Sympatex Safety Shoes

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When you need to buy safety shoes for your job, it is important that you at least know what Sympatex Safety Shoes is. What’s such advanced technology, which makes footwear so resistant to infiltrations of water and other liquids? What’s the difference with the other types of waterproof safety footwear? Knowing something about the technical properties of this particular kind of footwear may be of great help.

In this article I will explain to you, technically, what Sympatex safety shoes and the Sympatex technology are. Let’s see look at it together.

Sympatex safety shoes

Sympatex Safety Shoes

When it comes to safety footwear, Sympatex is mostly used to waterproof shoes and boots.

The Sympatex technology provides a laminated, waterproof fabric which is suited for all work activities, at any temperature and in any weather conditions.


Best waterproof Sympatex safety shoes, selected by SafetyShoesToday:


Main properties of Sympatex Safety Shoes

Waterproof: it protects from water infiltrations and moisture

• Very high breathability, no matter what the weather conditions are

o Combination of high breathability and good thermal insulation in cold areas

o Combination of best breathability, high thermal conductivity and extraordinary protection against moisture on hot days, or during heavy activities.

• The coating materials are extremely durable

• Membrane made of polyester with properties of thermal regulation

o At low temperatures, the compact structure of the membrane provides excellent insulation

o At high temperatures or during hard work the membrane reacts dynamically, quickly taking moisture out of the shoe

• The membrane is ecologic, made of 100% recyclable polyester

Structure of Sympatex Safety Shoes

Sympatex Safety Shoes

The structure of the membrane and of the materials used in Sympatex safety shoes are perfectly adapted to each other, and regularly subject to quality controls.

The high durability makes it possible to process the laminate until they’re perfect, so that they can be used in work and safety footwear.

Additional technologies

The following three technologies are mostly used to produce occupational and safety footwear (including those for the military):

• Moisture-Tech® for a quick removal of moisture and very good breathability, owing to an innovative middle layer. The excellent management of moisture inside the shoe allows to keep the feet always dry, even on very hot days.

• HigH 2 Out® for the quick and effective removal of swear through the coating, absorbent material, combined with the hydrophilic Sympatex membrane.

• Climate Technology®. It increases the breathability thanks to the presence of 3D air pockets. The better air circulation happens thanks to the rotational motion of the foot.

The Sympatex fabric, produced by Sympatex Technologies GmbH, is characterized by its impermeability to water, but as already said, it is also very breathable. It has a waterproof, windproof and breathable membrane, which is attached to the inner surface of the shoe.

Overview of Sympatex Safety Shoes

The Sympatex membrane is made of a block copolymer polyether-hydrophilic ester with a closed structure, meaning it has no pores. Water can’t get in from the outside, but water vapor exits the footwear through an absorption and evaporation process. This transfer of moisture through the membrane is what is called “breathability”.

The Sympatex copolymer is made of molecular polyester and polyether for the transportation of water molecules. The membrane has a minimum thickness of 5 micrometers, it’s translucent and elastic, adapting to the form of the foot. The Sympatex membrane is completely recyclable and relatively environment-friendly.

Sympatex Fabrics:

Today Sympatex Technologies GmbH markets 4 fabrics and 3 levels of thickness of the membrane for different levels of protection:

1. Professional – heavy duty;

2. Allweather – the standard thickness;

3. Windmaster – only 5 micrometers thick.

Sympatex fabrics

• HigH2Out

• Reflexion

• Phaseable

• Airflow


Best waterproof Sympatex safety shoes, selected by SafetyShoesToday:




Once you have chosen your Sympatex safety shoes, you will be more comfortable and more protected at work.

I assure you that if you choose the right type of safety footwear for your needs you’ll live a better work experience!

I suggest that you also read the article about waterproof safety footwear

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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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