“ Brand: Walklander / Type: Safety shoe „
Last year I was required to buy some shoes with a steel toe cap - suitable to wear whilst carrying around huge planks of wood used in the construction of raised beds (having a railway sleeper land on your foot isn't much fun). The majority of safety shoes / boots on the market are large and fairly cumbersome beasts, which is why my attention was immediately drawn to the Walklander Steel Cap Trainer. At this point in the review, I must stress that the shoes in question are grey in colour, unlike the bright yellow version of the Walklanders which are shown in dooyoo's picture - even my taste isn't quite that flamboyant!
Design & Appearance
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With a real suede upper (fully water resistant), the Walklanders are actually the most stylish looking safety shoes that i've seen to date - I imagine that most people would have difficulty telling them apart from a regular trainer. The style is of a classic design which looks like it could have been made by Adidas - apart from the fact that there are only two vertical stripes running down the side rather than three. I would argue that the design is unisex, as there's nothing either especially masculine, or overtly feminine about the shoes. The tongue is oil resistant, and the steel toe features impact protection of up to 200 Joules - an elephant standing on your foot will never be a problem again! Underneath, the sole has fantastic grip - in fact, it looks more like the tread of a tyre than the base of a trainer - impressive. As standard, the trainers come with the same colour laces as the chosen colour of the suede - plus there's also an extra set which come free as standard.
Price & Availability
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From Amazon, you can currently purchase the trainers for £23.99, which I feel represents very good value for money considering the fact that the price of some safety shoes can range up into the hundreds of pounds. However, If you're looking for even more of a bargain, you can purchase the same trainers (either in the grey or yellow version) on eBay for £21 including postage.
Are the Walklanders Comfortable?
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Walklander Steel Cap Trainers are indeed comfortable to wear, with a decent amount of cushioning around the heel and at the sides. Normally when I buy shoes for the first time, they need a certain amount of time to be broken in, but these were absolutely fine from the off. My only slight niggle is the fact that you can just about feel the steel toe cap at the front with the top of either big toe when you walk - it's not painful, just annoying at first - a little extra height at the front of the shoe would have solved the problem. The comfort levels are very similar to that of my more expensive DeWalt safety boots, which cost roughly twice as much.
In terms of their weight, the Walklanders are pretty light considering the fact that they contain steel toe caps - in fact, they're the lightest safety shoes that i've used. Yes, they are weightier than regular trainers, but I could probably go out for a jog in them without much extra effort - they're very versatile.
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Overall, I have been very impressed with my Walklander Safety Trainers, which are generally comfortable, hardwearing, and feature a decent amount of grip. The trainers would be ideal for many working environments including mechanics, engineering, building, or just general DIY. For around twenty pounds, the trainers offer real value for money, and measure up to some of the pricier steel capped shoes that I have used in the past. My only concern but is the way in which you can feel underside of the steel cap on your toes - but this may not be an issue for everyone, and it's something that I got used to pretty quickly - recommended.
The shoes comply with the British safety standard EN 20345.