Since the early days of this column, Carhartt, and workwear in general, has been prominently featured. In fact, the very first article to be published in this column was all about the co-opting of workwear by companies like Stussy and Schott NYC and their lofty prices. Here’s a little snippet of that inaugural piece: “What was once for the common, average, everyday working man has now been co-opted, reworked and focused at, not the man of meager means, but at the fellow with the fat wallet. I’m talking about blue-collar cool. Work wear for the white-collar working man.”
While many fashionable streetwear labels have all but moved on from reworking classic gear made for the classic American man, Carhartt, has never wavered. It is hard to think the word Carhartt without the image of a pair of brown cotton duck dungarees coming to mind. For the last nine years, however, Carhartt has been making shoes, and they are something about which you need to know.
Introducing the new for Fall Lightweight Low Hiker. This shoe exemplifies the idiom of a wolf in sheep’s clothing but without the implicit danger. The look of these shoes totally fits the bill of the modern lightweight, low-top day hiker, but under the handsome blue and grey exterior, they are all Carhartt and ready for work (as well as play).
These waterproof shoes feature cement construction, a composite safety toe, an EVA midsole, and a Carhartt rubber outsole. To keep things nice and comfy, there’s Ortholite® insoles, a padded collar and heel counter, and a padded continuous bellows tongue. The upper is made with grey split leather (suede) and blue nylon mesh. This shoe with its oil, chemical and slip resistant sole conforms to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard 2413-11 EH which means:
“impact resistance for the toe area of footwear; compression resistance for the toe area of footwear; metatarsal protection that reduces the chance of injury to the metatarsal bones at the top of the foot; conductive properties which reduce hazards that may result from static electricity buildup, and reduce the possibility of ignition of explosives and volatile chemicals; electric shock resistance; static dissipative (SD) properties to reduce hazards due to excessively low footwear resistance that may exist where SD footwear is required; puncture resistance of footwear bottoms; chain saw cut resistance; and dielectric insulation.”
In other words, despite its casual good looks, this shoe is serious workwear, as one would expect from Carhartt.
For more information about this, or any Carhartt product, click here. Stay tuned for the upcoming review, as well.