Evolution of Safety Shoes

The first type of protective shoes were wooden shoes, also called sabots. Workers in Europe wore them for protection from falling objects. Farmers also wore sabots to protect their feet in case cattle or horses accidentally stepped on their feet.

 

These wooden clogs were hand-crafted in Europe in 17th Century. Some people also made leather shoes - by far not yet as sophisticated as protective leather shoes today.

 

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It is said the steel-toe cap was invented by Germans. It was used for the workforce and also by the military.

 

The steel-toe cap caught on when the Red Wing Shoes company started to deal in steel-toe boots in the 1930's. Originally, these were made of steel only but today we have safety shoes made with aluminium alloy, composite material, and carbon fiber.

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