Thursday, May 19, 2011

Safety Toes - Choosing the best fit for you

While there are many different work boot types, there are also a variety of different safety toes in those boots. Beyond the traditional steel toe, there are plastic composite toes as well as aluminum and titanium alloys. So what is the difference between all of these different options and which one is best for you? Lets take a look at each one:

Aluminum Toe

The aluminum toe is a type of work boot safety toe and meets and/or exceeds the ASTM standards for compression and impact testing of I-75/C-75. The aluminum toe is important in the workplace because it protects the foot from sharp or heavy objects that might fall onto the foot while at work. While many safety toe shoes are traditionally made with a steel toe, it is beneficial to use aluminum instead of steel because aluminum is lighter. Aluminum also makes it more comfortable to move around in the boot while maintaining necessary safety standards.

Rogan's Shoes models that carry the aluminum toe include:

Men's: Carolina 9508 and 9559, Red Wing 6707
Women's: Skechers 76348

Titanium Toe

Just like the aluminum toe, the titanium is known for providing ASTM rated safety toes, but with a much lighter weight. Timberland has profected the titanium alloy by implementing it into its Titan models (hence the name).

Rogan's Shoes models that carry the titanium toe include:

Men's: Timberland
, 40044, 22082, 26078, 50506, 47019
Women's: Timberland 26388

Composite Toe

Boots featuring a composite toe have an insert that can be comprised of kevlar, carbon fiber, and plastic, making the boot lighter than a typical steel toe. Even though the toe is made with all of these different materials, composite toe styles still do comply with ANSI/ASTM safety requirements. Materials in a composite boot are also non-metallic and non-magnetic. Because of this, workers who frequently pass through metal detectors will do better with a composite toe. Finally, anyone working outdoors during winter may want to consider a composite toe because the plastic material does not retain the cold like a metal steel toe will.

Rogan's Shoes models that carry the composite toe include:

5520, Wolverine 2372 and 3805 (insulated), Timberland 53534, Converse 4777
Women's: Converse C446, Nautilus 1361 and 210

*All of these are available at Rogan's Shoes along with many many more styles!!!
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Counterfeit Footwear

With an economy that is still shaky, most people are looking to save a buck or two. We clip coupons, look for special sales, and try to take advantage of new social check in deals. Sometimes we get too caught up in the “deal” to realize what we are getting is not genuine. The shoe industry is not immune. Two of the most counterfeit brands in the footwear industry are UGGS and Birkenstock.
We all know what the word counterfeit means…It means something that is fake or not genuine. If we look at the actual definition of the word we can gain an insight into how to protect ourselves. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word counterfeit as: to imitate or feign especially with intent to deceive. Deceive is the key word here. If we know what to look for in a genuine pair of UGGS or Birkenstocks, or any brand for that matter, we then are less likely to be deceived.
Normally spotting a counterfeit shoe is relatively easy if you are familiar with the genuine version. Things like poor stitching, inferior materials, slightly different designs in the soles, and missing security stickers are usually a dead giveaway that product you are looking at is counterfeit. Another thing that can point to a counterfeit shoe is the price. As the saying goes, “If it is too good to be true, it probably is.” Trust your instincts. If you are not sure go to the brands official website and find an authorized dealer through them.
Below are links to the UGGS and Birkenstock counterfeit pages. You can learn more on how to spot their genuine footwear. They also have a lot of other information that you may find interesting.