Comfort - Get on a good footing with your feet

We all want footwear that feels good – even after many hours on our feet. Comfortable footwear not only contributes to a comfortable working day but also keeps the body and feet healthy. So it is important that you think about the comfort of your footwear.

COMFORT doesn’t mean the same thing for all of us, and especially not when it comes to our feet. COMFORT is an individual sensation, experience or emotion – and does not come in “one-size-fits-all”.

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The personal experience of well-being is the primary factor when it comes to comfort in footwear.

 

Per Øllgaard, physiotherapist specialising in feet and foot injuries.


Factors that influence comfort

Sika Footwear has identified a number of factors that affect the comfort experience and which focus on both the user’s situation and on the functions of the footwear:

ENVIRONMENT

Do you work indoors or outdoors? Are conditions hot or cold? Wet or dry? Is the surface slippery or uneven?

ACTIVITY

Do you stand still or do you move around? Do you use ladders? Do you have work that involves kneeling?

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

Do you have a wide or narrow foot? Is your arch high or low? How much do you weigh? Do you have warm feet or challenges that require special attention?

FOOTWEAR

In addition to environment, activity and personal characteristics, different footwear features affect our experience of comfort:

Fit

Fit is an expression of how well the shoes fit the foot
independently of the environment and activity. A poor fit leads to diminished comfort – and vice versa.

Shock absorption and cushioning

Shock absorption and cushioning refers to the shoe’s ability to absorb shocks and send back the energy. Footwear with good shock absorption reduces the load on the joints, feet, legs and back. Shock absorption must not be confused with softness, which often provides the immediate feeling of comfort – for example, when the inlay sole is made of an extra soft material. Softness, however, does not necessarily lead to good comfort in the long term.

Flexibility

Flexible footwear is characterised primarily by outsoles and uppers that are flexible and soft materials that follow the movement of the foot. Conversely, a less flexible shoe can also bring comfort in the form of greater stability.

Breathability

Breathable footwear allows the heat and moisture from the feet to escape, so the temperature inside the shoes stays comfortable and the feet are kept dry. Breathable materials are most often characterised by good sweat absorbing and transporting qualities that can absorb moisture and transport it away from the foot.

Support

Stability and support can minimise the risk of injuries. The need for support depends on the foot, surroundings and activity. Support can be created in the construction of the footwear and through stabilising materials used in exposed areas.

Did you know that

Although many consider the fit to be the most important comfort factor, a study reveals that 37 % of men choose shoes that are too large, and 27 % of women choose shoes that are too small.


SOURCE: Satra Bulletin, October 2015

What should you be aware of when choosing comfortable work footwear?

At Sika Footwear we have many years of experience in developing comfortable work footwear for everyone – from building contractors to nurses. We design comfort into the construction and choice of materials used in the shoes without compromising on safety and quality.

COMFORT MUST BE EXPERIENCED
- ALWAYS TRY ON SHOES BEFORE YOU DECIDE

Interested in learning more?

Contact our consultants for advice and guidance on the right shoe choice for your needs.

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