A Go-To Guide for Finding the Right Fit

We’ve all had a pair of shoes that pinch you to death, rub you the wrong way, leave uninvited blisters and are just too darn tight. It happens. Uncomfortable, ill-fitting shoes can really do a number on your feet. How can you avoid them though? Take to mind these useful tips as a guide to find the guaranteed fit for your feet.

  • Measure your feet or try on safety toe shoes toward the end of the day when your feet are their largest. Yes, your feet will actually swell as the days goes on – as you walk and stand through the day, your feet expand under your weight. Pro Tip:  Measure your foot from the back of your heel to the tip of your big toe.
  • The majority of folks have one foot that is slightly larger than the other. Always find your safety shoes by choosing a size that fits the bigger of your two feet.
  • When trying on work shoes, make sure that there’s up to ½” of space left between the end of your big toe (or longest toe) and the end of the shoe.
  • Make sure that the toe box of the shoe is both wide and large enough for your toes. Your toes should not be rubbing up against any sides of the shoe.
  • Always hunt for shoes based on how well they fit your feet, not based on the size number.
  • Confirm that there is enough room for the ball of your foot – it should fit comfortably at the widest part of your safety toe shoe.
  • Your heel should not slide up and down inside the shoe as you walk; it should be stable with little to no movement as you move.
  • Don’t settle for shoes that are too small, hoping that they’ll stretch out over time. This will just leave you in a world of hurt.
  • Buy work shoes that fit the shape of your foot.
  • The shoes upper should be made of materials that will mold to your foot.
  • Spend some time walking around the store in your work shoes to make sure the fit is truly comfortable.
  • Pick a pair of work safety shoes that fits your arch type. Folks with very high and very low arches have a greater risk of aches, pain and injury if they don’t pick the right shoe for their foot type. If you don’t pay attention to your arch type now, bigger problems could arise down the road.
  • Make sure the shoes you get will keep your hooves satisfied if you have to stand or walk for long periods of time.
  • Wear snug, moisture wicking socks with your shoes as the type of sock that you wear can greatly affect your overall performance in the workplace. This ranges from the lack of warmth that you are getting from standing on your feet for hours on end, or simply from the amount of cushion that you are receiving. Your feet will thank you in the end.

Easy as pie right? Follow these tips and tricks, and you’ll be sure to find the right shoe with the kind of fit you’ve always wanted. For more information on tips and shoes we offer, check us out at safgard.com.

 

Picking the Right Socks for the Job

Article by Emily Bennett 

Believe it or not, socks play a huge role in foot comfort when it comes to wearing safety shoes throughout the day. Contrary to popular belief, the type of sock that you wear can greatly affect your overall performance in the workplace, ranging from the lack of warmth that you are getting from standing on your feet for hours on end, or simply from the amount of cushion that you are receiving.

You might be wondering why the fit of your socks is so important. The answer is simple. If your socks don’t fit your feet, you will not be comfortable, and it will interfere with your ability to perform to highest potential in the workplace.

When selecting safety-toe footwear, one should be mindful that tight socks can cramp toes just as much as ill-fitted shoes can. Socks that are wrinkled, too big or too small or even rough feeling can cause blisters as a result of skin being rubbed raw.

Choosing the right sock is as easy as 1,2,3.

You should remain mindful that the perfect sock for working conditions should be made of:

  1. A synthetic fiber to wick away moisture.
  2. Be thick enough to provide a barrier between the foot and sole of the shoe for maximum comfort.
  3. Fits your specific arch type to provide a proper fit.

You should also pay attention to your own health needs, as some types of socks can help prevent swelling, muscle weakness, and help to maintain foot temperature.

Whether or not we want to accept it, sock fit plays an essential role in shoe fit and foot health. Socks help our feet to stay dry in wet conditions, warm in cold conditions, cool in hot conditions and give us constant relief and protection in our safety footwear from standing for hours on end.

For more information on sock fit and safety shoes, check us out at www.safgard.com.

Lace ‘Em Up – A Guide to Proper Lacing

Article by Emily Bennett

Before you roll your eyes and think, “How the heck does lacing my safety shoes affect my foot pain?” think about what actually lacing your shoes a certain way might do for your hooves in the long haul. Just like runners lace their shoes a particular way before hitting the pavement, or figure skaters stringing up their skates before taking to the ice, your work shoe demands the right lacing before you go on the job.

Just like there’s a wide variety of work safety shoes, there are a bunch of ways you can lace them. There’s lacing patterns that range from helping with heel slips, tightness across the top of your foot from the laces, and even what type of arch you have.

Whatever your foot pain problem might be, we can assure you that properly lacing your pair of work shoes may help alleviate some of that pain. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you lace up that pain of yours.

Toe Problems

If you’ve got toe problems, it can cause a few bouts of pain for you in your work shoes. A simple lacing can alleviate some of that pain. When you’re lacing up your shoes, create a diagonal lace going from the bottom to the top. Lace the eyelets with the rest of the lace.

High Arch

People that have high arches may have a hard time with normal criss-cross lacing. By straight lacing your shoes, the pressure on the shoe’s tongue is released which allows relief to your foot, leading to more comfort all around.

Top of Foot Pain

Pain on the top of your foot can be awfully aggravating, especially when you’re trying to work. When lacing up your safety toe boots, skip an eyelet so you leave space in the lacing. This will lead to less pressure on the top of your foot.

Heel Slippage

Slipping heels aren’t much fun when they’re leaving you with a blister on the back of your hoof. If your heel slips too much or you need a little more toe room, try a lace lock at the top of your work shoe. This will pull your foot back into the heel of the shoe and help out  to stop the slippage for a more snug fit.

Next time you go to lace up your safety boots, remember these tricks to help cut down on some of that foot pain you’re experiencing. It’s worth your time experimenting with a new lace pattern at home. Remember, when you take care of your feet, your feet will take care of you.

For more information on foot care visit us at www.safgard.com.