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What does S1P mean for safety shoes?

As the name suggests, S1P safety shoes are based on the S1 safety class. S1P for safety shoes means that a puncture-resistant sole is used in addition to a protective toe cap. A protective toe cap must withstand a load of over 200 joules. This protection is now not only provided by the good old steel toe cap - modern plastic toe caps provide the same protection. The German manufacturer Elten offers a wide range of S1P safety shoes.

The penetration protection of safety shoes or sandals is guaranteed by a midsole. It can be made of sheet steel or more technical fabrics such as Kevlar or other composite textiles. Regardless of whether it is made of fabric or steel, it must comply with the EN ISO 20344:2011 standard.

Where are S1P safety shoes needed or worn?

Work shoes S1P are often in demand for dry applications such as indoor use and protect especially against:

  • falling objects and tools,
  • Injury to machines and
  • sharp objects or metal, nails or glass on the floor

 

Class S1P shoes are often additionally insulating or antistatic (ESD), heat-insulating or cold-insulating. They are also resistant to oil and gasoline. Even when exposed to oils and fuels such as gasoline, S1P safety shoes provide a good grip, minimizing the risk of slipping.

Final notes on S1P safety shoes

Solid protection for indoor use, but especially in the summer, safety shoes S1P are also popular for outdoor use, as often breathable and much more airy models are developed. For example, work sandals are often found in S1P. Whether sandal or not, due to the lack of wetness protection, S1P work safety shoes are not recommended as year-round outdoor shoes. Here we prefer to refer to work shoe models with safety class S3.