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The Slip Resistant Shoe Recipe

Add some leather, a dash of a cushioned insole, a splash of impact zone padding, and a heaping helping of MaxTrax® slip resistant outsole and we’re on our way to creating our very own slip resistant shoe! So this recipe might not be making it into your kitchen cookbook any time soon, but it’s still important to know what exactly goes into constructing each pair of our safe and comfortable slip resistant shoes. Get the notebooks ready, because we’re about to take you through the slip resistant shoe recipe.

The “upper”

Obviously, there are a few factors that go into making each slip resistant shoe. Material, construction, cushioning and support should all be considered. The “upper” of a shoe is the material that covers the toes, as well as the back, sides, and top of the foot. Uppers can be made of one or more materials, including leather, action leather, suede, and mesh.

Did we lose you already? Allow us to explain. Full grain leather is generally found on dress shoes, and it presents a more “finished” appearance. It’s also easy to clean and very durable. So for those of you who didn’t even know that shoes are supposed to be cleaned, this might be for you.

Action leather is found on athletic or casual shoes (hence the whole “action” part of the name. We know…brilliant). This material is more flexible and more breathable than full grain leather. So if you suffer from sweaty and smelly feet, do yourself (and the world) a favor by trying action leather.  

Mesh/Suede tends to be found as accents on work shoes. Suede offers a pleasing aesthetic quality while mesh affords more breathability for dry feet while on the job.

The insole

An “insole” is the interior part of the shoe that the foot rests on. This piece has usually been enhanced with extra cushioning in the heel or “impact zone”. Various levels of cushioning are used to make your feet feel as if they’re walking on a cloud. Note: never attempt to walk on an actual cloud. It will end poorly.

Cushioned insoles have some padding in the heel, and are generally found in low profile Oxford shoes. Full cushion insoles have cushioning in the heel and impact zone areas, and this is typically found in low profile athletic shoes.

Extra cushion insoles are exactly what they sound like: MAXIMUM CUSHIONING ACTIVATED! This is found mainly in athletic shoes. Lastly, impact zone padding is the extra cushioning at the ball of your foot.

 

The midsole

The midsole is the portion of the shoe between the insole and outsole that provides foot support, cushioning and stability. It’s also commonly referred to as the “footbed” (and who doesn’t need another bed in their life?)

Improvements in midsole technology now allow for more cushion, greater arch support and even ergonomic designs to decrease foot, leg and back pain! This is especially important for anyone with flat feet or high arches, as not choosing a shoe with the proper midsole could lead to pain at work. And trust us, that’s the last thing you need.

 

The lining

We’ve gone through the meat of our recipe, but we can’t forget about dessert! While some overlook the lining of a work shoe when considering comfort, the proper shoe lining is absolutely important. A mesh fabric lining will wick away moisture to maintain a cool, dry shoe interior. A proper lining means more comfort and fewer odors (win and double win). The lining is there to help your feet out, so don’t forget about it!

Last but certainly not least… our patented MaxTrax® slip resistant outsole.

That’s right folks, we saved the best for last. Our MaxTrax® slip resistant outsole is the final ingredient in this recipe for success.

The exclusive pattern developed for MaxTrax® is intended to give the outsole the highest amount of surface area possible, while still providing deep grooves arranged to help channel liquids. This specialized groove design allows for an essential self-cleaning feature that keeps the bottom of your shoes cleaner than many other slip resistant work shoes.

Using a flexible, soft rubber compound outsole – The MaxTrax® outsole provides more give upon impact, which allows for a reinforced grip and a better hold on the ground. In our independent Brungrabber Mark II slip resistance testing in greasy, high soil, oily/wet, and wet environments, MaxTrax® proved itself to be an icon of slip resistance. MaxTrax® far surpassed the Coefficient of Friction (i.e. the measure of slip resistance) necessary to make a safe step in each test.

