Ask the expert: further information on Mondopoint system

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Welcome to the section where we report the questions of our readers, with expert advice. The reader who’s writing to us needs to get some further information on Mondopoint system.ASK THE EXPERT - MONDOPOINT

Let’s start with an assumption:

Every foot has its own shape and any worker should wear the right safety shoes with the appropriate width.

What is the Mondopoint system?

Given the lack of legislation on the width of safety footwear, manufacturers refer to a standard called the Mondopoint system.

The Mondopoint system is mainly used to measure the length of safety shoes, but also provides a table on the width of safety shoes drawn up according to the length of the foot.

Further information on Mondopoint system

Ask the espert - further information on Mondopoint system
Further information on Mondopoint system

Here is the message we received from our reader:

Hey there

Saw your article on Mondopoint and it was very helpful, thank you!

There’s a pair of saftey shoes over in the UK/IE that I would like to buy. But I’m in the US.

I’ve been reading about the conversions and such and here is where I’m confused.

In the US, I wear a 12 wide (12W or 12EE) depending on who makes the boot. This company is saying their boots go up to EU47, which if I did the conversion right, then I would need an EU46.

With that said, the width they say is Mondopoint 11 on all of their boots. From reading your article, it appears the mondopoint width scales a bit with the length of the foot, which makes sense.

Correct me if I’m wrong here, but doing the math starting from 42, I got the following:

EU46 is 302 mm long at Mondopoint 11 makes it 272 mm circumference.

Does that seem right?

Thanks in advance for your reply!



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Robert Frog
I was born in London in 1975 and still live here. I could define myself, summing up in a few words my long working career, a great expert in the field of foot and foot problems. Immediately after graduating in Motor Science I started working in an orthopaedics in which orthotics were made to measure for people with foot problems. In 1999 I was hired as Key Account Manager in a well-known chain of safety footwear and other personal protective equipment. Among my clients I had several industries, which I visited regularly to understand the needs of workers, both in terms of protection and comfort. During these years I have consolidated my knowledge on foot problems. Furthermore, I studied carefully the products I proposed: attending courses, participating in trade fairs and, often, accepting the invitation of manufacturers to visit the factories. I was thus able to observe closely the techniques and materials used to produce the best safety shoes. Since 2015 I have been collaborating with the PPE Academy for the content of Safety Shoes Today.

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