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The only people who sit in your café are customers. For those working in a café, it’s an ‘on-your-feet’, ‘on-the-move’ kind of a job. With a good pair of shoes, you can spend more time thinking about your orders and less time worrying about your aching feet.

Here’s what to look for in a shoe

The priorities when looking for shoes to wear in a professional kitchen is comfort and durability. Nowadays, there are a lot of fashionable options as well, so you don’t have to compromise. The shoe you pick, must support your feet and prevent you from slipping.

You can expect to get a good pair between $100 - $150 and that’s a good investment, considering they’ll keep you on your feet all day.

The Top 5 shoes for a professional kitchen:

Keen PTC Slip-on II

The first shoe on our list looks a little croc-like, but food industry professionals swear by them. Like the name says, it’s easy to slip on and off. The memory foam gives you fantastic comfort and its non-slip outsole is perfect for the kitchen. It’s made of durable leather and is water-resistant, which means you don’t have to worry about spills.

Dansko Professional

With glossy leather on top and slip-proof outsoles below, these clog-style shoes have the right mix of looks and functionality. Roomy toe boxes, a supportive foot bed and a shock-absorbing rocker bottom make this a very good choice for long days on your feet.

Blundstone Elastic Sided Series

The classic ‘Blunny’. You can’t go wrong with sturdy boots that keep your feet protected in an environment with knives and hot oil. Great shock absorption, a really comfortable foot bed and even an ergonomic toe spring, for that spring in your step!

Rockport

So, you’re not the slip-on type? Rockport has some comfortable lace-up type shoes that should last you a long time. Keep an eye out for non-slip soles and waterproof options, because you really want them to last in a kitchen. They come with some shock absorption and ergonomic insoles, so they are great for long hours.

Mozo Forza Chef Shoe

Made for Chefs, Mozos are designed to support the back and the knees. The gel insoles give great comfort and they are easy to slip on. Water-resistant, slip-proof and stunning. What more could you ask for?

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