Construction workers and road pavers get hurt. It’s a fact of life on road construction crews across the world. Road pavers may trip on the ridges of their workboots, which stick to the fresh pavement. They might suffer fatigue from uncomfortable footwear, leading to any number of worksite accidents. They can experience heat blisters and “hot foot,” an occupational hazard on road paving crews. But today’s specialty asphalt boots are designed to minimize the chances of accidents.
Much of the technology used in asphalt paving boots has been around for decades, but manufacturers have perfected it to stand up to the rigors and new challenges of today’s road paving crews. Italian asphalt boot manufacturer Cofra has a unique story.
In early 1938, Ruggiero Cortellino, a factory worker, set up his own business in Barletta where he recycled tools and raw materials. In a day, he would finish 12 pairs of shoes and sell them quickly. In 1950, he gave his business an official name: Cortelgomma, and a very clear objective: to manufacture and sell work boots and shoes across Italy. Production increased to 2,000 pair of shoes in a day.
In 1970, Cortelgomma became COFRA, and expanded to various kinds of sports footwear in response to market demand. In 1990, as a result of developing technologies and more advanced machinery, COFRA became the first Italian manufacturer to receive UNI EN ISO 9001 quality certification, signifying that the company follows best practices for quality and production of their work boots and other specialty footwear.
Today, COFRA Company produces 15,000 pairs of shoes a day and has 350 employees working in various departments: marketing, commercial, design, production and research.
About COFRA Workwear
COFRA manufactures footwear for sports, work, and specialty occupations like asphalt paving. The company’s line of asphalt boots provide workers with the comfort and protection they need for better productivity and fewer disruptions. The Ranger line of COFRA safety shoes offer the best in light, comfortable but robust slip-on safety footwear. These protective slip-on safety shoes fit on over conventional workboots, increasing their durability and protection.
All COFRA work boots and safety shoes are certified ASTM and CSA. CSA certification is much more stricter than ASTM, which means they are some of the safest workboots American asphalt pavers can buy. All COFRA safety footwear features a protective insole, and they are available in 60 styles.
What Sets COFRA Apart?
From its roots in Ruggiero Cortellino’s home to the ISO-certified facilities that COFRA calls home today, the company has never forgotten its main goal: to provide the safety, protection and comfort construction workers need.
Most job sites will not even permit people to entire without the right protective footwear. Safety boots and shoes prevent severe injuries, perhaps even the loss of limbs. But comfort and quality is also important. COFRA stays in touch with its customers’ ever-changing needs in today’s rapidly changing world, and is constantly developing new technology to stay on the cutting edge of safety footwear.
Would you trust your feet to anything less?