Thursday, May 19, 2011

Safety Toes - Choosing the best fit for you

While there are many different work boot types, there are also a variety of different safety toes in those boots. Beyond the traditional steel toe, there are plastic composite toes as well as aluminum and titanium alloys. So what is the difference between all of these different options and which one is best for you? Lets take a look at each one:

Aluminum Toe

The aluminum toe is a type of work boot safety toe and meets and/or exceeds the ASTM standards for compression and impact testing of I-75/C-75. The aluminum toe is important in the workplace because it protects the foot from sharp or heavy objects that might fall onto the foot while at work. While many safety toe shoes are traditionally made with a steel toe, it is beneficial to use aluminum instead of steel because aluminum is lighter. Aluminum also makes it more comfortable to move around in the boot while maintaining necessary safety standards.

Rogan's Shoes models that carry the aluminum toe include:

Men's: Carolina 9508 and 9559, Red Wing 6707
Women's: Skechers 76348

Titanium Toe

Just like the aluminum toe, the titanium is known for providing ASTM rated safety toes, but with a much lighter weight. Timberland has profected the titanium alloy by implementing it into its Titan models (hence the name).

Rogan's Shoes models that carry the titanium toe include:

Men's: Timberland
26063
, 40044, 22082, 26078, 50506, 47019
Women's: Timberland 26388

Composite Toe


Boots featuring a composite toe have an insert that can be comprised of kevlar, carbon fiber, and plastic, making the boot lighter than a typical steel toe. Even though the toe is made with all of these different materials, composite toe styles still do comply with ANSI/ASTM safety requirements. Materials in a composite boot are also non-metallic and non-magnetic. Because of this, workers who frequently pass through metal detectors will do better with a composite toe. Finally, anyone working outdoors during winter may want to consider a composite toe because the plastic material does not retain the cold like a metal steel toe will.

Rogan's Shoes models that carry the composite toe include:

5520, Wolverine 2372 and 3805 (insulated), Timberland 53534, Converse 4777
Women's: Converse C446, Nautilus 1361 and 210

*All of these are available at Rogan's Shoes along with many many more styles!!!
Visit http://www.rogansshoes.com/ or http://www.rogansworkboots.com/ to see our entire stock of safety toe boots and shoes.

18 comments:

  1. I like the aluminum toe because it is lighter than other safety shoes. Like other safety shoes it also protects the foot from falling object in the workplace. I personally recommend <a href="http://amacortrading.com>Safety Shoes Philippines</a> for more unique desings.

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  2. I like the aluminum toe because it is lighter than other safety shoes. Like other safety shoes it also protects the foot from falling object in the workplace. I personally recommend Safety Shoes Philippines for more unique desings.

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  3. Steel toe shoes are also good and protect the foot effectively.

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    1. Very true, steel toes are great at protecting as well.

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  4. Great tip! I wish I knew this about a year ago! I used to wear my leather riding boots everywhere I went at university and I ended up just ruining them and throwing them out! This year I decided to invest in actual snow boots. But they put such a damper on my daily outfits!!

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  5. Looking for safe and strong boots for the big works? The safety boots by Patrick Safety Jogger fit your needs! scarpe antinfortunistiche

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  6. Very good range of shoes, i really really like it...
    Last Monday my husband was complaining about his shoes as ha has to be on his feet a good portion of the day, running around the office, in the warehouse and on the loading docks and eventually he had a very deep cut on his feet.
    Than i had bought composite shoes for him after scrolling Walmart, Amazon, workshoecity and many others. Hope it will be calm and take pity on my husband :)

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  7. Impressive! Before reading this, I never knew that there are also different types of safety toes that can make a work boot ideal for you. Thanks for this great piece of advice. Though I have found my perfect work boot through the help of reviews made on Work Boot Critic . But, this information is going to help me in the future while selecting the best safety toes for my work schedule.

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  8. I think among those three safety boots the best boot is Titanium Toe Boot. Its also very much light boots. That's why I always choose Titanium Toe Boots.

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  9. Good selection of titanium and aluminum toes boots. Could you tell us which ones are made in US?

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  10. Thanks for the share! I do not see many people talking about aluminium toe boots and I am glad you did.

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  11. Choosing the perfect work boots is always hard indeed. We need to stay comfortable but also safe. This article is helping a lot.

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  12. You're very right. Safety is the most important thing when choosing a work boot. Glad this article helped!

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  13. I think all three of those options are great for optimal foot protection. Here are my thoughts on where each of those 3 would be best suited.

    1 - Aluminum Toe : These are ideal for places such as carpentry, and other physical labour jobs where you need some additional protection but not necessarily the heavy duty protection where those working with heavy equipment do.

    2 - Titanium Toe : This is for heavy duty, large scale construction sites where you are dealing with extremely heavy materials such as steel and large concrete blocks.

    3 - Composite Toe : This would be somewhere in between light labor and heavy duty construction workers. An example could be loggers where they are dealing with heavy trees and need that little bit of extra coverage.

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  14. This is great insight. Thanks for your opinions!

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  15. Didn't even know the 6707's were Aluminum toe, will definitely have to check those out. Do you have any clue how these stand up to the 2245 steel toe boots? Since putting on the 2245s, it's hard to choose anything else.

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    1. Daniel,

      I consulted one of our work boot experts, and his response is this: "I am presuming that he is talking Red Wing Models...everything seems to match. Anyway, were he in my store I would answer him this way.
      There is a big difference in construction between these two boots. The 6707 has a light weight and flexible opanka (handmade) construction. The leather is also treated to be softer from the start. The 2245 is a traditional battle hardened style with heavier full grain leather and traditional welted super sole construction. The 6707 features will make the boot very comfortable from the start but the downside to lighter materials is that they are less durable. I would not expect it to hold up as well as the 2245. Also be aware that the 2245 is an Electrical Hazard rated boot and the 6707 a Static Dissipative rated boot. This is a big safety feature difference if you work around higher voltage machinery."

      Hope this helps!

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