5+ Best Carbon Fiber Nano Toe Work Shoes [April 2019]

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Yes, carbon fiber nanotech safety toes are:

  • WAY better than typical steel or alloy toes
  • As long as they are OSHA/ANSI approved and tested
  • Also, it would help if you considered them over traditional safety toes for many solid reasons.

Researchers are making new composite material out of carbon nanotubes. The technology is evolving at a great pace. You can also consider our list of best industrial shoes and comp/nano hiking shoes. No beating around the bush- here are your top five goodies (and the pair we tried, but could not admire and recommend for you):

Irish Setter Rockford Waterproof Nano-Toe Construction Shoe

Best waterproof nano toe

Do you know why we keep recommending brands like Red Wing? That’s because big old brands always try their level best to meet every necessity.

You would not find many people buying Irish Setter, yet we can’t stop recommending these. These are feature packed, and you need those qualities to keep everything in order.

In short, these are my pair, for me- if I was to go for carbon nanotech toes. I’ve spent thousands of hours, and I know which are stronger and why they are.

Available Variations:

Mid (5”)- something like a small boot covering more area.

Low- for more freedom.

Better for:

Medium to a high-risk task, hiking, casual wear.

Features Present:

Leather and textile uppers, rubber outsoles that are slip and heat resistant, electrical hazard, nano toe and super waterproof.   

Essential Features Absent:

So many aspects! All present.  

Special Features & Benefits:

  1. Every feature these shoes have are exceptional. Let’s go further:
  2. They continue to satisfy users this year.
  3. Stylish, aesthetic, they don’t look cheap or easy.
  4. UltraDry waterproofing.
  5. Armatec toe.
  6. CuShin tongue.
  7. EnerG high rebound EVA.
  8. G3 outsoles are oil, heat and gas resistant.
  9. Uppers are abrasion resistant.
  10. Spacious toe area.
  11. Unlike others, you get more abrasion resistance and more area coverage.

Limitations:

  • I don’t see why people tend to pick bad pairs instead of these!
  • One user said they fell apart after four months of use.

Level of Suggestion:

Recommended for you without a doubt.

Why did we suggest?

We would say winners can ignore popular craps and pick apparently ‘unpopular’ or new things that are useful for real.  

Cat Expedient Work Nano Carbon Shoes

Caterpillar did a good job here- they launched fantastic looking shoes with carbon toe. Big brands need to step forward.

Available Variations:

Men’s

Women’s

Better for:

Risky work, workout, running, informal wear.

Features Present:

Nylon mesh and TPU uppers, EH, nano toe, slip resistant.   

Essential Features Absent:

No leather, not waterproof (mesh shoes usually are not waterproof).  

Special Features & Benefits:

  1. Carbon fiber nano toe, the finest and latest on the market.
  2. Fit true to size.
  3. Lightweight.
  4. Comfortable. There’s an elastic feature in these shoes.
  5. Super breathable, no sweating within.
  6. Extremely stylish.
  7. The dual density EVA midsole is bumpy and supportive.
  8. SRX outsole ensures industry-leading slip resistance.
  9. Suitable for summer.
  10. Quality stuff.
  11. You can run wearing them.
  12. Abrasion-resistant patches on the front and back.

Limitations:

  • A little break in space required.
  • These may seem a bit uncomfortable at first.
  • As you already know, these don’t sell like hotcakes. Instead, the type goes slow and steady in terms of sales.

Level of Suggestion:

Very high.

Why did we favor?

New products from a trusted brand.

Similar Shoes

Caterpillar Men’s Shift Comp Toe Work Shoe

Caterpillar Men’s Streamline Leather CT / Dark Gull Gray Work Shoe

Nautilus Advanced ESD Nano Carbon Fiber Shoe

Nautilus is somewhat recognized as a top work-shoe company. A year ago, people scarcely bought them, and it’s changing. They will keep climbing as innovation is their helping hand.

Available Variations:

2421 Men’s

2485 Women’s

Better for:

Standing and walking all day, moderate risky jobs.

Features Present:

Synthetic sporty uppers, carbon fiber toe, ESD.   

Essential Features Absent:

No leather, not waterproof.  

