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37 Safety Shoes Frequently Asked Questions And Answers

If you are just doing the safety shoe business or planning to do import safety shoes business.

After reading this guide you will be very clear what is the safety shoe standard and how to choose safety shoes in your field.

Here you can find a lot of knowledge about safety shoes that you didn’t know.

What are Safety Shoes?

Safety shoes or safety boots are also called PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) for protecting feet at workplaces.

They prevent injuries due to splinters, chemicals, rope loops under tension, hot objects, rotary machinery, pinch points, and slippery surfaces.

Sharp piercing edges and heavy rolling or falling objects are included in the list.

What is Safety Shoes PPE?

The initials stand for Personal Protective Equipment.

It is equipment or clothing that protects workers from physical hazards at the workplace from head to toe.

Safety shoes are among the most important equipment.

What is Different Between Safety Shoes and Ordinary Shoes?

Safety shoes have different levels of protection and are often used in various industrial fields to achieve the purpose of protection.

Some of the safety shoes design style is from ordinary shoes, it looks the same, such as the sporty style, but in fact, the toe of safety shoes is relatively wide, because there is have a steel toe inside

Safety shoes are heavier than ordinary shoes because of the steel plate or steel plate.

How Many Safety Shoes are Export in China?

China leads the safety shoes manufacturing business.

There are 12.6 billion pairs of shoes produced each year.

The total production exceeds groups of exporters in other countries.

A strong currency, wage increases and paid overtime (that give domestic consumers increased discretionary income), and an extensive market help maintain a vast output.

Almost three-quarters of the 98 percent of shoes manufactured abroad come from China.

In 2018, Chinese footwear revenue totaled $58.3 million.

The U.S. leads in sales, but the share of Asia’s global shoe industry is 54 percent.

How Many Types of Safety Shoes are Made in China?

You can find any type of safety shoes in China

  • Steel toe cap leather safety shoes

Steel toe leather safety shoes use in common workplace

  • Lightweight steel toe construction work shoes

Light steel toe work shoes are a popular style in the light industry.

  • Men and women sport safety shoes

Sport safety shoes become very popular among young men and women in the safety footwear industry

  • Police and military safety shoes

Sometimes the military often has dangerous missions that require protective boots.

  • Wear-resistant combat boots

Combat boots with a waterproof upper will keep your feet dry when training in the rain or jungle.

  • Safety gumboots

Safety gumboots made of PVC materials or rubber materials, Steel toe and midsole with steel plate protection

  • Woodland safety shoes

Woodland safety shoes made of the protective toe and insert anti-nail plate, it’s all the range in outdoor

  • Waterproof safety shoes

Waterproof safety shoes have a waterproof membrane lining that you can walk in the water without getting wet.

  • Velcro safety shoes

Velcro design for safety shoes easy take on and take off

  • Mate free safety shoes

Metal-free safety shoes are made of the plastic toe and eyelets, a midsole made of non-metallic fabric

  • Electrical Safety Shoes

Essential standard safety footwear for the power industry, including conductive, insulated shoes, insulation range 8-36KV

  • Food Safety Shoes

Often used in food processing plants, mostly white in color, basically reach up to S2 standard or higher.

  • Office Safety Shoes

Office safety shoes are used by the executive manager who always to inspection the work ground.

  • Metatarsal safety shoes

Metatarsal safety shoes popular in the Canada and U.S. markets, where workers believe that in addition to protecting their feet toe, the backs of their feet are also important.

You also could OEM safety shoes in China manufacturer

Video about safety shoes made in China:

What is Cost Import Safety Shoes from China?

20 years ago it was very economical to import safety shoes from China.

Import from China can save up to 50% of cost compared to production in Euro or US market.

A large number of foreign safety footwear giants chose to import directly from China.

Nowadays, with the reform of Chinese manufacturing technology.

Although the cost is increased, the products still very competitive, and the current price range is around $7-20 (factory price of standard safety shoes).

How do You Choose Safety Shoes in Applications?

There is a logical process for choosing safety shoes.

