1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. ATTENTION FORUM MEMBERS!

    Guest, if you have not yet updated your forum bookmark to a secure log in connection, please delete your unsecure book and add the following secure bookmark: https://www.aawforum.org/community/index.php

    You can dismiss this notice by clicking the X in the upper right of the notice box.

    Dismiss Notice

Shoe Covers

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Paul Grenier, Sep 16, 2020.

  1. Paul Grenier

    Paul Grenier

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2017
    Messages:
    88
    Location (City & State):
    Mossup, CT
    What do you call and where can I get the shoe covers that cover the ankles and the tops of footwear to prevent wood chips / shavings from getting into my shoes and shoe laces?
     
  2. Donna Banfield

    Donna Banfield

    Joined:
    May 19, 2004
    Messages:
    279
    Location (City & State):
    Derry, NH
    Forrest Forschmiedt likes this.
  3. Russ Braun

    Russ Braun

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2012
    Messages:
    48
    Location (City & State):
    Torrance, CA
    The should show the red ones, I can barely see the Camo ones, lol!
     
    Donna Banfield likes this.
  4. Forrest Forschmiedt

    Forrest Forschmiedt

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2019
    Messages:
    48
    Location (City & State):
    Martinsville, VA
    Home Page:
    Spats is what they are called. It took me a few minutes to recall that word as it's been a long time since I've used it.
    Years ago when I worked in welding supply, we sold leather spats to keep sparks and spatter off of and out of your work boots.
    Search Amazon for welding spats or see your local welding supply store. Should be fairly inexpensive.
     
  5. odie

    odie

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2006
    Messages:
    5,318
    Location (City & State):
    Panning for Montana gold, with Betsy, the mule!
    I have those, and they do work pretty well. The only drawback to the design, is occasionally I step on one with the other foot. It hasn't yet, but I see that as a possible safety issue. (That is a rip-off price.......but, they do seem to last forever.)

    That is a great idea! I found these on Amazon:
    https://www.amazon.com/QeeLink-Leat...ding+spats&qid=1600268637&sr=8-28&tag=mh0b-20
    They do look like they might be hot during the summertime. You only really need to cover the laces, and around the ankles......and, this does look like they do. Cheaper than the DBG ones, and better made, it looks like. I may give these a try......next time I have an order that needs to be bumped for free shipping.

    ---------------------------------------------------

    There is another alternative, which I've never tried yet, but it was suggested in another discussion about this: Baby bibs! This is the least expensive option of all:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01D6AQQ1C/ref=ewc_pr_img_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&th=1
    (I also have these in my cart, waiting for the time I'll need something to get free shipping.)

    -----odie-----
     
  6. Timothy Allen

    Timothy Allen

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2019
    Messages:
    87
    Location (City & State):
    NH and ME
    Another term that might work is "gaiters" although these are more for keeping snow out of your ankle and less about the top of the shoe...
     
    Charles Cadenhead likes this.
  7. robo hippy

    robo hippy

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2007
    Messages:
    2,796
    Location (City & State):
    Eugene, OR
    Bring back Bell Bottom jeans!!!

    robo hippy
     
  8. john lucas

    john lucas AAW Forum Expert

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2004
    Messages:
    7,266
    Location (City & State):
    Cookeville TN USA
    I'm with Robo. Bell bottoms are the way to go. I have a set of the sanding glove shoe covers but 99% of the time I forget to put them on. They just sit in a drawer and then I bitch when the sawdust is aggravating my feet and impossible to get out of my socks.
     
    Paul Lajoie likes this.
  9. Kevin Jesequel

    Kevin Jesequel

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2020
    Messages:
    9
    Location (City & State):
    Portland, Oregon
    Trail runners wear gaiters to keep small rocks from flying into the tops of their shoes. I never thought about using them to keep wood chips out at the lathe. Great idea!
     
    odie likes this.
  10. Dave Landers

    Dave Landers

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2014
    Messages:
    142
    Location (City & State):
    Estes Park, CO
    Home Page:
    I find that my socks are the biggest culprit for tracking wood chips and sawdust into the more civilized living spaces.

    So mostly I don't wear socks (or "real" shoes) in the shop. I usually head to the shop barefoot, and have a pair of Crocks at the shop door that I slip on. Not a great fashion statement, but they do shed the chips.
     
  11. BobCoates

    BobCoates

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2008
    Messages:
    68
    +1 for Dave's method. Now really cheap, cut the back out of a old pair of shoes for cheap crocks.
     
