Why You Need to Protect Your Feet at Work

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Do you protect your feet when you are at work? If you have a job where you walk a lot like a waiter or waitress or have danger of something landing on your feet and injuring them like in construction. Some jobs have a dress code requirement as far as shoes go but some do not. However, it’s important to protect your feet. If you’re a hair dresser, hair scissors could land on your feet. Not to mention that you are standing up the entire time so you need good support. If you’re a police man, you need something that is good for running and walking as well as supporting you. Police footwear is usually outlined in their contract regarding their uniform but police boots can come in different shapes and sizes. Here are a few different shoe types to choose from, depending on your profession and how well you need to protect your feet.

Steel Toe Boots
Now, if you are a waitress or hair dresser, you likely don’t need steel toe boots. That kind of protection might be over kill. However, if you are working in construction, these work boots are a must have. You don’t want to risk getting your feet crushed if a load of something falls on your toes. Working on construction sites will probably offer many different conditions which will require different elements to your boots. You might want to waterproof your boots or things like that. Make sure that you have enough support in them to keep you standing, climbing and walking all day.

Tactical Boots
These kinds of boots look very similar to steel toe boots but they don’t have the steel piece. The high top supports the ankle and the thick soles support the bottom of the feet and the arch. However, the lack of steel makes them a lot lighter weight so if the wearer needs to run or move quickly, he or she has the freedom to do that. That’s why these boots are perfect for policemen or those is law enforcement and security. There is still a lot of walking around and standing and even running to do but no imminent danger of things falling on your feet so the added measure of steel to protect the toes is not necessary.

Closed Toe Shoes
This is very important in professions where you could drop dangerous but not heavy items. Being a waiter or waitress, there is the chance that you could drop dishes and they could break on your feet or knives and forks could land upside down. As a hairdresser, you could drop scissors and razors and clippers. Wearing cute sandals might look nice but it is impractical because they do not protect your feet at all. In fact, they don’t even offer any support and if you wear flat soled sandals for long enough, you’ll begin to have back and leg problems. Wearing good support will help you make it through the day without getting fatigued.

Low Heel Shoes
Shoes will somewhat of a heel but just a small one will give the impression of being a little dressier without being incredibly uncomfortable. These are perfect for business women or lawyers who need to look dressed up but don’t want to risk falling over in the middle of a trial or meeting. There are various types of toe styles that can come with low heels and they are offer the same protection and support mostly. You could get pointed, rounded, squared; it really just depends on your style.

Those of you who are lucky enough to be able to wear comfortable and highly supportive sneakers to work are probably doing a lot of running, walking and standing. Being a nurse or doctor would be an appropriate place to wear these types of shoes. Nurses also tend to turn to Klogs or Crocs for work but tennishoes, across the board, are the most popular.

When picking shoes for work, your main priority should be how they feel. You need shoes that are comfortable and supportive more than you need them to look fancy. Nice shoes are fun but they don’t help with your back problems, years down the line; they could even contribute to it.

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