A good pair of steel toe work shoes can be a pleasure to wear while providing your foot with the protection required. A properly fitting pair of shoes should help eliminate foot related complaints and allow you to work in comfort and safety. When selecting a pair of shoes the things you should keep in mind are the fit, fabric, sole material and the flexibility of the shoe.

The hardest part of the shoe buying process is finding the right size work shoes. The most important factor is the length of your foot, but it is also advisable to take into account the activity for which the shoe will be used, the width, and the arch. Further, sizing varies according to international standards and from manufacturer to manufacturer. If the shoe feels good on your foot then you are much more likely to actually wear the shoe. You should keep in mind that the size printed on the shoe box is just a starting point, and a properly fitted shoe should make you almost forget you are wearing it. Another thing to keep in mind is because safety shoes are harder and less flexible there is a tendency to buy oversized shoes. Avoid this at all costs since oversized shoes won't adequately support your foot. Instead the shoes should be snug but not tight.

The fabric from which the steel toe shoes are made is very important. Some options are leather, suede, canvas, rubber, and some other man-made fabrics. Leather seems to be the most popular material as it tends to fit the foot very well after a short break in period, and it is durable and fire resistant as well.

The sole material and tread is also important in selecting a pair of shoes. Soles are generally made of synthetic or natural rubber or of leather. Synthetic rubber is the preferred material for steel toe work shoes, and it provides a waterproof and hard-wearing sole. The tread should be slip resistant to avoid the chance of a nasty slip and fall injury.

Flexibility is essential in a well made shoe. If the product won't bend then it can impair your agility and cause discomfort and even blisters. If your foot will not roll through a step then the shoe is not flexible enough. A shoe also needs to bend in the right places. Again, leather has a good balance between flexibility and durability.

In summary, a great pair of shoes requires a properly sized shoe made from a quality material that offers the wearer the appropriate sole and the proper degree of flexibility.

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