The Battle of The Boots

Working on the industrial floor warrants a certain level of precautions that everyone on the floor has to take so that no one ends up snapping a limb or two in an accident. Different kinds of work places have different kinds of worker safety protocols but one thing that all these workplaces have in common is that their workers are required to wear protective gear.

Again, what this gear includes has a lot to do with the kind of industry it is but almost all workplaces require their workers to wear protective work boots. Now there are two kinds of work boots confusing workers in the market; on one end you have the steel toed boots, a veteran favourite and on the other, you have the newer composite toed boots. Naturally, there’s an ongoing debate on which boot does the job better, which is fun to partake in but when it comes right down to it, there’s the right boot for the right job. Let’s look at the differences between the two contenders.

To begin with, steel toe caps are extremely sturdy and have been protecting worker’s toes for decades. However, they have a few shortcomings as well; their insulation in cold weathers is horrible and they’ll get you in trouble with metal detectors everywhere. They’re also pretty heavy so you probably won’t want to wear them when you’re not at work.

On the contrary, composite toe caps are made of carbon fibres and plastics, which is why composite toe boots are lighter than steel toe boots. They’re also better insulated and have better resistance to electricity. The only trouble with these kinds of toe caps is that they aren’t as protective as steel ones are. Ultimately you should choose your boots based on how much trouble your toes are in.