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Who is SR Max?

Who is SR Max?

As an industry-leading slip-resistant shoe manufacturer and retailer, it’s our job to serve you and your employees, so that you can serve others.

Part of providing the best service possible includes educating customers on the benefits that we offer.

Take a look at just a few of the services that we offer to our program customers! 

 

What does SR Max offer? 

 

1. Industry-leading slip resistance

The patented MaxTrax® outsole channels away liquids such as oil, grease, and water, and provides more give upon impact which allows for a reinforced grip and a better hold on the ground.

All SR Max® brand shoes are made with our MaxTrax® outsole.

You can also find this patented outsole on certain styles from brands such as Timberland PRO, SKECHERS Work, Reebok, Rockport Works, Sanita, and more! 

 

2. Brands 

We offer slip-resistant styles from your favorite brands, including Dr. Martens, Crocs, New Balance, KEEN, and more! 

 

3. 30 Day Satisfaction 

This one is pretty self-explanatory, if you don’t like your slip-resistant shoes, send them back!

*** This option is available to certain program levels. 

 

4. 6 Month Warranty

If a pair of defective shoes is less than six months old

(and in our determination shows normal wear), we offer a full refund or credit towards a replacement pair. 

 

5. Retail Shopping 

We have 29 walk-in stores spread throughout the east coast, parts of the Midwest, and Hawaii, allowing customers to try on and purchase slip-resistant shoes in a traditional setting. 

 

6. Shoemobiles 

Do you want to bring the shoes to your employees? With a shoemobile, you can schedule a time to have one of our trucks stop at your facility,

saving your employees time and providing them with pre-approved styles that you select! 

 

7. Custom Websites 

A custom website from SR Max can include a company logo, custom page banners,

and custom verbiage, with multiple tracking, payment order, and reporting tools to choose from! 

 

8. Data Management

Managers have access to customizable corporate sales reports, and can easily access sales history.

 

9. Marketing Support 

Our small (but mighty) team of marketing specialists can assist you with email,

digital, social, PR, tradeshow, print marketing and MORE! 

 

Sound appealing? Click here to contact one of a dedicated Safety Shoe Specialist today! 

Sole Education Grant

Sole Education Grant Returns for a Second Semester

The leading supplier of safety toe footwear is bringing back the Sole Education Grant for a second semester! After a successful pilot run this summer, where we awarded our first $1,000 grant to our selected student winner, Saf-Gard Safety Shoe Company decided to bring on another group of students, opening up the application nationwide.

The goal of the Sole Education Grant program is to have students explain and apply their growing knowledge of a particular trade industry, making them the experts on their given field of study for the Saf-Gard blog.

The Sole Education Grant is an industry-based education grant, created for students who are just starting out in their field.

Starting on October 14, 2019, Saf-Gard will follow three chosen students through their educational programs in pursuit of a future in their field. Each week, the students will be asked to write a brief response to an industry-related topic that will not only showcase their knowledge on the subject but their experiences and skills in the field as well. Students will report their findings, which will be uploaded to the Saf-Gard blog.

Responses will be put into a weekly blog series that covers a theme that students are tasked with responding to. Content will be used to pull quotes from for social media as well as educational materials moving forward.

The chosen students will be rewarded for their participation in the program and completion of all 10 assignments with $1000 to help pay for the cost of their education.

Saf-Gard has opened up the application nationwide, giving even more skilled trades students the opportunity to participate in the program.

Follow along with our students’ progress at http://www.safgard.com/education/blog.

Apply today at http://www.safgard.com/sole-education   
Learn more about the Generation T movement at http://www.wearegenerationt.com.

Steps for Launching a Successful Slip Resistant Shoe Program

Five Steps for Launching a Successful Corporate Shoe Program

If you’re thinking about starting a corporate shoe program for your company, you’re smarter than people think. A corporate shoe program is a great way to keep employees safe and happy.

