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    How has V12 embraced the challenge of Brexit?

    Tom Turner, Business Development Director at V12 Footwear recently met with the BBC to discuss how Brexit has affected our business. In light of the First Brexit Summit for EU leaders today, we thought it was a good opportunity to share the interview and explain how V12 Footwear has embraced the challenges of Brexit an...

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    We want to be your Boot Brand of the Year

    Last year, we were shortlisted for the On the Tools Awards 'Boot Brand of the Year'. But we were pipped to the post. ...

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    V12 Footwear – a BSIF Registered Safety Supplier

    We take quality very seriously here at V12 Footwear. This is why we have recently become a member of the BSIF Registered Safety Supplier Scheme. Read on to find out more about what this means for V12 Footwear products. ...

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    Proud member of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance 100 Club

    Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a charity that is very close to the hearts of V12 staff for personal reasons, but also because it is a fantastic resource for the county's residents and visitors. ...

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    The new zip side safety boot from V12 Footwear – The Avenger IGS

    The VR620 Avenger by V12 has been an incredibly popular safety boot on oil rigs and construction sites since its introduction in 2015. The all new VR620.01 Avenger IGS is on a whole new level.  Remodelled to a brand new extreme comfort shape, this high leg, zip side safety boot sets a benchmark in comfort and grip. It...

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    Looking for brown safety boots? The Bison IGS is for you

    A few years ago, brown safety boots were a very rare phenomenon. Now? They are starting to really rival their Black and Sand contemporaries.  Popular for construction and engineering and huge overseas, we have launched a new brown safety boot: the VR601.01 Bison IGS. Also available in Black hide and Honey nubuck, the Bis...

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    The new and improved Puma hits the market

    When you think of the perfect construction safety boot, what springs to your mind? It’s got to be the Puma! The iconic and best-selling honey-coloured derby boot from V12 has been ramped up in safety, style and slip resistance. The result? The beautifully crafted all new VR602.01 Puma IGS. This boot will directly repla...

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    Introducing the ALL NEW black bison

    The perfect safety boot for construction, engineering and the oil and gas industry, we are very proud to introduce the all new VR600.01 Bison IGS to you today; which will directly replace both the VR600 and the VR640.  It's part of a family of three: also available in Brown and Sand - but its own distinct audience, we thou...

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    Introducing our innovative new sole, the Intelligent Grip System

    Like tyres, the soles of our shoes are our only contact with the ground. They need to provide excellent grip and traction to prevent us from slipping over. That's why we have been inspired by tyre technology to create our most innovative and slip resistant sole to date: the Intelligent Grip System. ...

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    Something New Is Coming

    After three years in development, eight prototypes, 19 test pilots and far too many cups of coffee; we are excited to share that something new is coming to V12. ...

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    REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC? TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR FEET!

    There’s shifting attitude to plastic in the UK. Since its introduction, the 5p bag charge has reduced the number of plastic bags washed up on UK beaches by a huge 40%. But we still have a long way to go. ...

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    What sole do I need?

    The most common accident in the workplace is slips trips and falls, with an average of 156,000 such reported injuries occuring in 2016. Everyone knows that their safety footwear has to provide good slip resistance for this very reason, but what many people don't realise is that the best sole for one environment might not be u...

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    8 reasons why MukGuard is the safest overshoe on the market

    If you haven’t heard of MukGuard, then please, head here to swot up. Launched at the tail end of last year, it is our innovative reusable overshoe designed to be a safer, more professional and greener solution to the blue plastic disposable overshoe. ...

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    Are composite toe caps as safe as steel?

    We often get asked the question: what is better, steel or composite toe caps when it comes to safety footwear?  We've written a whole academic paper on the subject, but to summarise, the answer is... Both meet the required standards for safety footwear and both are safe when made with the correct skills.  What it comes do...

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    Supporting Wiltshire Air Ambulance: Our 2017 Charity Partner

    This year we have decided to do things a little differently. Instead of creating our regular calendars we have decided to focus on working with our 2017 charity partner - Wiltshire Air Ambulance.  To support the fantastic charity, we have kitted out the crews with top of the range safety boots, as well as pledging to keep them re-booted...

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    Supporting Wiltshire Air Ambulance: Our 2017 Charity Partner

    This year we have decided to do things a little differently. Instead of creating our regular calendars we have decided to focus on working with our 2017 charity partner - Wiltshire Air Ambulance.  ...

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    MukGuard – a huge step forward in overshoe design

    In September we announced the launch of our latest breakthrough design - the innovative and reusable overshoe, MukGuard. The response from our partners and wearers has been phenomenal and already MukGuard has been listed by some of our major stockists. Of course we love MukGuard, it’s practical, stops dirt and mud being trampled int...

