Designed by women .. for women
We design quality women’s work boots to fit women correctly and comfortably. We launched in 2013 as Australia’s first and only women’s safety footwear company (read our back story here) and have now developed our brand to include the design, manufacture and retail of safety, work, everyday and fashion footwear plus a range of socks specifically for women. Our women’s work shoes are designed for comfort and perfect female fit .. yes we love a bit of colour, however the feel and support of our footwear are our top priorities!
Women’s and men’s feet are anatomically different. Female feet are simply not scaled-down versions of male feet but rather differ in a number of shape characteristics, particularly at the arch, the lateral side of the foot, the first toe, and the ball of the foot. Click here to read about the science of feet and how how we design for a woman’s foot shape.
Fit-for-purpose, functional footwear
She wear footwear is designed to keep your feet supported and your body healthy and happy! We know what it’s like to have a sore back or sore feet at the end of a long day, so our footwear offers firm support and cradles your foot in all the right spots! Yes it can be tempting to slip on a super soft, flexible shoe however this type of footwear offers no support or shock absorption and will not give you the support your body needs for all day wear! No support in your shoes = no support for your body!
Running shoes/joggers are soft and super bendy under foot and are designed for short bursts of exercise/activity – that’s their purpose. Work specific footwear is supportive and firm underfoot – for long, all day wear! Hence if you need women’s work shoes ~ we are your choice for fit-for-purpose supportive footwear!
Our custom designed anti-fatigue footbeds offer good firm underfoot support – arch support, a cradled heel for stability and balance and anti leg & foot fatigue discs. Footbeds are removable if you wear orthotics.
We only use quality, durable materials such as rubber or PU (polyurethane) in our midsoles and outsoles. Our soles will not flatten or compress over time (unlike some other sole materials), so you will be supported under foot for longer!
Although our footwear is designed for work, due to the functionality, support and fit of our footwear, our customers wear their she wears in many different ways! Travelling, working, hiking, camping, 4WDing, riding, travelling .. just to name a few. Our footwear truly is for everyday life! If you want to do it in comfort, you’ll want to do it in she wear!
Our safety and work footwear is certified by independent third party certification company, the BSI Group to relevant Australian standards. Certain ranges are also tested to American and European standards.
Work boots & safety footwear
We offer 7 safety footwear styles in 10 colours. Our entire safety collection is tested to comply and/or exceed the Australian/New Zealand standard, AS/NZ 2210.3:2009 and is certified and audited by third party certification company, BSI Group. Some of our ranges are also tested to American and European standards. Our safety footwear is comfortable, lightweight, designed to suit the shape of a woman’s foot and will keep you safe! Orthotic friendly.
We can assist with a wide variety of safety footwear requirements! You need a slip resistant sole? ✔️ Lightweight boot? ✔️ Steel cap? ✔️ Metal free footwear? ✔️ Anti leg and foot fatigue boots? ✔️ We can help!
Refer to individual products for full certified specifications and features. Refer to comparison chart for overview.
Composite safety cap test :
Quality and safety are top priorities at she wear. Every production run is tested in our factory to ensure total compliance with standards.
Check out this composite toe cap right after an impact test! A 20kg striker hits the composite toe cap with a force of 200 joules. The clearance of the cap after the test must measure between 12.5-15mm minimum (depending on size). This test cleared at 18.29mm .. with just a scratch!
Our work footwear range has been designed specifically for health professionals, hospitality, retail, education, hairdressing .. and busy women who spend long days on your feet! Comfort, function, fit .. the perfect everyday shoe!
We use a supportive, durable, slip resistant PU (polyurethane) sole in our work sneakers .. these soles will give you underfoot, shock absorbing comfort and won’t compress or flatten over time. These ranges are tested to comply and/or exceed the Australian “occupational footwear” standard, AS 2210.5:2019 and are certified and audited by third party certification company, BSI Group. If you have specific occupational footwear requirements (eg. slip resistant sole, water resistant upper), our work footwear may very well be tax deductible (but make sure to check with your accountant because we know shoes, not tax!). Orthotic friendly.
Refer to individual products for full certified specifications and features. Refer to our comparison chart for the overview.
Our manufacturing processes
We manufacture our footwear in our dedicated, family run factories in China. Our Founder regularly visits our factories to ensure standards compliance and to ensure staff are working in ethical conditions and treated with respect. Our factory staff are paid above the local average wage, are offered voluntary paid overtime, work in very good working conditions, are well trained and have good career advancement opportunities.
