- New sole design gives good grip
- VERY comfortable
- Meets all safety specs
- Lightweight and fashionable
Safety Footwear is a No-Brainer
Nowadays, there really isn’t a good reason not to invest in a pair of safety shoes - there is a huge range of very good ones available at very good prices, in all sizes and many styles to suit just about anyone.
I was pleased to welcome the KEZ trainer and EAZY boot from Buckler Boots to my boot rack. They have been launched only this summer, and are designed for the lighter use end of the market – light trades, driving, indoor maintenance and factory floor wear. This end of the market has different needs from the real heavy duty applications – the shoes and boots need to be lighter, and more in line with fashion trends.
The first shoes I tried on for review were the KEZ . First impressions were great – they came fully laced and simply by loosening the laces a bit they could be slid onto my feet. The padded inside “soccerball” linings of the KEZ makes for instant comfort, and even my wide feet had enough room despite the fact that the shoes looked a lot like ordinary trainers.
They also feel quite light – not at all ”clompy” – you can actually walk quietly and lightly around indoors and they feel like trainers.
I went the whole day and the rest of the week wearing the KEZ without really noticing I had them on my feet – the sign of true comfort I think.
The upper is black KPU with a composite toecap and the Buckstop anti-static, anti-penetration, non-metallic midsole. It is heat (300 degree C) and oil resistant and is 100% non-metallic with a certified rubber slip resistant, non-marking sole and anti- scuff toecap. The all-important EN S1HRO SRC certification has been met in full, so users can take comfort that they are indeed ‘proper’ safety shoes despite the fashionable looks of them.
The EAZY BK
The EAZY boot style has the same design origins as the KEZ, in the sense that it is designed to look a bit less work boot and a lot more ‘fashionable’. The uppers are largely made of leather, and I am quite a sucker for the use of leather in footwear because I tend to find it more comfortable and ‘breathable’ than completely man made materials. (I must admit the EAZY is changing my mind on this – a longer term wearing of both EAZY and KEZ might give me more info)
EAZY is also aimed at a similar audience – basically lighter trades that often work indoors where the non-marking sole is quite important.
The soles of both EAZY and KEZ are works of art in themselves because they have several areas designed to do different things. For example, the front and back sections of the sole have angular sipes that give extra grip on toes and heels for those occasions when the shoes are being worn outdoors. And it also has a large section in the middle, with deep ribs that provide easy grip on flat surfaces with a slightly raised heel for comfort.
Of course, the sole is also heat, oil, water and slip resistant, anti-static and meets the EN S3 HRO SRC certified requirements.
With a steel toecap there is a bit more of an obvious swell on the toe area of the boot, but I found that the cushion comfort insole made my feet feel safe and secure.
Buckler Boots are new to me, but my experience of them tells me that they are comfortable and well specified – they do the job well. The list of testimonials from other users is a long one too, so Buckler Boots are definitely worth a look.