How sturdy are composite toe？
Composite toe impact and compression: Footwear manufacturers rate and test their shoes and boots according to the standards set by the ASTM international. The relevant standards for footwear with a protective toe cap are ASTM F2412 and ASTM F2413.
The ASTM F2413 standard specifies that toe cap must be first tested for impact and compression. The test and methods for impact and compression are specified by ASTM F2412 standard as follows:
Impact and compression test
1.) Impact test: It is concerned with the effect of what happens when something very heavy falls on the shoes or boots.
2.) Compression test: It is concerned with the effect of what happens when something very heavy rolls on the shoes or boots.
So, in ASTM tested footwear, the toe cap will offer the same level of protection irrespective of the material it is made of-whether steel or composite.