Steel Cap Boots or Composite Boots - What's The Difference

These Boots Were Made for Working

When it comes to industrial or construction work, you need the proper footwear to protect your feet. Safety boots are a must, but there are different types of safety boots available on the market. The most common types of safety boots on the market are steel cap boots and composite boots, both offer safety and comfort.

Deciding between the two types depends on what type of work you do, your own preference and of course comfort. We’ll take a look at the differences between steel caps and composite boots and how to care for your boots, so that you can decide which is best for you when purchasing your next pair of safety boots.

Choosing The Perfect Work Boots For You

It is essential when purchasing a new pair work boots to consider the benefits of selecting the right pair for you. There is a wide range of work boots on the market which can at times be overwhelming and it may be difficult to know where to start. There are many different manufacturers who use different toe caps, different heel counters and different levels of comfort and support in their footbeds. Just like clothing, different styles and brands all have their own perfect fit, so the right work boot will be unique to you. Wearing the correct pair of work boots can increase energy levels allowing you to make the most of your day. A correctly fitted pair of safety boots can also reduce lower back pain, as well as assisting knee and ankle soreness. We highly suggest brands which offer a 30 day trial period for your peace of mind. Pay us a visit in store or message us and we can help to find a style which suits you.

Steel Cap Boots or Composite Boots.

Steel cap boots have a thick, durable steel cap at the toe to protect your toes and feet from  impact and crushing injuries. While Composite boots, the toe caps are made from a variety of materials, including Kevlar, plastic and carbon fibre. They offer good protection against punctures, cuts and offer electrical hazard protection.

What Are Steel Cap Boots?

Steel cap boots are made to protect your toes from a variety of hazards including falling objects, impacts and compression. Many jobs sites and workplaces require steel cap boots as part of their workplace health and safety practices.You need comfortable steel caps boots that don't weigh too much. They should also fit you right for optimum support to ensure satisfaction while wearing them everyday.

We all know the importance of comfort when working long hours. Comfortable steel cap boots are imperative to ensure your feet stay happy and healthy. We carry a range of the best steel toe work boots in Australia. 

What Are Composite Work Boots?

Composite boots are a non reinforced work boot that are more suited for work sites that need to prevent electrical hazard as they don’t conduct electricity or have heavy magnetic properties. They are airport friendly so great for FIFO workers who regularly have to pass through airport security scanners. They are recommended for sites where toe/feet hazards could be from falling or rolling objects.

Being comfortable in your boots is as important as safety, with composite boots you will have the benefit of both. Composite boots have the advantage of being 30% lighter helping make sure leg fatigue is reduced. We have a range of composite boots for you.

How To Care For Your Steel Cap Boots

Looking after your boots will enhance longevity and durability. It is as simple as brushing away excess mud and dirt from the surface and soles. It doesn't seem like much but it will improve the longevity of your boots.

The material from which your shoes are made will determine how often you need cleaning, so check your boot label for instructions on how to care for them. There are products available to help waterproof and protect your boots. Check with each manufacturer's recommendations for the correct product to care for your boots.

Washing Your Steel Cap Boots

It's important to keep your boots clean and fresh. Check the label inside for instructions on how best to do this. You can use a soft brush or damp cloth in order to remove any dirt from the surface and soles. 

Avoid putting them into the washing machine at all costs as it may cause damage to both your machine and your boots. Always check with the manufacturer's instructions on how to care for your boots.

Can You Put Steel Cap Boots in The Dryer?

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to dry your steel capped boots, you may be tempted to put them in the dryer. However, this is not recommended, as the heat from the dryer can dehydrate the leather in your boots, leading to cracks and other damage. Additionally, the weight of the boots in the dryer can cause damage to your machine.

There are a few alternative ways to dry your boots that are much safer and will not damage them. One option is to place them in a warm area with good ventilation. Placing your wet boots under a fan will also help with the drying process and is the most recommended way to dry your boots. You can also stuff them with newspaper or other absorbent material to help soak up the water. Keep in mind that this paper will need to be changed often to continue the drying process.


Can You Stretch Steel Cap Work Boots? 

Making your steel caps more comfortable is important before a long day on the job. Start by breaking your boots in by walking around in them for short periods of time. You can also apply a leather conditioner or moisture to soften the leather (always check manufacturer's recommendations) which will make the boots more pliable and shape to your feet. 

Travelling With Steel Cap Boots

You can travel with steel cap boots. 

Can You Put Steel Cap Boots In Luggage

Yes, they can be in checked baggage or carry on. You may have to place them into a tray at security check point at airport for carry on.

Can You Wear Steel Cap Boots on a Plane

Yes you can. Most security checkpoints will ask you to remove them and place into a tray to be scanned. 

Want To Find Out More? 

If you’re in the market for a new pair of work boots, we’ve got you covered at Award Safety. Whether you need steel cap safety boots or composite toe caps, our range has something for everyone. If you’ve been putting off getting that new pair of boots why not check out our range of comfy, durable footwear. We are always happy to help and show you what’s new. 

And if you can’t make it into one of our stores to try them on, don’t worry – we have online shopping available. So what are you waiting for? 


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