Safety shoes for hot environments

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Safety shoes for hot environments

You work for longer than 30 minutes in hot environments? You go up and down from a hot surface in your job and the outsoles of your shoes outsoles melt fast? You feel the heat inside your footwear and need insulation from the ground? Well, you surely need to know more about safety shoes for hot environments.Safety shoes for hot environments

This is a very frequent situation, many people work either on hot surfaces or hot environments, all these types of workers should care about having the right safety shoes for hot environments for their feet.

Safety shoes for hot environments

The legislation on safety footwear helps to prevent damages caused by heat, to the feet or to the shoes:

  • The direct damages are related to the heat to the feet, in case of excess of heat into the shoe you could develop blisters on the bottom of the feet or between the fingers, that’s not good because after some time they’ll start hurting when walking. You definitely need an “HI” safety shoe.

  • The indirect damage in case of hot surfaces is that the outsole of your shoes will melt and they will not last as long as you planned and they will also become unsafe, they will lose slip resistance and will become unstable. You definitely need “HRO” safety shoes.

So you need to know more about a couple of features of safety shoes for hot environments , the HI and the HRO.

After knowing them, I bet you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to find the product for yourself!

Now I’ll technically explain to you what exists on the market and what technical specifications you have to look at for the perfect safety shoes for hot environments for your needs. I strongly recommend to you to make a good search of safety shoes for hot temperatures

The best solutions to protect your feet and your shoes from hot temperatures are: “HI” heat insulation and “HRO” heat resistant outsole: 

  1. FIRST SOLUTION: “HI” heat insulation

You have the European legislation in your favor. In the UNI EN ISO 20345 and in the UNI EN ISO 20347 it is included a technical plus called:

  • HI” means “HEAT INSULATION” and it is the marking for outsoles with a feature of heat insulation from the ground. After being tested at 150 Celsius degrees for 30 minutes the internal temperature inside the footwear shall be less than 42 Celsius degrees. The degradation of the footwear is then tested in the same 30 minutes test and has to comply with the standards.


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  1. SECOND SOLUTION: “HRO” heat resistant outsole

Safety shoes for hot environmentsIn this case too, you have the European legislation in your favor. In the UNI EN ISO 20345 and in the UNI EN ISO 20347 it is included a technical plus called:

HRO” means “HEAT RESISTANT OUTSOLE” and it is the marking for outsoles with a feature of resisting to contact with hot surfaces (the test is made at 300ºC on a sand bath). When tested, rubber and polymeric outsoles should not melt or crack when bent.

There is a material that brings the outsoles this HRO performance, it is a rubber containing Nitrile, usually called Nitrile Rubber or just Nitrile by some manufacturers. Have a look at the different types of outsoles carrying rubber:

  • PU/RUBBER: the outsole is made of rubber and the midsole of polyurethane
  • SINGLE RUBBER DENSITY: the full piece of outsole is made of rubber
  • EVA RUBBER: the outsole is made of rubber and the midsole, or part of it, is made of EVA


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Those are the solutions I suggest to you when you’re looking for safety shoes for hot temperatures.

In this article I have also shown you some safety shoes for hot environments. They are just an example, but trust me, there is a ton of products on the market that are identified as safety shoes for hot environments to help you get protected from heat in the work place. 

When you’ll have selected over the many safety shoes for hot environments your problem will be solved, because these safety shoes for hot environments will protect you from heat, from direct damage to your feet or affecting the safety of your safety footwear.

The result? Fewer blisters, more comfort, more stability, more safety.

I guarantee that if you use the right safety shoes for hot environments you’ll 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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