Monthly Archives: June 2017

Get into the right work boot


It is important when choosing work boots or shoes that they are appropriate to your occupation and working environment.  Here’s an overview of the most popular work boot styles on the market.

The most iconic Australian elastic sided work boot is the Bobcat range from Redback. Available in steel and non-steel cap toe options, these boot boast an oil and acid resistant sole and are DNV Certified to AS/NZS 2210.2:2000 standards.

Other elastic sided work boots on the market include the 500 series by Blundstone and styles from Rossie Boots and Mongrel Boots.

The favoured footwear on construction sites, these boots offer greater support and are superior at preventing foreign objects getting into the boot.

Most good work boot brands offer a lace and zip sider option. Look at Redback, Caterpillar, Oliver,  Blundstone, Diadora and Mack boots.

Slips and falls account for almost half the workers’ compensation costs in the hospitality industry. So, like in construction, it is important that you have appropriate footwear. Most hospitality employers require their staff to wear a dress like shoe.

Our recommendation is RWBN Waiter by Redback or 780 by Blundstone, both options are slip, water and oil resistant. 780 also offers steel cap toes and is heat resistant up to 140 degrees.

Tips on getting the right fit

  • Always measure both feet, they may not be the same size.
  • Width and depth of your shoe is just as important as the length.
  • Always try on both shoes.
  • Ensure there is enough room at the front of the shoes to allow for the natural movement of your toes when walking – your toes should be able to wiggle.
  • Take time to test new shoes. Walk around in them to ensure maximum comfort.
  • A good fit doesn’t necessarily mean high expense.

Industrial and work shoe brands




The best shoes for travelling


Sore, blistered and puffy feet can turn any trip into a nightmare. Here are some of our favourite shoes that are perfect for travelling.

 Ballet flats or loafer

Don’t bother taking your $20 pair of ballet flats, you need something sturdy, comfortable and flattering. A good pair of ballet flats or loafers can be worn during the day, adventuring around town or for an evening out.

Our recommendation; Jayde by Supersoft or Peppa by Steggmen, both flats offer leather upper and cushioned insole for all day comfort. These styles can also be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

 The Leisure Shoe

The leisure shoe is a must for travelling. If you are doing lots of walking around town and don’t want to take bulky sneakers these are your go to. They also look chicer than your average sneaker and care more versatile.

Our recommendation; Go Step Lite-Origin by Skechers, Around Town by Merrell or Galaxy by Supersoft. All of these options are light weight, making them a dream to travel with. They also offer a cushioned insole for all day comfort.

 Sturdy Sandals

If you are heading somewhere hot, you don’t want to be constricted to wearing in closed shoes everywhere. Sandals can give you a lot of grief,  so make sure they are the right size, fit and have been well worn in before taking them with you.

Our recommendation; Gizeh by Birkenstock or Around Town Slip On by Merrell. Both of these options have a sturdy thick sole with a moulded insole for greater support. Plus, both styles are very on trend at the moment, you can’t go wrong.

 Sneaker or trainer

If you are doing more adventure activities on your travels, a good quality sneaker is a must. Again, make sure they are well worn in before leaving. Choose a shoe that offers superior support, especially if you will be going off road.

Our recommendation; Go Run-400 by Skechers or Agility Peak-Flx by Merrell. Go Run is a great running sneaker offering mesh upper and goga mat insole. Agility is specially made for trail running, meaning it will give you superior grip and support in both wet and dry weather conditions.

Happy Travels!