The Footwear (Indication of Composition) Labelling Regulations 1995

Regulation 3(2)


“Footwear” may range from sandals with uppers consisting simply of adjustable laces or ribbons to thigh boots the uppers of which cover the leg and thigh. Among the products included therefore are—

(i)flat or high-heeled shoes for ordinary indoor or outdoor wear;

(ii)ankle-boots, half-boots, knee-boots and thigh boots;

(iii)sandals of various types, “espadrilles” (shoes with canvas uppers and soles of plaited vegetable material), tennis shoes, running and other sports shoes, bathing sandals and other casual footwear;

(iv)special sports footwear which is designed for a sporting activity and has, or has provision for the attachment of, spikes, studs, stops, clips, bars or the like and skating boots, ski boots and cross-country ski footwear, wrestling boots, boxing boots and cycling shoes. Also included are composite articles made up of footwear with (ice or roller) skates attached;

(v)dancing slippers;

(vi)footwear formed from a single piece, particularly by moulding rubber or plastics, but excluding disposable articles of flimsy material (paper, plastic film, etc., without applied soles);

(vii)overshoes worn over other footwear, which in some cases are heel-less;

(viii)disposable footwear, with applied soles, generally designed to be used only once;

(ix)orthopaedic footwear, other than medical devices to which the Medical Devices Regulations 1994(1) apply.

For reasons of homogeneity and clarity, and subject to the provisions mentioned in the description of the products covered by Directive 94/11/EC, products covered by Chapter 64 of the combined nomenclature (CN) may, as a general rule, be regarded as falling within the scope of Directive 94/11/EC


S.I. 1994/3017.