Reputed global workwear brand, Dickies Workwear has introduced 14 new styles of safety footwear and also improved six styles for 2014.
The new lines in PU/ rubber sole have excellent shock absorption, are heat resistant to 300°C, are highly slip-resistant, have non-clogging sole patterns; and offer extra comfort with moisture wicking lining and a removable footbed.
Dickies has also introduced an ESD trainer for the first time. Suitable for people working in the electronics industry, the new Alford trainers provide a safe and controlled method of discharging static electricity that accumulates in the body of the user.
Wasi Ullah, a buyer at Dickies comments that the most important elements of any working apparel are comfort and durability. This is especially important for safety footwear, given that most tradesmen could spend up to nine hours a day in their footwear. Apart from providing comfort and support to the wearer’s feet, the safety footwear should also be strong enough to withstand the rigours of the modern working environment.
The trend towards lighter and more stylish safety footwear began with the use of injected PU sole units; the demand accelerated with the introduction of composite toecaps and composite material mid-plates. With market requirements moving towards safety footwear that doesn’t look like safety footwear, the shape of the upper profile is now being modified by applying it lower into the sole unit, allowing for a lower profile footwear style, such as the Faxon trainer.
Safety footwear standard EN345 has been superseded by EN ISO 20345 and the entire Dickies footwear range has been re-certified to the new standard EN ISO 20345:2011.