Women's safety shoes: buying guide
An increasing number of women work in high-risk work sectors, and it is therefore obvious that the market has, over time, moved to produce specific footwear also for this continuously increasing segment of female workers. Here is a short purchasing guide to identifying the women's safety shoes that best suit your needs.
Women's safety shoes: what they are
Women's safety shoes are part of the more general personal protective equipment (PPE) and, as such, are subject to the relevant national and European regulations. They are therefore equipped with a 200J toecap according to the type of task, and a puncture-resistant sole and are divided into the same categories and levels according to which men's safety shoes are also classified. The main differences, compared to men's models, relate mainly to size and design: these shoes are not only smaller, but also have a narrower fit, which therefore adapts better to the female foot, and a careful and sophisticated design which, in addition to fashion, also takes comfort into account. An example of this is the raised heel, found in many models, which is specially designed to support the sole of the foot by improving its functioning and minimising the feeling of fatigue that is typically experienced at the end of a working day.
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Women's safety shoes: main features
To choose the optimal pair of women's safety shoes, five essential characteristics must be considered. Such footwear must be:
The fit, as mentioned above, should be narrower than that of men's models, so as to perfectly accommodate the female foot and thus reduce the risk of twists or sprains.
Such shoes must, in any case, be waterproof, so it is better to choose models with microfibre or polyester uppers which, in addition to a high degree of waterproofing, also allow greater breathability for the feet, thereby keeping them dry for longer.
Another indispensable feature is durability: the sole must have a high level of grip and protect the foot against possible punctures in the workplace (think of a sharp nail left lying around on a building site).
Being lightweight is equally crucial in the choice of a women's work shoe. A woman's physical strength and endurance are usually lower than a man's, so a lighter shoe will allow the wearer to make less effort and get through the day without sore legs and ankles.
Finally, the appearance of the shoe is also important to women. Women's safety shoes, for the most part, also feature colours and finishes that give a nod to the fashion world so that the wearer can still feel good about herself.
Women's safety shoes: recommended models
Among our models closest to the female taste is definitely the Max and Light clogs line in bright, purely feminine colours such as fuchsia or lilac. The Safety line features the orange/white Tiger model as the most unisex variant. A fresh trainer-style line, with an eye-catching finish and very comfortable.