Standing all day definitely causes pain and fatigue to your feet, standing all day on hard surface like concrete is even more painful. Unfortunately, there are many jobs that require you to stand on concrete all day such as construction worker, chef, and retail salesperson,… You couldn’t change your job, so it’s better to find a good pair of shoes that could give your feet the best supportive treatment during the whole day to prevent foot, ankle and knee problems later. The good news is that there are many brands in the market that offer a wide range of comfort shoes to standing all day on concrete with plenty of style, material, color… However, each person has different foot form and personal preference, so it’s quite complicated to choose appropriate shoes. Below tips will give you some guidelines to choose the best shoes for standing on concrete all day.
Avoid high heels
High heels are loved by most of women because they could make them look more graceful and sexy. But if you have to stand all day on concrete, high heels are the first thing to avoid. When you stand, the feet have to bear the whole body weight; high heels only make that weight distributed unevenly along the feet and put more pressure on toes and heels. Many professional models have suffered severe knee, ankle and foot injury because of walking too much on high heels. The recommended height for comfort shoes is from 1 to 2 inches.
Choose the best material
Material is also a crucial factor that you need to consider. Most of comfort shoes are made from leather or synthetic material. However, genuine leather is preferable because of its durability, flexibility which allows your feet to move comfortably when walking and ability to prevent excessive sweating. Of course, leather shoes are expensive but it’s worth paying for a good pair of shoes that accompany you day by day for a long time. In case you are not affordable for leather shoes, synthetic shoes could be an alternative but you need to make sure that it is truly comfortable and doesn’t cause any annoying feel when trying on.
Choose right sole
In fact, the soles of the shoes play the most important role in bringing comfort to people who are wearing them, especially if that person has to stand on concrete all day. The hard surfaces cause considerable impact on feet and joints which probably leads to pain, fatigue and serious future problems. Shoes makers have come to a great solution; that is shock absorbing outsole. These shock absorbing outsoles are specially designed and made from advanced material so that they could give more support to the feet and relieve pain. Therefore, when choosing a comfort shoes, it’s necessary to look for the ones that have shock absorbing outsole. Besides, slip resistant soles are also needed to keep you safe when walking on any kind of surface.
Choose right heel and arch support
Apart from the soles, heel and arch support also contributes a lot to the comfort level of the shoes. Shoes makers have added many new technologies, padding, and cushion,… to bring the best support to your feet. However, each foot has different form, arch… So it’s not that all the comfort shoes with heel and arch support can fit you. Therefore, the best way is trying on the shoes yourself to check if their heel and arch support could fit you or not.
Of course, besides 4 above mentioned factors, there are many others that you need to think of. The best method is going to brick-and-mortar store, taking advices from salesperson and trying on the shoes in many postures: walking, standing, sitting… The more you try, the more suitable shoes you could choose.