Top Tips When Selecting Your Next Pair
Top tips when selecting your next pair
- Safety should be the initial consideration when selecting the correct pair of protective footwear. There are many options in the market but you should choose a pair that will protect your feet from the hazards present. A combination of safety toe caps, metatarsal guards (protection for the top of the foot), steel plate soles (puncture resistant), sole material (slip resistance, electrical insulation, flexibility, and hardness), and overall construction materials used should be considered.
- Fitting is very important! If you order a pair of safety boots and are in need of a different size or even a different boot are we more than happy to exchange them for you.
- Comfort is a must! The majority of quality safety shoes and boots will not stretch or need a break in period. Areas of comfort include appropriate space in the toe box, no pinching or cramping at the ball of the foot or toe area, and adequate support in the arch and heel. Make sure the padding and materials used are adequate for your work climate. Utilizing a shoe with moisture control technology for both warm and cold climates is a great option, but can affect how your shoe fits. When feet are comfortable, your knees, hips, and lower back are better aligned and supported.
- Be aware that no footwear can provide protection against all injuries. Hazards must be controlled by elimination, engineering controls, and administrative controls primarily. Relying on PPE alone is not acceptable. However, by selecting the correct shoe for your work environment and personal needs, you will have the best personal protection for preventing foot related injuries should other controls fail.