By Jayden Mark
You work boots can make a big difference to the performance of workers; hence choosing the right one for the right job is important. Many factors make shoes stand out, but none does this better than having a shoe with the right eyelets. An eyelet is a hole they punch into a shoe’s upper to enable threading through.
The type or style of work boot determines whether or not they need reinforcing with metallic or plastic based rings. Some shoes don’t rip off or fray easily, and they include dress shoes or sneakers because they are made from leather. On the other hand, work boots made from canvas or related materials need reinforcement because they are prone to fraying. Double eyelets are better that a single rim because they spread out the stress over both the inner and outer walls of the fabric.
Types of Eyelets
There are four types of eyelets namely:
Factors to Consider When Choosing Eyelets
When selecting eyelets consider the factors below:
How to Set a Work Boot Eyelet
You need a variety of tools and machines to set a boot’s eyelet. The best technique is a hammer and a hand setting tool. The two types of equipment are easy to find particularly in local hardware or craft stores. However, if you are setting the eyelets in large quantities in a uniform and quick manner, consider using heavy setting machines, pneumatic auto-feed light duty machines or simple hand press machines.
If you are setting by hand, begin by punching a hole in the fabric and insert the eyelet using a barrel pointing up. Make sure the flange side is on the side that will show on the material then insert the setter equipment at the end of the barrel and tap it using a hammer. You should keep tapping until the barrel rolls over flat onto the fabric.
With modern technology, a new generation of eyelets has set in giving variety from the old-known nickel or utilitarian types. Nowadays, you can spot light-weight aluminum craft eyelets which are much easier to set. Also, these new generation eyelets are available in many shapes and colors and are ideal for any craft project that needs the eyelet’s simple beautification and practical application.
Eyelets attachment strength is tested in footwear labs using a tensile testing machine. They get a specimen from the footwear. Metal eyelets are tested for corrosion using a Standard Salt Spray Testing. All this is to ensure eyelets serve you better and longer. So next time you want to lace up, just take a moment and appreciate the role these eyelets play in giving you comfort and value.