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Guide to comfy work shoes


When you’re on your feet all day at work, the last thing you want to deal with is painful arches or blisters.

Doctors, nurses, teachers, retail workers, hospitality workers – these are all professions which require you to be on your feet and active all day.

It’s well-known that non-supportive footwear can cause pain and discomfort – not to mention long-term joint damage and very painful feet. Your shoe choice for work is critical to your health and can prevent long term injury or pain.

Do they provide a comfortable fit?

The first step in finding your perfect work shoe is to find your perfect size. Feet come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to make sure your shoes are fitted perfectly to you. Shoes that are too small can cause painful toenails and corns, but shoes that are too big could mean your foot is sliding around too much, causing blisters and sore spots.

Are they supportive in the right places?

A busy lifestyle means you need shoes that can keep up with you and support your feet all day, every day. Unsupportive shoes will cause your joints to overcompensate, taking on the full impact of hard, flat ground. Supportive shoes have cushioning and support on both the heel and ball of your foot, which also helps to create stability, reducing the chance of trips, slips or rolled ankles.

Are they orthotic friendly?

Shoes that are healthy for your feet will provide inbuilt arch support, as well as have the flexibility to remove or change footbeds to cater for custom orthotic inserts. Those of us who need extra support from orthotic inserts often have trouble finding a pair of shoes that can accommodate orthotics, but they are essential if you’re on your feet all day. Look for shoes with removable inserts, such as Ziera’s FF system or FRANKiE4’s Custom Fit Pack.

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