I've seen all-steel toe clips , without any fittings for leather straps , with patent dates in the 1890's .
The two most common types seemed to be :
Toe clips formed from wire , into more or less the shape of "modern" toe clips , with or without wrapping around the sides .
Plates which just barely turned up at the front end ( to hold only the first centimeter or two of each shoe ) .
I've also seen some with fittings for leather straps . But , those leather toe straps seemed to be a later invention !
> >>When were the steel toe clips first introduced ?
> Nick Zatezalo
> I have a couple pages of Montgomerey Wards catalog #79 which I believe to be turn of the century or teens, it has steel toe clips for sale.
> Chris Ioakimedes
> Fairfax California