The Best Shoes for Retail Workers [2017]

Shoes for Retail workerBeing on your feet all day is hard work no matter what you do. And when you work in retail, the demands on your feet and body are even higher. Doing that much standing and walking around takes a serious toll, so it’s important that you wear the right shoes.

When you’re shopping for a comfortable footwear, you need to look for shoes with the three “S’s”: Support, slip-resistance, and sturdy construction.

How to Choose Right Shoes If You Working On Your Feet All Day

It’s important to know the functions that will best protect your whole foot, and that means the ball, forefoot, arch, and heel. Having proper support and the right fit are key to ensuring your arches and fascia (which is the tissue that runs along the sole of your foot, connecting your toes to your heel) are fully supported. This will also help keep your ankles from rolling (pronation), absorb the shock from the weight of your body, and provide spring and stability.

Fit: Length, width, and arch

Of course, we all know that we should buy shoes that fit, but what does that mean, really? For one thing, all feet are different. Different lengths, widths, shapes, contours, and height of arch. We all have different gaits, which puts different measures of stress and strain on our feet, tendons, muscles, joints, and bones of the ankles, legs, hips, and back.

So, it’s critical that you know the size, shape, and contours of your feet exactly and then find the shoe that fits your feet the best. It goes without saying that you need a good measurement–both width and length.

You also need to know how much arch support you need.

We all need it, and retail workers who are on their feet all day need even more.

So, you need to know if you need a little bit, a standard amount, or a lot. Supporting your arches with the right amount of cushioning, whether gel, memory foam, composite, cork, or some other type of material, is key.

If you can get your foot examined and sized by a professional, great; do it. If not, and you’re not sure about the height of your arch, you can perform a self-test at home.

Dip your foot into a bucket of water, and then step onto a piece of construction paper or cardboard. Step away and examine the print you leave. Can you see mostly the toes, ball of foot, outside edge, and heel? Then you have a relatively high arch. If you can see almost all of your foot in the print, then you have very low arches.

‘If you can see your entire footprint, you have flat feet. Based on this, choose the arch support height that correlates appropriately to ensure you get the proper amount of support.

Measure both of your feet the same way. It’s very common that people have two different sized or shaped feet. Sometimes it’s just a matter of a few millimeters (less than a half inch), but it can be up to a size. If one foot is slightly bigger, size up for your pair. You’ll probably want to add supportive inserts, which will close any gaps in the slightly smaller foot. If one foot is vastly larger or smaller than the other, get the size you need for each.

When to Shop

When you go shopping for shoes, pick a store that has a lot of options so you can try on many pairs that have varying levels of support and widths if you need it. Also, be mindful of the time of day.

If it’s first thing in the morning, or you live in a cool climate, there’s a good chance your foot is going to be slightly smaller than it will be later in the day. If possible, shop later, after you’ve been walking around for at least part of most of the day.

This will ensure your feet have had time to heat up and stretch out, so you can shop for exactly the right fit. If you go too early in the morning, you might end up with shoes that are too small.

What to look for

Bring the socks, or socks of the same weight, with you that you’ll most likely wear on the job. Get measured by a professional salesperson. Walk around in the store a lot. Wiggle your toes.

Make sure you have enough room within your toes and between the end of the shoe and the end of your toes so they have room to move around. Make sure they feel really comfortable.

Just because a shoe is the right size and provides the right amount of arch support, doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to like the way it feels on your foot. Listen to your body and pick the pair that feels great to you and is going to support you for long periods of time, meeting your individual demands. Check out the soles. Make sure they are constructed well and are made of a high quality anti-slip material.

Top brands

When it comes to high quality shoes that are supportive, sturdy, and slip-resistant, there is good news: you have a lot of choices. More people than ever are coming to realize how important good shoes are to the health of your feet and whole body, and shoemakers have answered with excellent options. Here are a couple of the best.

Best Shoes to Wear for Retail Job Models

New Balance Slip Resistant 626v2

This definitive work shoe is available for both men and women. Specially designed for people who are on their feet all day, this is a workhorse. The aptly named foam cushioning they use is called ABZORB, and it’s hard to beat for the level of shock absorption, support, and pillow-like comfort it provides.

The lining is lightweight and the uppers are leather. They’re extremely durable and the outsoles are designed specifically for traction, so you’ll be well protected on wet or slippery surfaces.

