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post #1 of 16
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Hi guys, 


I am a recent enroller in a culinary course. I am already struggling with my feet 2 months in :( my heels have already cracked badly! I have some Croc's clogs which I was recommended but finding them really uncomfortable. What is the big attraction of clog's?


I have been speaking to some other people on my course and they have had similar problems. There has been some discussion around chef's foot? Is this common? Do many people have it and how can I prevent it?





post #2 of 16


The best footware for kitchen use is Shoes for Crews. They are slip resistant, water resistant and very comfortable. I have worn them for years and being on your feet 12 and 14 hours a day you need a good SHOE not a clog. Get out of the fad and get into comfort. You can find them on line.

post #3 of 16

I don't like clogs either, they rub the tops of my toes raw and don't support my arch. I also don't like Shoes for Crews, they are too heavy for me and make my back hurt horribly. I guess their comfort depends upon your stature.. I did like that they were truly non-slip, unlike the slip resistant merrills that I felt like I was ice skating in.


What I'm trying to say is that what works well for others may not necessarily work for you, it depends upon your body and your foot shape. Just head out and try some on, that's the only way to know what feels right :)

post #4 of 16

Shoes for crews suck. They ruined the top of both my big toes, made my feet hurt like I had severe arthritis. I work per diem/part time.. close to full time during peak season, so I knew it was the shoes because I'd be fine for a while and my feet would only hurt when I worked and wore those specific clogs. They were so awful that I have them practically new in my closet.


the best clogs I ever owned were Dansko. Pricey, but worth it. 



They are a little hard at first but because they are leather they eventually contour to the shape of your foot, becoming the most comfy shoes ever. I can't wait to buy a new pair someday again..soon.

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
Oscar Wilde



“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
Oscar Wilde



post #5 of 16

There is no such thing as "Chef's Foot".

Buy a pair of good comfortable shoes, not a $15 pair from payless and learn to stand on your feet 8+ hrs a day.

I always had 2-3 pairs of work shoes, rotated them and stood on my feet for 16-18 hrs a day.

post #6 of 16

Do yourself a big favor, get Dickies work socks. The make a HUGE difference irregardless of what shoes you are wearing. They are extra thick and padded but breathable. I used to get insane calluses and other ailments working 12 hour days, but these are AMAZING, trust me. $12 for 3 pairs get yourself 6 or 9 pairs and you'll never wear anything else to work.

post #7 of 16
I disagree with people who demand others use the same shoe they do because it's simply different for everybody. I myself was given two pairs of shoes(one with steel toe and the other without) with my culinary school uniform and I hated both of them. Then I switched to crocs and again they killed my feet. Finally I switched to danskos without the back and they were alright but I didn't find MY pair until I tried the danskos with the back. They may be expensive but they last about a year and a half worth of 9-12 hour days. But I am not recommending them! I am only saying you try on multiple pairs on in the store and remember they will be tight at first!
post #8 of 16

another vote for shoes for crews sucking.   worst shoes ive ever worn.   just sent back 2 pairs for one of my cooks.   they just dont hold up.   im having really good luck with a pair of keen slip ons right now.   they arent super cheap but they arent out of this world either.make sure you know if you are flat footed or have a high arch.   then make sure youre buying what is best for your foot.   ive never heard of chefs foot either.  

Edited by smork - 2/27/13 at 8:34am
post #9 of 16

Are you wearing socks?

If you don't, start.

Buy a nice, thick all cotton brand.

Remember Lt Dan's advice to Forrest and Bubba?

So true.

If the cracks are bleeding go see a doc as open wounds on the feet are a direct line for bacteria and other such lovelies to enter the body.

If not, get a good lotion (don't cheap out here or this exercise is pointless) wash your feet, apply lotion, put socks on then shoes.

Repeat as many days as needed (improvement should be noticed in a few days).

Then just be diligent about foot care.

After all your dogs are your most used tool!

IMO crocs are cheap and uncomfortable (yes, they are light on your feet, but still crap)

I bought some clogs on the advice of an anesthesiologist.

Was the best purchase I ever made.

If you are interested, I will try to find you a link.



post #10 of 16

Don't cut corners with your shoes, all I can say.


You can sharpen a dexter to a laser, but you can't fake your feet.

post #11 of 16

Chef's Foot is a term coined by a group of people in the same type of work, this case being standing

around kitchens all day. It could apply to any job where you're on your feet for most of your shift--or

longer. I mean logically, there could be a  "Wal-Mart Greeter's" foot. tongue.gif


Only thing I can say about shoes it there are good brands and crahp brands-- the department store

made in china last about 1 to 2 months and youre throwing em out and doctoring your feet. But even

paying for something decent--feet are different--you have to try em. Which I know is tough when youre

ordering online.

post #12 of 16

Clogs aren't necessarily bad.

Some like them others don't.

I like Birkenstock over Dansko, but others don't.

The Croc clog sounds like the rubber clog.

I don't like those at all, no matter the brand.

They don't breathe, they don't stretch.

So you end up with a shoe that won't conform even slightly to your foot, as well as no way for your feet to stay dry.

The sweat just builds up giving you trenchfoot, chef's foot, whatever you want to call it.

Edited by Just Jim - 2/26/13 at 2:27pm
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post #13 of 16

While there is a lot of good advice here, the best bit of advice though has been that everyone's feet are different.  I have friends that swear by clogs, but personally I can't stand them.  I tried them for a full year once, hoping I'd get used to them but my feet never did.  A few people here seem to hate Shoes for Crews.  I have bought the "Metro" style for the last 5 years and I am very happy with them.  For me they have held up pretty well and I find them very comfortable.  Back when I was a younger cook everyone loved the Sears Diehards.  They were heavy but stood up to a lot of abuse and were quite comfortable for a lot of us.  The best advise I can give you is try a number of different shoes and brands and once you find a couple that work for you, have 2-4 pair that you can rotate through every couple of days.  That bit of advise has done me well.

post #14 of 16

Mozo 100%. plus they come in cool designs.

post #15 of 16

Edited by SaltAndFat - 1/10/14 at 8:20am
Sam Jebson
Sam Jebson
post #16 of 16

I have been a long time 6 Dansko owner but I switched over to Mozo this year. The are light. Comfortable. Supportive. Love them.

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