Steel Toe Vs Composite Toe Boots

For safety boots to meet regulations required in various work places there are several safety certification criteria that the shoe or boot must meet. Here is a quick explanation on what each certification and the various features you can find in our high quality work boots. 

Steel Toe vs. Composite Toe Boots:

Safety toe boots are designed to protect your feet against dangerous hazards in the work environment. Some of the most common injuries to workers and objects falling on their toes, having their foot rolled over and blades that can cut off your feet/toes. There are two options when choosing safety toe boots. That is steel toe and composite toe.

We have a nice range of both that are very high quality from Safety Jogger. To help you best find the right shoe for the job we have done a quick comparison of the two options of safety toe available. Steel and composite toe boots both serve the same purpose so what is the difference between the 2?

Steel Toe Advantages:

  • Made of steel
  • Excellent protection against crushing force
  • More affordable
  • Usually stronger than composite toe

Steel Toe Disadvantages:

  • Set off metal detectors (airport or prison workers)
  • Heavier than composite toes
  • Conduct heat/cold/electricity
  • Slightly heavier than a composite toe

Composite Toe Advantages:

  • Usually made of kevlar, carbon fibre or fibreglass
  • Lighter
  • More comfortable
  • More flexible than steel 
  • Metal free so no metal detector alarms

Composite Toe Disadvantages:

  • Although meet EU requirements usually not as strong
  • More expensive

We hope this quick breakdown helps you choose the right shoe for your needs. If not please send us an email to sales (at) workbootsireland.ie and we will do our best to put you in the right direction.