Lifting, bending, reaching – working a kitchen is practically an Olympic sport. That’s why you need a professional strength shoe, able to take a heap of abuse while being flexible, comfortable, and supportive.

Unfortunately, your favorite old pair of sneakers aren’t up to the stress of pro kitchen work. But modern support technology like midfoot stabilisers and shanks combine with soft molded insoles to keep your feet steady and support arches through a full range of motion. This will help you get more bang for your efforts and do your job better – working strong and smart. Feet that are well-aligned enhance great posture, and ease the possibility of stress and pain in other areas of the body, like the back and neck.

The kitchen floor is the catch-all for everything from sauces and food to utensils and all sorts of heavy objects… and unfortunately, often so are your shoes. One of the shoe’s main functions in the kitchen environment is to protect your feet from mess and injury. You want an upper made from durable materials that are tough and easy to clean. And when sharp and heavy objects like knives come crashing to the floor, you’ll be glad you chose footwear with reinforced toe protection. Make that ecstatic.

Navigating through spills is no laughing matter. Liquid spills are like mini oil slicks – literally – and you want the soles of your shoes to have great no-slip grip no matter what you’re walking on. Whether it’s grease or spaghetti sauce, a rubber outsole with strong tread will keep you safe and won’t mark up the floor in the process.

Any profession that has you standing on your feet all day will generate heat in your feet, and along with that heat can come sweat and bacteria. Now add to that the blazing temperatures from hot stoves, coupled with the frantic pace in most kitchens, and you’ve got the ingredients for foot odor, and worse. That’s why choosing a shoe made with breathable materials is so important. Modern textiles will keep your feet dry, with heat evenly distributed. An excellent fit, roomy through the toes, will keep air circulating and bacteria at bay.

Perhaps most importantly, you must tend to the comfort of your feet to have a great day on this kind of job. Standing for many hours on the hard tile you’ll find in most kitchens can create sore, tight feet, and set the stage for injury. Intense cushioning at the heel and along the entire length of the foot will not just protect you from cramping and muscle strain, it will make your mood lighter and doing your job easier. A well-designed, supportive, amply cushioned shoe should actually feel amazing to stand in. This is a critical culinary advantage that will serve you well.

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