Now that you know what they’re made of, feel free to check out our slip resistant shoes at www.srmax.com

Staying Safe While Working on a Cruise Line

As cruise ships continue to become larger and accident reports continue to progress in great numbers, we are left wondering what exactly is being done to better train crewmembers in the event of an emergency at sea or in port.  Every crew member should have at least some familiarity with how to properly handle any onboard situation, including how to best evacuate passengers in the event of the vessel becoming disabled, what to do in the event of an onboard emergency, and (most importantly) how to keep themselves safe while on the job, especially when it comes to slip and fall accidents.

Safety is the top priority for both passengers and crew members while on board the ship. As passengers are continuously coming on board for an unforgettable time at sea, crewmembers must enforce safety protocol for everyone on board, in order to make sure that no one’s life is put in immediate danger.

Food for thought: If crewmembers are not following proper protocol to maintain onboard safety, how can they be trusted with ensuring that passengers are kept safe? Here are a few safety tips that crewmembers should follow to guarantee that everyone remains safe and has an exceptional time while on board.

Know the Maritime Laws:

Since each vessel usually flies a foreign flag, it can be difficult to understand the difference between each country’s laws and what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Be sure to learn your cruise company’s requirements,including regulatory maritime and cruise ship laws to ensure that you are putting your best foot forward at all times (and most importantly not endangering anyone).

Participate in Safety Meetings:

Upon each new boarding, crew members should participate in a safety meeting, usually carried out right before your ship leaves port. It is in these meetings that you will be informed of your duties in the case of an emergency, and will be required to know where you need to congregate in the event of an accident or evacuation.

Obtain certificates in Basic Firefighting, Survival at Sea and Basic First Aid:

Once on board a vessel, crew members are expected to know how to operate lifeboats, where the boats and rafts are located, how to launch them, and know about the different fire-extinguishers on board and what kind of fire they are used for. Basic First Aid is also required to address any type of non-life threatening injury while onboard.

Acquire a pair of Slip Resistant Shoes:

In order to help keep crew members accident free, slip resistant work shoes are a great asset to each worker’s uniform. With a slip resistant sole, crew members are kept safe at work and experience a decrease in slip and fall injuries when it comes to working around unseen spills.  

Other sea-worthy tips:

There’s actually more to sizing than meets the eye. When you’re on your feet for eight hours a day, your shoes need to fit perfectly. Or else…the improperly fitted shoe demons will haunt you until you find yourself cursing the creator of the first ever pair of shoes (there’s a history lesson here that this writer knows nothing about).

  • By protecting yourself with slip-resistant footwear, you are being a more effective team member. When you aren’t worried about slipping at work, you can do your job more adequately. When you aren’t worried about getting injured, you enjoy your time at work even more. Your overall health isn’t something to wager with, so by wearing the right safety footwear, you can protect yourself.
  • While you may be unaware of the risk that you are taking, you’re setting yourself up for an accident waiting to happen. By wearing proper slip resistant work shoes, you can do yourself a favor and help to reduce the risks associated with improper workplace footwear.
  • Foot injuries are among the leading causes of workplace injuries, safety shoes are designed to prevent those types of accidents from doing some serious damage.
  • The right pair of safety toe boots can protect you from falling objects, punctures, lacerations, sprains, and even falls. That’s a list that you that don’t want your feet to be a part of. With a pair of steel toed boots, these injuries can be prevented. You’ll also be saving yourself a trip to the doctor’s office and a few weeks with your foot wrapped and elevated.

These are just a few of the many safety recommendations for cruise ship workers when it comes to staying safe at sea and at port. It is crucial for us as crewmembers to understand that our responsibility is ensuring the safety of everyone on board (including ourselves), as well as our duty to protect passengers per maritime law.

For more information on work safety tips, visit us on our website at srmax.com.

