For mankind, the fight against gravity is a daily struggle. While we may have figured out how to keep massive metal planes in the air for hours, we still can’t help but consent when gravity calls. At one point in our lives, we’ve all taken a serious topple that might have even ended up in very painful injuries. So, what do people do now that tripping, slipping and falling are becoming real occupational hazards with dire consequences?
In today’s highly treacherous terrains, nothing is more useful and effective than a great pair of slip resistant shoes. Also referred to as non-slip, this type of footwear protects the wearer from slippery or unstable surfaces by offering adequate grip and other features that ensure you remain firmly planted on the ground. Non skid shoes are not only available everywhere now, but they are also widely used in most working environments. Some of the occupations that require the mandatory use of non slip shoes include doctors, nurses, all healthcare workers, janitors, warehouse and factory workers, ice rink personnel, chefs, waiters, and anyone in the restaurant or bar industry. We’ve set out to find the top slip resistant work shoes and how a decent pair could make your life and working experience safer, easier and more comfortable.
Even we’ll admit that what seems like the average workplace could be loaded with dozens of slip hazards. Trying to challenge surfaces such as recently waxed floors or greasy kitchen floors could see you end up flat on your back with severe injuries to boot. With a pair of skid resistant shoes, at least you’ll be fully protected since you can walk on virtually any surface except Mars. Like most men, you probably want a shoe that is well equipped to handle more than the average slippery floor while still looking fashionable enough to blend in a casual setting. Hey, that may seem like a tall order to fill, but we’ve got 10 awesome styles that prove the contrary. Here’s a quick list and description of our top non slip work shoe styles for men.
1. Skechers Felton
That’s right; don’t act as if you didn’t know the first style was going to be from Skechers. Apart from the fact that these guys are an award winning leader in the lifestyle shoe industry, they can really make a mean pair of sneakers when they put their minds to it. The Skechers Felton Shoe is designed to deliver ultimate style and feel even greater than it looks. But as always, our reviewers have to ask – is this just another indoor tennis shoe, or can it really get down and dirty when it counts most? Let’s find out.
The Felton work shoes are constructed with smooth, durable and ultra-flexible leather uppers with beautiful stitching all over the shoe. Skechers went ahead to complete the uppers with a lace-up design for a secure but casual and comfortable fit. The interior is also quite inviting thanks to the memory foam topped comfort insoles that can be removed and replaced with your very own custom orthotic inserts. Hey, everybody deserves to have a personal touch in their footwear. Now for the best part – These Feltons incorporate an OSHA compliant and highly flexible, slip resistant outsole for unrivaled grip levels.
2. KEEN Utility PTC
If your main concern in the work place is a slippery floor, then the last thing you need is a bulky shoe with a ton of unnecessary protective features. Like most men, you want to be as light and as flexible as possible on your feet. This is where the KEEN Utility Work Shoe comes in to save the day. Now, you might be thinking that the slip on looks like a clog, but the manufacturer guarantees that there is no wood in the shoes at all. Comfortable, plush, sturdy and robust, let’s dig deeper at what these non-slip slip-ons have to offer.
Looking at the Utility Shoe, one feature that stands out is the curvy, clog like style that cradles your feet for a comfortable instep. And speaking of comfort, the non skid shoe boasts of lightweight polyurethane and contouring foam on the foot beds. As the foam gently molds to your feet, the polyurethane resists shock and sudden impacts. Now for the most important feature on these shoes- the outsole. This shoe from Keen incorporates non-marking rubber soles with a high-grip tread that has been tested, and ASTM approved for slip and oil resistance.
3. Fila Memory Workshift
Since some monster brands decided to completely dominate the market, we rarely get word about an old school shoe being popular again. Looks like Fila has made a massive comeback with what is arguably one of the safest non-slip work shoes for men. Don’t worry, you are most definitely forgiven for not knowing who Fila is; but only if you catch up on your history. Fila was started back in the early 1900’s and has been delivering real innovation and extraordinary footwear for over a century since then.
