How To Choose The Right Work Footwear
13 Sep 2016
You may not realise it, but having a good pair of work shoes can make a big difference on how you work and how safe you are while working. Many workers face problems with their feet because of the wrong footwear or because they need to stand for a long period of time. Badly fitted footwear, slippery surfaces and a prolonged standing time are just a few of the dangers to which you expose your feet at the working place.
Before you pick the right pair of working shoes, you need to establish what will you use the shoes or boots for and what type of environment you will wear them in (wet/dry, cold weather/warm temperatures). After you figure these things out, you will have a clear idea of what type of footwear you need.
It's wise to get both your feet measured before you buy a pair of shoes because feet normally differ in size. Once you tried them on, go for the pair that is a good fit for the bigger foot, that way you know they'll be comfortable.
I know that when we try a new pair of shoes for the first time, sometimes they feel kind of tight, but we buy them anyway because we know that they will loosen up once we wear them. Well, that's not the case with the work shoes, so if you feel them tight on your feet, you should definitely go for a bigger number.
In order to find the best pair out there, it doesn't hurt to ask your colleagues for advice. See what recommendations they have, but always remember that what someone else's perfect fit might not be yours. Also, make sure that the soles are appropriate for your working conditions because soles can be designed to resist slips and protect your feet from heat, puncture or an electrical shock.
When you know for sure what type of safety footwear you need, you can check out several online stores before you decide to buy a pair. I say online because there you have access to a wide range of products that you normally don't find in the store. Engelbert Strauss are well known for their large safety footwear selection, so it won't hurt to take a look and see if you can find something that will suit your needs.
Remember that without proper foot protection, the likewood of injury increases dramatically, that is why choosing the right pair of safety footwear is so important.