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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
Dickies Men's 6
Dickies Men's 6
Dickies Men's 6
Dickies Men's 6
Dickies Men's 6
Dickies Men's 6
Dickies Men's 6
Dickies Men's 6

Dickies Men's 6" Metguard Steel Toe Work Boot DK0A4NNUBLK - Black

$139.99
Terra 6
Terra 6
Terra 6
Terra 6

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

$239.99
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

$259.99

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" Composite Toe Work Boot With Metguard TR0A4NRDBLK - Black

$229.99
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

$339.99
Timberland PRO Mudline Composite Toe Rubber Work Boots With Metguard A256Y001
Timberland PRO Mudline Composite Toe Rubber Work Boots With Metguard A256Y001
Timberland PRO Mudline Composite Toe Rubber Work Boots With Metguard A256Y001
Timberland PRO Mudline Composite Toe Rubber Work Boots With Metguard A256Y001
Timberland PRO Mudline Composite Toe Rubber Work Boots With Metguard A256Y001
Timberland PRO Mudline Composite Toe Rubber Work Boots With Metguard A256Y001
Timberland PRO Mudline Composite Toe Rubber Work Boots With Metguard A256Y001

Timberland PRO Mudline Composite Toe Rubber Work Boots With Metguard A256Y001

$199.99
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

$269.99

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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