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Not all work is the same.  Neither are all boots.  Doctors "work" very hard.  But they obviuosly don't need the same type of footwear as a construction worker or lumberjack.

A boot is a type of footwear and a specific type of shoe. Most boots mainly cover the foot and the ankle, while some also cover some part of the lower calf. Some boots extend up the leg, sometimes as far as the knee or even the hip. Boots are worn both for their functionality – protecting the foot and leg from water, extreme cold, mud or hazards (e.g., work boots may protect wearers from chemicals or use a steel toe) or providing additional ankle support for strenuous activities with added traction requirements (e.g., hiking).

Work boots are generally made to be stable and protective.  Safety footwear now comes in many styles, including sneakers and clogs. Some are quite formal, for supervising engineers who must visit sites where protective footwear is mandatory.

A steel-toe boot (also known as a safety boot, steel-capped boot or safety shoe) is a durable boot or shoe that has a protective reinforcement in the toe which protects the foot from falling objects or compression, usually combined with a mid sole plate to protect against punctures from below. Although traditionally made of steel, the reinforcement can also be made of a composite material, a plastic such as thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) or even aluminum. Steel-toe boots are important in the construction industry and in many industrial settings.

Speciality boots have been made to protect steelworkers' feet and calves if they get accidentally step in puddles of molten metal, to protect workers from a variety of chemical exposure, to protect workers from construction site hazards and to protect feet from extreme cold (e.g., with insulated or inflatable boots for use in Antarctica). Most work boots are "laceups" made from leather. Formerly they were usually shod with hobnails and heel- and toe-plates, but now can usually be seen with a thick rubber sole, and often with steel toecaps. Boots are normally worn with socks to prevent chafes and blisters, to absorb sweat, to improve the foot's grip inside the boot, or to insulate the foot from the cold. Before socks became widely available, footwraps were worn instead.

Most safety shoes have symbols on the outside, to indicate the protection that the shoe offers. Examples are:

  • Green Triangle indicates that it is a class 1 toe cap with puncture resistant sole

  • Yellow Triangle indicates that it is a class 2 toe cap with puncture resistant sole.

  • White Square (with ohm symbol) indicates electrical protection.

  • Yellow Square (with SD) indicates anti-static protection.

  • Red Square (with C) indicates electrically conductive.

  • Fir Tree indicates protection against chain-saws.

  • Important: consult with the manufacturer regarding the symbols and the footwear's protective capabilities.

A rigger boot is a particular type of pull-on safety boot in the United Kingdom. The name "rigger" comes from the fact that they were standard issue for workers on the offshore oil rigs in the North Sea, but are nowadays worn by most types of manual worker as a general purpose workboot. Riggers, as they are commonly nicknamed, are usually tan in color and go approximately third of the way up the leg and feature a steel toe cap for safety. Other distinguishing features of the boots include pull-on loops around the top of the boot's shaft and internal fur lining.

Regarding safety footwear, consult with testing labs for most current standards.  Below is for reference only so that you understand testing is required if making safety claims for certain types of footwear.

As of 2017, in the United States, the applicable standard for protective footwear is ASTM standards F 2412-05, Standard Test Methods for Foot Protection and ASTMF 2413-05, Standard Specification for Performance Requirements for Foot Protection.

OSHA requires compliance of ANSI Z41.1-1991, "American National Standard for Personal Protection-Protective Footwear," if purchased after July 5, 1994, or ANSI standard "USA Standard for Men's Safety-Toe Footwear," Z41.1-1967. if purchased before.

California has updated its regulations with the new 2005 ASTM standards F 2412-05, Standard Test Methods for Foot Protection and ASTM F 2413-05, Standard Specification for Performance Requirements for Foot Protection.

It is always a fabulous day to learn more about men's footwear.

You may want to also learn about combat boots which are military boots designed to be worn by soldiers during combat or combat training, as opposed to during parades and other ceremonial duties. Modern combat boots are designed to provide a combination of grip, ankle stability, and foot protection suitable for a rugged environment. They are traditionally made of hardened and sometimes waterproofed leather.

Have you ever heard the term to "die with one's boots on".  It means to die while one is still actively involved in work or to go down fighting. Popularized by Wild West movies.

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