If you are required to stand or walk all day at work, you need the right work shoes to handle the job stress. But they need to look good, withstand the physical demands of the job, and be comfortable enough not to slow you down. Got it. We’ve done the “legwork”, so all you need to do is make your decision among the men's best shoes for standing all day at work.
Most Comfortable Men's Work Shoes
1. Ecco Fusion 2 Slip On
As with practically any work shoe from ECCO, the Men’s Fusion II too has the power to become your sole, go-to option for those days when you are too busy to figure out what to wear for work. Its versatile, practical design with intuitive detailing and intelligent construction makes it apt for daily wear. And the thick padding of the ventilated leather lining on all the exposed parts of the shoe offers a decent amount of cushioning, without making you feel clunky or sweaty.
Plus, the entire shoe has been constructed from breathable materials, in order to ensure your feet stays smelling fresh and feeling great all throughout the day. People who tend to depend on orthotics may want to install heel pads as minor style changes within the shoe. While these shoes do run true to their size, some people have reported feeling uncomfortably loose around the ankle area. However, if you order prudently, this shouldn’t be a problem. Long story short, you get a good value for your pennies and can easily expect these shoes to last you a couple of years before needing a replacement or even a quick trip to the cobbler. Durability is never a major concern with Men’s Fusion II slip-ons and the sensible yet attractive design means you never have to strap on your heels to make an impression at work. An impressive work shoe especially if you need to do a lot of standing at work.
2. KEEN Utility Oxford
To be honest, the KEEN Utility Men’s PTC Dress Oxford Work Shoe looks a lot more like a sportier walking shoe than a work shoe, with its upturned sole, thick uppers and strong lace up design. This means that there are high hopes for a blend of purposes – a strong, comfortable shoe for long walks that suits an office environment.
This non-slip leather boot has a compression molded EVA midsole, as well as a KEEN.Cush PU and memory foam footbed. It is designed to be the “perfect fit for all-day comfort on the job”. There are some men that have seen a dramatic improvement in their comfort at work. Some have gone from experiencing foot and joint pain after long shifts to not thinking about their feet at all. There is the added bonus here that buyers can also add their own insets to ensure that the shoes really are perfect for standing all day at work. It may not be the smartest of work shoes, but it provides a great middle ground between a simple, black shoe for the workplace and a sportier shoe that offers great comfort.
Buyers are impressed with the way that these shoes provide long-term comfort all day and say that they have been able to combat conditions with their feet and joints. This could be partly down to the fact that the insole is removable and can be replaced with an orthotic insert.
3. Rockport Eureka
Rockport hit it out of the ballpark with their men’s Ridgefield Eureka work shoes. The rich upper comes in 5 options to choose from in either soft leather or nubuck suede. The business casual look fits in perfectly with everything from jeans to slacks, so all of your basic work and pleasure needs are addressed.
The lightweight and flexible upper promotes proper foot health, air circulation, and healing for a variety of foot-related issues.
The breathable mesh lining wicks away moisture to guard from blisters and swelling from standing all day. Padded tongue, collar, and latex footbed provide cushy comfort with each step. Rockport’s sole technology allows the forefoot to remain flexible and bouncy for proper lift. The San Crispino heel with built-in support absorbs shock and adds to your comfort while discouraging foot fatigue and stress. These shoes do tend to run a bit small, so consider ordering up half a size.
4. KEEN Portsmouth II
The latest reiteration of the Portsmouth shoe from the house of KEEN has gained tremendous popularity, especially from people with comparatively wide feet or those who need robust work shoes for cruising along concrete floors or standing on them.
Although they are not really marketed as typical ‘workwear shoes’ by KEEN, they have attained a fan base among people who value shoes that are robust, comfortable and chic all at the same time.
Indeed, these shoes sport a polished leather lining, while retaining the same level of fit and comfort that you would expect from a brand like KEEN. Being wide and equipped with padded insides, they don’t rub uncomfortably at all and are great for touring the city streets.Plus, you can wear them to jungle expeditions or short day hikes as well, and even tread on puddles without worrying about abrasion or weather damage.
The Portsmouth II shoe doesn’t stain with water and is super easy to clean up after a muddy run. Plus, the toe box is pretty wide, so that you don’t feel either too tight or too loose, but just snug and nice. Only one thing to keep in mind is that the shoe goes rather high up on the upper part of your feet, so it’s not really suitable for a woman’s feet. Otherwise, it’s easily one of the best walking workwear shoes you can possibly lay your hands on.
5. Dansko Men’s Wyatt Loafer
Dansko is known for their all-day comfort. And the Wyatt loafer doesn’t disappoint. These soft, full grain leather loafers come in black or mocha options to fit your work fashion needs. Padded collar and lace ties provide an individual fit. Antimicrobial sock and leather lining wick away moisture and help keep feet cool, dry, and odor-free.
Cushioned removable footbed allows you to sink into all day comfort or add your own orthotics for perfect tailor-made support. These loafers are lightweight and have a low enough profile to allow for an active lifestyle as well.
