What is the dofference between safety shoes and safety boots

What is the difference between safety shoes and safety boots?

Safety shoes and boots are belong to foot protection of PPE ( personal protective equipment)

They are both safety footwear, but many people do not clearly understand the difference.

Are safety shoes the same as safety boots?

Safety shoes have similar characteristics to safety boots.


safety shoes do not provide the same level of protection and support as safety boots.

Safety boot offer similar features and benefits as safety shoes.

But with the added protection and coverage of the ankle and lower leg.

In this article, we’ll discuss these differences in detail through three dimensions:

  • Standards,
  • Materials,
  • Protective features,

And help you decide which option best suits your specific workplace needs.

Next, I will explain in detail one by one.

1: Distinguish the provisions in the EN ISO 20345-2022 standard.

Safety shoes refer to low upper shoes

Safety boot refer to ankle boots, half-knee boot, knee-height boot and thigh boot.

CE EN ISO 20345-2022 height of upper

Size(France)Size(UK)Low shoeAnkle bootHalf-knee bootKnee-height boot &
Thigh boot
36 and belowup to 3.5<103mm103mm162mm255mm
37 and 384 to 5<105mm105mm165mm260mm
39 and 405.5 to 6.5<109mm109mm172mm270mm
41 and 427 to 8<113mm113mm178mm280mm
43 and 448.5 to 10<117mm117mm185mm290mm
45 and above10.5 and above<121mm121mm192mm300mm
CE EN ISO 20345-2022 standard for safety shoes and safety boots upper height requirements

In EN ISO20345-2022 5.21, there are also requirements for ankle protection, and safety boot can easily achieve ankle protection due to the high height of the collar.

Ladder grip (LG) safety shoes

Safety boots are more suitable for making shoes with ladder grip (LG) protection due to their high collar, which supports and protects the ankle.

However, there are also requirements for metatarsal protection, and safety boots are easier to add and fix metatarsal protection materials due to the high height of the collar.

2: Distinguish in terms of functional perspective.

There is a saying that: Safety shoes are indoor shoes, and safety boots are generally outdoor shoes.

safety shoes and safety boots

The neckline of safety shoes is below the ankle, and the neckline of safety boot can wrap around the ankle or calf, protect the ankle and calf, and have an auxiliary support and protection effect on the ankle.

Suitable for outdoor non-paved roads, mountain roads, gravel roads, and muddy roads.

Safety boot often feature additional protective components, offering a higher level of protection compared to safety shoes whose neckline is below the ankle.

This design can also improve stability and provide additional support for those working on uneven or slippery surfaces.

Safety boots are particularly well-suited for outdoor environments and off-road terrains, including non-paved roads, mountainous areas, gravel paths, and muddy surfaces, where they can provide optimal protection and traction.

In summary, the materials used in both of the, as well as their design features, are tailored to meet the unique safety requirements of different workplaces and environments.

3: Distinguish in terms of materials

safety shoes and safety boots materials

When it comes to material usage,

They are differentiated by the amount and type of materials that are utilized in their construction.

Both types of safety footwear typically feature similar materials for the sole and toe caps for safety purposes.

However, safety boot require more materials above the ankle to provide extra protection and functionality.


safety boots often use cushioning material at the ankle to support the ankle and prevent a sprained ankle.

also use cushioning material at the metatarsal for metatarsal protection.

In addition,

The safety boots are designed with zippers inside and outside the upper for quick and easy removal and wear.

The ankle area of safety boot can also contain additional reinforcements to protect the ankle bone, prevent excessive internal rotation and promote stability.

When working in hazardous environments such as construction sites or factories, more robust safety boot should be used for maximum protection against falling or heavy objects.

Safety boot with added height and protection for the calf can also prevent injury from contact with chemical liquids and hazardous materials.

In conclusion,

while safety shoes and safety boots have similar materials for the sole and toe caps, safety boot require more materials above the ankle to provide added protection and functionality.

The material cost of safety boot is generally higher than that of safety shoes.

The right choice of safety footwear is a crucial element in ensuring a safe and secure working environment by preventing foot or ankle injury from existing hazards.

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