How Hoss Chooses the Right Construction Technique for Each Boot

Hoss Boot Company employs several different construction methods to craft their work boots, each with its own advantages. The type of construction used depends on the intended work environment and the specific performance requirements. Let’s take a closer look at the options.

Cement Construction: Lightweight Comfort

One common construction method Hoss uses is cement construction. This involves:

  • An EVA midsole for cushioning
  • A rubber outsole for traction
  • A nylon shank for support

Cement construction produces a relatively lightweight boot, which can be beneficial for all-day comfort. The rubber outsole provides good heat and abrasion resistance. However, cement construction is not ideal for environments with heavy chemical exposure, as it can break down the bond between the EVA and rubber.

Direct Attach/Injection: Durability for Tough Environments

For more demanding work conditions, Hoss offers two variations of direct attach or injection construction:

  • Injected Welt: The upper is bonded directly to a PU midsole, with a rubber outsole applied afterwards. This creates an extremely strong bond that holds up well in oil fields or petrochemical environments.
  • Dual Density Polyurethane: The boot is formed using a two-step injection process, with a PU midsole and either a PU or rubber outsole. This double-shot technique produces a boot with a telltale seam at the heel and toe.

Both direct attach methods result in highly durable, slip-resistant boots that can withstand harsh chemicals and high heat.

Goodyear Welt: The Gold Standard for Heavy Duty

For the toughest jobs, Hoss turns to Goodyear welt construction. This process involves:

  • Sewing a leather welt to the upper
  • Attaching a “blocker sole” made of rubber or PU to the welt
  • Securing the outsole to the blocker with both stitching and adhesive

Goodyear welting is known for its exceptional durability and is a top choice for heavy duty construction, outdoor work, and other demanding industries. The tradeoff is that Goodyear welted boots tend to be heavier and stiffer than other constructions.

Ultimately, the right construction for your Hoss work boots comes down to your specific work environment and personal preferences. Whether you prioritize lightweight comfort, chemical resistance, or rugged durability, Hoss has a boot build to meet your needs. Consult with our experts to find your perfect fit.

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