The steel toe shoes are a perfect example of a kind of product that were very crazily popular only for a short amount of time. Grinders and Camelot boots were especially sought after in the circles of school kids, usually from 7th to 9th grades, and those people who belonged to dangerous aggressive social groups. Nowadays, these boots are still quite popular, but they have been reduced from a fashion trend to just a type of footwear you would either wear just because you liked them or because you needed them for a specific professional purpose, which we will elaborate on further on in this article.
Their fame was certainly an accident, and the school kids with those dangerous subcultures were the last types of audiences that the creators of these shoes were aiming for. These steel toe shoes were made to protect the feet of people, not to be flaunted on the public just to look and feel authoritative. The actual audience that they were initially meant for were workers on physical types of jobs, such as constructors, engineers and etc, but their uses have been noticable in other areas of human activities, too.
In fact, there are so many models of steel protective footwear out there nowadays, that you want to first know which exact model you need. You don’t want to buy the steel toe running shoes if you are a constructor, and you don’t want to buy dress shoes if you are an umpire.
Also, and this is especially important for those who are at risk of extremely heavy objects falling on their feet, you want to avoid standing on softer surfaces when wearing this footwear. The reason for that is a falling object bounces off your shoes only when they are on very strong surfaces, like concrete, and if otherwise the steel plate can actually break away and be pushed into the ground under the force and weight of that falling object. Sometimes this means that your toes get sheared off.