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 floors.

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.

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