Restaurants are fast-paced environments where everyone, from front of house to the team in the kitchen, needs to be quick on their feet at all times. You need to make sure you prepare for a busy and intense shift in the right way - which starts with your footwear. From comfort to safety, here’s how non-slip restaurant shoes make your life easier.
Click on any of these headings to see how non-slip restaurant shoes:
- Protect You From Potential Slip and Trip Hazards
- Reduce the Chances of Foot Injuries
- Be Durable and Long Lasting
- Keep Your Feet Dry
- Support Your Feet
Protect You From Potential Slip and Trip Hazards
Slips, trips and falls are one of the most common accidents in a restaurant. Luckily, slip and trip hazards can easily be avoided if you wear non-slip footwear.
Slip-resistant shoes keep you on your feet as you move between wet or greasy surfaces. They work by using deeper tread grooves on the soles which grip the floor more firmly. This is particularly useful in a restaurant where liquids, such as water and oil, often spill onto the floor and make the ground slippery.
You can also look out for additional anti-trip features such as a tapered toe.
For example, for staff working in the kitchen, we’d recommend Dolce81. This is a CE and S3 certified shoe which has TripGuard technology to reduce the risk of slips and falls. It’s also puncture-proof and designed with a steel toe to keep your feet protected from any falling objects. Wear Dolce81 and ensure you stay comfortable and safe at all times.
Reduce the Chances of Foot Injuries
If your shoes aren’t slip-resistant, you risk possibly slipping and injuring yourself. It only takes one accidental slip or fallen object for you to sustain serious injuries that prevent you from working.
Remember, it’s not just slips and trip injuries. Heavy or sharp items like knives and broken glass can easily fall onto the floor and cause injuries too. You should look for footwear that offers puncture-resistant features in addition to slip-resistance.
For example, Gusto81 is perfect for chefs as they feature a puncture-resistant footbed and a steel toe that protects up to 200 joules. This means your feet will be protected from heavy objects that could fall on your toes or sharp objects piercing through your sole.
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Be Durable and Long Lasting
Your shoes can bear the brunt of being worn every day. As well as this, substances like oil and water can cause further exterior damage. When the shoes start to wear out, you’ll need to replace them.
Proper non-slip restaurant shoes can actually be much more cost-effective because they’re made from higher quality materials that are more durable than the high street alternative.
For example, Cambridge S/T is ideal for waiters and waitresses. It’s a CE and S2 certified, classic shoe that’s perfect for more traditional, formal restaurant settings. Crafted from leather that’s been treated to repel liquids, it’s highly durable and sure to look smart for longer. It keeps your feet dry and gives your joints the support they need to prevent aches and pains.
Keep Your Feet Dry
A durable, water-resistant exterior will ensure the shoe’s longevity but that’s not the only benefit. It will also keep your feet dry which is a huge advantage in restaurants where liquids often spill onto the floor and splash onto your shoes.
For example, Nitro's exterior has been treated to repel liquids so even if the shoe gets wet, your feet are sure to stay dry. That way, you can continue working comfortably and safely without your shoes rubbing or your socks getting damp.
Support Your Feet
Being on your feet for hours at a time can take its toll. Avoid getting sore feet by looking for slip-resistant restaurant shoes that also feature cushioned insoles.
For example, Old School Low Rider IV features additional cushioning and a removable cushioned insole to ensure that every step feels like your first of the day. These shoes are comfortable to wear during busy shifts and they look fantastic too.
So, What are the End Results?
Restaurants can be potentially hazardous places, with possible dangers such as slips, trips and sharp objects never too far away. There’s also the issue of having to be on your feet for most of your long shift which can leave you with sore feet and legs.
When you invest in non-slip restaurant shoes, you’ll ensure that you can work more safely and comfortably. This means you can navigate your shift with foot support and easily avoid hazards - all with a smile on your face.
This has a positive impact on the rest of your team and the quality of your service, which then boosts your customers’ dining experience. After all, a happier team means better service and more satisfied diners.
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