How can you keep your feet healthy and your shoes safe? We give you useful tips for wearing and caring for your shoes, buying new shoes, and for determining your shoe size. Don’t forget that the right socks can also make a world of difference.
Tips for healthy feet and a fit body
- Wear clean socks every day. Wash your feet daily after work and dry them thoroughly, especially between your toes. Talcum powder and changing your insoles every day also help keep your feet dry.
- Do your feet perspire heavily? Take alternating hot-cold footbaths.
- Always throw your safety shoes in the garbage after an accident. Stay on the safe side.
- Take regular breaks at work. If possible, sit down somewhere during your break. Elevating your feet during a hard day’s work is even better; it’s good for your circulation.
- Alternate shoes regularly, preferably every other day. Put on casual shoes, for example, right after work.
Leather is a natural fabric that needs time to recover. Under well-ventilated conditions, it takes about twice as long to get rid of perspiration moisture in leather than it does to absorb it. In other words, if you have worked in the shoes for 8 hours, the shoes will need to ‘rest’ for 16 hours.
- Neglect to give your feet the extra attention they deserve. Safety shoes are often warmer than other shoes. The leather used in the upper is thicker, and the components that facilitate safety are less well-ventilated.
- Think that everything is okay. Just like with a helmet or hard hat, the damage is not always visible from the outside.
- Keep on working and keep on postponing your break. If you knew that most accidents occur at the end of the day when people are tired and their concentration is low, then you will realise that breaks are a must.
- Walk around in the same work shoes, 7 days per week, even if they are really comfortable. Perspiration moisture also needs time to evaporate.
Tips for healthy feet and a fit body
- Avoid wet environments (if they are not suited to these conditions) as this will only limit the life of your shoes.
- If they do get wet, be sure to let them dry slowly, remove the insole, and stuff the shoes with newspaper.
- Save the box your shoes came in, to store them in, or for transporting them later.
- If you don’t wear the shoes for a while, make sure to store them in a well-ventilated area.
- Treat your shoes as tools, with great care.
- Remove dirt with a slightly damp cloth or (wet or dry) brush.
- Treat the leather on a regular basis with a product designed for this purpose.
- Replace your shoes in time to give your feet the best protection and keep you fit. Under normal circumstances, work shoes will last an average of one working year, but the life span of your shoes naturally depends on a variety of factors.
- Walk through puddles. If your work makes this unavoidable, Bata has special GoreTex® shoes for this purpose.
- Place your shoes on the radiator or leave them in front of an open hearth.
- Wear the shoes or store them under extremely cold or hot conditions, under heavy objects or near sharp objects.
- Try to put your shoes on or take them off while they’re still laced up.
- Use caustic or corrosive cleaning agents.
- Wash your shoes in the washing machine.
- Continue to wear shoes with an abraded, damaged or misshapen toecap, torn or loose sole, worn out tread, broken stitching, perforated mid-sole.
- Or wait to buy new shoes until you can see your feet through the outside of them.
Tips for looking for new shoes
- Find the best shoe for your situation. Use our selection menu to help you find the right shoe. This way you can be sure you will always be taking advantage of the latest technology and that your feet will be optimally protected.
- Ask for advice about the fit and the shoe size. Not only is a good fit more comfortable, it is also safer.
- Ask your supplier for advice on the complete range of personal protection devices. The components must fit together well and be suitable for your type of work.
- Make sure the safety norms and specifications for the shoe are suitable for your workplace. There are many possibilities, so get good advice and find the right shoe.
- Do you need special insoles? If you replace the separate insole, make sure that you replace it with a new insole that is no thicker than the original
- Buy the same shoes as your neighbour unquestioningly because he says they’re really comfortable.
- Or buy your second choice of shoes which are not quite good enough, just because they are less expensive. Luckily quality doesn’t have to be expensive, but it is logical that this usually goes hand in hand with a higher price. Don’t be sparing when it comes to the price of your shoes.
- Always get the same size. Every brand has a different fit. Some brands are only available in one width, and this is asking for trouble. Did you know that half of all people wear the wrong size shoes?
- Wear regular (sport) socks which do not offer comfort or support. These can give you blisters and cause your feet to perspire.
- Go shopping and create combinations of a variety of things.
- Sacrifice comfort for safety. The most attractive and lightest safety shoe is not always the right solution for the workplace. If you feel that safety shoes are expensive, just think what it will cost you if you have an accident!
- Blindly replace the insole with a new one, without taking the thickness of the new insole into account. With an insole that is too thick, you run the risk that there is not enough room between the steel toecap and the insole. In the event of an accident involving an absence from work, the insurance company may ask about this.
Tips for determining the right size
- If you want to determine your size yourself, use our measuring instructions. This is why you should always try the smallest size first. If the shoes pinch your feet in the length or the width, try one size larger too. If the shoes don’t pinch, this is the right size.
- If you have unusual feet, look for unusual shoes. Bata’s multiple width system often offers a quick, easy solution for properly fitting shoes. Bata also has insoles in the range that increase comfort.
- Ask for advice about the fit and the shoe size. Bata offers three widths. Our shoes are available in the sizes 5 up to and including 15. Not only is a good fit more comfortable, it is also safer.
- Buy shoes in the same size as a pair made by another manufacturer. Every brand has a different fit. Some brands are only available in one width, and this is asking for trouble. Did you know that half of all people wear the wrong size shoes?
- Try shoes on in one size only. We prefer to advise customers to try on at least two different sizes, because every foot is different. Be aware about what you’re trying on; 50% of the work force chooses a shoe that is too large, resulting in all sorts of medical discomfort. People often fail to see the connection between problems and the wrong shoe size.
- Experiment. If you have unusual feet and/or medical symptoms, consult a professional. The specialised dealers have the necessary knowledge to provide you with recommendations, or will consult a physiotherapist, podologist, podotherapist, or orthopaedic surgeon if necessary.