S3 Safety shoes

S3 Safety shoes

If you are looking for safety footwear you can use for almost any application at work, then I recommend S3 safety shoes.

In this article I will answer the most frequently asked questions about S3 safety footwear, to help you find the perfect product for you needs!

If you need to ask something specific, write me an email to robert.frog@safetyshoestoday.com.
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In what cases should S3 safety shoes be used?

  • In workplaces outdoors, no matter if there’s water or not
  • If you want to own a single pair of safety shoes to wear throughout the year
  • If you need soles pierce-proof outsoles


What standards do they comply with?

S3 safety shoes comply with the UNI EN ISO 20345 = shoes equipped with toecaps, which protect the wearer from impacts and crushing, with resistance to energies up to 200J and to pressure loads of at least 15kN.

S3 safety footwear have all the basic properties of SB shoes (base safety), plus:

  • Closed heel region
  • Antistatic
  • Shock-absorption in the heel area
  • Resistance to the contact with hydrocarbon
  • Water-resistant upper
  • Pierce-resistant plates in the soles
  • Cleated outsoles


What other properties can they have?

S3 safety shoes can also have additional properties (mostly required in specific sectors), along with the corresponding marking. The most frequent ones are:

  • AN = “Ankle Protection” (ankles are protected from side impacts)
  • CI = “Cold Insulation”
  • ESD = “Electrostatic Discharge”. ESD shoes are not designed to protect the wearer, rather the electrical equipment sensitive to electrostatic discharges
  • HI = “Heat Insulation” (in the outsole)
  • HRO = the outsoles can withstand the contact with very hot surfaces
  • M = Metatarsal protection
  • WR = the whole footwear is waterproof
The expert's advice

I advise you to buy S3 safety shoes if your need is to protect your feet from the entry of water or liquids inside the shoe, and at the same time to protect your feet from punctures through the sole due to pointed or sharp objects .
In fact, the distinction between the S1 and S2 safety shoe models is precisely the water resistance of the S2 shoes, which do not have the S1; between the S1 and S1P is the presence of the anti-perforation plate present in the S1P, and between S2 and S3 mainly due to the presence of the anti-perforation plate that is present in the S3.
Clearly, in most cases, S3 shoes will be less breathable than S1P shoes so you must choose this marking if you work in contact with liquids or if you run the risk of getting your feet wet in your work.
The leathers will therefore be resistant to water and the shoes will have greater precautions to protect you from the entry of water and liquid splashes.
If, on the other hand, you work in contact with large quantities of water and do not want to use safety rubber boots, you will need to buy safety shoes with the additional WR marking, then S3 WR.

What models should I choose?

These are the products that I suggest if you are looking for the perfect pair of S3 safety footwear for your needs:

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As soon as you choose your perfect pair of S3 safety shoes, you will be better protected and you will live a better working experience.

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