Toe Caps

Last updated: November 12, 2018

What Does Toe Caps Mean?

Toe caps are a protective reinforcement at the end of work boots to prevent injury to the toes from falling objects. Originally made from steel, toe caps are now commonly made by thermoplastic polyurethane, which is a bio-degradable product. Toe capped boots, though primarily produced for work safety wear, are often worn as a fashion item by motorcyclists and people involved in punk culture.

Safeopedia Explains Toe Caps

Toe caps are used in a variety of different work places. They are most commonly associated with the construction industry, where risk of toe and foot injuries from falling objects is high (impact resistant). Farriers and others who work in the farming community ordinarily wear steel caps at the end of their boots to protect the toes from horse’s hooves. Chefs often wear caps on their work shoes to prevent impalement of the toe by falling knives. Chefs toe caps are often made of thermoplastic polyurethane and are often undetectable.


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