1. What is the weight of the shoe?

This question is the most common question asked by purchaser because in the era of sports shoes being ultra-light so back of the mind they are always comparing the shoe with a sports shoe and they expect it to be light & they think that the lighter the shoe, the better it is.

It is not entirely accurate because every shoe sole is designed for a specific purpose and material to make the sole are used to achieve that purpose so if a sports shoe is for running then it should be light in weight to achieve the purpose of running so in the same way the safety shoe cannot be made in the sports shoe material because it has to perform in the rugged and harsh environment, so it must have solid material which does not get broken in harsh conditions.


  1. Why HILLSON?

    • We have a complete range of workers, supervisors, managers under one roof
    • Our company only make safety footwear so we are the experts
    • No outsourcing
    • Strong backward integration and processing of raw material
    • Timely Supplying ability
    • Quality At par with any other popular and expensive brand
    • Value for money


  1. The others are less priced than you?

Sometimes, people mix less thickness leather or low quality steel toe from the prescribed standard which a buyer cannot find out without destroying the shoe & normally a user does not know many technical details about it & problem comes when some accident happens or the shoe does not perform as per the expectations.

We deliver what we commit. When you receive our goods, the first to the last pair will be the same, and no variation in leather finishing, no odor from sole or similar concerns.

So we have to compare an apple to an apple.


  1. What is the benefit of the dual-density sole?

Benefit in PU

    • Better flexing strength of shoe due to 2 layers of the sole as they balance each other and provide stability to the shoe.
    • Better penetration resistance due to multi-layered sole
    • Enhanced looks
    • The double-layer allows to give soft midsole for comfort, cushion, and hard outsole allows a better grip on the surface, better abrasion .

The benefit of dual density in PVC

    • Mostly black color PVC outsole is made from recycled PVC and the quality varies from manufacturer to manufacturer because it is black so normally a ly man cannot identify the difference so the dual-layer PVC helps to make the outsole from 100 % material.
    • This material’s abrasion property is many times more than the black color and so the life of the shoe is approx. double in comparison to the single density PVC at not so higher price.


  1. What are the different types of leather used in safety shoes?

All leather used in safety shoes are made from buffalo skin. Each leather skin has a different layer.

The top layer of the skin is the strongest and highest quality –It is called grain leather after finishing & tanning

The next layer is weaker and after tanning and finishing, it is called split.

The shoe made of grain will have the following advantages:

    • More life to the upper
    • The toe part of the shoe will not get wearied out in a few months of use
    • More tensile strength
    • More shining if polished regularly and taken care
    • The overall life of the shoe increases


  1. What is the different type of toe cap used in HILLSON?

    • NON-EN 12568 MARKED TOE CAP – It’s used mainly where the safety is for compliance only, budget constraints are there & safety from a falling object is not anticipated or there is high labor attrition.
    • Why there are different ISI Standard for gumboots and safety shoes?

IS 15298 is broader & the latest standard that covers all types of safety footwear including safety shoes and safety gumboots but IS 12254 is an older standard that is specifically for PVC safety gumboots. Our company makes all ISI marked safety shoe in 15298 while ISI steel toe gumboot is made with 12254 standards .only in case of tenders and big quantity we make gumboots in IS 15298 standard.


  1. What is EN Standard?

EN stands for European Norms. Essentially IS 15298 is a copy of the EN 20344 Standard and all the specifications are the same.


  1. What is the Warranty :

For PVC Sole single density:

0 days for upper crack because it is synthetic and we cannot guarantee .no doubt our quality of synthetic is highest in the market but still we cannot take chances.

3 months for an upper and sole bond, sole cracking only (not abrasion  because PVC has low abrasion resistance .still our PVC standards normally pass on 3-4 months )

For PU Sole single density (NON-ISI & ISI)

6 months for upper crack provided the shoe is taken care of in the way it should be.

Any visible mishandling, wetting, wrong way of wearing cannot be covered under warranty.

6 months for an upper and sole bond, sole cracking only.

