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This might not be the right forum for this question, so feel free to remove this question if it is. We have super-hard tile floors in the kitchen, and after an hour or two of cooking my feet are KILLING me. I've been thinking about getting commercial-grade anti-fatigue mats, but they are so ugly.

Does anyone out there have the Gelpro mats, and do they actually do what they say they do? I've had many 'anti-fatigue' mats in the past that have done nothing to ease my aching feet.

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I find a pair of basic Crocs to be very efficient as kitchen clogs. (As does Mr. Batali, though the orange color may be in questionable taste). They are well cushioned, reasonably priced, and easily cleaned. They won't provide a ton of protection against dropping something heavy, sharp or hot, though they do sell some upscale models that provide more.

If you really want a mat, these Wellness Mats are superbly cushioned.

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thanks for the great answer...i've been threatened with being disowned if i ever purchase a pair of crocs but maybe its time to suck it up :p – dani Feb 10 '11 at 21:49
@dani, I've gotten the same threat from my wife, but after reading Michael's answer I will certainly be buying a pair for my kitchen as well! – stephennmcdonald Feb 10 '11 at 21:51
They are a fashion tragedy, but if you sell them as "only for the kitchen", you may get away with it :). – Michael at Herbivoracious Feb 10 '11 at 22:33
Shoes will always be more effective than a mat at supporting your body correctly. I definitely think that clogs of some sort are a better route to go. – Allison Feb 11 '11 at 7:32
I don't fully understand how Crocs beat out Burkenstocks in the kitchen. Burkenstocks provide fantastic arch support for the foot. – Adam S Feb 12 '11 at 6:47

They do work. I stand on one at a computer desk all day. I tried it in the kitchen once, but didn't like having it in there. I keep a clean pair of $2 rubber flip flops for working in the kitchen.

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In short - gel mats are GREAT! My husband has foot problems and I just found my legs were tired when standing in the kitchen for long durations. We ordered one gelpro mat and then found we were sliding it from in front of the sink to in front of the stove (and fighting over it) so we ordered another. Yes, they are expensive, but I would suggest they are well worth it. They eased foot pain, definitely.

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If rubber mats didn't work in the past, consider consulting an orthopedic doctor. They may be able to help you with a solution such as arch support.

One article I found says yes, gel mats are worthwhile. For me, having worked standing up all day in times past, rubber mats worked well for me to reduce fatigue. I actually dreaded lengthy chores in areas that were at stations without such mats.

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