If you’re working in a job that requires you to wear safety shoes or boots, then it’s essential that you get the right fit.
Safety shoes and boots are worn by many professionals, including those working in the building industry, in various forms of engineering, in utility jobs, outdoor jobs and for anyone doing various forms of manual work.
Safety issues in these types of jobs are paramount and safety shoes and boots are an essential requirement to protect the health and safety of workers and their feet.
It’s no surprise, therefore, that having correctly fitting safety shoes or boots is important and could make a difference to the protection that you gain.
Most employers who require workers to wear safety shoes or boots provide the footwear free of charge as part of the work.
Sometimes it’s a case of you having to give a shoe size and they’ll order the shoes for you, or you may be able to choose the shoes or boots yourself, within a given range.
Although it’s convenient to have your shoes or boots provided for you by an employer, the downside is that they may not fit you quite as well as if you’d had the opportunity to choose and try them yourself.
This is because not all makes of footwear have exactly the same fit and where one brand fits you perfectly, another may not be quite such a good fit.
For example, if you frequently have instances where you suffer from sore toes, blisters or bruising on your feet, then the chances are that your shoes or boots aren’t the right size or the correct fit.
In fact, they could be either too big, too small or the wrong width fitting for your feet.
Choosing Correctly Fitting Safety Shoes or Boots
Where possible, if you get the chance to choose your own safety shoes or boots, then it’s a good opportunity to take.
If you don’t get the chance, then you could always try and find out in advance which make or brand of footwear the company will be providing and try out some options in a shoe shop in advance to see what size fits you better.
For example, even though you may be a size 10 in one brand, you may find that a size 10.5 fits you better in another.
When you’re trying on or choosing safety shoes or boots, always try and wear the type of socks you’ll be wearing during your work.
This is because different socks can be of different thicknesses, so to gain and accurate idea of how the boot or shoe will feel when you’re wearing them at work, you need to have the same type of sock on.
If you’re wearing thinner socks at work, then your foot may be prone to slipping around inside the shoe or boot when you’re wearing it, which could be problematic.
With very thick socks, the footwear may feel very tight and uncomfortable and you may need to go up a shoe size to get the best fit.
When you’re trying on shoes or boots, remember to lace them up properly. Doing the laces up properly helps them fit better and reduces the chance of your foot sliding down inside the shoe or boot when you start working.
Although you may feel self conscious when trying on shoes, it’s best to walk around in them for a few minutes and see how they feel.
Once you’ve bought or been supplied with a pair of safety shoes or boots, don’t forget to wear them in.
Like all new footwear, they will feel better and more comfortable if you get used to them gradually – and could help your performance at work too, as the more comfortable your shoes feel, the more you can get done.
Finally, don’t forget to make a note of the size, type and brand of shoe or boot you end up with.
Although they should last for a good while and provide plenty of wear, when you need a new pair it will make life a lot easier if you know exactly what size and type you had last time.