It comes in multiple widths and has built in stability control.

Dansko Women’s Pro XP Slip Resistant Clog

I used to always wonder why every retail worker, nurse, doctor, and foodservice professional I saw was wearing Danskos. Then I bought a pair. Now I know. The reasons are many.

They’re amazingly comfortable, and fit and support your foot like a glove with an arch support. They give your feet and toes room to move around and your heel the ability to do what it’s supposed to do inside a shoe.

They also grip the ground with incredibly effective traction. They have a padded instep, and the rocker bottom is designed to stave off fatigue. The footbed is made of memory foam for ultimate support and cushioning.

This is the definition of all business and one of the best shoes for retail manager. I also love that they are made from high quality leather, they come in fourteen different colors, and they’re also available for men.

Earth Shoes Clover

If your job requires you to wear a somewhat dressier shoe, you prefer the look and feel, or you’re looking to take your comfort from day to night, Earth brand puts out some of best women’s dress shoes for standing all day.

The Clover is a classic mary jane with updated styling. The overlapping layers of leather on the toe give the shoe flare and elegance, with the small metallic studs over the closure bring a hint of elegance.

They’re lined in ultra-soft leather, and the footbed is made of a multiple density latex cushioning. The heel is double padded and the arch support is reinforced.

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Shoes for retail workers provide the utmost shock absorption and arch support, and are some of the most comfortable shoes you’ll find. All of this, and they look great to boot.


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Almond Butter Glazed Donuts

Homemade almond butter donuts – completely vegan & oil free!

almond donuts

I am suddenly so obsessed with donuts.

If you follow my instagram posts, you might have seen the Cookie Monster Donuts I made last week.

Other flavors I’ve tried recently include toasted coconut donuts, chocolate peanut butter donuts, mint chocolate chip donuts, and a few more flavors. It’s been a month filled with company (parents, relatives, and friends from out of town), and homemade donuts are one of my go-to breakfast recipes to make for company, because donuts are fancy and fun, but at the same time there’s very little prep work required to make them.

Easy to make, delicious and wholesome, they are the perfect breakfast recipe!

 

 

 

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I had way too much fun making the video for these donuts…

And hopefully my videos are getting better?! At least I sort of know what I’m doing, much more than I did with my first video, for Vegan Cheese Sauce.

Watch that video if you want to laugh at me.

Actually, maybe don’t watch that video – maybe I can distract you with donuts instead.

Ooh, look how shiny!

almond butter donuts

I’m not sure if anyone has said donuts are the new cupcakes, but seriously, donuts are way better than cupcakes.

You can make this almond butter donut recipe without a donut pan if you don’t have one; or you can pick up a pan, usually under ten bucks, on Amazon, at Target or Walmart, in craft stores like Michaels, in grocery stores or some department stores, or at World Market or Bed Bath Beyond (my personal preference because I always have a zillion coupons).

These homemade almond butter donuts are so delicious! And easy to make!

 

Almond Butter Donuts

Adapted from my Blueberry Baked Donuts Recipe

Almond Butter Glazed Donuts

Total Time:
8m

Yield:
6 large, or 20 mini donuts


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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp milk of choice
  • 1 1/2 tsp white or apple cider vinegar
  • 3 1/2 tbsp almond butter or allergy-friendly sub
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, honey, or agave
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup spelt, white, gf ap, or oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, optional

Instructions

If you want to glaze them with Almond Butter Glaze: Stir together 1/2 cup powdered sugar or sugar free powdered sugar, 1 tbsp almond butter, 2 tbsp milk of choice, 1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract, and a tiny pinch salt. Glaze makes enough for all the donuts with a little left over.

For the donuts: Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a donut pan, mini donut pan, or mini muffin pan. If not easily stir-able, gently heat almond butter until soft. Stir together first five ingredients, being sure to completely break up the nut butter so there are no clumps. Stir in dry to form a batter, spread into pan, and bake 8 minutes. Let sit a few minutes before going around the sides with a knife and popping out. Glaze if desired, refrigerate, then drizzle melted chocolate on top if desired. Store loosely covered out overnight – The flavor is even better the next day! Leftover donuts can also be frozen.

