The Avara (C) black ladies work shoe is a functional duty shoe that's slip-resistant (SRA) with an oil-resistant rubber outsole. The abundant support and cushioning keep you safe and comfortable all day long.
Benefit: Provides sufficient slip resistance to prevent a fall when working on soapy wet tiles.
What is it: Australian Standards 2210.3:2019 Additional Classification. SLS (soapy water) solution on ceramic tile test. Slip resistance coefficient only heel contact is > 0.28, and slip resistance coefficient with whole shoe flat contact is > 0.32.
Where is it: Outsole
Benefit: Oil and abrasion resistant
What is it: Specially formulated vulcanized rubber, custom shaped with a tread pattern
Where is it: On the bottom of the shoe where it contacts the ground.
Benefit: Arch support insole with increased arch support and more cushioning. Longer lasting than other insole materials. Removable, and so able to be replaced with orthotics if needed.
What is it: Polyurethane sponge formed to cup around the heel and under the arch (thicker under the arch than our normal arch support insole providing more support).
Where is it: Inside the shoe, directly under the foot.
Benefit: Soft, lightweight cushioning that absorbs impact shock.
What is it: ethylene-vinyl acetate
Where is it: The midsole of the shoe, which is the part under the foot, between the outsole and the upper.
Benefit: Cushions and absorbs shock that over time causes bone and muscle trauma.
What is it: Specially formulated long lasting, soft foam material
Where is it: Typically placed within the midsole of the shoe underneath the foot, in the heel and forefoot areas.
Benefit: Supports the arch area of the foot (midfoot), and reduces stress on the ligaments that often cause fatigue and pain.
What is it: Hard, moulded thermoplastic (TPU or Nylon) or hardened rubber.
Where is it: Midfoot region of the outsole of the shoe.
Benefit: Supports the ankle and holds the heel firmly in place, providing excellent stability when the foot first strikes the ground. A firm heel counter is essential for fundamental support and stability.
What is it: Rigid plastic material that is shaped to match the contours of your heel.
Where is it: Inside the upper part of the shoe, surrounding the back and sides of the heel.
Benefit: Additional heel stability and ‘hold’ around the base of the heel. The Scholar style has an extended heel stabilizer, providing additional medial stability for over-pronators.
What is it: A hardened thermoplastic urethane moulded wedge.
Where is it: Wraps around the base of the upper at the heel, between the upper and the midsole. The flange extends under the thermoplastic heel counter, holding it in place.
Benefit: Supports the arch area of the foot, and prevents the shoe from bending in the wrong place (in the middle of the shoe). The shoe should naturally bend across the joints in the forefoot region.
What is it: A hardened nylon piece.
Where is it: Placed internally (in the sole) in the arch area of the shoe.
Benefit: Ventilates and cools the foot.
What is it: Three layer interwoven textile mesh with a fibrous centre, through which air flows freely.
Where is it: On the upper (top part), normally on the vamp and middle section of the shoe, or on the lining of a leather shoe.
Benefit: Hard wearing and breathable, becoming richer and deeper with wear, molding and adapting to your foot like no other material. Resistant to high temperatures, resistant to tearing, cracking, and peeling. It’s naturally insulating, but also breathable.
What is it: Natural full grain cow hide, tanned and dyed through with authentic techniques. This is the premium grade of leather.
Where is it: On the upper (top part)
I feel as if I should hold a fancy memorial. These shoes, these glorious ascent shoes have survived six years. Two years of casual bar work, two years of full time hospitality work, one year of foot courier work and a year of office work. They've been subjected to coffee, alcohol, all manors of food and cleaning products, the elements and hours upon hours of every day wear. They finally died yesterday, and only because the lining inside the shoes gave way completely. Farewell my faithful friends. Farewell.