Caterpillar Second Shift Work Boots Review – For The First Time Buyers

Caterpillar second shift work boots review

Since Caterpillar started making work boots, the 2nd shift has been on the line & I don’t see it going anywhere. Featuring full grain oil tanned leather, slip resistant sole, steel-toe/plain-toe version and many more. Read the full caterpillar second shift work boots review to know more about these awesome boots.

I’ve reviewed some of the most expensive boots out there. But when it comes to getting to most bang out of your buck, you can’t simply beat the classics.

The Caterpillar Second Shift Steel Toe Boots are built like tanks and inexpensive as hell. This is a straightforward work boot. The best $80 – $100ish boots you can buy by far!

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While it may not be the best for you since these are pretty personable nowadays, but in general, these boots are pretty damn good. There are many 200-300$ish boots like Chippewa, Ariat, Danner, etc. Those are also pretty good.

But, what makes the CAT stand out from the rest? Stick around, and you’ll find out.

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Caterpillar Second Shift Work Boots Review

Why go for the caterpillar steel toe boots?

Well, it’s probably the most dependable, durable, mid-range price boot that you could possibly pick up out there.

Let’s have a look at some of its features.

Heavy-Duty Sole

Heavy-duty, slip resistant, oil resistant rubber sole. It’s a heavy-duty chunky sole. But, it’s a good sole. It’s a solid piece. Not layers and layers of rubber that are gonna peel away. It is one solid piece and glued to the welt.

Fully Welted Construction

The Caterpillar Second Shift has a fully welted construction which makes it more work friendly. A little bit more stable on foot. Which also these steel toe boots much stronger.

It’s not the best welting process in the world. But, we are not talking about handmade boots here. We are talking about a price-point of heavy-duty work boot that actually lives up to all those claims.


Hard, thick, dependable and strong. It’s not waterproof. But, it is a beautiful hard chunk of leather. The Caterpillar Men’s Second Shift Steel Toe Boots which only comes with Dark Brown & Honey color uses the Nubuck leather.


Inside the boot, you’re going to find a nice polyester lining that’s going to help maintain the moisture content inside this boot.

But, with leather this thick and a lining like that, they are going to get a little swampy by the end of the day. Which means you do have to open them up and dry them out.


Now, deep down inside there, Caterpillar glues down the insole. I’m not a fan of anybody who is gluing down insoles. But, for something that’s at this price point, I wouldn’t complain about this too much.

Because they have actually built this boot a little bit taller and a little bit wider, they know that you guys out there are going to be picking up aftermarket insole. And, you are going to doctor up this thing to fit.

So, they leave a little bit of extra room underneath that steel toe and out of the box with that glued down insole so that you can make this thing pretty much a custom fit.


About the hardware and speed laces, it’s nice stuff. It’s nice to see an inexpensive boot uses a really heavy-duty speed lace. Though it is just a bent piece of metal, it is flanged on the inside.

So, bending it back towards you is going to take a lot of pressure and collapsing in itself is also going to take a lot of pressure.

They do use two rivets in order to hold them in place. It isn’t like most other boots that use only one that’s just waiting to be ripped out.

Attention To Details

Caterpillar Second Shift Steel Toe, it’s got a lot of great little details for an inexpensive boot.

Now, probably my favorite part of the boot and about being able to talk about the boot is that they make it from size 5 – 16 and mediums and wide.

They really cover the spectrum. They understand that there are new guys coming into the workforce. They really don’t have a lot of scratches. They need to buy a decent boot.

So, Caterpillar builds a decent boot, and they cover all those sizes.

They make this thing in four different colors — three different shades of brown and the caterpillar second shift black (my favorite).

They also make it in steel toe and plain soft toe. Click on the links to see them all.

  1. Caterpillar Men’s Second Shift Steel Toe (Color: Dark Brown & Honey)
  2. Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6″ Steel Toe Boot (Color: Black & Tan)

The steel toe actually comes with a piece of magnetic steel inside. As I said, it’s an inexpensive boot, and they are using steel. This actually gives you more of a real practical first-time buyer’s work boot.

Having a composite toe could completely compromise somebody’s first work boot. They drop something on it. They are new to work, and it’s going to be one of those points that are going to be impacted.


The second shift is not the lightest boot out there. I’m assuming you guys already figured it out by now. Given the heavy leather and the solid sole and a really good welting process, it shouldn’t be light at all.

So, a pair of them and size 12 with the laces in and the insole in is 4.6 lbs. Now, really that’s not that heavy. I have reviewed logging boots that are way heavier than this one.

Final Thoughts

There are some more comfortable and more expensive boots out there that are going to weigh a heck of a lot more. But, for a basic non-waterproof, non-insulated, just a basic boot, 4.6 lbs. I think you could get away with that.

This could be your everyday boot. I’ve seen guys get nine months to a year out of this thing and for obvious reasons. It’s built like a tank!

If you are planning to use them as your everyday boot, consider buying a second pair of the exact same thing just so that you can try this boot out and give it a day or two to just breath and relax.

So, that’s the Caterpillar Second Shift Work Boots Review. The perfect pair of steel toe boots for the first-time buyer.

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