How to choose a pair of quality steel shoes

How to choose a pair of quality steel shoes

Many companies produce reports and articles of why their steel toe shoes are perfect, so I will give an unbiased opinion of how to select a pair of quality steel toe shoes.

You should consider the following factors: Fabric, Durability, Sole, Flexibility, and Additional Features. I will go into more detail below.

Fabric: Different fabrics can make or break a shoe in a few months. It can also be uncomfortable if it is not the right fabric. There is the gortex like rubber, canvas like fabrics, suede and leather. In my opinion, leather is one of the best aspects of steel tip safety. They break easily after a few days, then they go like a glove to your foot. The leather does not burn and does not ignite, does not melt. If burned or scuffed, they can be easily polished and masked. Thick leather is ideal and looks great.

Durability: Is the shoe designed to last a long time or is it OSHA compliant with a shelf life of only six months? What I mean by sustainability, is whether the shoe will last two years of wear before having to replace them. Some shoes may look nice and take shots, but after a few months, the stitches separate, the metal wears through the padding and digs your foot. Many things can happen if the shoe is not designed in the right way. Does the shoe have a steel upper? Is the steel toe area well padded and durable? Does the support of the shoe hold? And the sole, how long will it last?

Sole: This is very important and is more of a sustainability subcategory, but deserves its own category. First, there are two types of insoles, those made to last one year or more and those that are not. I saw shoes with holes appearing in the sole after only a few weeks as the rubber began to wear and the hollow honeycomb sole looked like a trace. Dig literally your finger in the sole in various places. If it bends easily and you can smell the air, it will not last very long. Thicker or thicker rubber may not be as comfortable as it will last. A problem with worn soles is that they tend to wear on one side depending on your walking habits. After a while, it is dangerous to walk in half-worn shoes, this can throw you on your back, cramps, etc. Another health problem to avoid caused by cheap products.

Flexibility: Will the product bend? If the sole is so thick that it barely moves, how will your foot feel after an 8-hour day? Some shoes are so strongly reinforced with different materials that the back is never molded to your foot or that the steel toe area continues to stick in your toes? Anyway, fold the shoe, try it. If you feel too much discomfort in any area, remove the shoe and inspect it, you may find that this shoe will not work for you. This is another key point, some shoes just do not work for everyone.

Features: Are shoes classified as Electrical Hazard, Insulated, Waterproof, etc.? There are many things to watch and it will depend on your work.

I hope that the information above will help you to be a better consumer and avoid buying bad steel work shoes.

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