Safety footwear with ankle protection

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If you are looking for occupational footwear that protects your ankles from potential impacts, I recommend Safety footwear with ankle protection, marked “AN”.Best accessories for safety shoes

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

You may have noticed that the boots of motorcycle policemen have two small plates on the sides: those are the ankle protection, very similar (and, sometimes, identical), to those of AN safety footwear.


In what cases should Safety footwear with ankle protection AN be used?

  • if you risk to be hit not only on the toes, but also on the ankles
  • In postal services, law enforcement, and other jobs where one rides a motorcycle
  • if you work with moving objects which can hit your feet from any side


What standards do they comply with?

The additional marking of safety shoes, including the AN marking, are described in the standard UNI EN ISO 20345, Table 18.

Safety shoes with AN ankle protection are submitted to a specific impact test to verify its resistance to side impacts. If they pass the test they receive the “AN” marking, which means, in fact, “Ankle Protection”.


What models of AN Safety footwear should I choose?

Here is a couple of products, selected for you on the web:

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These tips should help you to find the perfect model of AN safety footwear for your needs.

As soon as you choose your perfect pair of safety footwear with AN marking, you will be better protected and you will live a better working experience.

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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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