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Dickies new safety footwear 2014 range

Dickies, the internationally renowned workwear brand, has introduced 14 new styles of safety footwear and improved a further six styles for 2014.
New lines in PU/Rubber Sole have excellent shock absorption and are heat resistant to 300 degrees; they are high slip resistant and have non clogging sole patterns; extra comfort is offered with moisture wicking lining and a removable footbed.

Dickies-camel-black-01Dickies have also introduced an ESD trainer for the first time, the Alford trainer, which is suitable for people working in the  electronics industry as ESD footwear provides a safe and controlled method of discharging static electricty that accumulates in your body.

Safety footwear standard EN345 has been superseded by EN ISO 20345 and the whole Dickies footwear range has been re-cerfified to the new standard EN ISO 20345:2011.

Wasi Ullah, buyer at Dickies commented: “The most important element of any item of working apparel is its comfort and durability. This is especially important with regards to safety footwear, more so when you consider that most tradesmen could spend up to nine hours a day working in their footwear. So any safety footwear not only has to be comfortable and provide support to the wearer’s foot but also be strong enough to withstand the rigours of the modern working environment.

“Over the past couple of years the main trend has been for safety footwear to become lighter in weight and more fashionable, which really started with the use of injected PU sole units. The introduction of composite toecaps and composite material mid-plates has accelerated this demand. Other market requirements which we have noticed are the need for the upper profile of safety footwear to be lower. The problem with the design of safety footwear is that these styles need a toecap, which creates a more rounded shape to the upper,but the trend nowadays is for safety footwear to look less like an item of safety footwear. Part of the solution is to reduce the shape of the upper profile by applying it lower into the sole unit. This allows for a lower profile footwear style, such as the Faxon Trainer.”