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UNDERGROUND STEEL CAPS

With the growth of heavy industry, thick-soled boots with reinforced toecaps were needed to protect the feet of workers in Britain’s factories and foundries, later becoming the footwear of the British army.

Steel-capped boots, with their metal toe box exposed or concealed beneath the leather upper, became the footwear of the British working-class male.

As skinheads emerged as a youth movement in the early 1960s, their working-class roots were reflected in their adoption of the steel-capped boot.

By the 70s, skinhead style had become synonymous with football terrace hooliganism and violence. But as the decade approached its anarchic close, steel-caps found favour with the punks, whose nihilism was matched by their ferocious creativity.

As grunge emerged in America during the late 80s and 90s, steel-caps returned on the feet of riot girls and then cyberpunks, before being picked up by fashion-forward kids in Tokyo’s Harajuku district.

Durable as ever, the steel-capped boot remains the choice for the most uncompromising wearers.

All of our steel cap collection is available on the option of a single, double or triple sole. The sole is 100% rubber and our uppers are 100% leather.