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Heroes of the Sky. We see you. We care. SKYPRO. Feel the Ultimate Care.

Heroes of the Sky. We see you. We care.
SKYPRO. Feel the Ultimate Care.

LIFE WORKING IN THE SKIES COMES WITH ITS CHALLENGES, YET CABIN CREW ALWAYS GO FAR BEYOND THEIR STANDARD JOB DESCRIPTION TO ENSURE PASSENGERS ARE SAFE AND HAVE THE BEST FLIGHT EXPERIENCE. ABOVE AND BEYOND, THEIR HEROIC MOMENTS AT 35,000 FEET CAN RANGE FROM ADMINISTERING CPR TO EASING THE NERVES OF A FRIGHTENED FIRST-TIME FLYER.
OFTEN THESE MOMENTS GO UNNOTICED, UNTIL NOW!
AT SKYPRO WE SEE YOU, AND WE CARE. IN 2020, WE WANT EVERYONE ELSE TO SEE YOU, TOO.

WELCOME TO OUR SKYHERO RECOGNITION INITIATIVE!

To participate we invite airlines, passengers and crew to nominate a SkyHero for something amazing they accomplished on the job.

Skypro will not only give some much-deserved recognition to these heroic efforts, but reward the selected SkyHero of the month (and their nominator) with a free pair of SkyHealth Technology shoes from our collection, developed for the specific needs of aviation professionals.

Read on for specific entry details!

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A training program that is harder to get into than Harvard; working days that begin before the sun rises and finish way after sunset; strict grooming standards; working through holidays; fighting a constant battle with jetlag and fatigue; and the daily responsibility for the safe transport of hundreds of lives… Life at 35,000 feet sure isn’t easy.

Yet cabin crew face this reality on a daily basis with a smile. Sure they get to travel the world and meet interesting people, but few appreciate all cabin crew are actually capable of and how much hard work it takes to ensure passengers can sit back and enjoy their flights.

These Heroes of the Sky are trained to save lives, deliver babies, evacuate an entire plane in under 90 seconds, survive extreme conditions, manage conflict and even spot human trafficking.

Responding to emergencies big and small becomes a matter of instinct, yet with crew fluctuations and loved ones far away in another time zone, their heroic moments are often unnoticed.

At Skypro, we live to care for the health and wellbeing of these SkyHeroes, which is why every month in 2020 we will be honoring their heroic moments. To participate we invite airlines, passengers and crew to nominate a SkyHero for something amazing they have accomplished:

  1. POST Their story on either Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram
  2. TAG your SkyHero and show them you recognize their work
  3. HASHTAG #SkyproHero so we can find your post

The monthly winner and its nominee will each receive a free pair of shoes from our collection, developed with SkyHealth Technology for the specific needs of aviation professionals.

So what are you waiting for? Nominate a SkyHero today!

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING THEIR STORIES AND HONORING OUR SKYHEROES!

SKYPRO is IATA’s only strategic partner in the development of uniforms and shoes that are specifically made to improve the health and wellbeing of aviation professionals. Meanwhile we look after uniform management from end-to-end so that airlines can devote more time caring for their crews and passengers. Find out more at corporate.wearskypro.com.

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SKYPRO IS PROUD TO PROVIDE THE ULTIMATE CARE TO VIRGIN VOYAGES’ ONBOARD CREW

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SKYPRO Iris Critchell and Carole Middleton shoes will complement Virgin Voyages’ brand new onboard crew uniforms designed by Gareth Pugh

Congratulations to Virgin Voyages on their beautiful brand new onboard Crew uniforms!

We are proud to announce that SKYPRO Iris Critchell and Carole Middleton heels with their unique anti-skid and permanent cushioning technologies were selected to complement these feel good looks and enhance the Virgin Voyages crew’s RockStar Service.

Learn more about Skypro’s technologies below:

http://corporate.wearskypro.com/skyprotech.html

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10 WAYS UNIFORMS CAN IMPROVE HEALTH & WELLBEING AT WORK

10 ways uniforms can improve health and wellbeing at work

When selecting uniforms, companies often pay attention to their image or cost rather than how they are made. Yet these clothes and shoes are worn on a daily basis and could be responsible for several work-related discomfort and health issues, leading to further costs to the employer down the line. Conversely, high-quality uniforms can have the opposite effect.

