By Rehan Iqbal
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. Enter non-slip shoes. At one point in our lives, we’ve all taken a serious topple that might have even ended up in very painful injuries. Non-slip shoes are the answer for people that have been tripping, slipping and falling, the leading cause for occupational hazards.
The black color of non-slip shoe soles is due to the addition of carbon black during the rubber material manufacturing process. Carbon black is a finely divided type of carbon that is often used as a reinforcing agent in rubber materials. This addition significantly increases the strength, durability, and slip-resistant properties of the outsole.
This can cause the shoe to sometimes leave some scuff marks on the floor. Usually in busy work environments this should not be a problem. But to get around this you could opt for non marking slip resistant shoes.
Overall, the use of carbon black in non-slip shoe outsoles is a crucial factor in providing reliable slip resistance, ensuring the safety and comfort of wearers in a wide range of work environments.
Men's Non Slip Shoes
1. Shoes for Crews Men's Freestyle II - Slip Resistant ; Water Resistant
If there was ever a brand founded specifically for the food service industry, it would have to be Shoes for Crews. It's shoes have been adopted into all sorts of industries and occupations. If you’re a hard working guy who wants the best for his feet, then the Freestyle 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 lightweight sneaker, you’ll see that the Freestyle work shoes 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 are water resistant and easy to wipe. These are made for all day comfort whether you are up on your feet all day or only for a few hours. The slip resistant shoes may not be the most stylish, but they’re great if you are looking for simplicity in functionality.
2. Skechers Felton - OSHA Compliant Slip Resistant
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.
3. Skechers Men's Cessnock - Food Service Non Slip Shoe
You guessed it; we started off on a high note and we’re not finished with the top rated work shoe brands. Skechers has ballooned into more than a common name that is highly preferred in the service industry, so don’t be too surprised if you come across the Skechers name more often in this list of the top rated non slip shoes.
So lets find out more 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 Cessnock shoes are quite encouraging. This dark, brawny and highly durable work shoe has been touted as the best work sneakers for men in all service related work. 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 work shoes.
It could be because of the ASTM rated 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 breathable mesh uppers that have swag and the relaxed fit sizing that does not squish your feet. Whatever it is, I guess you’ll just have to get your own pair today and find out for yourself now, won’t you?
4. Merrell Men's Encore Work Shoe
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 Merrell 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 Encore work 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 compression molded EVA footframe together with a nylon shank provide additional stability to your every step.
The air cushion in the heel resists shock and sudden impacts. Now for the most important feature on these shoes- the outsole. This work shoe from Merrell incorporates non-marking rubber soles with a high-grip tread with its patented M-Select GRIP sole .
5. 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 slip resistant 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 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 meets ASTM F2913-1 slip resistant standards. 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.
6. Skechers Flex Slip Resistant Work Shoe
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, secure and slip resistant.
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 ASTM rated high traction, non skid outsoles that are resting under a FlexSole shock absorbing midsoles for extra support.
7. Avia Avi Skill
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 Avia Avi-Skill boast of a sleek, professional look with a sporty edge about it that many would consider universal.
From the water resistant 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 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 oil, water and slip resistant as possible with testing it under ASTM F2913 standards. 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.
8. Skechers Nampa Gorton Food Service Shoe
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, here comes the geniuses over at Skechers with another incredible design. When it comes to creativity and unique footwear platforms, Skechers literally has thousands of different designs just waiting to hit the market.
The Skechers Nampa Gorton Shoe has been getting a ton of traction lately, (pun intended) and we’re going to find out why. These Skechers shoes have been touted as ideal for every man working on slippery floors and wet terrain due to their incredibly high traction levels.
But what really had us dumbfounded is the fact unlike other shoes that come with a very prominent tread pattern and tread, these bad boys have just a rubber sole with a very low profile. However, turns out that this doesn’t translate to less grip. Instead, the lower profile and less prominent tread actually offer decent traction in most modern workplaces.
This is all made possible by the sole which features extra grips up the heel all the way to the perimeter of the sole. So no matter what you step on, gravity won’t be pulling you down anytime soon. And to underscore the efficency of its slip resistance, the work shoes meet ASTM F1677-2005 Mark II standards.
9. Skechers Cottonwood Goddard Slip Resistant Slip-on
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 Safe tested ASTM F2892-11 for protection against electrical hazards.
10. 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.
11. Nortiv 8 Men's Jungle Moc Slip on Loafer
For those of you who adore the great outdoors, then you’ve no doubt come to love the top brands for their clever innovations. Whether it’s that weekend wear or a relaxing shoe, Nortiv has carved out a niche as the go-to guys for after working hours.