  • Determine the risk of the job by analyzing the working conditions and tasks.
  • Determine the criteria needed to protect yourself against the identified risks.
  • Add personal criteria, such as anti-heat, anti-old, anti-oil, anti-acid, and anti-skid.

– In a basic workshop, choose a shoe that reaches SB, SRC, S1, or S1P SRC.

– In Heavy-duty require a sturdy boot with full standards such as S3 SRC

– In the frozen industry, in cold working environments insulated boots are top recommended.

– In the glass factory, you must choose cut-resistant protection against sharp items such as glass, nails.

– In the electric system, work boots should have an electrical hazards rating.

What is Used to Industrial Safety Shoes?

Our customers work in a variety of different areas of industry.

Different industries requirements different functional safety shoes.

Military safety boot used to military Industries

Heat resistant safety shoes used to metallurgical Industry

Anti -chemical resistant safety shoes used to Chemical Industry

Electrical safety shoes used in the electronics industry

Lightweight safety shoes used to light industry

S1P or S3 safety boot used in the mining industry

Welding safety shoe design with used to weld industry

Oil-resistant safety shoes are used in the oil field industry.

Cut resistant safety shoes used in the cutting or glass industry

 How to Process Safety Shoes?

Your safety shoe order mass production in our factory takes about 30 days.

The whole process from raw material to finished product.

1.Raw material quality control into the warehouse.

2.Cutting leather and accessories out of the warehouse.

3.Assigned each sewing machine department to assemble the quarter.

4.Button department punching eyelet.

5.Assemble department fit toe cap shape vamp.

6.Sole department with injection PU sole or cemented sole.

7.Packaging department to tide the lace, pairing shoes, put footbed, package color box.

What Type of Safety Shoes are Best in Wet Environments?

Safety gumboot, Water-resistant, or Waterproof safety shoes in best in wet environments.

Those types reach S3 S3 WR, S4, S5 ranting, those grade of shoes have specific waterproofing features on the upper surface and waterproof safety shoes are made of waterproof membrane Dynamic water resistance testing up to 60-120mins.

Static water resistance can also be tested.

Can Safety Shoes be Used for Trekking?

You can, for instance, use lightweight safety shoes for outdoor activities as well as protective footwear. But safety shoes for heavy industry are not suitable for a long journey

Are Safety Shoes for Women?

Women’s safety shoes including white safety shoes, pink outdoor safety shoes, high-heeled women’s safety shoes, these are all women’s safety shoes.

Some jobs require women to operate or have women workers,  safety shoes are necessary, such as nursing, food shop packing, and laboratory.

What is Safety Boot Cerifited Issue?

All protective shoes undergo standardized tests concerning impact, compression, metatarsal, conduction rating, electrical hazards, penetration resistance, and static dissipation, this is a basic safety test requirement, you could see in as below chart is different standards in a different country.

EN20347, EN20345, EN13832 test standard for CE

ASTM F2013-11/F2012018 test standard for OSHA

AS/NZS 2210-3 test standard for CSA

SANS / EN 20345South African
SII/ EN 20345Israel
QAS/AS/NZS 2210.Australian
CE EN 20345Europen
CE EN 20345South American
CSA Z195-09Canada
Tuv laboratory Applus or Bureau VeritasMorocco

What are CSA Safety Shoes?

CSA is safety shoes test standard from the Canada safety association group, founded in 1919.

The CSA safety shoes not only test safety shoe products but also factory evaluation and test training.

After approval, each batch product will remark logo, such as CE.

As below is a test item for CSA safety shoes

  1. Toe protection
  2. Protective sole above1200N, Withstands 1.5 million bending cycles without cracking.
  3. Electric shock resistant (ESR)
  4. Static dissipative ( SD) 100k Ω~1000M Ω
  5. Chainsaw protective
  6. Metatarsal protection
  7. Conductive standards 1MΩ~100MΩ
  8. Slip-resistant sole

The product must pass the A, D, H protection function, the rest can be followed up with optional testing if you need it.

You can research the company name that approves CSA.

