Steel Toed Sneakers
Years ago steel toed boots were very hard on the feet at the end of the day when you had to walk in them all day. Nowadays since they make steel toed sneakers they are more comfortable, your toes and feet don’t hurt as much, and their stylish.
They used to be the best safety shoe that had protection for the feet in the toe part of the shoe. These shoes also had a mid sole plate to protect form stepping on nails or any penetration from the bottom of the shoe. These boots and shoes were and still are most important in the construction industry where the hazards are more frequent or for insurance purposes that require the use of them. There would be small insignias on the boots as to the levels of protection from chemical hazards, electric shock, penetration or impact.
Who Ever Thought? I saw on some of the websites around that they make steel toed sneakers. They make Sketchers’ for women, New Balance for men and women, also Reeboks’ for everyone. For men there are safety steel toe shoes, usually for work in construction or on a heavy duty job site.
For Women a steel toed sneaker would be a great Defense Shoe. A kick in the right place would make me wince just thinking about it. (Even if it was in the shin of the leg) Hopefully no one would have to go to such extremes. But they are making them in stylish looking colors nowadays.
They are still making steel toed shoes for the working men and women. I can remember they had steel toed shoes and Boots for the men when I was working in construction on high rise buildings and walking on the steel of each floor that had gone up. That was in the early 70’s. The shoes in those days didn’t last too long because we had been walking on reinforcing rods all day long. The only thing left of them after 6 months was the steel toe of the shoe.
These safety shoes now come in many styles including sneakers and clogs. Some of these shoes are quit stylish. The supervisors that have to go from job to job like them better because they are somewhat fashionable. These sneakers and shoes have become so popular that now even Caterpillar, Rockfall and JCB have issued licenses t produce their own shoe.
These sneakers are not made for running or for any sport for that matter. In the USA, they have two places where these shoes have to be inspected before they can be sold to the public. One is the ASTM (Standard Test Method) and ASTMF (Standard Specification for Performance). There are also OSHA regulations that have to be abided by when on the construction jobs.
These steel toed shoes are made for Firefighters and Police Officers, not just for construction workers. Every one of the shoes are constructed according to who and what a person is engaged in with their jobs.
Canada has even more stringent regulations then the USA and have to have it stitched right onto the shoe. These are all for heavy construction purposes.
Now Zappos has all the up to date styles, brands and colors of these steel toed sneakers. Carhart, Caterpillar, Altra Footwear, Timberland, Reebok, Keen Utility, New Balance and Puma, Nurse Mates, Drew and Irish Setter just to name some that are in stock. Returns are free.
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