The 10 BEST Vegan Work Boots [Non Leather & Steel Toe]

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It can be hard finding vegan work boots for men and women that are actually comfortable and work.

But they do exist!

You just need to know where to look, and be prepared to spend a bit extra.

I spent a few hours researching all the non leather and reinforced toe work boot options out there, and this page summarizes the best of the best.

I’ve divided it up into men’s and women’s for convenience.

Steel Toe vs. Composite Toe Work Boots

I don’t want to assume you know a ton about work boots, although you may. So if this is a basic topic for you, skip ahead.

Otherwise, there are 2 main types of “strong” reinforced toes in work boots.

Steel toed boots are the classic one, consisting of a literal piece of steel protecting your toes.

But composite toes are getting more and more popular. Here’s the gist of what you may need to know about them:

  • Contain no metal and are lighter – can be a mix of plastic, kevlar, or carbon fibre.
  • Typically not as resistant to punctures (e.g. things like nails)
  • More resistant to electricity
  • Better insulation in the cold
  • Doesn’t set off metal detectors

Composite toes are very strong and more than enough for 95% of jobs out there.

But, for certain jobs where high impact punctures are possible, steel toed boots are usually better. You’ve likely been told this specifically if it applies.

I mention this because it’s very hard to find vegan steel toe boots. Most of the vegan boots designed to be strong are composite toe because it’s trendy and better for most people.

With that out of the way, let’s look at the boots.

Men’s Vegan Work Boots

Before doing an individual review of each boot with more detail, I’ve created a basic comparison table that might help you filter down your options based on what you’re looking for:

Boot Picture Materials Feature(s)
Will’s Men’s Vegan Work Boot Italian faux leather microfibre upper Water Resistant
Italian Vegan Leather Deep Tread Work Boots Italian vegan leather Deep Tread
Dr. Martens Vegan Combat Boot 100% Synthetic Flexible Rubber
Rock Fall Low Cut Safety Boots Microfiber Composite Toe, Water repellent
Stockman CSA Approved Neo-tech insulation Composite Toe, Water-proof insulation
Men’s Avenger Work Boot Mesh and Synthetic Leather Upper, EVA midsole, rubber outsole Composite Toe, Oil-resistant outsold
Safety Work Book MK2 N/A Steel Toe, Water resistant

Those are in no particular order, since the best boot for you will likely depend on things like style preference and your specific job.

Will’s Men’s Vegan Work Boot

wills vegan boot

Will’s might be the most well-known vegan work boot brand, who make their boots in Portugal and have a focus on ethical crafting.

They make very high quality work boots that are still pretty stylish.

The highlights of these boots are:

  • The Italian faux leather
  • Versatile style for professional or casual settings.
  • Come in black or chestnut color
  • Breathable and water resistant

These do not have a reinforced toe, although they are quite sturdy. If you specifically need toe protection, choose a different option with a composite or steel toe.

Will’s Italian Vegan Leather Deep Tread Work Boots

wills deep tread vegan boot

Here’s a second option from Will’s (all their boots are vegan) that is a bit different style from the one above.

The aspects of these that stand out are:

  • The Italian faux leather
  • Deep treads
  • Versatile style
  • Breathable and water resistant
  • Brushed metal eyelets and speed hooks
  • Comfortable rubber insoles

Again, no toe protection, but a very high quality boot.

Dr. Martens Vegan Combat Boot

martens vegan combat boot

Dr. Martens has a line of vegan boots. These have classic “combat” style which still looks quite nice and is unisex.

They are:

  • 100% Synthetic (materials not specified beyond that)
  • High-shine outer material
  • Air-cushioned sole
  • Oil and fat resistant (slip resistant)
  • Reasonably water resistant

Rock Fall Low Cut Composite Toe Safety Boots

rock fall boot

This is a great comfortable vegan friendly shoe/boot that is ideal if you’re going back and forth between an office and factory.

They feature:

  • A composite toe
  • Microfiber material to be breathable
  • Metal free (good if you’re allergic to chrome)
  • ESD compliant
  • Water repellent
  • High levels of shock absorption
  • Built to be anti-fatiguing.

They may not be the prettiest shoe, but they’re a solid unisex boot that’s worth considering.

Stockman Composite Toe CSA Approved

bogs stockman boot

Bog’s has a few synthetic, vegan friendly options that are great for dirty outdoor work.

Their strongest aspects are:

  • 100% waterproof (12” tall)
  • No seams
  • Lighter than most other similar boots
  • Moisture wicking keeps your foot dry
  • Slip resistant
  • Comfort rated to -72ºF/-60ºC

Not the most versatile boot, but if it fits your job, it might be the perfect option.