AS below is CSA product standard labels for your reference

What are ASTM Safety Shoes?

OSHA mandates protective footwear in areas having the potential danger or foot injuries.

The shoes must meet ASTM International standards.

ASTM 2414-18 test method of safety shoe that offers a sufficient protection level.

Test a steel or composite toe protection, midsole puncture, and so on.

You can see below the test required for ASTM safety shoes

  • C/75 = Compressiontest toe cap
  • I/75 =Anti- Impact toe cap
  • Mt/75 = Metatarsal impact
  • CD = Conductive properties
  • EH = Electrical hazard properties
  • SD 100 = Static dissipative(1-100 megohms)
  • SD 35 = Static dissipative (1-35 megohms)
  • SD 10 = Static dissipative (1-10 megohms)
  • PR = Puncture resistant
  • M = Footwear designated for a male
  • F = Footwear designated for a female

Does ASTM Require Metatarsal Guards?

ASTM is the American Society for Testing and Materials.

Metatarsal boots are required when rolling or lifting heavy and typically metal items such as loaded drums of liquid or train wheels.

When the hazard is more significant due to sharp surfaces that concentrate or focus the weight is dropped, metatarsal guards are recommended.

The likelihood or risk of an object dropping is also a consideration.

A rule of thumb is metatarsal protection for a median weight of 65 pounds dropped less than four feet or a rolling object weighing more than 50 pounds.

What is Safety Shoes Safety CE Standards?

You always can’t how to make a spec in your safety shoes products

After reading this chart, you will easily understand what spec you should pack in your safety shoes products.

OB: without any safety standards the same as a normal boot.

SRC leave good for anti-slip and energy absorbing heel, like walking shoes.

SB: only with 200J safety toe cap+energy absorbing heel

S1:200J safety toe cap +anti-static sole

S2: S1+upper water-resistant +energy absorbing heel

S1P: S1+penetration resistant midsole +energy absorbing heel

S3: has the safety elements of S1P+water resistant upper

As below is the rating for the outsole

How Many Different Sole for Safety Shoes?

  • PU/PU

Double density Polyurethane injection,cold-resistant-10’C


Double density Polyurethane rubber combine injection, reach to HRO

  • PU/TPU

Double density Polyurethane TPU combine injection, cold-resistant -20’C-30’C


Excellent Shock absorb, light and soft cemented sole, outsole could reach to HRO

  • All Rubber

Double density rubber cemented sole cold-resistant -50’C heat resistant 300’c

  • TPR

Thermoplastic rubber injection slip-resistant well but heavy the same as all rubber

How Many Different Toe Cap for Safety Shoes?

You should choose the correct toe cap for your OEM safety shoes, as below many different types of toe cap for your reference :

  • Steel toe cap made of metal materials anti-impact 200J mass production pass 100%
  • Composite toe cap made of PVC materials anti-impact 200J mass production pass 85%
  • Fiberglass toe cap
  • Carbon fiber toe cap
  • Alloy toe cap

Is Alloy Toe Better than Steel Toe?

At one time, steel toe shoes were the safety champions.

Aluminum is a bit lighter but a little bulkier.

The development of better alloys has buyers rethinking the choice.

Alloy toe shoes can be safe and much lighter.

Pros and cons of steel toe shoes include:

+ Maximum protection for feet

+ Adds little cost to the shoes

  • Can be heavy and irritate sensitive feet
  • Conduct electricity, which makes them dangerous for electricians

Alloy toe pros and cons

+ Do not conduct electricity

+ Lighter than steel toe shoes

  • Shatter under the weight of heavy equipment
  • Generally, cost more than steel toe shoes

What is a European Toe Cap?

You are always asking for a European standard, in fact, a European standard toe cap has different test mothed.

A European standard is adopted by one of three European Standardization Organizations – ETSI, CENELEC, or CEN.

Video of European steel toe safety shoe:

Which is Better Composite or Steel Toe?

Hazardous conditions with the potential for falling debris and objects or heavy impact require steel-toe safety shoes.

