In this guide we’ll look at the best safety shoes.
We’ve compared protection, materials, comfort and cost
to give you our top recommendations.

What Are The Best Safety Shoes?

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  • Effective anti-fatigue technology
  • Alloy safety toe
  • Super grippy soles
  • Lightweight
  • S1 SRC rating
  • Steel toe cap
  • Water-resistant
  • S3 SRC rating
  • Low cost
  • Steel toe cap
  • Anti-slip sole
  • Classic Dr Marten styling
  • S3-HRO-SRC rated
  • Leather uppers
  • Comfortable

More Detailed Safety Shoes Reviews

Timberland Pro Mens 6" Helix Alloy Safety Toe Waterproof Shoe

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  • Effective anti-fatigue technology
  • Alloy safety toe
  • Super grippy soles
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Timberland Pro Mens 6" Helix Alloy Safety Toe Waterproof Shoe Review

These Timberland Pro Men’s 6″ Helix Alloy Safety Toe Waterproof Shoes are the best safety shoes because they are smart and stylish and offer good protection and anti-fatigue technology.

These safety shoes are really good quality and look so much more stylish than many safety shoes available. However, their good looks do not detract in any way from their practicality and safety.

The shoes feature a TiTAN alloy safety toe which is effective yet lightweight. The shoes have a breathable mesh lining that is treated with an anti-microbial to keep your feet fresh. They also feature anti-fatigue technology, and this really helps if you are on your feet all day.

The soles of the boots are really grippy and you feel secure in on oily and icy surfaces as well as on ladders. The boots are also waterproof and easy to care for. The boots feel very sturdy and a single boot in size 9 weighs 836 grams.

Overall, these are the best waterproof safety shoes if you are looking for style and substance as they will keep you comfortable all day long.

Uvex Motion Style Safety Trainer S1 SRC

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  • Lightweight
  • S1 SRC rating
  • Steel toe cap
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Uvex Motion Style Safety Trainer S1 SRC Review

The Uvex Motion Style Safety Trainer offers class S1 SRC protection in a light, comfortable and hardwearing shoe.

These safety shoes provide an excellent choice if you need great foot protection as well as comfort. The shoes are lightweight and feature a Cimatone material and perforated outer material that keeps your feet dry and comfortable. The shoes have a steel toe cap as well as an anti-twist heel that protects you from impacts and ankle twists. The soles have an SRC rating for their anti-slip soles, too.

These shoes are very comfortable to wear and feature a Hydroflex insole with antistatic properties. The shoes also feature a speed lace closure and have a heel height of 2 cm.

These are super comfortable, yet safe and practical safety trainers making them the best lightweight safety shoe.

Black Hammer Mens' Waterproof Lightweight Safety Trainers

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  • Water-resistant
  • S3 SRC rating
  • Low cost
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Black Hammer Mens' Waterproof Lightweight Safety Trainers Review

These Black Hammer Men’s Waterproof Safety Trainers offer an S3 SRC rating, are water-resistant and make a great low-cost option.

These safety shoes have a composite toe cap and Kevlar midsole to protect your feet from injury. They also feature anti-static soles. The enhanced SRC rated grip means they keep you secure even on icy or slippery surfaces. The shoes also feature a breathable lining for extra comfort. The shoes feel comfortable to wear and have a heel height of 2cm.

These shoes feel super hardwearing and feature double stitching around all heavy use areas so I would expect them to last a long time.

These shoes make a great choice if you are looking for low-cost safety shoes that are comfortable and provide good protection.

Dr. Marten's 2216 PW Men's Safety Shoes

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  • Steel toe cap
  • Anti-slip sole
  • Classic Dr Marten styling
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Dr. Marten's 2216 PW Men's Safety Shoes Review

Dr. Marten’s 2216 PW, Men’s Safety Shoes have the classic Dr Marten air cushion sole and are made from industrial strength leather.

These safety shoes have a steel toe cap and an anti-slip sole. They feature a classic 4 eye lace design which makes them look nice and smart. They also  feature a PU cushioned foot bed and padded collar for extra comfort. The shoes are comfortable to wear and feel very sturdy although they are slightly heavy.

In short these are classic, good-looking, yet hard-wearing safety shoes.

CAT Footwear PROTEQ Unisex Adults’ Holton Safety Shoes

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  • S3-HRO-SRC rated
  • Leather uppers
  • Comfortable
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CAT Footwear PROTEQ Unisex Adults’ Holton Safety Shoes Review

These PROTEQ Unisex Adults’ Holton S3 CAT WSCH HG Safety Shoes look great, feature a quality leather upper and have an S3-HRO-SRC safety rating.

The leather upper makes these shoes durable, water-resistant and breathable. They have 4 lacing eyelets and two speed-lacing hooks to provide a secure fit. The Techni Flex rubber sole make the shoes  safe and comfortable. There is also a padded collar and tongue for extra comfort.

These safety boots have an S3 rating which includes a penetration resistant midsole. They also have an SRC anti-slip rating. Furthermore, they include an HRO rating which means the soles are resistant to heat up to 300°C. The shoes have a heel height of 2 cm.

Overall, these boots offer an attractive and durable option combined with excellent safety ratings.

Safety Shoes Buyer’s Guide

General

A good pair of safety shoes should be able to protect your feet from potential hazards in the workplace. However, if you are on your feet all day, they also need to be comfortable like Dr. Marten’s PW Men’s Safety Shoes. Look for features such as breathability, padded collars, anti-fatigue technology and lightweight design to ensure your feet stay comfortable all day long.

In addition, you want your boots to last. Most safety boots are made from tough and durable materials to ensure they are long-lasting and hard-wearing.

If you work outside or in wet conditions, choose water-resistant or waterproof shoes such as CAT Footwear PROTEQ or Black Hammer safety shoes to keep your feet dry and comfy.

Protection

Of course the primary requirement for safety shoes is to keep your feet well protected. There are a range of safety standards that govern safety shoes. For working on a building site, you will need a minimum of S1 SRC shoes. These feature steel toe caps, antic static technology and non-slip soles.

All SB rated shoes provide toe protection to 200 Joules of impact.

In addition S1 rated shoes like Uvex Motion Safety Trainers are anti-static, resistance to fuel oil on the outsole and have energy absorption in the heel.

S2 rated shoes have the same features as S1 plus they prevent water penetration and absorption of the upper.

S3 rated shoes have the same features as S2 as well as midsole penetration resistance.

SRC testing is carried out in order to determine the slip resistance of footwear. SRC is the most stringent specification for safety footwear and slip resistance.

An HRO rating means the outsole is resistant to hot contact.

Outer material

Safety shoes are available in a range of materials that are hardwearing and durable. Many are also water-resistant. You can choose from leather, suede or synthetic uppers.

Inner material

Inner materials also vary. It’s a good idea to look for a breathable lining as these will keep your feet dry and comfortable. Safety shoes often have cushioning inside to protect your feet from fatigue. This is essential if you are on your feet all day.

Sole material

The soles of safety shoes are either made from synthetic materials such as PU or EVA or alternatively from gum rubber. All these materials provide good grip, are anti-slip and make for a comfortable shoe. Do check that the soles have an SRC rating if you are working on a building site.

Conclusion

Safety shoes are an essential item of protective clothing and a great investment if you are ever likely to perform  potentially dangerous work. For general DIY use, you cannot go far wrong with the Timberland Pro Men’s 6″ Helix Alloy Safety Toe Waterproof Shoe as they are very comfortable and feature anti-fatigue technology.