Safety trainers are an excellent choice for protecting your feet while working. Built for protection with high-quality materials, work trainers offer a comfortable, lightweight alternative to other safety footwear such as safety boots. We offe...
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Buy Safety Trainers?
Safety trainers are a very popular kind of safety footwear, designed to look just like everyday trainers but still offering the protection you need while working. They’re lightweight and breathable, offering a comfortable alternative to boots. Steel toe trainers are great for drivers or as work trainers for people in retail or those who work in other environments where you need protection but aren’t exposed to as many hazards where you’d need boots.
Are Safety Trainers Allowed On-site?
Many employers will allow safety trainers to be worn on-site, however this will vary on a case-by-case basis and depend on the hazards you may face while at work. If for example you require more robust support if you carry heavy loads or work in an environment where exposure to hazardous chemicals is a concern, then safety boots may be more appropriate for you instead of work trainers.
Are Composite Safety Trainers Better Than Steel Toe Trainers?
Safety trainers with protective elements such as composite toe caps or midsole protectors are becoming a popular alternative to traditional steel toe trainers. Composite toe protection is often created from either fibreglass, kevlar or carbon fibre. Therefore offering a much more modern, comfortable alternative to steel whilst still being able to withstand up to 200 joules of impact.
We’d recommend composite safety trainers for a variety of work purposes, as their lighter weight and greater comfort make them much better for your long-term foot health than steel toe trainers.
What Are The Best Safety Trainers for Me?
The best safety trainers for you depends on your exact needs and requirements, but our wide range has work trainers to suit any work environment. We offer metal-free safety trainers, ideal if you work in a high-security workplace where setting off metal detectors would cause significant inconvenience. Our range also includes air tubeless composite trainers which protect against electrostatic discharge, excellent if your work exposes you to electrical hazards.
Which is Best - Safety Trainers or Safety Boots?
Safety trainers come with many of the same protective benefits as other popular pieces of safety footwear such as safety boots. In line with European regulations under EN ISO 20345 – 2011, our full range of safety trainers come equipped with a composite or steel toe cap able to withstand 200 joules of impact. They also feature highly slip-resistant soles (many up to SRC standard), midsole protection and more. Our work trainers are also designed for maximum comfort, with mesh lining and insoles, as well as padded tongues to keep your feet pain-free throughout the day.
There are many situations where safety boots would be more appropriate, however. While safety trainers will protect your feet well against many of the same hazards as boots, they do not support your ankles and legs. This means if your work requires you to do a lot of heavy lifting or in occupations such as roofing where maximum traction and support are vital, safety boots are the better choice.
How Do I Select My Size of Safety Trainer?
One of the most important things to consider when buying a new pair of work trainers is the correct fit. If your safety trainers don’t fit properly, not only will they be uncomfortable, but they may lead to future problems with your feet such as plantar fasciitis.
In general, while you need to consider that your feet may swell up over the course of the work day, steel toe trainers are manufactured to be slightly oversized to accommodate not just swelling but thick work socks, so there should be no need for you to size up.