What are safety boots? According to Wikipedia, “A steel-toe boot (also known as a safety boot, steel-capped boot or safety shoe) is a durable boot or shoe that has a protective reinforcement in the toe which protects the foot from falling objects or compression, usually combined with a midsole plate to protect against punctures from below”
Steel toe caps have been around for a long time – since the start of the 20th Century when the usage of safety workwear and footwear first became recognised as a need – previously to this, it was actually considered more expensive to implement proper safety footwear and other measures than replace an injured operative! However, when liability costs were introduced after the laws regarding compensation were implemented, this theory and practice began to change. Safety Standards in many countries means that nowadays, the use of safety boots in many industries is compulsory.
The first type of safety footwear was a type of wooden shaped and hollowed out boot, named a “sabot” which protected workers from heavy falling objects.
Allegedly, the word “sabotage” came from the industrial revolution when workers used their sabots to wreck machinery!
Unlike much other safety workwear, safety boots have tended to follow trends and fashions, – for example the need for ladies safety boots – with manufacturers obliged to produce varying styles of footwear to meet consumers expectations and wants.
While steel toe capped boots have been around a long time – since the 1940’s – composite toe caps are a relatively new introduction into the world of safety footwear. so what makes them better? Or are they even inferior to steel toe caps?