First look at the new Hybrid Hiker

My wife is used to me coming home with new shoes from the Mellow Walk factory. Typically, these are new models that we haven’t released yet.  And while she doesn’t often express much of an opinion on my choice of footwear, one recent model definitely caught her eye (and not because I left it for everyone to trip over in the front hallway). While she was looking at the boot for what it was, a good-looking boot, my wear testing is designed to go well beyond whether the boot looks good. At the end of day Mellow Walk customers wear our shoes and boots everyday, often for up to a year, and in some challenging environments.

In my role, my idea of a challenging environment may be a trip to the grocery store, taking the dogs for a long walk in Toronto’s parks and ravines, or moving around the Mellow Walk factory. (Note: we also put our footwear on our factory staff to test in an industrial environment).

So, what did I like about our new Patrick2.0 Hybrid Hiker?

 

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Wear Time: 500+ hours

Interior Space: Our Patrick2.0 is built on a deep last (shoe mold). Lots of space inside the boot and in daily walking I couldn’t feel the roof of the steel-toe.

Balance: Sometimes you can get a safety shoe that feels toe heavy due to the weight of toecap. This was definitely not my experience with the Hybrid Hiker. The shoe is really evenly balanced for everyday wear.

Cushion: As I don’t require a safety shoe, most of the time, I definitely gravitate to a shoe that fits comfortably. What I like about the Hybrid Hiker is not only the thick foam insole, but the PU midsole on this particular model. The PU midsole really helps absorb heel strike and provide comfort.

Upper: Mellow Walk is typically known for its all leather safety shoes. Well, the Hybrid Hiker is stitched from a water resistant microfibre and we added an abrasion resistant bumper and heel pad to prevent scuffing. I really took to the microfibre material and it made the already light boot even lighter.

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Sole: After 500+ hours of wear (some of it sitting behind a desk), the all rubber sole doesn’t show much sign of wear.

Certification: The Hybrid Hiker is certified to CSA for toe and plate protection (Green Triangle) and offers an ESR rated sole to protect against contact with electricity.

Final Thoughts: In my opinion, the Hybrid Hiker is a great boot for everyday wear and would be a good choice for someone looking for a 6” inch boot for light industrial use.

 

Spring into a pair of pull-on boots

From the office, to the schoolyard, to the garden and everywhere inbetween Canadians today are wearing pull-on boots. It’s not hard to see what Canadians love about these boots from the styling, to the easy on/off convenience, utility and, of course, all-day comfort. While they go by different names, Chelsea, double-gore (for the elastic on either side), Romeo and, pull-on, the name of the game is a boot that will take you anywhere.

And while Mellow Walk may be best known for its Canadian-made comfort safety shoes it also collaborates with Canadian designer Paul Brodie on a line of pull-on boots in men’s and women’s widths and styling. The boots under the Paul Brodie brand make good use of Mellow Walk’s comfort fit that the company is so well known for. The result are pull-on boots that are noticeably lighter and with a fit best described as comfort…right out of the box. Available from Paulbrodie.com in a wide range of colours from classic black and brown crazy horse to diesel and napa red. Made in Canada at a fair price.

You will also see the Paul Brodie crew this Spring around many Toronto-area events from the National Home and Garden show to the Cottage Life show. With Spring just around the corner it’s a great time to consider a pair of Made in Canada pull-on boots that will take you…just about anywhere.

All You Need To Know About Static Dissipative Footwear

Here’s a fact that may shock you – especially if you’re not wearing the right safety shoes. In Europe, static dissipative (SD) safety shoes are the norm. In Canada, most workers wear Electric Shock Resistant (ESR) footwear, often referred to in the United States as Electrical Hazard (EH). However, here in Canada, many workplaces require SD safety shoes because wearing SD footwear reduces the likelihood that you can shock anything or anyone, and in some industries that small detail is hugely important. It’s the reason why it’s an important safety feature in products manufactured by Mellow Walk, home of Canadian-made work shoes for men.

Step into any safety shoe store and chances are you can purchase an SD safety shoe with a protective toecap made of steel or composite.; however, the really interesting thing is how SD footwear works to reduce static charge. At Mellow Walk the mens SD safety shoes Canada products we make have multiple antistatic layers that act in concert to allow the natural static that builds up in the body to pass through each layer and to dissipate harmlessly through the sole and into the floor. This is a critically important safety feature in work shoes for men and women working in industries where static current build-up could be problematic: laboratories, hospitals, workplaces full of delicate and sophisticated electronics or pharmaceutical environments where static electricity can damage equipment or adversely affect calibrations. It takes on an even more important role in industries such a building explosive shells or manufacturing fireworks. There’s no second chance in a work environment like that, which is why we make our Mellow Walk shoes the way we do.

