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The Gripper Steel Cap Boot is a twenty-eyelet boot based on an original British Army last with screwed, cleated rubber outsole and external steel toecap.

HEEL – 2.8cm / TOE – 1.5cm

AT HEEL – 35cm (Height of the shoe upper)

With the growth of heavy industry, thick-soled boots with reinforced toecaps were needed to protect the feet of workers in Britain’s factories and foundries, later becoming the footwear of the British army. Steel cap boots – with their metal cap exposed or concealed beneath the leather upper – became the footwear of the British working class male. As skinheads emerged as youth movement in the early 1960s, their working-class roots were reflected in their adoption of the steel capped Boot.

By the 80s, skinhead style has become synonymous with football terrace hooliganism and violence. But as the decade approached its anarchic close, steel caps found favour with the punks, whose nihilism was matched by their ferocious creativity. As grunge emerged in America during the late 80s and 90s, steel-caps returned on the feet of riot girls and then cyberpunks, before being picked up by fashion-forward kids in Tokyo’s Harajuku district. Durable as ever, the steel capped boot remains the choice for the most uncompromising wearers with a new generation of customers embracing the steel cap for its authentic and distinctive silhouette.

Our Steel Cap footwear is produced to a very high standard and offer the wearer comfort and a degree of protection. However our boots are tested in a street environment and have not been subjected to a test to check their compliance to safety standards. We cannot guarantee their performance in a situation that requires the use of footwear compliant with safety regulations.

This style is manufactured as a Special Order on our production line which takes approximately 12 weeks to complete. We will be unable to accept cancellation or a return for a refund, but we do offer the option to exchange your order for a different size if the fitting is not suitable or exchange them for a different style.


All our footwear is manufactured and sold in UK sizes. For your convenience we have prepared this guide to assist you in choosing the correct UK Size when placing your order.

UK SIZE 2 3 4 5 5.5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
European 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47
US / Canadian Men’s 3 4 5 6 6.5 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
US / Canadian Women’s 4 5 6 7 7.5 8 9 10
Australian Men’s 2 3 4 5 5.5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Australian Women’s 4 5 6 7 7.5 8 9


Steel-cap collection – fits larger, we suggest that you select one-size down if you are a UK 7 or below.

UK SIZE 2 3 4 5 5.5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
LENGTH (CM) 22.00 23.60 24.50 25.40 25.80 26.30 27.20 28.10 29.00 29.90 30.80 31.70
WIDTH (CM) 8.90 9.30 9.50 9.60 9.70 10.00 10.40 10.70 10.90 11.20 11.40 11.70

Our London Store Team and our Online Team can also give you additional expert advice on the most suitable size.

In addition to this size guide we have also prepared some additional information according to each collection. See all size charts here

Generally the shoe sizes for the Steel Cap collection are larger, we suggest that purchase one size down.

The Steel Cap collection is available in UK sizes 2-13. If your size is out of stock and you would like to make a custom order (12 weeks production), please email us at


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