Polyurethane midsole and thick grip rubber outsole absorb shock and provide extra energy to the feet, as well as extra durability to the shoes. A top choice if you are willing to spend a little extra on a standing work shoe.
The sole carries the Seal of Acceptance from the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association). While these are usually true to size, the only come in medium width. In between sizes or those needing more girth may benefit from ordering up a 1/2 to whole size above their normal shoe size.
6. Rockport Men’s Eberdon Loafer
The Rockport Men’s Eberdon Loafer is a good looking shoe for the office with a stylish, full-grain leather upper, a good slip-on shape and a small heel. They come in black, dark brown or tan, so buyers have a choice depending on the dress codes of their work environment. They great thing about the materials and shape of this loafer is that a lot of time and care has gone into making sure that these shoes are as comfortable as possible. Rockport are known as a company that uses “advanced athletic technologies in casual shoes to achieve lightweight comfort”.
In fact, some reviewers have said that this is as comfortable at work as their athletic footwear would be. This really is a shoe where most men can easily find themselves standing all day in great comfort. The basic elements here are the EVA sole, padded collar and the mesh lining. However, there are details that add something to the performance. The EVA footbed has an additional adiPRENE foam layer and there are also grooves in place that are designed to flex with the walker’s stride. Men are essentially getting the best of both world here in looks, feel and comfort.
7. Hush Puppies Men’s Leverage Slip-On
Hush Puppies created their first casual shoe in 1958. Their comfort-filled classic styling and reasonable priced ware, soon caught on with American families, and became a household name. Lightweight Hush Puppies have always been stylish, durable, lightweight, and low tech. And the Hush Puppies Leverage follows in that vein.
The soft, smooth waterproof leather upper of these classic looking dress shoes is available in black or brown for instant accessorizing. Gore notches and padded collar aid in easy access and removal.
There is some technology to these shoes that stand out though. Zero G lightweight technology provides a cushioned footbed that supplies all-day comfort. And the gel heel pad strikes back at foot stress. 1 inch heel and grip sole ensure a professional appearance and security. But these can fit too narrow for wider feet. Opt to try on in-store before buying online, or order up a half size if that’s a concern. A very comfortable dressy shoe for work.
8. Crocs Men’s Santa Cruz 2 Luxe Leather Loafer
When men first see the Santa Cruz leather loafer they must surely be drawn in by the comfortable look that the company have gone for. This is a comfortable leather work shoe for the average office environment. A slightly softer, rougher slip-on shoe with some neat lines and a nice leather upper. It holds up well in the rain, but is not waterproof.
This leather shoes comes in back and espresso/walnut colors. This loafer is a “refined” yet comfortable model with soft, odor-resistant Croslite materials and there is high praise for the way that the company have blended looks and comfort to create a highly appealing and rewarding men’s shoe. It has good arch support and a removable memory foam insoles There are buyers using these standing on their feet all day that love the on-going support, particularly on the arches, and are sure to buy one of the other colors.
9. Skechers Flex
The Skechers for Work series of non-slip work shoes is one of the most diverse and popular for men that want a bit of style and extra comfort for standing all day on the job. The Men’s Flex Advantage Mcallen Slip On is a great option for the summer months where the more restrictive sneaker style shoes are too constricting and warm.
This slip on gets rid of the thick leather and other man-made, heavy materials around the top of shoe, and instead provide a cooler mesh that runs most of the way over the top of the foot. Extra comfort is provided by the memory foam on the insole and the padding around the collar. Of course this isn’t just a more comfortable option for the warmer months, as it still offers plenty of safety elements and a secure fit for the best experience in the workplace.
The fit is enhanced via the elastic goring at the sides, which provides more flexibility for a snug fit. There is also the protective slip resistant sole that prevents wearers from slipping in water and other spills. Finally, there is the added benefit of the simple design, with the plain black approach and simple branding on the back.
10. Rockport Leader 2
Sporting a gleaming leather body that does a great job of concealing all the comfortable bits within, the Style Leader 2 is true to its name. It features a sponge footbed that conforms to the natural bends of the foot to offer a more personalized fit. The DEWIX anti-microbial lining helps control foot odor and prevents the feet from getting damp when the weather turns awry.
Among the most admirable aspects of this workwear loafer is that it’s made of top-quality materials that have been tested periodically for their durability and resilience. Plus, the leather upper is super easy to maintain and doesn’t need quick trips to the cobbler to last its lifetime. What’s more, the shoe offers you the perfect trade-off between firmness and flexibility, giving you just the right amount of freedom to bend and position yourself steadily on rough and jagged roads.
The EVA outsole is designed to lend optimum shock absorption and helps counteract foot fatigue, allowing you to stand on concrete floors for hours at a stretch without feeling an iota of pain. The padded footbed further improves responsiveness and enables you to hold your ground on slippery surfaces. The plush, glove-like-fit is desirable to all the clumsy ones out there, while the holistic support system takes arch support to a different level altogether.