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What is the difference between a D width and a EE width?
What does "waterproof" mean exactly?
What features come with the Thorogood "Comfort Sole" Outsole?
What does "SD Type 1" mean exactly?
How "insulated" is insulated?
What is an "I-Met" internal metatarsal guard?
What are the requirements for an "EH (Electrical Hazard)" boot?
What exactly is special about a "wedge" sole?
What makes Thorogood's "SoftStreets" a soft street sole?
How does the Vibram® "heat resisting" perform?
Why is the "logger boot" outsole so different than other outsoles?
Explain the "ASTM" codes. What do they mean?
Is there a better "bow knot" for tying shoelaces?
Is there a reason my boots wear unevenly?
Boot Widths The approxiamate difference is 3/8 of an inch...or a little more than the thickness of a ball point pen...or a thick pair of socks.
Waterproof? It means you should be able to stand in 5" of water for two hours without the boots leaking. Why you would stand in 4" of water in your leather work boots is another question.
Thorogood Dual Density Polyurethane Comfort Sole Outsole
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SD-Type 1 Rating SD type 1 footwear will provide for a resistance of between 106 (1 meg ohm) and
108 (100 meg ohms) resistance when 25 to 50 volts are applied via an electrode to the hand of a person wearing the SD test sample standing on a conductive ground plate. [back to top]
B-400 Thinsulate® All Thorogood insulated footwear is lined with 400 gram Thinsulate - rated to approximately -20˚F. [back to top]
Internal Metatarsal Guard Rating Class Mt/75 footwear retains a .500 inch (? inch) for men's and 15/32 inch for women's, after a nominal impact of 75 foot pounds (101.7J), i.e., a 50 lb. weight dropped from 18 inches reaching 117.9± 2.4 inches per second velocity at impact 3.5 inches in from the toe of the footwear (3.375 inches on women's). [back to top]
Protective footwear constructed or manufactured with electric shock resisting "EH" soles and heels capable of withstanding an application of 14,000 volts (root mean square (RMS) value) at 60 Hz for 1 minute with no current flow or leakage current in excess of 3.0 milliamperes under dry conditions. [back to top]
Vibram® Cristy Outsole
The Cristy wedge style (no heel) outsole is ideally suited for a variety of outdoor construction, landscaping and farm uses. The shallow pattern and large toe and heel pads allow for maximum surface traction. The shallow lug depth limits agregate buildup to a minimum. The zig-zag is for added grip. An exclusive Vibram® rubber compound guarantees cushion and traction on various environments and temperatures. Most ironworkers, carpenters, bricklayers, cement masons and landscapers choose the Christy outsole for its performance on-the-job. [back to top]
Thorogood SoftStreets Outsole
The SoftStreets outsole is an exclusive Thorogood design and is ONLY available on their boots and shoe styles. Originally created for the United States Postal Service, the unique staggered Crack-Resisting (CRD) lug design and flexible dual-density polyurethan outsole are perfectly designed for a variety of environments and conditions found indoors and outdoors. The direct injection application also allows boots to be a lighter weight compared to their welted counterparts. This outsole is best suited for people in motion. [Certified and approved by the USPS and USN. Guaranteed for 360 days from purchase against cracking.] [back to top]
Vibram® Alpha+ Outsole The Alpha+ outsole boasts a very shallow lug pattern as well as a shallow heel breast, resulting in a maximum surface area. The high-performance rubber compound is heat (350-500 degrees) and oil resisting, keeping your feet safe in extreme conditions. [back to top]
Vibram® Tacoma Outsole This highly technical self-cleaning "logger" outsole incorporates a functional design for use in aggressive
outdoor environments. Every lug incorporated in this design has been strategically placed for braking, kick off,
traction, stability and slip resistance. The Tacoma's pyramid lugs, down the center, provide agressive pinpoint
traction and "dig" on irregular surfaces. An exclusive material compound guarantees maximum traction on a
variety of terrains including wet surfaces. This outsole is also designed to maintain its physical properties in cold
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Better Shoelace Knot There's nothing wrong with a secure shoelace knot on your boots. Sometimes the traditional bow knot just
doesn't do the trick - here's a suggested "better" bow knot you can try.
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Your Gait: Foot Push and Roll
No two pairs of feet are the same...where boots of the same style are the same. Over time, no matter what
type of footwear you are wearing, how you walk will be demonstrated by the wear on the bottom or outsole of
the footwear. How you walk is call your gait...and as you walk your foot rolls and pushes off. There are wear
patterns associated with a person's gait and they show up sooner than later for anyone working on rough surfaces,
most of the working day. So, it's not always a defect in the footwear. Sometimes it's just how we walk.
FYI: Your gait can be "neutalized" with the help of over-the counter or prescription orthotics.
A neutral gait will help boots wear more evenly, providing longer usage.