The type of footwear worn is vital within the industrial and construction environments. Footwear accessories such as steel toe cap boots are protective amongst areas where a lot of metal work and heavy objects are used and are available in various styles. Lesser known is the steel toe cap court shoe, allowing women to feel protected in work areas without having to wear the more traditional, masculine styles. The protection provided by the workwear boots varies according to need, from heavy duty protection for the most hazardous environments, to light protection for the less risky workplace. Certain work environments stipulate that safety footwear is compulsory, but this needn't mean that the wearer is restricted as to style. Safety wear is available in a range of colours and styles, ensuring that the wearer can choose either boots or shoes in a range of styles and colours. This allows a professional appearance to be maintained even in the harshest environments.
Boots can create friction with the foot, thus creating numerous foot problems, so footwear accessories such as good fitting socks are essential in order to help prevent serious damage to the foot. Hiking socks are designed in such a way that moisture is wicked away from the skin, preventing the problems that are associated with moist, warm feet. Thermal socks are ideal for colder environments, providing warmth and cushioning, whereas combat socks have reinforced feet and extra cushioning on the heels, so they are not only extra hard-wearing, but increase the overall comfort of the wearer. Lightweight cotton socks with extra cushioning are available for those whose days aren't so demanding on the feet.