Now, the geniuses over at Nortiv have decided to put a little weekend in your work day with the Nortiv 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 Nortiv 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. Nortiv created one heck of a mean high traction lug rubber outsole that is designed for the most slippery terrain on the planet.
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, bartenders and anyone in the restaurant or bar industry
Unisex Non Slip Shoes
1. Crocs Bristo Work Clog
If there’s one thing we love about Crocs is their unusual shape. I tell you, once you spot one of their shoes, it’s hard to mistake them for anything else.
Crocs offers numerous distinct shoe collections that carry that typical Croslite material; a proprietary, groundbreaking technology that gives each pair of shoes the croc touch. Today, we’ll be looking at something that has had women in the food industry going crazy. We’re talking about the Crocs Bristo Work Clog.
Engineered for all-day, on-the-job comfort these clogs are perfect for a shift in the hot room. Thanks to Croc’s unique design, women can look forward to a roomier design with generous dimensions all around the foot.
As a bonus, the clogs also come with the patented Crocs Lock tread for the ultimate slip-resistance that exceeds industry standards. For a more secure fit and better performance on a tight schedule, the manufacturer included a Heel-hugging back strap with a closed heel.
However, there’s one feature that really makes the Crocs Work Clog stand out in a crowd. This nifty clog features tiny nubs all along each footed that actually massage your feet while you’re working; how cool is that?
2. 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.
Women’s Non Slip Shoes
1. Skechers Women's Squad Slip Resistant Food Service Shoe
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 Women's Squad 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 Squad shoes are constructed with synthetic breathable 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 with a ASTM F1677-2005 Mark II rating. So even in the worst kind of terrain, you can rest easy that you are planted firmly all day long.
2. AVIA Avi Non Slip Work Shoe
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 outsole tested in accordance with ASTM F2913, with a tread pattern that pushes away liquid from the bottom enhancing the best grip in the most hazardous environments.
3. Skechers Women's Ghenter Bronaugh Food Service Shoe
Woman man, child or otherwise, there are times when you just need a solid, reliable but pocket-friendly work shoe that won’t literally cost them an arm and a leg. Skechers has heard women’s pleas all over the word for a functional, yet affordable non slip work shoe and designed the solution in the form of the Skechers Gheter Bronaugh shoe.
The Gheter Bronaugh Skechers give your feet a relaxed feel while keeping them safe and sound during those seemingly unending work days. The uppers are constructed with breathable uppers to give your feet as much comfort as possible during hot and humid conditions.
Inside, women have all the room they need for their feet to move, feel free and breathe easier. Not to mention avoid blisters when the going gets tough. And speaking of tough, the outsole really holds its own in diverse terrain.
The Broaugh work shoe has a slip resistant outsole meeting the standard of ASTM F1677-2005 Mark II for oily and wet condtions which gives our working girls unrivaled footing and a firmer grip.
4. Skechers Eldred Slip Resistant Shoe
Finally, we’ve gotten to the last style on your top 10 list of non slip shoes for men and women. However, don’t make the grave mistake of assuming that our last style is any less effective because it ends our segment. On the contrary, the Skechers Eldred Shoe is one of the most popular styles for our athletes and busy girls in the service industry.
This shoe not only promises superior levels of comfort for an all day worker, but it also has all the protective features you could ask for at the workplace.
Like all the top styles on this list, the Eldred shoe features tough leather uppers with a casual, quick lace system for working girls on the go. However, they have almost vertical slits that allow for more breathability and enhanced levels of flexibility. This is why they are actually more popular among athletes’ circles. For the protective features, the outsole would have to be the star of the bell.
It is build using high traction, slip resistant ASTM F1677-2005 Mark II rubber that offers a steady grip on both wet and dry surfaces. Combine all that with the memory foam topped, removable insoles and you have a very comfortable and conforming pair of work shoes.
5. 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.
6. Skechers Women's Cozard Shoe SR EH Shoe
As you have undoubtedly deciphered from our reviews, Skechers is a brand that has delivered more than enough shoes to dress the entire planet. But today, our focus is more on the fairer sex who also want something light and high performance. If you still haven’t caught on yet,
I’m talking about the Cozard Slip Resistant Shoe. These are the only minimalists slip on shoes on our entire list; at least for women. Similarly, the fact that it does not feature a lace up design means that you don’t have to worry about bending to tie up every now and then.
These Cozard slip-ons are constructed with mesh and leather uppers to give our working girls a durable and super easy to clean surface. The material on the uppers allows for enhanced flexibility when maneuvering through tight places.
Apart from the smooth uppers, these mean girls also feature a protective leather toe for those hard days as well as heel overlays to add to the already existing stability.
And just in case you were wondering why the Cozard are slip resistant, it’s all due to the ASTM F1677-2005 Mark II rated high traction, generously lugged outsole that won’t give an inch even under pressure.
