There are many manufacturers out there making shoe covers that are reusable and environmentally friendly.  How do all these companies stand out from the crowd, though?  Do they employ some innovative approaches to improving your disposable shoe covers?  Because the shoe covers are worn over the top of footwear to protect both the working environment from potential contamination and vice versa, disposable shoe cover need to be, both: strong and functional. There are any ways in which manufacturers can innovate to incorporate features into their shoe covers.

The Variety of Reusable Waterproof Shoe Covers

Uses for these types of shoe covers are many and varied. They are common equipment in a number of industries, notably those where you might have contact with chemicals and contaminants as they are an occupational hazard. They are also used in the medical profession, by carpet cleaners, in clean rooms, in areas where wet floors are commonplace and for many other purposes.  Interestingly, they are also starting to become popular for general household use too.

Rising Popularity for Disposable Shoe Covers

Environmentally-friendly shoe covers are generally made from plastic, which makes them water and liquid proof.  This assists in protecting the wearer from contaminants in the environment and vice versa.  A standard material is a non-woven polypropylene that has been spun bond.

However, polyethylene plastics, cast polyethylene, a product called Tyvek as well as latex are also popular.  Depending on the intended use, some shoe covers are made with several layers of plastic for improved strength and better protection. Once bonded together securely, these types of shoe covers provide economical and excellent protection for the wearer, or for an environment that needs to be contaminant free.

There are also disposable shoe covers with non-skid features built into the soles are ideal where there is a danger of slipping or better traction is required. These may be in the form of PVC or latex soles that are hard-wearing and durable as well as non-slip.  Another effective type of anti-skid feature is silicon strips or dots on the sole.

For superior protection, you can consider incorporating features like an elastic cuff at the top of the cover with an ankle tie for a more secure fit. These would ideally suit shoe covers intended to protect both the foot and the lower leg to the knee. The elastic cuff at the top prevents contaminants from getting in the top whilst also making the cover a one-size-fits-all. The ankle tie adds a further layer of protection whilst also allowing the wearer to adjust to suit.

Using a low linting fabric is also another way you may be able to improve the design of your disposable shoe covers. This type of fabric reduces the risk of lint sticking to the cover as this potentially risks contaminating a sterile environment or taking contaminated materials into the outside environment from a contaminated work site. Such fabrics would also ideally be given an anti-static treatment to further reduce their potential to contaminate.

Putting it All Together

To sum up, reusable shoe covers are designed for use in a myriad of purposes from the simple plastic slip on that protects a floor from dirt to heavy-duty knee length ones designed to protect the wearer from highly hazardous substances. There are non-slip disposable shoe covers with traction patterns that are excellent for use on slippery floors, tough durable ones that can be used over steel cap boots and everything in between.

Do you have some other, new ideas about creative ways to utilize shoe covers?  We”d love to hear your thoughts!  Contact us by using the contact page on your site to tell us more!