Even if you don’t know exactly what engineer boots are, odds are you’ve probably owned or seen a pair before. Originating as work boots from the mid 20th century, they’re typically made of full-grain leather and feature buckled straps for easy adjustments. They also often include a double layer shaft to protect you from water, debris and heat. Today, there are not only styles built to keep you safe in physically demanding workplaces, but ones that are also stylish enough for everyday wear, too. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of the best engineer boots for women you can buy now; heck, we’ve even included a vegan leather option for those seeking an animal-friendly style.
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1. Frye Veronica Short Boots
Frye’s leather round-toe boots have an engineer upper with retro buckle hardware on the shaft and ankle.
Pros: These boots have a cushioned leather insole for underfoot support as well as a grooved leather outsole with for traction.
Cons: These run narrow.
2. Rampage Islet Buckle Boots
Rampage’s boots have a faux leather upper with a stacked 1.25-inch heel.
Pros: A lightly padded insole helps keep you comfortable.
Cons: There is no zipper.
3. Clarks Maypearl Oasis Engineer Boots
An over two-inch heel adds subtle height to your frame in this polished option.
Pros: These also feature a moisture-wicking OrthoLite footbed and handy side zipper.
Cons: The leather of the shoe can be scratched.