Safety shoes and footwear

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All about safety shoes, boots, etc.

Safety shoes, boots or workshoes? Get help finding the shoes you need here.

Selecting the right safety shoes

Your feet has many functions. They have to carry your weight, adapt to the surface you are standing on, carry you, help you keep your balance and absorb the shock of many kilos.

At the same time the underside of the foot a high concentration of sweat pores and nerve-ends that make it extremely sensitive to cold, heat, pain and hard and soft surface.

The proper safety shoes is therefore about more than protection. Let us help you get the correct choice to suit your feet and jobs.

Step 1. Considerations for footwear

Before you can determine which shoe type you have to have, it is advantageous to ask themselves the following questions

What should the shoe protect against?

  • Toe cap or not?

  • Desire for protective features such.: Water repellent, Cut resistant, electrically conductive, ESD approved, etc.

Step 2. Determine the shoe type

Class and Category

Foot Protection are divided into two classes:

  • Class 1: Footwear made of leather, textile and the like. materials

  • Class 2: Footwear made of rubber or polyurethane

Additionally shoes are divided further into categories:

  • S1-S5: Safety footwear with toe cap up to 200 J.

  • PB-P5: Safety footwear with toe cap up to 100 J.

  • O1-O5: Safety footwear without toe cap.

When choosing your safety shoes, the first thing to look for, is whether it is CE marked. If it meets the EN 345 / EN ISO 20345. EN345 is a standard that categorizes the shoe after properties.

When you are out to find new shoes, it is important not only to be blinded by appearance or price, but also find the shoe that fits one's work. Here one can use standard symbols to find the right shoes.

Below you can in the table find the right shoes, through the protective properties listed symbols.

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√ = Required

+ = Footwear shall, in addition to the basic requirements also satisfy at least one of these requirements

◊ = Footwear shall, in addition to the basic requirements also satisfy at least one of these additional requirements


  1. If one works with water, there is little in that the shoe is always filled with water, because it chose a shoe that is not water resistant.

  2. If you look at the standard, one can quickly see that shoes labeled S1-S5 all contain the basic conditions, but if you want a shoe that is water resistant (WRU), only shoes that are labeled S2 or S3, you must select.

This is so only by looking at the description and the sole, to find out if it is suitable. Once you have ensured the above, the rest is up to ergonomics.


Strain Injuries is today one of the biggest causes of absenteeism in the workplace. Pain in the example. knees, hips and back can come from your feet. Therefore, to be able to prevent such damage, it is important that the soles of your work footwear fits your feet.

Have you heard about OTTER MFUS®?

If not, Follow this.

In the course of a day may well feel that it is 2-5 cm lower, and it is because of when it is due to the entire weight of the body compensates foot arch.

OTTER MFUS® is a unique development which is based on an adjustable arch for extra support and perfect fit - so you get the optimum support for the foot and may also go through a full working day without pain and feeling tired in the feet.

The patented system is built around an adjustable brace, which is arranged around the foot during the actual insole.

When the shoelace tightened lifted the bandage and creates a svangbue. The necessary support for the arch depends on how much the shoelace tightened.

The user has therefore all the time even the ability to adjust support to the foot, which serves the purpose of preventing fatigue and hence lack of concentration.

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Benefits of safety shoes with MFUS:

  • Perfect fit - a personal and variable length adaptation of the shoe.

  • The optimum support of the arch reduces the risk of foot slides forward and backward in the shoe.

  • Provides the necessary support and provide a boost of the medial foot structure and guarantees less fatigue after prolonged standing work.

  • If you choose a OTTER MFUS shoes you get a comfortable safety, which actively supports the foot's natural movement pattern.

In the picture to the right shows how the system looks (for several models see each product page using the link).

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Advice and maintenance

Shoes are subjected to high loads and require care to keep long. Lack of maintenance can reduce or even eliminate certain properties. Below are some basic tips on how to prolong the shelf life of your work shoes:

  • Clean your shoes with a damp cloth, alternatively remove clay, sand, dust and dirt with a soft shoe brush after use.

  • If the shoes get wet, then always dry them at room temperature - never in the oven or the like.

  • Shoes in full-grain leather or oiled, we recommend to impregnate regularly.

  • Shoes in leather is recommended to lubricate regularly with shoe polish or leather conditioner.

Signage for Foot Protection

Remember also that the employer must ensure that work areas where protective footwear must be used, marked with signage.

The sign is blue with white symbol and can be provided with a supplementary sign indicating types of protective footwear.

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Extended information about foot protection

What are the requirements for foot protection? and when to wear foot protection used?

What is foot protection?

When to wear safety shoes?

And what is true of standards and requirements for foot protection?

These questions and more are there answers to below.

Choosing proper safety footwear

Foot Protection (also known as safety shoes or protective footwear) must be used if work can not be organized and carried out safely using plain, appropriate footwear. Foot Protection are divided into two types:

  1. Foot Protection with toe (also called toe cap, toe nose and toe iron) should be used where there is a risk of trapping or where there is a risk of foot injury from falling objects, eg where handling or working with heavy and bulky objects, ie about 16-20 kg.

