What is Steel Toe

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asked Aug 9, 2017 by anonymous

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Steel toe is used in making safety shoes and boots. 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 mid sole plate to protect against punctures from below. 

A steel toe cap is traditionally made of steel allowing it to be both strong and durable, these are usually made to be cheaper and offer maximum protection. There are some downsides to using steel such as, they’re heavy which means that they can be uncomfortable. Another is that you cannot wear them as you travel through a metal detector like in some warehouses, however composite solves this problem. 

If your boot is made from an alloy, you will find they are made from materials such as aluminium and titanium to offer superb protection but allow the boot to be as lightweight as possible. The main pro to getting an alloy cap is that they are usually around 40% lighter than the steel toe caped boot. However come with negatives like increased cost and like the steel toe cap boot, they set off metal detectors. 

There are three main materials used in the creation of a steel toe cap:

Steel                                  Steel toe caps

Safety footwear now comes in many styles, including sneakers and clogs. Some are quite formal, for supervising engineers who must visit sites where protective footwear is mandatory.

Some brands of steel-toe footwear have become fashionable within subcultures such as skinhead, punk, and rivethead. While brands that were previously renowned within the fashion industry have also diversified into the safety footwear market, industrial brands like Caterpillar, Rock Fall and JCB have also issued licenses to produce safety footwear. 

Although traditionally made of steel, the reinforcement can also be made of a composite material, a plastic such as thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) or even aluminum. Steel-toe boots are important in the construction industry and in many industrial settings. Occupational safety and health legislation or insurance requirements may require the use of such boots in some settings, and may mandate certification of such boots and the display of such certification directly on the boots. The markings on the boot label will indicate the national or international standards that the boot was intended to meet, and identify the level of protection offered for impact, penetration, electric shock, and chemical hazards. Safety shoes are effective in keeping the feet of industrial workers safe from sharp and heavy objects while working in factories. 


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answered Jul 25, 2018 by ChongQuing