Choose the Best Workboots

The process of design is an iterative one. It is rare that the best designs are the product manufacturers first attempt. The process is usually one of starting with an original idea, testing it, noting any deficiencies in the design, and then improving upon those deficiencies to improve the whole product. I love seeing examples of really good design utilized in everyday products from both in the home and at work. Take for instance something as mundane as the everyday work boot. Now, this is about as far from being a high-tech product as you can possibly get, in fact you could say that it’s about as low-tech an item as you can get. However if you were to track the design developments of modern work boot over say the last 100 years you would see a remarkable transformation.

The Safety Toe

The original work boot used to have toes with a steel protector. However, this is an expensive material and difficult to work with. As a result the steel toe has gradually been replaced with a variety of alternatives made from predominantly specialized plastic. This new type of safety toe has a number of advantages over the steel toe protector. Perhaps the first and most important one is that modern day engineering techniques in respect of plastics has made the plastics significantly stronger than the steel alternative. As a result it provides significantly greater protection to the workman’s foot. In addition to this most plastics are significantly lighter than the metal alternatives and as a result the boot is more comfortable to wear for long periods of time and easier to get around in. Finally, although perhaps a relatively minor point, plastic does not conduct electricity whereas steel does, again making the plastic alternative still safer.

Improved Comfort

The modern work boot is a great deal more comfortable than the boots of old. Manufacturers quite quickly worked out that greater comfort for the wearer meant improved levels of productivity. Significant effort has been expended on making the boot as comfortable as possible to wear for a significant amount of time. Most modern workboots are extremely comfortable to wear these days, at least as good as a comfortable pair of regular shoes.



It is perhaps stating the obvious, but most work boots are worn in tough outdoor working environments. As a result they need to be both hard wearing, warm and perhaps most important of all, waterproof. However, not all boots need all these three things at the same time. For instance someone working on an oil rig in the desert doesn’t want heavily insulated boots that make his feet uncomfortably hot within a very few minutes of arriving at work, such a worker would much rather have tough, comfortable, lightweight and relatively cool footwear. Alternatively, someone working on a building site on a winter’s day would clearly require a warm and comfortable and waterproof boot.

Fortunately, as a result of the vast improvement in shoe manufacture, there is almost always a boot available for a specific working environment. No longer is it a one size fits all work boot world.

Quality of the Soles

One of the most important features other work boot is its longevity. In very simple terms this means that the soul of the boot must be able to withstand the hard knocks of the working environment for a very long time before it wears out. Over the years, the greater the effort has been put into ensuring that the sole of the shoe is very hard-working without making it uncomfortable on the sole of the foot.

This has been made possible by the introduction of different structures by which the sole of the shoe is made. As a result of these improvements, where the older boot might wear out despite being perfectly usable in all other aspects, the modern work boot can literally last for years and years.

Additional Safety Enhancements

Finally, it is worth noting, that the modern work boot has not just taken each of the various components of the traditional work boot and made them significantly better, there have been a number of additional safety features incorporated into the shoe to ensure that it is not just your toes that are given protection. These additional safety features include souls that are puncture resistant, additional grip in order to prevent slipping from wet floors and even the ability to dissipate static electricity in order to prevent damage, or even conduction, from stray electrical buildup.

In conclusion, it should be obvious that the iterative design process, when applied to even everyday working boots, can yield significant enhancements not just the look of the boot, but to its practical use in an everyday working environment. If the worker is safe and comfortable in his working environment is likely to be far more productive, and for this reason if no other, the modern work boot is doing its job, due to the quite numerous design improvements.

Getting To Know Your New Sewing Machine

Having purchased your new sewing machine the next question to ask is how you are going to get the best from it. This may sound an odd question to ask, but the reality is that setting up an unfamiliar machine can be quite a daunting experience. There is much to work out, ranging from how to thread the sewing machine for the various stitches, which implicitly includes how to utilize all the features that the sewing machine has incorporated within it. You can literally have the best sewing machine on the market and still not get this right.

Establish A Working Space For Your Sewing Machine

First you should establish a place to locate your sewing machine while you get used to using it. The reason for this is to ensure that you can easily sit down and start sewing quickly and easily. It is amazing how much an impediment getting the sewing machine out can be when you are thinking about trying a sewing project out. The space should be free from clutter and allow you room to spread out when planning your projects.

know-your-machinePractice Setting The Machine Up From Scratch

You want the process of setting up your machine to be as straightforward and hassle free as possible. The best way to do this is to practice setting it up from scratch a few times. This does not mean to suggest that you should be able to do this blindfolded, but familiarity with the way the thread flows is an important aspect of using the sewing machine properly and one good way to attain this knowledge is to actually set it up a number of times so that it goes from the box to ready to use.

Select An Easy Material

When learning your new sewing machine you really want to focus on only one thing at a time, as is noted in the point above. So when contemplating your first project you will want to narrow down the variables as much as possible. Our suggestion for this is to select material that is easy to work with. We think that cotton fits this bill most closely. It is easy to work with, does not fray easily at the edges and perhaps most important of all it does not stretch when feeding it through the machine.

Select A Straightforward Project

Very much following along the lines of keeping things simple, the first projects you should consider undertaking are simple, straightforward projects that do not require complex stitching and in the main the seams are straight. This will allow you to become familiar with the way the machine feels and allows the material to be fed through the sewing area. You can also concentrate on getting a smooth straight stitch without having to worry about the project as a whole.


When getting to know your new sewing machine the central advice is always going to be – just do it! This means that you should just do your best to use your sewing machine for as many projects as you can think of as quickly as possible, because experience is always the best teacher. However, it is always worth optimizing your learning process by ensuring that you keep the variables over which you are attempting to exert control as few as possible, which is what we have tried to suggest in this article.

Here is a really useful youtube video on the same topic.