How to choose shoes for commuting

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How to choose shoes for commuting
Those commuting by bike will find it easier to do with stiff-soled shoes. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Most people have to undertake some form of daily journey to get to their place of work. According to, British workers spend an average of 54 minutes per day commuting. To make this is painless as possible - and to ensure that their work shoes maintain their professional luster – many people buy footwear especially for the journey. The main thing to remember when choosing a pair of shoes is that style should take a backseat to comfort.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Plan a route to work and make a note of the conditions encountered and the transport used. Someone who commutes by cycling long distances through urban areas will want bike shoes that have stiffer soles, which provide efficient energy transfer. By comparison, someone who walks to work in a rural location will need comfortable waterproof shoes.

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    Find out what the weather is like for the area in which you commute, especially if you are starting a new job in a different city. For example, you’re far more likely to get wet feet if working in Somerset than you will in East Sussex. The and provide average weather information relating to locations across the UK.

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    Calculate the distance travelled while commuting. Longer journeys require more lasting and comfortable footwear than do shorter ones. Heels of any sort should be avoided when travelling long distances, especially on foot. Make sure the shoe fits properly to the contour of your foot so as to avoid blisters.

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    Choose a size of shoe that makes storage easy. For example, wellington boots will be an impractical choice of commuting footwear if you have to keep them in a desk draw. It also helps if the shoes are easy to clean, as they will likely accumulate much in the way of dirt through daily use.

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