Let’s face it; we tend to underestimate Minecraft boot enchantments. When you think about adding protection or unbreaking to armor, you’d likely start with the chestplate or leggings and upgrade your boots last. Admittedly, this is probably the smartest way to go about it. However, some boot-exclusive effects in the game can save you, depending on the situation. If you’re interested in learning more, continue reading to find a list of the best boot enchantments in Minecraft.
Best Enchantments for Boots in Minecraft (2023)
There are 13 total enchantments you can have on boots, including two curses that have mostly negative effects. While every enchantment is helpful in some way, there are five main ones you’ll want to focus on:
One of the best enchantments out there for any equipment type is mending. As you collect EXP orbs, some of the EXP will absorb into your armor, tools and weapons, restoring their durability. In other words, it has the potential to give you infinite durability.
If that sounds overpowered, that’s because it is. The only downside is you can’t get it from an enchanting table and have to trade with librarian villagers or find enchanted books in treasure chests.
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When we think of overpowered enchantments, protection is probably the first, alongside mending, to come to mind. While, again, having this on chestplates or leggings has a greater effect than boots, it’s still an incredibly helpful enchantment if you’re frequently in combat, especially against other players or powerful monsters.
Combining unbreaking with mending creates a powerful duo that can’t be overlooked. If you don’t have access to mending, having unbreaking on your boots will help decrease how much durability you lose over time, meaning you won’t have to spend as many resources fixing or replacing them. Once you add mending to the mix, you pretty much have a near-unstoppable pair of boots that’ll probably last you forever, even if you’re not actively farming for EXP, just because unbreaking saves your durability.
4. Feather Falling
Let’s think about something for a second. How many times have you accidentally fallen off a bridge or a mountain ledge and died of fall damage? I can’t even count how many times I have, but I’ve easily broken a few hundred. The satisfaction of falling, reaching one heart and knowing that it’s because you have feather-falling boots on is something we can all appreciate.
5. Depth Strider
Since we can already swim pretty quickly in water, it’s initially hard to consider this particularly helpful. However, similar to feather falling, there are so many situations where we almost (or do) drown while navigating ocean monuments, caves, and other underwater areas that being able to swim to the surface faster is very useful. While I wouldn’t say this is more helpful than mending or protection, it’s certainly worthwhile if you plan on diving underwater for any reason and think you may need the speed boost.
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What About Other Minecraft Boot Enchantments?
As I briefly mentioned before, there are other enchantments you can get on your boots that can help you out in specific situations. While some, like blast and fire protection, are overshadowed by the regular protection enchantment, they’re still good in scenarios where you’re expecting to deal with these hazards often.
You can even say the same with the two curses. While not being able to remove your armor is annoying, the curse of vanishing is pretty fun when you’re fighting another player and know that if you lose the fight, they won’t get your OP boots.
With all that out of the way, below are some of the other enchantments you can get on your boots in Minecraft:
- Blast Protection
- Fire Protection
- Frost Walker
- Projectile Protection
- Soul Speed
- Curse of Binding
- Curse of Vanishing
Minecraft is available on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and mobile devices through the official website. For more information about the game, check out How to Make a Chest in Minecraft and How to Make Potatoes in Minecraft.