ANSI, or The American National Standard Institute, is a private, non-profit organization that coordinates and administrates the American standardization system. ANSI certifies organizations that create and develop the procedures and standards that govern testing and safety for a wide range of technical work. In the case of footwear for electrical workers, these standards ensure that the characteristics and performance of footwear products are in compliance with the National Electrical Safety Code or ANSI/IEEE. Footwear labeled as ANSI approved have been tested and certified to meet the national standards for electrical safety.
Footwear that rises to the ankle or higher; can be casual or dressy, practical or fashionable. Boots that are designed for protection from the elements may be made of a single, closely-stitched piece of leather, rubber, or other material to prevent the entry of water, mud or dirt. Other types of boots are sturdy in nature, intended for protection in wilderness or industrial settings. Fashionable boots for men and women may have all the variations seen in other shoe styles, including high heels, platforms, and lacings.