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Do you ever get the inclination to look really silly in your shop? Wearing a pair of Shoe Bibs will satisfy that urge and then some. Just make sure that nobody sneaks a picture while you’re wearing them or you’ll be the laughing stock of the Internet.

Seriously though, you wear the shoe bibs around your ankles to prevent sawdust and other debris from falling into your shoes and socks. Personally, I don’t really notice any  sawdust or swarf getting into my socks or shoes — somehow it finds a way into my shirt or jeans pocket, but fortunately these won’t help. The bibs stay in place thanks to hook-and-loop fasteners, otherwise known as Velcro.

Available only in Desert Camo (Really? What are you trying to hide from in your shop?), fashionistas can pick up a pair at WoodCraft for $20 before shipping.

Shoe Bibs [WoodCraft]

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23 Responses to High Shop Fashion: Shoe Bibs

  1. Toolhearty says:


    Bring back spats.

  2. Mike says:

    I just tie my shoes and wear pants long enough to cover the opening.

  3. Matt says:

    If these actually covered the WHOLE shoe they might be useful for working on greasy things (like cleaning bike chains) when you might not want shoes to get stained. As-is they’re pretty useless… I’ll just keep wearing my old sneakers, thanks!

  4. Mike47 says:

    Very high dork factor.

  5. Liz says:

    Hey, I like the giraffe motif. Are they made of plastic? Any other pretend animal skins? I’d go for one in lepard or alligator. Tre chic? Just what everybody doesn’t need1

  6. Jerry says:

    Wouldn’t the camo theory be more logical if they had a “wood chip and sawdust” design?
    Even easier, turn on your dust collection system or blow the “stuff” off your shoes with the air hose.

  7. Marc says:

    These are awesome, but what about zebra or leopard print?!

  8. Dave says:

    It’s been an awful long time, like since never, that not looking silly anywhere in my own home has been a major priority of mine.

  9. kyle says:

    I never had a problem in the boots, but the other day in woodshop-my high school actually has one- i used a lathe for the first time and found my pants pockets full of chips.

  10. ToolGuyd says:

    If the pattern were solid or anything but camo, and they were called “shop gaiters” instead of “bibs”, these things would probably look a bit more appealing.

  11. Eric G. says:

    these seem to be the “onion goggles” of shop attire

  12. Andy says:

    *date check* Nope, not Apr 1 – Woodcraft, what were you thinking?
    A solution that needs a problem. And an extremely dorky and ugly solution at that! FAIL

  13. Mike says:

    As someone else said, if they covered the entire shoes and weren’t camo they might be useful. There are times at work where I’m not dressed for shop work but find I need to do something after all. I have a pair of overalls I can put on for my clothes, but they don’t protect my shoes. It wouldn’t hurt if they were a little more fitted to the shoe also.

  14. fred says:


    Spray painters often suit up head to toe – with boot covers
    The above ones are being marketed for hax=zmat use – but paint sores sell booties too

  15. Cameron Watt says:

    An old colleague wore the foundry type spats when he ran a cutting torch and was know as Muk; as in mukluk.

    If you don’t want crud in your pockets then sew them shut; all my coveralls have that treatment.

    ..as for swarf, check the soles of your boot before you go! A different colleague scratched up the floors in a store because of swarf embedded in his boots.

  16. Steve says:

    I just wear work boots.

  17. Dennis says:

    I just wear my cowboy boots that were designed to be work boots. Nuff said.

  18. Eddie says:

    My first thought was I got to get me a pair of those. I am always getting sawdust in my tennis shoes in the shop. Then I thought…just another thing I will never actually wear because I do not want to take the time to put them on.

    I suppose if you were foolish enough to work in good shoes this might help to protect them.

    Maybe I should get a pair just in case I need them…. 😉

  19. Dr Bob says:

    Am I the only one who thinks wearing athletic shoes in a shop is not a good thing?

  20. Dave P says:

    The good news is that when welding spatter falls on these, they’ll spontaneously ignite and completely combust, leaving no trace for the paramedics to laugh at.

  21. Kyle says:

    @Dr Bob In a metal shop yes athletic shoes are a bad idea, in a strictly wooodworking shop i dont see a problem with it

  22. moco says:

    for the virgin wood worker

  23. Rich says:

    I might consider something like this. I currently have work boots that I *only* wear for dirty work. I wouldn’t mind not having to have another pair of shoes that’s (somewhat) single-purpose.

    They don’t really help for mud, though.

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