Accession Number : ADA258414
Title : Non-Gender Safety Footwear: Fit and Function Evaluation.
Descriptive Note : Final rept. Dec 1987-May 1988,
Corporate Author : NAVY CLOTHING AND TEXTILE RESEARCH FACILITY NATICK MA
Personal Author(s) : Bailey, Milton ; Hall, Robert W
Report Date : Jan 1989
Pagination or Media Count : 22
Abstract : The Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility (NCTRF) tested an array of 103 whole and half-sizes of Non-Sparking Safety Boots (MIL-B-87068), Chukka Safety Shoes (MIL-S-21894), Oxford (Safety) Dress Shoes (MIL-S-13192) for fit, function and comfort among Navy men and women operating at the Naval Training Center, Orlando, FL. Results of the test disclosed almost 100% of the male and female population can be satisfactorily fitted by each footwear's tariff. Essential for good fitting of the Navy population are an in-depth inventory of at least 62 sizes, a concept of fit that encourages issuing initially comfortable footwear as opposed to the break-in concept and use of the shoe-size fitting chart to estimate correct foot size. Cushion insoles enhanced the comfort of all footwear styles. Basic deficiencies were found in the fit and function of the women's dress shoe. In a sub-test, the chukka patterns precluded proper support and quickly caused blistered heels (regardless of careful fitting) among 30% of a female recruit group.
Descriptors : *SAFETY EQUIPMENT , *FOOTWEAR , TEST AND EVALUATION , NAVY , RESEARCH FACILITIES , DEFICIENCIES , MALES , SHOES , BOOTS , FITTINGS , CLOTHING , TEXTILES , WOMEN , FEMALES
Subject Categories : Protective Equipment
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE