Caterpillar Boots and Shoes
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Last updated: Jan. 16, 2018

39 Caterpillar Boots and Shoes Consumer Reviews and Complaints

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Original review: Jan. 16, 2018

I bought a pair of CAT boots to try after years of wearing Royer boots because they were on sale thinking I could save a few bucks and learned you get what you pay for. They lasted 9 working days before the soles fell off. Absolute junk and giving them one star is being generous. Been wearing boots in the same job for 35 years and have never seen that happen. I've had CATs in the past that lasted 3-4 months before falling apart so went to Royer instead and they last 12-18 months, best boots I've ever had. I lost the receipt when I recycled the box so the dealer won't help me out so now they are screwed to the lunch room wall so all the guys can see the quality and avoid buying them. Buyer beware when it comes the CAT boots. $185 for 9 days use is such a waste!!

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Original review: Jan. 2, 2018

Yes it's a good boot, lasts far longer than the Caterpillar metallic free, Deep comfort Patriot Wheat, or the Steel Blue. For me they lasted 3 months of hard shoveling into the ground every day, Even up to 6 months if you look after them. New larger size 14US/13UK. Only negatives, it can be harsh on wide feet people, the undersole gets stones in it and dirt enters through the top. Like all boots it needs waterproofing in wet areas, unlike the Patriot Wheat leather doesn't expand when wet or tear when dry and hard. Recent Aus. versions of this shoe seem tolerant of the acid/alkaline deteriorating effects of sand/debris/moisture.

Like all boots, the midsole will deteriorate into wet paper. You'll think they made it out of cardboard. Though the Steel Blue at $170 will last as long as their TV commercials, or the Caterpillar metallic free $200 break apart after 6 weeks (what I thought was the Ferrari of work boots), the Patriot Wheat boots were good value on special at Big W for $90 but they discontinued that item. So I'm getting best value, longest lifespan with Caterpillar at $136.

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Verified Reviewer
Original review: Dec. 17, 2017

Second pair of boots I got. This pair is three months old and starting to come apart. As far as waterproof NO WAY. I even put waterproofing on three times and have wet socks... NO WAY I will buy Caterpillar product again or suggest it to anyone. Going back to Red Wing boots, might cost a little bit more but will last. I don't even want to give it a one star.

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Original review: Dec. 16, 2017

CAT boots 91/2 size made in CHINA wore 30 days and heel came apart. Junk. Caterpillar should not put their name on junk like this. These boots are new and worthless. Why would they sell worthless boots like the CAT brand?

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Original review: Aug. 9, 2017

I paid over $200 for these boots when I bought them. Liked the way they looked and were very comfortable and water proof. Here I am 3 months later and they are completely falling apart. I'll be replacing them soon, because they offer absolutely no water protection anymore. I will be going back to Red Wings. My last pair lasted me years.

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Original review: July 11, 2017

I received a black pair of Caterpillar boots from a friend as she knows I love them. They lasted about 3 months before both heels disintegrated from the inside. It is as if both heels have lost something on the inside as there are big spaces inside the boots on both heels. My first pair black caterpillars lasted 17 years and the brown caterpillars I bought the same year are still going good. What is it with EVERYTHING that we buy that does not last - and it cost a fortune. Needless to say I can not wear the NEW caterpillar boots anymore!!!

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Original review: March 21, 2017

Bought a pair of Caterpillar Bedlington boots. Wore them for six hours just walking only. Already the stitching has came apart. Paid almost $100.00 for them. I have had other style caterpillar boots that literally fell apart within a couple months. Have had Red Wing boots that have lasted for years building homes. A little bit more money but last.

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Original review: Feb. 5, 2017

Bought these boots two months ago. I wear them at work just walking around - no heavy use. Nevertheless the rubber material on the shoe is cracking apart and falling off. I figured since they had the Caterpillar trade name they would be durable which is why I spent the extra money on them. Instead I'm pretty sure a $20 pair of gym shoes would have lasted longer. Thanks for ripping me off Caterpillar.

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Original review: Dec. 18, 2016

Been buying your boot for 15 yrs always satisfied, till now! I can count on 2-3 yrs wear per pair. Not this time! All the stitching on the back of the right boot came undone and the boot pretty much was falling off my foot! I've told people many times, if you need boots, get CATS. But I certainly won't spend that kind of money for boots to last 6-10 months. My CATS were always comfortable. Warm, and durable, but now it may be time to change. Really wish I can stay with CATS, but I'm afraid to spend the money again. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO KEEP A LOYAL CUSTOMER IN YOUR BOOTS?

Original review: Dec. 1, 2016

Hi. I am Ankit **. I am to say that I am a regular and honest customer of Caterpillar apparels and shoes. In fact I love the quality and design of the company made. But this time I AM VERY MUCH DISAPPOINTED WITH THE PRODUCT WHICH I HAVE PURCHASED AROUND THREE MONTHS BACK. It has not been weared more than 4-5 times. The shoe got up fade from the upper part. It has been rarely seen such kind of defect. So I am looking forward to have a positive response for your side. So kindly I request you and hope that shoes been replaced or repaired as soon as possible. Thank you.