Today, we’re checking out their not so latest release by the name of Memory Workshift Slip Resistant Work Shoe. This bad boy is designed for our guys in the athletic field or anyone with a hectic work schedule. We’ll start with the uppers that are made of a steady blend of leather and mesh for that durable yet flexible effect. Inside, the memory foam sock liner comes with DLS to make for a very plush bed for your feet. This shock absorbing effect is amplified by the thick, high traction outsole that is also slip resistant. But it was the extra wide size that really grabbed our eye. The 4E double width means that people with wide feet will feel right at home with these puppies.
4. Thorogood ASR
You guessed it; we started off on a high note and we’re not finished with the top rated work shoe brands. Thorogood has ballooned into more than a common name that is highly preferred in the construction/service industry, so don’t be too suprised if you come across the Thorogood name more often when we talk about work boots and shoes. So lets find out mire about these shoes. The real question is, are these just another handy pair of sporty anti-skid sneaker, or can they actually save your life when there’s nothing but tricky terrain all around?
Overall, the protective features on the ASR shoes are quite encouraging. This dark, brawny and highly durable work shoe has been touted as the best work sneakers for men in all vocations. However, there has to be a concrete reason why our boys in the food, beverage, medicine and hospitality industry can’t get enough of these Shoes. It could be because of the high traction rubber outsoles that keep users 100% safe from slips and falls on wet and uneven surfaces. Or maybe it’s due to the micro-perforated leather uppers that have swag and superbly detailed stitching. Whatever it is, I guess you’ll just have to get your own pair today and find out for yourself now, won’t you?
5. Merrell Jungle Moc SG
For those of you who adore the great outdoors, then you’ve no doubt come to love Merrell for their clever innovations. Whether it’s that weekend wear or a relaxing shoe, Merrell has carved out a niche as the go-to guys for after working hours. Now, the geniuses over at Merrell have decided to put a little weekend in your work day with the Merrell Jungle Moc. This casual yet professional footwear not only promises traction and performance like never before, but it also delivers a sleek, stylish and futuristic look that will have all eyes on you.
Like I said, the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the Merrell Jungle work shoe is style. Not only do users get a really durable piece of footwear, but you also have a slip on shoe that features a highly fashionable moc design. The fact that the shoe is made of tough leather means that it is a perfect match for men working in kitchens, restaurants or other light duty, slippery environments. But what really grabbed our attention is the outsole on these bad boys. Merrell collaborated with Suregrip to create one heck of a mean outsole that is designed for the most slippery terrain on the planet.
6. Skechers Flex
Introducing another great product from the award winning global leader in lifestyle footwear, Skechers has really outdone itself this time round. The brand has released another winner for trend-savvy men that boasts of quality, versatility, affordability and most importantly, functionality. For those of you who nay not have caught on yet, I’m talking about the Skechers Flex Advantage Oxford Sneaker. This sneaker is definitely your kind of style if you are looking for a stylish, lightweight shoe that is comfortable and secure.
The smooth, solid uppers are made from durable leather for more flexibility and durability. To top off the look, Skechers incorporated a lace-up, sporty design for those workers who spend all day on their feet in a highly demanding work environment. You will also notice the mesh panels on the sides that play a crucial role to cooling and aerating your feet. Looking at the interiors, there are a ton of comfort features packed in there. These include a Gel Infused memory foam cushioned insoles that feel like little puffy clouds under your feet. Similarly, users will be especially pleased to hear about the high traction, non skid outsoles that are resting under a FlexSole shock absorbing midsoles for extra support.
7. Reebok Work N Cushion 3.0
If there was ever a brand founded specifically for the modern athlete, it would have to be Reebok. But while the company began as an athlete’s haven, it has spread out into all sorts of industries and occupations. If you’re a hard working guy who wants the best for his feet, then the Reebok Work N Cushion 3.0 sneakers deliver this and much more. These new models are a dream for the working man’s feet. Boasting of a rubber sole that incorporates a comfortable and supportive beveled heel construction, you will be able to walk over virtually any terrain without fear of slipping or fatigue. The outsoles are also oil and slip resistance to guarantee a firm, unyielding grip.
