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Information about Metatarsal Boots

Protect Your Feet with an Internal or External Metatarsal Boots

Work boot safety features are some of the most important factors to look at when looking for a new pair of work boots. Metatarsal guards are a great safety feature to consider if you work with heavy equipment, machinery and/or heavy containers. A metatarsal boot protects the upper foot, or metatarsal bones, and toes from different hazards. A metatarsal guard can be found on the interior or exterior of the boot.

Metatarsal Bone Diagram

Metatarsal Bone Diagram

An exterior metatarsal guard is on the exterior of the work boot and covers the laces up to the bend of the boot. Having the metatarsal guard on the outside allows you to have the same feel on the interior of the boot without having the metatarsal guard on the inside. Having the metatarsal guard on the outside doesn't take away any functionality of the boot. Below are two work boots from Georgia and Carolina that are showing off different styles of work boots that have an exterior metatarsal guard.

Georgia External Met Guard G6382
Carolina External Met Guard 505
 External Metatarsal Boot External Metatarsal Boot

An interior metatarsal guard allows you to have the metatarsal guard safety feature without sacrificing the look of your work boot. With the metatarsal guard being on the inside of the boot, you won't have the large shield-like covering that is on the exterior of the boot. An internal guard is no better or worse than an external metatarsal guard, it just gives you a more traditional work boot look. Below on the left is a diagram of an internal metatarsal guard and on the left is the Florsheim slide-on work boot.

Diagram of Interior Met Guard

Florsheim Internal Met Guard FE690

Internal Metatarsal Boot

florsheim internal Metatarsal Boot

Metatarsal guard work boots are most commonly used in foundries, and for welding and other heavy manufacturing. All styles marked with the “Mt/75” icon meet the ASTM F2413-05 (formerly ANSI Z41 PT99) I/75 C/75 standards. See a picture of the tag below.

ASTM Tag Information

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