Professional Chef Shoe advice (for a woman)

Discussion in 'Professional Chefs' started by sherman452, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. sherman452

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    Hi Chef Ladies,

    I have taken a position as a Food Service Director recently.  This job will put me, the majority of the time, in the front of the house.  I'm looking for comfortable but stylish, preferably slip-resistant, black shoes to wear.  I cannot wear my kitchen SFC.  They are for kitchen eyes only.  And I have trouble finding clogs that don't swim around on my feet.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. buckrogerspdx

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    Well, I'm not a chef lady but....

    I had a lot of problems with finding shoes that were comfortable for standing long periods of time (too many years in military boots).

    I ended up going to The Walking Store where I was able to try on several different styles of shoes, lace-ups and clogs.  I told the salesman there what I needed from them and that slip resistance was a high priority.  I ended up going with Dansko clogs personally which have been fine for me both walking and standing at a station. 

    My key recommendation is to go to a shoe store that specializes in shoes or work shoes.  That way you can try on a variety of styles and brands.  What might be like walking on clouds for one person could be like walking on Lego's for another.
     
  3. markrmoore2

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    Sperry's all leather. Be sure it has cushioned sole as they are the only nonslip ones. I've been wearing them for around 5 years. Don't by the cheap ones, and buy all leather. Trust me on this one seriously. They'll cost around $200 but are more safe/lightweight/comfortable than anything else out there. I've spent a lot of my time offshore fishing with water, blood and oil on the deck. Cleans right off and you won't bust your ass
     
  4. leeniek

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    Before I worked in a food plant and was forced to wear steel toed shoes I swore by my Dansko Pro clogs.. they came in open back or closed back and were the most comfortable kitchen footwear I had.  Not cheap thoug... $160 per pair but they lasted forever...
     
  5. markrmoore2

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    same on my sperry's. You have to order them using a product number because they dont sell many, and you will never see them in store's or even on their website, mine cost $220 but they are the most comfortable kitchen shoes ive worn. Best things about them; easy to clean as rarely anything sticks to them, only shoes ive worn that wont slide on oil or anything greasy. I'll check out the dansko's. Also best formal kitchen shoes are rockports.
     
  6. sherman452

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    Thanks for all the advice, even from the non-lady chefs! ;)


    I found a pair of Danskos that seem to be working out well, but my go to shoes are my SFC with my inserts.  After 3 decades in this grueling business, my feet are breaking down and I've resigned myself to the fact that I will always have to wear an orthotic insert.  I have four pairs of shoes that I change into throughout the day or as needed.  But I'm still searching for that one shoe that will feel like walking on a cloud.
     
  7. buckrogerspdx

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    Let me know if you find it!  Though I think would be akin to finding the Holy Grail or the Fountain of Youth.
     
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  8. buckrogerspdx

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    Also, it's good to rotate shoes.  Both for your feet and for the shoe itself.  Letting a shoe rest (dry out) for a day between wearing is good for both the shoe leather and your feet.  Even when I was in the military, I swapped out the identical style boot from one day to the next (when I could).  It does make a difference, even identical shoes wear differently.  Also it helps keep foot nasties (fungus) at bay.

    Good quality footwear is expensive but when you spend a full day or a double on your feet, it's about the single best quality of life improvement you can make for yourself.