I eat, I drink, I work, and I wear shoes

7/01/2008 09:18:00 PM

Just a quick post to let y'all know that Sarah Cooks is currently a featured blog on I eat I drink I work. This is an Australian website including hospitality job vacancies, food stories, bloggers, videos, podcasts and more. My RSS feed will be posted on the website for a period of 10 weeks. Click here to see my profile!


And seeing as my blog is being featured on a hospitality website, I thought I should post a little something vaguely related to working in hospitality. As you may have guessed from the title, it's about shoes. They are so important if you're in a job where you are on your feet all day.

Throughout high school and uni, I worked a number of part time jobs - cinemas, cafes, in a kitchen, in retail - and for the first few years I just wore my old school shoes. They were Doc Martens, I'd worn them all through high school, and they were super-comfy. Once they started getting a bit worse for wear, I upgraded to a brand new pair of the same shoes, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't tame them. The leather and soles were so "durable" (i.e. hard), that even after wearing them 5 days a week for 10 months, they were still hard and painful. All I got were calluses and back pain. Not good!

The moral of the story is that good shoes are incredibly important, and once I got myself a good pair of shoes, my work life got so much better. These magic shoes are... ta-dah...


Brooks Addiction Walker '04's.

I got them from The Athlete's Foot, which is a great place to get properly fitted shoes. I asked for a soft-soled black pair of shoes that I could wear all day long. The salesperson measured my feet, gave me a Fitprint® analysis, and brought out this pair of perfectly-fitting shoes. They're great for working in hospitality or retail because they are durable, comfortable, supportive, and black! So many shops and cafes these days seem to have a simple all black dress code. As long as you don't need to wear dress shoes, these are perfect.

They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. They didn't need to be broken in. Soft leather, soft supportive sole, great fit. They were expensive, but with all this technology going into them, they were absolutely worth it.

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  1. Anonymous6:12 PM

    Long time lurker, first time poster... We absolutely looooove those shoes, both my husband and I have them and he wears his all day every day in his job as a plumber... so they must be pretty durable. Can I suggest having a look at shoebuy.com as we are able to get them into NZ at half the price of in the shops if we buy them on-line.

  2. Ooh... good to hear they're durable! Thank-you for the website. I love shoes but they can be soo expensive, can't they?

    xox Sarah



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