Foot protection is critical while on the job. If you are working in wet or slippery areas, be sure to wear shoes with rubber or wooden soles. Reinforced impact resistant work boots or shoes should be worn in order to protect your feet and toes from bruising or from being crushed. Having metal insoles on your shoes will provide an extra level of protection against puncture wounds caused by nails, glass or spikes.

To protect against chemical hazards, rubber or neoprene boots can be worn. If you are working around electricity, be sure to wear non conducting shoes that do not contain metal or nails.

Even if your work environment does not require special protective footwear, footwear should be comfortable, as well as non-slip. The shoe should be solidly constructed of sturdy materials that are durable enough to resist regular wear and tear. They should have low heels and non-skid soles in order to provide a high level of traction. Shoes should have no rips or holes in them. Regularly inspect your shoes and be prepared to invest in a new pair when they become worn out.

Finally, be sure to fully lace up your shoes when putting them on.