Safety shoes don’t need to be heavy

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Safety first – it's a mantra that spans across businesses in countless industries. Responsibility for that safety is shared by everyone, from top-level decision-makers to managers to staff. And a big part of ensuring that everyone is as well protected as they can possibly be is using the right gear – including safety shoes.

When hearing "safety shoes," a lot of people likely imagine heavy-duty boots, such as the kind construction workers wear. To be sure, those are indeed excellent examples of safety footwear – but they aren't the only example. One key point that many people overlook is that safety shoes don't need to be heavy to be effective. What matters most is choosing the right footwear for the job at hand.

Slip-resistant safety shoes
To highlight this concept, consider this statistic: In 2012, more than 130,000 U.S. workers in the private sector were injured in falls on the same level, according to the National Safety Council. That's a huge number of people who were hurt, and undoubtedly many of those accidents could have been prevented with a greater focus on safety gear.

Heavy-duty boots may protect workers' feet from debris and certain workplace mishaps. But when it comes to the risks presented by slips and falls, that's not the right kind of protection. Yet those are serious dangers, and safety shoes need to be worn by anyone who works regularly in those conditions. 

Lightweight shoes can provide serious protection.Lightweight shoes can provide serious protection.

Instead, workers who are in industries where slippery conditions are a common risk need to make sure they're wearing lightweight slip-resistant shoes whenever appropriate. After all, when you get right down to it, it's just as important for restaurant staff to wear slip-resistant shoes in the kitchen as it is for builders to wear steel-toe boots when they're at a construction site. 

The kitchen is just one example of an environment where safety shoes and slip-resistant shoes are one and the same – this also holds true for countless other settings, including healthcare providers, industrial and factory floors, schools, supermarkets and many more. 

"Slips and falls are a serious concern when safety's the No. 1 priority."

None of these may seem like "dangerous" environments, and so the importance of safety shoes for men and women working in these industries may go overlooked. As the stat highlighted above made clear, though, slips and falls should be seen as a legitimate concern for any organization that aims to make safety its No. 1 priority. 

Finding the right safety shoes
Clearly, the idea that safety shoes are inherently heavy-duty isn't accurate. But it's also important to recognize how much diversity there is when it comes to lightweight slip-resistant safety shoes. 

As our earlier blog article pointed out, safety shoes for women and men come in many different styles. Some are casual, others formal. Some are simple, others are detailed. The point is, the idea that safety shoes need to be boring is also a mistake – you can keep yourself safe and still like the way your feet look. 

If you're looking for safety against slippery conditions, heavy-duty isn't the answer – lightweight, slip-resistant shoes are the way to go. 

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