Shoe Selection Suggestions for Beginning Hair Stylists

Posted on: 13 January 2015


Are you starting a career as a hair care professional that requires you to spend a great deal of time on your feet? Are you trying to decide whether you'll need to buy new footwear or not? If so, here are some tips to help you select the right shoes.

Ask experienced coworkers: Your feet have different needs than your coworkers. One might require support for flat arches, another could need special sizes for their wide feet, and a third might wear shoes designed to accommodate bunion inserts. You may not be able to wear the same styles they wear, but learning the brands that they trust can help you develop a list of reliable shoe makers.

Attractiveness: As a hairdresser, you express your imagination by improving your clients' appearance. Standard black or white shoes are good to have as part of your wardrobe, but you can express your fashion style by choosing shoes that match your personality. A wild floral design can bring out your inner hippie, while an animal print can reflect your sophisticated side. Looking glamorous with attractive shoes can boost your self confidence and inspire you to create exotic hairstyles for your clients.   

Preventing health problems: Wearing poorly fitting shoes can cause future health problems. Lack of posture support could cause leg cramps and lower back pain. Improper arches could result in your toes being overworked because they're supporting your entire body, the job your foot should be doing. Slipped discs, arthritis, and back pain could occur if you don't have the right kind of footwear. Shoes that are not ergonomically designed can result in overall body fatigue, making you feel tired and worn out early in your work day. 

Decide according to your duties: If you are a hair stylist who stands still for long periods of time, a shoe that has heavy padding could provide you better support than running shoes designed for speed. If you are a member of support staff who circulates throughout the salon, then you'll need a lightweight shoe that supports frequent movement.

Safety issues: Spilled products can create slipping hazards on the salon floor. Non-slip water resistant shoes can prevent you from being injured by accidental falls. Puncture-resistant shoes can protect your toes from things like scissors, hair dryers, and curling irons that are accidentally dropped on your feet. 

Check the fit: Don't assume that a size 8 in one style will fit the same as an 8 in another style. You need to make sure that the foot bed matches the shape of your foot without crowding your toes. Make sure that the shoe is not too stiff and flexes in the proper places across your foot's top. Don't assume that the shoes will fit better after they've been worn awhile. If they aren't comfortable from the beginning, they will continue to cause you pain and problems. For assistance, take a look at websites like