Steel Toe & Safety Toe Boots

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Published: 17th January 2011
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Steel toe boots ( sometimes called safety shoes or steel capped shoes) are a type of protective and moreover very heavy duty footwear reinforced in the toe. This reinforcement usually comprises of a sole plate that safeguards your toes against punctures and even falling objects. While reinforcements for safety toe boots are usually designed from toughened steel, many makers also utilize composite materials or plastics such as thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).

Safety work boots are vastly used in the construction industry and some other industrial settings, mainly due to health as well as occupational safety laws. Several insurance providers also need workers working in hazardous settings to wear safety work boots. Mandatory certification of these boots may also be required in some cases.

Safety criteria in the United States require that work boots carry certain symbols to specify the level of protection they provide.


Boots with a class 1 toe cap and a puncture-resistant sole are indicated by a green triangle.

Safety toe shoes with a class 2 toe cap and a puncture-resistant sole are indicated by a yellow triangle.

Shoes that give electrical protection carry a white square ohm symbol.

Work boots that give you anti-static protection carry a yellow square C symbol.

Safety boots that conduct electricity are indicated by a red square C symbol.

Safety against chain saws is indicated by the symbol of the fir tree.

Several benefits of steel toe boots

Safety is one of the most significant and most obvious benefits of using safety boots. For instance, the kind of work which is done in the manufacturing industry, unusually with heavy machinery, helps reduce accidents and accidents. Safety toe boots are tough enough to secure your feet from most occupational hazards in the construction industry.

Self defense is another area where safety work boots can help. They are helpful if you get into a fight even if you are unarmed because they double the volume of damage you do to your enemy. A well-aimed kick from a steel toe boot might bring a strong man down.

Certain problems of safety work boots

Don't have any illusions, these shoes are heavy. So even though you can plant a memorable kick on someone's backside, you won't be able to do that as frequently as you like. It's hard to lift your foot if you are putting on a bottom-heavy work boot if you are not used to putting on such gear.

Calluses are one other unfortunate adverse reaction of this footwear until you get used to it. Get familiar with beeping metallic detectors at airports ? they will not let you forget you are wearing steel toe boots. But this may not a major issue since you'll likely take your shoes off at the airport.

Although, if you are checking for something more casual or simply fashionable in the steel toe boot series, clogs or just sneakers would probably seem loads smarter.

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