 These programs allow employees to pick the style and color of their pair of slip-resistant shoes, and they prevent accidents from happening in the workplace. That means a reduction in the volume of workers compensation claims, and fewer lost days from work due to an accident.

That’s a whole lot of winning right there! Now that you understand why these programs are so great, here’s five steps to get a corporate shoe program started for your company:

1. There’s a form to fill out

You’ll need to fill out our (very simple) ‘Start a Program’ form found here. After we receive your form, an SR Max® representative will contact you within two days to complete the account set-up process. If we need any additional information like banking or credit references, we’ll get that from you at this time.

We’ll also set up the process for your associates to order directly or through a coordinator at your office. We want to make this as easy as possible for you. The only stress should be on your feet, and even that will be gone after your new slip-resistant shoes arrive!

2. Give us the ‘deets’

We’ll need to know the specific needs of your shoe program. For example: does your company or industry require slip-resistant shoes? Or are you just doing this because you’re super smart? Do you want only slip-resistant shoes made available to employees? Which of our many colors and styles would you like to make available to your employees?

Now is also the time to tell us about the job duties your employees perform daily. We can recommend the shoes that make the best fit for your company.

3. Configure your payroll deduction

Typically for payroll deduction orders, you’ll need the employees: 

  • First and last name
  • Employee ID
  • Store location or department
  • Style number
  • Size and width of the shoe that they wish to purchase

Orders can come through your management team or directly from your associates. That decision is entirely up to you. Orders may be placed online at www.srmax.com using your SR Max® account number, or they may be called into SR Max® toll-free at (877) 776-2933.

If you do decide that you want all orders to go through your management team, SR Max® can provide order forms for your associates to fill out and submit to management. 

4. This program isn’t just for you

No one creates a corporate shoe program for only one person. That would be weird. So let people know about your new program! Our team at SR Max® can help create break room posters, catalogs, and online ordering options so that you can spread the word.

Here’s a helpful tip: include information about your corporate shoe program in any new hire packet. You alone are not a corporation, so make sure that your corporate shoe program is successful by letting your company know about it.

5. Kick back and wait for the shoes

Unfortunately, we don’t have the technology to beam your shoes to you instantly. However, once your employees’ order has been processed, the shoes will ship out to your facility manager or associate. For online orders, you will receive an automated summary of the order, as well as an e-mailed shipping confirmation from UPS once the shoes are on their way.

Congratulations! You’ve created a successful shoe program. Enjoy the safety and style that your employees will now have while you save the company money with the payroll deduction plan.

Are you ready to start a program with us, or want more information? Check us out at www.srmax.com to learn more!

What to Expect when You Visit an SR Max Shoemobile

Just imagine a store full of over 1,200 pairs of our best and stylish slip resistant shoes….on wheels.

While you’re recovering from your mind being blown due to the sheer awesomeness of this concept, let’s walk through what a trip to one of these magical stores looks like. You may have heard of our shoemobiles, or even seen one driving around or parked near your place of work before, but what really goes on inside these shoe stores on wheels?

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to get the best pair of slip resistant shoes that fit your feet perfectly. 

Big Wheels keep on turnin’

Our SR Max shoemobiles are available in select locations across the east coast, and they always carry at least 1,200 pairs of shoes. We have shoes in stock from brands like Crocs, Skechers Work, Converse, New Balance, Rockport Works, and others. When you first step foot into the shoemobile, you’ll be greeted by one of our friendly SR Max® employees ready to fit you for your new pair of slip-resistant shoes. You’ll be asked about your work environment and what kind of slip resistant shoe you’re looking for specifically.

Decision time

After this, our slip resistant shoe expert will give you a few options that he or she feels will best fit your needs. You’ll be able to select the brand and color of your shoes, and then our SR Max employee will size you and give you a pair to try on. Once you have the shoes on, our expert will quickly work with you to ensure that the shoes fit your feet perfectly. It’s everyone’s worst nightmare to arrive at an eight-hour shift on your feet with new shoes that pinch or rub your feet the wrong way, so we take great care in this step of the process. We’re not sure what walking on a cloud feels like, but we want you to feel something like that.

