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The Different Types and Features of Safety Boots

Whether you have large or small feet they need to be protected, especially if you work in an industrial setting. Both men and women should have the proper footwear if they work in factories or mines. Your company may tell you what to wear, but it is up to you to determine the types available and allowed. It can be difficult to choose between the many types of safety boots available to you, so it may help if you know some of the features and brands of each type.


The composite-toe boot has safety toe caps that are not metallic and weigh about 30 percent less than the steel-toed options. These boots work very well for people who work around electricity, electronics and security work environments where electrical shock could occur. This is due to their non-metallic caps. These shoes meet the standards for ASTM F2413-05 I/75 C/75. Available brands include Wolverine, Harley Davidson, Cat and Merrell, among others.


Steel-toed boots are required by OSHA for safety standards and will protect your foot from up to 2,500 pounds of compression and 75 pound impacts. They are marked Engineered Aluminum Alloy (EAA) and work well for those people who work in environments where there is a high chance of falling or rolling objects. These shoes meet the standards for ASTM F2413-05 I/75 C/75. Brands with steel-toes include Bates, Hytest, Wolverine and more.

Skechers Alloy

The Skechers Alloy safety boots meet standards for ASTM F2413-05 I/75 C/75 EH and they are designed mainly for women. These shoes are OSHA compliant, though not required and are slip resistant. These shoes work well for areas where there may be liquid spills or where grease may be, to prevent slippage and injury to the foot or body. These shoes come reinforced with aluminum safety toe caps. Currently, the Skechers Alloy option is the only one designated for women. However, women may wear men’s shoes if they choose, so long as the shoe fits properly.

Timerland’s Tighten

The Timberland’s Tighten safety shoes are resistant to abrasions, heat, slips and oil. These are perfect to wear in a mine. These boots meet the standards for ASTM F3413-05 I/75 C/75 EH. The shoes are also reinforced with a metatarsal guard and have a puncture resistant plate. Though these shoes are great for mining, they can be worn in almost any industrial situation where falls are frequent or where punctures of the foot could occur.


If your job requires you to wear safety boots, you should choose those that will work best for your job and are comfortable. Michigan Shoes has all your work-boot needs.

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