Mellow Walk is a specialist in creating SD footwear that adheres to Canadian safety standards. We are currently in the process of relaunching our footwear as SD+, which will be targeting a higher certification category with more controlled SD results that must fall under 35 megaOhms. We have always manufactured quality leather safety shoes for men; now, we are looking at the next generation of SD shoes to respond to an industry that demands quality, safety and comfort.

No matter what your work environment, you will find Mellow Walk work shoes for men that suit your style and your need for an appropriate level of safety protection. From engineers to general labourers, from Health and Safety Managers encouraging workers to be safe to individual contractors who ensure their own safety, men doing all kinds of jobs should look to Mellow Walk for quality safety shoes.

Athleisure Wear Goes From The Gym, To The Street To The Workplace

Selena Gomez and PUMA. Jaden Smith and New Balance. Pharrell Williams and Adidas. Sean Mendes and NIKE. The list of celebrities who have partnered with shoe manufacturers to create sneaker brands with runway looks that cater to the ever-growing sport leisure footwear category is, as they say, “off the charts.” Given the popularity of bringing street styles into the workplace, it makes sense that working professionals are also looking for athletic-inspired safety footwear to wear on the job. Leading the way in that category is Mellow Walk, maker of top-line safety shoes Canada.

From its shoe factory in Toronto, Mellow Walk has been manufacturing comfortable safety shoes since 1993. Mellow Walk safety shoes are available from safety specialists across North America and in select international markets. As a men’s and women’s safety shoe manufacturer, Mellow Walk has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to the athleisure category. The Owen and Jessica safety shoes are perfectly suited to cater to the performance-inspired safety footwear market.

Given the growth potential of athleisure footwear in the casual footwear market, Mellow Walk knew that today’s workers would eventually demand options for sophisticated lightweight safety shoes Canada to wear to work. Mellow Walk’s team went to work designing shoes that people could comfortably wear on the job,or on the street or. Our white soled Jessica sneakers, for example, radiate old school charm while providing comfort and safety that satisfies necessary safety codes. Mellow Walk has always manufactured a variety of comfortable all-leather casual safety shoes, so it knew that workers in industrial areas requiring toe protection would gravitate towards a safety shoe approved to ASTM and CSA standards for impact and static dissipation – especially if it was a shoe they could also feel comfortable about wearing on the street like a typical fashion sneaker.

In developing this new project, Mellow Walk’s designers started by using a brand-new sneaker last, the solid foot-form that gives the final shoe its shape, to ensure the look was right for the market we were targeting. The design team also opted for white interior lining, white stitching and white laces to unify the look with the all-rubber white sole. With strong reaction to the Jessica skater shoe collection, Mellow Walk expanded the project into the Owen collection for men. Together, we are reshaping the athleisure market by manufacturing top quality athletic-inspired Canadian made shoes for the workplace – or a night on the town.

The Thrill of Victory, without the Agony of The Feet

On January 28th, 1916, women in Manitoba became the first in Canada to win both the right to vote and to hold provincial office. That was a long overdue correction of the inequality that existed in Canada for women. It signalled the start of a significant swing in the role women were to play in Canadian society. By 2018, Canadian women aged 15 and over represented nearly half (47.7%) of the labour force. Clearly, working women are here to stay, and so is the need for quality steel toe shoes for women.

While the situation is not perfect – there’s still the issue of equal pay to be resolved and the need for more women at the CEO level – the victories earned for women in the workplace have been significant. Unfortunately, it took an equally long period for women’s safety shoes Canada to evolve to the point where such shoes are being designed specifically for the needs of women’s feet. Women working in environments where safety boots were required usually had limited choice for work boots – in most cases, they simply bought small size men’s boots that often were too wide and too heavy. That was before Mellow Walk arrived on the scene to reshape the way people thought of women’s steel toe shoes Canada.

