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Women's safety takes a step forwardPosted on 15/04/2014

A firm in Derbyshire is launching a new range of safety shoes. A vital element of safety workwear in many industries, the difference with the new footwear is that it has been specifically designed for women workers.

Though the footwear will not likely be gracing catwalks in London, Milan and New York any time soon, company Rockfall has designed the shoes to give a more feminine look. As well as being more aesthetically appealing, the shoes – which are designed for use on construction sites – are also more comfortable than unisex shoes.

Complete with midsole protection and toecaps, the 'Vixen' shoes have been made to meet EN ISO 20345:2011.

Talking about his firm's £60,000, 18 month investment to develop the range in response to rising numbers of women going into the construction industry, the sales director for the firm, Richard Noon, said:

"Until now, women have had to wear boots in the nearest male size to their own. All these women require safety footwear but were having to put up with unisex safety boots so we thought of the idea to create a safety footwear brand tailored to women's feet.”

Noon went on to say that the better footwear will not only mean more comfort, but will also improve overall safety for female workers.

The complete range of safety footwear includes a boot for use in construction and heavy industries, a ballet pump style shoe for office and retail workers, and a trainer style engineered for the electronics industry.

Made from leather and suede, the shoes also include fabrics to help feet stay dry.

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