Why You Should Take the Time to Get a Shoe Fitting

What do we want? More time!! When do we want it? Yesterday!!

Yes, with the long work week and the hassle of every other activity and event going on in our lives, it seems like we have no free time for anything. So how we choose to spend this free time is extremely valuable, and something as small as a shoe fitting will likely get swept under the rug.

I mean, come on! What’s the point right? We’re all over the age of five, so we all know our own shoe sizes. Obviously, we don’t need our safety shoes to be fitted by a professional because we can clearly do it ourselves, right?

One would think.

But, there’s actually more to sizing than meets the eye. When you’re on your feet for eight hours a day, your shoes need to fit perfectly. Or else…the improperly fitted shoe demons will haunt you until you find yourself cursing the creator of the first ever pair of shoes.

Remember back in elementary school when we had to do compare/contrast exercises? Let’s go ahead and do one of those here.

Your first day at work without getting your new safety shoes properly fitted:

You arrive at the warehouse for your first day on the job. Your new steel-toe boots look great on you, you’re feeling confident, and you’re ready for this exciting new challenge in your life.

Flash forward five hours: That same steel toe protecting your foot has now caused you to lose all feeling in your big toe. For all that you know, your big toe could have fallen off by now and ended up in one of those boxes that you just loaded onto a truck. As you hobble around on just the heel of your foot, the judgmental side-eye glare from your coworkers is all too real.

But that’s not all.  Another two hours (if only all work days could move this fast), and the boot on your other foot is creating blisters the size of Mars. At this point, you’re debating whether or not just chopping your foot off entirely is the best option (hint: it’s not. Don’t do that).

Every step feels like you’re walking on knives, and you end the day by throwing your new pair of boots in the giant warehouse trash compactor. Sounds like a cheerful first day, huh?

Now here’s your first day with shoes that have been properly fitted:

When you take the extra time to get your shoes fitted by a professional, they would know exactly where your big toe should be within the shoe while standing. They’d double check this before you left the store, and they’d have you walk a few laps around the store to ensure that the shoes feel good while you walk.

A professional would also know exactly how long and wide the shoe should be on your feet. They would check to make sure that the ball of your foot is resting on the widest part of your shoe to make sure that they don’t slip around and cause those nasty blisters.

So you arrive at work in your new, stylish, and properly fitted safety shoes, and you have a completely normal and ordinary day! There’s the thrilling and anticlimactic ending that we were looking for. Safety shoes are meant to keep you safe and looking good, and they also shouldn’t distract you from your everyday activities at work.

So don’t be that person who says, “But they felt ok when I tried them on in the store!” as you hobble around while cursing your new shoes. Get them properly fitted and checked out by a professional.

Any questions? Feel free to visit our sizing and fitting page here to read about specific shoe sizes and width letters: https://www.safgard.com/education/sizing-fit

What is a Shoemobile?

What is a Shoemobile?

What’s better than a store full of over 1,600 pairs of safety shoes? A store full of over 1,600 safety shoes….on wheels. You may have heard about our shoemobiles, or even seen one driving around or parked near your place of work before, but what really goes on inside these shoe stores on wheels? Here’s exactly what you can expect each time you visit one of our 46 shoemobiles.

Our shoemobiles truly are a safety shoe retail store on wheels.

Our shoemobiles are always stocked with a minimum of 1,600 pairs of safety shoes, so there’s plenty for you to choose from! When you first step foot into a Saf-Gard shoemobile, you’ll be greeted by one of our Mobile Store Managers, ready to fit you for your new pair of safety shoes. You’ll be asked about the environment that you work within and what kind of safety shoe you’re looking for specifically.

Decisions, decisions

After learning a little bit about you, our safety shoe expert will give you a few options that he or she feels will best fit your needs. You’ll be able to select the brand and color of your safety shoe, and then our Saf-Gard employee will size you and give you a pair to try on. It’s like your own personal shoe assistant, except it’s on wheels, so it’s a lot cooler.

If the Shoe Fits…

Once you have the shoes on, our expert will quickly work with you to ensure that the shoes fit your feet perfectly. No one wants to be sized incorrectly and end up with shoes that pinch or rub the wrong way, so we take great care in this step of the process. The last thing we want is for you to work an eight-hour shift the next day cursing us and our shoemobile by the end of it, so we make sure that the shoe is a perfect fit!

