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Wear | November 2023

The role of safety boots in preventing common workplace injuries

Work Boots For Tradies

With so many hidden hazards on job sites, it’s important to take PPE seriously. Safety starts from the ground up, and good safety boots are worth their weight in gold. They protect against much more than toe injuries, keeping you safe and productive so you can always do your best work.

10 reasons high-quality work boots matter

Toe protection

Safety boots feature built-in toe caps, usually made of toughened steel or non-metallic composite materials. These toe caps protect feet from impact, falling debris, compression and rolling objects, reducing the risk of broken toes or more severe injuries.

Steel cap boots also resist puncture, while composite toe caps provide greater insulation in hot and cold conditions. 

Sole protection

Steel Blue offers a lightweight TPU outsoles. TPU is resistant to 266°F and available in anti-static or electrical hazard styles. 

Our puncture-resistant work boots feature an additional component in the sole to protect your feet from sharp objects like nails, glass and sharp rocks, all of which are common risks in industries like construction and mining.

Slip resistance

Slips, trips and falls are some of the most frequent – and easily prevented – injuries among tradespeople. 

Steel Blue slip-resistant outsoles comply major safety footwear standards including Australian and New Zealand Safety Footwear Standard AS 2210.3. 

This is especially important in workplaces with slippery, wet, oily or uneven surfaces, such as construction sites, mechanic’s workshops or industrial facilities.

Specialist protection

When your work demands additional PPE, don’t overlook the importance of specialist safety boots. You can find Steel Blue boots with dedicated protection against job-specific hazards:

Look for labels that indicate your work boots are fit for purpose before undertaking any hazardous work.

Comfortable Work Boots

Ankle support

Work boots provide snug ankle support, helping to prevent sprains and strains during physical activities, on uneven surfaces or when climbing ladders. With a range of ankle heights and fastening options available, you can find the Steel Blue fit that feels comfortable and suits your working style.

Reduce strains and fatigue

Our Trisole® Comfort Technology, built on form-fitting cushioned footbeds and shock-absorbing materials, prevents the muscle aches you might experience with cheap work boots.

Less fatigue in your legs and back means you can stay focused on the task at hand and do your best work. Steel Blue is proud to be the first and only safety footwear manufacturer to earn an Australian Physiotherapy Association endorsement for our comfortable work boots.

Water and chemical resistance

The premium water-resistant leather and moisture-wicking materials we use make Steel Blue the most comfortable boots in virtually any weather.

In some industries like oil and gas, chemical engineering and underground mining, waterproofing requirements are even greater. Steel Blue’s specialty work boots provide vital protection and peace of mind in these tough environments.

Metatarsal guard

Some safety boots feature an additional metatarsal guard that covers the upper foot region, protecting the delicate metatarsal bones from impact and crushing injuries. 

Built-in guards like those in our Met-Guard range are more reliable, protective and flexible than after-market metatarsal guards, so we always recommend buying work boots with embedded protection.

Comfort and fit

Tradies are more likely to wear comfortable work boots consistently, reducing the likelihood of neglecting PPE. Properly fitted safety boots also minimise the risk of foot-related injuries caused by uncomfortable footwear.

We have invested years of research into creating lightweight work boots that remain comfortable all day, and we stand by our work with a 30-day 100% comfort guarantee.


High-quality safety boots should withstand harsh working conditions, not just once but day after day. Durability in steel-cap boots comes from the combination of premium materials and attention to detail during manufacturing. 

We take pride in our premium leather sourced from Leather Working Group members, and we know that every pair of Steel Blue boots is built to last.

Work Boots Collection

A mark of true skill

Steel Blue designs and manufactures the most comfortable work boots on the market. We have spent nearly three decades continuously improving our materials and refining manufacturing methods to offer hardworking men and women a better, safer choice of work boot.

No matter where you work, we’ve got you covered. Visit your local stockist to try on the extensive range of Steel Blue steel cap and composite toe boots.

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