with steel inserts
over the toes
. They're standard safety
clothing in factories
and other environments where heavy items may fall on the foot. For added protection, metatarsal protector
s may be added to shield the front of the foot.
In addition to normal mayhem as described by Andromache, steel toed boots have a distressing tendancy to be employed in meelee situations against both people and animals. Skinheads are notorious for doing this.
When I took weight training classes, I was instructed not to wear steel toed boots, because dropping weights on the boots could deform the steel into the flesh of the foot. I guess there's just two different schools of thought on the subject.