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March, 2016

Universal Textiles Launch a Female Friendly Safety Shoe!

Universal-Textiles-Blog-Amblers-Safety-Sophie-SmithUniversal Textiles are delighted to be launching a female friendly safety shoe from UK protective footwear label, Amblers Safety. The ‘FS706 Sophie Shoe’ has been exclusively designed by Miss England 2015 bronze finalist and building surveyor, Sophie Lydia Smith.

Sophie recognises that there is a real issue with the lack of women in the construction profession and has decided to do something about it to drive a change in industry. Her contribution to this has been substantial including a weekly column, giving talks to schools, colleges and universities and she has appeared on national television on a number of occasions.

Challenging the current ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) across the industry, ‘Amblers Safety’ is embracing the need for women’s safety shoes and are building a range specifically for the growing market.  The new styles meet the brand’s philosophy of ‘tough, working, comfort’, whilst remaining affordable for the everyday worker.

The new shoes combine feminine touches with safety features required in PPE industry including a steel toe cap and steel midsole. Sophie, leading by example, has developed an athletic design built for women who are constantly in motion, who want their footwear built for more than just the job and can transition easily from the jobsite to managerial areas.

Sophie Lydia Smith, says, “Have you ever noticed that industries lacking in women often involve safety equipment?  The shoes are fitted, smart and can be worn in the office as well as on site.  The idea is that women shouldn’t have to change their shoes from normal courts to rigger boots every time they have a site visit while often males have a shoe that fits both specifications.” Universal-Textiles-Blog-Amblers-Safety-Sophie-Shoe

She continues, “I am very passionate about making the construction industry as accommodating to women as possible as we represent only 11%.  I believe that by bringing out female friendly safety shoes we can take another step further to achieving the objective of closing the gender gap.  The shoes not only comply with the safety features but they are stylish, comfortable and can be worn in the office as well as on site!”

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