Special Features & Benefits:

  1. People are still buying these in 2019. They’re satisfied.
  2. Uppers have TPU overlay support.
  3. ASTM F2413-11 standard nanotech toe.
  4. Stylish, solid look.
  5. Ergonomic design- which means they support your structure.
  6. Comfortable enough.
  7. Definitely lightweight.
  8. EVA midsole is appropriate and supportive.
  9. Carbon rubber outsole is more enduring. Treads don’t wear out within a short term.
  10. Oil and slip resistant. Suitable for kitchens, warehouses, refineries and motor mechanics.
  11. Abrasion resistant material.
  12. Warm yet breathable.
  13. Roomy toe box.
  14. Pull-on tabs.
  15. You can slip your feet on them.

Limitations:

  • Not very suitable if you need to flex them a lot. You’ll see wear and tear over time.
  • It requires a little break in time.
  • They might run large.
  • ‘Black’ is a bit blueish.
  • They are not likely to last for more than a year.
  • These are lighter, but not as light as running shoes.

Level of Recommendation:

High.

Why did we suggest?

Nautilus is innovative. They fill the tech gaps.

Red Wing ComfortPRO

When Red Wing name their shoes ‘ComfortPro’, there’s no bullshitting. All we seek is comfort, safety and durability and the latter two are a sure shot if it’s coming from Red Wing.

You know what sucks? They are not on amazon.com (at least when I’m writing). Whatever, we will not take them down (even if we do not get the royalties- it’s not always about money, it’s about the right information).

Available Variations:

Slip-on SD, Slip On EH, Oxford SD- Men’s and Women’s.

Better for:

Look at them, they’re for duty, casual wear and lots and lots of compliments.

Features Present:

Well treated leather, SD/EH, nano toe, grippy outsole, cement construction.   

Essential Features Absent:

They’re not tagged as waterproof.  

Special Features & Benefits:

  1. You will be hard-pressed to find so beautiful personality-shining work shoes.
  2. Lightweight and comfortable.
  3. Well built.
  4. Fine finishing.
  5. Excellent leather.
  6. Best class slip, oil, and chemical resistance.
  7. Non-woven SD.
  8. Dual-density BLVD outsoles are non-marking.
  9. They are made in Vietnam (better than the usual Chinese and Indian made shoes).
  10. Non-metallic shank.
  11. HRO heat resistant.
  12. Excellent abrasion resistance.

Limitations:

  • The big brand that does not ensure amazon.com presence!
  • Red Wing does not clearly state whether they are nano toe or not.

Level of Recommendation:

Honestly, very, very high.

Why did we recommend?

Because these are among the few best.

We don’t recommend-

Wolverine LIGHTNING SX EPX™ CARBONMAX

A disaster from a famous brand! Not cool finishing and they don’t stay strong for long.

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Wolverine JetStream and Jetstream 2 CarbonMax

Well, these are useful, and these are not pricey either. I like these. Most of the users loved them as well. The issue is, they failed to win more users’ hearts mostly because they’re of poor quality.

Available Variations:

Men’s

Women’s

Better for:

From work to gossip. Just wear them anywhere. The only problem, these are not too strong.

Features Present:

Carbon nano toe, EH rated, mesh upper, slip resistant.   

Cons:

  • The outsole tends to fall apart pretty quick. Whether it’s Jetstream or Jetstream 2, for males or females- this disappointment somehow hunts my enthusiasm down.
  • Bad durability.
  • Bitter fitting. Most of the time they run narrow and small.

Essential Features Absent: There’s no leather.  

Special Features & Benefits:

  1. Extremely lightweight. You would not feel safety shoes in your feet.
  2. Reasonable pricing.
  3. An excellent successor to the first JetStream shoes.
  4. They look good. Stylish.
  5. The underfoot comfort comes from a rubber-EVA blend.
  6. Wolverine carbonmax nanotechnology with ASTM F2413-11 M I/75 C/75 EH.
  7. The mesh upper is durable.
  8. No sweaty feet. These are breathable.
  9. Good laces.
  10. Solid outsole.

Level of Recommendation:

Medium, as they frequently fall apart.

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