Choosing the Best Shoes for Retail Workers

Most retail workers spend a lot of time on their feet on concrete floor, and this can be incredibly uncomfortable after a while. Many retail workers do not wear shoes with arch support with cushioned thick mid sole. Standing all day in impractical shoes can damage your toes and cause problems for the tendons and ligaments in your ankles. Over time, this can lead to poor posture and chronic pain. If your employer values the health of his or her employees then he will consider appearances vs safety, and let you choose comfortable smart looking shoes.

Some stores require that their workers wear a specific kind of shoe, but if you’re lucky enough to work somewhere that has a fairly relaxed dress code then you should choose comfortable shoes to wear to work. Work shoes and boots are designed for standing and walking all day on cement floor and could be considered the best shoes for retail workers. You can buy work sneakers that are predominantly black and look fairly smart, so they won’t stand out too much with the rest of your uniform.

New balance 627 Cross Training Steel Toe Work Slip Resistant Shoes

Cushioned running shoes that are designed for running and walking are a great choice for retail workers. However, if you aren’t allowed to wear running shoes you can achieve a similar level of comfort with slip-on leather shoes if you replace the insoles with thick, padded ones or gel ones. The right kind of shoes for your needs will depend on your own foot and your natural gait. Someone whose feet naturally pronate will need a different shoe to someone with a flatter gait. The best thing to do is try a few different shoes and insoles until you find something that gives good support for your foot. Another option is to visit your local New Balance store for proper fit and evaluation of your gait. They will recommend a pair of shoes according to your foot problem. Stay away from high heels unless your employer demands them.  Also stay away from “barefoot” shoes.

Barefoot  walking and running is great if you ease in to it and if you spend a lot of time on soil or grass, but if you are standing for a long time on a hard surface then you will probably find that barefoot style shoes leave you tired and achy quite quickly. Custom-fit orthotics that supports your transverse, lateral, longitudinal and medial arches is a good choice – and they are worth paying a premium for. Once you have worn them for a few days you will wonder how you ever lived without them! Custom fit orthotics doesn’t just prevent supination and pronation, they promote good posture and reduce the pressure on your joints, promoting good body alignment and reducing fatigue. They can be expensive but they are worth every penny, and in the long term they will probably save you money because they will stop you from needing to take as many sick days, and they will stop you from feeling so tired, so you’ll be able to enjoy your time off! Find out more which shoes are best for orthotic inserts by clicking here.

Other Ways to Take Care of Your Feet

If you work in a stockroom, try to wear cross-training shoes that will allow you to climb ladders and carry heavy loads with ease. If you work on the shop floor, wear shoes that are easy to walk in. If you spend most of your time at a till, see if you can get a soft carpet or a Anti Fatigue Mat  installed behind the till to take some of the pressure off your feet.

Good Shoe Brands

There are many different shoe brands that are good for people that spend a lot of time on their feet. Here is a quick look at some of the best shoes for retail workers. The New Balance 608 cross training shoes are ideal for stock-room workers, and are nice for people who walk around a lot too – especially if you buy insoles for them.

 Timberland PRO Titan 6″ Waterproof Safety-Toe Work Boot

Timberland PRO Titan 6″ Waterproof Safety-Toe Work Boot are smart enough that you can wear them on the shop floor, and also pretty comfortable. However, it’s important to note that soft-toed shoes aren’t ideal for carrying heavy loads. Your bosses may want you to wear safety footwear if you’re going to be carrying stuff around the shop.

Taller, bigger people may prefer the Nike Vomero series – this has several different width fittings. Nike has a friendly policy in terms of returns, so you can try your shoes on and return them if they don’t fit well enough. This is a neutral shoe that provides some cushioning but is not too soft. It is quite light so it is good for doing a lot of walking in, but it may not provide enough support for someone with a very high arch, unless you buy an extra insole for it.

The Neutral+ is a shoe that has a lot of cushioning in it and that was designed for improved shock absorption. If pronation is not a worry for you then this is a good choice. However, if you want something a little sturdier and that provides good ankle support, try the Ecco Track 2 Gore-Tex Hiking Boots. These boots are quite bulky, but that could be considered a good think – they don’t look like trainers. If you’re going to be on your feet all day, rushing from the till to the stock room, moving items around, pushing trolleys and walking both in the store and outside in the parking lot then hiking boots will keep your ankles supported and your feet warm and protected.

There are many other shoes that are good for retail workers. The above is just a small selection of the best shoes for retail workers. There are women’s brands for most of the shoes listed above, and they offer similar cushioning and protection. Women may struggle to persuade their employers to allow them to wear running shoes instead of high heels, but it is a battle that is worth fighting.

If you do work somewhere with a strict dress code, try to take regular breaks where you remove the impractical shoes. Sit down when you can, and engage in regular stretching to protect the muscles in your legs. Pay attention to your posture, and consider taking a yoga class or something similar to improve your flexibility and core strength.

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