How To Make The Right Choice?
To choose the right shoe, you need to take account of a number of different parameters:
The table opposite provides all the details needed to choose your work shoes. Start by evaluating the risks you face in your workplace to select the level of protection you need
The toecaps that are certified to European standards protect you against impacts of 200 Joules, which is equivalent to a 20 kg load falling from a height of one metre, and against crushing with a force equivalent to 1500 kg.
There are 4 types of protective toecaps, depending on their composition:
Wide toecap for greater comfort
Ultra-light, non-magnetic, thermal insulation
Wide, very lightweight toecap
Non-metallic, non-magnetic, non-conducting of heat and cold.
In the event of a substantial impact on your foot, your safety shoes will need to be changed. The impact may have damaged the protective toecap, you are no longer protected 100%.
Placing a shop-bought insole inside the shoe reduces the space available for your toes inside the protective toecap, you are no longer as well protected against the risk of crushing and anti-static risks.
The use of pierce resistant midsoles protects you when you step on a blunt or sharp object on your work site, Standard ISO 20345 determines the level of resistance necessary to protect you against mechanical puncture risks. A pierce-resistant midsole can resist a static penetration force of 1100 Newton, which is equivalent to the force generated by an 80 kg person walking and placing their foot on a nail with a blunt tip 4.5 mm in diameter.
Two types of midsoles are used for personal protective equipment:
1. Midsoles made of high tenacity composite fabric: these have the advantage of being flexible and lightweight. As they are non-metallic, they are non-magnetic. Composite fabric is a material known for its thermal insulation powers; it does not conduct heat and cold. It covers 100% of the surface of the foot as it is sewn in when the upper is assembled.
2. Stainless steel midsoles: these are stronger, but less flexible.