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What shoes do you wear while cooking?

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For those of you that wear shoes when you cook, what are you wearing?

I need to start wearing shoes in the kitchen if it is going to be a while. The feet and legs are starting to get sore more times than not anymore. I wear running shoes when i do whole day baking but I need something that I can very easily clean if food were to fall while I am working.

It would be ideal to find something that I can wipe off or ideally put in the washing machine regularly.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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  1. You could try one of the gel mats they sell. They are life savers for those who are on their feet in one location for a time.

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    1. re: mike0989

      I have thought about a gel mat before but I am not in one place a good bit and also have a habit of doing a bit of dancing when I cook.... I figure that no one but the veggies are going to see me most of the time, and if they want to talk I can threaten to grill them. =-)

      1. re: Astur

        We have two gel mats and another (I cannot recall what it is filled with) in the kitchen. One in front of the island, another in front of the sink and the third in front of the stove. Love them.

        1. re: chefathome

          I gifted,handed down mine to my sister.They were two years old,3.5 years ago,still going strong.
          I am now on a double base,mixed HARDWOOD floor with a DULL,BOWLING ALLEY finish.I never need or want more than thick socks or clogs when working.

    2. Clogs ,there are several brands out there in catalogues for chefs that go into the washing machine and crocs.

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      1. re: lcool

        agree with lcool, a number of people i know wear crocks. just hose them down and let them dry. not all the styles are sandals, some are shoe like, so you are less likely to trip out of them, although the sandal style are cooler, more air circulation.

      2. I've been a barefoot cook forever, but starting to need shoes as well. I would love a mat at home, but I do a good bit of cooking at the houses of various family members, and want something I can toss in the suitcase. I've been thinking about classic croc clogs.

        1. depends

          bare feet
          flat flip flops
          platform flip flops
          workout sneakers

            1. If it's going to be a long time on my feet, I really like my Dansko clogs. I have the closed back, leather, attractively adorned with drips from most of the paint in my house (and from the last one -- these things last a long time). They wipe down well and I have been known to hose 'em down when they're completely covered.

              Otherwise, barefoot.

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              1. re: lsmutko

                Those Dansko Clogs are really comfortable, especially if you are on your feet all day at your job. Nowadays retired, I still wear my red patent leather clogs in rainy weather. :-)

              2. My standard in-house wear is my Crocs. Can even put them in the top shelf dishwasher.

                1. I cooked in a commercial kitchen for years (15+ hours/day).
                  I bought into the Dr. Shols non-skid work shoes. They sucked.
                  I tried cheap sneakers - that didn't work.
                  I ended up wearing good running shoes which saved my feet, legs, and back. I wore those shoes only for work, so I didn't care if they got food on them. I'd wash them maybe 2x per year then it was time for another pair...

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                  1. re: porker

                    A hot kitchen is hell on legs,chefs and line cooks don't have it easy,ever.

                    1. re: porker

                      New Balance 608s.
                      But they can't go in the wash as OP wanted.
                      I feel I need to have leather uppers and rubber clogs such as Crocs just make my feet sweat and offer no support.

                    2. Fuzzy slippers.
                      My favorite are plush pink ones in flip flop style. Isotoner brand.
                      Washable. Rubber sole. Looks especially stylish with jogging pants and a big tshirt with a funny saying on it. The wine stains wash right out :D

                      1. Barefoot in Summer, socks during the chilly seasons.

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                        1. re: RUK

                          theres another thread kicking around about what u wear when cooking. sometimes (usually combined with wine) I'll go al fresco, but i find the tops of my feet very sensitive to hot stuff - too many spaghetti sauce or boiling water burns to go barefoot for me.

                        2. Another vote for Crocs - I wear the Specialist line, no holes over the toes or top of the foot for spill protection, but vented on the sides. The footbed seems sturdier than the basic Crocs, with better support. They slip on and off easily, and wipe clean. They have been lifesavers since we got tile in the kitchen.

                          1. It depends on the flooring.

                            If it's cement or tile forget the crocs...I've or my favorite, Dansko. Your legs and hips, in the long run, will take a beating. I'd wear my New Balance running shoes with gel insert.
                            My floors in my kitchen are hardwood and I can get away with flip flops or Rainbows, no problem.

                            1. Suede moccasins with sheepskin inside. With socks.

                              Summer: Same suede moccasins without socks.

                              The kitchen floor is ceramic tile, and it is hard and cold any day of the year.

                              1. crocs@work would be the obvious here.

                                i like danskos and other proline clogs but these need to be broken in and until that's done they won't be too comfortable.