Top 4 Tips For Finding The Best Work Shoes

Top 4 Tips For Finding The Best Work Shoes

March 18, 2022

Finding the perfect work shoe can be tricky, especially if you have a job where you are required to be on your feet for most (if not all) of the day - you might find yourself frequently counting down the hours until you can go home, take your shoes off and put your feet up. In an effort to help you Move Well, Be Well throughout your work day and relieve your feet from daily aches and pains, we have put together our top 4 tips for finding the best work shoes!

1. Proper fit is key - the shoe you choose can have all the bells and whistles but if it doesn't fit your foot properly then it is of no benefit. A proper fitting shoe should match the shape of your foot and thus prevent excessive pressure on the sides of the foot and at the toes. For those that wear more of a 'dress' shoe, be careful the toe box isn't too pointed and the heel isn't too high.

Tip: If you aren't sure if the shoe matches the shape of your foot try taking the insole out of the shoe, place your foot on it, stand up and then look to see if your foot fits inside the insole. If the shoe is too narrow or a poor shape, you may notice your foot 'hanging' off the edge, avoid these shoes. 

2. Pick a shoe that is suited for your work environment - seems simple yet most of us are guilty of using the same shoe for 10 different activities, a work shoe should fit your working environment. To determine if a shoe will match your working environment, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What kind of environments do I primarily work in? Think general and then specifically think about the surfaces you are on
Ex. Concrete, outdoors, hard tile, carpet, potentially wet surfaces
  • Does my job have any specific footwear requirements?
Ex. Has to be closed toe, slip resistant, a specific colour, etc.
  • During my work day how does my time vary between sitting, standing, and walking?

For example, a cute pair of ballet flats may look nice with your uniform but after an 8 hour day serving tables your feet might not feel so 'cute' anymore. 

3. Don't be afraid to add a little extra support - while a new work shoe may be the solution to tired, achy feet at work, don't be afraid to experiment with an over-the-counter insole or custom foot orthotic to give you a little extra support.

4. Invest in a good pair of socks - like a small rock in your shoe, a sock that constantly falls down in the heel or bunches under your foot can be rather annoying. A good pair of socks will allow you to spend less time un-tying, re-tying your shoes to fix your sock and more time on your work tasks. But that isn't the only benefit to buying a better quality sock, a good pair of socks can help wick moisture, help regulate the temperature of your feet, and add a little more cushion/comfort to your shoes. If you stand or sit for long periods of time, compression socks may also be a great idea as they improve circulation thus helping to energize your legs.

Finding the perfect work shoe that will enable you to Move Well, Be Well, throughout your work day may seem like a daunting task, but with the help of our experienced shoe fitters and knowledgeable team members, we can help you find the perfect fit. 

 

 

Written by,

Shayla McLean

Helping people Move Well, Be Well and full time footwear enthusiast

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[OLD] Sizing Charts

FOOTWEAR:

European Sizing chart conversion:

*Please note that these conversion charts serve as a general guideline, actual fitting may vary by style.

Women’s

US

4.5-5

5.5-6

6.5-7

7.5-8

8.5-9

9.5-10

10.5-11

11.5-12

12.5-13

EU

35

36

37

38

39

40

41

42

43

 

Men’s

US

7.5-8

8.5-9

9.5-10

10.5-11

11.5-12

12.5-13

13.5-14

14.5-15

EU

41

42

43

44

45

46

47

48

 

SOCKS :

Sockwell

Brooks

Sock Size

US Men's Shoe Size

US Women's Shoe Size

Euro Shoe Size

Small

 

4 - 6.5

34 - 37

Medium

6 - 8.5

7 - 9.5

38 - 41

Large

9 - 11.5

10 - 12.5

42 - 45

XL

12 - 14.5

 

46 - 49


ANKLE BRACES:

 

Bauerfeind

 

Professional Orthopedic Products (POP)

  

DJO - Roboboots – Short and Tall

SHOE SIZE MEN

SHOE SIZE WOMEN

SIZE

Up to 4

Up to 5

XS

4 - 7

5 - 8

S

7 - 10

8 - 11

M

10 - 13

11 - 15

L

13+

15+

XL

 

 

 

DJO- Aircast Airsport

DESCRIPTION

MEN

WOMEN

SIZE

Left

Up to 5

Up to 5

X-Small

Right

Up to 5

Up to 5

X-Small

Left

5.5 - 7

5.5 - 8.5

Small

Right

5.5 - 7

5.5 - 8.5

Small

Left

7.5 - 11

9 - 12.5

Medium

Right

7.5 - 11

9 - 12.5

Medium

Left

11.5 - 13

13 - 14.5

Large

Right

11.5 - 13

13 - 14.5

Large

Left

13.5 +

15 +

X-Large

Right

13.5 +

15 +

X-Large

  

KNEE BRACES:

 

Bauerfeind

 

 

 

Ossur

Size

Circumference*

*Circumference measured 6” above mid-patella

XSmall

11.5" (29cm) to 13.75" (35cm)

Small

13.75" (35cm) to 16" (41cm)

Medium

16" (41cm) to 18" (46cm)

Large

18" (46cm) to 20.5" (52cm)

XLarge

20.5" (52cm) to 22.5" (57cm)

XXLarge

22.5" (57cm) to 24.75" (63cm)

XXXLarge

24.75" (63cm) to 28.5" (72cm)

XXXXLarge

28.5" (72cm) to 32" (81cm)

 

DJO

*Measurements taken 6” above mid-patella

SIZE

MEASUREMENT

XS/S

13" - 18.5" (33 - 47 cm)

M/L

18.5" - 23.5" (47 - 60 cm)

XL/XXL

23.5" - 29.5" (60 - 75 cm)

XXXL

29.5" - 31" (75 - 79 cm)


 

ELBOW BRACES:

Bauerfeind

 

 

HAND BRACES:

 

Professional Orthopedic Products (POP)

 

Size

Wrist Circ.

X-Small

4 ¾" - 5 ½"

Small

5 ½" - 6 ¼"

Medium

6 ¼" - 7"

Large

7" - 7 ¾"

X-Large

7 ¾" - 8 ½"


 

Orliman (thumb brace)

 

Size

Wrist

Circumference

in CM   (A)

 

Length

in CM   (B)

Small

14 - 18

11

Large

18 - 22

13