A few weeks ago I helped photograph for the upcoming 2012 edition of the Converse Work product catalog. My focus during the shoot was the Converse C3288, a work boot featuring a Flex-Met internal metatarsal guard. The location also offered some interesting lighting, atmosphere, and textures for portraits and scenery photography. I attempted some off camera flash with a 430EX, but mostly stuck to available fluorescent lighting to keep the industrial look.
For those of you curious about the tech specs of the boot, the C3288 features a steel toe, an internal met-guard, a slip and oil resistant outsole, and offers electrical hazard protection. A metatarsal guard is required in many industries where heavy objects pose a safety hazard to the metatarsal bones of the foot.
The metatarsals are the small bones that connect the toes to the ankle bone. There are five metatarsals in the human foot and they are easily and frequently broken in sports. In a 2002 match against Deportivo La Coruna, Manchester United’s David Beckham broke a metatarsal during a collision, and in 2011 the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dontay Moch broke one of his metatarsal bones. Many industrial jobs require metatarsal guards on footwear to prevent such injuries.
The Flex-Met internal met-guard is a lightweight, flexible polymer that is incorporated into the tongue of the boot. It meets the ASTM MT75 standards for impact resistance. For more info check out http://www.conversework.com