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When Should You Replace Your Work Shoes?

So far you’ve been able to collect vital information from our blog on how to choose and clean your work shoes. But what happens when you’ve had your work shoes for years and they have lasted you countless shifts and they are slowly telling you that they’re ready for retirement?

Now, some people may go to the extremes of turning their work shoes into a D.I.Y. project and try and repair the shoes themselves. Is this a way to save money? Well sure, but will this improve your safety while on the job?

Absolutely not! It is a better idea to assess what you may need in your next work shoe and invest in a quality pair of shoes that will be able to do the job, while you’re on the job! Here are a few things that will let you know, without a doubt, that it’s time for a brand new pair of work shoes!

check your tiresCheck Your Tires

The tires of your car are one of the most important things to check on a regular basis. Why? Because they make sure our cars can get from place to place safely. The outsole of your work shoe functions the same way.

The outsole of your shoe assures that you can do your job quickly and effectively, without any accidents. If you see the outsole is worn down, then it may be time for a pair of new shoes.

Don’t Let Your Shoe “Talk”

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The outsole of your shoe starts to separate from the upper, we refer to this as “talking”. Any sign of your shoes starting to separate is an apparent sign that it is time to invest in a new pair of work shoes. Not only can this look bad in your place of work, but it can also be very dangerous in a fast paced environment.

Do Your Soles Have Holes?  

Holey shoesUnder no circumstance shoe your shoe be “hole-y”! This is not only an unappealing issue, but it is also a safety issue. Depending on your work environment, small holes could quickly turn into big holes and leave you in a very unsafe situation. It’s important when you notice your shoe is worn in this way, that you work quickly to replace them.

You’ll Have to Replace Them Eventually 

There’s no hard and fast rule about the age of slip resistant shoes or how often you should buy new ones. Depending on your work environment, your shoes could last shorter or longer. Generally, slip resistant shoes will last between six and twelve months in the average work environment. Some may last longer, some not as long. Every pair of shoes has to be replaced eventually.

If you realize that you are running into these issues with your work shoes, then head over to the srmax.com website and see what shoes may be best for your industry.

Our Top 3 Greatest Shoes for Waiters

Whether you’re working part time to earn some extra cash or you’re a seasoned veteran to the serving game, you know that being a server can very rough on your body.

 

From carrying food to rushing in and out of a hot and busy kitchen, after your shift you can’t wait to kick off your shoes and prop your feet up. Because of this, having the right waiter shoes is even more important.

As a server, you want to keep a few things in mind when investing in a new pair of work shoes:

  • Cushion: Working a long shift is not only exhausting, but with improper shoes, it can also be painful. You want to make sure that the shoes you are wearing have the proper cushion in order to support and keep your feet comfortable through your whole entire shift.
  • Style: Now, this will depend on your restaurant’s environment. From upscale dining to a more causal and laid back setting, there are safe and comfortable shoes perfect for either atmosphere. You chose the one best for your work environment.
  • Arch Support: Arch support is crucial! Having a good shoe that supports the health of your foot will ultimately be more beneficial for you and your body.
  • Quality: Price may be your first concern, but buying better quality shoes actually saves money in the long run. Shoes that are constructed using the best materials and proper construction should serve you for well over 6 months, which means you don’t have to buy shoes as often.

 

Now that we’ve gone over the important things to consider when purchasing a work shoe, we decided to provide you all with a few examples! Here are some of our more popular slip resistant restaurant shoes.

Casual

To the left is our SR Max® Dover Slip Resistant athletic shoe and for the ladies we have the stylish Malibu women’s casual work shoe. This style comes in men and women’s sizes. This shoe is perfect for a more casual atmosphere.

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Dress Casual

The shoe on the left is our men’s SR Max® Providence Slip Resistant Dress Oxford. The shoe to the right is women’s SR Max® Bristol dress wedge. Both of these styles are appropriate for a setting that may be more of a business casual atmosphere.

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Dress

To the left we have our men’s SR Max® Augusta dress shoe and to the right we have our women’s SR Max® Isabella shoe. These styles are perfect for more of a business professional atmosphere.

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These are just a few of the wonderful style s that SR Max® offers for the typical types of restaurant environment. If the kind of shoe you need for your work environment was not listed, please visit our website and find your perfect shoe today!

What is MaxTrax®?

At SR Max®, we talk a lot about MaxTrax®, our highly effective, patented, slip-resistant shoe outsole. But have you ever wondered what goes into making the sole that Works Where You Work? Well, wonder no more. We want to share a few of the things that make our MaxTrax® outsole so special.

