We’ve gone round and round about this in the Toolmonger office, and there’s no clear consensus: When does it make sense to wear steel toe work boots, and when does it make sense to wear lighter, more comfortable standard boots?
My take is pretty straightforward: If I’m going to be around heavy objects, I opt for the steel — or one of the many modern equivalents. When I’m just kicking around — and certainly when I’m traveling — I wear standard non-strengthened boots. Sean differs, though, opting for normal boots almost always. Of course, we totally understand that factory floor workers and others will require steel toe boots regardless of how we (or they) feel. But do those of you who wear them by requirement at work wear them by choice outside? If so, when?
Truth be told, heavy equipment isn’t the only reason to own foot protection. The guy who took the CC-licensed photo above’s use for ’em: mosh pits.
(Thanks, Mickey Glitter, for the awesome CC-licensed photo.)