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Wear | September 2023

Q&A: Everything you need to know about toe covers on work boots

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Every tradesperson, manager, apprentice and weekend warrior knows that toe protection is essential for safety in the toughest trades.

But another ‘kid on the block’ plays an active role in durability for your work boots: toe covers, including scuff caps and bump camps.

Steel Blue’s range of streamlined toe covers guard against scuffs, scrapes and bumps, keeping your work boots in better condition and preventing distractions.

Curious about toe covers? Steel Blue has got you covered

What is the purpose of toe covers?

Bump and scuff caps primarily protect your work boots from wear and tear. They provide an additional layer of abrasion resistance, making already tough boots even tougher and longer lasting.

What’s the difference between “scuff caps” and “bump caps”?

Our streamlined scuff caps are stitched-in toe covers made of Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU). They’re highly resistant to abrasion and perfect for work that involves kneeling or resting materials against your toe.

Bump caps are also made from TPU but molded to the boot instead of stitched in. The molded design guards against wear and tear, and is especially popular with glaziers, bricklayers and sandblasters.

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Why are they made from TPU?

TPU is a durable and flexible material that offers excellent abrasion resistance while maintaining a streamlined appearance. It’s the same material used for our non-slip outsoles.

Do toe covers replace toe protectors?

Toe covers and toe protectors are different. Scuff caps and bump caps add a lightweight layer that protects the boot’s leather and prevents wear and tear. Steel toe protection defends against impact, rolling objects and compression hazards.

Together, you’re covered against anything your job throws at you.

Who needs toe covers?

Toe covers are beneficial for any work environment where abrasion and scuffing are likely. Construction workers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and warehouse personnel are just a few examples of professionals who benefit from scuff caps’ added durability and protection.

Do toe covers offer any protection?

By minimizing wear and tear, scuff and bump caps help maintain the integrity of your footwear, so you don’t need to buy work boots every month. There is a minor protective advantage for people who bump or scrape their toes at work. However, toe covers don’t count as PPE without steel toe protection.

Do scuff caps weigh my boots down?

Steel Blue’s toe covers are made from lightweight TPU, ensuring they don’t add noticeable weight to your work boots. You can expect the same lightweight work boot, designed for 100% comfort and built with premium materials – with an extra protective layer on the toe.

Will they reduce flexibility or mobility?

Our streamlined scuff caps and low-profile bump caps are carefully designed to provide full mobility and flexibility. They don’t hinder natural movement, so you can keep working confidently without sacrificing safety.

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Two new models, fresh from our factory to yours

Many of Steel Blue’s most popular steel cap boots are already available with optional bump or scuff caps. Now we’re pleased to announce two new styles have joined the range.

Hobart has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the hardest-working pull-on boots in the business. Designed for comfort and convenience, Hobart now features an optional scuff cap or bump cap.

Find your best fit

Explore the extensive range of Steel Blue styles available with toe covers and find your local distributor to try and buy the best work boots you can buy.

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