Shopping guide. How to choose right safety shoes.

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Shopping guide – how to choose safety shoes to individual needs.

 

 

Safety shoes are basic element of your work wear, their task is to protect your feet against toxic substances or mechanical injuries. Choosing your safety shoes it’s not own safety only, but also own comfort and health. Following this guide you’ll know how to choose shoes which gives you perfect feet protection and high comfort.

 

Workplace and profession.

When you plan to buy new safety shoes, notice that you’ll use them almost everyday. Think about your profession, because you’ll need different kind of shoes for different professions like warehouse worker or construction worker. In big and dry warehouse it’s wise to choose light shoes made of breathable materials. Here heavy and water resistant shoes have no use. On construction site safety shoes should have tall outsole, toe cap and tuff anti puncture sole. For heavy duty it’s better to choose which are water resistant. Sometimes you might need some other kind of safety shoes. For professions like: electrician, welder or food worker, shoe should be anti electrostatic or extra warm isolation or higher chemical resistance.

 

Kinds od work shoes

Considering purchase of new safety shoes think about kind of work shoes you’re interested with. There’re three basic kinds of work footwear. Safety shoes has toe cap which can resist energy of 200 J or more. They’re also resist against pressure force od 15 kN. Those are marked with letter S.

Protection shoes are also toe cap equipped its resistance is 100 J and pressure resistance up to 10 kN. They’re marked with letter P.

Professional work shoes without to cap, they can be used in places where’s no need for toe cap usage. They’re marked with letter O.

 

Sole

Sole is one of most important part of work footwear, material it’s made of decides of safety level and comfort. Most popular work shoes have sole made of PU – polyurethane which gives basic foot protection and temperature resistance up to 100°C, PU/PU – double layer polyurethane gives temperature protection and anti puncture resistance. PU/Nitrile – it is also double layer sole with extra protection against high temperatures and harmful chemical substances. There’re also rubber and Rubber/PU soles. Each are anti slip tested and has anti slip category like SRA, SRB, SRC.

 

Shoe surface

While purchasing safety shoes make notice about material it’s made of. Here’s choice between leather shoes, textile shoes or PVC. Leather shoes are the most popular because they’re durable, comfortable and resist against damages, they can be more elegant as well. Shoes made of other materials are giving great protection too and they are stylish also. Right choice always depends of your taste and destination for your work shoes.

 

How to pick right shoe size?

Well fitted shoes makes work more comfortable independent of any work conditions. Sometimes customers complain about how difficult is to fit right shoe size, what brings to wrong shoe size purchase and that’s irritating. How to avoid it?

There’s an easy way how to fit right shoe size – no matter if it’s safety shoe, sneakers or casual footwear. Prepare a pen, A4 paper sheet and ruler. Put your foot in the middle of  paper sheet and outline your foot precisely. Now take a ruler and  measure distance from tip of your toe to tip of your heel(measure outline you’ve made). Add 0,5cm, maximal 1 cm to distance you’ve measured. Result received is length of shoe insole which is perfect for you foot length. Now all you have to do, is to compare it with insole of safety shoes you like the most .

Make notice to measure your feet in the afternoon, not in the evening  right before you go to bed, because your feet are tired and their length might be different. Also before making an outline put on socks you wear mostly at work to avoid wrong shoe size purchase. It’s important to measure both feet – sometimes one might be little longer than other.

 

Wearing to small shoes

If you’ve bought shoes which are to small, immediately exchange them to right size. Stretching them isn’t helpful at all, there’s also risk of shoe damage. Wearing to small shoes for a couple days will not make them bigger and will pressurize your feet. This may cause a bad mood or health issues foot bumps or foot numb. To tight shoes can afford over sweating, foot deformation and fungus and bacteria growth.

 

Wearing to big shoes

Shoes are to big? This might cause heath issues and injuries. If it’s about couple millimeters, thicker sock can solve this problem. When shoes are letting your foot move back and forward and on sides too much -  exchange them immediately! This may cause feeling lack of stability what provides you to fold your toes or lifting your feet higher while making steps. This may afford painful injuries like twisted ankle or heel rub.

 

 

 

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