Work Boot Standards Specifications

Work Boot Standards Specifications
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Choosing the appropriate footwear for yourself will reduce injuries. You need to protect feet with good quality industrial footwear that have been manufactured to recognised Work Boot Standards. Read through the following standards, compiled by Work Boot Planet, to help you choose the best work boots for your needs.

Work Boot Standards

These are Work Boot Standards Specification definitions of industrial standard symbols that are used to describe industrial safety footwear across the world.


Work Boot Safety, Features and StandardsProtective footwear must pass through two tests for impact and compression established by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Under the Class 75 test for impact, a shoe must withstand 75 lbs of impact with 12.7 mm (0.50 in.) clearance for men’s and 11.9 mm (0.468 in.) for women’s.

Under the Class 75 test for compression, a shoe must withstand 2500 lbs of compression while maintaining at least 12.7 mm (0.50 in) for men’s and 11.9 mm (0.468 in) for women’s.


Also known as Safety Toe Boots, Steel Cap Boots or Safety Boots. These are Industrial boots and shoes that have durable protective reinforcement in the toe, which protect the wearer from falling objects.

All our recommended Steel Toe footwear are rated ASTM F2413-05 I/75 C/75, the highest available strength for impact and compression withstanding over 2500Ibs of compression and 75Ibs of impact.


Composite Safety Toe footwear are industrial safety shoes that feature a reinforced toe designed to protect the wearer from falling objects, electric shock and other workplace hazards. Instead of steel, the reinforced composite toe is made of Kevlar, plastic, carbon fiber, fiberglass or another sturdy, nonmetallic material.

Our recommended Composite Safety Toe designs meet are exceed ASTM F2413-05 I/75 C/75 Impact and Compression specifications.


Work Boot Electrical SafetyElectrical Hazard footwear is industrial shoe design to protect the wearer from open circuit in dry condition.

Footwear that is label electrical hazard must withstand the application of 14,000 volts at 60 Hz for 1 minute with no current flow or leakage in excess of 3.0 mill amperes under dry conditions.

All our recommended Electrical Hazard Designs meet or exceed ASTM F2413-05 1/75 standard.


A Metatarsal Guard footwear carries a device that straps onto the shoe to protect the instep from impacts and crushing. This device can be made from aluminum, steel, plastic, or fiber.

Metatarsal Guard designs come in two forms, that is internal metatarsal (device is hidden) and external metatarsal guard (device is exposed).


Puncture Resistant Footwear contains a midsole which is made from steel or a non metallic material.This midsole allows full sole coverage as well as movement and flexibility, and more importantly it reduces the hazards of puncture wounds caused by sharp objects penetrating the sole.

All of our recommended Puncture Resistant designs meet are exceed the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard requirements.

Final Words

If you have any other Work Boot Standards that should be included in our list, please let us know at Work Boot Planet, by leaving a comment in the form below.

Work Boot Guru
Work Boot Guru
Hi there, my name is Stuart and I am the founder of Work Boot Planet. Having spent a lot of time researching before purchasing my own work boots, I now make work boot, work shoe, safety boot and safety shoe reviews and guides to help other be safe in their industry.

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