I've cooked barefoot, in slippers and in sneakers, but none provide the hours of support that the clogs do. I feel the difference not only in my legs, shoulders and back, but also in the arches of my feet, which normally have a tendency to hurt after several hours of standing.
The clogs also protect my toes from dropped objects and splattering juices while I cook. They feel secure and look professional. When I slip them on, I feel more focused and determined in the kitchen, properly outfitted and ready to cook. Before buying them, I never thought about having special shoes for cooking — I don't typically wear shoes at home — but now I can't imagine long bouts in the kitchen without them.
Find them: Dansko Professional Leather Clogs, $99-$120 at Amazon
What about you? Do you wear specific shoes in the kitchen?
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