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