Safety shoes are in demand on construction sites, in factories or warehouses, wherever feet need special protection. Meanwhile, safety shoes have left behind their former clumsy design without compromising the safety functions. Read on to find out more about why it is important for the feet and the back to be comfortable as well.
Our feet spend more than one third of our lives in shoes. And so it would appear to be logical that safety alone is not enough. After all, our feet spend many hours in these special shoes, day after day. If the shock absorption features are not correct or the roll behaviour does not correspond to natural movements, then every working day can become torture and jeopardise the health of our feet. Safety shoes must fit so well that they still feel comfortable even after a long day at work. They must be functional and comfortable and also fulfil further requirements. Like all good shoes, safety shoes should not only consist of first-rate materials but also take account of the length and width of the natural foot shape. This is made possible by using a last that complies with state-of-the-art orthopaedic shoe technology.
Feet can differ in width. About half of the population has normally wide feet; 45% have extra-wide feet and 5% have narrow feet. Shoes with the multi-width system are therefore an advantage. If shoes are too narrow, this can cause skin irritations and extreme perspiration, while a shoe that is too wide does not give the foot enough support, quickly causing cramp in the muscles.
Needless to say that the shoes must also be long enough. Shoes that are too small will eventually change the positioning of the toes. On the other hand, if the shoes are too big, the foot slides forwards into the space intended for the rolling movement. And so the toes get squashed with every step. At the same time there is too much space at the heel and the shoe slips off the foot with every step. This changes the gait and puts extra pressure on the joints.
Furthermore, the shoe should stabilise the gait and guide the heel. In other words, the heels should be surrounded with gentle support to warrant a supporting effect for the whole foot. This results in a firm gait, relieves the pressure on the ankle joints, reduces the risk of twisting the ankles and prevents problems and ailments with the joints and spinal column.
An individually adjustable shock absorption system also offers a crucial advantage. This is the only way to reduce the pressure and impact on the joints, intervertebral disks and spinal column when running and walking, particularly when working on hard floors. Special, replaceable shock absorbing elements with sufficient resilient volume are ideal here. Preferably they should be coordinated to the wearer's body weight and should be wear-resistant. This is important because otherwise the wearer will not notice when the shock absorbing effect fades.