IS 14544:1998

In this competitive scenario, it isn't easy to survive in the market without a standard quality and certified product. BIS license may also be required to sell products in the Indian market.

To get BIS certification and produce a standard quality product, the manufacturer must ensure that their product must follow the specified Indian standard.
Let's take a closer look at IS 14544:1998 for Leather Safety Footwear with Direct Moulded Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Sole.

Leather safety footwear with direct moulded polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sole is covered under IS 14544:1998. The Bureau of Indian Standards adopted this Indian Standard after the Footwear Sectional Committee's final draft was approved by the Chemical Division Council.

This standard applies to leather safety boots and shoes with direct moulded polyvinyl chloride (PVC) soles that are used in the industry and have general purpose oil and chemical resistance. A separate Indian Standard 'IS 11226: 1993' already covers leather safety footwear with direct moulded rubber soles.

The requirements, tests, and sampling methods for leather safety footwear with steel toe caps and direct moulded soles made of PVC as the primary raw material are specified in this standard.

Depending on their design, leather safety footwear with direct moulded PVC soles shall be of the following three types:

  • Type 1 - General purpose safety shoes.
  • Type 2 - Safety shoes with oil-resistant soles.
  • Type 3 - Safety shoes with chemical resistant soles.

All types and designs of leather safety footwear shall be made by direct moulding from chrome-tanned upper leather with cleated soles and heals with a slip-resistant pattern. Full chrome leather conforming to IS 5677 shall be used for the upper. The footwear must be manufactured using either the direct moulding process (DMP) or the direct injection process (DIP).


The following test shall be carried out:

  • Performance test
  • Impact test
  • Adhesion Test on Moulded Bottoms

If any, Footwear sizes and trademarks must be incorporated into the mould in order for them to be legible on the outer sole's waist. On the insole waist and the full sock, the size and fitting number and the year of manufacture must be legibly marked. The product may also bear the Standard Mark (ISI Mark), and the standard's packing specifications must be followed. The Manufacturer must obtain a BIS license from the Bureau of Indian Standards to use a standard mark (ISI Mark). The BIS grants a license based on a successful assessment of manufacturing infrastructure, quality control and testing capabilities, and production process during a visit to manufacturing premises.

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