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Steel cap boots vs Composite cap boots:

What's the difference?

she wear - 30th June 2022

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The term "steel cap" is one that has been about for some time. It is often associated with safety boots and work shoes used for industries that involve heavy machinery, tools, packaging and materials. Women's steel cap boots have increased in popularity as more women are entering into the trade, construction, mining, engineering and transport industries, and women have, for too long, been subjected to wearing ill fitting and uncomfortable men's safety footwear.

At she wear, we get asked quite a bit about the difference between a composite cap safety boot and a steel cap safety boot. To assist our customers with understanding the difference we have put together this article on the topic.

Key differences between steel cap and composite cap boots?

Here's a quick recap on steel cap versus composite cap (haha, see what we did there)....

At she wear, we offer both steel toe caps and composite toe caps. Both are fully tested and certified to Australian and American standards by BSI, a third party authentication company. There are 2 formal tests that both safety caps must perform to - impact testing to 200 joules, and compression testing 15kn pressure at a set speed - making both caps an extremely safe option.

Outside of the certified safety features^, there are a few key features that distinguish a composite toe cap from a steel cap:

Key features of a composite toe cap:

  • lightweight - significantly lighter than steel 
  • metal free
  • airport friendly
  • electrically non conductive (more suited for electrical use) 
  • extreme temperature resistant - insulative against heat and cold 

Key features of a steel toe cap:

  • increased puncture resistance (eg. nail gun)*
  • increased cut resistant (eg. power saw)* 
Womens steel cap boot vs womens composite cap safety boot

* Both composite cap and steel cap boots are puncture and cut resistant, however steel caps provide added protection above and beyond the minimum safety requirements.

^ For more detailed specs, visit the "specifications" tab on the product page

Women's steel cap boot range

Our steel cap boot range includes the She Inspires, a Chelsea style pull on boot made with water resistant gold-rated leather and high quality elastic, and the She Does range, a hiker style safety shoe.

All styles are available in sizes 5/36 -12/43 and come in a range of colours including black, vintage brown and pink.

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She Does: ladies safety work boots (hiker style)

Women's composite cap safety boot range

Our composite cap boot range includes the She Achieves, a zip side safety boot available in 6 great colourways, the She Excels, our Penetration Resistant safety boot, and the She Moves, a sneaker style safety shoe.

All styles are available in sizes 5/36 -12/43. We have a range of colours available including wheat, red, purple, black, vintage brown and pink.

Our latest limited edition, the She Achieves Khaki is out now and available for a limited time.

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She Moves: women's safety sneakers

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