  12. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2004
    Messages:
    6,422
    Location (City & State):
    Lakeland, Florida
    Home Page:
    My back doesn’t like me turning in crocks. I wear teva sports sandals. Usually the closed toe type.
    These have an arch support that my back approves of.
    I leave mine in the garage and put them on to go to the shop.
     
    Charles Cadenhead and odie like this.
  13. Donna Banfield

    Donna Banfield

    Joined:
    May 19, 2004
    Messages:
    279
    Location (City & State):
    Derry, NH
    There is another alternative, which I've never tried yet, but it was suggested in another discussion about this: Baby bibs! This is the least expensive option of all:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01D6AQQ1C/ref=ewc_pr_img_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&th=1
    (I also have these in my cart, waiting for the time I'll need something to get free shipping.)

    -----odie-----[/QUOTE]
    Odie, the material those baby bibs are made of are horrible for woodturning. The fabric on one side is microfiber cloth, and while very absorbent to catch junior's drips, it will also make any wood chip, curl or shaving stick like velcro. It must be picked off - individually - and doesn't come off in the laundry, either. It seems to come out of the washer with even more crap stuck to it. Don't ask me how I know this. Sheesh!!
     
    Charles Cadenhead and odie like this.
  14. Don Wattenhofer

    Don Wattenhofer

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2018
    Messages:
    588
    Location (City & State):
    Ponsford, MN
    Ah who needs them for some reason my jeans won't stay on my waist So the bottom of the jeans piles up on my shoes and keeps most of the shavings off of my socks. The bell bottoms would also work but they are hard to come by, my older sisters sons wore them but when the little girls came my sister made two dresses out of each pair.
     
  15. Gary Beasley

    Gary Beasley

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2017
    Messages:
    588
    Location (City & State):
    Marietta, Georgia
    I remember when bellbottoms were first popular I would see kids wearing regular pants that had a wedge of material added to the bottom of the jeans leg to make them into bellbottoms. More than one way to dress a hippie!
     
    odie likes this.
  16. Dean Center

    Dean Center

    Joined:
    May 4, 2010
    Messages:
    1,012
    Location (City & State):
    Bozeman, MT
    You turn in shorts!!!
     
    odie likes this.
  17. odie

    odie

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2006
    Messages:
    5,318
    Location (City & State):
    Panning for Montana gold, with Betsy, the mule!
    Odie, the material those baby bibs are made of are horrible for woodturning. The fabric on one side is microfiber cloth, and while very absorbent to catch junior's drips, it will also make any wood chip, curl or shaving stick like velcro. It must be picked off - individually - and doesn't come off in the laundry, either. It seems to come out of the washer with even more crap stuck to it. Don't ask me how I know this. Sheesh!![/QUOTE]

    Thanks for the tip, Donna :D

    I just dropped the baby bibs off the "wish list".......

    Think I might give those welder's spats a try, though.

    Still using the DBG shoe covers......they do get the job done, with that one small caveat.

    Have a good day, lady......:D

    -----odie-----
     
  18. odie

    odie

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2006
    Messages:
    5,318
    Location (City & State):
    Panning for Montana gold, with Betsy, the mule!
    No air conditioning in my shop......so, yes, in the summer.......shorts, sandals, and T-shirt! :D

    -----odie-----
     
    Lamar Wright likes this.
  19. Karl Best

    Karl Best

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2020
    Messages:
    17
    Location (City & State):
    Boyertown, Pennsylvania
    Last week the weather turned cooler and I put pants back on. No more shavings in my socks.
     
    odie likes this.
  20. Charles Cadenhead

    Charles Cadenhead

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2019
    Messages:
    106
    Location (City & State):
    Tallahassee, FL
    I find shavings get into my pockets. I have to go through my shirts and shorts and turn out all my pockets before the Boss washes them! :D
     
    odie likes this.
  21. robo hippy

    robo hippy

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2007
    Messages:
    2,796
    Location (City & State):
    Eugene, OR
    Well, one year we had below 0 temperatures outside for a few days, and I turned then in long pants and a thermal long sleeved shirt. That shop was cold... I over heat if I am in long pants. I have found that a broom will do a good job of getting most of the shavings out of my socks, and my Merril slip ons, kind of like crocks, have nice arch support, and just tap them and the dust is gone. Well, most of it. There are Tyvek painter's outfits which shed chips very well, but too hot for me. Can't turn bare foot as I wear pressure stockings, though they would shed shavings nicely...

