Dickies Medway Safety Hiker boots bridge a gap between hiking gear and work wear.
As someone who has suffered from plantar fasciitis – a painful, long-term injury affecting the heels and soles of my feet – I’m keen to wear only quality, comfortable footwear. The condition is sometimes known as jogger’s heel and affects many runners, dancers and basketball players; years of leaping for rebounds on courts up and down the country stressed tissue on the sole of my feet.
Boots with energy absorbing heels
These boots have antistatic and energy absorbing heels, which podiatrist Dina Gohil says is a trait of good walking boots.
Weighing in at 840 grams per boot, according to my trusty kitchen scales, you know you’re wearing the chunky but comfortable Medway Safety Hiker. The boots have vulcanised rubber scuff caps and heel guards and waterproofed leather uppers with a waxy finish.
I tested the boots by walking in the Durham Dales and pounding the streets of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and found they offer good comfort plus ankle support.
The outsole is made of a cemented rubber compound, said by the manufacturer to be heat resistant to 300°C, not something I was able to put to the test effectively, even with sunshine streaming down to warm Newcastle’s Quayside on a beautiful spring day.
Water-resistant and insulated
They are lined with breathable, water-resistant Thinsulate insulation.
The boots have steel toe caps plus a steel mid-sole, offering protection to ISO 20345 standards. This means they can withstand 200 joules of impact and 1500 Newton’s of compression.
Dickies Medway Safety Hikers look to be practical, hard-wearing and available in either brown or black.
Dickies was founded in 1922 and is today the world’s largest privately owned work wear company. Dickies Medway Safety Hiker boots are available in sizes 6 to 12. The boots comply with European personal protective equipment standards.
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Disclosure: I was supplied with a pair of Dickies Medway Safety Hiker boots to write this review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review, are honest, frank and my own.