Functional Footwear Specialist Tradition and high technology – It all started more than 70 years ago: Xaver Haimer, the company’s founder, started producing hiking and work boots in Mainburg, Bavaria. In 1992, his son Ewald Haimerl developed the first leather fire boots. From a local shoemaker, HAIX has become a global player. HAIX is considered a top brand of functional footwear for firefighters, police and rapid response worldwide. The company from Bavaria is ready to set new standards for functionality and innovation with many patents and new product developments. The company was founded in 1948 in Mainburg, Bavaria. Its practice-based research and creative development of new products are trademarks of this craft. HAIX shoes for professional use are defined by excellent technical know-how and an advanced high-tech production process. HAIX employs approximately 1,700 people worldwide and produced more than 1.4 million pairs of shoes in 2019. In Europe, America or Asia – or wherever reliable footwear is needed elsewhere – high-quality HAIX boots have become an indispensable companion. Military units all over the world trust German quality. Europe’s largest armies, such as the United Kingdom and France, supply their troops mainly with HAIX boots. They know why – if the shoe does not fit the wearer perfectly, it can impair their ability to react. Long hours on my feet but no pain This is how police officers describe their daily work with HAIX boots. Intensive and extensive research and development has made it an ideal footwear. Feedback from customers has confirmed to us that they will remain committed to HAIX in the future. Functional shoes for everyday work. The sporty design, lightness and safety features of HAIX shoes make them reliable footwear in constructions or warehouses. Of course, this boot combines quality and experience in the field of work footwear, which ensures overall comfort in terms of reducing the level of danger and injuries. Don’t bother with lower grade safety boots – Take HAIX Safety
Water and Fireproof Boots for Firefighters
How HAIX protects your feet
- Pressure relief and adequate shock absorption
- Prevention of malpositions
- Optimum foot guidance and muscle balance
- HAIX focuses on functionality, on fit and, of course, on foot safety.
- The objective is to achieve the best possible synergy between the upper, the sole, support systems and the materials used.
- Different wearer requirements taken into account – ultimate comfort of wear
Micro-Soft-Light system: the intermediate zone between the sole and the shoe is filled with a shock-absorbing foam encased in a rubber shell. This gives a dual effect – together with the rubber sole it protects the wearer from the outside against fire and heat, whilst the foam layer ensures outstanding performance characteristics on the inside. Arch Support system: this supports the natural arch in the mid-foot area. The system ensures that the toes and balls of the feet have enough space. It’s an effective way of preventing misalignment of the feet and takes the strain off the entire musculoskeletal system. Even if you need to wear the shoes for a long time you will still be ready for action. Sun-Reflect system: the special pigments directly incorporated into the leather mean that the shoes absorb up to 40% less solar radiation than conventional boots and thus prevent your feet from feeling hot. The special HAIX Certified Orthopaedic System (CO System) comprises a robust green foam material with a resistant cover featuring the modern HAIX Logo Design. It is authorized for all footwear that carry the CO System label. Orthopaedics differentiates between two levels of EVA hardness and is therefore able to address the needs of wearers individually. EVA blanks with a hardness of approximately 40° shore A are used for safety and professional footwear which is subject to a lesser degree of strain, whilst EVA blanks with a hardness of approximately 50° shore A are deployed when higher levels of stress are involved, such as in cases where fire fighters are carrying equipment. The open-celled PUR foam used ensures total comfort of wear.
Understanding the Standards
Classification of shoes for fire brigades in compliance with DIN EN 15090
Code I: Shoes made of leather or other materials, not including full rubber or full polymer shoes Code II: Shoes made of full rubber or full polymer Types of fire fighter shoes acc. to DIN EN 15090 Type 1: Outdoor interventions, fire and wildland firefighting; no protection against penetration, no toe protection, no protection against chemical hazards; Type 2: All fire suppression and rescue interventions where protection against penetration, and toe protection are needed, no protection against chemical hazards; F1PA: All normative basic requirements and the requirements for penetration resistance and for antistatic properties F2A: All normative basic requirements and the requirements for antistatic properties HI1: Level of heat insulation of the sole complex at 150° C / 30 min. HI3: Level of heat insulation of the sole complex at 250° C / 40 min.
Designation of safety shoe categories DIN EN ISO 20345
SB: Basic requirements as per standard (inc. toe cap) S1: As „SB“, plus closed heel area, antistatic, energy absorbtion capacity in heel area S2: As S1, additional requirements in terms of water penetration and water absorption S3: As S2, additional penetration protection, profile sole
Designation of professional shoe categories DIN EN ISO 20347
OB: Basic requirements as per standard O2: Closed heel area, antistatic, energy absorbtion capacity in heel area, additional requirements in terms of water penetration and water absorption O3: As O2, additional penetration protection, profile sole
Meanings of additional requirements (Extract from EN ISO 20345 / 20347)
E: Energy absorbtion of seat region HI: Heat insulation of sole complex CI: Cold insulation of sole complex WR: Water resistance of shoes WRU: Water penetration and water absorption HRO: Behaviour of sole with regards to contact heat M: Metarsal protection AN: Ankle protection FO: Fuel resistance of sole P: Puncture resistant sole