Danner Run TIme Composite Toe Work Shoes | Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement

These comfortable, stylish, lightweight work shoes are a good alternative to heavier duty work boots for warm weather, and for less demanding work environments.

Danner Run TIme Work Shoes

Danner Run TIme Composite Toe Work Shoes

MODEL:Run Time
SOURCE:Find a Retailer
Sizes:8 to 14 (D medium and EE wide)
Midsole:Danner Plyolite
Insoles (Footbed):Removable OrthoLite
Weight:1 pound/shoe
Key Features:
  • Oil and slip resistant
  • Nylon shank
  • DPDX2 last
  • Composite (NMT) toe
Warranty:1 year

Unless the rules of the workplace demand otherwise, the milder and warmer seasons call for a lighterweight, cooler wearing, less constrictive work shoe.

At only 1 pound per shoe, the new Run Time sneaker-style shoes from Danner are among the lightest work shoes I've tried. They come in a wide range of sizes that should cover just about every foot size, from 8 to 14, in a light brown colour with black, gray, and orange trim. I find they even look good enough to wear strolling down the boulevard.

The upper, or body of the shoe, consists of a breathable textile fabric. While it offers less durability and abrasion resistance than an all-leather upper, you do get a work shoe that is lighter in weight, more flexible, and more breathable, and doesn't have to be broken in at all. The result, I think, is a work shoe that provides a good blend of durability, support, and comfort.

Inside the shoe is a breathable fabric mesh lining that helps wick moisture away from your foot. Danner doesn't specify whether the lining is antimicrobial, which helps to prohibit the growth of odor causing bacteria.

The Plyolite midsole provides a lightweight foundation with superior cushioning and better/longer lasting shock absorption properties than a standard polyurethane (PU) midsole. It's made of a blended rubberized Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (EVA) foam compound – the EVA foam base is blended together with a certain amount of foam rubber that's resistant to thinning or compacting over time (which happens with a standard PU).

The insoles (aka footbed) are made of an open cell polyurethane from OrthoLite. The plastic compound that makes up the foam cells is open, so air and water are free to enter and exit the foam just like a sponge. They provide some level of shock absorption and increase overall shoe comfort. The only reason to replace them is if you have specific support requirements such as fallen arches or flat feet, or if you feel that you need even more cushioning than these insoles provide.

The toe is covered with a tough black synthetic coating that adds some waterproofing and provides good resistance from scuffs and scratches.

The sole is made of rubber and has 1/8" deep treads that provide very good grip. The rubber extends up over the tip of the toe, adding yet another layer of additional protection to the toe. Rubber is preferred on all work footwear, as its slip, oil, and abrasion resistant, as well as very long wearing.

As you'll find on most sneakers and casual footwear, the sole and the uppers are joined with an adhesive rather than sewn, which means the sole can't be replaced – it's a less costly method of construction that makes the shoes more economical for the end user. Just above the heel is a large looped tab that makes it easier to pull the shoes on and off.
The eyelets are only reinforced with metal grommets on the inside of the shoe, not on the outside. I don't know what the long term implications for wear on the eyelets will be, but I would definately have preferred metal grommets on both sides.

These shoes have an ASTM F2413-11 I/75 C/75 EH rating. This means that in the event of an item 2,500 lbs or greater falling on the toe, the shoes retain at least a 1/2" compression clearance. As well, the sole provides protection from electrical current up to 600 volts AC on dry surfaces, and they don't conduct heat or electricity.

I've been wearing these Run Time sneaker-style shoes from Danner on a daily basis in the shop for the past couple of weeks. They have pretty well all the features I want in an all-day shoe with reinforced composite toe. The fit is snug (though they may stretch somewhat in use), arch support is very good, they're not much heavier than a pair of regular sneakers or walking shoes, and I can wear them all day long without any discomfort.

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Light weight, breathable uppper.

Eyelets only reinforced with metal grommets on the inside of the shoe.

Breathable lightweight fabric mesh lining.

Waterproof, abrasion-resistant rubber toe bumper.

Convenient heel pull tab.

Removable, open cell polyurethane footbed.

Rubber sole with 1/8" deep treads.

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