Our Guide to Waterproof Footwear

Our Guide to Waterproof Footwear

Next up in our protective clothing series, and arguably the most important, is footwear. You know what they say, when your extremities are cold, so are you. A simple way to combat this is by selecting the correct footwear. Today, I’m going to talk you through some of the key features to look for when selecting waterproof footwear. After all, you need footwear that you can rely on to handle demanding situations.

Some features to look out for:

+ Bellows tongue

+ Waterproof lining/membrane

+ Go for quality

+ Toe protection – either steel or composite

+ Sole protection

+ Antistatic

+ Breathable

+ Shock absorbing sole

Waterproof vs. Water Resistant

People often ask if they mean the same thing and the simple answer, is no. A water resistant boot will offer some protection in wet weather but your feet will eventually become wet, particularly in heavy downpours. With waterproof footwear, it’s all about the liner or membrane – this is what ensures a boot is truly waterproof. It is possible to have both a waterproof and breathable boot. The membrane contains lots of microscopic holes that allows sweat vapour to pass through, but are too small for water molecules to enter the shoe. This is why it is important to invest in quality waterproof (or water resistant) footwear. Have a look at some of our top picks below.

Waterproof Footwear

Dunlop Purofort Thermo+ Full Safety Wellington

Reasons to buy:

+ Waterproof

+ Lightweight

+ Chemical resistant

+ Cold insulation

+ Steel toe and midsole protection

+ Antistatic

Specifications:

+ SRC certified slip resistance  

+ S5 certified

+ EN ISO 20345:2011 standard

Dunlop Acifort Warwick Safety Wellingtons

Reasons to buy:

+ Waterproof

+ Steel toe & midsole protection

+ Oil resistant

+ Steel toe cap

Specifications:

+ PVC/Nitrile Rubber

+ EN ISO 20345 SB P FO SRA

V12 Caiman Waterproof Safety Hiker Boots

The newest addition to our range of safety footwear, the V12 Caiman is

a great all-rounder – can be used for work purposes or out hiking.

Reasons to buy:

+ Waterproof

+ Breathable

+ Lightweight

+ Durable

+ Antistatic

+ Composite toe cap & midsole (lightweight)

+ Shock-absorbing, reinforced heel

+ Intelligent grip system sole for superior grip

Specifications:

+ EN ISO 20345:2011 S3 HRO SRC

 

‘½ of all major workplace injuries are caused by slips’ – V12

 

Water resistant boots 

Cofra Summit Safety Boot

Reasons to buy:

+ Water resistant

+ Steel top cap – resistant to 200 J

+ Midsole zero perforation plate

+ Breathable

+ Antistatic

+ Arch support

+ Slip resistant

+ Perfumed sole

Specifications:

+ EN ISO 20345:2011

+ Upper: water repellent nubuck & nylon CORDURA®

+ External: nylon CORDURA®

Grisport Comfort Contractor Safety Boot

Reasons to buy:

+ Water resistant

+ Shockproof

+ Anti-slip, heatproof sole

+ Steel top cap

+ Self-cleaning (wow)

+ Steel midsole

+ Comfortable and durable

+ Grease resistant

+ Breathable

Specifications:

+ Safety Level: S3-HRO-HI

+ Breathable leather upper

+ 1518 grams

Also available in brown, find them here

Cofra Darwen Safety Boot

Reasons to buy:

+ Breathable

+ Antistatic

+ Metatarsal protection to 100 J

+ Heat resistant

+ Steel toe and midsole protection

+ Cold protection

+ Perfumed sole

+ Recommended by Cofra for the mechanical industry

+ Water repellent

Specifications:

+ EN ISO 20345:2011

+ Upper: Full grain leather (water repellent)

+ Internal lining: SANY-DRY® 100% polyester

To explore more footwear check out our full website here.

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