There are many times when I have customers come into our Rogan's Shoes stores or even called our Internet Office, at 888-382-3111, knowing that they need to purchase steel toes for work with something called a "steel shank". They have no idea what it is and that is understandable. But knowing that you may need a steel shank when purchasing steel toes and not every steel toe shoe or boot has a steel shank makes it important to look for it. But what exactly is a steel shank? Here is the answer:
First it's important to understand what the general shank in a shoe is. A shoe shank is a flat piece of material located above the outer sole at the waist, or narrowest, middle-part of the shoe located between the heel and ball area of the foot just below the arch. A shank is needed to help add extra support to the arch area of the shoe.
Knowing this, it is obvious that a steel shank is a shoe shank made of steel. Many people think that a steel shank is a bad option to have in their shoe because the weight of the steel will make the boot unbelievably heavy. However, this not true. The shank is in fact a thin piece of steel that features both a natural flexibility and springiness and makes it a great option for it to be placed in the boot. And while a steel shank like a steel toe is sensitive to cold-weather conditions and will set off metal detectors, it helps prevent injury by preventing objects from penatrating the shoe from underneath.
Here are some examples of different styled steel toe shanks:
In addition to having a steel shank, a steel toe shoe will also feature a steel insole. A steel insole runs the entire length of the shoe. A steel insole is installed by the manufacturer to work with the steel shank in helping prevent sharp objects from pentrating the shoe underneath and causing injury.
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