ESD shoes Steel Toe Shoes: Selecting safety work boots
Steel or Composite: Different Types of Safety Footwear
Unfortunately for me I spent close to two years working for one of the premiere Safety Shoe distributors in the USA.
My title was "Warehouse Manager", but I certainly fitted many steel toe and safety boots on dirty straight from work laborers too. As a side effect of purchasing and accepting and processing returns on safety footwear I have inside knowledge on what brands and models hold up to their pricetags and what Brands live up to their Guarantees.
In Jest, I said sweaty laborers, but in fact safety shoes are worn by laboratory technicians, nuclear scientists, restaurant staff and steel workers alike.
I have a couple of pairs of Hush Puppies steel toe dress shoes that I still wear regularly. These models were traditionally worn by Plant managers and executives who worked in facilities that required all staff including office workers to wear safety shoes.
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Composite Toe Boots
Steel or Composite Safety Shoes
Regardless of whether your shoe or boot is Steel or Composite they will have the same crush and impact rating.
Steel is not stronger, but composite is slightly lighter.
ANSI Z41 = ASTM F2413
American National Standards Institute = American Society for Testing and Materials
The base standard is:
I/75 = Impact rating of 75 (foot pounds)
C/75 = Compression rating of 75 (2500 lbs. of pressure)
Composite is slightly lighter and does not set off metal detectors, although having a composite safety toe cap alone is not enough to ensure metal detector freedom. Look for a marking that indicates "Stealth" , which means no metal in eyelets, shanks or zippers.
Many nuclear facilities and labs require metal detectors at all entrances and owning a pair of stealth boots or shoes can make your day much easier. Many Airport employees are required to wear safety shoes also. Particularly security guards.
Both Converse and Skechers make safety shoes and boots that were very popular, our best sellers are visible to the right.
Best brand choices in this shoe are Converse, Bates, Nautilus and Skechers.
Many Stealth shoes are made in a tactical style used in military footwear, they are usually waterproof, light and have sneaker like cushioning.
Stealth Steel Toes Boots
ESD shoes, Steel Toe Work boots what shoe is best for you
A common requirement in laboratories, assembly lines (electronics) and clean rooms is ESD or SD rated footwear.
(ANSI ESD 2020, IEC 61340-5-1 etc).
ESD safety shoe (toe and foot protection) are addressed in Standard EN 345-347.
An ESD (Electro-Static Dissipating) or SD (Static Dissipating) shoe has two purposes.
- Those who work with sensitive components, electronics, hard drives etc. the ESD footwear keeps the built up static electricity in our bodies from destroying sensitive components.
- The shoe also acts as a ground which protects the wearer from electrocution when working around high voltage equipment. The rating will clearly show voltage protection on the packaging of the shoe model (this is required) Electricians and Utility workers are candidates for these models.
Ideally, One who gets exposed to high voltages should look for EH rated shoes, Electrical Hazard
What is a MetGuard and other Safety shoe ratings
What is a 'Met Guard" ie Metatarsal guard:
Sure if you drop something on your toes, you are protected, but what if it lands farther up on your foot in the unprotected area?
This part is the Metatarsal of your foot and boots are made with this protection also.
You will find both internal (in the tongue) and external Metatarsal Guards, the external guards usually double as lace protection which helps those workers in Steel Plants and other high heat situations where "hots" tend to melt their laces, or Quarries where the laces can be quickly abraided.
At our local Steel Plant the Timberland 40000 and similar models were by far the most popular metguard boots, they boast high heat soles and abrasion/heat resistant uppers.
Without sacrificing the comfort and style one expects from Timberland
MetGuard Safety Shoe
Converse Boots, Rocky Boots, Dunham Boots: Comparing Steel Toe Brands
Although this is a rather subjective list I will give you my informed brand suggestions.
All round best workmanship and guarantee is
Hytest - these boots are usually rather expensive and are only supposed to be soldby licensed distributors, BUT you can get great deals on 150.00+ boots on eBay for 30-50 dollars!
Best Stealth Boot
Converse - hands down ! This boot is seen on the feet of Army Reserves, Police Cadet Instructors, Security guards and nuclear facility workers. It looks great and is incredibly light.
Best Stealth Shoe
Skechers wins this option, by having lightweight, stylish and long lasting models with fully stealth construction.
Best Safety Dress Shoe
Hush Puppies which are carried under Hytest or RockPorts, Rockports gets a small lead in style, but Hush Puppies crushes all competition in comfort
Timberland wins this one by a long shot
Best Womens Steel Toe options
This award also goes to Skechers, stylish, trendy yet safe and comfortable, these were always an easy sale.
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Although a Safety shoe usually suggests a steel toe, or more appropriately a safety toe, some workplaces require no more than a rated non slip tread.
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