Foot Protection is Key in the Forestry Industry

by Sarah Simonovich October 09, 2017

By most measures, the logging industry is one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S.—which is why we take safety very seriously. When working in the forestry industry, you need to be cognizant of a variety of hazards—both on the ground and above.

Foot protection is only one of several components of proper logging safety, but it is one of the most important. 

According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, those in the industry need to wear foot protection on the job. OSHA recommendations include heavy-duty logging boots that are either waterproof or water repellent and cover and provide support to the ankle. Further, anyone operating a chainsaw should wear boots that are cut-resistant to prevent skin contact with a running chainsaw. Depending on the terrain, timber type, and weather conditions, sharp, calk-soled boots or other slip-resistant type boots may also be necessary.

We believe that when it comes to footwear, only the best will do. This is why we only carry boots that we can stand behind—and stand in.

Wesco Boots

Since 1918, Wesco has made boots with unparalleled materials and craftsmanship. Each and every boot, regardless of the product line, is made from top-quality, full-grain leather. A boot is only as good as the integrity of its materials, and Wesco leaves no questions.

While a boot may be made for walking, not all boots are made equally, and not all boots are suitable for every job. Unlike your average work boot made from split-hide leather (potentially with a fake surface plastic finish), true logger boots are made with full thickness, oil-tanned leather that provides breathability and water resistance. Wildland fire boots are also constructed differently for optimum fire resistance. Anyone working in close proximity to power lines also needs special accommodations for electrical hazards.

Wondering which boot is right for you? Here’s our product breakdown:


For when the work really starts to heat up, Firestormer boots won’t go up in smoke.

These flame-resistant boots provide the highest level of protection and comfort in the heat of fire—more than any other boot on the market. Fire-resisting Vibram® 100F lug soles help you gain steady footing on rugged terrain. No-burn upper stitching, heavy black Kevlar® upper and sole stitching, and black leather laces all make this boot comply with NFPA 1977-2016 standards on protective clothing and equipment for wildland firefighting.


For industrial-strength protection suited for everyday wear, Jobmaster boots have got you covered.

We carry these logger-style boots in both 8” steel-toe and 10” regular toe styles. They are perfect for linemen, arborists, utility workers, and electricians alike—or anyone looking for a durable, comfortable, and safe boot.

WESCO® Timber Black Leather Boots (12" & 16") 2912SI/2916SITimber

Timber logging boots are the pillar of safety and durability. Available in 12” and 16” height or 12” lace-to-toe models, these boots are well-suited for anyone working with heavy equipment on steep terrain. Wesco exclusive replaceable caulks provide superior grip so you can easily move over just about anything.


For Linemen, arborists, utility workers, electricians or anyone who works in close proximity to power lines, VoltFoe are the way to go. Available in both 10” and 16” heights, these electrical hazard climbing boots offer superior protection in compliance with the rigorous standards for ASTM F2413-2011 MI/75 C75EH.

Don’t wait until the worst-case scenario happens to see if your boots are up to the task of keeping you safe. 

Sarah Simonovich
Sarah Simonovich


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