Skypro has been developing uniforms for aviation professionals for over 15 years. Through research they have learned that aside from the usual challenges workers face standing on their feet all day, airline crew have specific difficulties they take into account when designing uniforms such as regular impact on spine and joints from turbulence; the need to stay dry whilst pushing heavy trolleys through the aisle; regular changes in climate, and many others. This is why they have developed SkyHealth Technology, a combination of materials and systems that make Skypro uniforms perfectly adapted to the needs of their affectionately named Sky Heroes.

Here are ten ways in which Skypro guarantees a uniform can help improve the health and wellbeing of crew:

  1. FABRICS THAT LET THE SKIN BREATHE When air circulates under and over fabrics it allows sweat to dry quickly preventing bacteria build-up. This keeps skin dry and healthy and helps prevent bad odors.
  2. UV & MOSQUITO PROTECTION Few people know that mosquitoes and UV rays can penetrate fabrics. Yet there are finishes that can help prevent sunburn and diminish the incidence of diseases transmitted through mosquito bites, whilst remaining harmless to the human body and environment
  3. THERMODYNAMIC REGULATION TECHNOLOGY There are several ways in which clothes and shoes are able to regulate temperature and keep body and feet from getting too hot or too cold. This is specifically important for those who work in and out of air conditioned environments.
  4. TOXIN-FREE MATERIALS Many leathers used in mass production, contain small quantities of toxic substances that could affect human health such as chromium, chlorophenols, formaldehyde, etc. These are harmless when worn occasionally, but as uniforms are worn daily they could build up to long-term effects.
  5. ANTI-SKID SOLES According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), slips, trips and falls make up almost 20% of all job-related injuries and 65% of fall-related injuries occur from same-level walking surfaces. These can be prevented with the use of soles made from materials that have maximum slip resistance and a specific groove orientation for improved ground/shoe interaction.
  6. POROUS IN-SOLES FOR HUMIDITY CONTROL Several infections such as athlete’s foot and mycosis are caused by the build-up of fungi in closed and moist environments such as the interior of a shoe. In-soles made from porous materials such as Skypro’s Ambicork can help prevent this by absorbing excess humidity and keeping feet dry and clean.
  7. ALARM-FREE FOR HIGH SECURITY ENVIRONMENTS Several high security environments such as airports request anyone entering the premises to remove shoes when going through metal detectors which can lead to hygiene issues as feet come into contact with new bacteria. This is because often heels are made using metal components which would set these off. It is possible to make metal-free heels to help prevent removing shoes on a daily basis.
  8. ANTI-STATIC SHOES Anti-static technology helps conduct electricity through the insole, linings and outside into the ground to help minimize the risk of shocks from electrical equipment or live parts. The aim is to protect employees from dangers related to electrostatic build-up.
  9. PERMANENT CUSHIONING AND LEATHER SUPPORT FOR THE FEET According to WebMD, standing five hours a day contributes to prolonged lower-limb muscle fatigue which increases the risk for long-term back pain. Several shoes contain a certain level of cushioning which can help protect the spine and joints, but it can quickly wear out. Investing in strong yet malleable materials such as Skypro’s special microcellular structure and superior leather will keep your body in good alignment which can help reduce back pain.
  10. SOIL & STAIN-FREE FABRICS The main benefit of fabrics that reduce the amount of stains and soil they absorb is cosmetic, but beyond easy care they also contribute to keeping skin dry and comfortable.

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SKYPRO is IATA’s only strategic partner in the development of uniform solutions for the world’s most reputable airlines. Find out more at corporate.wearskypro.com

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7 Reasons Why Flight Attendants and Pilots Should Wear Leather Shoes

As children, we’re often told it’s what’s on the inside that counts. But while that maxim might hold true for people, it’s certainly not true for shoes! While many people believe that the more padding a shoe has the more comfortable it will be, a shoe’s comfort and durability is more dependent on the shoe’s overall construction, such as heel width, instep height and the materials used. While high-quality, natural materials such as leather cost more than shoes made with synthetic materials, selecting shoes with a leather upper and leather lining is about more than an investment in fashion and style – it’s an investment in your comfort and health. Here are seven reasons why you should forego synthetic materials and choose leather cabin crew shoes.

