Shoes.com Insider on Caterpillar
Caterpillar made its first splash in construction equipment, not footwear. Designed to combat the marshy conditions of the San Joaquin River Delta, Caterpillar machines have been an essential tool for farmers and laborers since the early 1900's. The scope of Caterpillar's history also expands to theatres of war; the early Holt tractor saw time in World War I in artillery transport, and during WWII, Caterpillar machinery was a known favorite of the U.S. Navy's construction battalion.
With a rich heritage in expanding infrastructure established, Caterpillar began to focus on the foot pushing the pedal. After all, just because machines are being used doesn't mean there isn't some heavy lifting to be done. Hence, Caterpillar boots boast steel toe, electrical hazard protection, Kevlar outsoles and MetGuard features to keep toes dry, comfortable and intact.
But Caterpillar's styles aren't strictly for the work site. They know when the day ends, sweaty work boots aren't exactly ideal for dinner dates and weekend get-togethers. Caterpillar's lines of rugged casual sneakers, work shoes and boots are great for the refined man who doesn't mind getting a little dirt on his hands.