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Written by: Larry Huppin, DPM
7/12/2010 4:49 PM

I had a patient last week who was looking for a stable slip-resistant shoe to wear at his restaurant job. That got me doing a little research on stable slip-resistant shoes so I thought I would share the info here.

Many people have jobs where slip-resistant shoes are required and/or beneficial. These include nurse shoes, hospital shoes, chef shoes, and restaurant shoes. I looked for slip resistant shoes with orthopedic superior support, a removable insole, and durable leather uppers. I also found some slip resistant extra depth shoes.

What to tell your patients about slip resistant work shoes:

  • ANSI Standards: For many work situations, shoes must be ANSI certified as slip-resistant. The shoes below fit those standards. In most cases, the words “Slip Resistant” will be found on the bottom of the sole.
  • Shoe Tread: Slip resistant shoes for work will, in most cases, have tread patterns that consist of small circles, squares or triangles shapes. The tread patterns will most likely be compacted together; but have enough spacing between each other so that water or other liquids can be siphoned away when the sole of the shoe makes contact with the surface of the ground.
  • Tread Wear: Advise your patients to replace shoes regularly. As tread wears, the slip-resistant properties decrease.

Women’s Slip Resistant Shoes
  • Spring Step: Whale, Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona
  • New Balance: Slip Resistant 631
  • PG Lite: Algeria
  • Propet: Maxigrip
  • Klogs: Slip Resistant
  • Summer Soles Non Slip Shoe Pads for high heels (pads stick to bottom of shoes)

Men’s Slip Resistant Shoes
  • PG Lite: Slip Resistant
  • Slip Guardian
  • Propet: Maxigrip
  • Klogs: Slip Resistant
  • New Balance: 631 Slip Resistant

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