Safety Footwear

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Safety Sneakers

Our safety sneakers are the perfect fit – Check out this 5-star rating from a very satisfied customer:
Very light on the feet, great for a working environment that involves a lot of walking … it is a perfect fit”. Hlengiwe, 29 March 2022

The Velocity safety sneakers from Kaliber Safety Footwear tick all the boxes.

  • It’s a must for your 8 to 5 workwear wardrobe but its casual good looks will also take you the extra mile when the sun goes down.
  • If you’re on your feet in the workplace all day, it makes sense to opt for footwear that provides the safety and protection to get the job done. This however doesn’t mean you have to choose between safety, style, and comfort!
  • Kaliber Safety Footwear is made to the highest quality standards. It is designed to offer excellent comfort and quality at an affordable price.

Kaliber’s Velocity Safety Sneakers features include:

  • Breathable lightweight mesh upper
  • Steel toe cap – 200 Joules
  • Shock-absorbent dual-density polyurethane (PU) sole unit
  • Oil resistant outsole
  • Anti-slip outsole
  • Anti-static

This safety sneaker was designed to be worn by both men and women, is Black & Grey in colour, and is available in men’s UK sizes 3 – 13. Ladies usually order one size smaller than the men’s size. The Velocity, safety sneaker, is also fully certified and approved for safety footwear: EN ISO 20345:2011.

What does this all mean?

Breathable, lightweight mesh upper is the use of breathable mesh, which has become increasingly popular and for good reason too, says As the name suggests, a breathable mesh is a material used on the top surface for air ventilation. This is backed up by a sturdy sole to improve the sneaker’s functionality and provide maximum comfort and support. Plus they’re available without having to break the bank!

Advantages of mesh on safety sneakers

  1. Lightweight: comfort, reduced foot fatigue
  2. Cost-effective: while still providing great stability, comfort, and support
  3. Maximum ventilation (air circulation): breathable material so that feet do not become uncomfortable or sweaty which can lead to athlete’s foot

Steel toe cap protection of 200 Joules

Steel-toe safety footwear is one of the most important pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gear providing essential protection for the vulnerable front area of the foot.

Velocity safety sneakers are tested to impact resistance of 200 Joules. This means they can withstand a 20kg weight dropping from a height of one metre; or a 2 000kg mass rolling over the toe cap protecting feet from being crushed.

Shock-absorbent dual-density polyurethane (PU) sole unit

Polyurethane is one of the most versatile synthetic materials and is widely used in footwear, especially safety footwear. At Kaliber, all of our safety footwear is made with dual-density polyurethane sole units. This makes them more durable and also offers a comfortable cushioning effect. They are shock absorbent, oil, and heat resistant with excellent anti-slip and anti-static properties. The flexible nature of PU also ensures the utmost comfort across all of our shoe models.


The outsole of the shoe or sneaker is the bottommost part of the sneaker that comes into direct contact with the ground. It provides traction and determines how the shoe ‘rides’. For example, a responsive ride means the shoe is designed to feel like it responds to the ground, giving energy back, instead of feeling dead under your foot.


Oil resistance is similar to, but not the same as, anti-slip. Oil resistance is the ability of a rubber product, in this case, work footwear to function whilst in contact with oil according to

They have a protective coating to prevent the oil from seeping through which is important as if you walk around in your workplace for hours on end without oil-resistant boots or shoes, some amount of oil will inevitably get onto your footwear.

Looking for a way to tell if your safety sneakers are oil-resistant?

The easiest thing to do is to look at the bottom of your footwear and see if there’s any type of coating. If there is a sticker on it that says “oil-resistant,” then you know it’s safe to wear in an environment with oils. It’s not always that easy though. Look at what material the boot, particularly the sole, is made from. Or check the technical specs that accompany the footwear when making the purchase. If your worksite handles specific kinds of chemicals, you should check that the outsole is resistant to the materials you may interact with.

Anti-slip or slip-resistant

Slip resistance is the amount of resistance the sole of the boot exerts while moving over the walking surface and slip-resistant footwear is essential in many industries where there is a risk of slipping. It is also useful to stop you from slipping on high surfaces, such as ladders or work platforms, and incurring serious injuries.

Two things make a work sneaker or boot slip-resistant:

  • The sole tread pattern
  • Sole compound

Are rubber soles slip-resistant?

Yes! Rubber soles provide grip and traction which make the work boots slip-resistant. It merely involves altering the soles of the boots to protect you from falling.

Because you can injure any area of your body if you slip and fall, slip resistance seeks to prevent damage to your whole body. Slip-resistant boots are designed to keep you safe on slick or wet surfaces, but too much water exposure might shorten their longevity. This slip-resistant feature is for your overall well-being.


Anti-static shoes conduct static electricity through the insole, linings, outsole, and into the ground, helping regulate the build-up of electrical charge on a person’s body and protect against the dangers of static build-up in the workplace. They are used to reduce the change of sparks igniting flammable substances or vapours. It will also minimise the risk of electric shocks from electrical equipment and live parts. The aim is, therefore, to protect those wearing safety shoes (and their colleagues) from dangers related to electrostatic build-up.


  • The role of personal protective equipment (PPE) is to minimise exposure to specific occupational hazards, not to eliminate them.
  • Protective footwear alone does not guarantee total protection.
  • All working footwear, for both men and women, whether it is safety wear or not, should provide comfort without compromising protective value.

CLICK HERE if you need more information on the Velocity or to download Kaliber’s Safety Sneakers spec sheet.