Best Mens Shoes For Work in 2021
Skechers for Work Men's Felton Shoe, Black, 11 M US
- Supportive work shoe featuring lace-up vamp, logos on tongue/side, and reinforced stitching
- Padded tongue and collar. Relaxed Fit design for a roomier comfortable fit.
- Memory foam padded insole insert
- Soft fabric shoe lining with shock absorbing midsole
- OSHA-complaint nitrile outsole
Skechers Men's Black Flex Advantage Slip Resistant Mcallen Slip On - 9.5 D(M) US
- Slip-on shoe work shoe featuring mesh fabric upper and slip-resistant traction outsole
- Elastic side gores at opening
- Padded collar and reinforced stitched seams. Memory foam insole for cushioning
- For medium fit it maintains medium width in the heel with a roomier toe box. For medium fit it is a bit more open interior offers a looser fit around the entire foot
- Soft fabric shoe lining
Skechers For Casual Steel Toe Work Sneaker, Black/Charcoal, 10.5 M US
Skechers Men's Cessnock Food Service Shoe, Black, 10.5 M US
- Breathable mesh
- Bungee lacing
- Slip resistant
- Relax fit
- Memory foam insole
Skechers Men's AFTERÂ BURNÂ M.FIT Memory Foam Lace-Up Sneaker, Black, 11 4E US
- Lace-up sneaker featuring mesh upper with supportive overlays and padded collar
- Cushioned mesh tongue
- Memory Foam Insole
Skechers for Work Women's Ghenter Bronaugh Work and Food Service Shoe, BLACK, 8 M US
Skechers Men's Mariner Low Boot,Dark Brown,10.5 M US
- Leather utility boot featuring lug outsole, padded collar, and logo label on tongue
- Reinforced seam detail. Smooth or oiled leather upper
Skechers Men's Relment Pelmo Chukka Boot,Khaki,9.5 M US
- Relax fit
- Memory foam
Skechers Men's Segment Melego Chukka Boot, Dark Brown, 13 D(M) US
- Mocc-toe chukka boot featuring perforated side panels and lace-up front with metal eyelets
- Padded tongue and collar
- Rear pull loop
- Gel-infused memory foam cushioned insole
- Shock-absorbing supportive midsole
- Flexible rubber high-traction outsole
Skechers for Work Men's Flex Advantage Bendon Work Shoe, Black, 10 D(M) US
Shining My Son's Shoes
How a child taught me a lesson in how to delegate and be a good business manager.
While I was in the kitchen today shining my son's shoes, I started thinking about what a good manager he would be. He is more than capable of polishing his own shoes, however, at only 6 years old, he understands the power of delegation. He knows full well I can't cope with the idea of him going to school with shoes looking like he has walked through a coal mine. He also knows that I will be quicker and he can continue to do what he does best, playing and watching TV. This form of delegation also means he is able to be present in whatever his current state of play is. He will acknowledge his shoes are lovely and shiny and is full of pride when he is wearing them. His appreciation stops my resentment to a task that I know he should do.
This lead me to thinking about some business owners I know who have a successful business, but they rarely get to spend time doing the things they want to do and that maybe my son could teach them a thing or two about delegation and presence.
Everything these business owners have done to date is admirable. They have built an amazing business from nothing and I am not in the least bit surprised. They are lovely people, and aside from the fact they are brilliant at what they do, I am sure a big part of their appeal is who they are as individuals. I'm hoping to do some work with them this year. I say hoping because trying to get into their diary to have an initial meeting is no mean feat. You might well say if their business is so successful, they are bound be busy. I would argue on the other hand that they have a brilliant team of people who work for them and all they need is a little organization and delegation practices. They are often up until the early hours finishing proposals or presentations and this worries me. There are two things I would love to spend time looking at in their business to give them some direction.
The first is their thing about being present. In the UK, we are really behind in our way of thinking when it comes to working remotely. While I agree that there are some business operations that require you to be there in person, there are similarly a lot of tasks that can be done from afar. It's good to remember you don't have to be present, to be present. I notice in their discussions about meetings they tend to use one format and that is face to face. As a majority of my clients are not even in the UK, the thought of a face-to-face meeting doesn't even occur to me. Face-to-face meetings are a time killer and you can waste so much precious time. As a small business owner, this is not an effective use of your time. When booking meetings, it's useful to make a decision about whether you really need to travel across town to be there. I would love to take a look at their diary and rearrange all of their appointments to allow maximum efficiency.
My son was clear in his message about not needing to be in the same room as me to let me know he wasn't going to be polishing his shoes! Message received and understood.
The other thing is in order for a business to be successful and for a business owner or manager to remain sane, you have to remember you are not Atlas, carrying the world on your shoulders. A lesson I learned from an old boss is that delegation is key. He was brilliant at it. I loved his style of working. In every task he focused on the outcome he wanted, then passed on the tasks to his team to carry out the job. He didn't just do this because he was busy, he did it because he is clever and realizes that he can get to where he wants to go quicker by using the right people or tools for the job. I wish that these same business owners would adopt this policy and delegate. If given the chance, I would take a look at all of their procedures and find a more efficient way of not only delegating their tasks but speeding them up somewhat. My son didn't question the effectiveness of delegating his shoe shining to me.
In short, it is a must that you remember how you looked at procedures and operations when you were an employee. Remember how critical you were? Embrace that mindset again and know that you are capable of meeting your clients needs without wasting time in meetings, present without being present, and that delegation is a necessity in order for you to move forward.