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More Healthy Breakfast Recipes:

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Flourless Blender Muffins

 

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Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Cups, from the Hello Breakfast Cookbook

 
 


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Avocado Deviled Eggs Packable Lunch

Inspired by the flavor of guacamole, these avocado deviled eggs make for a fun packable lunch idea. Simply pack two avocado deviled eggs, the extra filling, plantain chips and veggies for a satisfying and unique lunch! Sponsored by Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs. 

Inspired by the flavor of guacamole, these avocado deviled eggs make for a fun packable lunch idea with plantain chips and veggies!

Back to school season is here and although we don’t have kids I love this time of year. The fall season always feels like a time to restart, get back into a routine and home in on completing any year-long goals I set at the beginning of the year.

Also, my nephew is starting kindergarten this year! It seems crazy because I feel like he was born yesterday, but alas he’s off to school this fall. With that in mind my brain has been running wild with fun back to school ideas including fun packable lunches. Not just for kiddos, but for us adults too. So the recipe I’m sharing today is perfect because it works for both kids and adults and it’s pretty unique. If you like the combo of eggs and avocado, which I assume most of you do because this hard boiled egg and avocado bowl is one of my most popular recipes ever, than you’re going to love this take on deviled eggs.

Avocado Deviled Eggs

I’m stoked about it because using avocado as a sub for mayo works so dang well. And the bright green color is totally fun. It reminds me of my favorite Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham… only minus the ham. That said, if you’re into ham I see nothing wrong with adding a little to this packable lunch.

Inspired by the flavor of guacamole, these avocado deviled eggs make for a fun packable lunch idea with plantain chips and veggies!

Inspired by my curried avocado egg salad recipe, the idea for these avocado deviled eggs came together quickly and ended up tasting so good!

The deviled eggs are stuffed with a combo of the hard boiled egg yolks, avocado, lime juice, garlic, salt, pepper and cilantro. So it’s almost like you’re stuffing them with guacamole! To play on this concept I put the extra filling in a small bowl and packed the lunch with veggies and plantain chips for dipping!

If you follow me over on Instagram you’ll know that plantain chips are something I’m totally hooked on right now. I was buying them from Trader Joe’s, but after I saw this recipe from Minimalist Baker I started making my own and I’m obsessed. I’ve made 4-5 batches in the past two weeks! Can’t stop, won’t stop.

Inspired by the flavor of guacamole, these avocado deviled eggs make for a fun packable lunch idea with plantain chips and veggies!

I partnered with Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs to create this recipe and I’m excited to be sharing a few recipes throughout this year and next with them. Their eggs come from small family farms and they’re organic, free range, certified humane with no added hormones, antibiotics or GMOs. Pete and Gerry’s is also a Certified B Corporation, which is a pretty big deal. Isaac and I are lucky enough to get our hands on local eggs from friends and family or the famers market, but I love having the option to pick up Pete and Gerry’s organic, free range eggs while shopping at the store. Plus, I like that they offer organic egg whites cartons as well because they’re often hard to find!

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Avocado Deviled Eggs Packable Lunch

Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Serves 1     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 2 Pete and Gerry’s Organic eggs
  • 1/2 medium avocado
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Plantain Chips

  • 1 medium green plantain
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Hard boil eggs: Add eggs into a pot and cover them with cool water by 1 inch. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat; when the water has reached a boil, cover and remove from heat. Let sit 12 minutes. Transfer eggs to a colander under cool running water or a bowl full of ice water to stop the cooking.
  2. Split hard boiled eggs in half length-wise with a knife and remove yolks.
  3. Add yolks to a bowl with avocado, 1 teaspoon lime juice, cilantro and garlic. Smash everything together with a fork. If the mixture seems too dry add another 1/2 teaspoon lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Fill each hard boiled egg white with a the avocado mixture. Garnish with additional cilantro. Add the extra avocado mixture into a small bowl to use as a dip for veggies or chips.
  5. To make the plantain chips: Preheat oven to 375 F. Peel the plantain with a knife. Thinly slice the plantains with a mandolin or knife. Mandolin works best for even slices! Combine plantain slices, oil and salt in a bowl and toss to coat. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet. Add plantains in a single layer.
    Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, flipping plantains half-way through. Be sure to watch them carefully because they tend to burn easily. They’re ready when they start to get a little golden in color and feel crisp.
  6. To make the packable lunch: Add avocado deviled eggs into a sealed container, making sure they’re sort of packed in so that they don’t topple over in transit. I added a bunch of veggies to keep everything stable. I also packed the extra avocado mixture in a little bowl (cover this with plastic wrap), plantain chips for dipping and a little trail mix for a complete lunch.

