Work boots offer top comfort, safety, traction
By Mike Jiggens
Sept. 20, 2019 – Foot protection and comfort can be seen as the foundation for a productive work day in the Canadian professional turf and grounds maintenance industry. Tired feet can negate productivity, and protection against unforeseen accidents while operating heavy equipment and materials is essential in avoiding injury.
KEEN Utility has introduced its strongest, most capable heavy-duty work boot to the Canadian and American markets. Built tough for heavy industries including landscaping, snow removal, commercial construction, utilities, rail, pipe fitting, public works, heavy equipment maintenance, quarry, demolition and mining, the new Philadelphia boot series features eight different models, including CSA and ASTM-certified styles and is available at specialty retailers and online. The series boasts a few familiar KEEN Utility comfort technologies as well as scores of new construction qualities and components that mark its rugged toughness.
Created to take on the most extreme working environments, the Philadelphia series lives up to an unyielding standard of quality, durability and comfort with innovative design and progressive safety and performance features.
Built tough from every angle, the heavy industrial designs are crafted with Barnyard-Resistant leather, a PFC-free, super-durable leather that resists the damaging effects of most chemicals and minerals, including oleic acid, urea, sodium chloride and ammonium hydroxide. The boots are also armed with KEEN DRY, a waterproof, breathable membrane that allows moisture out but never in. A three-quarter welt construction and heel stabilizer system provides excellent torsion stability over uneven ground and one of the most durable footwear welted constructions on the market. Heavy design does not translate to dragging, uncomfortable feet thanks to left and right asymmetrical, non-metallic, carbon-fibre safety toes that are 15 per cent lighter than steel. Comfort goes the extra step with a KEEN Luftcell air-injected, dual-density PU midsole with 100,000 air bubbles per cubic centimetre for next-level cushioning comfort. Underfoot, the Philadelphia builds on its brawn with an abrasion-, oil- and slip-resistant rubber outsole that meets ASTM Mark II non-slip testing standards and a heat resistance rating up to 572 degrees Fahrenheit.
Two models, including the CSA Philadelphia eight-inch and six-inch feature an Internal Metguard that is lightweight and flexible to protect the metatarsal bones from crush injuries. Earning CSA-Grade I standards for protection, the boots also feature Wellmax puncture resistant midsole plates made from a lightweight, flexible, non-metallic woven design.
Other styles within the Philadelphia series feature cold-weather ready performance advances including 400G to 600G of insulation and the KEEN POLAR TRACTION outsole with micro-glass fibres built into rubber lugs that pierce icy surfaces for enhanced grip and traction.
As with all KEEN Utility work boots, the Philadelphia series get the natural odour protection benefit of the Cleansport NXT™ Technology that is also free of dyes and chemicals. Each Philadelphia model meets ASTM Mark II non-slip testing standards, ASTM EH Standards, and ASTM D471-06 903 oil and isooctane chemical resistance standards. New for 2019, the Philadelphia series also features a PolyAer footbed comprised of an aerated PU layer atop another full layer of PU that achieves both breathability and added cushioning.
For more information about KEEN’s Philadelphia boots and the company’s other lines of professional footwear, visit www.keenutility.com.