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If you work in an environment that requires you to be on your feet all day, then you’ll know how important it is to wear shoes that allow you to do your job in comfort. Many of us will have been in a situation where all you can think about is getting home at the end of a shift to rest our aching feet. But what should you be looking for when it comes to the perfect pair of shoes to take you through a working day in comfort?
The most comfortable shoes are those which are designed for stability. This means that when you wear them you won’t be in danger of sliding out of them, either because the heel is too high or too unstable, or because the shoes are simply a poor fit.
The toe box is probably the most important part of a shoe, as this is the part which covers and protects the toes. If it isn’t right, you can develop bunions, in growing toenails and corns. In fact, the list of issues caused by a poorly fitting toe box could be endless. You could even develop pain in the balls of your feet. The best toe box in women’s shoes is likely to be a square-shaped one, or at least one wider than the average stiletto type.
Arch and heel support is also essential to prevent incorrect pronation of the feet. This is when the foot rolls inwards and eventually causes pain. Good arch support helps to evenly distribute the pressure all over the sole of the foot, rather than just on the heels and balls of the feet. By wearing shoes which provide solid arch and heel support, you can help to prevent future knee, hip, and back pain.
There’s nothing worse than kicking off your shoes after work and filling the room with bad odour of smelly feet. To avoid this, choose shoes which have breathable or cool lining. This is essential in the summer months during warmer weather and if you are on your feet all day. Choose shoes with an antimicrobial lining which is helpful for those prone to sweaty and smelly feet.
Finally, choose lightweight shoes for comfort and, if working in hazardous areas look for a non-slip sole, as the last thing you need is to have an accident at work or on a slippery winter pavement due to your choice of footwear.
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