Checking out the sneaker, you’ll see that the 3.0 version from Reebok have a neat, low-cut design that offers a comfy wear for your ankles. Aside from the fact that the uppers are made of synthetic and leather materials for optimum durability and flexibility, they also come in a wide range of colors. So depending on your job, you could opt to go for a black pair or a white one. The non skid shoes may not be the most stylish, but they’re great if you are looking for simplicity in functionality.
8. Skechers Cottonwood Goddard
If you’re going for a formal look but can’t afford to compromise on the safety features, then you obviously need a shoe built for the job. The Skechers Cottonwood Goddard allows you to get through your extremely busy work day in total comfort, support, and class. Featuring Skechers popular Relaxed Fit features, users will love the roomier fit, the easy slip-on design ad well as an incredibly comfortable memory foam interior. The comfort features don’t end there; there’s a padded collar for long lasting comfort, memory foam topped cushioned insoles that can be removed as well as a shock absorbing midsole for comfort and support.
But before I forget, the exterior is where all the action is at. I have to point out the gorgeous and detailed stitching accents that make this one very sleek and classy piece of footwear that is fit for an executive office. Now for the juiciest parts. The Skechers Cottonwood Goddard on boasts on a flexible, rubber nitrile, skid resistant outsole that offers unrivaled levels of traction. Aside from meeting and exceeding all ASTM safety standards for slip resistance, the outsole is also rated EH for protection against electrical hazards.
9. 5.11 Men’s A.T.A.C. 6″
When you need to take the fight to slippery surfaces, then why not go the military way? After all, it’s our boys and girls in the force that have to face the most treacherous terrains on the planet. Introducing a global favorite for special tactics teams and law enforcement personnel all around the world, the 5.11 A.T.A.C. 6″ Tactical Boot promises superior performance and durability while maintaining a much-needed professional profile at the workplace. The 5.11 Inc has already created a line of top line products that enhance speed, performance and safety of military personnel and law enforcement professionals.
The A.T.A.C. Boot offers the ideal combination of features. For starters, the uppers are made of full grain leathers that are very durable and flexible. Underneath these sturdy uppers is a moisture wicking inner lining that keeps odors at bay by preventing the buildup of sweat. There’s also a shock mitigation system that prevents fatigue even after a long, hard day on your feet. Finally, people working in slippery conditions can look forward to total protection thanks to non slip rubber outsoles that deliver all the stability and traction you need. Similarly, they are oil and slip resistant as well as non marking. Give these 5.11 Boots a try today and stay one step ahead of the bad guys or treacherous terrains.
10. safeTstep Avail
Here’s another winning style from a brand that’s been surprising us with crafty innovations lately. First impressions say a lot, and just one glance at their new shoe speaks volumes. The safeTstep Avail Runner boast of a sleek, professional look with a sporty edge about it that many would consider universal. From the incredibly breathable uppers to an active, responsive insole, you can easily tell that these shoes were made with prolonged wear and abuse in mind; which means they can literally be used anywhere and for as long as you need them.
The mesh and synthetic smooth uppers feature a very useful water resistant finish that helps repel all liquids that fall on the shoe; which makes them ideal for working environments such as hospitals, restaurants, and other occupations. As far as the outsole goes, all possible measures have been taken to make it as slip, oil, and water resistant as possible. No more taking accidental falls and deadly slips on or off the workplace with these bad boys in your feet. Just step inside the well-padded interior, lace up and enjoy a stress-free day at the job. If you stand for more than 8 hours on the job, remember to pair these shoes with compression socks to keep the blood flowing to the feet.
A major fall at work can lead to immediate and lengthy ongoing health problems. If you work on your feet or in a situation where falls are common (such as medical, construction, or restaurant work), your risks are greatly increased for chronic body pains associated with a dangerous or high stress work environment. The right shoes can practically negate those risks. Of course, if most of your time is spent on the job, the last thing you’ll find time for is researching the best shoes for your career needs. Fortunately that’s already done for you. Simply take your choice among the above list of top rated slip resistant shoes, and kiss future pain and suffering goodbye before it’s a serious issue.
1. Birkenstock Professional Unisex Profi Birki
Before diving right into the women’s styles, it worth checking out at least one Unisex style that is suitable for both men and women alike. For years now, the clog design has been a great option no matter what gender you are. Today, we check out the Birkenstock Professional Unisex Profi Birki Slip Resistant Work Shoe and see all that it has to offer.