Composite toes have nearly the same strength as steel toe shoes, with fewer drawbacks.

It is non-metallic and can be worn through a metal detector.

For workers in airports, a composite toe is appropriate over steel toe shoes.

Composite toe is poor conductors of electricity.

Heavy-duty workers require boots with steel toe cap protection and ankle support.

Steel toes are traditional and heaviest, are not good for outdoor activity, are good for mining and heavy industry.

Are composite Toe Lighter than Steel Toe Safety Shoes?

Safety shoes are made of more than just a protective toe material, so the toe is not the only measure of weight.

A lightweight safety shoe must be matched by a lightweight outsole. In addition to the outsole’s puncture-resistant midsole and upper material, weight control is also important.

If the right outsole and upper material are not selected, a composite toe safety shoe will not necessarily be lighter than a steel toe safety shoe.

A pairs aluminum toe weight is 0.05KG

A pair of composite toe weight is 0.09kg

A pairs steel toe weight is 0.2Kg

Explanation of steel, aluminum, and composite toe caps:

What is a Moc Toe Safety Shoes?

A shoe with a moc toe design has a seam that runs around the top of the boot.

The ‘U’ shaped stitching on the toe is similar to traditional moccasins.

It provides increased comfort, flexibility, and protection.

Example of moc toes:

What is the weight a steel toe boot can withstand?

200-joule protection is the European safety specification.

It is a steel toe cap that offers more flat protection than a composite cap.

It essentially handles weights above the standard requirement.

Video showing 200-joule impact:https://www.youtube.com/embed/-bBBOUyUPHs?feature=oembed&wmode=opaque

Most steel toe shoes can withstand a weight of three tons.

Subjecting them to that kind of pressure is not recommended.

Regular work shoes that have a steel toe box withstand about 1200 pounds of weight.

How to Choose the Best Safety Shoes?

  • Moderate toe cap

The feet of American workers tend to be wider than those of European workers.

There is also a difference in the last length and width.

The width of the toe cap must be suitable for your market foot.

  • Breathable vamp

Materials to choose from include leather and man-made fabrics and materials.

Leather is the preferred material for the uppers of work boots and shoes, it’s more breathable and strong than others.

  • Comfortable insole /midsole

safety shoes with memory foam cushioned midsole is helpful due to the constant weight transfer between the ball of the foot and the heel.

A Steel shank or plastic shank midsole offers balance, comfort, and deduce painful overworked arches.

  • SRC sole design

The thickness of a cleated outsole is the key to slip resistance level.

A spacious upper foot splay accommodates the interior.

What Materials of Safety Shoes?

  • Leather materials including split leather, cow suede leather, nubuck leather, horse-crazy leather, embossed leather, buffalo leather,full-grain, microfiber, canvas those are common leather style for safety shoes.
  • You can choose the different thicknesses for this leather, the leather thickness from1.4-2.0mm, and you could custom leather color.
  • Fabric materials including breathable mesh, cotton fabric, pigskin, fur wool, Sandwich mesh Canberra mesh,nylon mesh
  • Eyelet including D-ring, punched metal plastic hook, webbing fabric, BOA rotate
  • Accessories including toe cap ,midsole plate ,trap,reflective stripe,rubber logo,side zip,lace
  • Insole including PU, HI-ploy, EVA+BKmesh, memory foam

What is the Feature of safety shoes?

Look for safety, health, and comfort features instead of the cheapest price.

AS below feature, you must consider

  • Water-resistant &Breathable

The materials used to upper water-resistant and breathable, the lining and leather also include reinforcing materials, breathable upper won’t make your feet sweat.

  • Flexibility &Lightweight

Hiking safety shoes must be lightweight in order for your users to have a more comfortable experience.

  • Soft Padded collars

0.8-1.0mm sponge tucked into the collar of the shoe can be better, reducing ankle chafing.

  • Short break-in time

Proper inside structure design and high-quality lining materials can be important factors in determining the break-in period.

  • Durability

Your end customers often use safety shoes in tough environments, purchase safety shoes must be durable.

