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Lion Apparel unveils new turnout boots at FDIC

Respected PPE manufacturer enters fire footwear field


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The Commander is the zip and lace model in Lion Apparel’s new Technical Footwear line. It was first introduced at FDIC in Indianapolis.

By Scott M. Bruner
FireRescue1 Product Editor

INDIANAPOLIS — One of the hottest releases at April’s FDIC show in Indianapolis was Lion Apparel‘s new footwear line. Teaming up with the Shoe Technology Company, Lion Apparel introduced their new Lion Technical Footwear to first responders.

“This is our boot,” Dennis Magill, regional sales manager for Lion, succinctly stated. “These can be used for all fire services and they’re also capable of handling cold weather environments. It’s anatomically and ergonomically fit for each person.”

The new Lion Technical Footwear series, so far, comes in two models: the Marshall and the Commander. Both offer most of the same features, although while the Marshall is a 14-inch pull-on, the Commander is a 12-inch zip and lace design.

Both feature Cambrelle lining and a Lenzi puncture-resistant midsole. They both have a Vibram Fire & Ice sole to offer durability and traction in temperature extremes.

The pull-on Marshall features a double ridged ladder shank for reducing arch compression. The thermoplastic heel counter is also individually molded for a custom fit. The collar trim is leather bound.

The zip and lace Commander’s side zip opening is designed to offer minimal resistance and for mobility while running or climbing. The side zipper is a heavy-duty brass model. It also features 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material.

Both boots have a toe cap that was tested to withstand an impact of up to 92.2 foot pounds to meet NFPA, CSA, and ASTM standards. Perhaps the most impressive feature of both of the new boots is the Lock-Fit Ankle Support System, designed to reduce, or eliminate, foot movement inside the boots. The boot’s interior design features padding around the foot to keep it securely positioned.

“What really sets these apart is the Lock-Fit system. There’s a piece of latex that lies inside the boot between your ankle and your Achilles’ heel. It locks the foot in place. There is no movement and no heel slide,” Magill said.

Both boots in the Lion Technical Footwear line are offered in sizes from 5-15 and in both narrow and wide models.

Lion Apparel Inc. is a 112-year-old, family-owned global company based in Dayton, Ohio. Shoe Technology Company is a global supplier of technical safety footwear and tactical footwear to a multitude of industries and end users.

For more information on Lion Technical Footwear, visit