The original in safety footwear, steel toe work boots are designed to protect the foot from falling or piercing objects. Required on many jobsites, they’re the footwear of choice for construction workers, loggers, mechanics, and many others. Steel toe work boots from KEEN Utility can be your best defense against impact, compression and electrical hazards.
Why steel toe boots?
They meet OSHA requirements.
Our safety footwear meets or exceeds applicable ASTM testing standards.
They deliver heavy-duty protection from falling debris.
If you work on a construction site where falling bricks, lumber, tools, or heavy equipment tend to go with the territory, then steel toe boots might be just what you need. Like a hard hat for your feet, steel toe boots can help prevent falling objects from taking out your toes.
Steel toe boots stand up to the wear and tear you inflict on your boots day in and day out. So if your job is rugged and the conditions are challenging, a steel toe boot can be your best ally.
Pro tip: KEEN Utility work boots are designed with asymmetrical toe protection, which means that each toe cap is designed to fit your left and right foot respectively. That means our boots provide an optimal fit as well as protection.
Which steel toe boot is for me?
KEEN Utility makes a variety of steel toe boots and shoes to meet the demands of all kinds of jobsites and workplace conditions. Because slips, trips, and falls are the top hazards on the job, an oil- and slip-resistant outsole comes standard with every pair. Check out the options below to see which one might suit you best.
Waterproof Steel Toe Work Boots
“I need a waterproof boot that isn’t hot and stuffy”
Whether you’re a landscaper trimming hedges or a carpenter framing a house, working in the rain is part of the job. Drizzle to downpour, your feet will stay dry in the women's Lansing mid boot. A KEEN.DRY breathable membrane keeps water out while allowing heat and moisture to escape. The leather upper has a moisture-wicking lining and comes equipped with natural odor protection. The boot is designed with a women’s-specific fit to meet the needs of hardworking tradeswomen. Reflective webbing helps you stand out in low-light conditions.
“I work long 9-10 hour shifts (and sometimes more) in a retail warehouse environment where the floor is concrete and I am constantly moving big, bulky boxes of freight with dollies and power equipment. While steel toe shoes are not required for my job, I feel much safer wearing them. These shoes exceed the US OSHA standard, and that matters to me. The non-slip grip is also very important, since I do occasionally go into areas where there may be wet puddles from watering plants or spills. But with these babies on, I don’t ever have to worry and can focus on my work with even more confidence.” — C.R.
Sneaker-like Steel Toe Work Shoes
“I work long hours on my feet and need a boot that helps keep me going.”
For boots that are tough as nails but won’t weigh you down, we recommend the women's Flint II. This series has KEEN.ReGEN midsole cushioning that returns 50% energy with every step to keep you feeling light on your feet all day. Its hiking-inspired fit and feel is ideal for long days of walking and standing. The siped outsole disperses water quickly to increase traction on wet and slippery surfaces. If you need extra ankle support and weather protection, the women's Flint II waterproof boot is a mid-height boot with a KEEN.DRY membrane that makes it great for outdoor work.
“I have purchased steel toe shoes and boots from other brands in the past. All were returned due to bad fit or an uncomfortable feel. I am on my feet for 10+ hours working in a warehouse (steel toes are mandatory). These KEEN shoes are the first in which my feet have not ached at the end of the day. They are lightweight, and my feet don’t feel like I’m dragging bricks.” — Kmicole
“I work for UPS in a warehouse, and my day consists of nonstop walking and lifting. These shoes have saved my feet! They are lightweight (for steel toe shoes) and so comfortable to wear from day one. Also, with my other steel toe boots, I could feel portions of the metal rubbing against my toes; with these, I don’t have that problem. In fact, I wouldn’t even think they were steel toe had I not dropped a 120-pound box on my foot... Didn’t feel a thing!!!” — Rugerlove
Met-Guard Steel Toe Work Boots
“My job requires extra protection against impact.”
Your toes aren’t the only part of your foot that might need protection. If the hazards at your job make a metatarsal guard a necessity, choose the women’s Detroit XT Internal Met shoe. An internal, lightweight Poron XRD® metatarsal guard offers enhanced impact protection. Supportive KEEN.KEY-TECH FLEX provides structure and stability underfoot and works with the dual-density EVA midsole to keep you moving smoothly from clock-in to clock-out.
“Absolutely the most comfortable work boot I've ever had, and the foot soreness that I used to have with my old boots is gone! These are so much lighter, so much easier to lace up, and have great traction. As an added bonus, they look better than any work boot I've ever had. These are light enough and comfortable enough that I use them for so much more than just work.” — Kristen
Breathable Steel Toe Work Shoes
“I walk all day and my feet sweat a lot. Help!”
If you’re looking for safety footwear with the breathability of a sandal and the protection of a leather work shoe, the women’s Atlanta Cool II ESD shoe is a great choice. A sandal-inspired work shoe that’s ideal for light industrial or warehouse work, it has a ventilated leather and mesh upper that helps keep feet cool. A responsive KEEN.ReGEN midsole provides 50% more energy return with every step than standard EVA foam, and the Electro Static Dissipative (ESD)-rated outsole offers protection from excessive static electricity when your job requires it.
“I'm a machinist, so I'm on my feet for 10 hours a day on hard concrete. My old shoes would make my feet hot and sore. These I can barely tell I have on! You can't even tell they're steel toe when wearing them either. Super super comfortable shoes.” — Malari S.
“Love them!! I walked all day in the warehouse; they’re perfect for summer weather and concrete floors.” — Patricia
If steel toe boots aren’t right for you, take a look at our aluminum toe, carbon-fiber toe, or soft toe work boot options. With so many work boots and shoes to choose from, there’s a pair of KEEN Utility work boots for you.