Why do you need a safety boot with a MET Guard?

Why do you need a safety boot with a MET Guard?

by Tara Zimmerman

Why do you need a safety boot with a MET Guard?

A boot with a MET Guard protects your metatarsal bones which are the bones on the top of your feet. The metatarsal bones are right next to the surface of the skin meaning there is no flesh, muscle, or fat to protect them from falling objects and injury.

Typically a steel toe or composite toe work shoe has a toe box that only covers 1 to 1.5 inches of the foot, which leaves the metatarsal bones of your foot unprotected. A MET Guard protects the top of your feet with a stainless steel, composite, or alloy plate and can be part of the boot either externally or internally.

External MET Guard Boots

As the name sounds an external MET Guard boot is outside of the boot itself and usually covers the shoelaces. An external MET Guard typically covers a larger area compared to an internal MET Guard and is backed with a dense foam padding for comfort and impact absorption.

An external MET Guard boot Is good for professions where there is a need to move around heavy objects around, but they also work well for welders and some forestry professions. In a welding setting the external MET Guard will protect the laces and shoes from sparks, falling metal and heat. In addition, an external MET Guard can protect against high powered cutting tools, like chainsaws.

Here are some external MET Guard options we currently have available: 

Terra VRTX 8000 EXT MET Men's 8
Terra VRTX 8000 EXT MET Men's 8
Terra VRTX 8000 EXT MET Men's 8
Terra VRTX 8000 EXT MET Men's 8
Terra VRTX 8000 EXT MET Men's 8
Terra VRTX 8000 EXT MET Men's 8
Terra VRTX 8000 EXT MET Men's 8
Terra VRTX 8000 EXT MET Men's 8
Terra VRTX 8000 EXT MET Men's 8

Terra VRTX 8000 EXT MET Men's 8" Safety Boots With Composite Toe TR0A4NPUBLK

$279.99

Terra Barricade Men's 6
Terra Barricade Men's 6
Terra 6
Terra 6
Terra 6
Terra Barricade Men's 6
Terra Barricade Men's 6
Terra Barricade Men's 6
Terra Barricade Men's 6
Terra Barricade Men's 6
Terra Barricade Men's 6

Terra Barricade Men's 6" Waterproof Composite Toe Work Boot With Metguard - 305517

$229.99
STC Alloy Men's 8
STC Alloy Men's 8
STC Alloy Men's 8
STC Alloy Men's 8
STC Alloy Men's 8
STC Alloy

STC Alloy Men's 8" Metatarsal Protection Composite Toe Work Boot

$299.99

Internal MET Guard Boots

An internal MET Guard is integrated into the shoe beneath the laces. Typically an internal MET guard is a plate that is wrapped in a soft material that will absorb impact.

An internal MET Guard is typically smaller and less noticeable than the external MET Guard, this makes an internal MET Guard ideal for job sites where getting caught on machinery is a hazard.

 One internal MET Guard boot that we`re very excited about that launched a few months ago is the Terra Brenn. The Terra Brenn is woman`s boot with an internal MET Guard, this boot was design specifically for a woman`s foot - making it a safer and more comfortable option for women who need to wear a MET Guard boot on the job site.

Here are some internal MET Guard options we currently have available: 

Terra Brenn Women's 8
Terra Brenn Women's 8
Terra Brenn Women's 8
Terra Brenn Women's 8
Terra Brenn Women's 8
Terra Brenn Women's 8
Terra Brenn Women's 8
Terra Brenn Women's 8
Terra Brenn Women's 8

Terra Brenn Women's 8" Composite Toe Work Boot With Metguard TR0A4NRDBLK - Black

$239.99
Keen Philadelphia 6
Keen Philadelphia 6
Keen Philadelphia 6
Keen Philadelphia 6
Keen Philadelphia 6
Keen Philadelphia 6

Keen Philadelphia 6" Waterproof Men's Composite Toe Safety Boot with Internal Met 1022088

$209.99

Terra VRTX 8000 Internal MET Men's 8
Terra VRTX 8000 Internal MET Men's 8
Terra VRTX 8000 Internal MET Men's 8
Terra VRTX 8000 Internal MET Men's 8
Terra VRTX 8000 Internal MET Men's 8
Terra VRTX 8000 Internal MET Men's 8
Terra VRTX 8000 Internal MET Men's 8
Terra VRTX 8000 Internal MET Men's 8
Terra VRTX 8000 Internal MET Men's 8

Terra VRTX 8000 Internal MET Men's 8" Composite Toe Work Boot TR0A4NPVBRN - Brown

$279.99

How can I tell if my boot has a MET Guard?

The symbol for MET Guard protection is a white M in a black square. In accordance to the CSA safety symbol index all metatarsal protective footwear will also have toe protection. For more information about safety footwear and workplace foot injuries check out the CCOHS website here. 

At Work Authority, we carry a wide range of Met Guard boots. Whether you are looking for an internal or external MET Guard our in-store or online team can help you find what works for you and your position.

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How do I make sure to get the right size?

To measure your feet:

  1. Get a blank piece of paper, a pencil and a tape measure.
  2. Stand with one foot on the piece of paper, and have most of your weight on your foot to simulate walking.
  3. Holding the pencil perfectly vertical and perpendicular to the paper, mark a line at the back of your heel and at the tip of your longest toe. Also mark a line along each side of the widest part of your foot.
  4. Measure length and width to the nearest 16th inch and subtract .20 to .25 inches, or .50 centimetres, to account for the width of the pencil.
  5. Find your corresponding size in the charts below.

A couple of tips to get the perfect fit:

  • Measure your feet later in the day as feet normally swell and can become up to half a size bigger in the evening.
  • Measure both feet and use the measurements of the biggest foot. Many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Wear the same type of socks you will generally be wearing on the job when you measure your feet.

Here are some general guidelines to assess fit once you’ve received your new boots:

  • Try on new boots towards the end of the day.
  • Walk around in a clean environment for a couple of hours to make sure the boots are comfortable.
  • Try boots on both feet, as many people have feet that are different sizes.
  • Boots should fit snugly around the heel and ankle when laced.
  • The inner side of the boot should be straight from the heel to the end of the big toe.
  • The boot should grip the heel firmly.

Measuring apparel for proper fit

Size X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large 2X-Large 3X-Large
Neck - Inches 13-13.5 14-14.5 15-15.5 16-16.5 17-17.5 18-18.5 19-19.5
Neck - Centimetres 33-35 36-37 38-39 41-42 43-44 45-47 48-50
Chest - Inches 30-32 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56
Chest - Centimetres 76-81 86-91 97-102 107-112 117-122 127-132 137-147
Waist - Inches 27-28 29-31 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50
Waist - Centimetres 68-71 73-78 81-83 91-96 101-106 111-116 121-127

Hint: For the most accurate results, measure yourself in your undergarments.

  • Neck: Measure around the base of your neck, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your neck to allow ease in fit.
  • Chest: Measure around the fullest part of your chest, keeping tape firmly under your armpits and around your shoulder blades.
  • Waist: Measure around your waist, slightly below your natural waist, where you normally wear your pants. Insert your forefinger between the tape and your body to allow ease in fit.
  • Sleeve length: Bend your arm slightly. Measure from centre back neck, across your shoulder, down to your elbow, down to your wrist.
  • Hip: Measure around the fullest part of your hips, inserting your forefinger between the tape and your hip to allow ease in fit.
  • Inseam: Measure a similar pant that fits you well. Measure along the inseam, from the crotch seam to the bottom of the hem.

Between sizes?

If your measurements are in between those listed in the size chart, pick the next larger size.