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Why Appropriate Footwear is Important in the Workplace

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Why Appropriate Footwear is Important in the Workplace

Nowadays footwear is asking for it’s own space in the workplace just as much as uniforms and apparel because of the look, comfortability and safety it should provide the professional with. The following are several reasons why should wear appropriate footwear in the workplace.

Corns and Bunions: Survival of the staff in any workplace requires a great deal of support to move from one place to another, which can result in the formation of the feared corns and bunions. If you want to prevent them you should find a good removable insole for your shoe. Pick an insole made from a soft material, with some width and if possible, with ventilation holes under the toes, on the step and with a rugged and flexible texture.

Back Pain: If you don’t want to end up with back injuries, pay attention to the heel on your shoes. Your shoes should have an average height from 2 to 4 centimeters, so that the shoe is not flat but it’s not too high so that it overwhelms the ball of your foot with too much weight. A very high heel will result in early fatigue, circulatory problems, foot pain, bunions, hammer toes and deformities of the backbone with chronic pain. It is recommended that the width of the heel and the front part of the shoe are the same, to provide a stable base for balance.

Protection against toxic substances and infections: Why should we kid ourselves? Workplaces can be hostile environments in which the slightest mistake can result in death. Some workers continually deal with toxic substances, contaminated samples with the deadliest microorganisms and yes, bleach and disinfectants will destroy an unsuitable shoe. To protect ourselves against these dangers we should wear an EVA shoe that covers our feet completely, especially reinforced in the upper part and the sole, preventing liquid or syringes coming through.

Anti-slip: If we don’t want to slip while we are in the workplace, you should wear a shoe with an anti-slip outer sole. In relation to the friction, the sole should have some sort of drawing or pattern in the front and back to ease the evacuation of contaminants, preventing slips and facilitating your grip while you walk. Soft materials and holes on top should be avoided, preventing any fluids to come in contact with your feet.

Good looks: Nobody likes being treated by gross sanitary staff, let alone seeing their footwear covered in vomit and blood stains. To prevent this, find a waterproof shoe that doesn’t absorb stains and that is easily washable.

Comfort: As we have commented before, workers move a lot, and that’s exactly why we should save as much energy as possible while wearing a light and comfortable shoe. When wearing an EVA shoe, we are making sure that we are using lightweight footwear, and as far as comfort goes, we should find a shoe that has no inner stitching that could result in annoying chafing. The inside of your shoe should feel soft.

Breathing: It’s good to get a shoe that lets your feet breathe through ventilation holes, and if possible, that they are located strategically in places where liquid will not come in, preferably on the sides of your shoe. It is of extreme importance to find a good removable insole as well, so that sweat is absorbed and no nasty odors are produced, while improving comfort.

There are many online retail and B2B stores that sell comfortable and appropriate footwear. Here at UniformMarket powered by Sellers Commerce, we provide you with tools such as B2B Program Manager and Retailer Pro, which can connect you with the products and data you need for your employees or business. Whether you are a uniform retailer or an energy company needing to fit your employees with new footwear, uniforms or gear, we have the tools and services for you.  Contact us for a demo today!

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