After you’ve found the perfect pair of safety shoes, all you need to do is sign and pay for them. Congratulations! You’re the proud owner of a brand new pair of safety shoes. You’ll be thanked by our Saf-Gard employee and then you’ll be on your way out the door. It’s as easy as that! So the next time you see one of our shoemobiles parked near you, make sure to stop by and check it out. Trust us, they’re awesome.

We are always ready and willing to help you come up with the best selection possible for your employees.

Want to learn more about our Shoemobiles? Click here.

Safety Tips for Any Industry

Warehouses, foundries, construction sites and factories can be some of the most dangerous places to work when it comes to accidents and injury. Think about it… large and moving machinery such as forklifts, carrying heavy loads such as pallets and heavy equipment can be hazardous for you and your workers, and we all know accidents can happen regardless of how careful we try to be.

Check out these safety tips and learn how to make your own work environments safer and more productive:

Want to download this infographic for your team? Click here for your free PDF download!

How to Keep Your Feet Healthy

You’re on your feet for at least eight hours a day, and 40 hours a week. It’s time to give them a little TLC for all of the stress and pressure (literally and figuratively) that they are under every single day. Check out our foot facts infographic to educate yourself a little more about your most reliable transportation system,  and learn how to protect yourself from the ground up!

Download your FREE foot fact infographic here to share with employees, colleagues, and managers today!

For more information about how to keep your feet safe on the job and see our selection on safety shoes, visit us online at www.safgard.com 

What to Look for in Construction Boots

So, you want to know what boots are going to save you on your next construction job site.

You’ve come to the right place.

Let’s start with the basics, the first thing you need to make sure of is that your new boots meet the following criteria. Ask yourself, are your boots:

  1. Are they relatively easy to put on?
  2. Are they comfortable to wear for extended periods of time?
  3. Will they keep you safe from whatever hazards await you at your workplace?

At Saf-GardTM, we also feel that it is important to note that it’s important to remember that as a tradesman, your feet are just as valuable as your hands. Therefore, your work boots need to be viewed as a personal safety investment, not an expense.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s jump in and hash out what you should be looking for in your next pair of construction work boots.

Safety Toes

We know, this one sounds like a no-brainer. But it can make the difference between getting home safe and having an impromptu trip to the ER… we’re pretty sure no one wants that. The main duty of a safety toe is to protect your foot from heavy objects that can fall on it while on a job such as metal poles, beams, and heavy tools.

Within the category of safety toe shoes, they are typically made out of steel, aluminum, or composite materials. You will more than likely be told what type of safety toe you need to have by your company or supervisor. If you haven’t been told, make sure to ask before you go shoppin

Durability

Let’s face it, this profession isn’t exactly forgiving when it comes to clothes and gear. In order to get the most bang for your buck, it’s important to do your research and find a pair of safety shoes that not only meets your employer’s standards but is durable and affordable as well. When you buy a cheap pair of work shoes, not only are you potentially hurting your feet due to cheap quality and lack of proper support but your wallet as well.

In the long run, it is more cost effective to invest in a decent pair of boots, as opposed to replacing cheap ones every few months.

When it comes to personal protection on the job site, you can never be too careful. Make sure you choose a pair of work boots that meet the necessary criteria for your career in the construction industry, in addition to staying alert and aware of your surroundings.

To learn more about the products we offer, check us out at www.safgard.com

The Most Common Workplace Injuries

Let’s face it. Serious injuries in the workplace are far too common. Each year, there’s a wide range of accidents and injuries that occur across all work sectors resulting in both nonfatal and fatal outcomes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, since 2008, more than 5,000 fatalities have been recorded by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). Depending on the type of work you’re in, each job faces a wide range of hazards.

The workplace can be an extremely dangerous place. Not only is it the firm’s responsibility to guarantee a reliable working environment; each employee also has a responsibility to take caution when on the job. Of course, even the best-prepared employees can fall victim to workplace accidents, but to be forewarned is to be forearmed as the old saying goes. Here are the top five most common accidents and injuries in the workplace.

Slip and Fall Accidents– This refers to falls on wet and slippery floors or trips over something lying on the ground. Employees should keep their attention focused on what’s going on around them, and as for employers, safety guidelines should be posted to ensure that spills are promptly cleaned up and taken care of and that no leftover waste is present which can pose a dangerous threat.