 

Helpful Tips for New Bussers

So you’re new to the restaurant biz. By now, you’ve probably learned that restaurant jobs entail several hours on your feet while constantly having to run around picking up empty dishes and clearing tables. Oh, and then you get to remain on your feet as you spend even more time washing them in the kitchen.

But hey, you still play a key role in the restaurant. While you may believe that it’s far from glamorous, these are just the humble beginnings on your journey to becoming an award-winning chef someday. And even if being a head chef is not your ultimate goal, you are building a work ethic that will last a lifetime and cultivating your ability to work with a team.

In the meantime, here’s some of our tips for new bussers.

Don’t wait till the end of the meal to clear all of the dishes

People eat a lot of food and order a lot of different dishes throughout their meals. So unless you want to see Mount Dish Monster begin to rise up on tables across the restaurant, work with the waitstaff to clear dishes throughout the meal. You’ll thank us later.

For example, clear appetizer plates and soup bowls from earlier in the meal to make room on the table for the entree plates. Just remember to always ask if the customer is done with their plate before you take it from them. Imagine the horror of a five-year-old kid looking over to discover that his plate of half-finished mac and cheese has suddenly vanished. Now you have a screaming kid in full tantrum mode in the middle of your restaurant. Way to go. Nobody wants to deal with that, so just ask.

Be invisible when removing dishes from tables

Since you don’t have an actual cloak of invisibility on you, you’re going to have to improvise here. The best bussers are quiet and nonchalant while removing dishes from tables and taking them back to the kitchen to be washed.

Only use your hands to clear a table while customers are there. This means that you shouldn’t be rolling out large trays, buckets, or dish racks while your customers are eating. Nothing says ambient and peaceful dining like dishes clanking together on a dirty tray with leftover pasta sauce seeping through it.

Don’t forget about the unused tables

Obviously, it’s important to ensure that the tables being used by customers are cleaned prior to being used. When a customer is seated, they should find a clean table awaiting them. However, don’t ignore the other tables scattered around the restaurant that aren’t currently being used.

Imagine that you’re being seated at a restaurant. Your table is clean and set for you, but the table right next to yours is covered in used napkins, ketchup smears, and the other busser is asleep on the booth chair. That’s not exactly the look that your restaurant is trying to capture, and the customers notice this. Even if their table is clean, other nasty tables may give them the impression that this restaurant is dirty, so make sure that all tables are constantly being cleaned. Remember, you are part of a team.

Be helpful wherever you can, but recognize if you can’t

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should always go the extra mile. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it will also get you noticed by your superiors. Good bussers should learn as much as they can about the restaurant and its menu so that they can answer customer questions when they arise. Also, if you notice a small customer need such as a drink refill, you can help out with these simple tasks as well.

However, if a customer needs something or asks a question that you don’t know or don’t have the authority to complete, promptly find them a staff member who can help. Remember, these are still your humble beginnings, so it’s not time to go all executive chef right now. Help out where you can, get noticed, and start climbing up that food ladder!

Want to learn more about what SR Max® can do for you? Check us out at www.srmax.com

Weird and Fascinating Foot Facts

Every day our feet endure whatever it is that we put them through. Whether it’s double shifts at a restaurant, long hours in the hospital or a harsh warehouse shift, our feet get us wherever we need to go. Click the link below to download the PDF file of this infographic.


foot-health-infographic.pdf

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

We’re Looking for a Workplace Hero

Calling all Workplace Heroes!

Workplace Hero’s come in all shapes and sizes, but what’s the one thing they all have in common? Their ability to get the job done and make their workplace a happier, more productive, and more efficient place to be, day in and day out.

I am Ashely – Answer Woman! Whenever someone around the office has a question, you can count on Answer Woman to find your answer! It is rumored that she is magic because with a wave of her finger, things seem to magically work. Just start asking a question and Answer Woman will appear! – Ashley P., Bilingual Customer Service Lead

Being a Workplace Hero is all about having confidence and taking action. It’s about being the one who puts forth the effort. It’s about being the one who tries and does. SR Max® provides that same kind of confidence through the safe, secure feeling in our shoes and products that let you be your most confident no matter what.

