Sitting all day can be bad for your health, some experts calling sitting the new smoking. This is why more and more office workers are switching to standing desks. While working at a standing desk all day has a lot of health benefits, it can also get extremely tiring for your feet. This is why choosing your footwear is very important. This guide will show you how to buy the best standing desk shoes available.
Always Get the Right Size
Getting the right shoe size is very important, but surprisingly, a lot of people don’t get it right the first time, for 2 very simple reasons.
First of all, keep in mind that shoe sizes vary from brand to brand. So, just because you are a size 8 or 10, this doesn’t mean that the shoes from all brands are going to fit perfectly. Although in this day and age a lot of people buy shoes online, you should never make your first purchase from a new brand online. Go to a shoe store, get your feet measured and try different models from that brand until you are certain that you got the right size. Now that you know what best fits your feet, you are free to go and buy online as well.
This gets us to reason number 2. Always go to a shoe store in the second part of the day. Why? Because your feet tend to swell as the day goes on and you want to be certain that you buy a pair of shoes in which you feel comfortable throughout the whole day. Remember that the more you stand, the more swollen your feet will get.
When you shop online, remember to always buy from a store that has a good return policy. You don’t want to get stuck with a pair of shoes that you are never going to wear.
Stay Away From Heels
High heels are probably the worst things to wear while standing for a long period of time, as they throw the body into an unnatural and strained position, thus causing pain in your entire body, from your feet to your neck. The best standing desk shoes are those that are either flat or have only a low rise.
Check the Toe Box
Another thing to check when buying shoes for your standing desk is the toe box space. You have to give your toes the right amount of space, otherwise, they will end up being sore at the end of the day. When you are trying out a new pair of shoes, test them by pressing down on the tip of the shoe. You want to make sure that your toes don’t touch the tip of the shoe and that you have enough space to wiggle them around.
Arch Support is Important
A good pair of standing shoes should also offer you proper arch support. Keep in mind that arch support needs can vary widely from person to person. Thus, you have to make sure that you pick the standing desk shoes that best follow the unique curvature of your feet. Alternatively, you could also buy a good pair of inserts.
Test Your Shoes Properly
While in the shoe store, give your new footwear a proper test. Take a few minutes to walk around the store, with both shoes on. If you have the slightest concerns after only just a few minutes, the shoes are not good for you. If you sop feeling comfortable after a few minutes, think about how you will feel in them after a few hours. You might say to yourself that the shoes need to be “broken in”, but if that happens at all, is time spent in discomfort worth it?
When you go to the shoe store, always bring with you a pair of socks that you would regularly wear at the office. Keep in mind that even the slightest difference in sock thickness, after a few hours, can make the difference between comfort and pain.
Feel the Inside
Pay attention to the inside of your shoes. Place your hand inside them and search for any tags, seams, or other material that might irritate your foot. Even if these things don’t bother you at first, once your foot begins to swell a seam or a tag will start feeling very uncomfortable and may even cause irritation.
Examine the Soles
Lastly, you’ll want to take a good look at the soles of the shoes you want to buy. Are they sturdy enough to provide protection from sharp objects? Do they provide any cushioning? While you are still in the store, try to walk on both a hard surface and a soft one, like a rug, and see how the shoe feels on both of them.
How to Work Comfortably While Standing
While a good pair of shoes will certainly make working while standing easier, there are a few more rules to follow to prevent any unnecessary pain or muscle soreness:
Correctly alternate between sitting and standing.
After standing for some time, take a short walk and do some stretching for your feet and ankles.
Midday give your feet a good massage to get through the rest of the day
Make sure your desk and monitor are at the correct height.
Always have a good posture while standing
Use an anti-fatigue mat to support your feet, ankles, and knees and help maintain your energy.
Buying the best standing desk shoes available can certainly help make working while standing easier, as long as you don’t overdo it. Besides the shoes, there are a few more standing desk accessories that can help you even more. This way you will be able to enjoy all the health benefits a standing desk has to offer, without any unnecessary strain on your joints, back or muscle pain.
While this guide will help you choose the best shoes for standing at your desk, they are not necessarily recommended for using on a treadmill desk. Check our other guide to see how to pick the best footwear for treadmill desks.