I was having a conversation with my cousin about safety when cutting wood. He insisted that his composite toe boots would protect him if the saw slips. I wasn't sure. I suggested that we try an experiment and he let me take a wack at his boot (without his foot in it), but he wasn't open to it. I think once he is ready for another pair we might have a Myth-busters style experiment in the making. I'll probably use an old chain though--mostly because I'm cheap. What do you think, would a composite toed boot provide protection? I suspect it would be better than a soft-toed boot, but short of a steel toe by a measure.