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    On the Tools Awards – The Results Are In!

    We recently announced that V12 had been shortlisted for the On The Tools Awards ‘Boot Brand Of The Year’.   The On the Tools Awards celebrate and reward construction workers, sub contractors, tools and equipment manufacturers and construction companies from across the UK. The competition has been tough, the votes have been co...

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    V12 shortlisted for On The Tools Awards’ Boot Brand of The Year

    Here at V12 we are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for On The Tools Awards' Boot Brand of The Year! On The Tools are the largest online construction industry community in the UK. In collaboration with Jewson, On the Tools are holding their awards to reward and recognise all those who are active in the construction ...

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    Vital

    Fashionable. Affordable. Vital.

    You spoke, we acted. Inspired by customer feedback we have now launched our Vital range of affordable safety footwear including trainers, boots and wellies. Incorporating the latest thinking in sports and safety technology we have created the range with high levels of safety and comfort, being designed with both practicality and fashio...

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    Toolstation now official suppliers of MukGuard

    We are pleased to announce that Toolstation, one of the UK’s fastest growing and best known suppliers of tools, accessories and building supplies, are now official suppliers of the V12 MukGuard. MukGuard is the new, innovative and reusable overshoe. Designed for professionals who regularly enter customers houses, keeping mud and dir...

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    The Caiman Safety Boot in its natural environment

    Having announced the launch of the Caiman, our ‘new breed of boot’, in August, we are now excited to release a closer look at this versatile safety boot in it’s natural environment. The film has been produced in the style of a David Attenborough Natural World documentary and features a voiceover by Paul Burling, a British impressi...

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    The Caiman – A New Breed of Boot

    Our in-house design team works tirelessly to develop footwear that is optimized for challenging working environments. That’s why we’re really excited to be introducing the new Caiman – fully waterproof, lightweight and incredibly durable. Featuring a nubuck finish and woven fibre upper, the Caiman is fully waterproof with a bello...

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    Tried, Tested, Trusted.

    Here at V12 Footwear we test our products to the absolute extreme. Only when they’ve survived over 50 tests do we send prototypes to our wearers to get their final feedback. This rigorous testing process offers our wearers utter confidence in our footwear and gives us pride in our products. Slip resistance is one of our key tests and h...

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    Oil & Gas

    International Recognition

    Celebrating the quality and professionalism of companies servicing the Oil and Gas sector, the AI Offshore Excellence Awards recently named V12 Footwear as the 2016 ‘Best Oil & Gas Industry Footwear Provider’. As well as being extremely proud of this recognition, the award highlights our long-standing dedication tothe industry an...

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    TEST PILOT SQUADRON – NOW FULL

    We’ve been overwhelmed with applications to join our first squadron of test pilots. We’re now full and our first cohort will shortly be receiving their first prototypes to test. We anticipate recruiting our second squadron later in the year and will let everyone know when the application process is open, make sure you like us on Faceb...

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    INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNER

    Celebrating the quality and professionalism of companies servicing the Oil and Gas sector, nominations for the AI Offshore Excellence Awards are received from around 150,000 readers and website visitors from across the globe. Recognising our commitment to this sector, we’re really pleased to have been named ‘Best Oil & Gas Industr...

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    Rail

    Keeping safety on track

    We were recently joined by wearers and buyers from the rail industry. Along with members of the V12 team they took part in an externally facilitated in-depth workshop. It was designed to give us a greater understanding and insight into the conditions in which they use their boots and also to explore ideas on what would improve their ‘...

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    Taking our first steps in the Caribbean

    We are really pleased to announce our new partnership with our Approved Caribbean Distributor. Based in Trinidad, Target Solutions Ltd is one of the region’s leading suppliers to the Oil & Gas sector. With a reputation for superior customer service TSL will be carrying the majority of our range. And recently they put on the fantasti...

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    V12 Footwear at Lamma Show 2016

    We had a great couple of days at the LAMMA Show 2016, thanks to everyone who visited our stand and said hello. We also had a fantastic response to our product giveaway contest and the farmer face board, all the photos can be seen on our facebook.com/v12footwear. We looking forward to next year already!   If you can't see the ...

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    Happy Holidays from V12

    It's nearly time to kick off your boots and enjoy a well deserved break. Have a great time and see you in 2016! https://vimeo.com/149631777...

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    Christmas Closing

    We would like to thank you for your business this year and to remind you of our closing times over the Christmas break. Last orders can be received up to midday on Wednesday 23rd December for delivery on Thursday 24th December. We will re-open on Monday 4th January....

