Imagine you purchased an item for a specific task, only to find out that it wasn’t the right item. Perhaps you only had a sponge and bucket to wash the outside of your house, or you brought a baseball bat to play golf. Would you try to do the job with the wrong equipment anyway?
Of course, these are ridiculous examples, but the point is that oftentimes if we find that we have the wrong shoes for work, we’re tempted to try to just use what we have, instead of getting the right tool for the job. Specifically, I’m referring to the question of how to make a regular shoe into a slip resistant shoe.
Let’s be clear: this is a BAD idea. These do-it-yourself solutions are the equivalent of driving nails through the soles of your shoes to create cleats! The Internet is abuzz with suggestions on how to make your shoes slip resistant:
Put nonslip bathtub appliqués on the soles
Stick adhesive bandages on the ball and sole of each shoe
Attach double-sided tape to the soles
Buy some anti-slip spray
Sand down the soles
Cut the bottom of the soles with scissors
Now, be honest: none of these solutions really sound like good ideas when you think about them. Destroying your shoe soles or applying bathroom items aren’t going to provide the level of slip resistance needed to keep you safe. In fact, they are more likely just going to render your shoes unwearable.
A quality pair of slip resistant shoes is going to feature a unique rubber outsole built specifically to tackle the challenge of greasy, wet floors. In addition to a softer proprietary rubber, these soles will have a tread design that funnels liquid out from under your feet to help you gain more traction. You can also learn more about what makes shoes slip resistant here. For your own safety, it is important to buy shoes designed for your work environment, because using the right equipment makes all the difference.
If you’re looking to replace your work shoes, take a moment to browse our selection of the best slip resistant shoes available. If you want some advice on choosing the right shoe for your environment, contact us! We’re on Twitter and Facebook, or you can give us a call, we’d be glad to help.