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Old 01-12-2007, 12:07 PM   #1
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Are steel toe boots good or bad?

I have my eye on a pair of RedWings that i have been wanting to buy. There are those with steel toes and those without. I also heard that steel toes can be dangerous in that the steel (with sufficient weight on it) could crush the toes! We are probably talking about extreme situations here, but i would like to be enlightened on what is a safer, better options. My intended usage is daily office wear, on-road touring (90%) and very light offroad touring.

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Old 01-12-2007, 12:10 PM   #2
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They can (and do and have) cut your toes off, something like a car going over it or a bike landing on it would be sufficiant to bend it...

Your better off with thick leather type material or propper toe protectors found on most decent bike boots, a guy i know had a chain snap on him and he'd have lost the end of his foot were it not for the leather stuff on the end..
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Old 01-12-2007, 12:13 PM   #3
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When I took a road race school it was specified that no steel toe boots were allowed. I'm sure thay have reason for that.
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Old 01-12-2007, 12:14 PM   #4
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MythBusters tested the crushed steel toe story. It seems that if there is enough weight to crush the steel toe box then you were going to lose those digits anyway.

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Old 01-12-2007, 12:15 PM   #5
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They tend to be colder also.

Not only that!
They tend to be colder in the winter also.

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Old 01-12-2007, 12:18 PM   #6
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I have a friend who lowsided with steel toes on. The steel bent down and injured his toe. I once lowsided with them on and had no issues. Lucky I guess. 99 % of the time I ride in non-steel toe boots.
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Old 01-12-2007, 12:33 PM   #7
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I have a friend who lowsided with steel toes on. The steel bent down and injured his toe. I once lowsided with them on and had no issues. Lucky I guess. 99 % of the time I ride in non-steel toe boots.
That does it! thank you guys, no steel toes for me! Also, i have to pass through metal detectors at my workplace everyday. that'd be a pain.
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Old 01-12-2007, 12:35 PM   #8
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Steel toes are the way to go if you're in a situation where there is significant risk of dropping something on your toes. Motorcycle accidents are much more likely to involve bending rather than crushing forces, so I would think steel toes would do harm than good. Having said, it probably doesn't matter much.

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Old 01-12-2007, 12:43 PM   #9
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I run warehouses and steel toe boots protect toes better'n non-steel toed boots.

2,000lb pallets, double pallet machines, forklifts (well, nothing protects you from a forklift) are dangeous to tootsies and steel toes work better than plain leather.

I wouldn't use'em as a four season riding boot, though. Too cold.
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Old 01-12-2007, 01:13 PM   #10
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I wear non steel toed boots to work.. steel toe are safer, but much colder.. also they tend to rub my big toes raw... Its a risk..

they have that Safty Toe now which is PVC, those might be worth looking into..

If your going to so some offroad buy a pair of Moto boots, the bike is heavy and you will need the protection and it could save your ankle!!!
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Old 01-12-2007, 01:21 PM   #11
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i use the steel toed boot because....

if you are riding at speeds and in conditions, ie:track,where you are going to inflict sufficient damage to bend the STEEL, your toes will likely be the least of your worries, and your funeral director will take care of the rest. Anything less than that, the steel toes could actually help.
Check the "BOOTS" section of the following article:

http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/school-SectionFour.htm

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Old 01-12-2007, 01:30 PM   #12
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The lamest reason not to wear steel toes is that they can damage your toes. That's the equivilent to saying you won't wear a helmet because it could break your neck. What the heck do you think your foot would look like if there is sufficient impact to crush or bend a steel toe and you only had leather covering it?
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Old 01-12-2007, 01:38 PM   #13
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The lamest reason not to wear steel toes is that they can damage your toes. That's the equivilent to saying you won't wear a helmet because it could break your neck. What the heck do you think your foot would look like if there is sufficient impact to crush or bend a steel toe and you only had leather covering it?
I agree. Good brand feel very comforable. I a bike i'd vote for bike boots. For sure if it's off-road.
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Old 01-12-2007, 01:41 PM   #14
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The point is ther better optionshat stand less chance of damageing you..

Like why not wear stainless steel helmet? between a steel or leather helmet i'd go for the latter.. but it'd still be feckin stupid when theres things much better for the job..

(incedentally i wear sidi race boots, and i dont ride a sports bike)
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Old 01-12-2007, 01:45 PM   #15
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The lamest reason not to wear steel toes is that they can damage your toes. That's the equivilent to saying you won't wear a helmet because it could break your neck. What the heck do you think your foot would look like if there is sufficient impact to crush or bend a steel toe and you only had leather covering it?
I agree, I wear either steel-toed work boots, or motorcycle boots.
One thing I can tell you, is that steel-toed boots do a lot more damage to the car door of someone who tries to cut you off!
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