Steel Toe Converse & Chuck Taylor Shoes – Can You Buy Them?


Unfortunately, no, Converse does not currently make steel toe shoes. But if you are interested in steel toe Converse and steel toe Chuck Taylor shoes because you want a casual, athletic-style steel toe work shoe, the good news is you do have plenty of options made by other well-known companies. I have tried a lot of these shoes and can give you a good idea what to expect out of each of them.

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These are my favorite alternatives to Converse Steel Toe Shoes:

  1. Caterpillar Men’s Brode Steel Toe Work Sneaker (click here to view)
  2. Reebok Work Men’s Zprint Steel Toe Shoe (click here to view)
  3. Caterpillar Men’s Woodward Steel Toe Athletic Shoe (click here to view)
  4. Reebok Work All Terrain Athletic Steel Toe Shoe (click here to view)
  5. Reebok Work Men’s Soyay Skate-Style Steel Toe Shoes (click here to view)
  6. *Women’s* Caterpillar Women’s Brode Steel Toe Work Shoe (click here to view)
  7. *Women’s* Reebok Work Soyay Athletic Steel Toe Shoe (click here to view)
  8. *Women’s* Reebok Work Sublite Steel Toe Athletic Shoe (click here to view)
  9. *Women’s* Caterpillar Woodward Steel Toe Athletic Work Shoe (click here to view)
  10. *Women’s* Fila Memory Reckoning Slip Resistant Steel Toe Shoe (click here to view)

If you were hoping to buy steel toe Chuck Taylors, and are disappointed that they don’t currently make them, in my opinion the closest steel toe shoe in appearance to Chuck Taylors are the Caterpillar Brode shoes (which are offered in both men’s and women’s versions). Here is a look at my Caterpillar Brode steel toe work shoes:

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If you were shopping for steel toe Converse shoes because you want an athletic-style work shoe, then I would recommend considering Reebok, which makes a wide selection of athletic steel toe shoes. I have tried many of their shoes and consider them to be some of the most comfortable steel toe shoes that I’ve worn.

Here I am wearing my Reebok Zprint steel toe work shoes:

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What jumps out about these Reebok Zprint steel toe shoes is the breathability. These are the most breathable steel toe shoes that I tried.

If you are working in a hot climate and need something that won’t trap heat, I think these are your best option. In the picture below, I tried to capture just how breathable these shoes are. When I hold them up to the light, you can see through these shoes:

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And not only are these Reebok Zprint shoes very lightweight and breathable, they are very comfortable. They use memory foam insoles (Reebok calls this insole “MemoryTech Massage”) that have groove pods which help relieve stress off the bottom of my foot.

In the video below, I tried to capture just how soft these Reebok MemoryTech Massage insoles are in my shoes:

If you are looking for a lightweight, ultra-breathable shoe that has great under-foot comfort, these are a great option. But there are a lot of good options on the list above to act as alternatives to steel toe Converse shoes. For information on other popular steel toe shoes, visit our articles linked here:

In this article not only do I want to discuss some of my favorite alternatives to steel toe Chuck Taylors and steel toe Converse shoes, I also want to discuss in further detail what type of work shoes Converse does make. If you want to read about more low-top steel toe shoes, visit our article about lightweight steel toe work shoes.

Steel Toe Converse Information

Does Converse Make Steel Toe Shoes?

As we discussed at the top of the article, unfortunately Converse does not currently make steel toe work shoes. But if you are interested in Converse work shoes and boots, there are some options, but they are not steel safety toe shoes.

Steel Toe Chuck Taylors

Steel toe Chuck Taylors also are currently not on the market. There are certain types of Chuck Taylors that make sense for work (waterproof, insulated, etc), but they currently do not offer steel toe Chuck Taylors.

What Type of Work Shoes Does Converse Make?

Converse does make several types of boots that can function nicely as work shoes in certain types of work environments. They offer waterproof options, and insulated options, and they offer a variety of outsole options including wedge soles and outsoles built for outdoor terrain. But, currently, none of these options are steel toe shoes.

This is where you can view the current selection of Converse and Chuck Taylor boots available at Converse.com (paid affiliate link takes you to Converse.com).


Best Alternatives for Converse Steel Toe Shoes

So Converse steel toe shoes don’t currently exist. What are your options? These are some of my favorite options and what you need to know about them.

Caterpillar Brode Steel Toe Work Sneaker

The Caterpillar Brode shoes do share a few similarities with Chuck Taylors. They have a noticeable front rubber toe cap, and have a casual, athletic design that pairs easily with both jeans and shorts.

Recently I tried 10 popular low-top steel toe work shoes, including this Caterpillar Brode Steel Toe Shoe. I named this shoe my favorite “sneaker-style” shoe due to the casual style that it has.

Overall, I found this shoe to be much more durable than other lightweight, low-top work shoes on the market today. It combines a casual vibe with a durable toughness needed on the job. But even though it is more durable than most other low top steel toe shoes, I found the flexibility to still be very good.

