Workboot Buzz: Timberland Pro, Georgia Boot, Red Wing

Protective Shield
For workers requiring ESD protection, Stratham, N.H.-based Timberland Pro is introducing Wildcard, an athletic-inspired work look. The style features a synthetic upper, composite toe and lightweight, molded EVA midsole. Key components include a mesh lining with Agion for odor control and an oil-resistant Vibram outsole for traction and durability. Available in three colors, Wildcard retails for $125. Delivery is slated for February.

Double Moves
Georgia Boot of Nelsonville, Ohio, is putting the emphasis on comfort for spring with two launches. Oakwood, a series of casual work looks, introduces Comfort Core 7 removable footbeds made of dual-density polyurethane and a top layer of memory foam. The series includes a waterproof oxford and a 6-inch and 8-inch boot, all detailed in leathers with a high concentration of oil, allowing scratches and scuffs to be buffed out easily. Safety features include oil- and slip-resistant rubber soles, steel toes and electrical-hazard protection. Retail prices range from $165 to $205. The line will deliver in March. Georgia also will target the women’s market with a novelty version of its iconic Romeo slip-on ankle boot. The style is being interpreted in leather colors including Sierra Red and Midnight Blue. Like the classic style, the Goodyear-welt design features elastic side goring and oil- and slip-resistant outsoles. Retailing for $75, Romeo will deliver in January. 

Team Work
Red Wing Heritage and Burton Snowboards got together this fall. The two have teamed up to create the Rover Limited snowboard boot, a performance snowboard style that combines Red Wing’s classic work silhouette and technical snowboard features. Burton team rider Jeremy Jones, a fan of the workboot brand, had a hand in the styling. Inspired by Red Wing’s iconic 877, a wedge boot done in its signature full-grain leather, the Rover Limited incorporates strategic support and cushioning, along with snow-proof gussets. Currently available at Burton flagship stores and select retailers, the co-branded boot retails for $350.

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