When it comes to safety shoes for women, Mellow Walk has changed the game. Gone are the days when clunky, manly work boots were the only choice available for women seeking footwear protection on the job. Mellow Walk realized that there were very few safety shoes geared to professional women. Yes, women wanted to both “look good” and “feel good” when they stepped into a protective work shoe or boot, but more importantly they wanted the boot to fit right and not be overly heavy. That’s why Mellow Walk decided to focus their efforts on developing top quality Canadian made safety shoes, from six-inch CSA green-patch work boots to lab-compliant static dissipative shoes to slip resistant duty shoes. Mellow Walks offers something women love – choice. From the full-boot design of the new Ellie-model Redline safety book to the casual and playful look of the Jessica-model camo and skater low cut to the rugged Maddy, Mellow Walk offers you a variety of styles, made in Canada on shoe lasts designed to fit a woman’s foot.

No matter what type of women’s steel toe shoes you are looking for, you’re sure to find them online or at numerous retailers in the area. Find the perfect women’s work shoes that are both comfortable and protective in a style that suits your job and your personality.

Identifying Potential Hazards in the Workplace

Call it Murphy’s Law. Call it the law of averages. Call it an occupational hazard. The fact is, there’s no such thing as a completely safe workplace. Close to 1,000 Canadians die each year as a direct result of the job; however, studies indicate that number is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true extent of work-related deaths across Canada. Identifying potential hazards in the workplace is critical to reducing the number of on-the-job injuries. So is choosing the right footwear from the safety shoe store.

Nearly one third of all personal injuries in the workplace are the result of slips, trips and falls. The resultant injuries include head and back injuries, broken bones, cuts and lacerations, sprains and pulled muscles. Proper footwear can drastically reduce these types of workplace hazards. The question is, who determines the proper footwear you should be wearing? Safety shoe retailers trying to sell you protective footwear can list all the beneficial attributes of the footwear they sell; what typical safety shoe stores in Mississauga can’t possibly identify, for example, is all the potential hazards that exist in your workplace. That’s really a job for professionals who understand the scope of occupational safety hazards existing in your particular workplace.

The Health and Safety committees comprised of management and staff are often responsible for approving footwear based on a hazard assessment of the workplace. For example, if you are walking through a metal detector as part of your daily routine on the job, the committee may recommend that only metal-free shoes be allowed. In an environment where there is a high potential for slips and falls, the committee might suggest that only footwear meeting certain slip criteria be permitted to be worn. If there is a concern about footwear catching on industrial equipment, the workplace may specify no straps or buckles be allowed on the outside of the safety shoes.

The Canadian Standards Association has produced a user guide to help identify footwear that is appropriate when certain potential hazards are present in the workplace. Pro-active companies that make employee safety a priority are wise to provide guidance on footwear selection to ensure their staff will select the appropriate footwear – in other words, designs that meet the needs of their workplace. Most of these, including high-quality, Canadian made Mellow Walk safety shoes, are readily available at most safety shoe stores.

Of course, the possibility for human error will always exist. There are no accidents, only a series of bad decisions that lead to them. Buying Mellow Walk safety shoes for men and women is always a great decision.

Who creates the standard for protective footwear?

Mellow Walk shoes meet or exceed the standards set for protective footwear. That’s a reassuring quality for a product that, amongst other things, is designed to protect your feet on the job. What exactly does that mean? What are the standards, who sets them, and how do those standards help guide manufacturers? That’s information you should know if you’re company requires workers to wear men’s safety shoes Canada.

Outfitting your employees with the appropriate work shoes for men helps reduce injuries, decreases lost work hours and heightens the confidence of your workers. It is recommended that workers use protective safety footwear certified and compliant with the CSA (Canadian Standards Association) Standard Z195-14 Protective Footwear on any job where there is a risk of a foot injury – which is almost every possible workplace. What exactly are those standards and who decides what criteria items like steel toe shoes for men must meet to pass? Typically, each standard at CSA has its own committee made up of volunteers. The Z195 task force includes representatives from manufacturing companies, users, regulatory bodies, industry and general interest people who meet regularly to review and update the safety standards set for protective footwear.

As a premier maker of men’s safety shoes Canada, Mellow Walk is also a member of the committee. The committee conducts comprehensive reviews of data related to safety standards around the world; members conduct real world laboratory tests that are later used to help establish testing requirements; they listen to real world industry needs, and then they set to task to create requirements for manufacturers to meet in order to have their work shoes for men CSA approved. These are not one time tests; instead, manufacturers must consistently prove their products remain in compliance with the CSA standard, and one in every 500 pairs are regularly tested to ensure they meet the standard. The CSA standard is regarded as one of the highest standards of quality around the world.

