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What are the best work boots for women?

By Gina Gould | Last updated: December 9, 2019
Presented by KEEN Utility

There are several things that women should consider when purchasing a new pair or work boots. These include proper size and fit, durability, and any other additional features that may be necessary for the job.

Proper Size and Fit

This is probably the most important factor to consider. The best work boots for women are going to be those that fit them correctly

(Find out How to Make Sure Your Work Boots Are as Comfortable as They Can Be.)


The key thing to note here is that there are some significant differences in men's and women's feet, which means that women should opt for work boots specifically designed for the female foot.

Men's feet are typically longer and wider than women's. Women tend to have a higher arch than men. And finally, the heel region of a woman's foot is significantly smaller than a man's.

For these reasons, the best work boots for women are those that are designed, manufactured, and marketed as a women's work boot.

It wasn't too long ago that female workers didn't even have the option of buying anything other than men's work boots, but as the number of women in the construction and industrial workforce continues to rise, so does the demand for women's-specific safety gear.

To make sure a boot fits, the user should try it on and ensure that:

  • The toes can move freely when standing and have room to fan out when in a crouched position
  • The heel feels securely locked in place once the boot is laced up
  • There is minimal heel movement (a little bit is fine, but less movement is better for avoiding abrasions and hot spots, which will develop into blisters)
  • The boot feels secure and stable on the foot


Of course, women are also going to want work boots that are long-lasting and can withstand the harsh conditions of their work environment.

Durability is an important factor to consider because old, worn-out boots can increase the risk of injury.

Choose a brand that is well-known for manufacturing work boots built to withstand harsh, industrial work environments. Read reviews and ask around to see which products your female workers have been most satisfied with in terms of work boots.

Additional Features

Sometimes additional features may also be necessary. This will depend on the work environment and the nature of the job.

(Learn about Choosing the Correct Work Boot For Your Job.)

For instance, some employers require their workers to wear steel-toed boots. Others may not require steel-toes in particular, but do require some sort of safety-toe feature such as composite, carbon-fiber, or aluminum.

Other features that you may want to consider include:

  • Slip Resistance
  • Electrical Hazard (EH) Protection
  • Static Dissipation (ESD)
  • Waterproofing
  • Protection from Extreme Temperatures

In Summary

Proper fit, durability, and the right features can result in a reduced risk of workplace injuries. The right work boots will also improve comfort levels for your employees. This leads to happier and more productive workers.

Make sure the women on your job site have been equipped with work boots that are specifically designed for women.

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Written by Gina Gould | Content Writer & Marketing Strategist

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Gina is a freelance writer and content marketing strategist. She primarily works with B2B companies in the safety and industrial markets.

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