When you think of a steel toe boot, you probably picture a well-constructed shoe designed solely for wear in a manufacturing, assembly or construction zone. It makes sense. These shoes are historically engineered to shield the feet and toes from any number of on-the-job hazards. But today some of its protective features also make these shoes some of the sturdiest and comfortable footwear you could walk in wherever you choose to go.
What Makes the Steel Toe Boot Great Footwear
A well-developed shoe in this category would have a HAIX® inner liner. Carefully secured and sealed along the upper leather beneath the sole, the HAIX® inner lining is guaranteed to never wrinkle or pull out over time. There will also be water resistant, sun reflective leather, which reduces heat and ensures your foot remains cool while wearing the shoe. This can be supplemented by a climate system where moist air is released and fresh air gets in with each step.
In other words, everything designed about this shoe to make it workable in uncomfortable work environments make it perfect for natural, everyday comfort.
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The fact is the average industrial work shoe is designed to ensure the wearer's foot is comfortable under the most arduous conditions. That means you can expect them to be waterproof, abrasion, bacteria and chemical resistant, and strong enough to withstand chunks of falling debris. Yet, more and more of these designs look like a personal boot. The most advanced designs will be built with a hydrophobic, breathable material. Expect a natural fit that supports the arch of the foot.
Why Wear These Shoes?
If you buy them for professional reasons, it's likely because they're mandatory. Some industries and OSHA guidelines require these shoes while on the job.
These shoes can be functional without sacrificing comfort. Gone are the days of the stiff boot that felt like lead in limited sizes. Modern shoes are designed to align with standard sizes. They are ergonomically engineered to offer safety and flexibility. And manufacturers long ago got rid of that industrial look. These shoes look good; perfect for the factory and a night out with your peeps.
This kind of shoe is also excellent if your day consists of prolonged standing on hard surfaces and floors. Features like slip-resistant soles, waterproof leather, and insulation against cold and heat. Built to support the ankle and the inclusion of anatomically formed insoles, you will find to be advantageous if you spend large portions of the day on your feet.
You can not only pick the perfect shoe for the right environment, you can find one perfect for hiking in the woods or going to the stadium for the big hockey game.
The rugged look will offset any casual attire
Just because they're work boots doesn't mean you shouldn't care how they look. Like any other shoe, if you want the shoes to last, care for them the same way you manage shoes you wear to dinner or a wedding. Keep the leather soft with a good cream. The moment you see any sign of wear or tear, get them to a shop right away for repair.