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6 Main Materials To Use For Shoe Cover

We know that shoes are made of different materials, such as leather, fabric, rubber, etc. However, shoe covers and boot covers used to protect shoes from harsh environments or for any other valuable purpose can also be made of different materials.

The following is an introduction to the 6 materials for making boot covers:

Three commonly used materials:

1.Polyethylene (PE)

Compounds commonly used to make plastic food bags and packaging, there are two most common types of polyethylene, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE).

Shoe covers made of PE are usually equipped with elastic bands around the mouth of the shoe cover to ensure a better fit. This type of shoe covers are mostly disposable, mainly used for dust and water resistance, but shoe covers made of PE are still easy to puncture or tear.

2. Polypropylene (PP)

Polypropylene is a non-woven fabric, which is considered to be more versatile and durable than PE; shoe covers made of PP are usually used in medical institutions and laboratories, and sometimes have a non-slip sole design. It is like a lightweight fabric, easy to use and washable; this material of shoe covers can prevent dust and dirt when entering sensitive work areas.

3. Rubber

Rubber rain boot covers, also known as Galoshes, can be put on the shoes to protect the shoes from getting wet. They are elastic and thicker than the most common PE and PP, most suitable for protecting shoes during travel in bad weather and natural environment. Almost all rubber rain boots have non-slip soles and tear resistance, so they can withstand harsher environments.

Three other materials:

4. Aluminized Fabric

This type of fabric or cloth is mostly used to reflect heat radiation. This is the same material used for insulators in our homes and buildings.

Shoe covers made of this material have the same purpose-heat insulation and fire protection. Like other clothes made of aluminum-plated fabric, this shoe cover protects the person wearing it from flames and heat. For example, electric welding welders and other workers in related industries who may have accidental exposure to flames and heat will wear this type of shoe cover.

5. Silicone

Silicone is a synthetic rubber material, soft and elastic. It is more heat-resistant than other types of rubber. In addition to heat resistance, it can also resist the attack of chemicals, fungi and ultraviolet rays.

Shoe covers made of this material, especially when used outdoors, can protect your shoes from getting wet and dirty. Most silicone shoe covers also have a non-slip design, which can be washed and used repeatedly. Moreover, because this material is flexible and elastic, it can be folded up, saving storage space. It can be easily put into a bag or pouch, and its high elasticity allows the shoe cover to fit snugly on any type of shoe.


It’s hard to imagine that shoe covers are made of leather. It sounds redundant; especially if the shoes are made of leather. In fact, leather shoe covers or protective covers do exist on the market. The main purpose is to protect the shoes and the wearer from welding, blacksmithing, glass splashing, heat resistance and flames.

Because they are made of leather, the durability of this type of shoe cover can withstand the test of time. However, this type of shoe cover is much more expensive than other types of shoe covers.

Every kind of shoes is unique, and so are shoe covers. Choose the shoe cover that suits you according to your requirements! If you are looking for a shoe cover supplier, please do not hesitate to contact Wellmien .