BUSINESS SOCIAL COMPLIANCE INITIATIVE (BSCI)
The Business Social Compliance Initiative (conducted by AMFORI) is a leading supply chain management system that supports companies to drive social compliance and improvements within the factories in their global supply chains. AMFORI’s mission is “trade with purpose” ~ a world where all trade delivers social, environmental and economic benefits for everyone.
She wear engages suppliers and manufacturers who operate under acceptable human rights conditions and protect workers’ human rights. To monitor this, our suppliers are subject to the independent BSCI audit on an annual basis. This audit covers areas such as : environment, working conditions, working hours, child labour, forced labour, discrimination/harrassment and abuse, management practise, health and social facilities, occupational health and safety.
She wear will not accept, under any circumstances, any of the following practices from the suppliers we deal with : child labour, unsafe working conditions, illegal conduct, corruption, excessive work hours, discrimination, forced labour of any kind, inhumane treatment.
BENCHMARK PRODUCT CERTIFICATION (BSI)
The Benchmark Mark is a registered certification mark owned and operated by BSI. It is one of the most recognised symbols of quality and safety and offers true value to consumers, businesses and procurement practices. Product certification is the process of certifying that a product has passed performance tests and quality assurance tests in order to meet the necessary local, national or international quality standards relevant to a particular market or product set.
Our Australian certifiers travel to our factories annually to conduct audits to ensure footwear is manufactured under strict standards compliance, and products and machinery are tested to internationally recognised standards. Our safety footwear is certified to AS/NZ 2210.3:2009 (safety footwear) and our work footwear is certified to AS 2210.5:2019 (occupational footwear). Some of our footwear is also tested to American and European standards (as specified).
GOLD RATED TANNERIES (LWG)
Our leather is sourced from tanneries who have received gold rating status from the Leather Working Group (LWG). The objective of this multi-stakeholder group is to develop and maintain a protocol that assesses the environmental compliance and performance capabilities of leather manufacturers and promotes sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry. The group seeks to improve the leather manufacturing industry by creating alignment on environmental priorities, bringing visibility to best practices and providing suggested guidelines for continual improvement.
When a tannery is audited according to the Leather Working Group (LWG) protocol, they check the tannery’s management of chemical, energy and water use, waste and effluent treatment, as well as air and noise emissions. This is a thorough check of the environmental impact of the tanning process.
We only use gold-rated tanneries that have the highest rating by LWG. This means they have scored higher than 85 in the LWG audit on a scale from 0 to 100. For us this is a guarantee that the tannery has a comprehensive management system to reduce their environmental impact. Or to put it in a simple way, it means that the tanneries we work with are using less energy, less water, less and better chemicals, as well as taking care of waste and effluent in a responsible way.
ECOCERT (ORGANIC BAMBOO)
Our bamboo products are manufactured with organic bamboo, and the bamboo is certified by EcoCert. EcoCert is an organic certification and inspection body established in France in 1991. With activity in over 80 countries, it has become one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world and one of the best known labels in the field of standardization.
To ensure an environmentally friendly product, the EcoCert standard lays down that the ingredients are derived from renewable resources and manufactured by using environmentally friendly processes. They strive to enable production processes that respect the environment, better management of available energy and of natural resources (water, air, soil fertility), socially responsible sectors, and better product quality and safety. All of these elements are essential to address today’s economic, social and environmental challenges in order to build tomorrow’s world.
OEKO-TEX BAMBOO (SOCKS)
We manufacture our bamboo socks with OEKO-TEX® certified bamboo. The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels.
This standard ensures that products are free from dangerous substances – chemicals like pesticides, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and undesirable surfactants. The certification is designed to ensure the effect the dyeing industry has on the environment is minimised and the garments are safe for consumers as well as the people who make and sell them.
To obtain a OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification, the textile needs to be free from more than 100 substances known to be harmful to human health. The standard takes into account the following:
- Legal regulations, such as banned AZO colourants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, nickel etc
- Other harmful chemicals that are not yet legally regulated
- Requirements of Annexes XVII and XIV of the European Chemicals Regulation REACH as well as the ECHA SVHC Candidate List
- Requirements from the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regarding lead.
- Numerous environmentally relevant substance classes