Muscle Strains– Strained muscles are something that is extremely common, as anyone who regularly lifts heavy items at work probably already knows. In particular, back and neck strains are all too notoriously sustained while working. In order to avoid these type of injuries, basic training on proper lifting techniques should be practiced to prevent muscle strain.

Falling Objects– Falling or flying items in the workplace can put workers’ safety in jeopardy and can expose them to relatively minor injuries such as cuts or abrasions, as well as more serious injuries such as concussions or blindness. This issue can be easily prevented by wearing a pair of safety toe shoes while on the job. 

Repetitive Strain Injury– Repetitive strain injuries are a headache that has become more and more common in the workplace over the years. Caused by a variety of tasks such as forceful or repetitive activity and poor posture, repetitive strain injuries mostly affect parts of the upper body, such as the forearm, elbow, wrist, hands, shoulders, and neck. In some cases, repetitive strain injuries can become severe, so it is extremely important to take precaution.

Crashes and Collisions– Accidents that result in a crash or impact injury are utterly common, believe it or not. Whether they involve cars, lorries or even smaller vehicles such as forklift trucks, they can pose serious impacts. Therefore, it’s up to employers to certify that seatbelts and other safety precautions are both in place and in use where it’s appropriate.

Although there’s a never-ending list of ways that people can get injured while at work, there are several protocols that employers can put into place to limit workers from coming into direct harm. Through training,  signage, access to the mandatory safety equipment, and regular risk assessments, injuries in the workplace can be avoided altogether to keep workers both intact and on the job.

Looking for more tips to stay safe on the job or schedule a shoemobile? Visit us at www.safgard.com!

 

Safety Shoes Don’t Just Mean Safety Boots

Article by Emily Bennett

One of the most important things we have to consider when we’re at work is safety. It’s not just our boss’ job to make sure that the workplace is safe and free of any sort of hazard, but it’s also our job as employees to make sure that we’re protecting ourselves and putting our best foot forward (literally).

Depending on the line of work that you’re in,  it’s required that safety footwear is worn in the form of a steel toe, composite toe, or alloy toe boots and shoes to make sure that you’re protected against any type of probable hazard. Lots of times we find ourselves complaining about our safety boots feeling too bulky, too hot on our feet, or just plain uncomfortable. You may not even like the look of your work safety boots just because you don’t like the style.

There happens to be a solution to your problem, and trust us, it’s simpler than you might think…

Why not give a pair of safety shoes a try instead? They give you all the protection that safety boots do and they don’t resemble your typical safety shoe. Here are our top five safety shoe styles that aren’t boots.

  • Keens Atlanta Steel Toe Hiker: This classic looking low-cut hiking shoe is one of our most favored non-boot styles. With its Electrostatic Dissipative (ESD) component to cut down on excess static electricity coupled with its oil and slip resistant outsole and steel toe protection, you’ll be just as protected as you would be in your heavy-duty work boots.

 

  • Skechers Alloy Toe Athletic: In this pair of Skechers you can get the same protection that you get from a safety boot, all while looking sharp on the job. They give you a maximum amount of comfort with their memory-foam insoles, slip-resistant outsoles for messy situations, and are fully decked out in the toe with Aluminum, ready to protect at a moment’s notice.

 

  • Timberland PRO Newbury: This popular women’s style is a great choice when it comes to a nice looking dress safety shoe. It’s built with an alloy toe, made to protect and cut down on excess static electricity with its ESD component, has a slip resistant outsole, and will provide you with maximum comfort throughout the day with its anti-fatigue footbed.

 

  • Rockport Works Steel Toe Sailing Shoe: This pair of shoes is the farthest thing from your regular looking steel-toed shoe. Not only is it strong looking, but it has a slip-resistant sole to it, protects against any type of electrical hazard, and they’re even decked out with steel in the toe to save your foot if something were to happen.

 

  • Dr. Martens Steel Toe Oxford: This popular style of Dr. Martens is a mighty fine choice when you’re looking for a low-cut oxford style safety shoe. On top of it containing the Dr. Martens Air Cushioned sole, it’s also slip resistant and is capable of cutting down on excess static electricity with its ESD component.

So what’s holding you back from a pair of safety toe shoes now? Go ahead and broaden your horizons the next time you go shopping for a new pair of work shoes. You may just find your new favorite pair.

For more information on safety footwear, be sure to check out our website 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.