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The 21st century must be here; you can now get carbon fiber in your shoes. Not that anyone will notice, but perhaps later on they’ll start putting them on the outside like carbon fiber car hoods or something.

While not all of these new boots use carbon fiber, composite-toe safety shoes are becoming commonplace, using fiberglass or similar materials. Lighter than and just as strong as steel toes, they help to keep your dogs from barkin’ too loudly at the end of the day, without sacrificing any peace of mind. Most of the larger manufacturers such as Wolverine, Bates, and Hytest, have one or more offerings with composite toes, and they generally retail for a few dollars more than their steel-capped counterparts.

Whether a lighter shoe is worth the extra cash depends on how much value you place on comfort, but given how high the cost of good safety shoes can be, an extra $10 or $20 seems like a good trade.

Wolverine CarbonMAX boots [Wolverine]
Bates Composite-toe Boots [Bates]
Hytest Composite-toe Boots [Hytest]

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4 Responses to Composite Safety Toes

  1. Chris says:

    …and as a bonus, they don’t set off metal detectors (if the shank is also composite). That would be a big bonus for me if I could find a pair that was acceptable for semi-dress wear.


  2. rg says:

    In Canada, we’ve had composite toe/sole plate workboots for years. All of my winter workboots are like this because it makes a huge difference working outdoors in -40 deg weather. They’re really not all that much more expensive now, either. I bought a cheap pair at my local Walmart for about CAD$100 last year. They’re not bad. I even wear them in the summer because they’re so light and comfortable.

  3. Mike47 says:

    Tsk, tsk… this is REALLY increasing your carbon foot-print.

  4. rick says:

    The metal detectors and cold temperatures are the two reasons I will always try to get the carbon fiber or fiberglass toes.

    Its a definite benefit!

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