by Brittany Mullins

Recipe Notes

  1. This lunch is best packed the morning of as the avocado filling might start to oxidize and brown a little. It’s still safe to eat, just not as pretty! You can prep everything the night before, but leave the avocado filling an airtight container until the morning of. Another option is to pack the avocado filling in a separate sealed container and make the deviled eggs/fill the hard boiled egg whites as you eat the lunch!
  2. One plantain makes a good amount of chips so you’ll likely only need to pack about 1/2 of the full batch. This will cut back on the sugar content of the lunch as well!

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no-cook recipes perfect for summer

With August upon us, we’re getting some of the hottest heat here in Charlotte that we’ve gotten all summer.  And all that heat has me craving is easy, no-cook recipes! I’ve rounded up my favorite dishes that don’t require an oven – making them perfect for the final blazing days of summer.  Who else is…

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Trail Mix Coconut Butter Cups

Easy 4-ingredient trail mix coconut butter cups that are vegan, gluten-free and paleo-friendly.

Easy 4-ingredient trail mix coconut butter cups that are vegan, gluten-free and paleo-friendly.

My love for trail mix runs deep. It’s been one of my fav snacks for ages and it’s the main reason I named my site “Eating Bird Food.” Hence the reason I have a ton of healthy trail mix recipes here on EBF.

4-Ingredient Trail Mix Coconut Butter Cups // Vegan, gluten-free & paleo-friendly

And if you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ll know that lately I’ve been having a moment with coconut butter. I posted my coconut butter recipe a few weeks ago, but have since realized that making coconut butter in my Vitamix is crazy fast and easy. Coconut butter in the food processor takes about 11-15 minutes, but it literally takes 1-2 minutes in the Vitamix and it comes out super smooth and drippy.

It’s amazing. The secret is making sure your quantity of unsweetened coconut fills up the container so it doesn’t get stuck under the blades. I’ve found that one bag of the Trader Joe’s unsweetened coconut flakes (which is about 3-4 cups) is perfect. Now that I’ve figured out this quick method for making drippy coconut butter, I’ve been making it just about every week and using it so many ways — as a snack (straight up with a spoon), as a spread, in smoothies and making a few special treats like these trail mix coconut butter cups.

An old favorite (trail mix) and a new favorite (coconut butter) come together for one easy and delicious treat — oh yeah!!

Homemade TRAIL MIX coconut butter cups // Vegan, gluten-free & paleo-friendly

Coconut butter is a healthy fat that’s loaded with health benefits, but the main reason I love these coconut butter cups is because they’re so rich and satisfying. You can have one after dinner and feel content, which isn’t always the case with some sweets and treats!

Homemade 4-Ingredient Trail Mix Coconut Butter Cups // Vegan, gluten-free & paleo-friendly

Just like my homemade peanut butter cups, they’re super easy to make! I used homemade coconut butter, but you can find coconut butter at most health stores or buy it online too. As for the trail mix topping I used one of my favorite blends from Trader Joe’s, but  you can use whatever dried fruit and nut mix you love. Also feel free to play around with the toppings. I’ve done toasted coconut as a crunchy topping, as well as, pink Himalayan sea salt. Both were awesome.

Trail Mix Coconut Butter Cups

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Serves 6     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup + 2 Tablespoons Enjoy Life chocolate chips (or your fav brand)
  • 1/2 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 6 teaspoons coconut butter*
  • 1-2 Tablespoons trail mix, chopped

