It is true that safety shoes can and do protect you from serious injury.
But when the certified safe shoe is painfully uncomfortable, it can affect your concentration, work and productivity. One contribution to uncomfortable safety shoes is improper fit. Take the time to try shoes from different manufacturers.
Safety Shoes: Safety and Comfort
Try on different styles and different brands. Each style has different fit characteristics. Some are cut wide, while some run narrow. The toe box from different companies bends at slightly different places on the toe. Making sure that the fit is good is an essential step in finding a comfortable shoe.
Safety shoes work because they are rigid. In the past the rigidity often caused foot pain. Fortunately today’s manufacturers are giving more attention to comfort as well as protection. The design has definitely improved. For example, you can find shoes that are more adjustable, that have more cushioning in the insole, or that have more flex in the sole.
Comfort is critical when you have to wear the shoes at all times, especially in the workplace. Some foot doctors recommend that you buy two pairs of work shoes so that you can rotate them, never wearing the same pair of shoes two days in a row.
Safety Shoes: Light as Well as Safe
An issue many wearers complain about with work shoes is their weight. Heavy metal plates in the foot bed and toe box and thicker than usual leather traditionally resulted in relatively heavy shoes.
Until your legs got used to the weight, they could cramp and ache. The metal also made the shoes stiff, giving the wearer a zombie-like gait. New lightweight, composite materials are replacing the metal plates.
The advanced carbon fiber is much lighter while retaining the strength and safety you look for in work shoes. If heavy shoes are uncomfortable for you, the additional cost of these new lightweight shoes will be well worth it. You’ll be safe and more productive at work and much less tired when you get home at the end of your shift.
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