Perfection to the toe tips

At Sika Footwear we develop, manufacture and supply footwear for working people. From the nurse with the 12-hour shift to the contractor who builds roads and bridges. The needs vary, but the same requirement applies to all of them: The footwear must fit both the feet and the job that needs to be done!

What does toe cap, protective midsole, inlay sole, midsole etc. and what does it mean to you, your working day and safety. Read more about this below:

MIDSOLE/OUTSOLE

There are a number of different sole materials combined according to use.

The most common combinations are: 

  • PU OUTSOLE: Slip resistant, shock absorbing, durable and flexible (even in the cold). After a short period of use the sole becomes more slip resistant.
  • PU MIDSOLE: Shock absorbing and flexible (even in the cold). PU OUTSOLE: Slip resistant, durable and flexible (even in the cold). After a short period of use the sole becomes more slip resistant.
  • PU MIDSOLE: Shock absorbing and flexible (even in the cold). TPU OUTSOLE: Slip resistant, durable, flexible and with opportunity for details and additional colours on the outsole. 
  • PU MIDSOLE: Shock absorbing and flexible (even in the cold). RUBBER OUTSOLE: Extra slip resistant, durable, flexible and with opportunity for details and additional colours on the outsole. 
  • PU MIDSOLE: Shock absorbing and flexible (even in the cold). NITRILE RUBBER OUTSOLE: Slip resistant, extra durable and flexible. Nitrile rubber is heat resistant and can withstand temperatures of up to 300 °C for one minute (HRO). 
  • EVA MIDSOLE: Extra light material. Shock absorbing and flexible. RUBBER OUTSOLE: Extra slip resistant, durable, flexible and with opportunity for details and additional colours on the outsole.

UPPERS

Uppers can be made from different materials combined according to use. 

The most common materials are: 

  • FULL GRAIN LEATHER: Extra durable and breathable material especially used in safety footwear that is subjected to hard wear. 
  • PERMAIR® LEATHER: Durable and breathable material. Water resistant, easy to clean and resistant to certain chemicals, oils, salts, etc. 
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  • MICROFIBER: Durable, breathable and quick drying material. In some products, the material has a water resistant effect. 
  • TEXTILE: Breathable material with the option to create designs with different prints, colours and details. Often combined with other materials such as leather, nubuck, suede, mesh or microfibre to achieve extra durability, etc. 

LINING

Lining is usually made of hide, leather, microfiber or textile. Regardless of the material, the lining contributes to comfort and wellbeing. HIDE AND LEATHER are natural materials that provide an exceptionally good environment in the footwear. MICROFIBRE AND TEXTILE are more durable and have good sweat absorbing and sweat transporting qualities to keep feet healthy and dry. 

INLAY SOLE

The inlay sole is an important component in relation to fit and comfort. There are many different types of inlay soles. See the range of inlay soles here. 

PROTECTIVE MIDSOLE

The protective midsole protects against sharp objects penetrating the outsole from below. Protective midsoles can be made of steel, fibre or wood, all of which meet safety requirements. See the certifications here

STEEL is a strong material especially suitable for walking on small and sharp objects. 
FIBRE is a flexible and metal free material that does not transport cold. Fibre midsoles are among others used in all metal free products. 
WOOD is used exclusively in the SIKA Comfort wooden clog collection and is especially suitable for standing work. Wood also has a cold insulating effect. 

TOE CAP

Toe caps protect the toes from falling objects and compression. Toe caps can be made of steel, aluminium or composite, all of which meet safety requirements.
See the certifications here

STEEL AND ALUMINIUM are both thin materials, while COMPOSITE is a lighter and more robust material that does not transport the cold. Composite is among others used in all metal free products.

Toe cap made of aluminium that protects the toes from falling objects and compression
Toe cap made of composite that protects the toes from falling objects and compression
Toe cap made of steel that protects the toes from falling objects and compression

Toe cap of carbon nanotube reinforced fibreglass, which protects the toes against falling objects and compression.

Interested in learning more?

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SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT OVERVIEW

Autumn/winter 2021/2022

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