Safety Toes - Choosing the Best One for You

choosing the best one for you

Work boots come in all shapes and sizes, including the safety toes in the boots! There are aluminum toes, titanium toes, composite toes, and the traditional steel toes. If you're trying to figure out which safety toe is best for you, take a look at Rogan's Shoes guide on choosing the best fit below.

steel toe
Steel toe shoes have been around since work boots were first made, and they're here to stay! A lot of companies require their employees to wear steel toe boots because they comply with ASTM and OSHA safety standards. If you're at risk for falling objects and obstacles on the work site, steel toe will keep your lower extremities safe. Steel toes are durable and made to last.

Rogan's Shoes carries a wide selection of steel to work shoes and boots including:

aluminum toe
The aluminum toe is a type of work boot safety toe that 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. Okay, so that sounds a lot like steel toe. So, what's the difference between aluminum toe vs. steel toe? While many safety toe shoes are traditionally made with a steel toe, aluminum toe is a lot lighter and gives your feet more room to breath which makes it the perfect steel toe safety shoes alternative.

Rogan's Shoes carries aluminum toe work shoes and boots including:

titanium toe
Just like the aluminum toe, the titanium toe is also known for providing ASTM rated safety toes. If you're looking for even more room for your feet to wiggle around, the titanium toe is the way to go because it provides 30 - 50%  more lightweight protection than the average steel toe. You can find a lot of Timberland's work boots that have the titanium alloy, including all of their Titan models (hence the name).

Rogan's Shoes carries multiple titanium toe work shoes and boots including:

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. If you also tend to do a lot of work outdoors when its cold, composite toe boots may be the best type of safety toe for you. Because the composite toe is made out of plastic material, it won't retain the cold like a metal steel toe will. (and really, who wants to be cold?)

Rogan's Shoes carries composite toe work shoes and boots including:

Now that you know the difference between safety toes, check out how to fit safety shoes here!

Have more questions on which safety toe is the best fit for you? Ask us in the comments below!


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

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

  2. 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!!

  3. 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 :)

  4. 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.

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

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

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

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

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

    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!

  12. Nice post, do you forget to write about steel toe boots? I like a pair of steel toe boots. they keep my feet safe. Thank you for your post


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