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Shoes For Crews review

Shoes For Crews reviewI was recently contacted by the popular blogger The Bitchy Waiter. He told me that he was asked by the people at Shoes For Crews if he could recommend a blogger to do a review for them, and he thought of me (I feel so honored :)). Having owned a few pairs in the past I was definitely up for writing something, because to date they have been a favorable choice for my work shoes.

After I was contacted by the people from Shoes For Crews they asked me to select a pair of shoes from their website and they would send them to me. After an hour or so of going through the selection of footwear, I spotted a pair that were different to what I normally wear, but made me curious to see how the style would perform in the restaurant.

I chose the Men’s Evolution shoe in black, here’s a breakdown of it:

  • SFC Mighty Grip slip-resistant outsole (you shouldn’t be wearing a shoe unless it has non-slip properties while working in a restaurant).
  • Water resistant (a must for our industry).
  • Genuine leather.
  • Padded collar.
  • Removable cushioned insoles (I liked the idea of these).
  • Shock-absorbing outsole.
  • Patent leather accents.
  • Air Piston heel support (I could use the extra heel support).
  • Stitch-reinforced toe.
  • Enhanced heel contour for more support (I wear through the heel of my shoes before the ball of my foot, so this caught my attention).

A few days later my shoes arrive and pull them out of the box. I ordered them in size 11½, I usually find my shoe size varies between 11 and 12, so I was happy to see that they offered half sizes. I was assured that if the size was wrong I could send it back and get a new pair in the right size, no problems at all. They even sent a return service sticker so it doesn’t cost you anything if you do need to send something back for replacement.

My idea for this review, which is not just wearing them once and telling you how they looked and felt after a shift, I decided that I would write-up a 7 day review that will look at something different for each day. This is what I decided to cover in my 7 day review:

  • Day 1 – Fit and comfort.
  • Day 2 – Water on the floor.
  • Day 3 – Grease in the kitchen.
  • Day 4 – Go for a run.
  • Day 5 – Working a double.
  • Day 6 – Cleaning.
  • Day 7 – Conclusion.

So let’s get this review on the way.


Day 1 – Fit and comfort


Shoes For Crews review 1The day my shoes arrived I wasn’t working a shift at the restaurant, so I pulled them out of the box while I was at home on the couch. I pulled and stretched them a little, then put them on my feet. First thing that I noticed was that my toes had plenty of room (I’ve had shoes in the past where my toes were like sardines in a can), I could feel the comfort and support in the heel not only from the cushioned insoles but also the air piston section when I rocked back and forward. My ankle felt like it was getting a tight hug from grandma, but being a new pair of shoes I knew it would stretch out a little.

The size was a really good fit for me. As I mentioned before the style of this shoe isn’t something I usually go with. Where I’m working now allows these kinds of work shoes, where in some past workplaces it’s been strictly black dress shoes for me. I like that it feels and looks like a runner, but is still an appropriate shoe to work in.


Day 2 – Water on the floor


Shoes For Crews review 2Just like throwing someone in the deep end of the pool so they can learn how to swim, I decided that after an hour of walking around in the new shoes at work I would put them through a water challenge.

NATHAN’S DISCLAIMER: Don’t do this, I did it so you wouldn’t have to, simple as that 🙂

I was going to walk into the dish pit and remove the rubber mat, but when I walked out the back the floor in front of the ice machine was wet from some fallen ice cubes. I go grab a mop and the wet floor sign for a speedy cleanup afterwards. I step in the sizable puddle of water on the tiled floor and step up and down on it a few times. I face a bench, put both of my hands on it and start pushing my feet backwards, I could feel the resistance so the non-slip part was working in action. I quickly slipped on one foot but that was because I put my weight on my hands. A quick mop up and after scuffing my feet a few more times to see how the wet shoes went on different surfaces (tile, hard wood flooring, laminate flooring) and in different areas (dining room, expo line, bar, patio, walk-in fridges) it seems clear to me that this slip-resistant technology does it’s job.

Day 3 – Grease in the kitchen


Shoes For Crews review 3Next day I come into work early so I’m not doing these “tests” on the clock, and so no one could get mad at me (covering all bases). I made sure that the kitchen wasn’t busy when I went in and I started the same test as the water test above (facing bench, hands planted, pushing back on shoes), this time I still felt the resistance but it was slipping a bit more than when I did it in the puddle of water. This was understandable, I mean there was grease and oil on the floor and even though the shoe pushed back a bit, it is going to lose its traction. As a server though, you probably won’t find many situations where you will be behind the line, instead you’re probably going to encounter a similar floor like this in or near the dish pit.

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Well in that case, why not do the same test in there? This picture is me standing in a very clean spot, but the other end of the pit had different ideas. With the combination of food, grease, water, oil and who knows what that green thing was? I do the same test with similar results to the water on the floor. I think with the amount of oil and grease that can be on a kitchen floor (with the rubber work mats removed) it would make most shoes struggle with traction. But after doing these slip tests on wet tile, the kitchen floor and the dish pit, I’m pretty happy with how these Shoes For Crews shoes are performing.


Day 4 – Go for a run


Shoes For Crews review 5As you can see in the picture here I sacrificed fashion for the greater good. Yes, I rock ankle socks when I run… let’s not dwell on this :). I now tend to ride my bicycle, and combined with serving that is usually my “fitness regime”, but occasionally I do like to go for a run. Here’s the stats:

  • I started out at 8:15am
  • Surfaces I ran on were concrete, grass, dirt path, gravel path and some pot-hole ridden roads (fun to leap over)
  • Dodged some puddles (wasn’t in the mood for water that day)
  • Got some weird looks by some people in the park (probably the ankle socks right?)
  • Arrived home at 8:56am
  • Ran a total distance of 7.94kms (yes I fell short of 8kms, I was hungry)

I took my shoes off and wiggled my toes and stretched a little. Despite the fact that the shoes were dusty and looked like a mess they actually weren’t bad for the run (for a shoe that isn’t designed for running). Once again my ankle was really well supported and if I had chosen a shoe that didn’t have the air piston heel I probably wouldn’t have taken them for a run, but these did the job.


