Buying the best shoes for work is important. Even if your job doesn't require a lot of standing, it's important to wear shoes that are right for you. Your work (and play) shoes should be comfortable, safe and ergonomic. Keep this in mind while buying work shoes.
Go shopping in the morning or afternoon, as your feet can swell a little and make buying shoes that will fit throughout the day a little easier. When you go shoe shopping, make sure to wear the same type of socks you usually wear to work.
Be sure to measure your feet so you get an accurate shoe size. A foot is measured from the bottom of the foot to the top in a diagonal manner, or heel to big toe. Most people have feet that are different sizes. Typically, it is the right foot that is larger. Buy the work shoe size of your biggest foot.
Walk around in the prospective work shoes before you buy them. They should be comfortable, fit tight around the heel so your foot doesn't slip out when walking, support the arch and give those toes room to move. You don't want contact areas inside the shoe, so make sure it doesn't rub in places and form painful blisters.
Though you might have a wide selection of shoes, choose work shoes appropriate for your working conditions. Make sure to buy the shoes that will hold up under the wear and tear you'll give them.
Make sure to buy and replace your work shoes often. Comfort and safety go a long way. Wearing the wrong shoes can contribute to other aches and pains.
- look around, don't settle for discomfort, and shop for shoes until you find the price you need
- buy non-slip shoes and shock absorption heels for if you will be walking or standing a lot, especially on hard surfaces
- though this article addresses work shoes, it can be helpful for everyday shoes, too
- if you're buying steel-toed shoes or work boots make sure the edge of the cap does not cut into the top of the foot
Items you will need
- shoe size
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