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Q. What makes a Shoe or Boot Slip-Resistant?


slip-resistant shoes or boots

A. Slip resistance is determined by a shoe's outsole design, material and tread pattern.

Why does it matter?
Some workplaces, including hospitals and other medical centers, require slip-resistant footwear. Additionally, if your occupation requires outdoor work and/or heavy lifting, a slip-resistant sole will help keep you safe. Choosing the right footwear for your workplace can help prevent slips, trips, and falls that may lead to disabling injuries. Losing your balance , toppling objects, lifting, and hazardous materials are some of the top causes of workplace injuries. Stay safe!

  • Commonly used by: Nurses, construction workers, safety officers, electricians

Types of Slip Resistance:

  • Chevron or Ultragrip Sipe – self-cleaning
  • Safety-Loc – provides traction during wet-floor applications
  • Cleated or Lug – multi-purpose, general industry soles
  • Aluminium Oxide Grit – soles treated with this will provide extra slip resistance

Types of Slip-Resistant Boots:

  • Polyurethane boots – extremely slip-resistant
  • Neoprene boots – very slip-resistant
  • Nitrile boots – not as slip-resistant as Neoprene
  • Rubber boots – good grip, especially in cold temperatures
  • PVC boots – economical, moderate slip resistance


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