    robo hippy
     
  22. Lou Jacobs

    Lou Jacobs

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2018
    Messages:
    108
    Location (City & State):
    Baltimore, MD
    My wife sewed these sort-of-gaiters for me. They are just a rectangle of nylon fabric with a stretch of Velcro on the top edge. They do a great job of keeping the chips out of my socks and shoes when I’m turning in shorts. Used a piece of fabric cut from an old discarded windbreaker. The only real cost was the Velcro. CE26FB5D-A133-40AE-88A8-C4B1769B94F2.jpeg 5F28F56B-3B2F-41D3-B163-4E952B1207EC.jpeg
     
    Dean Center and odie like this.
  23. William J Smith

    William J Smith

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2018
    Messages:
    12
    Location (City & State):
    Colorado Springs, CO
    The Boss seems to know when I'm about to come back into the house. She does a once over and sends me back to the shop if I haven't vacuumed myself clean. For some reason, she blames me for every piece of saw dust she finds! I think the spats may help -- at least they'll remind me to vacuum.
     
    odie likes this.
  24. Hal Taylor

    Hal Taylor

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2008
    Messages:
    64
    Location (City & State):
    Greenwood, SC
    Home Page:
    Gaiters... Lots of choices on Amazon. I use them and have found you need to have them under your pant legs to efficiently keep shavings/dust out of your shoes.
     
  25. Don Wattenhofer

    Don Wattenhofer

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2018
    Messages:
    588
    Location (City & State):
    Ponsford, MN
    There is something about this reply that doesn't sound right I think.
     
  26. Arkriver

    Arkriver

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2006
    Messages:
    92
    Location (City & State):
    Pueblo West, CO
    I have to wonder about turning in sandals. I guess you never drop anything. Allyn
     
  27. Charles Cadenhead

    Charles Cadenhead

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2019
    Messages:
    106
    Location (City & State):
    Tallahassee, FL
    odie likes this.
  28. Josh Stevens

    Josh Stevens

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2015
    Messages:
    35
    Location (City & State):
    Australia
  29. Bill Blasic

    Bill Blasic

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2006
    Messages:
    461
    Location (City & State):
    Erie, PA
    Put Leather Welding Spats into search box on Ebay and for about 12 bucks leather spats that cover the entire foot. The Crocs I like to wear turning have 13 air holes that collect chips, these spats cover them nicely.
     
    odie likes this.
  30. odie

    odie

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2006
    Messages:
    5,318
    Location (City & State):
    Panning for Montana gold, with Betsy, the mule!
    Thanks Bill....eBay was a better place to get them. I bought the $14.99 ones with free shipping from a USA shipper.......

    Wish I had these spats at the beginning of summer, when I'm wearing shorts, and minimal shoes.......I'm just starting to wear long athletic pants again, and don't have as much need for them now! :)

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Weldas-44-...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    This AAW forum has been a great place for making little discoveries that improve my shop world! :D

    -----odie-----
     
  31. odie

    odie

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2006
    Messages:
    5,318
    Location (City & State):
    Panning for Montana gold, with Betsy, the mule!

    Ha,ha.....not on your life! My old body just doesn't fashion well these days! :D Those athletic pants I've been using are very loose and comfortable. :)

    -----odie-----
     
    Tom Gall and Mark Jundanian like this.
  32. robo hippy

    robo hippy

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2007
    Messages:
    2,796
    Location (City & State):
    Eugene, OR
    Hal's comment about having them under your pant leg was a flash back for me. When I did concrete work, you have to wear the high top rubber boots. I always put my pant legs over the top of the boots. If I didn't, I would get concrete, sand, and gravel into my rubber boots, and you don't have time to take them off and empty them when pouring.....

    robo hippy
     
  33. Roger Wiegand

    Roger Wiegand

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2018
    Messages:
    263
    Location (City & State):
    Wayland, MA
    Home Page:
    Just thinking about open toed shoes in the shop makes me cringe. I'd be in the ER twice a month getting toes stitched up or put back on. You guys must be a lot more careful than I can manage to be.

    I wear a pair of high top Redwings and, for 10 months a year anyway, my pants extend over top of them and chips are no problem. The other two months when shorts are a reasonable option I have itchy chips poking me in the ankles. Wearing my spiffy new AAW smock solves the problem of filling my pockets with shavings.
     

Share This Page