Guide to choosing the right safety shoes
You work in a dangerous and demanding industry. Your body is exposed to many risks every day. Only personal protective equipment can keep you safe. But how do you choose the right equipment, especially for your feet? Find out which safety shoes are the most suitable for your job and your environment.
The risks you face
Shocks and crushes
A full can of paint that spills, a screwdriver that falls from a basket or a tile that comes loose and lands directly on your feet, these accidents can happen to you every day. Only a shoe with a protective toecap will protect you from such risks.
Cuts and punctures
Are you afraid of working with sharp materials or stepping on a blunt object and severely damaging your feet? Cuts and punctures are common on construction sites.
Irritations, allergies, blisters and other foot ailments
In addition to protecting your feet against external aggressions, your safety shoes must also allow you to fight against various foot ailments. Repeated rubbing throughout the day, as well as the lack of ventilation in some shoes, causes irritation and blisters. These ailments are difficult to bear and need to be treated as soon as they occur to avoid living in hell.
When working on a construction site, for example, it is not uncommon for the floor to be covered with stones or dangerous materials. The stability of your feet is at stake, so the shoes you wear must protect not only your ankles, but also your arches.
You may also slip because of the presence of dirt on the floor (dust, grease, sawdust...). Slip and fall accidents are much more common than you might think and can have serious consequences. Good slip prevention equipment and hazard warning materials can prevent this.
Which safety shoes should you choose for your job?
Regardless of your job in the construction industry, your safety shoes must comply with the European standard ISO 20345. This standard guarantees optimal protection of the whole foot against all the dangers that exist in your sector of activity. This includes a safety toe cap, hydrocarbon resistance, anti-slip sole, shock absorption, anti-static, anti-puncture sole and even waterproofing. Depending on your daily tasks and the context, you will choose different types of shoes: sneakers, ankle boots, boots... Also make your choice according to your taste and comfort.
I am a bricklayer, earthworker or public works worker
These jobs, often dirty and outdoors, require special individual protective equipment. This equipment must be resistant, waterproof and easily washable. Preferably choose high shoes, for a good ankle support. In addition, a notched sole allows you to be more stable and to avoid falls on the same level. Some models with these characteristics seem heavy and uncomfortable. This is not the case with Ultrabold Izard safety boots.
I am an electrician, plumber, carpenter or heating engineer
You work indoors, in a fairly clean environment. Your shoes must absolutely protect you against shocks and punctures. However, you will also look for ventilation, cushioning and lightness to avoid sweating and unnecessary fatigue.
I am a painter, tiler or plasterer
Even if you work indoors, your environment is soiled by mortar, plaster, glue or sawdust. Definitely opt for non-slip safety shoes and avoid dangerous slips. Airy and comfortable safety shoes like Ultrabold Gravity are your best bet if you work in these jobs.
You shouldn't have to choose between protecting your feet and keeping them comfortable. Our entire range of Ultrabold shoes guarantees safety, lightness and comfort.