To know the brand is to know the product. And when it comes to Birkenstock footwear, there’s only three things you really need to know. These are cork, leather and a buckle or tow. These are the three main pillars that have made millions of feet happy for over two centuries now. It’s exciting to see that the Profi Birki incorporates all these features plus a high quality German craftsmanship. What you see is what you get; no smoke, no mirrors, and definitely no camera tricks. Want to find out more about the Profi Birki? Of course you do.
This Unisex work shoe is built to mold to both masculine and feminine feet all while giving you more wiggle room for your toes. Not only that, but users also get more optimal support thanks to a foot bed that evenly distributes weight all across the surface. This is a lifesaving feature if you’re usually on your feet for most of the work day. What really grabbed our attention was the fact that the Profi Birki is dishwasher safe. Just slip that clog off and pop it in the dishwasher for an easy clean. But that’s not even the best part. This versatile shoe comes with a rubber outsole that has been certified as fully slip resistant. No more careless and embarrassing falls with these shoes on your feet.
For mankind (and womankind alike), the fight against gravity is a both a real and a daily struggle. Sure, we’ve got the best minds over at NASA kicking gravity in the walnuts all day long, but when Newton’s master calls, we all have to pay heed. We’ve all taken some serious topples that we could easily get up from when we were younger. But now, it’s like you step on a small toy and you’ve slipped 12 discs and an ankle joint; and you didn’t even touch the bloody ground!
The worst part is that tripping, slipping and falling flat on your buns are all becoming tangible occupational hazards with the direst of consequences. What; are you going to beg your customers not to spill food in a restaurant? Wait, wait, don’t tell me that you’re going to tell cars not to leak oil in a commercial auto repair shop. I could literally go on all day about how you could try asking patients not to bleed in the ER or the snow to be less slippery, but it’s clear that none of that’s going to work. If you’re looking to survive highly treacherous terrain and still make it to your paycheck safe, then here are some of the best non slip work shoes for women to help you do it.
1. Brooks Addiction Walker
With a larger percentage of women working in the food and service industry than men, it’s easy to see why ladies need a great no slip shoe. As expected, a myriad of manufacturers have stepped up to the challenge and provided some impressive pieces of footwear. Starting off the race is the Brooks Addiction Shoes that have been made right here in the USA. If it’s made at home, then you know that the quality will be top grain on each and every component.
For those ladies looking for the ultimate safety and comfort on the job, this shoe has you covered. The outsoles are rated as ASTM certified slip resistant and work to cut down accidents as a result of slips and falls. The sole comprises of durable HPR Green that incorporates eco-friendly silica for premium dry and wet traction. It doesn’t matter if you’re walking on mud, oil or smooth concrete, you won’t be losing your footing with these mean girls on. Users can also look forward to the Engineered MC Pod config that lets the midsole have highly efficient positioning and max control.
2. Skechers Women’s Soft Stride-Softie
Whether its masculine of feminine, Skechers really seems to know its way around the human foot. Today, the manufacturers have given their sneaker a soft, feminine touch to create the Skechers Soft Stride-Softie Slip Resistant Lace-Up. It doesn’t matter if you spend the better part of your day standing up and about or enjoy power commuting, this is the shoe for you. At first glance, you immediately appreciate the clever combination of a neat, trendy, cool style, a tough as nails attitude and a comfortable fit all wrapped up in one affordable package.
The Skechers Women’s Soft Stride-Softie shoes are constructed with leather uppers as well as a lace up design for that casual, firm and secure fit. From the inside, the comfort levels are quite evident. The lace up shoes for women feature removable PU insoles that can be switched out with your own custom orthotics. As for the outsole, it is absolutely OSHA compliant and has been certified as slip and oil resistance. So even in the worst kind of terrain, you can rest easy that you are planted firmly all day long.
3. AVIA Avi
For those of you readers who have been following my reviews, you know what I always say. You have to know your brands well before trusting them with your health and wealth. If you’re new to AVIA, then here’s a little history for you. AVIA was founded back in the 70’s with a burning passion to give serious athletes better footwear. And as the technology advanced, so did AVIA who developed even more innovative shoes that forever revolutionized the athletic gear industry. Today, we’re checking out their latest skid resistant shoe in the form of the AVIA Women’s Avi Union Service Shoe.
