Although many of us pay more attention to the shoes we wear while going out or on special occasions, in reality, we should be more picky about the kind of shoes we wear to work. Even if your job doesn’t require you to be on your feet or move a lot, you’re still spending at least 8 hours a day in the same footwear. And if your shoes aren’t comfortable and ergonomic, they can cause a range of problems from sores to bunions and even knee and back pain.
While getting orthopaedic shoes may be the obvious solution, truth is, we want our shoes to be cute and be a stylish accessory to our work outfits. Luckily, if you know what to look for, it’s easy to discover shoes that are attractive, comfortable and good for your overall health. Here are some things to pay attention to.
Even though high heels look sleek and professional, it’s really not a great idea to wear them for 8 hours a day, every day. Considering how they change the natural posture of the body, wearing high heels for prolonged periods of time can come with a host of side effects. And it’s not that only really high heels are harmful. Although the more the ball of your foot is elevated, the higher the risk, even heels that are 5 cm high can lead to problems.
With that being said, it’s recommended to wear female flat shoes for work and turn to your high heel collection only for special occasions. Not only are they healthier, but female flat shoes are also safer as there’s a lesser risk of tripping and falling. And let’s be honest, high heels aren’t exactly comfortable. Not only does walking in them put more pressure on your feet, causing them to become sore, but the fact that your toes point downward makes them swell up, thus further enhancing your discomfort.
Just as it’s important for your office furniture and work equipment to be ergonomic, the same goes for footwear. In the case of footwear, it’s advisable to look for good support and cushioning. So, make sure to check whether the shoes have thick rubber outsoles to support your weight and padded insoles to reduce the impact the feet receive from the floor. In addition, it’s important that the shoes ideally fit your feet.
When it comes to fit, size can be a little misleading as it only refers to the length of the foot. With that being said, if you have narrower or wider feet, you need to look for designs that will match your foot shape. In general, footwear that comes with adjustable straps or laces is great as it can be easily modified should your feet swell later in the day.
The fact is that comfortable and ergonomic shoes can cost more. So, you want to make sure that you invest your hard-earned money into pairs that are versatile and can go with most work outfits you own. In general, it’s best to stick to neutral colours like for instance the unmistakable classy beige, black, white, navy and grey, and avoid accents that are over-the-top, like sparkles or beads. In general, the simpler the design the better. And now that minimalism is also on the rise in fashion, these pairs will also make sure you look stylish as well.