Steel or composite toe boots, what do I need?

Safety toe work boots are designed to protect against a variety of hazards and injuries. The footwear and its protective grade is best chosen after evaluation (risk assessment) of the potential dangers in the work environment. Safety toe work boots should always be used as a last resort, it is the final line of defence against hazards, after all other reasonable or practical measures have been taken to manage the risks of the workplace. Impact, compression and puncture are the most common types of foot injury.

Common dangers are related to the kind of materials that are handled by the worker, risks of objects falling on or rolling over the feet, blades that might cut the top of the feet, … Below we are going a little deeper into the differences between steel toe work boots and composite toe work boots.

Do you need advice or do you still have a question about steel or composite toe work boots after reading this page? Don’t hesitate to contact us right away, We’re social!

Steel vs composite toe work boots

The difference in steel and composite toe caps

The difference in steel and composite toe capsIf you’re involved in the purchase of safety toe work boots, it is important not just to know about safety footwear codes and standards, but also to have an understanding of the materials they are made from.You will see safety toe work boots that have steel toe caps in their specifications while others have composite toe caps. Strange, because both materials have the same purpose. A protective toe cap made according to European or ASTM standard will protect the feet from impact, regardless the material.But than what exactly is the difference between steel toe work boots and composite toe work boots and what could be your best choice? An understanding of the differences between steel toe work boots and composite toe work boots means that you can make a confident and correct purchase for your work activities.This list, with all the differences you should know about steel toe work boots and composite toe work boots, will help you cut the knot!

Steel toe cap

Made from steel only Used since 1930’s and steel toe caps are still very popular Naturally stronger than composite toe caps, a thinner layer is used in the work boots to reach the same strength as a composite toe Lower cost compared to composite toe work boots Conducting cold, heat and electricity

Composite toe cap

Made from non-metal materials such as fiberglass, carbon fiber or plastics Gaining popularity due to several benefits in comfort Lighter compared to a steel toe, reducing stress and fatigue on the legs and joints throughout long workdays Mostly used in a higher quality- and price range of safety toe work boots Not conducting heat or cold in extreme temperatures, for extra comfort More thick and bulky compared to steel toe work boots Nanocarbon toe caps are very thin and therefore result in more elegant shoes Metal-free work boots, practical when working in electrical hazardous environments, or workplaces with metal detectors such as courts, airports, …


You might also like to read

Best socks for work boots

You’re up on your feet all day long. It goes without saying that you take good care of them? This is where the new Safety Jogger work socks come in: they give your feet the comfort and support they deserve.

Socks

Puncture resistant boots, steel vs. fabric midsoles

Puncture flesh wounds are particularly awful because screws, spikes, sharp scrap metal or the famous rusty nail puncturing the foot, can deposit bacteria and debris deep into the body.

Puncture resistant boots

Breathable leather work boots

Leather work boots mean you are wearing pure quality: resistance to tear / breathability / flexibility / high resistance to puncture & much more ...

Leather boots

GROW YOUR BUSINESS & BECOME A DEALER

Safety Jogger is worldwide and always looking for people who trust our brand as much as we do! We have a team of expert's ready for you to help with questions about our brand, technologies or reselling our products. So, don’t hesitate to fill in this form, we usually get back to you within a day!

Further information?

Fill in the form and we’ll get in touch!