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    Engineering

    The Incredible new Avenger

    We’re delighted to introduce our new boot, the incredible Avenger. Based on the best-selling Bison, the Avenger is a high-leg boot developed in collaboration with key industry experts. Offering complete comfort and safety, the Avenger has an easy on-off zip-side with half bellows combined with a lace system to ensure good ankle support....

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    We have moved…

    We’re delighted to let you know that we have now moved into our new Head Office. Though we were a little sad to leave our Allington home after more than 10 years, we’re really happy to have re-located to our new HQ at Greenways Business Park on the outskirts of Chippenham.   Greenways is easily accessible from J17 of the M4 and Chip...

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    Supporting the next generation

    Within the industries we supply, apprenticeships are a valuable way of nurturing tomorrow’s talent. Steven Davey from Wiltshire based Stonewood Builders was recently named the FMB Apprentice of the year and to acknowledge this great achievement we're pleased to have sent him a pair of his very own V12 boots. Steven started his carpe...

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    The Wheely Aztec

    April Fool!...

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    Understanding slip ratings

    Is SRC the best slip rating for the work place? The key part of this question is ‘best for the work place’. SRC is currently the top rating for slip resistance under the EN ISO 20345:2011 standard and requires passing both the SRA and SRB test for it to achieve the rating. These tests are carried out on a testing rig under laboratory...

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    LAMMA – Meeting Farming’s Finest

    For the third year running we attended LAMMA, the UK’s leading farm machinery, equipment and services show. We headed up to the East of England Showground in Peterborough with a range of our products ready to meet some old friends and make some new ones. We’d like to say thank you to everyone who visited us and if you would like to ta...

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    Engineering

    The Beaver V6411: Lightweight Champion

    We’re phasing out the Beaver V6401 as its lighter, more comfortable companion, the Beaver V6411 enjoys increasing popularity. As one of the lightest and most comfortable uniform shoes available, the Beaver V6411 with its composite toecap and SRC slip resistant sole has, for many, become the shoe of choice. Metal-free and featuring a ...

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    A Small Matter Of Socks

    Whilst time, effort and money is spent on choosing good footwear, the humble sock seems to be an afterthought. This, despite the fact that good socks are important for comfort, breathability and heat retention. Moreover they can also help wearers avoid foot problems which otherwise can seriously affect people working in active jobs. At...

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    Construction

    Comfort In The Extreme

    We focus on designing and making innovative, high quality footwear for a diverse range of demanding environments. The North West of Ireland is just such a place. It is fast becoming a vitally important area for the development of wind power as a renewable energy resource. Picturesque but dramatic, this landscape ensures a real test of str...

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    The Leather Forecast

    Most of the leather used in the manufacture of safety footwear falls into two categories, bovine hides which are a by-product of beef production and Buffalo hides which are sourced mainly from the Punjab area of North India. Both are robust enough to withstand the rigours of the challenging environments in which our customers wear V12 boo...

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    Spotlight On Rubber

    Car tyres, military footwear or serious walking boots – they all benefit from the superior grip and durability that rubber offers. At V12 we take it one step further - using a process called vulcanisation which uses extreme heat and pressure the specially formulated blend forms cross links binding the polymers together resulting in s...

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    Keeping Our Customers Safe

    Earlier this month we received this unsolicited comment from one of our wearers. "No complaints! Last week I had my foot crushed by a heavy machine. I had severe trauma to my foot, but I am so glad I was wearing these boots as I am sure they saved my foot! The toe cap is still intact and my toes were undamaged besides bruising. I wi...

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    Britain’s Feet Are Getting Bigger

    The College of Podiatry recently published a reporting confirming what many of us at V12 have suspected for years – namely that our feet are getting bigger. The report highlighted that in just forty years, the nation’s average feet have increased by two shoes sizes. Once a size 14 shoe branded a man a giant. Now boots in sizes 12,13 a...

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    Rob Shaw – The Science Behind Safety Footwear

    https://vimeo.com/114230205   HSL expert Rob Shaw and the importance of wearer trials. This month we’re pleased to present this short video featuring Rob Shaw from the Health & Safety Laboratory. He joined us recently for a meeting of minds held for users and choosers of safety footwear. Rob focuses on the science b...

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    VTECH is changing for good

    We've got some great news to share. As you know we're always looking to innovate – whether it's crafting the toughest boots or making sure we stand out on shelf. So to simplify and clarify our footwear range, we've decided on a new name. VTECH is now V12 Footwear V12 is based on one of our most popular boots. It's also the name th...

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