Make it official

After you’ve found the perfect pair of slip resistant shoes, you’re set! Congratulations! You’re the proud owner of a brand new pair of SR Max slip resistant shoes. You’ll be asked to sign for your shoes and then you’re free to go on your way (not that you weren’t ever free before. Our shoemobiles are not prisons).

It’s as easy as that! Next time you see one of our bright green shoemobiles parked near you, make sure to stop by and check it out. With over 1,200 options, you’re bound to find something that you like!

Want to learn more about SR Max? Check us out online today!

Safety Tips for Any Industry

Restaurants, hospitals, and warehouses can be some of the most dangerous places to work when it comes to slips and falls. Liquid spills, oily floors, and even dust can pose a threat to your safety and well-being at work.

Check out our 12 Safety Tips and get inspired to help make your own work environments safer and more productive. Click the link below to download a pdf version for your employees and coworkers:

Click here for a print download.

Looking to learn more about our slip-resistant shoes? Check us out at www.srmax.com

Your Guide to Tax Deductible Slip Resistant Shoes

Tax time is here again, folks.

 

And let’s be real, we all want to get as much money back on our tax return as possible. We’re even more excited to tell you that your slip-resistant work shoes might just be tax deductible!

Yep, you read that right! Those comfortable, stylish and high performing SR Max® shoes you bought for work this past year could be completely tax deductible!

 

Ready for that refund? There’s something to keep in mind before you claim that deduction:

In order to deduct the cost of your slip resistant work shoes, they need to be specific to, and required for your job and not normally used for “everyday wear”.

If your shoes qualify as “protective clothing” (slip resistant shoes are certainly protective!) and you are required to purchase them as a condition of your employment, and not normally worn outside of work, you can deduct the cost of them from your taxes!

So, if you do claim your slip resistant work shoes as a deduction, make sure you do the following:

  • Keep a copy of your employer’s policies. If need be, you can present written proof that your employer requires certain slip-resistant shoes to be worn while working.
  • Keep your receipt! Receipts provide proof that you spent the money on the clothes you are claiming a deduction for. Without one, you won’t be able to claim your deduction.
  • Include your clothing costs with your other “miscellaneous itemized deductions” on your tax return.
  • Finally, check with a certified tax preparer to make sure you claim all the deductions you’re eligible for!

There you have it! That’s all it takes to get even more out of your tax return. Now the real question is how are you going to spend that tax return money?!

 

For more helpful tips and educational information, check us out at srmax.com

which shoe program is right for my company

Which Shoe Program is Right for My Company?

Enforcing a slip-resistant shoe program isn’t always at the top of a store manager or company owner’s priority list. As the supervisor, you might be putting a shoe program off because you think it would present you and your company with unexpected challenges such as embarking on the quest to find the perfect slip-resistant shoe for everyone, or simply because you just don’t know where to begin planning for a shoe program and which one would best suit your company.

While the thought of adding a shoe program to your company may seem intimidating, we promise it’s not as bad as it seems. Shoe programs are implemented and set in place to make sure that all employees are protected on the job when it comes to slip-resistant footwear.

Let us take the guesswork out of this for you. Here are three outlines of our most common types of slip-resistant shoe programs.

Basic Slip Resistant Shoe Program

This is our simplest shoe program. Employees are responsible for the purchasing and wearing of their own slip-resistant shoes to work to make sure that they are protected when it comes to slip and falls.

As a result, they end up purchasing shoes from retailers with name brands that, unfortunately, have some of the lowest slip resistance results on the market today. While technically they’re still in compliance with the footwear program, these shoes do little toward resisting slip and fall accidents in the workplace.

This type of program, for evident reasons, has the lowest rate of success.

Payroll Deduction Slip Resistant Shoe Program

This type of program is most common for companies with slip-resistant shoe programs. In this program, the company is able to authorize and recommend vendors from which employees are able to purchase their shoes.