Ultimately, this is a casual steel toe shoe that might work as a nice alternative to steel toe Chuck Taylors and steel toe Converse shoes. This shoe blends very well with a wide variety of outfits and looks good even off the clock.

Click here to buy this Caterpillar Brode casual steel toe work shoe available at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). In my experience, this shoe fits true to size. Wide sizing is available.


Reebok Work Men’s Zprint Steel Toe Shoe

It’s probably fair to guess that if you are specifically looking for Converse steel toe shoes that you aren’t a huge fan of Reebok. Well, I was maybe a little skeptical myself at first, but after trying several types of Reebok work shoes, I was absolutely shocked at how much I liked them.

These Reebok Zprint athletic steel toe shoes have a very lightweight build. They weigh 1.15 pounds per shoe for a men’s size 12 regular. As I mentioned earlier in the article, what also jumps out about these shoes is the breathability. If you are working in a hot climate and need something that won’t trap heat, I think these are your best option.

And not only are these very lightweight and breathable, I also really like the memory foam insoles that these shoes have (Reebok calls this insole “MemoryTech Massage”) that have groove pods which help relieve stress off the bottom of my foot. If you are looking for a lightweight, ultra-breathable shoe that has great under-foot comfort, these are great alternative to Converse and Chuck Taylor steel toe shoes.

Click here to buy these Reebok Zprint lightweight steel toe shoes available at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). In my experience, these Reebok shoes fit true to size, but do have a narrow fit common of athletic shoes. If you have wide feet, I’d recommend ordering wide sizing.


Caterpillar Men’s Woodward Steel Toe Athletic Shoe

If you are interested in Converse steel toe shoes because you want a lightweight work shoe, then these Caterpillar Woodward shoes will be a nice option. I recently tried 10 different steel toe work shoes, and these Caterpillar Woodward shoes weighed the least.

My size 12 men’s shoe weighed just 1.09 pounds per shoe. To put this into perspective, I also recently tried 14 different composite toe shoes, and the average weight for those 14 composite toe work shoes was 1.25 pounds per shoe, so these Caterpillar Woodward shoes come in significantly lighter than the average composite toe shoe despite being steel toe shoes.

In fact, if I were to rank the weight of this Caterpillar Woodward steel-toe shoe with the weights of those 14 lightweight composite toe shoes I tried, this shoe would have ranked 6th most lightweight of the entire group. I’m saying all of this to say that these Caterpillar Woodward shoes would even be considered reasonably lightweight if they were compared to composite toe shoes.

To find a steel toe work shoe that is this lightweight is really uncommon, and if you prioritize lightweight comfort, these will be your a nice substitute for Converse or Chuck Taylor steel toe shoes. These Caterpillar Woodward shoes feel like lightweight athletic shoes when I wear them.

Click here to buy these Caterpillar Woodward lightweight steel toe work shoes available at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). In my experience, these Caterpillar Woodward shoes fit true to size. Like most low-top athletic work shoes, these Caterpillar Woodward shoes are built for light-duty work.


Reebok Work All Terrain Athletic Steel Toe Shoe

I really like these Reebok All Terrain steel toe shoes. I think these are one of the most versatile athletic-style work shoes on the market today. They have a lightweight, comfortable design that makes them great for indoor jobs, but they also have a more advanced outsole that allows them to take on certain outdoor terrains as well.

These shoes use Reebok’s “MemoryTech” memory foam insoles that provide a soft cushioning under all parts of my foot. The overall weight of these shoes is still reasonably lightweight. My size 12 men’s shoes weigh 1.29 pounds per shoe.

These have an ultra-flexible design and truly feel like an athletic shoe when you wear them. They have a light-duty toe overlay for some extra abrasion resistance. Overall, if you are looking for an alternative to Converse steel toe shoes that you can use both indoors and outdoors comfortably, I’d recommend these shoes.

Click here to buy these Reebok All Terrain steel toe work shoes available at Amazon (affiliate link takes you to Amazon.com). In my experience, these Reebok All Terrain shoes fit true to size. To read more, visit my article about the Reebok All Terrain Work Shoes.


Where to Buy Converse Work Shoes

Converse steel toe shoes and Chuck Taylor steel toe shoes might not exist, but as we discussed earlier in the article, Converse does make other types of work shoes. Click here to view Converse’s selection of boots currently available at Converse.com.

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To read more about Converse shoes, visit our other resources linked here:

Converse does offer waterproof and insulated options, and they offer boots with outsoles made for outdoor terrain. If you are interested in Chuck Taylor steel toe shoes because you are looking for more of a casual style, visit our article about the best casual steel toe shoes to see more options.

Paul Johnson

Paul is a lead content creator for Workwear Command. He has had several blue-collar jobs which have provided him a wide range of experience with tools and gear. He also has a business degree and has spent time in business casual office settings.

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