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Why You Should Take the Time to Get a Shoe Fitting

If you’re over the age of five, you probably know your own shoe size. You may not think that you need help getting your own shoes properly fitted by a professional because it’s common sense, right?

One would think.

But, 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). Let’s meet some demons that you’ll need to avoid:

The Piercing Pincher

Picture this: You arrive at work for your first day with your new pair of slip-resistant shoes. You’re feeling confident, safe, and looking great with all of the stylish swagger that your shoes provide.

Flash forward five hours: the toe of your shoe is so tight around your big toe that you’ve lost all feeling in it. Does your big toe even still exist down there? These are the questions you’re asking yourself while praying that the minute hand on the clock ticks faster to your next break.

This horrible scenario could have all been avoided if you had been fitted by a professional. They would know exactly where your big toe should be within the shoe while standing, and they’d feel it and double check with you before you ever leave the store or shoemobile. Next time, do this and don’t end up questioning whether your big toe is still there during your first day in your new shoes.

The Stinging Slipper

“But they felt ok when I tried them on in the store!” Those are the famous last words of someone who tried on shoes and didn’t bother to test them out by walking around the store on a carpeted surface before buying them.

Imagine: You’re walking into work with your new pair of shoes on and notice that they’re a bit big and slip when you walk. Oh well; you’re late for work and need to get inside to start your shift.

Flash forward three hours: the dinner rush is in full swing and your new shoe demons have created two or three blisters across your feet the size of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot! If one more customer asks you to walk the entirety of the restaurant for an extra napkin, you’re going to place the shoes in the parking lot and run them over and over until they become a part of the pavement.

Now, if you had gotten your shoes properly fitted by one of our experts, you would know exactly how long and wide the shoe should be to fit your feet. Our expert would explain to you that the ball of your foot should rest on the widest part of your shoe and would also have you walk around the store in the shoes to ensure that they don’t slip. Next time, do this and don’t end up making your new shoes a part of the pavement outside.

Any questions? Feel free to visit our sizing and fitting page here to read about specific shoe sizes and width letters.

 

How to Keep Calm When You’re in The Weeds

As a member of a restaurants waitstaff, you are probably all too familiar with the term “In the Weeds”. For those of you that don’t, this term usually refers to a time during a waiter’s shift when they begin to feel stressed by multiple customers demanding their attention.

 

In an industry that usually relies on tips in order to make ends meet, you can’t afford to let stress impact your ability to serve everyone in a charming, professional manner. Check out these tips on how to manage those extremely busy shifts stress-free and with ease!

Communication is Key

As with most professions, it is important to communicate with fellow employees and customers. This still rings true in the restaurant industry. Even when you are extremely busy, it is important to take the extra few seconds to introduce yourself to your table, take their order, and make sure they feel like you are there for them.

Prioritize

This one might seem less important, but trust us, you are going to want to prioritize your customers based on where they are at in their meal. Make sure to greet customers that have just been seated as quickly as possible. From there you can prioritize customers based on who needs refills, or changes to their order, who just got their food, and who is ready for their check. As a server, it is up to you to figure out the sweet spot between checking in on your customers too much, and not enough.

Come Prepared

The last thing you want to do when you’re in the middle of a busy shift is stop to complete small tasks such as folding silverware or brewing coffee. One easy way to prevent these minor yet important tasks from piling up and affecting your productivity is to simply do as much as possible ahead of time. It not only keeps you focused on your tables, but it will also keep you from rushing, which can potentially lead to poor service for customers.

Most Importantly, keep your cool.

Don’t let the pressure get to you. Break a seemingly endless list of requests and duties down into single tasks that you can check off your mental to-do list. This will not only help you focus, but it will give you small, manageable goals. Breaking the endless list down will make it easier for you to concentrate, stay on task and keep calm, all of which will translate into a positive experience for your customers. Because at the end of the day, happy customers leave better tips!

 

For more tips like this, and information about our slip-resistant shoes, visit us online at srmax.com

Tips to Keep You Safe at Your Restaurant Job

Article by Lindsay Cleghorn

You know what a busy night at a restaurant looks like right? The chaos that ensues between orders being called, bells being rung, and the notorious ‘BEHIND!’ being shouted as you cross the kitchen. Working in a restaurant requires long hours and oftentimes- constant motion, whether you’re a waiter or waitress, busser, chef, or manager, chances are you’re constantly moving during a meal rush.

With everyone buzzing around at a rapid pace, its easy to drop, spill, or break something and cause a disruption in the workflow that can ultimately cost you money whether it’s through time, tips, profit, or even workman’s comp claims.

