Entries by Nick Bryant

ISO 20345 Code For Safety Boots

Q: SANS / ISO 20345? What am I? A: Safety boot or Safety shoe This is the International Standards Organisation (ISO) code for footwear that has been approved to avoid risk of injury at work. SANS (South African National Standard) has adopted the ISO marking. All safety footwear sold in South Africa must, mandatorily, have […]

Steel Toe Caps vs Composite Toe Caps

Why use composite toe caps? For many industrial sector workers, wearing shoes or boots with toe caps on a daily basis is challenging. The two most commonly requested features are weight and comfort. Composite toe caps are lighter than steel and they are also more durable. Composite toe caps are made from a plethora of […]

Safety Boot Codes Explained

What Are Safety Boot Codes? When buying safety boots there can be a lot to consider. Looks are important but you can’t disregard the critical factors in place of beauty! Yes, it’s important and we want our clients to be happy in what they wear but not at the expense of safety – that’s for […]

Safety Boots and how the sole is attached

An excellent question as there are many misconceptions about the sole of the shoe or boot being stuck on, glued on or stitched on. All of these processes are accurate for different types of fashion footwear, dress shoes, running shoes, sneakers and even veldskoen. What is the PU injection process for safety boots? Polyurethane injected […]

Heat Resistant Outersoles

Most work environment applications are covered by the standard Polyurethane outsole. Lightweight, flexible, excellent slip resistance, heat resistance between 90’ and 110’ degrees, and durable. They are anti-static and also resistant to oil, petrol and diesel. Whether fruit picking, building on a construction site, working in an engineering environment or even on an oil rig […]

Antistatic vs Non-Conductive vs Conductive

Your sole compound on your safety footwear can offer various and different grades of protection. Requesting safety footwear that simply conforms to ISO 20345:2014 is just the tip of the iceberg when assessing risk in your specific work environment. When addressing the issue of anti-static safety boots, one clearly needs to understand the different compounds […]

Salt Spues and Fatty Blooms

Gasp! Shock! Horror! Have you ever opened a brand new box of leather shoes or boots, which you purchased a few months ago – only to find what looks like a white mould on the leather upper? Either in a small amoeba like pattern or streaky lines? You need not panic nor throw a tantrum. […]

Safety Footwear A Brief History

Where and when did safety footwear begin? Why was it invented? And what should I be looking for today? The Origins of Safety Footwear Interestingly enough, safety footwear can track its origins back to the beginning of the 18th century, when industrial safety workwear first became an issue. Previously it was cheaper to replace an […]