In the modern work industry, trying to find the best work shoes remains to be one of the most challenging things anyone can ever attempt to cross off their shopping list. Like many of you, I too have experienced the hassles of shopping for work shoes that fit not only my size, but also my taste, type of work, comfort and budget. But though this task is difficult, it is not impossible.  Here are the top tips on how to secure the best fit—in all aspects—when shopping for work shoes.

What To Look For: Top Features Of The Best Work Shoes

Among the first things you should consider in selecting a work shop is, of course, your workplace. If you’re working in an industrial environment, choose shoes with features that would provide you the best combination of safety, durability, and comfort. For safety, look for OSHA-compliant rubber outsoles for slip resistance, as well as shock-absorbent midsoles or insoles. For durability, choose work shoes made of full-grain leather or waterproof leather uppers. For comfort, check for soft fabric linings and cushioned insoles, as well as wide-width styles if you anticipate a lot of standing and walking around. If you’re looking for office shoes, be careful not to compromise comfort for style. With a wide array of office shoes to choose from, it’s possible to still look sophisticated without squeezing your feet in high-heeled stilettos eight hours a day. Stay stylish by investing in a good pair of embellished ballet flats. If you should wear heels, it is ideal to avoid heels higher than 2 inches, but if you want to add more height, wedges can save the day. Wedges slope down more gently instead of sharply, relieving pressure on your foot’s arch and stabilizing your feet more, and shoes for standing all day.

What To Avoid: Work Shoes That Kill Your Feet

Note the shape of the shoe’s toe box. You should avoid pointy, narrow toe-boxes, as less space for your toes mean greater pressure on them when you’re standing or walking around. In time this can lead to the development of bunions and neuromas. To avoid this, try on the pair of shoes and make sure that there’s enough room to wiggle your toes. Avoid buying shoes that are tight, thinking they will grow more comfortable with frequent use; the right shoes will be comfortable once you try them on. Also, avoid slide-on footwear with open backs. This style forces toe gripping that can eventually lead to foot tension and hammer toes. Instead, opt for styles with straps or lace—features that act like seat belts to keep your feet from sliding forward when walking so your toes are kept tension-free.

Ensuring Perfect-Fit Work Shoes: Bonus Shopping Tips

In shopping for the perfect work shoes you wouldn’t regret buying, it’s important to know not only what to look for, but when to go looking for them as well. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons advise shopping for shoes after you’ve been walking around or after a workout, as these activities will allow your feet to swell to their largest size. Also, when you go out to shop for shoes, wear or bring the same type of socks you will regularly wear those shoes with. Make sure to try on both shoes, do some walking around and carefully assess whether the shoes are comfortable. Keep in mind that the best work shoes conform to the shape of your feet, not the other way around.