How to Choose Safety Shoes

Safety Shoes

There is a huge variety of shoes and boots. Choosing the correct one can be difficult.

There are so man variaties of safety shoes and boots that it is often difficult to decide which is right for you.

The most important factor is fit and comfort. Safety shoes should feel as comfortable as everyday shoes. Every persons feet are different, so what is comfortable for your collegue may not be right for you.

Keep in mind is that not all shoes are sized the same.  So many people are adamant that they will only wear one size and there is no possible way that any other size will fit their foot.  Different manufacturers size their boots and shoes to different specifications.  A size 9 by one manufacturer may not equal a size 9 made by another manufacturer. Safety shoes differ from regular shoes because they have a steel toe cap. The toe cap will never stretch or adapt to your foot, so if you try a shoes on and your toes are in contact with the steel toe cap you need to try a bigger size. On the otherhand, resist the urge to big, oversized shoes can cause injuries like sprains

Safety shoes have many different features and come in many different combinations – waterproof, insulated, 6-inch, 8-inch, steel toe, composite toe, aluminum toe, electrical hazard, electrostatic-dissipative, puncture resistant, and slip resistant.

Shoe or Boot?

Standard shoes have that comfortable feeling and suitable for any daily activities. Military style boots, on the other hand, are suitable for any rigorous activities or jobs that may require extra protection, maybe from a big fall or heavy materials. Boots are also useful for protecting against twisting and sprains of the ankle.

Special Requirements

If you work in an environment with conductive components boots should be selected to reduce the opportunity for electrocution.  If work with chemicals and corrosive materials shoes that are made of a resistant material should be choses to protect your feet.  If you work in areas with sharp objects for example you may select a shoe with a steel midsole which will protect your feet from puncture damage.



6 thoughts on “How to Choose Safety Shoes

  1. What about aluminium toe caps instead of steel? Steel Toe caps add a lot of weight to a pair of shoes and make them uncomfortable.
    Do you know of a South African source of Aluminium Toe Caps shoes?

    • Hello Grant.
      To answer your question I would first like to state that technology used in making quality safety footwear has managed to not only make the footwear light weight but also comfortable despite having a steel toe cap.
      When purchasing your safety footwear be sure to make sure your foot is comfortable in the footwear you select, it is important to note that there are many different styles with varying fits so find the one that fits your foot.
      Also aluminium does not meet the stringent standards for safety toe caps. Carbon toe caps are available in the market place but are expensive and so have not gained much popularity.
      Hope this helps.

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