Are Your Work Shoes Bad For Your Feet?

In Products by Alnoor Ladhani, Chiropodist

Whether you work in an office or stand all day, it is important to wear shoes that keep your feet in good health. Bad shoes can result in foot cramps, pinched toes and sweaty feet. Additionally, poor arch support can also lead to painful foot problems, as well as back pain. For those who spend a lot of time at work on their feet, here is a list of the best shoes for work.


Low-heeled Shoes

If you stand on your feet a lot at work, you may be thinking that flat sole shoes are the best choice. Think again. As reported by the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc., your heel should be raised by a minimum of a quarter inch. However, heels higher than 2 inches are also not advised.


Shoes with Enough Space for your Toes

Shoes with sufficient space for your toes are one of the best types of shoes for work if you are standing all day. This is because feet are prone to swelling during the day. Because of this, it is important to try and shop for shoes later in the afternoon when your feet are likely to be swollen and larger than usual. The shoe you choose should have enough space for you to wiggle your toes. If the shoes are tight when you try them on in the store, they will only become tighter after wearing them all day.


Shoes that Fit Properly

Shoes should be snug but not tight. Shoes that are too tight cut off circulation and make standing or walking unbearable. The best shoes for work should fit not only in length, but in width as well. If you can, purchase a shoe half a size larger so that you have space to insert arch supports or extra cushioning to prevent blisters. Do not expect shoes that are tight to stretch with time.


Shoes with Effective Arch Support

When shopping for the best shoes for work, opt for a store that specializes in work shoes. Be sure to explain how long you stand for and what you do, so that the retailer can suggest the best work shoes with effective arch support for you.


Safety Shoes

Depending on your job, in addition to the above, you may also require safety shoes. The best shoes for work will also provide protection against workplace hazards. All work shoes should provide comfort and should not compromise the safety of the employee. Most safety shoes should feature the following:

  • Soles chosen according to the flooring and type of hazards in the workplace
  • Non-slip footwear
  • A steel midsole that prevents penetration by sharp objects into the foot while being flexible enough to bend
  • Insulation in cold conditions


Shoes with the Correct Material

Generally, shoes made out of leather or canvas are preferable to synthetic materials. Leather and canvas are more breathable types of materials.


Correct Foot Care

The correct pair of shoes can go a long way in preventing injury to the feet. However, proper foot care is also essential.

  • Keep feet clean and dry, particularly in between the toes
  • Toenails should be trimmed straight across and not into the corners
  • Take breaks and stretch your feet as often as you can.
  • Massage your feet
  • Elevate your feet


Feet are often neglected, which isn’t wise considering the amount of weight they carry around. Considering the amount of time spent at work, wearing the correct shoes at work can prevent injured feet and can improve posture and reduce back pain. If you experience prolonged problems with your feet or back, you may be wearing the wrong shoes at work and may need to see a chiropodist to help solve your problems.