fiberglass toe cap for safety shoes

fiberglass toe cap for safety shoes

Feb 10, 2023

Fiberglass toe cap for safety shoes
Fiberglass toe cap– Advantages

Designed to overcome some of the disadvantages of the traditional steel safety boot, composite materials (such as kevlar, carbon fibre, fibreglass and hard plastics) can firstly be more comfortable to wear: they are light – meaning they don’t drag your feet down like heavier boots can, and they don’t get excessively hot or cold. Non-metallic anti-penetration midsoles are also softer and more flexible than steel. This means that at the end of a hot summer’s day on site, composite work boots can definitely feel like an advantage. Secondly, as they are not metal based, they can be worn in high security workplaces without setting off metal detectors – though note it is still possible for composite safety boots to trigger metal detectors if they have other metal components (like eyelets). Some composite work boots are explicitly marketed as “metal free” to signify their compatibility with security systems.
Likewise, composite toe caps and midsoles pose no increased risk of electrical shock or of causing sparks, even if the boot becomes worn out or damaged. Composite midsoles can also be easily fitted along the whole length of the sole while with steel alternatives this is not always possible, due to the need for this part of the shoe to be flexible. This means they can offer more protection against nails, screws and other sharp objects.

Fiberglass toe cap – Disadvantages

As stated before, although composite safety boots are manufactured within European guidelines for acceptable impact and penetration resistance, they can’t typically exceed this rating to the same extent that steel can (at least not with most of the current technology on the market). Therefore, if you work in extremely high risk environments, they may not offer quite as high a level of protection: if something really heavy is dropped on a composite toe cap it may crack or shatter. The other main disadvantage of composite materials is that they are more expensive to implement, and as such they are not usually as affordable as the traditional steel toe capped designs.