I am a Technical Trainer for a Cable TV company. Recently, our company adopted a requirement for all field technicans to wear steel toe boots while on the job. As a former technician this causes me concern with long term effects of such ridged foot wear. The requirments of the job consist of constant bending, stooping and kneeling. Having tried steel toe boots in the past, I found my feet hurting badly at the end of the day. I replaced my steel toe boots with a good leather work boot with out the safety toe and haven't had any more problems. Also, technicians do not routinely carry items weighing more that twenty pounds and occasionaly carry cable reels that weigh up to fifty pounds. I have yet to hear of anyone dropping a reel on their foot and breaking a toe. My question is, are there any studies that support my argument that the long term effects of rigid footware in a job such as ours, are more damaging to the foot and out weigh the bennifitts of the safety toe. My arguments are purely based on my personal experience and the comments of one other person, so I may be incorrect in my assumtions. I would like to be sure of the bennifitts and hazards before I incorperate this policy in my training. Any information or direction you can provide will be much appreciated.