An earlier article ‘Behind Branded, Good Value and Cheap Workwear’ highlighted the fact that once branding is taken out of the equation you get what you pay for when choosing safety workwear. Especially if the workwear meets your requirements and lasts long enough to provide real value-for-money then job is done. The same observations can also be levelled at workplace footwear.
Obviously, the power of branding has a say on an items ticket price. For example, looking at safety footwear, there is always that question do buyers associate a recognised, fashion brand coupled with price as an indicator of product quality? If you are cost-conscious perhaps you should consider four points towards making an informed purchase:
- Product specification
- The EN standards the footwear meets
- The job the item is required to do
Ultimately, fashion-brand prices aside, you do get what you pay for. Wray Bros has noticed a recent change in attitudes to price. There was a time when cheaper the better was the request. As budgets get tighter the thinking has changed to consider the frequency of replenishing stock. The initial outlay may be more but some buyers have found it better value to look at the lifespan of their workwear purchases by buying quality, rugged items fit-for-purpose rather than on price alone.
One aspect the buyer should consider are the EN standards a garment or safety boot meets is an indication of the standard the product is manufactured to meet and is not an indication of the durability of the item. There is a duty of care of the user to look after their workwear. A high vis jacket fresh out of the pack will state that it is fully certified and tested to standards such as EN ISO 20471/EN471 & EN343 etc. but if the jacket is mistreated daily, left covered in dirt, grime and everyday soilage then obviously those visibility standards would be compromised. The same is true of safety boots, safety shoes, safety wellington boots and safety trainers.
For a common sense approach to value-for-money safety footwear we are on-hand with advice and wholesale prices to help make you look good. For more information and prices on safety footwear visit the Wray Bros website or why not pop-in to the trade counter to see the protective clothing and safety footwear range?