In this simple study, researchers demonstrated that steel toe capped work boots can prevent serious injury to the forefoot. The researchers fitted regular or steel toe work boots on cadaver feet and dropped 150 lbs on each foot. Ouch! Steel toe capped work boots (pic right) reduced the number of fractures in the foot by more than half compared to regular work boots (pic left).
Even regular work boots are better than sandals, particularly when you are out working in the yard or mowing the lawn. You never know when you may drop a flower pot, or sharp tools on your foot. Save those toes, wear good shoes when doing yard work.