Just like all the other previous styles from AVIA, the Women’s Avi Union Service Shoe has proved itself to be progressive, passionate and at the very least, on top of their game. This shoe features a heavily padded tongue and collar that enhance comfort and support. Inside, you’ll find a breathable mesh lining that comes with a removable FOM sock liner for the ultimate convenience. From below, ladies will be particularly pleased to learn about the specially designed tread pattern that pushes away liquid from the bottom enhancing the best grip in the most hazardous environments.
4. Klogs Mission Clog
You knew that we had to include a clog or two in our list here. When it comes to just slip resistance, then it makes sense to focus all the efforts on that sole purpose (pun intended). Since all the safety features are focused on the outsole, this means that you get a shoe that is not only ultralight and uber-flexible, but also open and well aerated too. The Mission Clog fit the bill to a tee and even look great doing it too. So, are you all ready to take a tour of this non skid shoe?
If you’ve ever wanted a shoe so comfortable that it feels like you are moving barefoot, then you will definitely love the Klogs Mission Clogs. Made 100 percent in the USA, the shoes boast of premium quality and unrivaled functionality at the workplace. As soon as you slip into these non slip shoes, you will feel the difference immediately. If you are concerned about safety, then rest easy that the non-slip outsoles will not give an inch even in extremely slippery environments. Try out these clogs today and say goodbye to messy slip ups.
5. Skechers Skech Air
Introducing yet another great product from the award winning global leader in lifestyle footwear, Skechers has really outdone itself this time round. Since the inception of their first work boot back in the 90’s, the brand is still hard at it with diverse and high utility products. Skechers has released another winner for trend-savvy women that boasts of quality, versatility, affordability and most importantly, functionality. For those of you who still haven’t caught on yet, I’m talking about the Skechers for Work Skech Air Lace-Up shoes that have literally taken the industry by storm.
The Skech Air is easily recognizable by smooth leather and synthetic uppers that combine to create one heck of a tough and flexible shoe. The uppers also incorporate mesh fabric and a heel panel for a fresh, cooling effect. As if that wasn’t enough, the manufacturer went ahead and included a heavily padded and tongue for a firm fit that won’t constrict. From the bottom, the Skechers Work shoes have been built with slip resistant nitrile rubber that offers impressively high traction levels. These soles have been tested using ASTM standards that meet and exceed a 0.5 coefficient on oily, wet and dry surfaces too. That’s what I call well-rounded protection in modern, functional footwear.
6. Fila Workshift
Starting off our reviews today is something straight outta Fila. For our brand geeks here, it’s interesting to note that Fila was started all the way back in 1911 small town Biella Italy. Back then, they were famous for the world’s finest textiles, weaving fabrics, and impeccable workmanship. It’s nice to know that they still retain their best qualities a hundred years down the line. Their latest release by the name of Memory Workshift Shoe is a true testament to their unrivaled taste, style and functionality in footwear. And what’s more, there’s no way you’re losing your footing even in an ice rink; go ahead, try it.
That’s right; thanks to Fila’s compliance with all industry standards, you can walk around confidently with the knowledge that your slip prevention features won’t let you down. The slip resistant outsole not only beats gravity by being made of rubber, but the pattern cuts in all directions to keep you in place no matter where the pressure is coming from. Of course, you’ll still get all the comfort features we have come to expect from Fila. This includes a generously cushioned memory foam sock liner and ethylene vinyl acetate on the midsole for ultimate comfort.
7. Nurse Mates Dove
Here’s another incredibly popular work shoe that closely resembles a clog. The only difference between this mean girl and the Mozo on this list is that this one lets you get more athletic. Not to mention how the upper design gives you more room if you have wider or bigger feet. The Nurse Mates Dove Shoe is a godsend for anyone who wants a lightweight, flexible design that can hold its own even in the most slippery terrains. And looking at today’s modern workplaces, that’s asking a lot. But aside from good looks and the promise of all day stability, can the Dove really pull through when the proverbial dung hits the fan?