For PU Sole single double (NON-ISI & ISI)

6 months for upper crack provided the shoe is taken care of in the way it should be.

Any visible mishandling, wetting, wrong way of wearing cannot be covered under warranty.

12 months for an upper and mid-sole bond, midsole and outsole bond & sole cracking only.

Safety Gumboots:

100% against leakage for 6 months or sole abrasion whichever is earlier.


  1. Which is better-PU OR PVC?

Globally PU is more popular in safety footwear due to the following reasons

    • Negligible abrasion
    • Light in weight
    • Better Bond strength
    • Does not change properties with the weather.

Still, PVC is widely used in India because of the following reasons:

    • Lesser in price
    • Long shelf life than PU. Doesn’t crack if not used.


  1. PU Sole is resistant to what type of chemicals?

Chemical resistance varies between polyurethane formulations. In general: Polyester type polyurethane is more resistant to oils, solvents, and weak acids/bases. And polyether type polyurethane is more resistant to water exposure.


  1. How to maintain PU soles?

    • Use a scrubbing brush to clean the dirt from the PU soles and can wash it with warm water.
    • Do not dry the shoes in direct sun or heat as it will harm the shoes and soles leading to their damage. Allow the shoes to dry in shade.
    • Rub your soles with linseed oil or fish oil from time to time to extend their durability significantly.
    • To protect the interior of your safety shoes, you should wear them with a break. Also, you can clean the interior of the sole from time to time to avoid bacterial growth.

              Thus, PU sole is one of the best soles when it comes to manufacturing of both safety and fashion shoes. Both safety shoes for men and women use this sole to offer footwear that is comfortable and durable at the same time- not to mention affordable.


  1. Why is synthetic, not good?

Synthetic is not bad but it is not leather and leather wins over synthetic in the following ways:

    • USP is price
    • India is a hot country so no ventilation in feet leads to infection, foul smell.
    • Synthetic can crack but leather cannot .flexing of synthetic can never match the leather. It can be improved but cannot be the same.


  1. What do you mean when you say that “SOLE IS ISI”?

It means nothing – just trying to fool the buyer with low standards of marketing and covering up the noncompliance of the manufacturer.


  1. What is DIP V/s Pouring or DESMA V/s Pouring

DIP means making the shoe sole by direct injection process while pouring means making the sole of the shoe by pouring process.

Desma is the name of the company that makes the DIP Machine which is super expensive and is available with a few big companies.

ISI Standard does not describe the technology that has to be used for making the shoe .it is just concerned with the test results.



  1. How do we know that the shoe is genuine ISI?

Just marking a shoe with ISI is not sufficient. Following points can be cross-checked to identify the genuineness of a shoe marked with ISI:

    • Check for marks on the shoe. Marking on the box is not ok
    • Check for the authenticity of the C/ML number on the website of the Bureau of Indian Standard
    • Ask the supplier to submit a test report from any government Lab for testing as per ISI.
    • If the consignment is big then the buyer may also submit the sample at FDDI, Noida for testing as per IS 15298 Standard. This involves some expense but if the purchase amount is significantly high then the buyer can choose to use this most effective option.
    • Take references from known sources.
    • Visit the factory of the manufacturer if possible.


  1. What is fiber toe and composite toe?

Fiber toe is made of plastic and composite toe is also made of polymer but fiber toe is more brittle than composite because when it comes in contact with the adhesive used to glue the toe cap with the upper of the shoe, it becomes brittle after some time and the impact resistance drops in comparison to the composite toe cap.


  1. What is nitrile sole & do we have it in 2019.

Nitrile is a blend of natural rubber with some chemicals which gives it heat resistance properties around 300 degrees Celcius .we do not have it at present.


  1. Why do you want to supply through your distributor?

    • the local representative gives a better response in case of any urgency
    • Ready stocks. The factory takes minimum of 30 days to process any order.
    • Packing standard can be customized by a dealer.

Other items can also be fulfilled.

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