When Should You Replace Your Safety Shoes?

Have you ever wondered what happens when you’ve had your work safety shoes for years and they’ve lasted you countless shifts, and now they’re slowly starting to tell you that they’re ready for retirement?

Some people may go to the extremes of turning their work shoes into a D.I.Y. project to try and repair the shoes themselves. Is this a way to save money? Well sure, but will this guarantee your safety while on the job so you can confidently do your best?

Absolutely not. It’s a better idea to determine what you may need in your next work safety shoe and invest in a quality pair of shoes that will be able to do the job, while you’re on the job!

Here are a few things that will let you know, without a doubt, that it’s time for a brand new pair of work shoes.

Check Your Tires

The tires of your car are one of the most important things to check on a regular basis. Why? Because they make sure our cars can carry us from point A to point B safely. The outsole of your safety shoe functions the same way.

The outsole of your shoe ensures that you can do your work quickly and effectively, without any accidents. If you see that the outsole is worn down, then it may be time for a new pair of shoes.

Don’t Let Your Shoe “Talk”

The outsole of your shoe starts to separate from the upper, we refer to this as “talking”. Any sign of your shoes starting to separate is an clear sign that it is time to invest in a new pair of work shoes. Not only can this look bad in your place of work, but it can also be very dangerous in a fast paced environment.

Do Your Soles Have Holes?  

Under no condition should your safety shoe be “hole-y”! This is not only a fashion issue, but it’s also a safety issue.

Depending on your work situation, small holes can quickly turn into big ones and leave you in an unsafe predicament. When you first notice your shoe is worn in this way, it’s time to act quickly and replace them.

Fact: You’ll Have to Replace Them Eventually

There’s no straightforward rule about the age of safety shoes or how often you should buy new ones. Depending on your work environment, your shoes could last shorter or longer. Generally, work safety toe shoes will last between six and twelve months in the average work environment. Some may last longer, some not so much. The bottom line is that every pair of shoes will have to be replaced eventually.

Want to learn more about work safety tips, or are you ready to purchase your next pair of safety shoes? Check us out at www.safgard.com