How to Choose the Best Safety Footwear
With Australians working longer hours than ever before, the proper apparel and safety footwear must be worn to safeguard the body from potential long-term injury. This is especially true for tradies and blue-collar employees who are on their feet all day and may be exposed to the sun.
Choosing the appropriate safety footwear is equally as crucial as selecting the appropriate sort of clothing for the work, as is ensuring that you slip-slop slap to protect your skin from sun damage.
The correct safety shoes should not only protect the worker from job risks like tripping and electrocution but should also give maximum comfort and support for the feet and body.
Unlike generic footwear, the correct safety footwear should feel comfortable the instant you put them on and should not require “breaking in” before they become comfortable. The incorrect work boots can place additional strain on joints and bones, leading to painful diseases such as plantar fasciitis, knee difficulties, and shin splints.
Even with extensive instruction about shoe style, quality, and size, many people have difficulties picking footwear that is appropriate for their specific foot needs. As a result, it’s important to take the time to choose the correct footwear that is intended to reduce job dangers.
Elastic, lace-up, or zip-up? We’ll look at the various types of safety footwear available and help you pick which one is best for you.
Lace Up Work Boots
Lace-up boots give more ankle support since they can be adjusted for a custom fit and firmly retain the ankle. They are perfect for both wide and narrow feet due to their flexibility to change the fit and relax or tighten as needed.
Over-the-ankle lace-up boots can protect users from a variety of risks such as burns, cuts, and abrasions, and the bellows tongue on most lace-up boots reduces the likelihood of things entering the boot.
Lace-up boots offer the extra benefit of allowing wearers to alter the boot’s fit to their comfort levels. To avoid trip hazards, laces must be firmly knotted at all times.
Zip Sided Work Boots
Zip-side boots offer the best of both worlds in that they provide enough ankle support while also being simple to put on and take off. Furthermore, if a user suffers from hand injuries, for example, side zippers are far more convenient to use than a typical lacing technique.
Another wonderful option and time saver is to pair a lace-up with a zip-side work boot. The laces offer a solid fit around the foot and ankle and allow for a customised fit. Once the laces have been adjusted to fit the user’s needs, the wearer no longer has to mess with the laces and can just use the zip to put on and take off the shoes.
Boots with a close fit, such as lace-up and zip-side varieties, are less breathable than elastic-side counterparts, however, zipper boots provide a bit more flexibility in allowing ventilation when needed.
For comfort, all zip-side boots should have extra top material between the zipper and the foot, since a zipper that is directly exposed to the foot can cause chafing and discomfort.
Elastic Sided Boots
These boots are popular because they are easy to put on and take off. This form of safety footwear is ideal for persons with somewhat broader feet since it is light, comfy, and breathable, with excellent grip and balance underfoot.
Another significant advantage of this design is improved ankle articulation. This sort of boot is especially advantageous for drivers with active feet since it restricts ankle movement less and can help with accurate and precise machine operation.
Finally, safety footwear should meet three criteria: protection, function, and comfort. When it fits these conditions, the danger of damage to the wearer is greatly reduced.
Boots with zips, lace-ups, or elastic sides can all accomplish the job, but they must be chosen carefully to match particular situations and demands.
The boots should be snug but not so tight that the user feels uncomfortable. On the other hand, there should be no substantial movement of the foot in the boot, as this indicates that the wearer is not receiving adequate support.