Men’s Avenger 6″ Composite Toe WP Work Boot

mens avengers work boot

This is the strongest composite toe vegan work boot on this list, ironically sold by “steel-toe-shoes.com”.

It’s ANSI/ASTM I75 & C75 Approved, which means it’s been tested to withstand 2,500 lbs before it starts to crack or deform. For most situations, this is way more than enough.

Aside from that, they also feature:

  • Breathable mesh/synthetic upper
  • Waterproof
  • Oil-resistant outsole (non-slip and increases durability)
  • 100% Man-Made Components
  • Electrical Hazard Rated
  • Meets or Exceeds ASTM 2413-11 Impact/Compression

Safety Work Book MK2

mk2 steel toe work boots

This is the only high quality vegan work boot I could find with a steel toe. You’re welcome to keep looking if you need a steel toe work boot, but I don’t think you’ll find one.

Their website is ugly, but the company has a great reputation for quality, and I believe ship worldwide.

These boots are:

  • Slip-resistant (oil resistant)
  • Insulated
  • Puncture resistant midsole
  • Padded collar

These are made in England and comply with ISO 20345:2011.

Women’s Vegan Work Boots

Women don’t quite have as many women-specific vegan work boot options, but the good news is that most work boots are unisex.

Just like the men’s section above, we’ll start with a comparison table, and then go into more detail on each product:

Boot Picture Materials Feature(s)
Rock Fall Low Cut Safety Boots Microfiber Composite Toe, Water repellent
Women’s Insulated Mid Cut Boots Neo-Tech waterproof insulation Waterproof
Dr. Martens Vegan Combat Boot 100% Synthetic Flexible Rubber
Daintree Rubber Boots Rubber upper and outsole Grip & shock-absorbing
High-Top Waterproof Hiking Outdoor Boot Rubber sole, mesh upper Waterproof, High grip
Safety Work Book MK2 N/A Steel Toe, Water resistant

Again, these are in no particular order, since there are so many specific attributes you may be looking for.

Rock Fall Low Cut Composite Toe Safety Boots

rock fall boot

These are one of the unisex options with a strong composite toe.

It’s a very versatile shoe if you’re changing work settings often.

The highlight of Rock Fall’s safety boots are:

  • Breathable microfiber
  • 100% metal free
  • ESD compliant
  • Water repellent
  • Comfortable to wear for long periods

Bog’s Women’s Insulated Mid Cut Boots

bogs womens waterproof vegan work boots

These boots are specifically designed for women and just so happen to be vegan.

They are:

  • 100% waterproof
  • Lighter than similar boots
  • Slip resistant
  • Comfortable – gel cushioning
  • Comfort rated to -58°F/-50°C

No toe protection, but good if you work outdoors in wet conditions.

Dr. Martens Vegan Combat Boot

martens vegan combat boot

This is a fairly stylish and versatile boot that happens to be unisex.

No toe protection, but besides looking good, they are:

  • 100% Synthetic
  • Glossy outer
  • Air-cushioned sole
  • Oil and fat resistant (slip resistant)
  • Reasonably water resistant

Daintree Rubber Boots

daintree womens work boots

Nice Shoes is a fully vegan brand based out of North America.

These are some very sturdy and still good looking work boots that should last you quite a while.

What stands out about them is:

  • Made in France
  • Good grip and comfortable
  • Resistant to abrasion
  • Flexible
  • Dry fast if they get wet

XPETI Women’s Thermador High-Top Waterproof Hiking Outdoor Boot

xpeti thermador vegan boots

These are designed for women and contain no leather or suede, so they are vegan friendly even though the manufacturer didn’t necessarily intend them to be.

These are primarily hiking boots, but can be appropriate for certain outdoor jobs that require getting messy.

The thermador boots are:

  • Lightweight and warm
  • Made with fabric and synthetic materials
  • Have a waterproof mesh upper
  • Rubber outsole with high grip
  • Available in 4 colors/patterns

Safety Work Book MK2

mk2 steel toe work boots

Last but not least is the only steel toe vegan work boot I could find (that was actually good), which happens to be unisex.

Again, their website is ugly, but the company has a solid reputation for quality.

These steel toe work boots are:

  • Slip-resistant (oil resistant)
  • Insulated
  • Puncture resistant midsole
  • Padded collar

These are made in England and comply with ISO 20345:2011.

For women in dangerous work environments it comes down to these boots or the Rock Fall composite toe safety boots.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

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