If you work in a tough environment, such as a construction site for example, one of the first things you would have to make sure to do would be to protect your body. All precaution that you could possibly undertake would definitely pay off, since if you can prevent any type of harm to yourself, you should very well do it. Of course, the most obvious parts of the body that you would want to take care of first would be your head (by wearing a hard hat, for example); your eyes (by wearing eye protection devices) and your hands (by wearing heavy-duty gloves). But there’s yet another part of our body that is oft-used but as often abused: our feet.
Our feet are one of the most neglected parts of the body; just imagine the weight that they carry each day, and yet they don’t get as much care as they deserve! That’s why it’s time to level up the care and maintenance that your feet receive, and invest in items that will protect them on the job. This is where steel toe boots come in.
Steel toe or safety toe boots are built with reinforcements that normal shoes do not have. These reinforcements are typically on the boot toe and sides, and they are there to protect the toes (the most fragile parts of the feet) from hazards such as falling objects at construction sites and manufacturing plants.
If you currently have a job that does present potential hazards to your feet, you may be interested in purchasing these types of boots. So what should you look for in steel toe boots to make sure that you’re getting the ones that you really need?
First and most important, you need to know what boots will protect you from. For example, steel toe waterproof boots would not just protect your toes from falling objects, but they would also make sure that your feet remain dry and protected from rain and flood.
Apart from waterproof boots, some boots also have additional features such as reinforced soles that protect your heels from nails and protruding sharp objects, and insulation material to protect you from electric shock.
Apart from the shoes’ features, other things you should look out for include: slip resistant soles (even on the most slippery surfaces); whether the shoes provide adequate ankle support (to prevent injury to your ankles); the weight of the shoe (it should never be too heavy, not even if it is reinforced. Heavy shoes would be uncomfortable and intolerable specially if you need to do a lot of walking on the job); ease of wear (preferably, it has soft and cushioned soles to provide comfort to your feet); shock-absorbent soles (to make sure that your heels won't experience too much impact and wear) and an ergonomic shape (very basic, to make sure that you won’t develop painful foot conditions such as bunions and feet corn).
You should also inquire as to whether you are purchasing steel toe boots (which have actual steel reinforcements) or composite toe boots which use other hard materials as protection for your toes. Though steel toe boots are usually good if you’re working at environments with normal temperatures, if you work in cold weather areas it would definitely do you better to purchase composite toe boots since steel becomes freezing cold.
If you’re interested in purchasing steel toe or composite toe boots, you could do comparison shopping online by going to relevant websites such as steel-toe-shoes.com, and workingperson.com. You could also opt to look at trading sites such as nextag.com and ebay.com, or at actual brand sites, such as at skechers.com. To help you with your search, narrow down the choices by brand (such as Converse toe boots, Doc Martens, Dickies, etc), or by feature/category, and by price. Expect to find a large variety of choices, so it’s good to start off with an idea of your preferences, such as the color, the style (example, boots or sneakers) and your price range.