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Original review: Nov. 29, 2016

The first pair I had were a present from my mom. I loved them! They lasted for 3 years! But then, a couple of years ago, after being a big CAT supporter I bought my third pair of boots and these only lasted for 6 months before they died on me. It's funny because these were the most expensive ones and yet they weren't as comfortable as the first two pairs I had. They hurt my feet and then I couldn't stand them anymore. They're more expensive now but not even as good as the ones I used to own. Expensive rubbish!

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Original review: Oct. 2, 2016

This is the second time I bought the same Caterpillar boots and it ripped on the side both of them less than a year.

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Original review: Sept. 14, 2016

I bought $110 work boots. I wearing this boots for less than one month. They start to fall apart where rubber attached to leather. Both, left and the right. Very disappointed. Just wasted money.

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Original review: Aug. 18, 2016

I recently bought a pair of cat boot for work and had an unpleasant experience. I never had this with other caterpillar boots that I had and I am a big fan of caterpillar shoes. I was shock to discover that for the first time after I wear the boots two time, I got a horrible smell from it of which it never happen before with any caterpillar boot. I still have my old caterpillar boots and still wearing them and it smell like leather still. My reason for this review is to make known to caterpillar that I'm very disappointed.

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Original review: Aug. 11, 2016

Firstly I don't even want to give ONE star at all. I work as a welder in a workshop and bought my safety boots 4 weeks ago. Unfortunately the shoe soles are getting torn critically. Well, they say built tough, but I wanna say built for 1 months. Please guys do not experience what I am dealing with. Simply do not buy them at all or recommend your mates if you do, you are gonna lose your friend forever. They are the worst Safety boots EVER!!! Well done CAT.

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Original review: Feb. 8, 2016

I have a pair of CAT shoes bought in Panama City less than 6 months ago and they present a fail that make them useless. I was a big fan and promoter of your brand and I must say that this problem really disappointed me.

Original review: Nov. 6, 2015

I bought a pair of steel toe work boots in May. Six months later the whole side had ripped apart from the sole. For boots that cost over 100$ they should last longer. Very disappointed with the boots, never again!

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Original review: April 8, 2015

Hi all. I have bought a pair of boots for R1800 retail price at cape union mart and I'm very disappointed at this pair as it's a year old but the sole cracked.

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Original review: March 18, 2015

Caterpillar safety boot / EN ISO 20345: 2011/ STOCK NO: PWC94141- EGO. I bought this pair of safety boots and put them on the 1st time today 17-03-2015. I had to wear them for 12 hours and honestly, I feel it was a waste of money. My company doesn't provide us with expensive safety boots so I had to buy these out of my own pocket R1400. As the cheap safety boots hurt my feet, I have some bruises at the back of both my legs. I'm upset as they are advertised and well known for their comfort which made me not hesitate to buy a pair as my feet needs the best for me to give my best. They only start from size 6 UK, I am normally a UK 5 but I buy my safety shoes one size bigger. They felt a bit heavier than all the other safety boots but I still gave it the benefit of the doubt, keeping in mind that I am 1,4 m tall and my weight is only 48 kg. My foot is shaped like most females’ feet which is kind of embarrassing but I still decided to take this boot and honestly I am not satisfied at all. I cannot return them as I wore them. Hard earn money wasted.

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Original review: Feb. 27, 2015

Bought a new pair of Cat steel toes in November, well now still in February the soles of both developed large cracks on the bottom going clear through. The boots are literally splitting in half. Very unhappy with my hundred dollar purchase.

Original review: Feb. 7, 2015

Hello there. I bought Cattepiller boots for 6 years and this last pair was the baddest pair ever - it didn't last me 10 months. I had it fixed at the 8 months but it's broken again - now the whole sole ripped in 2 in front. I like my Cats because they were the best, but I don't know if I must buy again. Can someone help?

Verified Buyer
Original review: Feb. 1, 2015

Caterpillar Silverton Black 10E - The first pair was awesome, very comfortable.. wore them for several years. The second pair only lasted a few month, the sole separated. I did purchase a third pair 01-03-2015, the sole separated again at least this time within my 30-day return policy. All three pair were bought thru sears. Caterpillar needs to step up on their quality.

Original review: Jan. 23, 2015

Cat steel toe ASTM F2413-11 - After having one pair of cats lasting me a few years besides for the stitching breaking by the toe. The rest and leather held up great. Got a other pair and after a month I get this... I am a sprayer operator, I drive stuff all day and they couldn't hold up!? Won't suggest again.

Original review: Jan. 9, 2015

Purchased Cat work boot from Meijers, wore for 3 weeks, front of sole broke off.

Verified Reviewer
Original review: Dec. 29, 2014

Always had caterpillar working boots with steel toe but this one, bought as reserve, and when ready to use, after once wearing the black rubber sole crumbled and left nasty marks on floor. The quality of sole must be SO POOR for this to happen. Does not do justice to the caterpillar name and appears to be another brand/other than made in USA. What a disgrace and reputation tarnished for this name.

