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Institute for Environmental Research

Institute for Environmental Research

Kansas State University
64 Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

Phone: 785-532-5620
Fax: 785-532-6642

Thermal Evaluation of Footwear


Resistance to dry heat transfer (insulation value) provided by footwear systems


There is no standard method for evaluating footwear; the basic procedures in the whole body manikin standards ASTM F 1291 will be followed


Thermal foot in an environmental chamber

Specimen number and size:

1 set of footwear sized to fit the left foot  (10 1/2 shoe; 11 boot)

Cost for evaporative resistance tests:

$600 for 3 replications on one shoe or boot

Note: We do not calculate temperature ratings for footwear for ethical reasons.