Workboot Buzz: Wolverine… Kodiak-Terra…

Lady Like

Female workers are taking center stage this spring at Dan Post Boot Co., which is launching static dissipative footwear under the John Deere label. According to the company, the brand has decided to provide women a range of low-cut hikers (at left), Mary Jane styles and dressier clogs. For men, a single hiker style is being offered. The shoes will hit stores in April, priced at less than $100.

Comfort Zone

Rockford, Mich.-based Wolverine, a division of Wolverine World Wide, is exploring new terrain this season with Peak Comfort, a collection of super-lightweight boots. Made of soft oiled leather for easy break-in, the boots also feature a fully cushioned insole, as well as a midsole designed with TPU inserts to further reduce weight, and a rubber outsole for flexibility. Available in 6- and 8-inch boots, a Wellington and kiltie laceup, the line comes with soft or steel toes. Delivery is set for March, and prices are to be determined.

After Hours

Kodiak-Terra U.S.A. of Portland, Tenn., is doing double duty this spring with a collection of casual men’s and women’s work styles. The two-pattern series of oxfords are packed with performance features that include aluminum toes and slip-resistant rubber outsoles. On the comfort side, Quadair TPU airbags in the heel provide added cushioning, while removable Ortholite footbeds with a Transpor dry layer offer moisture management. Available for May delivery, the line retails for $99.

Sure Footed

Michelin Footwear, a part of Rocky Brands Inc. in Nelsonville, Ohio, is expanding its offering for spring ’10 with slip-resistant shoes designed for light and wet industrial work. Building on Michelin’s tire expertise in the areas of grip and traction, the additions will include four categories of looks, including the Manager collection, with men’s and women’s oxfords (at right) and clogs designed for hospitality workers; and the men’s Light Flex, a light industrial series with electrical-hazard protection, available in soft and steel-toe styles. All styles feature removable EVA insoles. The shoes will retail from $50 to $80.

Natural Moves

Comfort remains a top priority at Rockford, Mich.-based Cat Footwear, which is debuting SuperFusion powered by Ergo, a series of anatomically correct shoes integrating stability, flexibility and support of the natural gait cycle. The collection, the second under the Ergo umbrella, features precise contouring in the heel and medial arch, combined with flex grooves on the outsole that encourage the foot to bend and flex while maintaining stability. Included in the spring offering are three styles for light industrial use: Argon, a leather oxford; Radium, an athletic-inspired style; and Nitrogen, a lightweight hiker. All come in soft and composite toes and retail for $85 to $110. Delivery is set for February.

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