Most of us don’t realize that footwear is one of the most common factors contributing to slip and falls including those in restaurants, grocery stores, condominiums and nursing homes. We may not be able to control the negligent acts of others, but wearing the right shoes could prevent a serious injury, and perhaps even a lengthy lawsuit to recover money to make us whole again.
Fortunately, it is never too late to educate yourself about what aspects make up shoes that are safe. Below are some points to be aware of when shopping for slip resistant shoes.
Common shoe conditions that cause a slip and fall:
- Shoes that are too big
- Backless slippers/sandals
- Shoes with worn out soles
- High heels/wedges
A safe shoe should consist of one or more of the following:
- A ribbed, rubber, slip-resistant sole;
- Raised back to support the ankle;
- Velcro fastener; or
- Strong laces to ensure a secure fit.