Footwear is worn on your feet to protect them from the hazards of the environment. Footwear has been around in different forms since ancient times. The footwear industry is a huge world wide business and it is now worth several billion dollars. There are various types of footwear available such as shoes, boots, sandals, high heel shoes, slippers, waders, sports shoes, steel toed boots, steel toed shoes, and clogs. There is special type of footwear that is available for laborers that work in workshops and mechanical production units to protect their feet from any damage. Steel toe work boots are very important to protect the feet from dropped items.

In most parts of the world, people wear footwear every single day as a part of their normal day to day routine and as a part of their work wear. At work, your footwear may be a part of a uniform or it may be worn separately. Some people, such as office workers and teachers may wear casual everyday footwear to work, while other types of workers such as construction workers, factory workers, and firefighters wear specialty footwear to help them perform their jobs.

Footwear is made out of many different types of material however the predominant fabrics that are used are leather, rubber and neoprene. Special materials such as Gore-Tex, Thinsulate, Nomex, and Tyvek, etc. are often used for people who work in hazardous areas. Flame retardant shoes that are made out of Nomexare used by firefighters.

The type of footwear that you wear and the material it is made of depends on the activity you are doing and where you are doing it. If you are working outside in the rain and mud it's a good idea to wear water repellent footwear such as boots to keep your feet dry. If you are working outdoors in the winter months you will need to wear specially lined winter boots to keep warm. For working in the heat, you should wear lightweight and breathable footwear.

Footwear comes in a wide array of sizes, design, colors, and styles for men, women, girls and boys of all ages. Make sure that your footwear is comfortable and fits you properly. It shouldn't cause you any foot pain.

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