Over recent decades the evolution in design of safety shoes or boots benefited wearer immensely with technological advances both in manufacturing and materials used in shoes or boots. Workers have understood the necessity of wearing Safety Shoes and Work Boots in their workplace through the hazards they face there.
History of Safety Boots:
Footwear protection got a long history. At earlier stage people used wooden clogs called “sabots” for foot protection. Textile workers in Europe worn these wooden boots first in the factories. During industrial revolution, workers threw their ‘sabots’ into the gears of factory machines to protest about industrialization and stop production. But the true origin of the word “sabot” is still unknown.
Steel Top Cap Boots:
The origin of first steel toe boots lost in the history, but the development started at the beginning of 20th century. At 20th century safety and protection for foot became an industrial issue. Due to rising liability cost, companies started to concentrate on the safety and protection of workers. Workers started wearing steel toe boots compulsorily to avoid hazards in workplace.
Earlier days, safety boots were with black color, heavy and uncomfortable. But now wearers have many options to choose their safety shoes. Safety boots coming with wide variety of designs including safety hikers, safety trainers and fully waterproof safety boots. The latest generation of safety footwear means that the wearer can buy any safety shoes or boots knowing that they meet all the latest EU directive safety requirements. They should also offer high levels of comfort and performance.
There are two key features that resulted from technological advances such as
- inflexible traditional steel mid-sole replaced with lightweight Kevlar mid-soles
- old fashioned steel toe cap replaced with composite lightweight toe caps and become increasingly popular
Present safety footwear is surrounded by traditional and synthetic leathers and with a new generation of waterproof and breathable membrane fabrics makes it lighter and resilient. They also come exclusively for men and women with many colors and designs.
In recent months with the influence of youth culture, another evolution in safety footwear is developed in which safety shoes look exactly like the leisure footwear having EU safety requirements. This is hence a truly remarkable evolution.
A continuous advancement in material technologies brings safety footwear with more quality and makes you feel comfortable and aesthetically desirable. As consumer demand more changes like light weight, comfortability and style, the design of safety footwear will continue to evolve at a rapid rate.