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Women's and Men's Aviation Footwear
Our 50 years of footwear design experience and extensive consultation with cabin crew, ground staff and pilots, has resulted in our innovative footwear design features that are loved by all crew.
Whether they be exposed to the elements or covered with cleaning agents and subtle corrosives, most parts of airports, including tarmacs, accelerate the wear of footwear outsoles.
Sky Soles has built in protection that prevents this by using a unique oil and acid resistant rubber outsole. This rubber outsole is designed to repel and slow the accelerated wear caused by these corrosives like oils, fuels and jet engine exhaust.
Safe Work Australia statistics show nearly 4,000 workplace injuries occur to the feet and toes in Australia every year. The most frequent types of foot injury are fractures, contusions and crush injuries, sprains and strains of joints and muscles.
We have used our innovations to prevent this as Sky Soles use a thicker than normal, hardened plastic polymer toe puff, ensuring a greater degree in toe protection. This toe puff sits between the upper and lining of the shoe and has been designed to remain fashionable but also function for galley cart operation.
It's a fact that 22% of workplace injuries in Australia every year are caused by trips or slipping occurrences. By using our innovative oil and acid resistant rubber compound and applying our unique cloud tread pattern to the outsole, Sky Soles are inherently anti-slip, thereby reducing the risk of these types of workplace injuries.
Acting like tread of a car tyre, Sky Soles cloud pattern grips on all surfaces and wears with you over time. Dispersing slippable fluids through the tread pattern allows Sky Soles to keep your feet firmly on the ground.
To ensure every style of Sky Soles is ‘Airport Friendly’ we use an insole with a fibreglass shank. Conventional insoles require a “shank” which is typically the metal component which sets airport security alarms off. Replacing this with a fibreglass insole and changing the bonding structure ensures our designs remain airport friendly.
Ortholite ESD static control is the key ingredient to our anti-static designs. Ortholite foams safely discharge static build-up to the ground, protecting people against the accumulation of electrostatic charges.
Unlike traditional insoles, the compression set of Ortholite insoles is less than 5% over time so the cushioning and fit never change inside the shoe. Ortholite’s open-cell PU foam is 95% to 100% breathable, allowing air to circulate in and around the insole, keeping the foot cooler inside the shoe.
The unique open-cell structure of Ortholite insoles creates a moisture management system, helping to move moisture away from the foot to provide a cooler, drier, healthier shoe environment. A patented salt-based antimicrobial is added to all Ortholite foams to fight against the presence of fungus, bacteria and odour. The antimicrobial inhibits the build-up of the bacterial fungi often associated with the cause of odour.
Ultra-long haul tours of duty require significant "time in shoe". This increased moisture stress on the shoe accelerates wear and creates temperature instability around the foot.
Sky Soles uses breathable poron foams like Ortholite combined with perforated footbeds to allow airflow in and around the foot. This allows humid air to escape the shoe and heat from the foot to access cooler air in hot environments. In cooler environments the breath ability of our footwear provides insulation to colder exterior air.
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