Friday, June 3, 2016

Vere Made in the USA Supplier Series - Our Strap Materials - Murdock Webbing

The strap material of a sandal is a pretty darn important part.  You are probably saying to yourself, "well, duh".  But the material that is doing all the hard work holding your foot in place is often overlooked by mass produced footwear makers who use low-quality overseas materials.  

As you walk, your full weight is levered through your gait and whips the sandal back up into your heel making the tell tail "flip flop" sound. There is a lot of force being exerted onto the strap material and if you have ever been unfortunate enough to have a sandal blowout then you know what I mean.  Have you have every had a strap rip off the footbed, or the common snap! of the toe post as it tears away, leaving your sandal twisting sideways and your foot skidding across the ground? Not a fun experience, right!

Murdock Webbing, Central Falls, Rhode Island
A strong a durable strap material (webbing) is critical for a long-lasting and proper fitting piece of footwear. Vere is lucky enough to partner with one of, if not the best webbing strap supplier in the country.  Murdock Webbing makes an incredibly durable and strong, made in the USA, nylon webbing that does not stretch out over time and maintains an exact fit through the life of the sandal. We want to give them a little recognition and our thanks for making awesome materials so we can make great sandals!

Murdock Webbing was founded in January of 1936 by M.I.T. graduate Frederick Murdock beginning with 10 employees and two looms. As WWII erupted, the industrial base began to gather ever more momentum and Murdock Webbing played an active role in producing cotton webbings for the war effort while at the same time helping to introduce synthetic fibers into the narrow fabrics industry.

Murdock further expanded its product line by playing a vital role in developing the specifications for arresting tapes which are still followed today. These arresting tapes are used at modern day military installations around the world ensuring the safety of our military personnel.

The 1987 purchase of Phoenix Trimming Co. based in Tarboro, NC utilizes modern day technologies and processes to service the customer base in the Sling and Tie Down Industry. In the early 2000's, they expanded their offerings by purchasing the assets of two Jacquard weaving facilities, Velcro Webbing (formerly Impact Textiles) from Fall River, MA and Bison Weaving from Longmont, CO. The equipment from these two acquisitions was relocated to the RI facility, giving us the largest domestic capacity for Jacquard narrow woven fabrics and further differentiating us from our competition.

Murdock Webbing


Murdock Webbing Co., Inc.
27 Foundry Street
Central Falls, RI 02863
Phone: 401-724-3000
Fax: 401-722-9730

J.D. Manufacturing Facility

Murdock Webbing Co., Inc.
1052 W Saint James Street
Tarboro, NC 27886-4822