Sometimes you just have to learn the hard way.
It doesn't take a smart person to guess it would be a bad idea to shoot your steel-toed boot with a .45.
We can thank this guy with a grimace for teaching everyone how bad of an idea this was.
The images surfaced on a forum and they are extremely graphic, so proceed with caution.
"This guy and his co-workers were discussing whether a steel toe boot would withstand a round from a .45, so what do do you think would be the best way to test this theory? YUP, you guessed it. Good thing he wasn't testing his hard hat."
Based on the placement of the shot, it almost appears the shooter missed his boot's steel-toe insert in his boot. This might be a blessing in disguise, preventing metal shrapnel from spreading throughout the foot.
Let this be a not-so-friendly reminder to practice gun safety.