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What would you suggest for a diabetic?

Diabetic’s lose the feeling in their feet due to bad circulation of oxygen to the furthest extremity from the heart, namely the feet. Diabetics should be given work in an environment where they are not subject to hazards, as they can suffer damage / impact to their feet and have no feeling to be aware of the impact.

Can I buy direct from the factory

We have a National distribution network of sales offices that sell and stock our footwear

Can the footwear be resoled

The footwear is made by “direct injection moulding methodology” and as such the sole adheres to the upper in the injection process and hence cannot get resoled.

Can you guarantee the footwear

The footwear has a manufacturer’s warranty for “factory / production faults” which expires after 3 months

Is your product locally manufactured

Yes in Port Elizabeth South Africa, utilizing 100% local labour

How much pressure can the toecap withstand

200 Joule, which is the equivalent of 20kg’s dropped for a height of 1 metre

Does the footwear have a steel mid sole

Certain styles have a steel mid sole, which is inserted for penetration protection. (Refer the on-line brochure for Steel midsole styles (sms)

I am looking for a conductive sole

Conductive footwear offers no protection from shock, electrical or otherwise, this footwear is very specialised, and is not made by Bagshaw Footwear

Is the products SABS approved.

The products are SANS (South African National Standard) certified and comply to SANS / ISO 20345:2011

I wear a half size fashion shoe for extra width, but cannot get a half size safety shoe.

Safety shoes are made in varying width’s which is indicated by the toecap width. i.e. wide toecap indicates wide fitting (half size)

I am a Quantity Surveyor and I store my safety footwear in the boot of my car when it is not in use. The footwear although still new falls apart after a couple of years.

Heat and humidity during the day, darkness and condensation during the night are ideal conditions for hydrolysis(breakdown of polyurethane)

I work in the building trade with cement, how should I care for my footwear.

Clean the cement off the footwear each evening, and allow the leather to dry out naturally. Then polish the footwear with a normal wax polish before entering the workplace again.

I work in very wet conditions, what is the most suitable footwear

Gumboots (Rubber or PVC)

I work in a kitchen, and need anti-slip protection

All Lemaitre sole units pass the SANS 20345:2011 Slip Resistance test, but the Apollo sole unit has the best anti-slip properties.

The sole of my safety footwear melts when I am my work place.

Polyurethane melts at approx 110 degrees Centigrade; Rubber can withstand heat from 150 – 750 degrees C

I work in conditions where there are chemicals on the floor, and the sole of my footwear is decomposing

Consult the Chemical Resistance table for Polyurethane (various on the internet) to find out if polyurethane is compatible with the chemical the sole makes contact with

I work in wet conditions, and my footwear is not lasting very long.

Leather is a natural product and needs time to dry out naturally, any application of heat will result in the leather drying out and cracking/breaking

I work in wet conditions, and my footwear is not lasting very long.

Leather is a natural product and needs time to dry out naturally, any application of heat will result in the leather drying out and cracking/breaking

It feels like my feet are burning in my footwear, but they are not hot.

This is related to medical conditions (change in the nervous system) and you need to consult a doctor to check for mineral imbalances in your blood

The sole of my footwear is crumbling and pulling away from the upper.

If the sole is “damp” and has a texture like “cottage cheese” this is a process called Hydrolysis which is the breakdown of Polyurethane from being stored in incorrect conditions for too long.