With slip resistance that’s second to none, and a versatile business shoe look, the Zest Safety is the ultimate executive safety shoe! Packed with stability features from the heel through to the midfoot, cushioned and durable for the toughest shift.
Ascent’s anti-slip design, Diamond Grip, is set to the highest Australian safety standards for slip resistant footwear.
'Comfort for hard working feet!'
Benefit: Superior shock absorption under the heel. See 'Cushioning' below for more details.
What is it: Australian Standards 2210.3:2009 Additional Classification. Energy Absorption of Seat Region. Passes the test for shock absorption under the heel.
Where is it: Under the heel
Benefit: Ideal for people occasionally stepping on hot surfaces/objects while working.
What is it: Australian Standards 2210.3:2009 Additional Classification. Resistance to Hot Contact. Outsole does not melt, char, crack or craze when coming in contact with 300ºC surface for one minute.
Where is it: Outsole
Benefit: Provides sufficient slip resistance to prevent a fall when working on a low friction surface such as oil spilled on metal, or on soapy wet tiles. This is the highest level of slip resistance.
What is it: Australian Standards 2210.3:2009 Additional Classification. Glycerol (oil) on steel floor test. Slip resistance coefficient only heel contact is > 0.13, and slip resistance coefficient with whole shoe flat contact is > 0.18. 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. Slip Resistant with Oil on Metal, and with Water on Tiles.
Where is it: Outsole
Benefit: Protects toes by providing a minimum clearance when something runs over them.
What is it: Australian Standards 2210.3:2009 Standard. Compression test where a 15kN force is gradually applied to the toe, tested by an independent and authorised laboratory and then certified by SAI Global.
Where is it: Toe
Benefit: Protects toes by providing a minimum clearance when a large object falls on it.
What is it: Australian Standards 2210.3:2009 Standard. Tested with a drop strike test machine with a 200 Joule force by an independent and authorised laboratory and then certified by SAI Global. Note that the Australian standard is higher than the US standard.
Where is it: Toe
Benefit: Achieves the highest slip resistance rating (water on tile and oil on metal).
What is it: Trilateral grip tread pattern, incorporating deep channels to maximise surface contact in slippery conditions.
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. Removable, and so able to be replaced with orthotics if needed.
What is it: Specially formulated BUNGEE foam formed to cup around the heel and under the arch (thicker under the arch than our normal arch support insole providing more support). Holes distributed from the forefoot and around the arch, combined with channels moulded into the bottom of the insole promote airflow.
Where is it: Inside the shoe, directly under the foot.
Benefit: Provides great energy return over a long period, so that the spring stays in your step no matter how far you walk or run.
What is it: Bouncy elastic sponge material.
Where is it: Mostly used in the midsole (for a limited number of styles), or the insole.
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: 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)