Updated: January 22, 2021
A chef’s job isn’t easy. It involves long hours on your feet, working in a fast-paced and stressful environment, and being around dangerous equipment. As in any job, physical discomfort can cause exhaustion and faltering job performance. It’s important for chefs to choose clothing and shoes that provide the safety and comfort that they need. Shoes are a particular concern.
Standing all day can result in aching muscles that affect your feet, legs, back, and even your neck and shoulders. But in addition to keeping you comfortable, chefs’ shoes also need to keep you safe, offering protection from accidents and spills, and providing excellent traction on wet and slippery surfaces.
When choosing shoes for your career as a chef, look for features that will keep your feet comfortable and safe. Non-slip soles are a must to provide the traction and stability needed on surfaces that may be slippery with water or oil spills.
To counter foot pain and exhaustion, look for shoes that have the type of arch support that is best suited to your own arches. Highly-cushioned outsoles will provide shock absorbency, reducing aches and pains in your feet, knees, and legs. To avoid tripping over laces–and to avoid wasting time retying laces and washing your hands each time you touch something besides food or equipment–choose slip-on or clog styles.