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The Difference Between Composite Toe Shoes and Steel-Toed Boots - Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Steel-Toed and Composite

What are the Differences Between Steel-Toed and Composite Toe Shoes?

Composite toe shoes are similar to steel toe boots, but they are not the same. They are both designed to protect your toes and meet the same ANSI standards. As the name suggests, instead of steel, composite toe shoes have a type of composite material in them. These composite materials are usually a combination of plastic, Kevlar aramid fiber and carbon fiber.

People who work in construction or with electricity are normally required to wear steel toe boots or shoes by their employer, but they may run into issues by wearing them. If your employer also requires you to pass through a metal detector to enter your workplace, for example, but you’re wearing steel-toed boots, doing so wouldn’t be possible. If you are allowed to wear composite toe instead, that would pose a simple solution for passing through the metal detectors. Examples of jobs that require the use of metal detectors and composite toe or steel-toed boots might include airport security and laboratory personnel.

The composite toe shoes on our site come in many different styles, brands and sizes, to give you a large selection of this type of safety shoe. All composite toe shoes are marked with the symbol shown below.

Composite Toe


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Finding the Right Slip-Resistant Safety Shoes - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Here at Safety Shoes Distributors, we have several different styles of men’s and women’s slip-resistant (non-slip) safety shoes. It’s our goal to make it simple for you to browse our selection, or to filter your search results by choosing your gender, the shoe brand, color, style or shoe type (i.e. composite toe, soft toe, steel toe, etc.).

It’s difficult to develop non-slip shoes because there are so many variables when it comes to slippery surfaces. What makes the floor or ground slippery? Surfaces can be muddy, greasy, wet, oily, or just newly-polished. Additionally, surfaces may have any number of material or debris on it. Whatever the case may be, you have to be able to control the surface below your feet.

Because of all the different kinds of slippery surfaces, there is not a single standard on non-slip shoes. However, we provide several different brands of non-slip shoes to really fit your needs in your work environment. If you have any questions about your particular environment and which safety shoes are best for it, don’t hesitate to contact us using the contact information below.

Telephone Number:  (513) 563-4220
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Mailing Address: 10156 Reading Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45241

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Differences between Electrical Hazard and Static Dissipative Safety Shoes - Friday, April 12, 2013


Differences between Electrical Hazard and Static Dissipative Safety Shoes

Certain safety shoes protect against electrical charges—two of which are electrical hazard and static dissipative. These standards are set by the American National Standards Institute and the American Society of Testing and Materials. Specialty work safety shoes, when dealing with static electricity, must meet the provided standards to be certified and worn while working around electricity. This article will cover the differences between electrical hazard and static dissipative safety shoes.
Electrical Hazard Shoes
Shoes and boots with protection against electrical hazards must meet the American National Standards Institute standard ANSI Z41 PT99. This standard protects against hazards from open electrical circuits.
Safety shoes that protect against electrical hazards are frequently needed in jobs in or involving electrical engineering, welding and maintenance; or with any other job where an employee has the chance to be exposed to electrical hazards and currents.
The shoes themselves are designed to reduce electricity through blocking it, and therefore protect against electrocution. Since the barriers are located in the soles and impede the current from the ground, this differs from static dissipating safety shoes because they are built to reduce the amount of static electricity that has already built up around your body.
Static Dissipating Shoes
Static dissipating safety shoes must meet the standards outlined by American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM F2413-05. As mentioned, they reduce the static electricity that has already built up in and around your body—to do that, they actually conduct electricity through the insole and shoe lining and then transfer it to the ground—whereas electrical hazard shoes are designed to block the electricity in the first place.
These shoes are normally worn by people who manufacture units such as computer components or explosives, for example.
Our In-Store Selection
We have several safety shoes in stock that protect against electrical charges and dangers when working around electricity. Look for the  symbol to find safety shoes that protect against electrical hazards, and the Static Dissapating symbol to find static dissipating safety shoes.