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 Athletic Lace -up Work Shoe
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 Maven
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 Maven 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 Maven 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.
Complete Buying Guide to Slip Resistant Shoes
Just one slip and fall can end your career and severely reduce your quality of life. Wearing high-quality non-slip shoes will help protect your health and your family’s financial security. Find out how to choose the right shoes for your career in this complete buying guide to non slip shoes.
But the good news is, falls are 99% preventable.
The best way to protect yourself and your family from the consequences of a fall is to wear slip resistant shoes. This minor investment could save your health, your income, and even your life.
Unfortunately, due to a lack of standards and regulation on non-slip footwear, shopping for good non slip shoes can be difficult.
In this guide, we’re going to walk you through the process of choosing non-slip shoes so you know exactly what to look for. We’ll even break down what type of traits and shoes that workers in healthcare, food service, and industrial work should shop for.
What Are Non Slip Shoes?
Non slip shoes are a type of footwear that increases the friction between the sole of the shoe and the surface of the ground or floor. In short, these shoes provide a more confident grip on the floor, rendering you less likely to lose your balance and fall.
Proper non-slip shoes increase your grip on the ground even when the floor is contaminated with:
Some non-slip shoes are equipped to handle only some of the above contaminants.
Slip resistant shoes come in all sorts of varieties, including sneakers, boots, and PPE compliant protective footwear. Finding a pair that provides the necessary benefits for your job isn’t hard, but you need to know what to look for.
Buying a pair of shoes based on claims made by the manufacturer is a big risk that could leave you unprotected and out hundreds of dollars.
Let’s take a look at why that is.
WARNING: Read this Before Shopping for Non Slip Shoes
Thousands of people make the same mistake when buying non slip shoes each year:
They find an inexpensive pair of shoes, read “non-slip” on the box, and click “buy now.” But the truth is, those shoes may not be slip resistant at all.
There are currently no standards or regulations that define what a “non-slip” shoe is, so manufacturers can use the term on anything they want.
That means that making a purchase based on what the manufacturer prints on the box or says in the ads is not a reliable way to shop.
Buying the right non slip shoes takes a little effort, but it’s well worth it in the end. Having a good pair of shoes not only protects you on the job, but it also makes you more confident and productive.
NOTE: Don’t have time to do the research? Chose from our list of the 26 top non-slip shoes and know that you’re getting a great pair. We’ve done the research and testing so you don’t have to.
Key Factors to Consider when Buying Non Slip Shoes
When shopping for non slip shoes, there are some important factors that you need to take into account.
Let’s take a look.
Cost is an obvious factor, but because manufacturers can say (and charge) whatever they want when it comes to slip resistance, many people pay high prices for virtually no protection.
The key here is to look at the design (see below) and choose the elements that you need for your job. Additional features which can jack up the price are not necessary if they don’t offer you a relevant benefit. For example, a nurse probably won’t need shoes that provide resistance to gravel and shifting earth. In fact, this degree of slip resistance may actually decrease his/her safety at work.
At the same time, don’t pick from the bargain bin. Choose a quality pair that will last. Saving a few extra dollars is nothing compared to getting surprise medical bills in the mail.
The key concern is your safety on the job, so give this priority. Choose a pair of shoes which meet slip resistant ASTM standards, based on performance in certain conditions.
If you work in a restaurant, you need shoes that resist surfaces with water, grease, soap, and food debris. If you work outdoors, you might need heavy-duty non-slip shoes that protect against gravel, mud, and ice.
Once your safety concerns are covered, you can choose a style that you like.
It doesn’t matter how effective the non-slip grip is; if your shoes aren’t comfortable, your life is going to be miserable. Or, what’s more likely, you’re going to avoid wearing your shoes at all costs.
You should wear non-slip shoes at all times while working in places like hospitals, restaurants, and industrial sites. If you’re bargaining with yourself about which days to wear your protective shoes and which days to opt for comfort, you’re actually bargaining with your health.
Non-slip shoes come in many different varieties and styles, so there is no reason to suffer. Order your shoes online so you can try them for a full day and still have the opportunity to return them. Buying in a shop after trying on a pair for two minutes is not recommended.
Understanding the design of a non-slip shoe necessary if you want to choose the right pair. All the parts of a shoe contribute to your performance on the job, but some are more important than others. Here’s a quick rundown of what to look for in each element of a non-slip shoe.
The outsole is the part of the shoe that touches the floor (the bottom of the shoe) and wraps around the edges of the shoe. It’s also known simply as the “sole.” It’s typically made of rubber.
The best outsoles for slip-resistance are made with soft rubber, as this material demonstrates the best slip-resistance against oil and grease.
