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 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 launched.  January 16, 2012 marks a new day for Working Person’s store as they added their brand new interactive online catalog, (, to the web. provides customers with a convenient way to shop workwear and view WPS’s catalog products. Continue Reading…

CAT Footwear In Partnership With Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs”

CAT Footwear And Mike Rowe
As a CAT Footwear spokesman and the producer, creator and host of “Dirty Jobs”, Mike Rowe knows exactly what a durable yet comfortable pair of work boots or shoes should feel like.  That is why Mike Rowe and CAT Footwear created a signature series of work boots and rugged casual shoes entitled “Mike Rowe Works” by CAT Footwear. When this line is released in Spring 2012 it will be offered on by Working Person’s Store. As a CAT Footwear spokesman and the producer, creator and host of “Dirty Jobs”, Mike Rowe knows exactly what a durable yet comfortable pair of work boots or shoes should feel like. The safety footwear designed for the Mike Rowe Works line is tough enough to stand up to the unique challenges some American workers face on an average day. As the host of Dirty jobs, Mike Rowe has all the experience you need for getting rough, tough and dirty on the job. Without his work boots he would not be able to make it through. So, when his own boots started looking a little shabby on the job, CAT Footwear noticed and reached out to him to help create a line that can stand up to the roughest jobs, and to replace his own work boots. Rowe states, “CAT saw me on TV and took pity”. From that point on a partnership was developed. Continue Reading…

Why Wear Safety Footwear?

Safety Footwear

Protective, safety footwear is essential to ensure safe and healthy feet. Steel toe boots and shoes protect your feet, help prevent injuries to them, and reduce the severity of injuries that may occur in the workplace. According to the National Safety Council, only one out of four victims of job-related foot injury wear any type of safety shoes or boots. The remaining three are unaware of the benefits of protective footwear. Today’s safety footwear is comfortable, flexible, and stylish and provides necessary protection from injury. The foot is the most valuable part of your body subjected to injury in industry. Because of the many potential work hazards, it is important that you discuss with your supervisor the safety shoe, boot, or other protective equipment that you need for your protection. Continue Reading…

Proudly Made in America: Carhartt Introduces American Made Products

Carhartt Made In USA

Carhartt Moves To Manufacture More In USA

Carhartt began as an American company back in 1889. Rapid progress followed but like today’s uncertain economic times, Carhartt was hit by the Great Depression in the late 1920’s. Three surviving plants remained from that uncertain time. However, now Carhartt Clothing is made in over 17 plants spanning across the world. With American jobs being lost and high unemployment dotting the charts, Carhartt has decided to do something about this, for their country. Continue Reading…

2012 FR Clothing Standards Changes

Carhartt Fire Resistant Balaclava
The New Year rings in significant changes to the standards for Fire Resistant clothing. Some of the areas that are seeing change are work practices, multi-layer clothing systems and FR accessories such as face protection and arc flash gloves. Changes to work practices include energized work permits required before entering the LAB or limited approach boundary, protection shields and arc blankets are now listed in the standard and clarification of the difference between electrical hazard shoes as opposed to dielectric shoes is also highlighted. In the area of multi-layered clothing systems,  these will become more prevalent especially to those workers in utility companies. Continue Reading…

Protect Your Hands With Work Gloves

Work And Safety Gloves

More than any other part of our body, our hands are the most likely to come in contact with hazardous materials or conditions on the job. Most work related accidents involving hands and arms could be classified under four main hazard categories: chemicals, abrasions, cutting, and heat. There are various work and safety gloves available that can protect workers from any of these individual hazards or any combination thereof. Many companies use some type of chemicals in their workplace. Workplaces also expose your hands to the risk of burns or cuts. As a result of these risks it is crucial that you work with your employer to know the risks of the job and take the proper procedures to protect yourself. Continue Reading…

Wear Steel Toe Work Boots For Foot Protection

Steel Toe Work Boots

Wear Steel Toe Work Boots For Safety

Like most of the body, the human foot is a biological masterpiece.  It is strong, flexible, and with its functional design your feet are able to do their job and do it well. That is, as long as you follow proper foot care guidelines. There are some simple things you can do everyday at home to keep your feet safe. Always wash and dry them daily. Check your feet for any corns, calluses or other abnormalities regularly. If you notice anything peculiar, visit your podiatrist. It helps to keep your toenails trimmed straight across and allow the nail to be slightly longer than the rest of the toe. All of these methods will help to protect your feet and keep them in good working condition. Continue Reading…

Pyramex Safety Glasses – Top Rated and Built To Last

Pyramex Safety GlassesPyramex Safety Eyewear was recently involved in an independent study for performance during the months of January and February of 2011. The results are astounding. Various models of Pyramex safety glasses along with two other competitors’ safety glasses were tested and compared. Scientific analysis was performed in 5 different areas including Lens Color, Comfort, Adjustability, Overall Liking and Protection. Pyramex rated the highest of the three compared companies in all 5 areas. 500 people tested these safety glasses 5,000 times. The ratings in this comparison are significantly higher than the other two competitors that were also being tested. Continue Reading…

Wolverine DuraShocks: 20 Years of Solid, Comfortable Boots

Wolverine DuraShocks Work Boots
Wolverine boots and shoes
 have been trusted for over 20 years. Their DuraShock line of work boot is one of the most comfortable working boots in the business with their lightweight dual-density construction. Did you know that when you walk, a huge amount of pressure is placed on your feet? Wolverine DuraShocks relieves that pressure with DuraShock Technology by providing your feet with comfort as you stand and walk. This technology revolutionized the work boot industry when it was created back in 1991. These boots contain pads used specifically for compression to spread the shock over the entire foot. Continue Reading…

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