As long as there have been worksites, there have been worksite hazards. And as long as there have been worksite hazards, there’s been gear like safety toes designed to protect your body on the job.
Safety footwear can be your best defense against falling or piercing objects and electrical hazards, as well as against slips, trips, and falls, which are the top hazards on the job. From long-haul truck drivers to site foremen to forklift operators, KEEN Utility makes steel toe, aluminum toe, composite toe, and carbon-fiber toe boots to provide different levels of protection for the work that you do.
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, protecting the big toe all the way over to the little toe.
Why steel toe boots?
They meet OSHA requirements.
Many jobsites require steel toe boots to meet job-safety standards. Our safety footwear is tested to and exceeds the ASTM F2413-11 testing standards, meaning they can handle up to 75 pounds of impact, and up to 2,500 pounds of compression.
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. Steel toe boots can help prevent falling objects from taking out your toes. They are like a hard hat for your feet.
They help you avoid slips and falls.
Our steel toe boots have an oil- and slip-resistant outsole to help prevent the foot and ankle injuries that can occur when you’re climbing ladders or scaffolding, or working on uneven ground in all kinds of weather.
They are durable.
Steel toe boots provide maximum comfort and 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.
Which steel toe boot is for me?
For serious protection in a boot with a hiking-inspired look and feel, choose the men’s Detroit XT Boot or the women’s Detroit XT Boot. A stability plate provides support for lateral movement and locks your heel firmly in place. The removable insole delivers arch support for long-lasting comfort and less-tired feet. This boot comes in a version with a lightweight, flexible metatarsal guard to protect the top of the foot and one with an electrostatic dissipative outsole that helps reduce static electricity. The women’s Detroit XT Boot is built on a women’s-specific last, so it’s designed to fit just right.
“I have been wearing the Detroit XT steel toe boot everyday for two years doing farm work. I find them to be extremely comfortable for all day usage. We have sometimes had to walk through animal waste which has not affected the soles (barn yard waste is very acidic). I will definitely purchase again.” — Dale T.
From road-paving crews to steel workers to park rangers, hard-working folks swear by the men’s Mt. Vernon Boot. Direct-attach construction makes it a versatile choice for working outside at a construction site or inside a warehouse with cement floors. The reliable do-it-all boot is available in 6” and 8” heights or as a 6” boot with a metatarsal guard. Plus it’s part of the American Built collection, which is built in Portland, Oregon, using responsibly-sourced materials from around the world. If you’re looking for a similar boot that comes in a lower cut, choose the men’s Braddock Boot.
For boots that are tough as nails but still have a lightweight feel, we recommend the men’s Flint II or the women’s Flint II. This series has a waterproof leather and mesh upper and KEEN.ReGEN midsole cushioning that returns 50% energy to every step for all-day, long-lasting comfort. The siped outsole disperses water quickly to increase traction on wet and slippery surfaces. Shop the Flint II collection for boots and shoes with waterproof and water-resistant options for all kinds of jobs in all kinds of conditions.
“I got these shoes for a new job in a warehouse. They are really comfortable and not heavy considering they are steel toed. I feel protected in a harsh environment.” — G.
If reflectivity is important in your line of work, check out the men’s Lansing Boot and the men’s Pittsburgh Boot. Both have reflective webbing that helps you stand out in low-light conditions.
“I have now owned three pairs of the Pittsburgh 6" boots. I like trying new boots every now and then simply to change things up. Through my ‘boot journey’ I have never found a better boot. After a 12-13 hour grueling shift where I can walk up to 5 miles a day, my feet never hurt. Every time I slip them on, I have a sense of pleasure and not pain like I did when I wore my navy issued boots. I can't say enough about them. Thank you KEEN!” — Garrett P.
If steel toe boots aren’t right for you, check out our aluminum toe, composite toe, carbon-fiber toe, or soft toe work boots. We have lots of work boots and shoes that will not only meet your job’s safety requirements, but exceed your expectations for fit, comfort and style.