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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!

What’s So Special About Slip Resistant Shoes?

Would you ever drive without a seatbelt or airbags? Base jump or skydive without a parachute? Or what about riding a motorcycle without a helmet?

If you elect to do any of these things, you more than likely recognize the significant risks involved. But, do you understand the risk you take if you choose not to wear the correct pair of slip-resistant shoes to work? While you may have no idea of the risk 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.

A slip and fall accident at work can have serious consequences, including:

  • Physical injuries – A slip and fall accident can result in broken bones, bruises, sprains and even concussions. In addition, each work environment has a specific risk. For example, if you slip in a restaurant kitchen and stick out your hand to catch your fall, you could slam your hand down on a hot stove top or an upturned knife.

 

  • Financial burden – An injury in the workplace can leave you out of work for days or even weeks. While you’re incurring doctor bills, you aren’t getting paid. Even if you are able to file a worker’s compensation claim, they will only reimburse you for your costs regarding your accident. That means that you still pay up front, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics- National Safety Council, the average workman’s comp claim for a slip and fall is $28,000.

 

  • Mental well-being – The stress of not being able to work while bills pile up, of not having full motor function, and of having to physically recover so that you can return to work all affect your mental state. Depression and anxiety can often set in following a slip and fall injury, making an already bad situation worse.

When you understand the risks of your workplace, it can be scary or overwhelming. 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.

Interested in learning more? Check us out at our website, srmax.com for more insight on our slip resistant shoes and other products.

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.

What Makes A Shoe Slip Resistant?

Article by Brinklee Bailey

I was having a conversation with a gentleman on Twitter the other day when he Tweeted: “Almost all Nike’s are slip resistant”. This makes sense, right? After all, basketball players don’t want to slip on hardwood floors, so they must wear slip resistant shoes, right?

Wrong.

There are several factors and tests that go into making a great slip resistant work shoe. The distinguishing features of a slip resistant shoe are the outsole design, tread pattern, and material used in the outsole. Here’s a breakdown of what separates a slip resistant shoe from a regular shoe.

Material

The outsole is more commonly referred to as the “sole” of the shoe, but to avoid confusion with the insole and midsole, the outsole is the part of the shoe that comes in direct contact with the ground. A slip resistant outsole is softer, and made of rubber that is more slip resistant when exposed to water and oil than other outsole compounds.

This softer rubber outsole means that a slip resistant shoe can more effectively grip a slick floor. This means even on quarry tile or hardwood or linoleum flooring, a slip resistant shoe will be able to grab hold whereas a shoe with a harder, stiffer outsole would not be able to.

SR Max <sup>®</sup> Rialto Outsole

SR Max® Rialto Outsole

Design

Now, you may be wondering about a basketball shoe, designed to work on hardwood courts. Wouldn’t that also grip well on slicker flooring? Yes, if it was dry. But athletic shoes are not tested or designed to work in wet or oily conditions.

If you’ve ever played or watched basketball, you know that when liquid gets on the court, serious injuries can occur due to slippage. The National Basketball Association even employs people whose only job is quickly wipe up sweat and water from the floor to keep it clean.

Nike Basketball Shoe

Nike Basketball Shoes

If you’re using a shoe with an enclosed tread pattern (see above), there is no place for the liquid to go. It gets trapped under your shoe and forms a barrier between your shoe and the floor, similar to a car hydroplaning, sliding on top of the water without getting a grip on the road.

So what’s the solution? Slip resistant shoes feature an interlocked tread pattern that doesn’t close the water in, so that it is channeled away from your foot, allowing the slip resistant sole to contact the floor and provide better slip resistance.

MaxTrax Outsole Illustration

A good slip resistant shoe will also provide more surface contact with the tread pattern. Why? If the tread pattern and outsole material is designed to be slip resistant, it only makes sense that the more of it that comes into contact with the floor the better the shoe will work.

Make sure to visit SRMax.Com and check out all of our different styles of slip resistant shoes that we offer!

Steps to Make Shoes Slip Resistant

Article by Brinklee Bailey

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?

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Of course, these are ridiculous examples, but 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 never a safe idea. These do-it-yourself solutions are the equivalent of driving nails through the soles of your shoes to create cleats! The internet has tons of crazy suggestions as to how to make your shoes slip resistant, such as:

  • 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

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WARNING!! None of these solutions will cause your shoes to be slip resistant! It’s always best to just invest in a quality pair of slip resistant shoes! SR Max® tests every single pair of shoes we offer.

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. For your safety, it is important to buy shoes designed for your work environment.

Shoes and outsoles line-up

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!

What Are Slip Resistant Shoes?

Article by Brinklee Bailey

If you are looking to buy a pair of  work safety shoes, you have probably seen the following terms: “slip resistant shoes”, “anti-slip shoes”, “no slip shoes”, “slip proof shoes” and many more. What do they all mean and how are they different??

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Don’t worry! This is a typical question that most people have. Hopefully we can make this much this clearer to you very soon.

First and most importantly, there is no such thing as no-slip shoes. With the right amount of liquid combined with the wrong surface and a fast-paced environment, no pair of shoes can guarantee that you will not ever slip and fall.

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In order for a company to have “no slip” shoes, this would mean that no one could ever slip while wearing that pair of shoes, but that would be a ridiculous claim!

You may hear terms like oil-resistant, fat-resistant, alkaline-resistant or others, but these do not mean that a pair of shoes will prevent you from slipping. If you are in doubt about whether a shoe offers the slip resistance you need, ask the vendor about the testing.

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Slip RESISTANT shoes, however, do offer some level of increased resistance to sliding or skidding on a less-than-ideal surface condition. At SR Max® we pride ourselves in saying that we individually test and guarantee that every pair of our shoes will provide resistance to oils, water and other liquids, up to a very high resistance.

Even though there is no legal minimum threshold for a slip resistant shoe to achieve on the Brungraber Mark II test, at SR Max® we don’t sell a shoe unless it has a minimum rating of 0.4 on the Mark II, and we have shoes that rank as high as the mid-0.7’s. We believe if you’re going to spend your hard earned money on a slip resistant shoe, you should get the absolute best performance from that shoe.

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Please be sure to visit us on our website and check out our awesome selection of slip resistant shoes! You can also Tweet us or reach us on our Facebook page. It’s our pleasure to make sure our customers are well informed!

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