According to OSHA, safety footwear must meet ANSI minimum compression and impact performance standards in ANSI Z41-1991 (American National Standard for Personal Protection-Protective Footwear) or provide equivalent protection. Footwear purchased before July 5, 1994 must meet or provide equivalent protection to the earlier ANSI Standard (ANSI Z41.1-1967). Other standards you can turn to for guidance on the latest foot protection recommendations include ASTM F2412-05 (Standard Test Methods for Foot Protection) and ASTM F2413-05 (Standard Specification for Performance Requirements for Foot Protection).
Ice traction device
The TREX 6310 Ice Traction Device is an adjustable one-piece boot and shoe accessory that features replaceable rugged steel studs and an aggressive tread pattern, giving workers stability on ice, snow, and other slippery surfaces. Made out of stretchable rubber, this product features a simple adjustable elastic cord to cinch tight for a customized and secure fit over any shoe or boot in the most extreme environments, according to the company. For added convenience and reusability, studs can be replaced quickly and easily, prolonging product life.
The Wolverine All Weather Welt Renegade Series features a 3/4 welt design and athletic fit, allowing it to bend and flex at essential points. Offering the company’s MultiShox outsole with individual compression pads in the heel and forefoot that absorb shock and return energy for all-day comfort, the lightweight rubber lug outsole is slip-, oil-, and abrasion-resistant. A waterproof full-grain leather upper and wave mesh lining keep feet dry. This boot, which is 100% nonmetallic and available with an optional composite safety toe, is backed by the company’s 30-day comfort guarantee.
Industrial work boot
The Bogs Industrial Chukka, available with (pictured) or without steel toe, is built with 4-mm waterproof Neo-Tech neoprene material and 2-mm Airmesh insulation, called Channel Air, to maximize airflow and wick away moisture, according to the company. The boot also features an ASTM-approved chemical- and slip-resistant non-marking and self-cleaning bridge outsole for added support. A contoured, moisture-wicking insole provides added comfort.