Most footwear on the market comes with a generic insole that is designed to offer some arch support and cushion. If you're interested in getting more you may want to consider replacing that generic insole with a product that is designed to meet your needs.
Why Buy an Insole? Insoles and orthotics can provide custom fit, increased cushion, pressure relief and increased arch support. This can mean decreased back, leg and knee pain, less fatigue, eliminating foot pain and an increased comfort for long days on your feet.
Insoles and orthotics are often thought of as products that assist when a problem already exists. But it's important to understand that insoles and orthotics can also be beneficial when there isn’t a full-blown problem evident. These products can be considered a wellness product – as they assist in providing relief for pains that sometimes are not initially thought to be related to the feet (hips, back, knee etc). They also assist in balance and posture.
With a variety of products available ($10-$60) buying an insole or orthotic can be a low-cost way to increase the life of your footwear. You can choose to use the products in just one pair of shoes (example: your work shoes) or move them to whichever footwear you're using that day.
Shopping Tips and Things to Consider: When choosing an insole orthotic it's important to consider the type of footwear you will wear it in. It is important to consider any foot pain or discomfort. Some insole and orthotics are designed to relieve pressure in the ball of the foot while other products focus more on heel pain. Our fit specialists can help you find the product to best meet your needs.
It's important to always remove the generic insole from your footwear before putting in a new one. Putting two insoles on top of each other will compromise the fit and support of your footwear. It can also raise the heel significantly, which will push the foot toward the front of the shoe and into the safety toe.
Many of our stores also offer iStep technology from Aetrex. The iStep uses high quality digital scanner and pressure sensors to show the pressure distribution in your feet. It also measures the length of your foot and recommends an insole. This is a free service - there is no obligation to buy an insole or orthotic.
Vanderloop Shoes offers insole programs for industrial accounts. For more information please contact our corporate office (firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-236-8403).
Q: What is the difference in length between a men's size 10 and a men's size 10.5?
A: The difference between a half size is about a sixth of an inch. It may not sound like a lot, but it could be the difference between toes rubbing against a safety toe or fitting comfortably.
Q: It's okay to wear my safety shoes outside of work for everyday use... right?
A: It is recommended that footwear "rest" between uses. This "rest" allows built-in cushion to get some of it's spring back... which means your footwear will feel better for longer. The "rest" also allows moisture to dry creating a healthier environment for your feet. Plus, the more hours you wear the shoe, the shorter the life of the product. To get the most out of your safety footwear we suggest wearing them at work only.
Q: Can my shoe size really change? I've worn a men's size 12 my entire life!
A: Yes. Shoe size can change over time because your feet can change (due to injury, weight gain/loss, pregnancy). It is also important to keep in mind that different brands or styles fit different. We recommend trying on footwear and walking around the store (or safety footwear truck) before you make a purchase. You can also wear the product at home on a clean surface to assure for proper fit before wearing the product to work or outdoors.
There are many different footwear options when it comes to protecting your feet on the job. Aside from deciding which style and features are important for you and best for your work environment - you may also want to consider what type of safety toe is best for you.
When most people think about safety footwear - steel safety toes are top of mind. Steel is the most common material that safety toes are made of but new technology has lead to other options. Steel toes provide heavy duty protection. Aluminum safety toes are also available - which provide the same protection of steel but are lighter weight.
Composite safety toes are made out of layers of fiberglass, plastic, carbon fiber, or Kevlar, which eliminates the bulk and weight of steel and still provides protection. Composite toes are around 30% lighter than steel. They are also good for extreme high and low temperatures because they won't heat up or get cold like metal would.
Alloy safety toes are made of an alloy which is a mixture of two or more metals. Alloy safety toes often include titanium or aluminum - which are both lightweight metals. Alloy toes are 30-50% lighter than steel but still just as strong. They are made a bit thinner than a traditional steel toe which allows for more room in the toe box.
Please note that all safety footwear carried by Vanderloop Shoes meets the safety requirements as a protective footwear. When choosing safety footwear we strongly recommend that the customer considers fit first. Always compare the shape of your foot and the shape of the safety product you are considering. We also suggest having your feet measured when shopping for safety footwear.
-Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Getting enough fluids helps decrease swelling.
-Buy compression socks. There are different weights available, we recommend starting with a thinner weight and increase if necessary. If you need help finding the right compression sock visit one of our stores. Our fit specialists are happy to assist you.
-Soak your feet in a cool Epsom salt bath for 15-20 minutes.This can help reduce muscle pain, inflammation and swelling.
-Elevate your feet - preferably above your heart.
-Get Moving! If you sit or stand for long periods of time - try to take a break each hour to walk around the room.
Metatarsal guard footwear (also know as met guards) are designed to provide even more protection than regular safety footwear. It is designed to protect the foot from falling objects and compression. This type of safety footwear is often seen at foundries, quarries and in industries that deal with heavy equipment and machinery.
Footwear that includes a met guard is designed to go beyond just protecting the toes. In addition to a safety toe it also features a metal or fiberglass plate that protects the metatarsal bones in the upper foot. This plate can be internal (built into the footwear) or external (attached to the footwear near the toe and must be laced to provide protection).
There can be a difference in fit between an internal and external met guard. Internal met guards sometimes fit narrower and often don't allow for as much flexibility. Choosing between external and internal often comes down to personal preference, requirements of the work place and how a customer likes their footwear to fit and feel.
Met guard footwear comes in several different styles including traditional work boot, athletic, dress/causal and pull on. Vanderloop Shoes is proud to carry a large selection of met guard footwear from trusted brands like Carolina, Georgia Boot, Iron Age, Keen, Reebok, Timberland and more. We also offer a met guard exclusive safety footwear truck stocked with more than 50 met guard styles for men and women.
The following are easy-to-do tips to keep your feet healthy this summer:
Avoid going barefoot.
Properly fitting shoes will support and
may help prevent foot injury and other conditions like warts and athlete's foot. Wearing shoes will also help protect
your feet and provide stability.
Switch your shoes.
Allow shoes to dry out completely
before wearing them again. If the insole
is removable - you may want to take that out to dry as well. It is recommended to alternate between a few pairs of shoes during the week.
Keep your feet active - walk!
Walking is the best exercise for your feet and is a great cardio workout too!
And walking improves circulation.
Always apply sunscreen to your feet and ankles when exposed to avoid sunburn.
Are you looking for dressy safety shoes to be worn in an office setting? We have a great selection for men and women from brands like Ariat, Carolina, CAT, Keen and more!
Stop by a Vanderloop Shoes store or our safety footwear truck and let our fit specialists help you find the ideal pair of dress safety shoes for your work environment and foot needs.
Or visit our website and shop in the oxford or slip on categories.
The Brannock Device is the industry standard foot measuring tool. It is used to measure the length, width and arch height of the foot.
It was invented by Charles Brannock in New York in 1927.
02 Apr|Categories: News
Tips for Properly Fitting Safety Footwear
If you're spending 8-12 hours a day wearing safety footwear - you want to be comfortable. But finding footwear with built-in cushion isn't the only way to assure your feet will feel great after a long shift. It is extremely important that your safety footwear fit properly.
When purchasing safety footwear we recommend having your feet measured by a professional. It is important to have both feet measured regardless of whether or not you have worn that same style or products from the same manufacturer before. We recommend having your feet measured often because feet can change over time in length and width. Always stand during the measuring process.
When trying on safety shoes it is important to make sure that you have enough room in the toe box. While leather will stretch and soften with wear - a safety toe will not. Make sure your toes aren't rubbing against the safety toe. If needed, our sales associates are able to recommend styles that have wider safety toe caps to allow for more room. You also want to make sure that the ball of your foot is in the widest part of the shoe.
Walk around in the footwear or move in positions that you would be in during a normal work day. This will give you an idea of how the footwear will perform at work. When trying on any footwear - you want the footwear to feel great right out of the box. Don't buy a style that feels like you need to "break in" in order for it to feel good.