Steel-toe general purpose work boots protect workers' feet in nonhazardous, general purpose applications. They are typically made of strong leather with either rubber or polyurethane soles. Steel plates in the toes protect against compression and injury from falling objects but reduce the boot's flexibility. Steel-toe general purpose work boots resist abrasion, cuts, punctures, water and some chemicals. They also have treaded soles to provide a good grip on wet, dry and slippery surfaces.