Steel-toe boots are designed to protect the wearer from falling objects and other hazards. They often have steel toes that can be triggered by metal detectors.
In general, most steel-toed shoes and boots are not going to set off metal detectors at airports or other venues. The metal in these shoes is usually in the toe, which is not where the detector is looking. However, it is possible for a particular pair of boots or shoes to set off a metal detector if they have a large amount of metal in them — even if they aren’t steel toes.
So while it’s unlikely that your shoes will set off any alarms at an airport, it’s still best to check with the airport before your flight to make sure that you don’t have any problems with security personnel.
Last modified: October 2, 2022