Red Wing Heritage Women's Iron Ranger-W Boot
9.4Outstanding
Pros
  • Dependable and quality assurance – made in the USA
  • Durable and sturdy - steel shank, Goodyear welt construction, leather-lined Texon insoles, and nubuck upper
  • Resist slippage efficiently - non-skid Vibram 430 Mini-lug rubber outsoles
  • Breathable - textile lining
Cons
  • The footbed is not removable

Red Wing Heritage Women's Iron Ranger-W Boots are proudly made in the USA, and the construction includes a non-skid Vibram 430 Mini-lug rubber outsole, steel shank, Goodyear welt construction, leather-lined Texon insoles, and nubuck upper.

Combined with black laces and contrasting stitching, it brings a cool yet beautiful retro look.

For extra air ventilation, it features a textile lining. About fitting, it runs a bit tighter than usual, so we would say this pair is perfect for narrow feet.

Red Wing Heritage Women's Iron Ranger-W Boot Specifications

Weight

5 pounds

Material

Rubber & leather

Heel High

1.5”

Highlight Features

made in the USA

steel shank, Goodyear welt construction, leather-lined Texon insoles, and nubuck upper

non-skid Vibram 430 Mini-lug rubber outsoles

textile lining

Verdict

If you have narrow feet, try the Red Wing Heritage Women's Iron Ranger-W Boot

Best For Wet Weather (Women’s Shoes): KEEN Utility Women's Cincinnati 8” Soft Toe Waterproof Wedge Work Boot

KEEN Utility Women's Cincinnati 8” Soft Toe Waterproof Wedge Work Boot
KEEN Utility Women's Cincinnati 8” Soft Toe Waterproof Wedge Work Boot
9Outstanding
Pros
  • Slip- and oil-resistant - siped rubber outsoles
  • Safe to use - electrical-hazard rated construction
  • Keep your feet dry and comfortable – waterproof membrane liner
Cons
  • A bit pricey

The last-but-not-least metal roofing shoes are for wet weather, according to its electrical-hazard rated construction and oil-resistant, siped rubber outsoles that already exceed ASTM F2913 SATRA and F1677-96 standards.

In the meantime, the liner is specifically designed to be waterproof yet still breathable for keeping your feet stay dry all the time.

A bonus is its dual-density PU insoles that are removable for extra comfort and easy cleaning.

KEEN Utility Women's Cincinnati 8” Soft Toe Waterproof Wedge Work Boot Specifications

Weight

3.85 Pounds

Material

Rubber & leather

Highlight Features

siped rubber outsoles

electrical-hazard rated construction

waterproof membrane liner

Verdict

If you frequently work in wet conditions, the KEEN Utility Women's Cincinnati 8

How To Choose The Best Shoes For Metal Roofing?

Grips & Traction

When you are buying shoes for metal roofing, the first thing that should come to mind is grips and traction.

These factors are extremely important in holding you on sloped, slippery roofs. Roofing shoes should provide excellent grips and traction so that your feet are stuck on the surface, avoid falling.

To achieve this, you should look for a thin thread design, which has more contact area and hence better grips.

Meanwhile, for maximum traction, you should opt for an aggressive pattern tread featuring deep lugs. In addition, oil-resistant, non-slip outsoles are great add-ons.

Flat Sole

Shoes with flat soles are useful in helping you maintain balance and stability when you are on a steeper pitch. And this is exactly what you should look for. Plus, flat soles help you walk better on metal roofs as they stick well and provide adequate secure support.

Weight

So as to move quickly on the roof, you need lightweight shoes. Another reason why weight is important is that heavy shoes can damage the rooftop surface one way or another.

Support & Comfort

You need shoes that fit your feet and have a safety lacing system so that the laces won’t come off as you work. To ensure the shoes work well, you need shoes that adapt well to the shape of your feet, ensuring flexible movements and mobility.

With that in mind, remember to buy shoes with a heel clutching system, arch support, or ankle protection.

Besides, comfort is essential if you have to work on the roof for a long time.

The shoes should have enough cushions and protection against foot pain. It will also help if the shoes are made of breathable, soft materials.

Which Brands Make The Best Shoes For Metal Roofing?

Thorogood

Over the past 138 years, this company has been a leading brand when it comes to shoes. In addition to high quality, its products also offer unmatched comfort for your feet.

Reebok

Since 1895, this company has been making clothing and footwear products for global consumers. Here, you will find products with great performance and quality.

Red Wing Heritage

This is a 115-year-old company that specializes in making shoes and accessories. Its strength comes from the expertise it provides to ensure quality for each product.

Timberland

Founded in 1952, Timberland focuses on innovation and has built a good reputation ever since. With the aim of changing the world, this brand creates outstanding products that benefit different communities.

The North Face

With more than 50 years of experience in the industry, this brand relies on innovation to create the best product for exploration. It’s undoubtedly one of the best names for both regular users and athletes.

Merrell

This company was established in 1981 and has since made shoes for the whole family, including men, women, and kids. If you preferred stylish shoes, this is a must-try.

FAQs

So how does the magnetic sole work?

The sole has strong magnets that magnetize the foot to metal surfaces, which help the wearer slide on steep slopes while walking freely.

So how long do the metal roofing shoes work?

This depends on how often you use your shoes, high-quality shoes may last for a few years.

How do roofers walk on steep roofs?

One of the common ways is using an extension ladder extending 3 feet or more above the eaves. They climb onto the roof, then the bottom needs to be secured to the foundation and the top needs to be secured to the eaves.

Next, they hold on to the ladder with their hands as they dismount.

What are the differences between roofing shoes and regular shoes?

The key difference here is the addition of traction and grips in roofing shoes compared with regular ones.

What shoes should I not wear for roofing?

You should never wear sandals, slippers, flip-flops, or heavy, rigid boots.

Conclusion

Through this post, we hope you have got an idea of what the best shoes for metal roofing should be like. Based on the factors we have listed here, consider carefully and choose the perfect product for your needs. Good luck!

Eugene Williams
Eugene Williams

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