A step up
in foot protection
from the simple steel toed boot
, the metatarsal
protector is a metal shell
that covers the most of the body of the foot as well. It is standard safety clothing
on some factory floor
In the boot I have seen that has had one of these, the protector was a kind of large stiff flap that was encased in leather and sewn into the boot around the toe, covering the laces, and making the boot look as though it had a huge tongue that was hanging out of the laces.