LaCrosse Footwear utilizes three material options for safety toe boots: steel, alloy, and non-metallic toe (NMT).
All three varieties meet the requirements and pass the testing standard for impact and compression (ASTM F2413-18 I/75 C/75 EH). All of our safety toe styles are manufactured with non-conductive, electrical-shock-resistant soles and heels to comply with the ASTM standard for electrical hazard.
- Steel toes are typically a thinner gauge than their non-metallic and alloy counterparts which often leads to less bulk in the toe box of the boot.
- An alloy toe is one made from a variety of elements which are primarily Silicon, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Magnesium, Chromium, Zinc and Titanium. It is lighter, but bulkier, than steel.
- NMT (non-metallic toe), also called composite toe, doesn’t conduct heat or cold to the foot. It also shatters or bounces back upon compression - whereas metal will stay at the point compressed to. Non-metallic toes will also pass through a metal detector, but keep in mind that there could be other metal components on the boot.