  • Abrasion-resistant &slip resistant sole

The outsole’s abrasion-resistant properties increase the life of the shoe and its excellent slip resistance reduces the risk of injury from falls.

What are Safety Shoes Protective Midsole?

Midsole protection guards against objects such as nails,1100N penetration force is needed for footwear protection.

The protection is provided by a Kevlar insole, steel plate, or stainless steel insert.

The protective midsoles of safety shoes are typically made from one of two materials – steel or a woven fabric like Kevlar.

steel, stainless steel recommended for a cheap price or heavy industry protecting shoes.

Steel midsoles conduct electricity, cold, and heat, more economical than fabric midsole,disadvantage is not light.

Woven fabric midsoles are also named kevlar, this midsole more light, and flexible.

You could choose one of the materials as your product’s midsole.

Nail Penetration video:https://www.youtube.com/embed/BESSJl28iLM?feature=oembed&wmode=opaque

How to Design Safety Shoes?

Design the best safety shoes actually starts with the excellent design of the outsole, because the sole texture directly affects the slip resistance performance.

After done CAD design of the outsole, the shoe lasts designer starts design plastic last length and the width, match up the toe cap.

The shoe designer creates a drawing of safety shoes upper, and the pattern maker makes a paper pattern based on the plastic lasts.

How Long do Safety Shoes Last?

There are no guidelines as to how often you need to replace safety shoes.

It depends on the work environment.

Typically, safety toe shoes last in the six-to-12-month range in an average work environment.

Some last longer, others not as long.

Who Makes the Best Safety Shoes?

Safeft manufactures safety boots, work boots, hiking boots, and military boots of various types.

Safety shoes made by safeft with more than 12years’ experience in producing different standards.

The company has a strong development team.

Supply for 5 top brands in Euro and South America for many years.

You can order safety shoes products with ASTM and CE certified, this is ready certified for your business.

You can see brand design comfortable steel toe safety shoes manufactured by safeft.

What is S3 SRC?

S3 SRC protection has additional marking for exceptional slip resistance.

It is a combination of SRA and SRB.

SRA is tested on ceramic tile with the wet dilution soap solution, lauryl sulfate.

SRB is tested on steel surfaces with glycerol.

What are S1 and SSafety Shoes?

S1 safety footwear is suitable for work indoors with no risk of water spray.

The shoes have breathability.

Work was done outdoors requiring toe protection against perforation and water spray requires s3 rated shoes.

What is Safety Shoes Price in China?

You can find many different Safety shoes price in china.

Most customers don’t know why the price range such different.

Here I share with you some experience, with different raw materials, will make different price safety shoes.

Different safety shoe machines, different safety shoemaking skills, cause different cost and mass production will also make the price different.

Normal, tested safety shoes are $6-10. These prices are set at the basic model, which is the most heavily produced model.

What are Safety Shoes Required?

Manufacturing safety shoe plants must have ISO 90001 certified, and Safety footwear products are tested by authoritative testing centers and issued with test reports and certificates.

Different countries have different testing methods, but the intent of the test is the same.

It is better to provide real protection than to cause harm to your feet.

The most basic protection is to pass the smash test, the puncture test, which is mentioned in the ASTM, EN20345, CSA test requirements.

The metatarsal impact test is required by ASTM F2414-18 and CSA Z195-09

Therefore, passed test safety shoes will be marked with different certification standards on the label

Label for safety shoe export to the USA shows the C/I M,

As for safety shoes, ASTM test, only issue test report haven’t certificate

LA symbol for Chinese safety shoes

CE for Europe safety shoes

UKCA for safety shoes in the UK.

These logos are based on the safety shoes that have certified.

Safety Shoes with Arch Support?

Arch support allows those with flat feet to wear them more comfortable when walking and working.

Especially army boot and trekking safety shoes more need the outsole with arch support, it is will more costly to open this kind of sole mold but more comfortable to wear.

The low-end safety shoes, we used to arch support footbeds, which provide comfort and low your purchase budget.

Work with us you could get arch support sole and unique safety shoes.

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