Safe and secure footing helps you to feel confident, allowing you to get your work done, and be the outstanding employee you’ve always wanted to be and more importantly, that your employers need you to be.

Workplace Hero confidence enables you to try things that you normally wouldn’t think possible. It allows you to learn from your mistakes and try again with the same amount of enthusiasm. To think outside the box. Be creative. Be productive. Go above and beyond.

It is this type of confidence that makes YOU a Workplace Hero.

Here’s your chance to shine and show us what makes you a hero in the workplace!

 

As of July 10th, we have officially launched our #workplaceherocontest on Facebook and Instagram.

We want to know what your workplace superpower is. Whether it’s your ability to complete daily tasks on time, solve problems, or simply put a smile on someone’s face, we’re curious.

Want to enter?

Just take a picture or create an approximately 30 second long video showing us what makes YOU a Workplace Hero. Post your submission to your personal Facebook or Instagram account by Monday, August 21st with the hashtag #workplaceherocontest for a chance to win a $300, $100, or $50 Amazon gift card. Winners will be announced on Monday, August 31st.

“I’m a Workplace Hero when I’m leading the Marketing Team and helping the Customer Service and Sales folks to shine!” – Sheri F., Corporate Marketing Manager 

Your entries will be judged by the SR Max® owners in a confidential vote based on originality, creativity, humor, and relevance to the topic. Spoiler alert: all entries must be work appropriate and accompanied by a brief written explanation of how the image portrays you as a Workplace Hero.

 

All participants must be 18 years of age or older on July 10th, 2017 and limit one (1) entry per person.

So what are you doing still reading this? Act fast and get to work on your submission, time’s running out!

For more details about the contest, click here. For more information on our products and services, please visit us at srmax.com.

4 Easy DIY Foot Pain Remedies

Video by Lindsay Cleghorn and Emily Bennett

Tired of dealing with those achey toes? For those of us that spend all day on our feet, foot pain can make you feel like the world is coming to an end.  Today we’re going to show you our top four solutions to curing your tootsie troubles. Check out the video below to learn some quick, simple tricks to treating your foot pain in addition to wearing comfortable work shoes.

Like what you saw? Check out our recipes for relaxation below:

Hot and Cold Water Treatment: 

All you need for this treatment are separate buckets of hot and cold water. Simple, yet effective!

Epsom Salt Treatment: 

  • Bucket of warm water
  • 2-3 tablespoons of Epsom salt
  • Moisturizer to put on your feet after you have finished your soak

Clove Oil Treatment:

  • Clove oil ( this can be found at your local health food store, or online)

Vinegar Treatment 

  • Warm water
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of any type of salt

These treatments are great ways to get your feet feeling good as new, and since most of the ingredients are common kitchen staples, you can try them all!

To learn more about our slip resistant shoes, services, and to learn more check us out at srmax.com.

Your Nursing To-Do List

Article by Emily Bennett

As a nurse, you have one of the most demanding jobs in the workforce. You work long shifts with little downtime (no doubt you are familiar with those twelve-hour shifts), stand on your feet in nursing shoes all day, and are dedicated to helping others no matter what the situation may be. Generally, you are responsible for assisting physicians in providing patient care, educating patients on an array of medical conditions, and offering advice to the patient as well as to their family.

Nurse Shoes

Rise & Shine!

When you arrive at work, one of your first responsibilities is to speak with the previous night’s nurse to get caught up to speed on patient progress. After this, you review patient records to get an idea of which and how many patients you’ll be caring for. Once this has all been completed, other preparations for the day are made which consist of you looking over patient tests that will be administered throughout the span of the day, coordinating schedules with doctors, and checking emails.