Day 5 – Working a double


Shoes For Crews review 6Up at 8am to get ready for my 10:30am open. I’ll either be working a split, or straight through depending on how business is. After getting to work I put on my shoes and start my shift at 10:15am.

So let’s fast forward to 11:15pm (went straight through). I’ve been cut, done my side duties, handed in my cash-out, signed out and it’s time to wash my face and get changed. First thing I do is kick the shoes off (sweet release) my feet feel good, my legs aren’t sore and apart from the mild aroma coming from my socks, the shoes served me well for that shift.

The picture to the right here is of the removable insoles that were in the shoe, I was just curious to check them out so I pulled them out.

Day 6 – Cleaning


I wish I had thought about doing this after I went for my run on day 4, because it would have made for a great before and after shot. With Shoes For Crews shoes they send out a little cleaning pick for the bottom of your shoes. It’s such a simple little device, but it sure does clean your shoes thoroughly. This is the pick, and a before and after shot of just a few strokes with this thing:

Shoes For Crews review 7      Shoes For Crews review 8      Shoes For Crews review 9

As for cleaning the rest of it, I just used a damp (not wet) cloth to wipe the outside of the shoes, which made it look like it’s brand new self again, simple stuff.


Day 7 – Conclusion


The men’s Evolution shoes I chose turned out to be better than I expected, I really did put them through some strenuous tests in the first week of owning them, and maybe some of the tests seemed unnecessary, but why do something only mediocre right? I would rather give you a thorough, in-depth review of something and not just say “Hey these are good, you should get yourself some”.

The last pair of Shoes For Crews shoes I owned lasted me a year and a half of many opens, closes, mids and doubles. I’m hoping that this pair will do the same. If the other shoes they currently offer are to the same standard as the one’s I’ve been wearing, then you will be getting a great pair of work shoes for a very reasonable price.

All in all if you are looking for a restaurant industry shoe, I would personally recommend considering the Shoes For Crews selection.


UPDATE: here’s a video where I draw the winner!

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21 Comments to “Shoes For Crews review”

  1. CrazyWaiter says:

    Nice review, I agree with everything you say!

  2. I don’t do twitter..but I do follow you on FB..I have never purchased a pair of shoes for crew..informative review. Thanks!

    • Nathan says:

      You’re welcome Beth, I definitely use FB more than twitter, there’s a good community of people there and I’m glad you are in it.

      Thanks for your comment.

  3. Lenny Watson says:

    Hey, great review, thank you for sharing. I might have to give a pair of these a try.

  4. Fadi says:

    Hi, I’m looking for a pair of shoes that are comfy and that will last me a few years. I saw in your review that your last pair of SFCs lasted a year and a half. You work 10 hours a day in a restaurant and I’m nowhere nearly as active, so I’m guessing that they’re going to last me alot longer. I’ve started getting really tired of the Nike Shoes that cost an arm and a leg and that have a hole in them in less than a year. Just out of curiosity. Have you warn Nike on the Job? How long does a pair last you?

    • Nathan says:

      Hi Fadi,

      I have worked in a pair of Nike shoes many years ago, they were super comfortable and looked awesome!

      The big downfall with them was they slid around the floors too much. I wore them on the job for perhaps 4 months, then needed to buy something with slip resistance after I almost took a nasty fall.

      Maybe over the years since I have worn Nike’s to work, there have been improvements to slip resistance. But for now I’m pretty happy with my Shoes for Crews.

  5. paulette says:

    Heard about these shoes at work today. Decided to check out site then look for a review. I enjoyed your review. I am a cook in a hospital. Really enjoyed your seven day run. Going back to site to order my shoes.

    • Nathan says:

      Thanks Paulette, the shoes I reviewed are still going strong for me. They really do a great job on slippery floors and that’s what impressed me the most.

      Enjoy your new shoes :).

  6. Renee says:

    Shoes for Crews are overrated for comfort. I have purchased different pairs for 14 straight years. My latest pair were the most expensive and added comfort with air piston technology. I worked a 7hr. shift on my feet the entire time at a crazy busy shift,my feet hurt so bad I could hardly walk.I thought maybe that’s cause there new and needed to be broken in. I wore them the following day for another 7 hour insane shift crazy busy,and I had a blister on my left foot not happy about these shoes! Now to find another style.

    • Nathan says:

      I owned a pair a few years ago Renee that did the same thing. I returned them for a different pair no questions asked. There are other shoes out there like these but I have found Shoes for Crews to be reliable. Hope you find a pair that works for you.

  7. lesley says:

    u can try other product too that renew the shoe rubber and squeeze dirt and oil from the bottom

  8. Gary Laursen says:

    Totally uncomfortable. I bought two pair and returned them both. Got a credit (less restock fee) for one pair and no credit at all for the second pair. Show for crews are frauds and dishonest. Beware and do not deal with them. They are an internet rip off company. BEWARE!

  9. patrick says:

    I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy! They are a fraud because they charge $6.98 for shipping and promote you get your shoes 3 business days or shipping is free, but good luck with that. I ordered a pair on 12-20-14 didn’t get shoes until 12-29-14 and yet Shoes for crews still would not honor a refund for shipping. my invoice # was 491513.

  10. Thanks for the review, you put the shoe through a number of stressful tests that would have spoiled other shoe brands. But it is appreciated because there is beyond a doubt that these shoes are excellent for work.

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