Workers are able to order their shoes through a manager or via a custom website. When their shoes arrive, the cost is deducted from the employee’s check over several pay periods. There are many modifications that can be made to this type of program which can lead to a higher rate of success for the companies that use them. Your personal account representative will be able to help you come up with the right modifications for you.

Subsidy Slip Resistant Shoe Program

In this type of program, the company decides on a dollar amount to give each employee an allowance towards their slip-resistant shoes. Subsidy amounts all depend upon the company and what they are trying to accomplish with their slip-resistant shoe program. As a result, this is by far the most successful of all types of slip-resistant shoe programs that we offer. It is also known to be the most suitable for companies that are looking to reduce on-the-job slip and fall accidents as well as workers’ comp claims.

All costs set aside, there are many other benefits to starting up a corporate shoe program. Your employees will not only feel good in their choice of slip-resistant work shoes but will also look good. They’ll feel valued as an individual and sense that their company is serious when it comes to their own personal safety on the job.

Ready to get started? Check us out on our website at www.srmax.com to set up your shoe program today!

How to Start a Shoe Program

Article by Lindsay Cleghorn

For some employees, getting to a store to get slip-resistant shoes isn’t an easy task. Between getting to the shoe store, confirming that the shoes are slip resistant, and then finding a style that is comfortable, and that they will like can be a bit of a challenge.

Shoe programs can be a great solution. In fact, our goal is to help YOU reduce workplace injuries by offering the best slip resistant shoes in the styles and brands that you know your employees actually want to wear.

With the shoe program, we give you everything you need to figure out just exactly what types of results you should be looking for.

So, are you ready to take the plunge and start your own slip-resistant shoe program? Just follow these simple steps below:

 

Identify Key Issues

The first thing that we recommend you do is corral all of the corporate managers, department heads, and safety directors together and have them work together to determine what problems and issues the company has had with slips and falls. Bringing the leaders of the company together to understand the true extent of the issue is the first step in starting a footwear program.

Tally the Expenses

Next, you will need to factor in what the true cost of slips and falls and figure out what these accidents have really been costing you. If you’re not sure where to begin when it comes to collecting this information, we are more than happy to help you figure it out, and help you understand the true measure in which slips and falls have affected your bottom line over the years.

Set Parameters

Now that you have determined your company is indeed in need of a shoe program, it’s time to determine what parameters you want your soon-to-be program to have. We are more than happy to meet the needs of your company specifically in order to create a custom program for you.

Get Excited!

Get your company excited about your new shoe program! There needs to be a strong level of cohesion from the boardroom, all the way to the stock room. Without basic buy-in awareness from your company, the program will more than likely fall flat. So put up posters, send emails, and create some awareness!

Are you Measuring Up?

It’s time for the fun part. That’s right, its time to measure your results! This step is necessary to quantify your program’s success. This is how you prove to your superiors that your program is successful! We recommend measuring the progress of your program at intervals of 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 18 months, 2 years, and every year after that.

A successful shoe program isn’t something that just happens overnight. You need a strategic plan, and a little help from your dedicated SR Max team in order to really make this program a true success.

 

Ready to start your own shoe program? Click here.

Fascinating Foot Facts

Article by Emily Bennett

Each day we use our feet and don’t think twice about it. Whether we’re standing for hours on end, walking around, working or even resting, our feet are always taking the brunt of our day-to-day lives. They do so much for us, but how much do we really know about them? Check out this list of interesting foot facts and learn exactly what your feet do for you day in, and day out.

Did you know??

