How to choose your Safety Shoes?
At Lyreco we know that safety shoes are a key piece of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Safety Shoes require knowledge so we provide an easy guide to help you to go through the purchasing process. A few criteria have to be considered: do you need safety shoes or safety boots, do you prefer high-cut or low-cut shoes, which size is suitable for you, and which shoe components are relevant?
Do you prefer low-cut or high-cut safety shoes?
First there are 2 cuts: low-cut and high-cut safety shoes. Low-cut safety shoes protect the feet only, offer better ankle flexibility and are good for tasks that require some climbing up. High-cut models provide more support and protect the both feet and ankles from injuries.
Which size of safety shoes is good for you?
In order to define your safety shoes size, Lyreco gives you a few tips:
- Place a piece of blank paper on the hard floor
- While wearing socks of normal thickness, place one foot on paper
- Mark the end of your heel and the tip of your longest toe
- Measure the distance between the two marks using a ruler
- Refer to a size guide to define which safety shoes size is the best for you
Which safety shoes component are the best for you?
A few safety shoes components are essential and need to be selected wisely.
- A composite or a metallic toe cap safety shoes. A composite Toe Cap is lightweight, offers a better electrical resistance, does not set of metal detectors and feature a great insulation in cold climates. A Metallic Toe cap puncture protection, is shatterproof and tend to cost less.
- Composite or Metallic midsole. Those reinforced soles protect your feet from punctures. Composite Midsole fulfills the same certification requirements than the metallic ones, but metallic midsoles give a better penetration resistance to your safety shoes and prevent sharp objects from penetrating through the sole.
- The water resistance of you safety shoes. The water repellent shoes give a finish that resists but is not impervious to water. The water resistant safety shoes resist though not entirely preventing the penetration of water and wet environment. The waterproof models are not penetrable by water. However, those waterproof safety shoes do not offer the same level of upper protection.
- Finally, you might need antistatic safety shoes that feature a good protection from electrical shocks.
Should you go for Safety Boots?
While low-cut and high-cut safety shoes protect either the feet only or the feet and ankle, the safety boots protect feet, ankle and lower leg. They are the model to select if you need a protection until the knee. The safety boots can be selected thanks to the sane criteria than the one explained above.
Do you need other PPE?
You can find on our website all the other PPE that your company needs, such as gloves, ear plugs and safety helmet, or even n95 mask.