What is a Podiatrist?


When your discussing footwear and foot protection, often the term podiatrist will come up. You may wonder what a podiatrist is exactly. Podiatrists specialize in medical care of the foot, ankle, and lower leg. They must have a doctor of podiatric medicine (D.P.M.) degree from a college of podiatric medicine. They must pass written and oral board examinations and must obtain a state license to practice podiatric medicine. Like other doctors, podiatrists work in private practices, hospitals and clinics. They also retain the ability to become professors at colleges of podiatric medicine, department chiefs or hospital administrators. There they demonstrate their knowledge of foot, leg and ankle problems which may lead to special footwear needs. Continue Reading…

Footwear Sizing Differences: Men, Women, Children

Differences In Footwear Sizes

The difference in length of 1/3 inch applies to men’s, women’s and children’s footwear. A problem with the system involves the way it was developed. The sizing scales for each gender are different. You can even find differences in American versus European sizing, but that different topic. Unfortunately, in America we do not start with a small number for length in children and go to the largest number for men.

Children’s sizes start at 0 and go to 13, then start over with Size 1 and usually go to 4. Men’s length sizes can start at Size 4 and normally go all the way to 16, while women’s sizes may start at 2 and go to 12 or 13. These length sizes vary, so to properly measure and fit, you should use a measuring device and inventory for the particular grouping you are fitting.

One constant you will notice in men’s and women’s sizing is the difference of two sizes. That is, on the shoe size scale comparison, a man’s 8 will be the same length as a woman’s 10. But remember that this is only toe length. When fitting, keep in mind that the lasts are probably designed differently for the male or female foot.

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Back to American Made: Filson Wool Shirts

Wool Filson Shirts To Be Made In USA

You’re an American worker. So you know from first-hand experience: If there’s one thing American-made products are known for, it’s quality. Simply put, nobody makes things like we do in America. At a time when too many companies are shipping jobs overseas, Filson is bringing them back.

Filson believes no one can craft apparel with the same quality and durability as American workers. That’s why they’re returning all manufacturing of their Filson wool shirts to the United States. Now, all of Filson’s wool shirts will be 100% American made. Continue Reading…

Iron Age Work Boots: No Longer a Thing of the Past

Iron Age Work Boots

Iron Age Work Boots Will Be Available In 2012

It was an exciting time. Optimistic, really. The worst war the world had ever seen had finally ended, the enemy defeated. More than four million American men returned home with goals and dreams and a drive to succeed. To build those dreams with sweat on their brow and determination in their hearts and work boots on their feet. It was 1918. And those work boots were Iron Age work boots.

Iron Age Boots was the very first branded “safety-toe” footwear. The first Iron Age Boots debuted in 1918, after the end of World War I. These brave American men had risked their lives on the battlefield, and they certainly weren’t about to risk a toe on the job site wearing a pair of soft toe work boots. So they turned to this new brand of work boots to keep them safe. They trusted Iron Age’s new “steel toe technology.” And several generations later, American men, and now women, are still trusting Iron Age Boots today. Continue Reading…

Flexion Work Boots by Caterpillar

CAT Work Boots Benefit From Flexion Technology

If you’re in the market for new work boots, the first thing you should consider has nothing to do with size or tread pattern or color. The best decision you can make when it comes to work boots is their ability to ease fatigue. It’s where you’ll actually notice a difference. It’s a fact: Some work boots do this much better than others. The reason? It’s actually scientific.

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Edge Safety Glasses Surpasses Competitors in ANSI Safety Standards

Edge Safety Glasses

Have you noticed that there are a lot of safety eyewear companies out there that claim to protect your vision? So, how do you know that you are getting the best and safest eye eyewear to fit your needs? You can be certain you made the right choice when you wear Edge safety glasses. These safety glasses meet ANSI standards by being tested by third party, independent laboratories that follow and are accredited with the ANSI Z87.1 standards for safety eyewear protection. Continue Reading…

The Difference Between European and American Footwear Sizes

Dr. Martens Footwear Have European Sizing

Dr. Martens Work Boots Are Euro Sized

The most common system ofsizing in the United States is the American System, in which we have 3 full sizes for every inch and, therefore, 1/3 inch difference between full sizes. It also means a 1/6 inch difference between half sizes. Remember that these are last/shoe size graduations and would be standard for each size made on a particular last. However, they are not standardized from last to last, shoe style to shoe style, or manufacturer to manufacturer.

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Water-Resistant Or Waterproof Footwear

Waterproof Footwear Verse Water Resistant Footwear

Water-Resistant Footwear: Silicone is added to the tanning process.  The leather will take on water if exposed to moisture for any length of time.  Intended for minimal exposure to water.  Recommended use of Silicone Spray, AquaSeal, Mink oil or boot oil on your water-resistant footwear to keep them in top-shape longer.

View all work boot and shoes waterproofing and conditioner accessories at WorkingPerson.com.

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Sole Construction for Safety Footwear

Sole Construction WPS Blog

There are over 800 known ways to make a shoe, but most are variations of a few basic methods or constructions.  The term sole construction is simply the method used to attach the sole to the upper of safety footwear.

The most common constructions for safety footwear are:

Goodyear Welt Construction: This method is considered the traditional construction for sturdy, well-made footwear. It is used almost exclusively on better shoes and most men’s shoes. Goodyear Welt Construction uses an insole with a wall or rib that is positioned close to the edge of the insole. During lasting, the upper is secured to this wall. The welt is then sewn in and attaches to the wall of the insole. The sole is then positioned with an adhesive to the shoe bottom and is stitched through the welt. This creates an indirect attachment since the sole is not directly attached to the upper. This is among the most labor intensive methods of shoemaking, and thus the most expensive.










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Working Person’s Store Launches Interactive Catalog

Working Person's Store's Interactive Catalog

WorkwearCatalog.com Serves As Working Person’s Store’s Online Interactive Catalog

As the technologically savvy world continues to advance, you either have to get on board or get left behind. Getting on board is exactly what Working Person’s Store (WPS) has been doing since 2003 when WorkingPerson.com launched.  January 16, 2012 marks a new day for Working Person’s store as they added their brand new interactive online catalog, WorkWearCatalog.com (WWC.com), to the web. WWC.com provides customers with a convenient way to shop workwear and view WPS’s catalog products. Continue Reading…

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