Tread is the grooves in the sole of the shoe that impact grip and friction with the ground. It is very important to look at the tread on a non-slip shoe.
Studies have confirmed that “tread groove depth affected the friction coefficients significantly” when shoes were tested on a variety of surfaces contaminated with different liquids. Here’s what you need to know:
NOTE: Tread becomes less effective as it wears down over time. Make sure to pay attention to how much your tread is flattening. A reduction of just one millimeter of tread increases your chances of a fall.
The first that that would come to mind when checking is shoes are slip resistant is rubber outsoles. But overtime new materials have been developed that have improved with imporved traction for wet and oily floors.
The insole is where your foot rests on the inside of a shoe. It does not come into contact with the floor, but it has an indirect effect on slip-resistance in the form of shock protection and padding.
If you work on hard surfaces or are on your feet all day, choose a shoe with impact padding, memory foam, or gel to maintain your balance and your comfort.
The midsole is the portion of the sole that supports the arch of the foot. It determines the structural confidence of the shoe and has a big impact on durability.
Proper arch support allows you to do harder work that requires moving quickly, climbing ladders/stairs, bending over, heavy lifting, etc. If you strain your arches, you risk falls and further injury that could take you off your feet regardless of the quality of your tread and outsole.
There is no right midsole for non-slip shoes, but there is a right midsole for you. Some feet need more support than others. The best way to find out what’s best for your feet is to talk to your family doctor or a podiatrist.
As non-slip shoes age, they become less effective. Therefore, for your health and your wallet, it’s important to invest in a durable pair of shoes.
The most durable materials used to make footwear are leather and rubber. Shoes made with synthetic materials and foam may be cheaper, but they will wear down faster.
Finally, think about the floors and surfaces at your workplace. If you are on hard floors most of the time, then you should opt for shoes with a high degree of grip and traction. But if you are moving from hard surfaces to carpeting (or grassy areas), you may not want the maximum grip. Too much friction can backfire and become a tripping hazard on the wrong surfaces.
If you work on uneven or shifting surfaces, look for maximum grip with deep tread grooves and a hard leather sole.
Non-Slip Shoes for Food Service
If you work in the food service industry, you are at high risk of a fall. According to a study by Emory University, the food service industry has a 60% higher rate of injury and death when compared to other industries.
The constant rushing and confusion in kitchens and dining rooms leaves surfaces covered in slippery substances as little as an hour into a shift.
As food service workers are usually not insured by their employer and are often not entitled to workers’ compensation, wearing protective footwear is especially important.
Food service workers should look for non-slip shoes with the following features:
Non-Slip Shoes for Healthcare
In the healthcare industry, a slip doesn’t just affect you. It can determine the life or death of others in an emergency situation.
Healthcare professionals work long shifts and are always looking for the most comfortable pair of shoes to get them through the long hours. But when the time comes, they need to be ready to sprint, climb, and rush with heavy equipment.
It’s not likely that healthcare professionals working indoors will need thick soles or deep tread, but they will need to consider materials that are chemical resistant and easy to disinfect.
Look for the following if you work in the healthcare industry:
Non-Slip Shoes for Industrial Workers
Industrial workers are some of the most at-risk workers for serious injury resulting from falls, and while they are likely to be required to wear protective footwear by law, the law doesn’t stipulate which footwear best protects them from falls.
To find the best non slip shoes as an industrial worker, the first thing you need to do is comply with the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines for your industry. Make a list of potential products that comply, and then judge them all on their non-slip properties.
Remember, PPE compliant footwear is not necessarily slip resistant, so choosing a brand recommended by your workplace does not guarantee your safety.
Before making a purchase, look for these traits in non-slip shoes for industrial work:
Do You Need Non Slip Shoes?
You’ve never fallen before. You’re not very active at work. You don’t often encounter contaminated surfaces.
Do you really need non-slip shoes?
Researchers and government agencies recommend that everyone wear protective footwear at work. Regardless of how safe you may feel, slips come out of nowhere and can land you a world of hurt, literally and economically.
In determining whether non-slip shoes are a good investment for you or a loved one, take the following into account:
When Do Slip-Resistant Shoes Not Help in Preventing Slipping and Falling
As per the slip resistance of a particular shoe, it will help you on oily, greasy floors. But if the floors are swimming in oil or water, they would be of not much help. Non-slip shoes may also not work well on surfaces with loose debris or sharp objects that can puncture the soles of the shoes.
Furthermore, debris can get wedged into the grooves of the sole and reduce the amount of contact the sole has with the ground, making it less effective in preventing slips and falls.
It’s not worth foregoing any amount of time or money if it means you can avoid a nasty fall at work. Put in the effort to find the best pair of non-slip shoes and you’ll be safer and more comfortable at work no matter the conditions.
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