Whether you work at a construction site or machine shop, safety is a top priority. Safety footwear can be your best defense against falling or piercing objects and electrical hazards, as well as against slips, trips, and falls — a leading cause of workplace injury. Whether you’re a carpenter, fulfillment specialist or crane operator, KEEN Utility makes a variety of safety footwear that provide different levels of protection for the work that you do.
When you think of safety toe footwear, the classic steel toe boot probably comes to mind. But a steel toe isn’t your only option. Work boots made with non-metallic safety toes are lighter in weight and offer comparable protection against worksite hazards. Depending on the work you do and the environment at your jobsite, non-metallic toe boots may be the right choice for you.
What are non-metallic toes?
KEEN Utility makes two types of non-metallic toe boots: carbon-fiber safety toe boots and composite toe boots.
Made of exceptionally strong and durable carbon fiber, carbon-fiber toes are 15% lighter in weight than steel toes. Their lightweight, unobtrusive fit is ideal for long days on your feet.
Composite toes are also 15% lighter than steel toes. They’re a good choice for working in extremely high or low temperatures because of their low thermal conductivity. Keep in mind that upon heavy impact, composite toe work boots may not show a dent like aluminum or steel toe boots, but the material may have cracks. In this case, the boots must be replaced as the protection will be ineffective.
Pro Tip: KEEN Utility boots are designed with asymmetrical toe protection, which means that each toe cap is designed to fit your left foot and your right foot, respectively. This protects the big toe all the way over to the little toe.
Why non-metallic toe boots?
They meet OSHA requirements.
Our safety footwear meets or exceeds applicable ASTM testing standards.
They offer lightweight protection.
If you work on a construction site where falling bricks, lumber, tools, or heavy equipment are a potential hazard, you know you need safety protection. But when you’re on your feet all day, every ounce matters. Non-metallic boots are lighter in weight than steel toe boots and offer the safety protection your job requires.
They don’t set off metal detectors.
When you pass through metal detectors as part of your job, you don’t have time to take your boots off a dozen times a day. Non-metallic toe boots are airport-friendly and an ideal choice for security staff, baggage handlers, and aircraft mechanics.
Which non-metallic toe boot is right for me?
Non-metallic work boots from KEEN Utility come in a variety of styles and have different safety features to meet the requirements of your jobsite. An oil- and slip-resistant outsole comes standard with every pair to help ensure reliable footing when you’re climbing ladders or scaffolding, or working on uneven ground in all kinds of weather. Check out the guide below to find the pair that’s best for you.
If you’re looking for all-purpose versatility, look no further than the men’s CSA Kansas City work sneakers. Built on a versatile, all-purpose outsole and featuring our KEEN.ReGEN energy-returning midsole, this shoe is a standout on variable jobsite terrain. Incorporating KEEN.BELLOWS FLEX technology for easier bending, kneeling, and flexing where you need it most, a carbon-fibre toe, and KonnectFit heel retention for a locked-in feel, it'll keep you productive all day long.
“I've worn these shoes for about 6 months now and all I can say is wow! They have to be the most comfortable work shoe I have ever worn. They are made well and are very light.” — Jacob
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Our popular Cincinatti work boots are heavy-duty wedges introduceing lightweight comfort into a classic style. Carbon-fibre toes and air-infused midsole offer unbeatable comfort while an ESR-rated rubber outsole provides better slip-resistance.
“The support you get in the Cincinnati boot is phenomenal! I’ve gone into mud up to the top of the laces, with no leaks! Rinse the boots off and they look like new again. These are so dang comfortable. I wear these all day long on a farm. You can’t beat them.” — Jenn
If non-metallic toe boots aren’t right for you, check out our aluminum toe, steel toe or soft toe work boots. With such a wide array of work boots and shoes to choose from, you’re sure to find a pair that will feel good, look good, and meet your job’s safety requirements.