When SR Max® first started in 2007, MaxTrax® had not yet been invented and we carried shoes with slip-resistant outsoles from other companies. In 2008, we decided to change the game by developing and producing the most slip resistant outsole available by:

  • Developing the overall design of the tread – The exclusive pattern is intended to give the outsole the maximum amount of surface area possible (increasing its contact with the floor for better traction) while still maintaining deep grooves designed to help channel liquids. This specialized groove design, while channeling fluids, allows for an inherent self-cleaning characteristic that keeps the bottom of our shoes cleaner than many other slip resistant shoes (though intermittent manual cleaning by the wearer is still necessary).
  • A flexible, soft rubber compound outsole – This specific outsole provides more give upon impact, allowing for an enhanced grip and maintaining a better hold with the ground. In our most recent independent Brungrabber Mark II slip resistance testing in greasy, high soil oily/wet, and wet environments, MaxTrax® proved itself to be a super star of slip resistance.  MaxTrax® far exceeded the Coefficient of Friction (i.e. the measure of slip resistance) necessary to make a safe step in each test. Where other outsoles failed on one type of surface or had COF’s near the mark for slipping on others, SR Max® alone surpassed the threshold on all surfaces tested.
  • Partnerships – All SR Max® brand shoes are made with the MaxTrax® outsole, but we’ve also partnered up with several other brands to make MaxTrax® available on select shoes offered exclusively by SR Max®. Look for the MaxTrax® logo on many styles we offer from brands such as Skechers, Dansko, Rockport Works, and Reebok.

Interested in getting your own pair of slip-resistant shoes featuring the MaxTrax® outsole? Check us out online at srmax.com to place an order, contact customer service, or request a catalog. 

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*Please Note: While our MaxTrax® outsole is truly in a class of its own, it is important to remember that no shoe is completely slip-proof. This is particularly the case if the sole of the shoe is prevented from making contact with the floor (for example: slipping on a banana peel). Always use caution and take preventative measures when working in slippery environments.

Shoes for Big Feet

We understand that choosing a work safety shoe is a very personal choice. You want a shoe that is comfortable and made of quality materials, but most of all you want a shoe that fits! This can be a challenge if you have a very large foot, so we’ve compiled a list of shoes that are available in larger sizes. If you’re struggling to find a shoe big enough for your foot, take a look! Continue reading

We Don’t Make Cheap Slip Resistant Shoes

Yes, you read that headline correctly: SR Max does not make cheap slip resistant shoes.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, cheap means “done with little effort,” “of inferior quality or worth,” and “lack of any fine, lofty or redeeming qualities.” None of those definitions apply to SR Max brand slip resistant shoes. Our customers deserve better. Our customers deserve the BEST.

See, there’s a difference between cheap slip resistant work shoes and value slip resistant work shoes. There are three keys to producing a value shoe: Quality, Comfort and Performance. Continue reading

Where Can I Buy Slip Resistant Shoes?

Congratulations! You’ve been hired for that new job, maybe as a chef for the hottest restaurant in town, or a nurse with your dream hospital, or even as a manager in a grocery store meat department. Unfortunately, they don’t want you working in your four year old tennis shoes that you’ve cut, marked, taped back together and occasionally cut the grass in. So where do you buy slip resistant work shoes?

If your company has no specific vendors, you have options. It is important that you shop around and consider price, quality, comfort and what you expect of your shoes. Here are some of the choices. Continue reading

Why Should I Wear Slip Resistant Shoes?

Would you drive without a seatbelt or airbags?

Would you base jump or skydive without the right equipment?

How about ride a motorcycle without a helmet?

If you choose to do these things, you understand the inherent risks involved. But do you understand the risk you take if you don’t wear proper slip resistant shoes to work? You may have no idea of the risk you are taking, and how wearing the right safety shoes can alleviate those risks. Continue reading

How to Clean Slip Resistant Shoes [Part 1: Upper]

We occasionally get the question, “How do I clean my slip resistant work shoes?” After a recent discussion on Twitter, we decided to break this topic down here on Get a Grip!

To properly maintain your slip resistant shoes, there are two things you must consider: cleaning the upper and cleaning the outsole. A shoe’s “upper” is everything above the sole that covers the sides and top of the foot. This is the majority of the visible part of the shoe. A shoe’s “outsole” is the bottom part of the shoe that touches the floor. This is what makes the shoe slip resistant.

Today’s post will focus on cleaning and caring for a shoe upper. Continue reading

What’s in a Name? – An Explanation of “SR Max”

We often get asked about our company name, SR Max. How do you pronounce it, what does it mean? Is it an abbreviation or code? And what is the proper way to write it out? From S.R. Max and S-R Max to SRmax and srMax, we’ve seen more variations than you’d think possible.

There’s even a story about one of our executives going out to dinner with some employees, all wearing their SR Max logo polos. They chose to eat at one of the restaurants we provide slip resistant shoes for and the manager came out to tell them how much he liked our shoes. Our exec was quite glad to hear this, until the man proclaimed with a smile, “Oh yes, we love the Senior Max shoes!” which set the whole table into peals of laughter. Continue reading

Our Top 3 Greatest Waiter Shoes

Whether you’re working your way through college or an experienced veteran of the restaurant industry, being a waiter can be grueling on your body. Carrying food, running in and out of the hot kitchen, and above all being on your feet take a toll on your body. Because of this, having the right restaurant shoes is even more important. Continue reading