Outsole

An outsole is the bottom part of a shoe or boot. It can also be referred to as the “sole” of the shoe. Simply put, it’s the part that comes into contact with the ground. They can be made out of rubber, leather, and a combination of other materials. Some outsoles provide better traction than others, offering oil- and slip-resistance. Durable and waterproof outsoles are greatly desired by hikers and people who work outdoors and have to face the elements.

You can only control so much when it comes to your job. There’s no controlling the weather, the type of mood your boss is in, and all sorts of events that will affect your day. Often, you can’t even control the surface below you. Yesterday, it may have been solid and sturdy. Today, it’s sheer ice. The last step you took may have been on concrete, but a spill means your next step will be less predictable. This is why it’s so important to take your work footwear seriously. While there are many features worth looking into, slip-resistance needs to be a priority in any work shoes and boots you choose to wear. Slipping: A Very Real Danger Although slipping may sound like a fairly mild accident - there are certainly worse ones [...]

They say “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” But in your job, you aren’t working in no kitchen, and getting out isn’t an option. You have a job to do. So you need work boots that not only are as tough as you are, but as durable too. Here’s another phrase you’re probably familiar with: “Coming apart at the seams.” There’s a reason for that. It’s because things come apart at the seams . Oftentimes, when under the duress of heat. The last thing you want coming apart at the seams is your work boots. You know, the things you rely on most to keep you safe and protected on the job site. Especially in enhanced heat situations. The thread used to make your work boots can make all the difference. If it’s [...]

Leather is the preferred shoe upper material to make work boots and work shoes. The following qualities make it one of the best components for work boot and work shoe manufacturing: Breathability: Pores in leather allow fresh air to circulate inside the shoes. Moisture absorbency: Leather absorbs moisture away from the foot and out of the shoe. Customization: Leather will assume the shape of the wearer’s feet, providing individualized fit. This quality maximizes comfort and minimizes foot disorders. Durability: Leather resists tearing and puncturing. The most commonly used leathers to make footwear are: Side Leather: Side leather is the most versatile leather used. It gets the name because the hides are normally split down the back [...]

NFL Star Brian Westbrook Approved Carhartt’s New 2012 Boot

Brian Westbrook owes a lot to his feet. The two-time All-Pro running back with the Philadelphia Eagles was one of the most electric running backs in [...]

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

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 [...]

Flexion Work Boots by Caterpillar

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 [...]

Sole Construction for Safety Footwear

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 [...]

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