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Safety Shoes

Our range of safety shoes combines protection with style, offering comfortable steel or composite toe-capped shoes with a more formal appearance such as Oxford, Brogue or Boat. It’s important to cho...

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Common Questions About Safety Shoes

Are Safety Shoes Suitable for Roofing Work?

As working on roofing projects is a hazardous activity with plenty of potential risks such as slips, loose tiles, climbing ladders, exposure to wet weather and more, it’s vital to choose the correct footwear for the job.

The correct safety shoes are undoubtedly one of the most important pieces of equipment for a roofing professional or DIYer, as one slip could potentially be very dangerous. Comfort is another vital aspect for safety shoes worn by anyone undertaking a roofing project, as roofing work involves many different repetitive actions such as walking, climbing, kneeling and lifting heavy objects.

Therefore, we’d recommend safety boots for anyone performing roofing work, as they provide a far greater level of support to the feet, ankles, and legs. They also provide a greater grip to ensure steadiness on the potentially slippy or uneven roof. If possible, you should choose a pair of boots that also have metatarsal support (watch out for the ‘M’), as they provide an additional level of protection.

Are Safety Shoes Waterproof?

Although most safety shoes are equipped with upper material that will effectively wick away relatively small amounts of moisture or rainfall, not all are truly waterproof. If your occupation requires a lot of outdoor work in wet or slippery environments, then fully waterproof shoes and boots are ideal. Our range of waterproof shoes are denoted by ‘WRU’, as they are equipped with a waterproof membrane lining to keep your feet dry.

What Are Metatarsal Safety Shoes?

Metatarsal safety shoes are a type of safety footwear that provides an extra layer of protection, particularly useful for anyone working in construction, roofing or any more hazardous work environment. In addition to the steel or composite toe cap, metatarsal safety shoes contain another internal guard that protects the metatarsal portion of the foot from objects which may fall, be dropped on or roll onto the top of the foot. They’re typically made of aluminium, steel or composite material.

How Do I Check That My Safety Shoes Fit Properly?

Fit is an important part of your safety shoe as an improper fit can make them unsafe. In addition to this, comfort is another big factor as you’ll be wearing your safety shoes for long periods of time doing strenuous work, so it’s important that they don’t cause any unnecessary pain or discomfort.

There are a few points to consider:

  • The primary difference between safety shoes and normal shoes is their protective toe cap, which is usually made of steel or composite material. The toe cap should comfortably cover all of your toes and cause no discomfort during normal activities such as walking, climbing or kneeling when working.

  • Steel toe shoes should fit similarly to regular footwear, however due to the nature of the work you’ll be doing, it’s more important that the insole be sturdy and correctly support the arches of your feet, as well as the balls of your feet and your heels. If this is an issue, purchasing a high-quality custom insole will help support your feet for additional comfort. Any movement within your safety shoes could lead to sores or blisters, so it’s important to get right!

  • If your safety shoes are lace-up rather than slip-on, you may find that these offer a little more wiggle room as they aren’t designed to fit as flush to your feet. It is important however not to over-tighten your laces, as this can cause circulation problems and reduce how well your shoes can breathe. Nobody wants their work safety shoes to be smelly!

Why Are Rigger Boots Banned?

Rigger boots are a form of safety shoe that became very popular due to their loose fit which is more comfortable than the usually snug-fitting other forms of safety shoes. The drawback to this looser fit, however, was that the wearer’s feet would not be as secure in the boot, meaning if treading through uneven ground there is a greater risk of injury from twisted ankles and so on. This is why many companies no longer allow rigger boots as an acceptable safety shoe on-site.

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