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New innovations in PPE footwear

The days when safety footwear meant steel toe-capped boots are well and truly over. Modern safety footwear utilizes lighter synthetic materials which are strong and resilient enough to offer high standards of protection. Design has changed to improve both comfort and to reduce the likelihood of repetitive strain injury and foot fatigue. There has also been a move towards more sporty, trainer-style footwear which is suitable in a wider range of situations.

Here are some innovations in safety footwear to consider when making your next purchase.

Shock absorbent soles

Modern materials for making the soles safety footwear are far more shock absorbent than previously. Materials such as Phylon are manufactured using compression technology, and the results are synthetic products that are soft yet shock absorbent, perfect to cushion footwear so workers experience less stress and damage to the delicate joints in the foot and can stay on their feet for longer with less discomfort.

These Surf Safety Trainer Shoes by Giasco are non-metallic, and use Microwash material and 3D fabric. The Microwash material means that perspiration can evaporate, and the material is durable when washed with detergents (not in the washing machine!). The.3D technology means these are a fully injected polyurethane tridensity shoe which offers maximum comfort and softness in the sole while maintaining excellent durability and protection -- great for those who spend lots of hours on their feet.

Another example is the CLIMA CORK SYSTEM in these Cascades Waterproof Safety Ankle Boots by Lavoro. This technology using natural cork, regulates the heat and cold inside the footwear and gives extra comfort. The cork also facilitates uniform distribution of the weight on the shoe to reduce risk of blisters and fatigue.

Resistance to extreme temperatures

Another feature of many new PPE footwear products is resistance to high and low temperatures. A new material used in the Cascades boots (above) is the Sympatex membrane which ensures the boots are not only waterproof, but also offer good thermal insulation in cold temperatures. ​​This is due to the compact structure of the layer of Sympatex used in the boots. The membrane is also eco-friendly, being made of 100% recyclable polyester.

Lavoro who make these boots are also very innovative in creating boots which resist very high temperatures. Not only does the breathable material actively reduce moisture inside the boots if the external temperature is high causing perspiration, the soles of these boots are heat resistant up to 300 degrees.

Improved breathability

Another new technology is the Wingtex air tunnel lining, which makes safety footwear more breathable. Special microcells in this material have enhanced absorbance and deabsorbance properties, reducing moisture retained inside the shoe -- reducing the risk of blisters and improving comfort.

This material is featured in our Thinsulate Safety Boots

Contemporary design

Thanks to the new synthetic materials which are stronger and more durable whilst being more lightweight and flexible, safety footwear nowadays looks very different to the sturdy boots that were really the only option for protective footwear in the past.

A great example of PPE footwear that can be worn outside a working site to a variety of locations without looking out of place are these Monti Techshell Safety trainers.

These black safety trainers are made from breathable, sturdy fabric which is resistant to abrasion, tears and water. The COFRA SOFT footbed is made of scented polyurethane, keeping the foot comfortable and absorbing impact energy.

As always our team are happy to help you find the best products to suit your needs.

Call us on 01726 74264 or email


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