At Bstore, we’ve got Australia’s favourite comfy footwear collection and it is all about bringing together fun and function for comfortable, happy feet. For most people, that means shoes that look as good as they feel, and we have an unrivalled choice of footwear from top brands like Birkenstock, FitFlop and Merrell, including gorgeous go-anywhere clogs.
However, some customers’ footwear needs are a little more challenging, and one area we specialise in is durable, easy-to-clean, waterproof and slip-resistant footwear for use in commercial food service environments.
Comfort To Rely On
Professional kitchen staff work some of the longest hours in the commercial sector, with shifts of 12 to 18 hours not uncommon. There’s not much sitting down on the job, so the shoes worn in commercial kitchens need to be incredibly supportive and offer unbeatable all-day comfort. Clogs have become the default option, as they offer a protected toe, durable non-slip soles and arch support. They are also able to withstand the heat and humidity of a commercial kitchen. Many versions come oiled to resist grease splashes and offer removable and washable insoles, as well.
Dansko is a top professional footwear brand, offering a good choice of clogs made from oiled full-grain leather. These professional shoes offer an anti-fatigue rocker bottom and a contoured midsole to provide good support and keep your feet comfortable all day long. Like most clogs, Danskos also have a roomy toe box so feet can spread naturally. Design features like this all add up to long-term comfort. Because people who spend a great deal of time on their feet are more prone to fallen arches and swelling, Dansko also makes a range of wide-fitting professional shoes.
People who love Birkenstocks on their days off can also enjoy Birkenstocks while they work, thanks to the professional Birkis range. Bstore stocks several classic Birkis chef clogs that come in a range of great colours and patterns, including the industrial-style gun-metal grey. For a softer look, choose from bright pink or blue butterflies, or opt for traditional black.
With an enclosed heel and rounded toe box, they have solid chef clog styling but are made from a single piece of moulded polyurethane, which means they are completely waterproof and still lightweight. The materials used in construction mean they are oil and splash resistant and easy to clean, and they offer a removable, replaceable and washable insole.
For heavy-duty professional use, where foot protection is more important than lightness, consider the Alpro A640 with its steel toe box. Working in a commercial kitchen sometimes requires handling and moving a good deal of heavy and potentially dangerous tools, utensils and storage containers. With these clogs, which are a slightly narrower fit than Birkis and Danskos, you can be sure that your toes will be fully protected, but you will still have the benefit of oil and grease resistance and a stable heel and grip.
A Lighter Option
If you’d rather have light weight shoes than heavily reinforced toes, then the new Crocs might be for you. Crocs have recently introduced an entirely enclosed toe style called the Bistro. Made from the same super-light and waterproof Croslite material as all Crocs shoes, they are odour resistant, easy to clean and quick to dry. They also feature a contoured orthotic footbed for all-day comfort. Unlike some of the other chef shoes mentioned, they only have a partially enclosed heel with a back strap, so they can help your feet stay cool on hot summer days.
Whether you need shoes for work or play, Bstore has you covered, so why not order a fresh pair of work clogs today?