Good advice when choosing safety shoes and work shoes

Choose the correct work footwear for the job

  • check Use footwear with toe cap if your work requires it
  • check Use footwear with a protective midsole if your work requires it
  • check Use footwear that provides extra protection if your work requires it

Examples of extra protection

Wear caused by kneeling
Choose footwear with extra toe reinforcement of the upper (ProNose).
  Heat
Choose footwear that is HI or HRO approved.
Cold
Choose footwear that is CI approved and/or has winter lining.
Moisture
Choose footwear with a waterproof membrane
Static electricity
Select footwear that is ESD approved.
Read more about ESD here

Minimise the risk of twist injuries, sprains and fractures around the ankle

  • check Use footwear that provides good support around the ankle
  • check Shoes must be properly tied
  • check The heel cap must be firm and fit to the heel
  • check A good inlay sole can stabilise the foot and prevent twist injuries

Minimise the risk of sprains, abrasions and fractures around the feet

  • check Use footwear with a toe cap
  • check Use footwear with a protective midsole
  • check The heel cap should be firm and must fit the heel
  • check A good inlay sole can stabilise the foot and prevent twist injuries

Avoid sore feet

  • check Use footwear with shock absorbing soles
  • check Use footwear that fits firmly on the foot
  • check Inlay soles with arch support must fit your foot
  • check Remember: Shoes should fit – not need to be broken in!