How to select the right professional shoes: Do your shoes really protect?
Tripping, slipping and falling are the most common causes of workplace accidents, especially on surfaces that have become slippery induced by water, soap or oil. Inappropriate shoes, walking too fast, fatigue or a distraction as well as climbing stairs without using banisters considerably increase accident risk.
But what distinguishes great professional shoes and what should you bear in mind when buying work shoes?
- A correct fit supporting your feet clearly reduces the risk of twisting an ankle. The shoe’s closure or safety strap should adjust to the foot and hold it securely.
- A non-slip rubber outer sole (SRC) with a large contact area for good grip is indispensable.
- The shoes should cover the front of the foot including your toes and be water-resistant in order to prevent the infiltration of liquids from above. The material should be hard-wearing and easy to clean.
- The heel area should be slightly shock-absorbing with a stable heel counter for more support. A reinforced toe cap is recommended.
- Look for a comfortable footbed with low heels and shoes that allow your feet to breathe.
- Make sure they fit well! The area around the ball of the foot is widest: a suitable width of the shoe is as important as its length.