Instructions

  1. Line a muffin tin with six cupcake liners. Silicone liners work great!
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1/3 cup chocolate chips with 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil in the microwave at 15-20 second intervals, stirring between each interval. It should take less than one minute for the chocolate to be completely melted.
  3. Using a spoon drop enough chocolate (about 1-2 teaspoons) to cover the bottom and sides of each cupcake liner. Use all of the melted chocolate, but keep the bowl handy. You’ll likely need to use a utensil to spread the chocolate up the sides. Place tray into the freezer for about 5 minutes for the chocolate to setup. Remove from freezer and spoon 1 teaspoon of coconut butter into each chocolate cup. Spread to cover the bottom of the cup and place tray back in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
  4. While the coconut butter sets up, add the remaining 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips and 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil to the chocolate melting bowl and heat in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to melt. Stir.
  5. Remove tin from freezer and spoon chocolate over each coconut butter cup , using just enough to completely cover all the coconut butter. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon trail mix on each cup.
    Place tin into the fridge for about 30 minutes to set completely. Once set enjoy or store in a covered container in the fridge. Remove from fridge about 5-10 minutes before serving otherwise the coconut butter will be too hard to bite through.

by Brittany Mullins

Recipe Notes

*Coconut butter is solid (like coconut oil) at room temp so if it’s not freshly made or you don’t live in a warm climate you may need to melt it for measuring. 

**I made these with Enjoy Life vegan, dairy-free chocolate chips so they still have about 9 grams of sugar per cup. If you want to make  version with less sugar, you can try using different chocolate chips (like these sweetened with stevia) or can experimenting with making your own chocolate coating with coconut oil and cocoa power like I did for my Chocolate PB Eggs

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Easy homemade trail mix coconut butter cups that are vegan, gluten-free and paleo-friendly.
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my go-to fall wardrobe staples

If you guys have followed me for a long while, you KNOW how obsessed I am with Fall.  And probably one of the things that gets me MOST excited is when Fall clothes start coming out.  As much as I love summer, there’s just something about being wrapped in a cozy sweater, sitting by a…

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Dark Chocolate Eclipse Cake

ULTRA rich and decadently chocolatey dark chocolate eclipse cake – the perfect recipe for next week’s solar eclipse.

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What are you doing for the eclipse next Monday?

If ever there were a good excuse to throw your own eclipse watch party, this dark chocolate eclipse recipe is it! The homemade cake is extra dark and fudgy – darker and richer than traditional chocolate cakes, thanks to one special (and easy-to-find) ingredient.

Adding even more dark chocolate is the thick layer of Chocolate Avocado Frosting on top.

Chocolate on chocolate is always a good idea.

 

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This recipe was adapted from my Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe and has one crucial difference: because Dutch cocoa is used here, the recipe calls for baking powder instead of baking soda.

Dutch cocoa, also sometimes called “dark cocoa” or “black cocoa,” won’t react with baking soda due to the lack of acid in the cocoa, meaning it’s important to use baking powder in this recipe. You should be able to find Dutch cocoa easily at a regular grocery store; just look for the word “alkali” in the ingredient list. If you aren’t able to find it for some reason and want to make this cake with regular cocoa powder instead, just switch the baking powder in the recipe for an equal amount of baking soda. The cake will be lighter in color but still delicious.

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The August 21st solar eclipse is scheduled to pass through Washington DC at around 2:42 in the afternoon on Monday, so I’m not sure I’ll get the chance to make this cake as “eclipse food” for a watch party. Most of my friends will probably be at work. Maybe I can convince them to skip work to hang out with me and eat chocolate cake all afternoon.

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If you live in Oregon, the eclipse is getting to you at 10:15 in the morning.

So… ummm… chocolate cake for breakfast???

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This extra dark chocolate cake is unlike other cake recipes, thanks to one special ingredient.

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Chocolate Eclipse Cake

Dark Chocolate Eclipse Cake

Total Time:
25m

Yield:
8-10 slices


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup spelt or white flour
  • 6 tbsp dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar of choice or xylitol
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
  • 1/3 cup applesauce or yogurt of choice, such as coconutmilk yogurt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup oil or almond butter, OR allergy-friendly sub
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

*If you want a double layer cake, simply double all ingredients and bake in two pans.

Preheat oven to 350 F, and grease an 8-in square or round pan. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, optional chips, and sweetener, and stir very well. (If nut butter is not stir-able, gently heat until soft.) In a new bowl, whisk nut butter, yogurt, water, and vanilla. Pour wet into dry and stir until just combined (don’t over-mix). Pour into the prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes or until batter has risen and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out mostly clean. (I like to take it out when still a little undercooked, let it cool, then set in the fridge overnight. This prevents overcooking, and the cake firms up nicely as it sits.) If you can wait, I highly recommend not even tasting until the next day… the cake is so much richer and sweeter after sitting for a day.

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