Slip-resistant shoes have become the next big step in shoe protection following traditional leather footwear. Designed to keep your foot protected from sliding forward, these comfortable shoes sport soft, slip-resistant urethane and suede to give superb traction in wet and dry conditions, respectively and keep you dry in hot weather. For maximum protection and long-lasting wear, steer clear of cheap-feeling shoes that have been made to look good and save money. Instead, choose a pair that gives you ultimate support, is easy to slip on, and will last a long time. A good buying guide can help you avoid common pitfalls when choosing a pair of slip-resistant shoes.

Article 24 300x199 - How To Find The Best Slip-resistant ShoesIt is important that the style, design and fit of the pair of slip resistant shoes are comfortable and appropriate for everyday use. It means that each pair should offer you optimum performance, with no hindrances when running or exercising. Most footwear manufacturers allow you to test out the shoes in various ways, and if you find the comfort level to be satisfactory, then the footwear is most likely to be worth considering. A comfortable pair of footwear that won’t limit your movements while you are using it will be easier to run and exercise in and be more comfortable to wear when playing sports or exercising outdoors.

When looking at brands and types of slip-resistant shoes for the outdoors, make sure that you consider factors such as breathability, water resistance and the type of sole used. Some footwear manufacturers make their shoes with a hard rubber sole designed for off-road use but do not offer soft fabric shoes for outdoor use. Some brands of slip-resistant shoes for the outdoors are designed explicitly for use in damp conditions, such as the ones made by REI.

It can be particularly useful to look at the style and design of the soul rather than the type of sole that a particular pair of slip-resistant shoes has. For example, some slip-resistant shoes have a rubber sole, which can be difficult to walk in and quickly become slippery when sweat builds up. It can be especially frustrating if you try to exercise in them, and they start to slip away. To prevent this from happening, choose a pair of shoes with a sole made from suede or soft fabric that can absorb moisture quickly and keep the soles well cushioned.

The best materials for this purpose tend to be PVC and nubuck, which both repel water to a certain degree and can be incredibly comfortable when walking in. It can be worthwhile investing a little more in slip-resistant work shoes and sports sandals that have this material in them, as they can also offer the added benefit of being slip-resistant, meaning that they don’t leave marks and scuff marks on the grass when they are worn.