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When you work in fast-food between cooking the food, working the drive-through window, or front-facing on the cash register, you know you’ll be on your feet all day long, and that can be absolutely exhausting. Whilst those who work in fast-food may be susceptible to cashier wrist pain and other injuries - not to mention having to deal with tough customers - the last thing you need is back and joint pain from wearing incorrect shoes. Many who work in fast-food may not know that there are speciality shoes designed with your industry in mind. 



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Those who work in fast-food need shoes that provide both comfort and slip-resistance. Since slips, trips, and falls are the most common industry accident, it’s important that you have speciality shoes and not simply high-street trainers. At SHOES FOR CREWS (EUROPE) our shoes are tested to the most rigorous ISO standards and many of our top-selling styles exceed those standards by two to four times the minimum, ensuring you get home safe.


Your high-street trainer or shoe will not be slip-resistant on slippery steel surfaces or ceramic tile coated with glycerin - like our shoes are! So, a little fast-food grease, spilt food, dropped paper, water, drinks, ice, and any other spills will be a walk in the park for our shoes compared to others.


We also have shoes with spill protection to protect your forefoot from hot spills (Spill Guard), extra cushioning, lugs designed to reduce trips (TripGuard), extra lightweight compounds (Hoverlite) to reduce foot and joint fatigue, specialised tread patterns (Zone Traction), flexible tread to move with your foot not against it (FlexTread), clog resistance, CE certification, removable insoles, and much more, all to keep you safe at work. Here are 5 of the most comfortable fast-food staff shoes.


1. The Stylish Yet Safe Trainer: Wes and Avery

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The male Wes and the female Avery are two sides of the same coin. They both have a stylish design that can take you from the fast-food kitchen to a night out on the town whilst keeping you safe.


Here are some of the features:

  • Slip-resistance (a given)
  • Water-resistant, materials treated to repel water
  • Removable Insole, to add custom orthotics
  • Natural fit, standard fit for most foot sizes
  • Ventilated, mesh panels to keep the foot cool
  • Spill Guard, protective membrane lining or material overlay as a barrier against hot liquids
  • Vegan, no animal products, byproducts, or animal testing
  • Trip Guard, tapered toe to decrease trip hazards when moving on different floor types

These trainers will be sure to keep you going all day long, through your long day shift to your evening activities.


2. The High-Street Lookalike, Old School Low Rider III (Black or White)

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Available in two colours, black or white, and in both male and female styles, this stylish high-street lookalike, Old School Low Rider III, can keep you safe at work and beyond. Plus, in a high-street brand, you won’t find a quality leather shoe like this one at such a competitive price point, especially not with these safety features. It’s excellent value for money, and our customers rate them as long-lasting, incredibly comfortable, and resistant to oil. Those who work in fast-food note that it’s easy to clean too, an absolute must for those in the industry.  


Your high-street shoe, however, won’t have these features:

  • Slip-resistance
  • Water-resistant, materials treated to repel liquid
  • Coated leather
  • Extra cushioning, new insole technology and cushion construction to provide greater comfort
  • Removable insole, for custom insoles and orthotics
  • Natural fit, to fit most foot sizes
  • Trip Guard, with a tapered toe to decrease trip hazards between floor surfaces

Try each colour to add variety to your wardrobe. No matter your work uniform, black or white will match, and you can even throw on your going out clothes after work without having to change your shoes; they’ll last all day - as long as you do.


3. The Easy-Go Slip-Ons, Ollie II

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Ollie II, Women’s and Men’s, are comfortable, slip-resistant long-lasting pumps. Many customer reviews note their comfort, despite their minimal style, and another customer said that she bought a pair three years ago and only just reordered. If you want a shoe that is low-maintenance and low-worry, why not try a lace-free slip on? You can run out the door, slip your shoes on, and be on your way to work with plenty of time to punch the clock.


See the safety elements in this shoe:

  • Slip-resistant
  • Water-resistant
  • Coated leather
  • Removable insole, for custom insoles and orthotics
  • Natural fit, to fit most feet


One chef says that he’s converted three chefs in his kitchen to this shoe, and the style and comfort surpasses any other shoe he’s tried - in the last 12 years. You won’t find these safety features in other brands. Other - non-safety - slip ons retail for over £40, and Ollie II is a steal for under £35.


4. The Shoe that Has It All, Bridgetown and Pearl

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Bridgetown and Pearl come in male and female styles in black and grey - with coloured accents - options. The black shoes go well with fast-food uniforms and, if you want to be a bit more adventurous, you can choose the coloured options. Either way, our customers agree that you cannot beat the price or the safety elements.


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Here are the elements of Bridgetown and Pearl:

  • Slip-resistant
  • Water-resistant
  • Extra cushioning, providing greater comfort
  • Removable insoles, to add custom insoles
  • Natural fit, to fit most foot sizes
  • Hoverlite, lightweight foam compounds that make each step lighter
  • Ventilated, mesh panels to keep your feet cool
  • Spill Guard, protective membrane or lining that acts as a barrier against hot liquids
  • Vegan, no animal products, byproducts, or testing
  • Trip Guard, tapered toe to decrease trip hazards between different floor surfaces
  • Flex Tread, to promote natural foot movement with deep flex grooves
  • Zone Traction, environment-specific SFCE lug patterns with performance outsoles
  • Clog-Resistant, wider spaced traction lugs to limit stuck debris


A chef, and converted customer, gives these shoes a glowing review noting that he has bought 10-15 pairs of shoes over the last three years but none offered enough heel support for his plantar fasciitis problem. He notes that the Bridgetown is the best shoe he’s ever had, they’re worth the money, offer great slip-resistance, heel support, anti-clog properties, and that he doesn’t come home with wet feet after a 12-hour shift. He says also that food doesn’t get caught in the laces as it has with past shoes; he notes that the shoes are well-made, stylish, and can be used for personal use as they are an excellent walking shoe, lightweight, and have made his life easier overall. So, if a chef can walk in these shoes and survive a 12-hour shift, you’ll make it through your fast-food shift and still have life left in the shoe for personal use.


5. The Go To Fast-Food Shoe, Freestyle II and Liberty

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Many fast-food chains ask that wearers have black, low-heel, sensible shoes for work such as the Freestyle II (Men’s) and Liberty (Women’s). These shoes are long-lasting, inexpensive, and great for five-hour shorter shifts or longer eight-hour shifts alike. These styles come with a variety of safety elements, and a low-profile to keep you safe and stylish day in day out.


Check out the features of the Freestyle II:

  • Slip-resistant
  • Water-resistant
  • Removable insole
  • Natural fit
  • Vegan
  • Trip Guard
  • Zone Traction


The Liberty has a few extra elements:

  • Slip-resistant
  • Water-resistant
  • Removable insole
  • Natural fit
  • Vegan
  • Trip Guard
  • Zone Traction
  • Extra cushioning
  • Hoverlite
  • Ventilated
  • Spill Guard
  • Flex Tread

Customer reviews rate these styles as five stars, noting that these shoes are comfortable and durable, even when wearing them every day to work and on their feet for five to eight hours.



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No matter which styles you choose on our list, each pair is guaranteed to be slip-resistant and comfortable, two important factors that will get you home safe without aching feet. Write in the comments which style is your favourite - even if it’s not one on our list. Which shoe gets you through the long day on your feet?



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