  2. Foot Protection with toe cap and soles to protect against penetration by sharp objects in the sole (eg. Stepping on a nail)

In addition, the footwear must be marked sharply and permanently with the following information:

  • Size

  • The manufacturer's type designation, trademark or other identification

  • Production date and country

  • Number of the current EN standards (EN 20345, EN 20346 or EN 20347)

  • Symbol or category designation of the basic requirements and other requirements

  • There must always be an accompanied instructions in your language

Classes and categorization

Foot Protection are divided into two classes (not to be compared with the categorization):

  • Class I: Footwear made of leather, textile and the like. materials

  • Class II: Footwear made of rubber or polyurethane

Marking of safety footwear with multiple properties can be grouped into the following categories, thus a safety shoes be a class 1 (made of leather) and approved as a category S3 (the nail and wear pattern):

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What does the categories and classes of a shoe mean? We'll tell you below


I or II
Closed tread
Antistatic properties
The tread's energy absorption
As S1
Water repellent
As S2
The penetration resistance (nail midsole)
Outsole with wear pattern
Antistatic properties
The tread's energy absorption
As S4
Penetration Resistance (Nail midsole) outsole with wear pattern

Danish and English shoe sizes

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Here is a precise comparison of the English and Danish shoe sizes, which often causes problems when they need to be "translated" one way or the other.


Here are pictograms used on our website and catalog:

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Safety Footwear i.h.t. EN ISO 20345: 2007 S1

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Safety Footwear according to EN ISO 20345: 2007 S2

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Safety Footwear i.h.t. EN ISO 20345: 2007 S3

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Safety Footwear i.h.t. EN ISO 20345: 2007 S1P

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Steel toe cap

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Aluminium toe cap

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ESD tested safety footwear i.h.t. EN 61340-5-1: 2007

ESD-brand footwear with vertical resistance in the range between 1 × 10 ^ 5 Ω and 1 × 10 ^ 8 Ω

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Extremely robust, durable, lightweight, breathable and dirt resistant material

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Breathable Vita-Tex for. No harmful substances. Öko-Tex Class 1

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Equipped with the patented Otter MFUS® system for adjustable arch support

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Heat resistant outsole (+ 300C contact heat) i.h.t. EN ISO 20345: 2007 HRO

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Cold Insulating footwear i.h.t. An ISO 20345: 2007 C1

Toe caps, anti puncture and saw protection

Toe caps

The toe cap is the part built into the shoe that protects your toes against pressure and weight and the nose of the shoe.

They are available in different materials with different properties.

Steel toe cap

Toe caps of steel since the mid-1900s been the obvious alternative for the manufacture of safety shoes.

Steel's strength and properties make it possible to produce sikkerhedståkappen of a thin steel, making it does not limit the shoe's interior dimensions. Ståltåkappens protective properties are not affected by age or by external factors such as heat and cold. Ståltåkappens properties are well known, which makes it a safe protection.

Aluminium toe cap

The demand for lighter safety shoes has stimulated the development of alternative materials for safety toe caps. The low weight causes a safety shoes with aluminium toe caps weighs about 50 grams less than similar shoes with steel toecap. Since the entire weight reduction comes in the footwear front, it makes the shoe a better balance, resulting in reduced stress and better comfort.

The Aluminium toe cap protective properties are not affected by age or by external factors such as heat and cold.

Plastic toe cap

Plastic toe caps has both the strength and the characteristics required to achieve full protection in accordance. With the European Standard (EN ISO 20345) applying to safety shoes.

Plastic toe caps are about 40% lighter than a steel toe cap. Plastic toe caps also makes it possible to wear completely metal-free safety shoes. Moreover plastic does not conduct either cold or heat.

Composite toe cap

Composite is a material composed of different constituent materials with different features and characteristics.

Eg. Composite Plastics - which is a very light protective toe cap of foam, epoxy resin and carbon fiber.

Characteristic of composite toe cap is that they are much easier, is insulating, does not conduct electricity and are not magnetic, since they do not contain any metal.

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Penetration protection

Divided into:

  • Flexible midsole

Is a anti puncture sole in a lightweight, flexible, metal-textile material with ceramic coated fibers.

  • Penetration protection of steel

A midsole made of steel which makes that no sharp objects can not penetrate.

Saw protection

Is protection against such. chain saw. Protective properties divided to 3 classes, where products such as foot and leg protection normally use saw protection in Class 1 and Class 2.

Class 1: 20 meters / second.

Class 2: 24 meters / second. (Higher protection than class 1).

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Sole materials

The shoe soles are among the most important components for your comfort and safety. They are made of various materials having different properties.

PU (Polyuretan)Polyurethane is a chemical mixture which is a good cushioning material with good gripping properties and is resistant to oils.
Is a rubber material which is resistant to oil and abrasion. Provides a very good grip on most surfaces.
Nitrile rubberProvides an extremely good grip on slippery surfaces, is oil-resistant and is also heat resistant to 300 ° C.
VibramAn extra heavy rubber soles that are designed to provide an extremely good grip on uneven surfaces. Vibram is also heat resistant to 300 ° C.
EVA (Ethyl Vinyl Acetate)Is a lightweight foam that provides good cushioning and absorption.

ESD footwear

About ESD approved safety shoes

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is a major problem in the electronics industry in the manufacture and handling of components.

  • On average, 1% of the ESD sensitive components are exposed, which not infrequently results in parameter changes and malfunctions.

  • The most common cause of ESD damage to the electrical components are a discharge from a charged person or a tool - through the component to ground.

  • Being charged is not that difficult. A person who goes on a textile mat is quickly charged with 15,000 volts and unpacking of goods in plain bubble wrap can provide up to 20,000 volts.

  • A good way to prevent electrostatic discharges is to use ESD approved footwear along with a conductive floor.

  • ESD footwear located in the limits between 100k OHM to 35M OHM. The values are stricter than for ordinary antistatic footwear.

Note: It is recommended that the classification of footwear indicated by wear-resistant marking on the sole surface.

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