These standards cover everything from minimum impact performance of the protective toe cap to the ability of the sole to withstand as much as 18,000 volts of electricity. As one might imagine a size range might feature up to four different sizes of toecaps and CSA sets the internal space that must be available to the wearer if the shoe is impacted. While in the real world anything heavy could strike the toecap, but in the lab the test mandates the toecap can withstand about 22kg weight dropped from about a meter in height. Upon impact, there must be the equivalent of 12.2mm of interior space for small men’s sizes and up to 14.2 mm of space for the largest men’s sizes. There are numerous types of footwear protection besides steel toe shoes for men that are covered by the CSA standard; these include puncture resistant soles, footwear with an integrated protective shield (metguard)covering the metatarsal region of the foot, and slip-resistant footwear amongst others. There are also comfort and performance factors not addressed in the CSA Z195 guide, including resistance to heat/cold, water resistance and flame resistance. Individual workplaces should always complete their due diligence to determine what protective footwear is best for the job.

Ultimately, Mellow Walk is always a top choice for Canadian-made safety shoes for men and women.

Gender Defender – Why Mellow Walk Safety Shoes Aren’t Unisex

Historically speaking, there weren’t too many manufacturers of workplace safety products that catered to the unique needs of women on the job. The market for shoes with a steel toe safety cap, for example, is still an 80/20 percent split for men compared to women. Many safety shoes are still designed for men and sized down to offer women’s sizes. That’s where quality Canadian-made Mellow Walk women’s safety shoes come in. Mellow Walk is one of the few safety shoe manufacturers that actually design safety shoes with women in mind.

No matter how much they try to standardize the roles of men and women in the workplace, they can’t change the fact their feet can be drastically different. Female feet are not simply scaled-down versions of male feet; typically, men’s feet are longer and broader that women’s feet. Women’s feet tend to be narrower than men’s, and they also tend to differ at the arch, the lateral side of the foot, the first toe and the ball of the foot. Mellow Walk takes these differences into account in the design and manufacture of its line of women’s safety shoes.

Mellow Walk begins its design of steel toe safety shoes for women by developing shoe lasts, the solid foot form that ultimately gives the shoe its final shape and helps provide the fit and comfort level of the shoe. In addition to creating a variety of compelling and versatile shoe designs for women, Mellow Walk also goes through elaborate fit trials and wear tests, including outfitting factory staff with the latest shoe designs so they can provide immediate feedback about comfort, fit and style. It’s all done in an effort to provide steel toe safety shoes for women that are specific to their unique needs, and ultimately to improve their comfort level when wearing them on the job.

From six-inch CSA greenpatch workboots to lab compliant static dissipative safety shoes, Mellow Walk offers safety shoes for women offering comfort, protection and a variety of styles. Now women who love shoes can also enjoy shopping for women’s safety shoes with equal passion. Safety is always in style when you shop for high-quality Canadian made Mellow Walk safety shoes.

Safety shoe guarantees that stick

“The only guarantees in life are death and taxes.” That’s a worn out adage, but people still seem to believe it. Thankfully, it’s not true. There are lots of guarantees in the world of manufacturing that are backed by ethical companies that work hard to produce quality goods worth guaranteeing. Mellow Walk is one of those companies, which is why you can put your faith in the guarantee you get when you buy Mellow Walk products from the safety shoe store.

Workers in any profession that requires safety shoes want to know the products they trust to protect their feet can stand up to the demands of the job. Safety shoe retailers have come to understand the value in stocking quality Canadian-made Mellow Walk safety shoes for that very reason. Workers today are spending eight to 10 hours a day working on their feet in all types of hazardous environments; they want safety shoes built to last that suit their work environment. Naturally, it’s important for workers to choose the right shoe for their work environment; you should never choose a light safety shoe, for example, if you’re working heavy construction. That said, safety shoe stores in Toronto regularly recommend Mellow Walk shoes for a variety of reasons.

For starters, Mellow Walk guarantees its shoes from manufacturing defects for a period of six months. A manufacturing defect includes such things as the sole separating from the upper, or the stitching of the leather upper ripping open. Mellow Walk incorporates quality design and production in order to reduce returns and improve durability. For example, all our soles are cemented and side stitched to the upper to help prevent separation. All of our uppers are double needle stitched to help prevent the uppers from ripping, and many of our shoes have counter pockets in the heel to limit wear and tear on the inner lining. We also start with good quality materials including the leather and outsoles to ensure quality and reduce defects.

By implementing these measures of quality throughout the entire manufacturing process, Mellow Walk can produce a safety shoe that any safety shoe store stocking them can be proud to sell. We know our guarantee is as durable as the steel toe safety shoes we make in Canada for both working men and women.