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Original review: Dec. 10, 2014

I purchased 2 pairs of Caterpillar boots at Sears because they appeared to be well-made and felt comfortable. The first pair, the right foot had the sole separating and leaks badly. I started using the second pair and the left foot is leaking and water enters the boot. I am extremely disappointed at the quality of the boots in terms of service life. I feel that this is no better than some cheap import found at flea markets. I don't see the need for Sears and Caterpillar to sell such low quality goods. It certainly doesn't promote repeat business. I will be looking elsewhere and another brand for my future purchase. I have found that Chinese shoes are not long lasting and very poorly made. The payment for both pairs were made in cash. They were purchase at the Sears in located at 37th Avenue and Coral way in Coral Gables Florida.

Original review: Nov. 28, 2014

I purchased a pair a boots and only wore them 5 times and the front of the sole has broken off and that has now lead to the boots just gathering dust as they can not be worn. 3 years back I purchased the exact same pair of boots and they are still lasting. Please help me. Very disappointed! I have added photos for your comparison. On the right is the first pair I bought 3 years ago and on the left is the pair I had only worn 5 times and the sole has broken off. Please help me. #Disappointed

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Original review: Nov. 23, 2014

I purchased two pairs of Caterpillar Shelk casual shoes in October 2013 and one pair, that I've worn slightly more frequently during colder weather months during that time, has lost logs from the sole of the shoes on the rear third of each shoe. Had I known when I bought these shoes that they were made by Wolverine, a company that purchased an excellent brand in Merrell and subsequently turned their products into trash over the last ten years while still charging top dollar, I wouldn't have bought the Cat shoes. This kind of poor quality rubber used on shoes is inexcusable. I've stopped by Merrell shoes as well, after recently having three pairs of Merrell Chameleon shoes have soles coming unglued and/or losing lugs on the tread after less than three weeks wear. Seems to high time that the US Federal Government investigated the shoddy products that Wolverine is putting out.

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Original review: Oct. 11, 2014

Already had bought a Caterpillar boot, it lasted more than 5 years with heavy use in works. With more good indication, bought a boot recently and came across a very dangerous defect. She is slipping on wet roads too, even in rocks where any other footwear, any other, not would slip. It was tested on several types of flooring. Even in anti-skid ceramic was slipping too - with serious accidents and falls, even in stone floors - is slipping. Along with the boot, bought a backpack. Apparently was very tough, but the seams started to rip so I started using that in the case were very few times.

Original review: May 26, 2014

I have bought a pair of Caterpillar safety boots in December 2013, if I could remember correctly. The receipt is no more with me. When buying the boots, thinking its name and images related to a bulldozer give me an impression that Caterpillar boots is as good as it's bulldozer, durable and professionally made in all aspects. However, during the testing of the boots, I did not notice any discomfort, but felt a bit tight at the toes area. Thinking that the leather will stretch somehow after a few weeks of usage. It's leather looks good and durable.

Until the day I started using it. I felt the boots was pressing on my toes sideways and as this is an industrial boots, it is designed to use in all manner of posture in an industrial environment, e.g. full squat and half squat with the toe cap bending. Walking and standing. Contrary to what I expected, in whatever position and posture, the boots is killing my bone and nerve in my feet slowly. After a week of wearing and working in a mechanical (roller conveyor) revamping work area, I couldn't bear to use it again and change back to my old boots. My old boots is also well branded, it's OTTER but lower priced than Caterpillar. So after that week, my foot felt very painful when walking barefooted on the floor. Luckily, I stop wearing it after a week.

Its quality of leather is also inferior. My old boots wore for 2.5 years, didn't look as bad as caterpillar after wore for 1 week. Its leather looks like it is made of compressed fabric made from carton boxes. Its scratches look like it is made of that. So fast it looks old and torn, even it is not really torn. And it is not waterproof, so disappointed with such a price for an industrial boots that is not waterproof. Water just over the sole level and started to sip in.

Just to understand why such a big name CATERPILLAR did not make boots according to what it claims to be used for, in this case it is an industrial boots. It looks good but not good to use. Because it looks good. After a week after I bought the boots, I bought a pair of casual shoes also from Caterpillar. Thinking that I bought a good shoe as well. I always put insole in my shoe to give more cushioning when walking almost to all the shoes I bought since army till today. But with the insole, the shoe is also killing my foot slowly. I thought it maybe new and give it few more days until I couldn't bare the pain anymore and remove the insole. Without the insole, it give me a relief, too my bad impression on Caterpillar product.

However, not long after I put on this shoe today without the insole, I noticed that the shoe was design in a weird way, it is pressing again on my last toe and the feeling is like tearing the skin between the first toe and the second last toe when it squeezing my last toe. So I hope that this website, Consumer Affairs can feedback to Caterpillar for their kind of product quality. Thank you very much.

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