If you want to be successful at your profession or vocation, you must be willing to learn more than the technical skills required to succeed in that profession. Every profession is like a community, and it has its own set of unique standards. Most of these standards are unspoken rules and codes which you will subconsciously learn as you proceed in that profession. One common code that is particular to all profession is the dress code. The dress code concept doesn’t just apply to fancy blue-collar jobs; they also apply to all other jobs. While some jobs require you to dress appropriately so you can fit into the community, other jobs require you to dress to carry out your work effectively. If you work in a restaurant, you probably wear headcovers to prevent your hair from falling into the meal, aprons to prevent oils and sauces from staining your clothes and slip-resistant shoes to prevent you from falling and getting injured. If you are a construction worker, you probably wear a helmet to prevent debris from knocking you out. However, since you are standing on concrete all day, your legs are bound to be sore at some point. The only way to prevent this is by wearing shoes that are uniquely designed to help you stand and walk on concrete. In this article, we want to identify the features of shoes that are suitable for concrete. Enjoy!
How to know if your shoe is suitable for concrete
Here is a list of features you can look out for in your shoes to make sure they are all suitable for standing on concrete all day.
- Strong outsole
Concrete is a hard and rigid surface, so you have to wear shoes with outsoles to handle the terrain. If you wear shoes with soft soles, they will quickly wear out, and you have to spend money on another pair of shoes. If you check out the shoes that construction workers, they mostly have rubber soles with a solid grip.
- Uniquely designed structure
Shoes are built for different purposes. Basketball shoes have excellent grip, but they don’t have spikes, unlike soccer boots. If you want to know if your shoe is suitable for walking on concrete all day, check the outsole structure. Shoes that have a rounded outsole and a front part that is slightly raised are the best for walking on concrete. The front part of the shoe should also be more rigid than the rest.
- Well-cushioned midsole
The midsole of your shoe is the major factor that determines if the shoe is suitable for walking on concrete or not. This part of the shoe is essentially between the outsole and the insole. It bears the whole weight of your body, and it receives pressure from the outsole. If this part of the shoe is not well-cushioned, you cannot avoid blisters and all the other kinds of foot pain peculiar to standing on concrete for too long. However, if the midsole is solid, you will hardly feel the effect of the concrete.
- Lightweight structure
Since your shoe will require many materials to become suitable for walking on concrete, it might not be completely lightweight. However, even though your shoes are not as light as your running shoes, they should not be too heavy. Heavy shoes will leave your leg uncomfortable, and you would not perform your duty effectively.
- Adequate ankle and heel support
The heels and ankles are the first places to be affected when a shoe is not right for the environment. If you don’t get shoes with a supportive arch system, walking on concrete all day will give your feet pain. The shoe has to be structured in such a way that your heel and ankle sits stably and comfortably. This concept is important for all your shoes. However, it becomes compulsory to use those shoes to walk and stand on concrete all day.
- Shock absorbency
When you are continually walking on concrete, it tends to impact your feet, ankles and knees. If the shoe you are wearing is not uniquely built to reduce these steps’ impact, you will inevitably have to deal with some pain. We have said the outsole should be strong and the midsole should be well-cushioned. However, if this structure is not geared towards absorbing shock or the shoe is made from cheap materials, it will not be able to absorb shock, and your feet will have to receive the full impact of the concrete.
- Made from Adequate materials
This is one of the easier ways to know if your shoe is suitable for concrete. If you check the outsole and it is made of shock-absorbing high-quality rubber, then those shoes are probably right for you. You should also check out the upper part of the shoe. If it is made of synthetic breathable materials, then the shoe is suitable for your purpose.
- Comfortable Interior
One of the features you have to look out to make sure that your shoe is suitable for concrete is a comfortable interior. If you wear shoes that are too tight, you will put a lot of pressure on your big toe and walking on concrete with this kind of shoes will leave you with foot pain. Wear shoes that have a lot of space for your feet to sit. Remember, shoes should be a little loose in this situation. The interior of the shoe should also be comfortable and soft enough for your feet.
Shoes have different designs and structures. However, all of them are geared towards making you look good and keeping you comfortable throughout the day. Your corporate designer shoes might be the choice to wear to your office or even a dinner party. However, if you want to walk and stand on concrete comfortably for long hours, your best choice would be athletic or orthopaedic shoes. Luckily, this article has provided you with pointers so you can easily determine if a shoe is suitable for walking on concrete or not. Cheers!