A guide to choosing the right Safety footwear

Choosing the right footwear for the workplace is crucial but it can also be difficult to know what to choose. There is not a shoe to suit all circumstances because each working environment is different and that is why there is a large selection of shoes available. To add to this, many people have different needs when it comes to comfort and shape. Regardless of how difficult it may be, it is important to find the right footwear so that safety is guaranteed.

There are many hazards in the work place such as slips, cuts, punctures, falling objects, heavy loads, vehicles and chemicals. All of these can cause significant damage to the feet if they are not protected correctly.

Selecting Footwear

The footwear that you provide your employees’ with have to fit correctly because badly fitted footwear will not offer the correct levels of protection and they will be uncomfortable, which will increase the risk of injury.

Getting the Fitting Right

When getting measured up for footwear, it is important that the same socks are worn that will be worn to work. If you wear thick socks then you will need a boot that is looser while thin socks will require a boot that is tighter fitting.

The laces will have to be correctly done up in the same way as they would while being worn during work. This will offer a feel for how they fit while also stopping the boot from sliding around.

Walking around in them will provide the opportunity to assess their comfort and to decide whether they can be worn for long periods of time. Therefore, making a note of the size and style will help you to pick the same safety boots in the future. If the boot has a steel toe cap, then it will be important to ensure that it doesn’t pinch the foot when the boot bends. This is a problem that is often seen in boots that are too big.

The laces will have to properly tie so that the foot fits tightly inside the boot. This will allow good movement and comfort. It is worth taking note of how quickly laces wear because as soon as any signs of wear and tear are notices, they will need to be changed.

Breaking in New Boots

New boots will be stiff and tight because they will need to be worn for a while before they reach the ultimate comfort. Soft boots will fit quickly, although they will not offer the same amount of safety or durability as harder boots. Many people can find this period of adjustment difficult but the issue can be overcome by phasing in new boots slowly by alternating them with an older pair. The footwear can be cycled each day to help them become comfortable without causing pain. The idea is to help the wearer become used to wearing new footwear without having to feel discomfort.

We have a wide range of safety boots from top brands including Timberland, Blackrock, Caterpillar, Dickies, Lee Cooper and much more.