When buying safety shoes, it is sometimes difficult to know if the desired model meets the constraints of your working environment. The choice is great, the shapes are diverse and the standards are numerous. This guide will help you choose your safety shoes.
Analyze your work environment
Each profession has its own risks. A mechanic, a gardener, a handler, or a cook will not equip themselves with the same pair of safety shoes. Indeed, some professions are exercised outdoors, others indoors. The ground can be, depending on the activity carried out, wet, muddy, steep, or covered with fat.
Those who work outdoors such as road workers and construction professionals are exposed to harsh climates, colds,s, and showers. Choosing waterproof safety shoes is therefore essential. In the case of welders, the projection of molten metals must be taken into account. For electricians, wearing work clothes with metal-free (non-magnetic) safety shoes may be necessary. Depending on the position and the work environment, the risks are different. They can be thermal, chemical, mechanical, electrical, or related to movement.
A comfortable safety shoe: an essential criterion
Safety is obviously the main criterion, but it goes hand in hand with comfort. In order to have a comfortable safety shoe, a few points must be considered.
For men or for women
Safety shoes are available for both men and women. Male models (usually unisex) can suit the majority of professionals. They are mainly available in sizes 39 to 47. Women's safety shoes have a shape adapted to women's feet (often thinner than those of men). They are mainly offered from 35 to 42. Their weight is also lighter. This brings us to the second point.
Wearing light safety shoes offers more comfort and significantly reduces the feeling of fatigue. Putting extra strain on the feet and legs, overly heavy safety shoes make working days more difficult. You will find the weight of the pair on the technical description of our product sheets.
Feet that breathe
A breathable safety shoe is also a guarantee of comfort. It allows a better evacuation of humidity and provides more comfort in hot environments as well as in summer. The breathability of the shoe is linked to the composition of the lining, the soles, and the upper. This can be made of different materials: leather (full grain, velvet, nubuck), textile, or synthetic canvas.
Leather safety shoes are very durable and water repellent. In addition, leather is a naturally breathable material. Full-grain leather models are suitable for work in wet environments. Nubuck and velour shoes are more suitable for dry environments.
Depending on the materials used in the manufacture of a safety shoe, maintenance is different. Leathers should be cleaned and fed regularly. Shoes made of synthetic materials require less maintenance but are also very resistant to wear (see our page dedicated to cleaning safety shoes ).
Types of safety shoes
There are many models of safety shoes on the market Kameymall. In addition to the levels of protection and the materials used, the forms are multiple.
- Low safety shoes: versatile, shoes with a low upper allow easy movement and are more comfortable than high models when the kneeling position is frequent.
- High safety shoes: the main advantage of shoes with a high upper is the superior ankle support. These shoes, when equipped with a cleated outsole, are ideal for steep terrain.
- Safety boots: the boots are intended for trades carried out on difficult terrain and/or in humid environments. They support professionals in construction, agriculture, and the food industry.
- Safety trainers: often lighter and more flexible than classic safety shoes, trainer-style safety shoes offer an excellent compromise between comfort and safety.
- Safety clogs: clogs with a safety shell have the advantage of being put on quickly (back of the shoe open). They are used in particular by cooks, nursing staff, and employees in the food industry.
Safety shoes in various styles
With a wide variety of styles and colors, safety shoes for women meet the desires of everyone, men and women. Manufacturers have improved the designs and now offer aesthetic models that merge with every day sneakers.
Take the time to discover the different models and choose a pair of shoes that suit you. Match them to your overalls, play on contrasts or prefer shoes in the same color as your work pants, coveralls, or sweatshirt. Choose a color that corresponds to your profession and the color code of your company. White, black, grey, red, and blue safety shoes… a wide choice available to you.
Inspect the general condition of your safety shoes
If you want to preserve your safety shoes over time and avoid too rapid deterioration, it is advisable to maintain them and check their general condition. Pay attention to the condition of the upper, laces and soles. Regularly clean the rod to remove excess dust. If the insoles (insoles) are too worn, do not hesitate to replace them. If the outer soles (which are essential to prevent slipping) become detached or cracked, it is strongly advised to change shoes.