steel toe addition to boots

Can you add steel toe to boots?

In this article we’ll try to give an answer to the question: can you add steel toe to boots. A steel-toe boot, also known as a steel-capped boot, is a durable and sturdy boot or shoe that has a shielding reinforcement in the toe area which safeguards the foot from falling objects or even compression.

Although conventionally made from steel, the fortification can also be made of composite material. This is a plastic such as thermoplastic polyurethane or even aluminium. Steel-toe boots are essential in both construction and manufacturing, as well as a wide range of other industries. 

Occupational safety and health legislation or insurance requirements may call for the use of these boots in some settings and may direct the warranty of such boots and the display of said stamp of approval directly on these boots. The markings on the boot label should indicate the national or international standards that the boot was built to meet, and identify the degree of protection provided for impact, penetration, compression and electric shock. 

Steel toe shoes are very effective in keeping the feet and specifically the toes of industrial workers safe from sharp and heavy objects while in their work environments. Steel toe footwear nowadays comes in varying styles, including sneakers, clogs, and even dress shoes. Some are formal, for the supervising engineer who must-visit sites where protective footwear is obligatory.

Some varieties of steel-toe footwear have become trendy within subcultures such as skinheadpunk, and even rivet-heads. While brands that were previously popular within the fashion industry have also branched out into the safety footwear safe, industrial brands like Caterpillar, Rock Fall and JCB have also allotted licenses to produce safety footwear.

Can you add steel toe to boots or regular shoes?

can you add steel toe to boots?

Yes. But on the face of it, that is not a very good idea. Steel toe boots and shoes are made with soles that don’t compress even if something really heavy like maybe a cinderblock impacts the toe area. With such a sleeve there is always the risk that you might put it inside a shoe with soles that may not have the capability to resist the compression.

The most realistic way is to add a steel toe externally. They are intended more as temporary personal protective equipment for guests in areas that have compulsory steel toe rules. Temporary metatarsal guards also serve the same purpose.

They are not recommended for anything other than temporary use. A boot or shoe designed and assembled with steel toe would be far more effective and comfortable.

Making your own steel toe

Steel toe caps have been popular for decades, whether as practical work accessories or as a fashion statement. Buying steel toe caps can be costly, so making them for yourself will definitely save you money. However, like all things worth doing, it is time-consuming and will require patience. Hand-made steel toe caps are popular with Punks and Goths for that edgier look, but they are of course not as effective for the workplace, depending on what kind of work we are talking about.

Measure the length of the boot or shoe by stretching a tape measure from the tip of your toe to approximately the centre of the top of the foot. 

Next, measure the width on the widest section of the sole. Note these measurements down.

Cut out a piece of scrap leather the size of your foot length and width measurements. Round off the corners to make it fit around the boot. Make sure the toe tap will fit nicely in the centre. Turn the tap the wrong side up and glue around the edges, then make a diagonal cross.

Place the tap in the centre of where the scrap leather will be secured and leave it to dry. Once the toe taps are secure and dry, glue around the edges of the scrap leather, make another diagonal cross and place over the boot or shoe carefully, pressing down firmly at each edge with your fingertips. Wipe away the excess glue with a cotton swab before it dries. Allow the remaining glue to dry; wait about four hours to be sure.

Use a glover’s needle- a large, sharp wedge needle- and thick thread to complete the project with a running or overcast stitch around the overlaid leather.

And there you have it, your very own home made steel toe shoe/boot.