Safety Tips for Office Footwear


Dressing fashionably in an office environment is a priority for men and women. It gives office workers a chance to express a sense of self while also enhancing professional images. Fashion, however, should never take precedence over safety.

Avoiding Slips, Trips and Falls

  • No one wants to take a tumble at work. Doing so can cause such injuries as sprained ankles or broken toes. It can also cause lesser mishaps, such as dropping important documents, office supplies or coffee. Even if no significant mishap results, you'll likely feel embarrassed if you hit the ground in the office. To avoid accidental falls, look for shoes with low (or no) heels and non-skid soles. Women should stick with straps that fasten. Men should keep laces tied in double knots.

Get the Right Fit

  • Even with a desk job, most employees spend a lot of time on their feet, walking around the office, going through the building to conference rooms and colleagues' work spaces, or walking to off-site meetings and lunches. Having shoes that fit properly can prevent blisters and other ailments. Wear cotton socks or panty hose for additional protection from blisters.

Keep an Extra Pair on Hand

  • Shoe malfunctions sometimes take place during the workday. If you commute by public transportation, you run the risk of shoe damage by having your foot stepped on or getting your foot caught in a door or escalator. Going through the day in a damaged shoe can lead to foot and ankle injuries. Having an extra pair of shoes in the office solves this problem.

Protect Yourself from Falling Objects

  • Even if you're careful about how you walk, there's the risk of something heavy--a binder, reference book or ream of paper--falling on your foot. Rolling desk chairs present a hazard to exposed toes as well. Closed-toe shoes provide a layer of protection.

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