Remember when I told you that there are times when you need a flexible, light and compact work shoe to help you get through the day faster? Well, this is definitely not one of those times. Today, we’re targeting all those hard working masculine brutes that need exaggerated amounts of safety and protection. If your job is literally a battlefield or involves dangers and hazards at every turn and bend, then you need a work boot built like a tank, nay, two tanks.
Yeah, yeah, we’ve seen them all; from thick steel toes to some of the widest shanks you’ll ever see. But when you see a work boot that also incorporates a metatarsal guard, then you know that things just got serious. For all you greenhorns who are new to the world of boots, here’s all you need to know about metatarsal guards in a few sentences. The five long bones that extend all the way from your ankle to your toes at the top of your feet are known as metatarsal bones.
With a typical steel toe boot, the metatarsals are still left out in the open; susceptible to impacts and crushing forces. Nobody wants an injured foot; that’s why some heavy duty work boots incorporate metatarsal guards to protect the top of your feet from impacts and compression forces. Enough chit chat’ it’s time to check out some of the best steel toe metatarsal guard work boots on the planet.
Metatarsal Guard Work Boots for Maximum Protection
1. Timberland PRO Mens Helix Met Guard Work Boot
The Timberland PRO Men’s Helix Met Guard Work Boot features premium leathers that are durable, stylish and very rugged. The come in a brown color with orange threading and the PRO logo sitting proudly on the sides. The fact that Timberland combined ultra flexible cement construction with an internal metatarsal guards is simply genius. This means that while you can still move about freely and comfortably, the metatarsal guard lets you rest easy and work confidently. Before we wrap up the safety features, it’s worth mentioning the ASTM-rated safety toe that protects from the top while the outsole features a Ladder Lock and better grip with oil and slip resistance.
2. KEEN Utility Mens Louisville 6″ Internal Met Work Boot
The KEEN Utility Louisville Internal Met Work Boot is another handsome devil from Keen that looks almost as damn good as it performs. The combination of brown, tight leather and black synthetic material with Keen’s logos stands out from a bunch of boots. Underneath the tough exterior is an even tougher steel toe that guards against heavy impacts and compression forces exceeding ASTM recommendations. But we all know some jobs need more than that. Fortunately, the internal metatarsal guard on these Louisvilles can more than hold their own in dangerous situations. However, Keen may have made their boot a tad compact, so make sure you go with a full size larger than you generally wear.
3. Wolverine Men’s Mckay Metatarsal Guard Boot
The Wolverine Men’s Mckay Metatarsal Guard Boot shows up to the party in genuine, full-grain leather with instant comfort, extra strength, but less visual aesthetics than some of the other boots in our list. However, you won’t mind the plain exterior when your feet are still dry in inches of water. This is all thanks to the waterproof CK mesh lining that will not let a single drop of water make it to your feet. The much preferred Classic Goodyear welt construction guarantees you an almost invincible work boot; with the option of resoling in case it comes apart. As for the comfort, you can rest while working thanks to a plush removable cushion bed.
4. Carhartt Men’s CMW6610 6 Inch Met Work Boot
When it comes to safety, the CMW6610 6 Met Work Boots from Carhartt are playing with a full house. With all credit to the steel toe caps and flexible metatarsal guards on each boot, you are entirely shielded from heavy compressions and sudden impacts from falling objects. If you’re working in wet and slippery conditions, there’s no need to worry about getting wet or falling flat on your back. You can thank the waterproof membrane and oil/slip resistant high traction outsoles. Another feature that I definitely can’t miss is the Goodyear Welt construction that makes the CMW6610 extra tough and durable. In addition to compounding the lifespan of your work boot, Goodyear welt construction allows free flow of air to keep your feet fresh and cool.
5. Rhino Men’s 6MS01 6″ Steel Toe Metatarsal Leather Work Boot
Boasting of some of the toughest, all black genuine leather uppers, you know that the Rhino Men’s 6MS01 Steel Toe Metatarsal Leather Work Boots are built to outlive your career. Combine that with the fact that the boots use Goodyear welt constructions and you have a few more years with your favorite pair. As for the protection, the metatarsal guard is quite obvious since it is external. Not only does this give you more protection and comfort, but it also allows for the protection of your uppers in case of damage or chemical spills. Underneath the metatarsal guard is an ASTM rated steel toe as well as electrical hazard protection for all our boys in the electrical industry.
6. Georgia Boot Men’s Homeland 8 Inch Steel Toe Work Shoe
The Georgia Boot Men’s Homeland 8 Inch Steel Toe Work Shoe are as sturdy as they are functional. Starting off from the tall 8 inch shaft that offers full protection for your feet, you can be sure nothing’s getting in there. A little lower is Georgia’s patented internal metatarsal guard that is more than capable of withstanding hard impacts and substantial compression forces of up to 75 pounds. In addition to the ever reliable Goodyear welt construction, the boots also have a thick, steel toe that is compliant with ASTM ratings and classifications for safety. Workers can also look forward to a built in airflow system to keep cool and extra cushioning and padding all though for ultimate comfort.
7. Dr. Martens Men’s Ironbridge Steel IM BootIf you’ve got the name doctor on a pair of shoes, then you know that these guys definitely know their stuff. So, what do you get when you merge comfortable clogs with a rough and tough rugged pair of work boots? Simple, you get the perfect combination of durability, protection, and comfort. In other words, you get Dr. Martens Men’s Ironbridge Steel IM Boots. These handsome brown safety boots from the Doc come with all the safety features you expect in a world class boot along with an added touch of comfort.
The uppers on the Ironbridge are crafted from very supple and water resistant leather to keep you at ease all day. The double stitched seams also give you additional ruggedness and strength needed to survive a treacherous working environment. Speaking of treacherous, the internal metatarsal guards are made with the latest D30 tech to give you the highest standards of safety and protection. Combine that with an ASTM rated safety toe and abrasion-resistant outsole and you have a shoe that won’t give out for anything. Comfort has also not eluded us this time thanks to Dr. Martens Smartmask PU cushioned footbed for all day comfort.