Your job is dynamic and demanding, whether you’re in the field or office, you’re on your feet and need to feel comfortable, confident and safe, not bulky and weighted down. For our 2024 Shoe Guide, we did the research on five brands of women’s work boots, so you don’t have to. We shed light on new emerging brands and some old classics, all of which meet American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) requirements for safety, so whether you’re an industry veteran or a newcomer, this guide is your go-to resource for finding the perfect balance between style, safety and functionality.
All shoes reviewed meet ASTM certification; please see manufacturer’s website for more details on each shoe’s safety features.
Juno Jones Meti II’s Steel Toe Boots (pictured above)
Size Range: 5 -11.5
Safety is paramount in any line of work, and the Meti II’s steel toe boot will provide not only protection with its non-slip tread, but also features a puncture-resistant midsole without sacrificing comfort over protection. The six inch shaft and angled side zipper make these boots easy to put on and take off, especially if you have wide feet. It’s clear that these boots have been crafted with the unique needs and anatomy of women in mind, making them a standout choice for women who work long hours on their feet.
Size Range: 5-13
Color Options: Sleek Black, Cognac Brown, Vegan Blackout
For any woman navigating both the office and the field, finding work boots that seamlessly blend safety, comfort and style has been a perpetual challenge. Enter the Xena Gravity Safety Shoe. Ankle padding provides a snug fit without sacrificing mobility, and the breathable mesh lining keeps my feet cool throughout the day. But, the game changer for this reviewer was the impact-absorbing insole, which allows you to move throughout the day without your feet feeling fatigued. And, while it may be called a shoe, its hidden superpower is its steel toe. OSHA compliant.
Size Range: 5 -11
(with width options)
Color Options: Gingerbread/Black
A classic in durability, where water and harsh conditions are the norm, these waterproof boots will help keep your feet dry and comfortable, even in the face of unexpected challenges. The six inch height offers ankle support without sacrificing flexibility, which makes it great for walking on uneven surfaces. The aluminum toe safety boots will give your confidence a boost, knowing that the oil and slip resistant outsoles will provide stability and traction throughout the day.
Size Range: 5-11 whole size and 6.5-9.5 half sizes
Three Color Options
For those women navigating demanding terrain, the Southern Cross Zip Ladies Boot by Steel Blue has you covered. The six inch high Ladies Ankle Boot has a durable outsole, which can resist heat up to 266°F and has a high tolerance against cuts, abrasions and cracking, adds an extra layer of durability, ensuring these boots can handle the toughest challenges. As an added bonus, these boots come with the patented Ortho Rebound® Footbed, which is a true hero in combating foot fatigue after 10 hour workdays.
Size Range: 5 to 12
Color Options: Black
This lightweight composite toe design makes it easy to forget you’re wearing safety shoes since the midsole provides a blend of support and flexibility, making every step feel natural. The composite toe offers the necessary protection without the added weight of traditional steel toes. The slip resistant rubber offers stability and traction in a variety of work environments.
This work shoe provides peace of mind knowing that your feet are safeguarded without sacrificing comfort. The classic work slip-on style is a time saver, and the sleek design easily transitions from the workplace to casual outings.
Nancy Sinatra may have sung, “These boots are made for walking,” but these boots are made for working!
Amy Roosa is the founder and CEO of The Safety Rack which works to educate and advocate for PPE equity for women across all industries. During her 19 years in safety, Roosa has worked in the public sector, manufacturing, construction and risk control. She has worked with multiple organization including the National Safety Council, where she help form the Government and Public Sector Division; she is co-founder of the Midwest Women in Safety Conference; and currently is the chapter president of the ASSP Hawkeye Chapter in Iowa.
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