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Men’s and Women’s Waterproof Work Shoes - Tuesday, April 9, 2013

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Men’s and Women’s Waterproof Work Shoes

Soggy work shoes that cause you to slosh around all day while on the job or hiking through the woods—one of the worst feelings on earth! If you don’t own a pair of waterproof work shoes and you work outside, chances are, you’ve experienced this condition: the dreaded condition of waterlogged feet.

Who says you have to sacrifice comfort while it’s raining? Whether you’re hiking through a dampened wooded area or working outside when the rain hits, our waterproof boots and shoes will guarantee dry socks and feet. Our waterproof boots and shoes are simply impervious to water.

We carry many comfortable men’s and women’s waterproof shoes and boots, and most of them are multi-purpose, meaning you really get your money’s worth. Be sure to follow the picture-coded legend on each product webpage; each icon signifies whether or not a shoe or boot is waterproof, steel-toed, composite-toed, etc. 

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About Men’s and Women’s Work Safety Shoes with Metatarsal Support - Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Metatarsal Men Work Shoes | Women Work Shoes | Metatarsal shoes

The metatarsus, or metatarsal, is a set of bones in the forefoot that are more commonly known as the ball of the foot—it’s the part between the instep and the toes. These bones work together to support your entire body while walking. It’s important to keep these bones protected, especially if you’re working around heavy materials.

That’s where safety shoes that feature metatarsal protection comes in. Work safety shoes that come with a metatarsal can be a life saver. They provide a layer of extra protection to keep the metatarsal bones safe from an accidental impact. These boots are a must in certain environments where a lot of heavy materials are moving around.

Here at Safety Shoe Distributors, we carry several men’s and women’s safety shoes that have metatarsal guards. Check out our brand-leading Hytest safety boots and shoes for men and women for more details on our stock of metatarsal safety shoes.

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Top 10 Reasons to Wear Steel-Toed Boots | Safety Shoes - Tuesday, April 2, 2013


       Ten Reasons to Wear Steel-Toed Boots or Safety Shoes

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1.       It might be mandatory. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration and the US Department for Labor might require that your workplace require its employees to wear steel-toed boots or safety shoes. To be compliant under OSHA standards, some manual labor industries require them to prevent or help injury while on the job. This is the case with industries where employees are exposed to hazards such as falling objects, objects that could pierce the sole of a shoe, or electrical hazards.

2.       Foot injuries are a common workplace injury. Foot injuries come in all shapes and sizes, some of which include punctures, lacerations, crushing, sprains, and falls.

3.       Many steel-toed boots can withstand up to 75 pounds of falling pressure from objects dropped from up to three yards. Moreover, it’s been tested and proven that many steel-toed boots can withstand several hundred pounds from a dropped object.

4.       You can still be safe without sacrificing comfort. There are several ways to improve the comfort level of your feet while keeping them protected. Be sure to choose the right shoe size, make sure your boots are long enough (and that they go well past your ankles), and choose socks that are meant for use with steel-toed boots. Some socks are ergonomically made to provide the most comfort while wearing safety boots.

5.       If you’re not wearing steel-toed boots and your employer requires it under OSHA, you could be sent home from work. If safety shoes or boots are required, employers are allowed to send their employees home under OSHA compliance standards and for not acting in a safe manner.

6.       Steel-toed boots help prevent a wide range of injuries, not just injuries from falling objects. They can also help prevent injuries due to slips and falls, cuts/lacerations and burns, and punctures. A sturdy safety shoe or boot makes it more difficult for injuries such as these to occur.

7.       Safety footwear can also help alleviate discomfort that comes from prolonged standing on hard floors and surfaces.  Believe it or not, safety boots often times provide extra support and comfort, which can raise overall comfort levels while standing for a long time.

8.       Safety shoes can be fashionable, too. Some brands provide a wide selection of shoes that are easy on the eyes without sacrificing safety. (Safety Shoe Distributors covers 50 different models of safety shoes—and that’s just in the women’s department.)

9.       The Right Boot For Your Job. With the many choices of steel toe boots out there, many are made for specific areas of work. We are experts at pairing the right shoe for the right environment.

10.     Last but not least… because you’re worth it. Any kind of protective equipment that is proven to prevent injury while on the job should be utilized. Your safety in the workplace is the most important part of any job.




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