Footwear Make/Model Determination


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.

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

Everspry EverASM

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.