What is slip resistance testing?

A slip resistance test is a precise measurement of the slip resistance between footwear outsoles and flooring surfaces.

At Eurofins | BLC, we can test a wide range of footwear on various surfaces and simulated conditions, including dry and wet clay tile as standard, carpet, wood and vinyl flooring. We test both adults and children’s shoes for slip resistance.


Why carry out a slip resistance test?

Slip resistance testing is a safety critical test for footwear. In Europe and the USA, there are legal obligations requiring suppliers to place only safe products on the market. Footwear has to be fit for purpose, which means it should be fit for all its intended purposes.


How long will it take?    


Turnaround Time



4 working days



2 working days

£Quotation + 50%


Next day service*

£Quotation + 100%


*Samples must be received by 10am to guarantee next day service.


Eurofins | BLC Footwear Testing Services

At Eurofins | BLC, we carry out a wide variety of footwear tests on men’s, women’s and children’s shoes to CEN, ISO, TM standards at our UKAS accredited laboratory based in the UK.

View our full range of footwear testing services below:


Please read our testing terms and conditions.

As standard, we provide:

  • A comprehensive, technical and commercially focused shoe fit service for children's, women's and men's footwear
  • Highly competitive pricing
  • Fast turnaround time - results available next day, or in 2-4 working days
  • A fully comprehensive and easy to understand report, complete with before and after images
  • Technical back up and support from experts


Become a Eurofins | BLC? Member, and you’ll also get:

  • Discounted prices
  • Priority testing allocation
  • Access to advanced technical support

Slip resistance needs to be tested under both wet and dry conditions, and can be applied to all types of footwear, top pieces, sole units and soling materials.

At BLC, we take a precise measurement of the coefficient of friction between footwear outsoles and flooring surfaces at the most critical point in the walking step.

Our slip resistance testing machine incorporates a specially-designed control and data acquisition system, providing us with the coefficient of friction for each test sample, as well as graphical representation of the test data.

International test methods and standards for assessing slip resistance of footwear provide consistent testing and assessments of products throughout the European industry. 


How many pairs of shoes should you test?

At Eurofins | BLC, we require 1x full pair of shoes for testing against each flooring surface. So, if you’re testing against 4x surfaces, you’ll need to send us 4x pairs of shoes.

Our Accreditations

Eurofins | BLC holds accreditations from UKAS and CPSC and has auditors approved to carry out LWG audits. Trust Eurofins | BLC to deliver some of the most accurate test results in the industry.

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