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.


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.

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.

5 Common Mistakes One Can Avoid When Buying Safety Shoes

For some, the thought of shopping for work shoes is beyond unbearable. Having to try on a variety of different pairs and being concerned about how much they’ll cost, even if your workplace subsidizes the safety shoe purchase, can make it so they put off the task for as long as possible. However, for safety’s sake, it’s important to make time to get steel toe shoes for men as soon as possible.

When shopping for safety shoes, there are numerous things to consider and some mistakes to avoid. Keep the following in mind when looking for work shoes for men.

Mistake #1: Not Spending Enough Time on the Process

People have busy lives. They would much rather be spending their time off doing something relaxing and fun, not having to look for men’s safety shoes in Canada. In an attempt to get the shopping over with, some people will rush through the process. This is a mistake as most guys will need safety shoes that they can wear 8-10 hours a day.Make sure you try on a few different pairs before you buy.

Since the vast majority of your time will be spent at work, you want to make sure you find shoes that are comfortable and offer the right protection. This will take some time. Your safety and well being should be worth it.

Mistake #2: Not Taking the Job Requirements Into Consideration

Not every job site is the same. There are different hazards that workers will encounter depending on their industry. Today’s safety shoes are very industry specific. You wouldn’t buy a pair intended for heavy duty if you workplace needs are better aligned with a pair of light work safety shoes. Safety shoes today will always tell you the features they will protect against from accidental contact with electricity, to puncture resistance and even performance features such as water resistance or insulated linings against the cold. Working indoors or outdoors in the cold? Working in an environment with lots of hazards? There is a shoe or boot for every environment so choose accordingly. Finding the one that’s right for yours is important to ensure your feet are protected the way they should be.

Mistake #3: Getting the Wrong Size

Again, if a person is in a rush to get work shoes for men as quickly as possible or they decide to order online to forgo the entire shopping ordeal, they may find that they don’t fit the way they are supposed to. Many shoe brands fit differently so don’t assume that because you are a size 10 in Brand A that you will also be a 10 in size B. If they are too big or too small, they will cause comfort problems for the wearer. Take the time to try on several different pairs and walk around in them for a bit to make sure they are going to be comfortable.

Mistake #4: Choosing Style Over Comfort

You’re going to work, not a fashion show, so your steel toe shoes for men don’t have to look good. They do, however, need to be comfortable so that you can perform your job without being in unnecessary pain. And if you can find that pair with both style and comfort you have hit the jackpot.

Mistake #5: Not Finding a Company That Specializes in Safety Shoes

When it comes to safety, you want to make sure that you are getting the best you can find made by a company that knows how to protect your feet. It seems like safety shoes can be found just about everywhere right now, but getting ones that are high quality and will last should be top priority.

Since companies that specialize in safety shoes know what each job requires and the standards, they are the best source for getting the best men’s safety shoes in Canada.

If you are looking for safety shoes and want to avoid making the common mistakes, contact Mellow Walk and see the different types of products they have to offer.