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  1. Breathability: Leather naturally allows air to pass through your shoes and circulate around your feet, which keeps the temperature of your feet more regulated and prevents your feet and shoes from getting sweaty and smelly.
  2. Durability: Genuine leather shoes can stand the rigors of a tough work environment and will outlast most synthetic fibers. This means that even though a pair of leather cabin crew shoes might be pricier on the front end, you’ll save money in the long run because they’ll last much longer than synthetic ones. And while synthetic shoes tend to break down over time, leather only gets softer and more supple the longer you wear them. Just like wine – leather shoes only get better with age!
  3. Better Fit: While synthetic materials force your feet to mold to them, leather shoes will mold to the shape of your foot. This means your leather SKYPRO shoes will feel like they’re custom-made for your feet and cause less pain, pressure, blisters and other injuries that can lead to serious life-long foot and back problems.
  4. Cleanliness: Compared to many synthetic materials, leather is water resistant and easy to clean with a damp cloth. This is especially handy for cabin crew, as our shoes are constantly subjected to spills. Nobody wants to walk around with sticky Coke on your shoes all flight!
  5. Eco-friendly: Unlike synthetic materials, leather is natural and requires no harmful dyes or chemicals to be used in the manufacturing process making it better for the environment.
  6. Safe for Sensitive Skin: As leather is a natural material, it’s generally safe for all skin types. SKYPRO’s leathers are tested at independent laboratories to ensure they are free from substances that can impact your health, such as chromium, formaldehyde, chlorophenols, and other heavy metals.
  7. Extra protection: Leather is naturally protective and the thick, durable material acts like a shield for your feet, protecting them from small falling objects and hot liquids – like the coffee that seems to always end up all over the floor.

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Have questions about the leather we use in our shoes or the award-winning way our shoes are constructed? Get in touch with us here!

Shannon Hill
Blogger @ Tramontanetravel
Flight Attendant, USA

NOTES: THIS POST IS AN OPINION ARTICLE WITHOUT MEDICAL ENDORSEMENT. THE OPINION OF THE AUTHOR AND IN NO WAY REFLECTS THE OPINION OF OR AN ENDORSEMENT BY HER EMPLOYER.

 

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Good shoes take you higher!

Airline professionals, mainly flight attendants, beneath an image of glamour and leisure through working travel, are actually strong candidates (and often struggle with) to several physical problems that come from the job, like varicose veins, feet bunions or severe backache. Some of these issues may also be exacerbated by uniforms’ requirements, particularly shoes.

There are numberless requisites to be aware of when planning and developing a uniform project, whether it includes shoes or not. Nowadays, a significant part of the companies allow their employees to choose the shoes to complement their uniforms, as long as they stay within certain guidelines.

But why is the shoes choice so important? Because working as Cabin Crew is very tough to the feet – these professionals are standing for long hours at a time, they are forced to walk miles every day and there is the added pressure of working at altitude.

This scenario makes finding shoes that are comfortable for their requirements and still look good an almost impossible task. So, what aspects should be considered to ensure the right choice of a pair of shoes? Because foot pain of any kind, nowadays, is certainly not normal and, above all, not necessary.

Heeled shoes place the foot at an unnatural angle, sometimes creating discomfort on the foot, knees and even back. When picking a heel shoe, it should not be too high and should be wide enough. Too narrow (and high) heels don’t’ have enough area to guarantee stability, especially for professionals who constantly have to balance, which can strain the muscles. Square heels with a wide platform are often better choices, as they will improve stability.

On the other hand, flat shoes are generally more comfortable, but may not be perfect for everyone, as we have a particularly high arch in our foot that may turn flat shoes uncomfortable too. Also, they are not considered as the most elegant ones, particularly to wear in the terminal.

Besides the heel, the shoe’s material is also of great importance. Most companies require leather shoes, so it is important to think about the softness of the leather, as well as ensure they are free from dangerous substances that affect human health.

Another issue that can become annoying (and hygienic counter-productive) is to always have to walk barefoot through security screenings at airports. Many shoes are currently alarm-free, in order to avoid this situation and make it possible to walk through the metal-detectors without having to remove the shoes.

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Besides all these considerations, there is an additional concern to be aware of: cabin crew shoes must be anti-skid. These professionals cannot afford to slip in any circumstance, for their own safety and everybody around them.

Fortunately, over the last years, advances in technologies and materials have allowed to develop good looking, foot-healthy, supportive and comfortable shoes, that are accessible to everyone.

Skypro shoes are an example of it: anti-skid, anti-static, alarm-free, made with innocuous leathers and using ambicork, will warranty absolute comfort with the most ultimate style.

We understand that looking and feeling good is not only necessary for the professionals’ well-being, but it is also crucial to the service they deliver. And this is what drives us daily: we want to contribute with excellent products for the best top-notch service all flying clients deserve!

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