Throughout the morning, you see patients to check their vitals all while constantly using your feet. Patient data is charted in a computer, and throughout the day, you’ll find yourself working alongside the doctor to administer any testing, assisting in whichever way necessary based on the situation. All of the coordination, meetings, and emergency sprints during this period of time surely aren’t gracious to your feet.

A Brief Relief

Around the midpoint of the day, you take lunch, but you never plan on it being much of a break because at any time it could be interrupted due to an emergency. As the afternoon moves on, you continue checking on and caring for patients. Once you get a chance to breathe between patient emergencies, appointments, testing, and scheduling, you return to your desk to catch up on less critical matters, such as paperwork and emails.

A Well Earned Rest

At the end of the day, you leave almost entirely drained of energy. You go home, take care of personal matters, eat dinner, and are in bed around nine or ten in order to get enough sleep for the next action-packed day.

You know that a day in the life of a nurse can be hectic, no two days are alike. After an eight or twelve hour shift, you’ve done more than the average person could ever imagine throughout your day, especially when it comes to standing, walking, bending, and maybe even running in nurse shoes for hours on end. Your legs are exhausted and cramped from the long day’s work that you’ve encountered while taking care of others so selflessly. The hours and stress undoubtedly take a toll on you both mentally and physically. It’s the price you pay to do the job you love, taking care of others.

For more information on types of medical shoes or shoes for any type of workplace, visit our website to check out our incredible selection of slip resistant work shoes. You can also Tweet us or reach out to us on our Facebook page.

They Made It! The American Oarsmen are now Guinness World Record Holders

In April of 2016, SR Max® announced our sponsorship of the American Oarsmen. We jumped at the chance to support their dream of becoming the first American trio to take on the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. Mike Matson, David Alviar and Brian Krauskopf (the American Oarsmen) went on to compete in the world’s toughest row at the 2016 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

SR Max® provided the American Oarsman with our Hatteras clogs to travel across the ocean along with some promo items and swag to assist them on their odyssey. We have been following their journey on Twitter and other social media channels. We felt the 2016 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge was a perfect opportunity to support a remarkable adventure, which also benefits so many worthy charities. The American Oarsmen’s charities included the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, Teach for America and the Anne McCormick Sullivan Foundation.

Overall, twelve teams competed in the challenge. Every single team was an inspiration. On December 12, 2016, the American Oarsmen left La Gomera (of the Canary Islands) for Antigua in the Caribbean traveling in an ocean double scull. Carrying all of their own food and water, they trekked across the waves undaunted on their mission. After 49 Days, 14 Hours, 4 Minutes and 20 Seconds, Mike, David and Brian of the American Oarsmen completed their 3,000 mile rowing adventure across the Atlantic. Along the way they earned 2 Guinness World Records for being the FASTEST and the FIRST three-man crew to ever row the Atlantic Ocean. They became the first Texans to ever row an ocean. They became the first Admirals in the Texas Navy on the High Seas since 1846.

American-Oarsmen-Finish-Group

The American Oarsmen survived storms, massive waves, sleep deprivation and extreme fatigue. They also witnessed countless dolphins, whales larger than their boat and a 700+ pound sea turtle! Meanwhile they raised awareness to help construct Houston’s first rowing boathouse on the banks of Buffalo Bayou for the Rice University Rowing Club. Not to mention they honored the memory of a fallen Houston heroine: Firefighter Anne McCormick Sullivan with the Houston Fire Department. The SR Max® Hatteras was with them every step of the way! The American Oarsmen finished the race in fourth place. We’d like to congratulate Latitude 35 on their epic, record-breaking win. For more on the teams visit: https://www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com/the-teams/ navigate around on this site for info on the rules, the boats and the journey.

SR Max®Goes Red!

February is National Heart Month and with it comes National Wear Red Day, an awareness campaign that encourages people to “go red” on the first Friday of every February to bring attention to the leading killers of women – heart disease and stroke. The employees at SR Max® celebrated the 13th annual National Wear Red Day in style