Flexible and sporty, the latest lightweight and ultra-lightweight safety trainers and shoes are the perfect choice for light industry work environments including automotive, warehousing, catering, factories, logistics and a wide variety of trades.
Even if not a statutory Health & Safety requirement for your worker’s specific role, a good pair of safety trainers or shoes will always be a preferable option over standard footwear. They are equipped with numerous safety features; they protect the wearer against falling objects, help to prevent slips, trips and falls, safeguard against burns and scalds and assist with protection against electric shocks. If you’re still not convinced, consider the durability factor. This style of footwear stands up well to long-term use and a host of tough conditions.
Advancements in technology have seen a transition into the use of increasingly resilient textiles adaptable to the requirements of different industries. Improved designs enhance posture and help prevent muscle strain whilst progressively lighter and more flexible components allow for greater freedom of movement – ideal for those that are regularly switching positions between upright, bending and kneeling. There is an increased use of more breathable materials and fabrics that contain specialist antibacterial properties – elements that are fundamental to increasing comfort, reducing fatigue and maintaining good foot health. All of these features help to improve a worker’s wellbeing ensuring they remain productive and focused throughout the day.
CLAD Safety stock a large selection of lightweight and ultra-lightweight safety trainers and shoes that have been sourced from an array of reputable workwear brands. There is no ‘one size fits all’ policy. Products conform to different safety standards and are therefore more suitable to different work environments however the team are on-hand to offer expert technical advice and guidance where required. Here are just a few of the products they selected for this blog.
The Lightyear Suede Safety Trainer for men comes in at an impressive starting price of £23.70 (plus VAT). Weighing in at only 500 grams per trainer (based on a UK size 8), this trainer has suede and breathable uppers, a shock absorbent heel and padded tongue for comfort. It conforms to safety standards EN 20345 S1-P SRC and features a non-metallic composite toe and midsole with protective rubber scuff cap. The extra wide toe cap means it is suitable for all wearers, including those with slightly wider feet. The Lightyear Pioneer Shoe shares some similar features but has a dual density PU sole and smooth water resistant leather uppers. These versatile shoes complement any uniform with their smart appearance and it is easy to see why at just £27.25 per pair they are a recognised bestseller.
If you require more than an entry-level shoe the U Power Nero Grip Shoe is certainly worth considering. At the slightly higher price of £46.45 (plus VAT) this shoe conforms to safety standards EN 20345 S3 SRC and offers excellent grip via a Technopolymer Last Generation U-Grip® sole. A Save and Flex Plus midsole offers protection underfoot whilst the memory foam footbed and soft PU inner layer provide a high level of comfort for those long hours on your feet.
For those seeking a more environmentally conscious option, Cofra have developed a Reconverted Eco Friendly Safety Trainer. Conforming to EN 20345 S1 SRC safety standards this innovative design is made from eco-sustainable materials including 100% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and Poly-Green recycled polyurethane. The APT non-metallic midsole plate offers zero perforation when tested with a 3mm diameter nail, whilst toes are protected by an aluminium 200 J toe cap. Not surprisingly the eco concept also continues through to the accessories and packaging; laces and tongue labels are made of 100% recycled yarns derived from plastic bottles whilst the packaging consists of 100% recycled paper and carton.
If durability is your priority, we would recommend you take a look at the Monti Techshell Lace Up Trainer (£35.35 plus VAT). This extremely sturdy trainer features Techshell uppers, a fabric recognised for its abrasion and tear resistant properties. Despite being water repellent the fabric remains breathable which, when coupled with the antibacterial SANY-DRY ™ 100% polyester lining, ensures the trainer both absorbs and releases moisture. The Cofra Soft footbed is engineered to guarantee impact energy absorption offering a high level of comfort to the wearer whilst the non-metallic APT midsole plate and aluminium 200 J toe cap keep feet safe.
Clad Safety also offer an impressive line of ladies safety trainers and shoes for a variety of workwear requirements. The Alice Aluminium Safety Trainer, priced from £36.50 per pair, is extremely lightweight, stylish and super comfortable. An anti-static and anatomic footbed flexes and forms according to foot movement whilst the Breatix fabric upper and Sani-Dry antibacterial lining ensures the trainer remains water-resistant and breathable.
An alternative option would be the Active Safety Trainer, similarly priced but combining the latest thinking in sports and safety technology. Lightweight and breathable the Active Safety Trainer offers a dual density PU slip resistant sole and KPU sports technology upper for the perfect blend of style and safety.
Where your role demands a safety shoe over a trainer the Elenoire Ladies Safety Shoe provides a distinct but discrete feminine look. Made with a water repellent, full grain Italian leather upper the shoe features pink stitching and lining. The EVANIT footbed is made from an EVA and nitrile special compound, with high bearing capacity and variable thickness. 100% metal free the shoe features a non-metallic Top Return toe cap, resistant to 200 J and APT midsole plate promising zero perforation.
For female personnel not required to wear safety footwear as part of their uniform, the Blackrock Tactical Officer Shoe again offers a lightweight option due to its metal free composite midsole. Heat resistant to 300 degrees C, the Hexagrip PU/rubber sole is recognised as a market leader in the world of slip resistance due to its anti-static and oil resistant properties. This shoe still conforms to Safety Standards EN 20347 03 FO HRO SRC and remains competitively priced at just £45.58 per pair.
Clad Safety has been operating for over 30 years and we take pride in the excellent service that we offer to our customers. To find out more on how Clad Safety can support your PPE needs please contact us on 0800 161 3661.