Transition is hard. Transitioning to a new job can be stressful. The start of a new school year at a new school can cause you some anxiety. The transitions between the seasons can also force you to have to deal with some issues that could cause you harm. What you might not be giving much thought to in the transition between summer and fall is your footwear and how it might impact your dangers of experiencing a New Haven slip and fall accident.
When you’re thinking about what to wear in the summer you’re likely thinking about tank tops and shorts and when you transition to the fall these wardrobe staples give way to things like sweaters and jeans. It is important that you also consider the transition between what you’re wearing on your feet as well. Of course this is mainly because you’re going to want to keep yourself safe when walking through the streets of the city.
Summer months present dry walking surfaces that can be traversed in most types of footwear, but in the autumn months those sidewalks and roadways can become littered with leaves, water and in some cases ice as well. These treacherous conditions can be dangerous for you in any type of footwear, but if you have yet to upgrade your footwear to proper shoes/boots for the fall you could find yourself at risk of getting injured which can have a lasting impact on your ability to enjoy the autumn months before winter kicks in.
So, what should you be wearing on your feet and what should you not be wearing on your feet in the autumn.
You should be wearing shoes or boots with good gripping soles that can give you steadiness in the event that you crossover a pile of wet leaves or a puddle that has a bit of ice in or around it. Your shoes should be able to sufficiently support your ankles so that if you do happen to slip you do not turn your ankle and become injured without even falling down. It is also a good idea to wear waterproof shoes during the fall and winter months so you can avoid having cold, wet feet that can lead to discomfort and in turn put you in a position where you are no longer concerned with the safety of the steps you are taking, but with your discomfort instead.
What types of shoes should you NOT wear in the autumn? Let’s start with the most obvious culprit and that is carrying flip flops over from the summer. Many people enjoy the look and feel of flip flops to keep their feet cool and stylish in the summer, but they are NOT a great choice for footwear in the fall. Often the soles of flip flops are smooth and offer no grip to handle the treacherous piles of wet leaves or ice that you might encounter when you’re walking throughout the Elm City in the autumn. This type of carryover footwear from the summer months should go back in your closet until the next 80 degree day arrives.
You may also not be thinking about this next type of footwear as something you would wear when out walking through the streets of the city, but many people do. Slippers are dangerous and should not be worn as around the city footwear. While many people will wear slippers in the autumn and winter months as footwear indoors, they should stay indoors and not be brought out for a walk in the park. This type of footwear presents the same type of troubles that flip flops do, but with the added trouble that they are not often secured to your feet which can leave you at risk of tripping and falling without any obstruction coming into play.
Footwear is an important thing to consider, especially if you spend a lot of time walking around the city. Thinking about the proper footwear you should have on your feet is one of the best things you can do to avoid a New Haven slip and fall accident. While footwear alone will not keep you safe, it is a good first step in making sure that you are walking around the Elm City safely and without danger of getting into an accident that could leave you injured for quite some time.
If you get injured you may need to speak with someone who has experience in handling situations like yours. Contact our office and one of our experienced attorneys will speak with you and learn more about your situation to help protect your long-term interests.