If you’re on the hunt for a sturdy work boot that will simultaneously look cool and keep your toes safe, you’ve come to the right place. Here, FN did the leg work by rounding up our top three picks for women’s steel toe boots to protect your feet in style.
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1. Caterpillar Echo Steel Toe Boot
These boots feature CAT’s patented iTechnology to give you the fit and feel of an athletic shoe while amping up performance. They’re finished in a tough waterproof nubuck leather and with SRX technology underfoot for excellent slip and oil resistance.
Pros: These boots feature a PU Foam footbed and PVC midsole to provide cushioning and shock absorbance. Additionally, a nylon mesh lining enhances breathability while a Nylex Sock Liner wicks away moisture, helping to keep the foot dry. These are also rated to protect the wearer against open circuits up to 600 volts in dry conditions, making them especially ideal for electricians.
Cons: This style runs on the narrow side.
2. Timberland Pro Titan Safety-Toe Boot
This style has been constructed on a woman’s last, which means they’re anatomically designed to fit the shape of a female foot. They also feature a nylon diffusion shank for torsional rigidity — an important factor when working on uneven ground — and a mesh, antimicrobial lining for drier feet as you work.
Pros: Underfoot, the rubber outsole provides great traction on slippery and oily surfaces, and is equipped with a Vibram Fire&Ice compound that insulates feet from freezing ground while still being flexible. These can also protect against electrical hazards, as they meet C75 ASTM F2412-11, ASTM F2413-11 and ASTM F2892-11 EH safety standards. The upper is done in soft leather to minimize that uncomfortable break-in time, while a padded top collar and cushioned footbed add to the overall comfort of these boots. The toe box is exceptionally roomy so as not to cramp toes.
Cons: Some users may want to wear these with thicker socks, as the toe box is quite roomy.
3. Skechers Workshire Peril Steel Toe Boot
These boots feature the label’s Relaxed Fit design for ultimate flexibility, as well as memory foam cushioning so you can be on your feet for hours without suffering from aches and pains.
Pros: The style also offers sturdy support via leather overlays on the side and heel, as well as an oil-resistant outsole for optimal traction. They meet ASTM F2412/2413-2011 I/75 C/75, EH safety standards. The style is finished in sturdy Buffalo horse crazy leather and comes in black, wheat and chocolate brown for more buying options. A soft lining and padded tongue and collar also help keep your feet happy.
Cons: They run on the bigger side, so you may want to double up on socks if you have narrow feet.