Many of us are on our feet most of the day. Some of us more than others and in various conditions. Even if we spend the majority of our time sitting, we all wear shoes. Unless you live on Pensacola Beach, you have to put on shoes at least twice a day.

There are several scenarios where one can find themselves in need of an easier way to put on shoes. More times than not, these situations are usually mostly convenience. Perhaps you’re traveling and want to move through security at the airport faster. Or maybe you have a busy household and rarely make it out the door with your shoes on to begin with.

In some instances however, the ease that comes with putting on slide on sneakers, is more than a small benefit, it’s a necessity. Here are the top three reasons why slide on sneakers are more than just a matter of convenience.

When You’re Expecting

While it may not be the top thing listed in, What to Expect While You’re Expecting, slide on sneakers may be a necessity for any woman during the later stages of her pregnancy. Wearing a sneaker shoe with removable insoles for support, is often preferred by pregnant women.

While it may not be difficult the first few months, at one point it will become physically impossible for a woman to bend over or pull up her leg to her lap to put on shoes. A hands-free, slide on sneaker, like the ones made by Kizik, is the best solution. How else can a pregnant woman put on shoes?

When You Don’t Expect It

Let’s face it, life is unpredictable. We all tend to take the little things for granted like being able to sit or bend over to put on shoes (not to mention tying them!) While having a slide on sneaker may always be more convenient, maybe you don’t even realize it is something you need until it becomes necessary.

A few years ago my sister needed her spine fused. In reality it was as bad as it sounds, and she was completely unable to care for herself for several weeks. Unable to bend her back or her knees (much) left her mobility severely limited, especially in regards to getting dressed. Putting on any shoe other than a flip flop or slipper was impossible without someone to do it for her. A slide on sneaker can give someone who is recovering from a surgery a little independence.

It is not just your back that is used when putting on shoes. Most of us sit, bend our knee, and place our leg across the other. If you have any type of knee problems, this scenario is likely to be painful or not doable. You also have to consider any shoulder, arm or finger/hand issues that may make tying shoes and putting them on difficult.

Any type of temporary injury, or long sustained issue with joints (like arthritis), will make putting on shoes virtually impossible. While this condition may be more common among older people, anyone can injure themselves at any time. It is also possible to develop arthritis or joint problems earlier in life. You have enough on your mind without having to worry about difficulty getting dressed. Once again, the slide on sneaker becomes a necessity.

Daily Expectations

Being prepared for the least expected scenarios like injuries and surgery, and having an option during pregnancy, are very important reasons why a slide on sneaker is beneficial. In some situations that happen every day, the slide on sneaker can take on an even bigger role: giving back independence and dignity.

Some physical difficulties, such as those associated with Parkinson’s and Dementia, are not temporary situations. The people who suffer from these conditions also wear shoes every day, and something relatively simple for us becomes a daunting challenge for them. That’s why it’s important to have companies like Kizik that considered this in the design of their hands free slide on sneaker.

One Kizik customer gave the testimonial that the slide on sneaker has given her husband with Parkinson’s back his independence and confidence. Now he can put on and take off his own shoes without having to ask for her help. He can simply slide them on and be ready to go.

Another customer spoke about her mother with dementia, and how putting on her shoes is just one of many things that require assistance. With less steps to remember, and a little practice, she was eventually able to learn how to slide on her sneakers by herself.

A slide on sneaker that benefits pregnancy, unexpected injuries and meets a daily need for accommodation is more than just beneficial – it’s a necessity.