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Why occupational shoes work better than sport shoes

Regardless of whether you are a nurse, mail carrier, hairdresser, office, or restaurant worker, you walk and stand much of the working day. So, your shoes are important to your overall well-being.

Too many people walk around in sneakers, flip flops, or high fashion shoes at work, without a thought about the strain their shoes cause on their muscles and joints. Many work absences due to feet and back pain can be avoided with the help of professional selected and certified shoes.

There are many reasons to leave your private shoes at home. They are not made to be worn eight hours a day — so they wear down quickly with daily use. They do not provide the stability needed to avoid injury. Their soles do not transfer moisture fast enough, which leads to sweaty feet and problems such as nail fungus and athlete's foot.

ESD protection for industries and hospitals

Shoe model in picture: JALAS SpOc 5462

In industries with sensitive electronic equipment, workers should always wear ESD (electrostatic discharge) shoes — something many employers are just beginning to become aware of.
”A hospital, for example, has critical electronics,” says Juho Järvinen, product line director, shoes JALAS ®, Ejendals. “ESD shoes are designed to conduct static electricity away from your body. Otherwise, when your body has built-up a static charge and you touch a device, you could damage its electronics. In a hospital, this can have major consequences. But also, in many other work settings.”

Juho Järvinen

Product line director at JALAS®, Ejendals

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How to think about, and select, occupational footwear

Work shoes (also known as “occupational footwear”) can benefit all workers in all industries. The right way to think about work shoes is to think about how you move at work. When you buy hiking and running shoes, you discuss the surface you’re on, how the shoes will be used, and what type of feet you have. You should think the same way when buying occupational footwear.

”Do you walk on hard surfaces?” asks Juho. “Are the floors slippery? Do you do heavy lifting? Do you do moments where you push something in front of you, or pull something behind you? Do you have a job where you stand still, move sideways, or climb? What type of feet do you have? All these questions affect what shoes you need, so it's good to get help from the experts in stores that sell work and safety shoes. They can also scan your feet and thus get an exact fit.”

Make shoes your assets, not your liabilities

There has been great progress when it comes to the design of work shoes. JALAS SpOcs look like a sports shoe but are certified for work and provide both comfort and stability. Their wear surfaces are reinforced, providing longer shoe life than most “street” shoes. JALAS work shoes are tested and certified according to EN ISO 20347:2012 to ensure their durability and safety.

As bad as it is to run the 100-meter hurdles in work shoes, it is just as harmful to walk for eight hours in a running shoe. Which is why we design work shoes that are so stylish that you want to wear them at work.
Juho Järvinen

“And it makes a big difference to your health,” continues Juho. “Many people feel that they become more energetic. The reason why: they aren’t compensating for using the wrong type of shoe, so their body uses less energy. Their shoes go from being a liability to becoming an asset, one that helps them in their work movements and their overall well-being.”

JALAS SpOc - the game changer

JALAS SpOc, the game changer for people in the service sector. The shoes look good, feel good and protect you.

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