I usually caution people against steel toe work boots and riding. They do not have ankle protection and the steel toe itself can injure your foot in a crash. I use to do the same thing and went down on ice. The boot I was wearing was only a 6" boot and the only injury I sustain was to my foot and ankle. The boot's sole came a part and steel toe rolled my toes backwards. I know of two other riders that end up with foot injuries wearing steel toe boots. One t-boned a car when the woman turned in front of him. He ended up loosing toes because his boot ended up between the car and the bike. Other than that he did not sustain any life altering injuries. The latest just happened a few weeks ago when a forest rat jumped out in front of a friend, broke his shoulder, leather jacket with no armor, and broken foot. Thankfully it was cold and he was wearing more gear than normal including a full face modular helmet. He's one of those guys that has been riding for forty years and never been off, so his gear choices have always been slight. That helmet took a beating and he is a believer now. Having the experience of tumbling down a road at 60 mph gives you a new prospective on gear. His 3/4 helmets are gone and he is looking for full gear now including riding boots. Anyone else have similar experiences with steel toe work boots?