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The Structure Of Safety Boots


Industrial Work BootsΒ are essential piece of equipment to be used in workplace to avoid hazards that may happen suddenly without noticing. While buying safety shoes there are certain features you need to ensure that safety footwear you choose is right for your environment. It is crucial to understand the structure of footwear.


The upper refers to the covering of entire part of shoe. It covers the toes, the top of foot, the sides of foot and the back of the heel. The upper can be designed with a single piece or number of different pieces stitched together and it depends entirely on the style of the shoe. Parts of a shoes upper can include the vamp, the back, the tongue, the quarter and the lining. The most popular material used for upper is leather and there are many more materials that are used to make upper.

Foot bed:

It is also known as insole. It means the inner part bottom to the foot. It offers the comfort to wearer and helps to increase employee satisfaction and performance.

Safety Toe Cap:

Safety toe caps are protective reinforcement caps under the upper in the toe area which protects the foot from falling objects or compression. It can any of the material such as steel, alloy or composite material.


Shank is a supportive structure that provides rigidity and stability in safety boots. It sits between the shoes insole and outsole and runs underneath the arch of the foot. The shank can be made from a variety of materials including steel, plastic, fiber glass and kevlar. They stiffen the outsole to give a more stable fit.


Midsole provides shock absorption and support for the wearer and lies between the foot bed and the outside. Polyurethane (PU), Composite materials, Kevlar and steel are some materials used to make midsole.


Outsole is the bottom most part of footwear that comes in direct contact with the ground. Leather, rubber, polyurethane and Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) are the variety of materials used to make outsole. The outsole is an important part of protective safety footwear providing stability, traction and protection from slips and falls in construction sites. They can also have other properties including heat and cold insulation.