When purchasing safety footwear there are certain features you will require ensuring that the footwear you choose is right for your environment. In order to confidentially do this, it is important to understand the structure of work boots.
- • Upper
That part, or parts of a shoe covering the toes, the top of the foot, the sides of the foot and the back of the heel is called Upper. The upper can be cut from a single piece or can be consist of a number of different pieces stitched together but this depends on the style of the shoe. Parts of shoes upper can include the vamp, the back, the tongue, the quarter and the lining.
There’s a variety of materials that uppers can be made of but historically, the most popular material tends to be leather.
- • Foot bed
The foot bed is more commonly known as the insole or the inside part of the shoe that runs under the bottom of the foot. The foot bed of a safety shoe improves comfort for the wearer, which in turn helps to increases employee satisfaction and performance.
- • Safety Toe Cap
The protective reinforcement caps under the upper part in the toe area which protects the foot from falling objects or compression is known as Safety toe caps. The material traditionally used for toe caps is steel but in recent times many safety boots will have a composite toe cap. Both types of toe caps have different properties.
- • Shank
The shank is a supportive structure that sits between the shoes insole and outsole and runs underneath the arch of the foot. It is made from a variety of materials including steel, plastic, fiber glass and Kevlar. It provides rigidity and stability in work boots .
- • Midsole
The midsole lie between the foot bed and the outside and provide shock absorption and support for the wearer. Midsoles can be made from a number of different materials such as PU, Composite materials, Kevlar and steel. Midsoles can also be made pierce resistant to give extra protection.
- • Outsole
It is the bottommost part of a shoe that comes in direct contact with the ground. The outsole can be made out of a variety of materials, including leather, rubber, PU and TPU.
The outsole is a crucial part of protective safety footwear providing stability, traction and protection from on-site slips and falls. They can also have other properties including heat and cold insulation.
So above mentioned points showcase the basic structure that follows safety footwear.
The article states about the structure of safety footwear and how this structure is built to provide the best protection for the workers’ feet.