Of course it can. Otherwise, it would not be on our list of best non slip work shoes for women. All the slip resistant capabilities can be attributed to the soft rubber outsole that literally performs better in wet and slippery environments. The wetter it gets; the more grip you get. But like I said, the Dove Work Shoe is definitely not a one trick pony. It also boasts of excellent durability thanks to the premium tumbled leather uppers. The interiors also feel fresh and inviting courtesy of cushioned foot beds, padded collar and good arch support.
8. Skechers Sure Track Erath
Everyone and their mother knows Skechers as a great brand that inspires better performance. What most of you don’t know is that more and more women are venturing out to work all sorts of jobs. Today, the fairer sex alone dominates most of the service industry compared to men. But to keep up with the big boys in the field, women need a shoe fashioned just for the female foot. The Skechers Erath Athletic shoe definitely fits the bill. Let’s find out what else this shoe has to offer our working girls.
These women’s Erath lace ups are assembled with the smoothest yet durable leather uppers to give you a durable and extremely easy to clean surface. The fabric on the uppers allows for enhanced flexibility when running around and maneuvering through tight, slippery places. Apart from the traditional lace up design and smooth uppers, these mean girls also incorporate a FlexSole midsole that tips the scales with unrivaled cushioning as well as some heel overlays to add to the already existing stability. And just in case you’re still not sold on why the Sure Track Erath’s are slip resistant, it’s all thanks to the high friction, high traction, generously lugged outsole that will not give even an inch even under multidirectional pressure.
9. MOZO Mavi
Don’t you just love sneaking in a casual shoe to work whenever you can? I swear to God; nothing beats the feeling of being almost naked from the ankles down. So while you can’t go to work barefoot, we’re here to give you the next best thing you can wear without exposing your feet to other work hazards. I’m talking about the MOZO Mavi Work sneakers. Now, I could go on about how the force will be with you when you wear these Mavi's, but the only force around will be the high-friction sole keeping you planted in place.
These slip resistant service shoes are built to offer as much comfort as they do protection. But then again, protection is a matter of perspective. If you work in a construction site, then stay away from this shoe. But if your biggest worry is comfort and slip resistance at the workplace, then the Mavi sneakers from Mozo are made for you. Aside from the high-traction, slip and oil resistant rubber sole, this shoe incorporates an ergonomic shape for better fit, gel insoles for extra cushioning and all the flexibility you need to work with your own orthotics. The icing on the cake comes in the form of MozoFit technology systems that lets you fit two shims.
10. Dansko Emma
From the well known global brand called Dansko comes another great masterpiece, the Dansko Emma work sneaker. If you’re sick and tired of getting same old dull styles in the name of comfy sneakers, Dansko has brought you a nice and attractive alternative that will take away the monotony and boredom of the shoe section. The geniuses over at Dansko have understood the preference and taste of women across the globe, and created a well-designed Sneaker.
If you consider yourself a fun loving woman who also knows how to handle all the unique pressures at home and work, then the Dansko Sneaker is just the shoe for you. This mean girl features a sporty, lace-up design that sports a neoprene collar to keep your foot as snugly as possible without constricting your movement. It’s this light and flexible design that gives women that barely there feel. The icing on the cake is those slip resistant outsoles that guarantee stability and durability on the go. So if you really want to trust anyone with your feet, then let it be Dansko and their Emma Oxford Sneaker made just for women.
Women’s bodies are far different than men’s. They are more delicate! It’s an awe-inspiring or annoying truth depending on which gender side you’re on and what day it happens to be. So when injuries occur at work, they can not only range in severity but easily become chronic conditions that can continue throughout life. The right footwear can make all the difference.
Standing and sliding is only fun if pain isn’t involved when you reach your final destination. In the event of work slips, however, all too often accidents lead to injury. Combine the sudden slide with a group of fast-moving co-workers and hot or dangerous work equipment, and disaster strikes in a heartbeat. Many times, the incident involves others and even if not, the injuries sustained can take weeks, months, or even years to fully heal. The above slip resistant work shoe styles can help you avoid all that aggravation right from the start.