  • It’s rare that two feet are exactly the same; one of them is often larger than the other.
  • There are 250,000 sweat glands in our feet that can excrete up to a half-pint of moisture daily.
  • Each foot is made up of:
  • During an average day of walking, the total forces on your feet can total hundreds of tons, proportionate to an average of a fully loaded cement truck.
  • On average, Americans encounter 1.4 foot problems each year.
  • The average adult takes 4,000 to 6,000 steps a day, take that, Fitbit!
  • The average person will walk around 115,000 miles in a lifetime, that’s more than 4 times around the Earth.
  • Impact, compression, and puncture are the most common types of foot injuries in the workplace. This is why proper footwear is extremely important.
  • It wasn’t until 1818 that the right shoe was invented in Philadelphia. Until that time, there was no distinction between shoes for left or right feet.
  • Because of feet being their largest at the end of the day, 8 out of 10 Americans experience foot problems as a result of wearing ill-fitting shoes due to feet swelling as the day goes on.
  • The average foot gets two sizes longer when a person stands up.
  • Standing in one spot is far more tiring than walking because the demands are being made on the same few muscles for a longer length of time.
  • Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and nerve and circulatory disorders can often show their initial symptoms in your feet; be sure to pay attention to them, as your feet depict your general health.
  • Surveys suggest that two out of every three workers suffer from some form of a foot problem based on their shoe choice. This could easily be from a slip and fall injury, not having comfortable work shoes, or simply just not following the OSHA Safety Program’s protocol for protective footwear.
  • The height of your arches in your feet can affect the direction your ankles roll; this is often referred to as pronation.

For more information on shoes that are sure to leave your feet happy and comfortable throughout the day, visit our website and check out our awesome selection of slip resistant shoes. You can also Tweet us or reach us on our Facebook page. Healthy feet are the foundation of a healthy life!

How To Clean Slip Resistant Shoes [Part 2: Outsole]

Article by Brinklee Bailey

If you missed the first part of this post about how to clean your slip resistant shoe upper, be sure to check it out, and then come back to read this post!

There are two parts to cleaning your slip resistant footwear. You must clean the upper and the outsole, in other words, the top and bottom of the shoe. For some, keeping your work shoes clean is second nature. But for those of you who may be new to wearing slip resistant safety shoes, here are a few great ways to ensure they stay clean!

SRM2400 Boot on Rock

Imagine the bottom of your shoe like a strip of “hook side” Velcro and the floor to be the “loop side” Velcro. When stuck together, there is maximum grip which means great slip resistance. Now imagine that dirt, flour, dust, mud or whatever debris is a sheet of paper between those two pieces of Velcro. Not nearly so effective now, is it? This, in a very basic sense, is why you have to keep your shoes clean to maintain slip resistance!

So what tactics can you take to clean and maintain the outsole of your slip resistant boot or shoe?

Cleaning a Shoe Outsole

Cleaning Shoe Outsole

The first thing that your workplace can do is have a boot and shoe brush in a prominent location. This might be in a kitchen or grocery department, near a loading dock or someplace else within your business. In places where there is less slip resistance but more traffic.

Also consider placing a grip mat or a coir mat for employees to regularly wipe their shoes off. These simple additions to the work place will make a world of difference in cleaning your slip resistant work shoes.

If your workplace cannot make this option a reality, consider purchasing a personal stiff bristled shoe brush to keep in a locker or near your workstation. Use this whenever you notice debris building up on your outsole as well as for regular maintenance.

Maintaining a Shoe Outsole

SRM4500 Side and Outsole

Supposing that you’ve been able to keep your shoes clean, there is still one more thing you can do to prolong the life of your slip resistant shoe: DO NOT WEAR THEM OUTSIDE OF WORK!!

Yes, your new Skechers Work shoes look awesome, but if you wear them to shoot hoops with friends or take Fluffy for a run around the park you will destroy the very valuable slip-resistant outsole. Why? Again, an explanation of slip resistant technology is in order.

SR Max Shoe Breakdown

A slip resistant outsole is softer than a standard shoe outsole. This softer nature allows the microscopic roughness to grip onto normally slippery conditions. However, it also means that the shoe is less durable and less able to withstand the rigors of concrete, asphalt, cement, rocks, uneven surfaces, etc. So if you really want your slip resistant shoes to last, only wear them while at work!

We hope you found this blog helpful for the next cleaning of your slip resistant work shoes! Check our website to see what new styles we have!