If you are looking for your next pair of work shoes, but without them having the safety toe of safety shoes, read this article in which I will tell you about the best soft toe work shoes on Amazon.
Why work shoes and not casual shoes?
First of all, I want to clarify that the soft toe work shoes are called occupational shoes and meet the European standard EN 20347 while the casual shoes you use every day for walking do not meet any regulations. To respond to a standard such as that of occupational shoes, the shoes must pass severe tests that include non-slip, electrical resistance, resistance of materials, dimensions etc.
So work shoes differ from casual ones because they are absolutely reliable for working, while casual shoes don’t give you any guarantee. An example? If you work in a restaurant kitchen and you risk slipping, your occupational shoes have been tested and certified for non-slip, while the casual ones are not, which ones would you trust?
What types of occupational shoes are there?
Occupational shoes, therefore, work shoes without a toe cap can be of various types, starting from sandals to sabots, low cut shoes, ankle shoes or even rain boots made of plastic materials. The important thing for you is that they comply with the EN 20347 standard that I described to you earlier.
What are the main markings?
Soft toe work shoes, called occupational shoes, have inside them a mandatory label indicating the most important data of the footwear, this is called the “marking” of occupational shoes.
The main markings are O1 and O2 which have a substantial difference between them, the resistance or not to splashes of liquids, therefore the water repellency of the materials. Specifically, the O1 occupational shoes do not have water repellency while the O2 have the water repellency of the upper materials, ie the upper part of the shoe. Very often there are also occupational shoes marked OB which are often occupational sabots.
What materials are occupational shoes made of?
There are no limits to the imagination as regards the materials, the upper or the upper part can be made of smooth, printed, suede, nubuck leather, but also synthetic materials such as microfibre or fabrics. The soles can be of polyurethane, EVA, rubber or combinations of them.
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