I was buying a new pair of boots, the same ones I was wearing = Red-Wing "King Toe". I get about two full years of year-round forestry work out of them for a little less than $200 out the door, and are very comfortable with a large though goofy-looking toe design. They aren't as good on the steepest slopes and I might someday pick up a pair of boots (Hathorne?) just for the steep stuff.
I mentioned to the sales-person that I liked them because they weren't Steel-toe, even though I am occasionally asked to wear those for no real reason. She told me I was already wearing them … there was a plastic-ish composite in the toe that passed the safety standards for steel toe. So I was happy about that, because I don't like steel toe at all.
So I Googled around on this a little and found this:
Composite Toe:A Non-Metallic Safety Toe for environments where steel is not appropriate. Reduced cold-transfer in cooler environments and meets the ASTM Standards for compression and impact testing rating of I-75/C-75.
I'm not sure what other boot manufacturers might offer this, but I am happy with the boots I have with this.
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