If your feet are screaming, it's best that you listen to them. Putting off purchasing new footwear for work could increase your chances of slipping and falling on the clock. What's more, being on your feet all day in shoes that are no longer supportive could result in long-term injuries to the toes, feet and even other parts of the body. Aside from sporting a pair of shoes that talk, there are signs to look out for that mean it's time to get some new work shoes.
Look for physical deterioration
Sneakers and boots will show signs of physical deterioration throughout the course of their duration. The bottoms of the shoe wear away just like tires on a car do, according to Men's Health magazine. Where there might have been little bumps for traction there might be a smooth surface once you've used a pair of shoes for an extended period of time. The shoe could start falling apart if the structure deteriorates. Don't wait until it's too late, try this test to learn if your shoes need to be replaced.
Perform these tests
A pair of shoes that are still good to wear to work should have a little resilience to them. Try out your footwear's durability with this test that runners use to see if they need new sneakers. Push your thumb into the heel part of your shoe, suggested Active.com. This particular section should be strong and shouldn't cave in easily. According to Active.com, this deterioration occurs because the shoe is losing its shock absorption. Finally, you'll be able to determine if it's time to make a purchase depending on your shoe's lifespan.
Check the pedometer
Typically, a shoe can last somewhere between 300 to 500 miles, stated Men's Health. If you rack up 80 miles in one month – which is entirely possible for servers, nurses and other jobs that require extensive footwork – then you'll likely have to get a new pair every four to six months, according to Men's Health.
Try out these three steps to learn if your shoes might need to hit the road. If you're on the fence about the decision, it might be best to splurge on a new pair early. The purchase beats having foot and body issues later down the road. When you're shopping for quality work shoes, get a pair that's slip resistant. Sufficient tread under your feet can prevent you from slipping and falling on the job. Not having enough tread on your shoes is like driving a car with bald tires. Don't put yourself at risk for an accident.
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