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You don’t need to sacrifice footwear style to stay safe

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What images come to mind when you think about protective clothing and gear? Yellow hard hats for construction workers? Neon green reflective vests for highway construction crews? Thick, heavy-duty work gloves?

All of those examples have two things in common: 1) They are absolutely critical for keeping people safe while they do their jobs and 2) they don't offer much in the way of personal style – they're all function and no aesthetic.

That's a worthwhile tradeoff in all those examples. Here's the thing, though: That doesn't have to be the case when it comes to your footwear, especially if you need to protect yourself from slips and falls. For workers in a lot of industries, you can embrace protection without sacrificing style.

Resisting slips
There are a few leading reasons why many workers today continue to wear unsafe footwear even though their jobs put them in danger of slips and falls. One factor is simply the fact that a lot of people underestimate how common – and serious – these types of injuries can be. 

"More than 130,000 workers were injured from falls in 2012."

Slips and falls represent some of the most common types of workplace injuries. In the U.S. alone, more than 130,000 people were injured from falls on the same level (i.e. not falling down stairs, off scaffolding, etc.) while working private sector jobs in 2012, according to the National Safety Council. That's a big number, and it doesn't include anyone who experienced a mild injury but didn't report it. 

That's why slip-resistant shoes are such an important safety consideration for workers in a wide range of sectors, including foodservice, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing and more. If you're spending hours upon hours each week on the job in these industries and you're not wearing the proper footwear, you're putting yourself at risk.

What's your style?
That leads to the second major factor why people in these industries may not be wearing slip-resistant shoes: They are under the impression that these shoes – just like hard hats, reflective vests and work gloves – will inherently be less aesthetically pleasing than typical footwear. Understandably, if you're going to be spending a big portion of your life at your job, you're going to want to dress in a way that makes you feel good about yourself and that reflects your personal tastes. Choosing between safety and style is a difficult decision.

When it comes to slip-resistant footwear, though, it's a decision you don't need to make – you can have both.

You should like the way your (slip-resistant) shoes look.You should like the way your (slip-resistant) shoes look.

Unlike those other examples, there are very few limitations to what slip-resistant footwear can look like. After all, a shoe's grip is almost entirely a product of the threading and materials used on the outsole – the bottom of the shoe. The part you don't see.

That means the rest of the shoe has the same stylistic freedom as any other type of footwear, which means that if you look to the right source, you'll all but certainly manage to find a slip-resistant shoe option that you find attractive and which fits your personal aesthetic.

If you look at Shoes For Crews' offerings, for example, you'll find slip-resistant footwear that is business professional, light and easygoing, bootsclog-style, cross-trainers, loafer-like and much more. You can also find a wide range of color options, to further ensure that your shoes match your style even while they keep your feet firmly on the floor.

If you work in an industry where slips and falls are a real risk, you owe it to yourself to wear shoes that will keep you safe and make you look good. By shopping for slip-resistant shoes online at ShoesForCrews.com, you'll find exactly what you're looking for. It's the best of both worlds. 

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