Tag Archive - Footwear

Wigwam: Making American-Made Socks for Over 100 Years

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Not every pair of athletic socks are created equal. Wigwam knows this, and they’ve known it for a long time. The Wisconsin-based business that began as a knitting company had a rough start in 1904, but their perseverance is what made them so successful. The Sheboygan Knitting Company was destroyed by a fire, but Herbert Chesebro and a group of investors decided to salvage what they could. The Hand Knit Hosiery Company was born, and they started producing huge quantities of products. When most people would probably call it quits, the company we now know as Wigwam would not exist without the efforts of these hardworking people. Continue Reading…

The Top 10 Workplace Hazards and How to Prevent Them

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Here are our top 10 hazards that occur in workplaces all too often. Although there are many more dangers on job sites, we feel that this list deserves some attention. Educate yourself on what can cause potential hazards and read up on how you can safely prevent them from ruining your day. Continue Reading…

Blundstone Footwear Sizing

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Blundstone Footwear is made in Australia and has been since 1870! That’s a long time for a shoe company, so they know what they’re doing. WPS carries Blundstone, and we thought we would make the sizing a bit easier for all of you working people out there. Continue Reading…

Wolverine: Workwear and Work Footwear You Can Count On!

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Established in Rockford, Michigan in 1883, Wolverine made the original boots that helped build the railroads, the skyscrapers, and the highways, that laid the foundations of the USA we know today. And their patented 1000 mile boot set the standard for long-lasting work gear, all the way back in 1914.

In 1991 came the revolutionary Wolverine DuraShocks that changed the game for the working person, with compression pads in the heel and the forefoot, absorbing shock and returning it to the foot as useable energy. And that is technology they still use today, updated and reworked based on the feet out there on the working sites around the world. Continue Reading…

Proper Care and Prevention of Corns

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It’s amazing how a tiny little bump of skin on your foot can cause so much pain and discomfort. If you’ve ever had a corn on your foot, you know how unpleasant it can be. Corns are preventable, but if you do have the unfortunate occurrence of getting one, they are also treatable.

Corns are thick, hardened pieces of dead skin, and they usually occur on the tops and sides of toes. They can make walking very painful. They develop because of rubbing and friction and pressure on the skin. Some corns are caused by an improper walking motion, but most corns are caused by wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. Some corns also occur on the bottom of the feet and some doctors believe this is caused by blocked sweat ducts.

So in order to prevent corns from occurring in the first place, the best course of action is to make sure your shoes or boots fit properly. Make sure you have the proper size and that they are not too wide or too narrow, or fit too tightly. If you can’t wiggle your toes in your shoes or boots, they are too tight. Also, keep in mind that your feet might not be exactly the same size. You might need two different sized shoes or boots. Continue Reading…

Carhartt Work Bags: Strength for the Long Haul

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Carhartt is one of work wear’s biggest name.  Their products are known for their durability, their quality, and their ability to keep you safe and comfortable through a long day of work.  The first garment to bear the Carhartt name goes all the way back to 1889 when Hamilton Carhartt created the first overall garment made specifically for railroad workers.  From there, Hamiliton Carhartt strived to make each one of his products in the highest quality.  Expanding from a company with only 4 sewing machines and 5 employees to one with more than 17 plants and 3 mills throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, Carhartt continues Continue Reading…

Keen Utility Introduces Up To Date Footwear Construction

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Keen Utility is the famous brand for always-introducing innovative and progressive footwear designs, and like always for fall 2012, Keen Utility Footwear is introducing for the first time a new arena of durable footwear in the form of KEEN.Welt. Once again, this brand is opening new avenues of high-tech and on the edge ideas in the industry of footwear. Keen Utility is setting groundwork, which is unmatchable in the market of work boots. KEEN.Welt is an exclusively designed footwear construction to provide the workers with improved experience of durability. The Division Director of KEEN Utility, Mr. Mark Reilly said, “KEEN was founded on the unique idea of creating multi-purpose hybrid footwear that blends form and function. He further added, “We took this philosophy when creating KEEN Utility, making an innovative collection of work footwear that combines safety, comfort and performance. KEEN.Welt carries this mission of innovation even further as we build safety footwear that will protect, perform and outlast even the toughest conditions.” Continue Reading…

When Safety Footwear Becomes a Hazard

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One way we can protect ourselves from workplace hazards is by wearing the proper safety footwear.  Safety shoes and boots can help workers avoid the dangers of chemicals, flames and slipping while on the job.  Most would agree that wearing the proper footwear is essential to a job where there are safety risks involved, however, we often fail to realize how our safety footwear can become a hazard itself.

Looking at industrial footwear as a subcategory of footwear as a whole, industrial footwear is subject to greater wear and tear at a faster rate than other types of footwear, namely the degradation of the midsole and outsole.  This is mainly due to the tasks being performed while wearing safety footwear and the hard surfaces which it is used on.  When the shock absorbing midsoles and outsoles (usually made out of polyurethanes) wear down, shock absorption, balance and motion control decreases significantly, causing more muscle fatigue and pain. Continue Reading…

Timberland PRO Helix Safety Toe Work Boots

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Workers have now great opportunity to make them comfortable and alert while working, as the Timberland PRO boots are providing historically the best work boots. The Timberland PRO boots and their Helix collection make you feel comfortable on your feet even when you work long hours. While wearing these work boots, you can focus on work instead of your feet all the time. This collection has specially designed to make you feel safe at workplace by keeping you off the ground with great comfort. This is the care factor, this collection has brought for all the workers that work really long hours. Continue Reading…

Staying Safe While Riding Your ATV

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The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer.  Finally, it is time to get ready for some outdoor activities and get rid of that cabin fever for the season.  We’re sure you have a long list of tasks and recreational activities that you’re just itching to embark on and, for many of us, that list includes enjoying your All Terrain Vehicle (ATV).

ATVs can be a great asset to the workplace as well as a fun way to get out and enjoy the outdoors.  They are currently used in several industries such as agriculture, emergency services and land management.  They are cost-efficient as well as versatile which makes them an ideal vehicle both on the job and off.  However, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released statistics revealing that ATV injuries are on the rise and ATV accidents are to blame for the deaths of 41 workers in the U.S. in 2010. Continue Reading…

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