Without an understanding of safety hazards and prevention techniques, you could find yourself with serious injuries and hefty financial losses.

Check out our list of common accidents and work safety tips to help prevent workplace accidents and make your restaurant safer:

Most Common Accidents

While there are numerous accidents that can occur at any given time, here are three accidents that happen frequently and but with a little effort, can be avoided.

Education and Prevention

While you can never completely prevent accidents, here are a few things that can be done to keep you and your workplace environment safer:

  • Utilize non-slip mats in slip prone areas like around sinks
  • Ensure that employees wear slip resistant footwear
  • Have employees wear cut-resistant gloves when handling sharp blades
  • Keep slicers and other dangerous equipment maintained at all times
  • Ensure that employees use oven mitts when handling hot pans

In addition to these tips, providing employees with educational materials is an effective way to train them to identify hazards and highlight ways to perform their jobs without getting injured.

It’s also crucial to have the appropriate emergency supplies on hand so injuries can be treated immediately.

There will always be the potential for accidents to happen when you are working in a restaurant environment. Practicing preventative kitchen techniques and safety tips can help you lower your odds of having an injury occur at work.

Want to learn more about SR Max® products and services? Check us out at srmax.com.

What are the main causes for slipping in the workplace?

Article by Lindsay Cleghorn

 

Slips happen. No matter how careful you try to be or how many safety meetings you sit through, they still happen. As you will notice, wearing no-slip shoes cannot prevent some of these causes. However, knowing what to look for might be all it takes to prevent a slip and fall accident.

Whether you’re a nurse, waiter,  janitor, or have any job requiring you to work in what can sometimes be considered a slick environment, these main causes will more than likely apply to you.

Here are the top causes of slips and what you can do to prevent them in your workplace:

Loose Laces

This one seems fairly straight forward, and you’re probably wondering why we would bother mentioning it at all. Securely tying your shoelaces can be the difference between another day at work, and a painful trip to the hospital! Something this simple is an easy fix, so make sure your shoelaces are knotted twice to help prevent them from coming undone while on the job.

Your Outsole has no Sole! 

The outsole of your shoe assures that you can do your job quickly and effectively, without any accidents. Beware of worn down soles, soles that are flat ,or have a flat edge to the outsole.

When shopping for a slip resistant shoe, remember the space and depth of the tread are important for gripping. If you see the outsole is worn down, then it may be time for some new slip resistant shoes.

Roadblocks

Slippery surfaces, trash and foreign objects are common in most restaurant, hospital, and hospitality professions. Make sure to remain conscious of where you’re walking and take the extra second to clean up any debris in the way.

Being aware of your surroundings and wearing proper slip resistant shoes can make the difference between a productive workday and an accident.

 

Want to learn more about our product line? Check us out at srmax.com

The Most Commonly Slipped on Surfaces

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Despite the preventative measures your company takes and the safety regulations they have in place, workplace accidents will still happen.

Knowing what types of surfaces can become the most slippery can help create awareness and allow you to pay closer attention to your surroundings while you’re on the job. Here are some of the most commonly slipped on surfaces, and a few preventative measures that you can take to stop slips before they happen.

What is a “Slip”?

We all know what a “slip” is, but why do they happen? A “slip” occurs when there isn’t enough traction or friction between the shoes and the walking surface.

When walking, you need friction between your shoes and the surface you are walking on in order to move forward and get around. When there’s a lack of friction, slips happen.

Wet or Dry, You’re Still at Risk

It’s no surprise that wet tile, laminate, and hard wood floors are a major cause for accidents in the workplace, but did you know that polished floors such as marble or ceramic tile can be extremely slippery even when they’re dry?

Materials such as dusts, powders, granules, and plastic wrapping are all examples of dry, slippery substances to keep an eye out for and be aware of.

Don’t Get Caught Slippin’

If you see a spill or slippery spot, first take the time to make it clear that the area is wet. “Wet floor” signs or caution cones are a great way to notify your coworkers. If something has been spilled, clean it up appropriately. It is better to get the spill cleared as soon as possible, as it lessens the chance for a slip and fall accident to occur.

In order to prevent slips from happening on a dry surface, make sure that you are sweeping and dusting the floor on a regular basis. This will prevent any buildup of dust and other fine substances from settling on the floor.

 

Curious about the proper way to clean up a spill and what slip resistant shoes we offer? Learn more at srmax.com

 

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!

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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!

Not Just Slip Resistant, But Very Efficient!

