Footwear Make/Model Determination


Bluestar's applications provides the framework for recording forensic data and the research and analysis features required to achieve effective results. The system draws on a vast array of information to link the forensic details to other aspects of ongoing case management. The system delivers extensive search and intelligence features to assist in the investigative process.

The National Footwear Reference Collection (NFRC) is the most comprehensive catalogue of footwear patterns available to date. It now handles more than 36,000 transactions a day, returning searches in typically less than a tenth of a second. The NFRC is the UK standard for coding footwear. The National Footwear Database (NFD) extends the NFRC by recording crime and custody reports supported by evidence collected at the scene.

The software encourages an accurate comparison of results by allowing images to be expanded in size and the finer details of the print to be examined. The comparison features allow users to compare as many, or as few results as needed on the same screen. These features are all designed to highlight the key matches or differences quickly.

Users can add a wealth of supplementary images, attachments, notes and other records to enhance the information available.


Introducing the Everspry EverASM Automated Shoe Impression Matcher Software with new version 1.1. The advanced EverASM v1.1 software provides high speed accurate footwear impression recognition and matching capabilities. Crime scene shoe impressions may be entered into EverASM to determine the manufacturer and model of shoe, or the impressions may be compared to a database of existing suspects. Suspect descriptions are then developed and unsolved cases are linked as your success rate increases with each use. Available as a Standard version for installation on a single workstation, or as a Network version for use over a server based network. Expanded storage for additional impressions is available.

Contact EVIDENT for more information and a solution quoted specifically for your needs.


FAST is an innovative application to get easier and faster more matches with shoe prints from crime scenes. Relieve experts from routine work and rice your detection rate. With FAST different police departments easily get interlinked. Use existing information more efficient and work with more precise and more meaningful overviews of the situation.

Foster and Freeman

SICAR, in conjunction with the SoleMate footwear database, is a complete solution for the identification of shoe prints recovered from crime scenes and the management of shoeprint evidence.

A sole pattern coding technique is used to characterize a shoe print. The code set is then searched for in the footwear database for matches. Searching the SoleMate database to identify footwear is fast and simple with results being displayed in a thumbnail gallery for visual examination. Once a suspect print has been identified, the information can be used to establish links between crimes and suspects and shared across a network of SICAR installations.

The SoleMate database contains details of more than 36,000 items of footwear including sample shoe prints. It is updated four times per year with information and images of the latest sports, work and casual footwear from all major brands, SoleMate provides users with the ability to identify shoe prints from crime scenes.

Hobbit Imaging Solutions

Currently the process of figuring out the model and type of a shoeprint found at a crime scene can be very labor intensive. A shoeprint expert has to perform a manual search through his own archives or start a search on internet. If no match is found often the help of colleagues is requested which is still no garantuee for a satisfactory answer.  Overall this process is very time consuming, while it is important for the investigation to get the results as fast possible.

To overcome these issues HOBBIT has developed PRIDE which is an automatic shoeprint matcher. This system is build in conjuction with shoeprint experts and forensic intelligence departments from the Netherlands.  The comparison of the shoeprints is fully automated and is based on the comparison of pictures, so no manual feature marking is required unlike other comparable systems on the market.

Another unique feature of PRIDE is the possibility to create a central database with shoe references and traces. This database can be shared throughout all your departments and locations, no need to create local files which are prone to duplication of information. Maintenance of the database can be centrally controlled by the built-in authorization options.


Tread Typer

Tread Typer is a discussion board on the SWGTREAD Forum. This board is designed to assist practitioners with make/model determinations of questioned footwear and tire impressions. This resource enables practitioners to post an image(s) of a crime scene footwear or tire impression in hopes that another practitioner will be able to identify the make/brand and model of the shoe or tire, which COULD be the source of the impression. It is the responsibility of the practitioner posting to Tread Typer to verify the information/images included in the responses. It is recommended that you consult with the evidence contributor and remove case-related information in/from the images prior to posting on this board.

In order to access Tread Typer, you must be a registrered as a Practitioner on the SWGTREAD Forum. Go to and register. Then, access the Tread Typer board under the Practitioners' Forum.


Non-practitioners are those individuals who collect footwear and tire impression evidence or investigate crimes which involve this type of evidence. Non-practitioners have not completed a formal laboratory training program in the examination of this type of evidence and they don't conduct comparisons, issue laboratory reports or testify as footwear/tire experts in courts of law.

For non-practitioners who are ineligible to access Tread Typer, contact your local forensic services provider for assistance regarding requests for make/model determinations.

Webster Groves High School Shoe Outsole Database


Jeanette Hencken with the help of her students in the Advanced Forensic Science Research class at Webster Groves High School (WGHS) in Missouri collect data and photograph footwear at local Payless ShoeSource and Walmart stores. This information is edited and maintained by students and staff at WGHS as a resource of the law enforcement community.


Normally, the data is collected twice a year in March and October. Each time, photographs are taken and information is collected on approximately 150 shoes at retailer. Jeanette has requested that interested parties contact her to learn more information about these shoes and request access to her online footwear database. Jeanette also welcomes search requests if you have an unknown crime scene impression that you'd like her students to search. She and her students do not claim to be forensic footwear experts, but they enjoy the opportunity to offer their search services to the law enforcement community.



Jeanette Hencken (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Webster Groves High School
St. Louis, MO