Steel toe boots were developed out of Germany by Dr. Klaus Marten following a skiing accident that he endured while in the Bavarian Alps during World War II. Marten found that his military issued boots were uncomfortable to wear on his injured foot. During his recovery, he designed new boots made from softer leather and air-padded soles made of tires. Marten joined old university friend, Dr. Herbert Funck to design a new shoe for comfort and functionality. Marten and Funck went into business in 1947 in Seeshaupt, Germany. Using discarded rubber from the Luftwaffe airfields, the boots were a huge success among women over the age of 40 because of their comfortable soles. 80% of their company sales in the first decade were attributed to middle-aged housewives.
Since that time, the steel toe boot has evolved to support workers in the construction, forestry, and logging industries, as well as many industrial jobs. Traditionally, the steel toe boot is made of steel, but can also be made of a composite material or aluminum. Steel toe inserts can conduct heat, cold and even current. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) may require the use of steel toe boots in specific work environments. The best steel toe boots consist of a durable and protective reinforcement in the toe which protects the foot from falling objects and compression, and is combined with a mid-sole plate to protect the foot from punctures below. To find the best steel toe work boots for a particular job, always review the shoe ratings on traction, durability and a solid toe surface. It is also important to understand the safety symbols associated with the shoe that you purchase. Here is a listing of the safety symbols:
• Green Triangle- Class 1 toe cap with puncture resistant sole
• Yellow Triangle- Class 2 toe cap with puncture resistant sole
• White Square with Ohm Symbol- Electrical protection
• Yellow Square with SD- Anti-static protection
• Red Square with C- Electrically conductive
• Fir Tree- Chain saw protection
The Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6″ Steel Toe Boot is rated one of the best steel toe work boots of 2014. This boot is constructed of high quality leather and is available in soft or reinforced steel toe. Noting that Caterpillar has produced heavy equipment for nearly 100 years, it’s no doubt they have first-hand experience of the needs of people who operate their machinery in rugged environments. The 2nd Shift steel toe boots weigh about two pounds, offer good foot support, and are made of Goodyear welt construction for durability and longevity. This boot also has a nylon lining for moisture control and the Climasphere sock liner keeps feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They run about a half to one size larger than the regular shoe size and take a while to break in. Here’s the added bonus: The Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6″ Steel Toe Boot retails between $60.00 and $108.00.
Quality construction, light weight, great protection, cost effective, and the backing of Caterpillar and Goodyear technology are what make the Caterpillar Men’s 2nd Shift 6″ Steel Toe Boot truly the best steel toe work boots on the market today.