Article by Brinklee Bailey

SR Max®/ Saf-GardTM has some very exciting news to share! We have recently partnered with a company by the name of SolePower that will literally make your safety shoes full of power! What exactly does this mean? It means that with every step you take, SolePower’s technology combined with SR Max®/ Saf-Gard’sTM original work boot and MaxTrax® outsole, one of the most efficient and safest work boots is born.

SolePower Breakdown 4-2017

Here is an example of one of SR Max®/ Saf-Gard’sTM SmartBoot and just some of the groundbreaking technology featured within the boot. SR Max®/ Saf-GardTM typically creates and provides slip resistant work shoes for the hospitality, grocery, restaurant and manufacturing industries. With this new partnership, the manufacturing industry will be heavily impacted with the insightful technology built within this new shoe.

Technology and Data

Not only will this boot give you the ultimate protection for workers, but because of its ability to use the gate and impact of your stride, it provides power to different applications within the sole. Vital information needed to save time and money in the long run will be collected by using the technology of the shoe.

This advanced technology will be able to monitor workers’ efficiency while they are doing tasks, by continuously logging and tracking information. As workers move, there is enough power created for the GPS system, motion sensors and temperature sensor all to be activated. Having this data will assist in making it much easier to develop a course of action that will cause work sites and factories to run more smoothly.

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The SmartBoot’s GPS feature will be able to track where any worker is located on a job site, therefore maintaining safety and accountability on any job. If a worker does experience any harm while on the work site, it will be easier for management to locate this employee and ensure their safety.

If those features weren’t enough for you, SolePower’s kinetic energy feature will also allow workers to charge their radios and cellphones, making it easier to reach them and always have a line of communication if needed. Every time the employee takes a step it generates power within the boot’s kinetic charger.

This technology has been deemed so powerful and so innovative that even the U.S. Army has partnered with SolePower to use their technology. They have used SolePower’s technology to provide their soldiers with a lighter form of power that the soldiers use daily.

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SmartBoots are designed to be the ultimate resource in making sure that work sites are as safe and efficient as possible.

To learn more about SolePower’s revolutionary technology, visit their website at http://www.solepowertech.com/ . To learn more about SR Max®/Saf-Gard’sTM safety shoes visit http://www.srmax.com/ .

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.

A Restaurant Manager’s Take On Why Slip Resistant Shoes Matter

Ken Fording, floor manager at a popular North Carolina restaurant, has worked in the food industry since he was sixteen. He began his career as a dishwasher at a Roadside Inn and has since worked every job the industry from busboy to head chef, expediter to waiter. He notes that in the early days of his career, work safety shoes weren’t something workers and management paid attention to.

That’s no longer the case as Fording says he and his staff, “would be lost” without slip resistant shoes.

“Our wait staff regularly pull double shifts, which means they’re on their feet for twelve or thirteen hours at a stretch,” he says. “And our kitchen staff is working 8 hour shifts. Everyone who works in a restaurant nowadays recognizes you need two things in a shoe: comfort and safety.”

Although slip resistant shoes are not mandatory for staff, Fording notes almost every employee, front and back of the house, wears them. Aside from comfort, the shoes are essential for safety.

“People would be falling all over the place without them,” says Fording. “The back of the house would be like an ice-skating rink.”

He notes one employee just came back to work after being out over a year with a workers compensation claim related to a slip and fall accident. The employee was not wearing slip resistant shoes at the time of the accident.

“We can’t make people wear slip resistant shoes but we really don’t have to,” says Fording.

“If you’re working in this industry, you recognize that finding a solid slip resistant shoe that will bear up to long days is essential.”

When asked what features matter most to his employees in a slip resistant shoe, Fording responds that comfort and safety head the list. After that, solid construction and style come into play. “Most of the guys don’t care what they wear but I know some of the female staff pay more attention to their shoes,” he says. “And personally, I’m dressed up working the floor so I need a shoe that can transition from kitchen to front of the house and still look good.”

Fording’s company provides one pair of shoes a year for management but employees are responsible for purchasing their own slip resistant footwear. “It’s the first thing we bring up after they’re hired,” he says. “We tell them, ‘You’re going to want to get a pair of good shoes.’”

On a lighter note, Fording jokes that he wishes he could make restaurant guests wear slip resistant shoes. “We have a wood floor foyer, nothing unusual about it, and women often come in wearing these super high heels and if they slip, they blame it on the floor.”

He shakes his head and laughs. “There’s nothing wrong with the floor. They’re just wearing the wrong shoe.”