SAFETY SHOES


EN ISO 20345

Safety shoes are protective footwear that must be equipped with a toe cap.
The toe protection made of steel, aluminium or plastic protects the foot reliably
against pressure and impacts up to 200 Joule. Also, non-slip soles (acc. to SRA,
SRB and SRC) belong to the basic features of the safety shoes. The standard
20345:2011 governs the basic requirements of safety shoes. Depending on the
way the shoes are used and the respective requirements, one of the following
safety levels needs to be selected: SB | S1 | S1P | S2 | S3 | S4 | S5

SAFETY SHOES SB SAFETY SHOES S1 SAFETY SHOES S2 SAFETY SHOES S3 SAFETY WELLINGTONS S4 SAFETY WELLINGTONS S5
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Safety Shoes

4 steps on the way to your safety shoes


Your work shoes accompany you all day every day, which is why we supply safety footwear that is breathable and very comfortable. Breathable materials prevent moisture build-up so that you don’t need to worry about wet feet. They also protect you from injury. Safety shoes are available in many sizes for both men and women, aswell as in many sizes and colors to perfectly suit your engelbert strauss workwear.

All-weather protective layer for engelbert strauss safety shoes

Step 1 – What do S1, S2 and S3 stand for?


Selecting the right safety class according to EN ISO 20345

The safety shoe classes in detail


Basic Soe (toe cap and slip resistant)

Like SB + A (anti-static), E (energy is absorbed in the heel area) & FO (oil and petrol-resistant sole)

Like S1 + P ( puncture resistant sole)

Like S1 + WRU (upper part of the sole is resistant to water penetration and water absorption for at least 60 minutes)

Like S1P + WRU and a profiled outer sole

Basic shoes as completely waterproof safety boot with the additional requirements A, E, FO

Like S4 + P (penetration-proof) with a profiled outer sole

Additional protective properties


  • HI – Thermal insulation, protection against burns on the soles of the feet of up to 150 °C (on hot surfaces for a contact period of up to 30 minutes

  • CI – Cold insulation of the sole, protects the feet against low temperatures and, in particular, cold surfaces

  • HRO – Resistance to contact heat, brief exposure up to 300 °C

  • SRA – Anti-slip on ceramic tiles and cleaning agents

  • SRB – Anti-slip on steel plates and glycerine

  • SRC – SRA + SRB

  • ESD – Leak resistance of between 100 kilo-ohm and 35 mega-ohm

What does ESD mean?


This is about preventing electrostatic discharging between two bodies, for instance human to human, or human to equipment or part. We have all experienced electrical shocks from a spark when touching a door handle. In companies that use sensitive equipment, the smallest of sparks could destroy parts or delete data. To prevent this you need to wear ESD shoes that prevent electrostatic charging. They are required for instance in the following operations:

Safety Shoes confirm to ESD standards
  • when producing sensitive, electrical parts
  • in flammable fluids and gases
  • in laboratories and medical areas
  • in paint shops
  • working with microchips

ESD footwear is NOT suitable for electricians that work at sources with electrical voltage.

What is antistatic footwear?


The EU ISO Norm EN20345 and the EN20347 state that antistatic footwear should be used to reduce electrostatic charging and guarantee its discharge. They should therefore be worn wherever electrical shocks from equipment or parts are possible or where there is a risk that flammable substances could ignite on sparks.

Step 2 – Which safety shoes are best suited for my requirements?


We have put together a few recommendations for specific profession groups:

Recommendations for specific profession groups

  • Turners, milling machine operators, bricklayers, transport and warehouse workers

  • Painters and decorators

  • Automobile sector (mechatronic engineer, mechanics, car paint technician)

  • Technical and maintenance professions (areas prone to electrostatic energy)

What footwear is best in summer, and which is best in winter?

engelbert strauss has waterproof safety shoes, safety trainers, boots and wellies with warm inner linings for excellent performance in the winter:

Models: Polaris mid, Polaris high, slip-on boots Polaris high, Comfort12

Are you looking for lightweight trainers for the summer or for warm indoor rooms?

Our safety sandals S1 are ideal thanks to their air permeability. They combine all-round protection with a pleasant foot climate. Models: Pallas, Siom x-12

Do you need special safety shoes?

12er Foot width for wide feet

Metal-free and leather-free safety

  • Do you have an allergy or simply want to avoid wearing animal materials? Are you looking for lightweight safety trainers without metal whose steel toe caps are not thermally conductive? We have a range of protective shoes with plastic toe caps that offer great comfort and are approximately 50 % lighter than steel caps:

Orthopaedic foot protection according to DGUV Rule 112–191

  • If your footwear needs orthopaedic adjustments, it must be certified according to DGUV 112-191 (BGR 191). You can easily find them by filtering with the property ‘Suitable for insole user’.

Step 3 –How do I clean and care for my safety footwear correctly?


Work shoes need to satisfy a number of requirements whilst also being subjected to heavy wear and dirt depending on your job. The better you look after your work shoes, the longer you will be able to use them.

How to clean

  • Regularly check that they are still intact or if they are damaged
  • If your safety shoes are very dirty, brush off the dry dirt first
  • Then you can wash them off under water and dry them well afterwards (not on radiators – the leather will become brittle!). Ideally, you should stuff them with newspaper.

How to care

Footwear made of smooth leather

To ensure that your safety shoes remains durable, it is important to apply a care product at regular intervals. Footwear that is well looked after remains beautiful and breathable for longer.

Our program contains matching e.s. High-gloss shoe cream. This cream keeps shoes supple and is water-repellent.

Nubuck leather

Suede needs to be cared for differently than smooth leather. Never use products that contain grease or wax because this will spoil the suede. We recommend regularly roughening up Nubuck material with a brush and using an impregnation spray.

Textile or microfibre

The best care agent for textile shoes is the e.s. Cleaning and care spray. This 3-in-1 formula cleans, cares for and impregnates your shoes.

How to impregnate

To ensure permanent protection, we recommend regular use of the e.s. Shoe proofer. It is suitable for all materials and protects your feet from the wet, dirt, oil and dust.

How to prevent odours

To prevent odours developing at an early stage, we recommend not wearing the same work shoes every day. This gives them the opportunity to air out. If your shoes got damp at work, let them dry out completely before wearing them again.

TIP: If your safety shoes still smell somewhat unpleasant, we recommend e.s. shoe deo.

Step 4 – Accessories for your safety footwear


Found the right safety shoes? Then take a look at the huge range of matching clothing and workwear like overalls, work pants and jackets and shoe accessories ranging from shoe dryers, laces, insoles through to the right functional socks.

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