In the past, women had to settle for lacing into boots built for men, ones that may have met the needs of the job but were ill-fitting and uncomfortable. Which is no way to work. That’s why KEEN Utility created the Tradeswomen Tested program. From product development to wear testing at job sites, women from a variety of trades and backgrounds advise us every step of the way to make sure that our boots stand up to the requirements of hard-working women. Which Tradeswomen Tested boots are right for you? Here’s a quick overview of some of our bestselling women’s work boots:
Safety Toe Option
Soft Toe Option
Puncture-resistant Plate Option
Still not sure? Ask yourself which of the following statements sounds most like you?
“My job is tough, but I still want to be comfortable.”
Whether you’re a roofer, a heavy machine operator, or a fabricator, you need a heavy-duty boot that you can wear on long shifts without foot fatigue or pain. To handle the most challenging work conditions, we recommend the women’s Cincinnati boot. The upper is made with chemical-resistant leather and features a KEEN.DRY waterproof, breathable membrane. A lightweight, air-infused KEEN Luftcell midsole combines with classic Goodyear welt construction to deliver a great feel that lasts. The rubber outsole is oil- and slip-resistant for secure footing when climbing up and down ladders. It’s available in a 6” version with a carbon-fiber toe and an 8” version with a soft toe.
“After years of being in the trades, I started having foot problems a few years ago. I switched to these boots as a request from a friend/coworker. These have been the most comfortable boots I have ever stepped into. No break-in time, and I can wear them all day. My feet are not tired after a work day, and I can still live my life after work.” - Darchelle
“I am a welder/fabricator, and I've tested so many different types of work boots in the past. Mostly mens boots were the only thing available. The Cincinnati is the closest thing to a perfect boot I have yet to come across. I have been wearing them for about 6 months, and they are still like new. They fit like a glove, great ankle stability, and are incredibly comfortable, as I am on my feet for about 14 hrs a day.” - Emily S.
“My job site requires safety toe protection.”
Safety footwear is your first line of defense against falling or piercing objects and electrical hazards, as well as against slips, trips, and falls. If you’re a foreman, a forklift operator, or anyone else who works on a hazardous job site, consider the women’s Seattle boot. It’s built with an aluminum toe that’s lighter and less bulky than steel but just as strong. A KEEN.DRY waterproof and breathable membrane keeps feet dry on rainy days at the construction site. It’s also available with a puncture-resistant plate to shield against on-the-ground hazards.
“I bought these to replace my heavy, Kevlar work-boots. I have had them for 4 months so far, and they have held up to hiking through the woods, chainsaw work, stomping around a few wild-land fires, and sloshing through wetlands. I’m incredibly happy with the durability and comfort these boots have provided.” - Rebecca
&ldquoI work for the state as a Maintenance Tech, and I absolutely love these. Whether I am chip sealing a road, fixing delineators, or driving trucks around, these boots have been absolutely the most comfortable work boots I have ever owned.” - CJ
You might also consider the women’s Chicago boot. Soaked socks are a thing of the past thanks to the KEEN.DRY waterproof, breathable membrane. A KEEN.ReGEN midsole returns 50% more energy than standard EVA to keep you moving from clock-in to clock-out. The non-metallic carbon-fiber toe is 15% lighter than steel and won’t set off the metal detector.
“It can be hard to find utility boots for women that are comfortable and cute, and these are both! They're very well made and durable and will last a long time like my others that I still wear.” - Rachel
“I do a ton of standing and walking in a day. The last thing I want is to be thinking about my feet.”
San Jose wedge boot. It’s designed to provide a balance between a work boot and a light work shoe. A soft and comfortable KEEN Luftcell air-infused midsole delivers sneaker-like comfort for long days in the warehouse or on the shop floor. Choose between aluminum- or soft-toe options depending on the level of protection you need.
“One day while walking over 20,000 steps in a warehouse my feet hurt so bad I knew I needed to spend the money on a good pair of boots. A lot of my co-workers mentioned that they love KEEN, so I thought I’d try them. They’re super light weight, my feet are happy, and I get a lot of compliments.” - Meggie
“I love the moc toe style but was unsuccessful in finding a men's version with a safety toe that was comfortable. These are super comfortable! Thank you KEEN for creating a nice looking women's safety toe boot.” - Gilly
Our goal at KEEN Utility is to build work boots that meet the needs of women in the trades. When your boots fit because they were made with you in mind, you’re better able to focus on getting the job done. Which, after all, is what it’s all about.