By Rehan Iqbal
There’s a lot of information available about how to handle your body’s needs in a sit-on-your butt type of job. And there’s tons of info out there for the best types of shoes to realign your body if you’re expected to walk all day. But there’s not much discussion on what our body needs and what are the best shoes for standing all day at work.
Looking for the Best Shoes for Standing All Day?
We spent over 40 hours taking a deep dive into the highest-rated standing shoes, and evaluated them based on pain relief, fatigue-fighting tech, stability, comfort, and style. These 9 were head and shoulders (and feet) above the rest.
If you’re a healthcare worker, barista, teacher, or working professional standing on their feet way longer than any human ever should, these shoes will:
Ready to find the most comfortable shoes you’ve ever worn?
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With all of the different jobs available, not everyone is bound to be an active salaried professional with a 6-figure salary. Some of us work odd schedules and perform labor tasks. And some of those include standing at a counter, taking orders, or performing boring, but essential, tasks for unappreciative bosses just so we can pay our bills.
But any job is better than none at all. Still, when the feet suffer, our financial security does as well. Pinched toes, foot cramps, sweaty feet, and poor arch support lead to painful, annoying, and unattractive foot concerns. The right comfortable footwear will address those issues and look attractive enough to work with your uniform or required work apparel. The following 9 options are some of the best work shoes for comfortably standing all day on the job for both men and women.
Most Comfortable Shoes for Standing all Day
1. Shoes for Crews Gia, Women's Slip Resistant Work Shoes
If you want all the benefits of Crocs, but in a shoe you could wear in any public or professional setting, then Shoes For Crews is what you’re looking for.
You get all the same work-place benefits like:
But you get it all in a sleek shoe that you can actually wear anywhere without that “oh my god, I hope no one sees me in Crocs” feeling.
Shoes For Crews are ideal for the food service industry, public school workers, hospital staff, supermarket employees, and anyone else who needs a safe, comfortable shoe. But they’re stylish enough that you can wear them to casual settings and even some offices (unlike Crocs).
The #1 feature here is the added slip resistance. If you’re working on slippery surfaces like hospitals, clubs, gym floors, or school hallways, the extra grip will basically glue your feet to the floor and protect you from twisted ankles, busted skulls, and broken shoulders.
Bottom Line: They feel as comfortable as Crocs, and prevent pains just as well, but they actually look good while doing it. Perfect for “more professional” environments.
2. New Balance 1080v12
The New Balance 1080V12s are the shoes for standing all day to end shoes for standing all day.
You know these sneakers are legit when they’re built in a lab for marathon runners, sprinters, and track athletes. If they can help Olympians run 26 miles, they can help you get through a work day.
If you’re looking for the most comfortable shoes ever made, then just stop right here.
They’re perfect for busy restaurants, bars, offices, or any work environment where you’re constantly on your feet and moving around. At the end of the day, you’ll barely feel it in your feet at all.
The 1080V12s check all the boxes. They’ve got everything you could possibly want in a shoe for standing all day:
Bottom Line: The most comfortable shoe we’ve ever tested. If budget isn’t an issue, get these and your feet will be thanking you every night when you get home.
3. Skechers Men's Cessnock Food Service Shoe
We just wanted to give a quick shout out to the ideal shoe for food service workers in busy kitchens, greasy environments, and fast-paced takeout places.
If you work in fast food, QSRs, takeout spots, or any kitchen that’s so greasy you could slip and fall at any time, this shoe was made specifically for you.
It’s the only shoe here that ticks all the boxes for a food service shoe:
If you suffer from heel pains or general foot pains, these are a godsend, especially if you’re working late nights and might need to wrestle whoever the Hell walks through that door at 3am.
Bottom Line: Work in the food service industry and need a cheap shoe that gets the job done? This is for you.
4. ASICS Gel Nimbus 25
ASICS new PUREGEL is one of the softest, butter-iest (probably not a word), and comfortable-iest (this is DEFINITELY not a word) materials ever made. And the new Gel Nimbus 25s are packed with it, giving them a super soft, smooth ride.
The super soft feeling makes these shoes perfect for more “standstill” jobs like cashiers, teachers, or hairdressers. Long story short, if you’re standing in one spot all day staring at the clock and dreaming of icing your knees and feet when you get home, these are perfect for you.
The gel in the midsole and ultra breathable upper make you feel like you’re walking on two marshmallows with laces. That could be both a great thing AND a not-so-great thing.
The ultra soft landing might actually be TOO MUCH if you’re doing more intense things like jogging, running around a restaurant, jumping (for some reason), or walking up and down stairs all day. If you’re doing more intense movements, you’ll want something with a bit more stability and rebound.
But if you’re mostly standing still all day, these are a game-changer. Many of the reviewers claimed they could work a full 12-hour shift and feel no foot, heel, or toe pains.
Bottom Line: Standing in one spot more often than any human being ever should? These shoes will keep you upright without feeling like you need a foot transplant.
5. Clarks Women's Hope Roxanne
The Clarks Roxanne is a sturdy looking flat shoe with a simple shape, a small 1.5 inch heel and a small adjustable stretch gore panels on the side. There is nothing about the look of this work shoe that scream out to women, although there is a nice choice of color options. The different shades of brown, navy and grey make the shape and folds of the leather stand out a little more for a more stylish look.
This shoe is less about the look and more about trying to provide the most comfortable fit for women who are standing all day on their feet at the office. This shoe is said to be cushion soft with the added benefit of the ortholite footbed and soft lining. This footbed is not removable, but the quality of the support and padding seems to be good enough for most wearers. There are some people with foot conditions that have seen big improvements in pain management when wearing these shoes for work. They also didn’t need much breaking in before feeling comfortable. Additional benefits here are the use of stretch gore and the hook-and-loop strap on the side for a more secure and comfortable fit.
6. Crocs Unisex - on The Clock Clog | Slip Resistant Work Shoes
Attention nurses, baristas, and any other service or healthcare professionals.
These are for you.
Crocs On-The-Clock Clogs were designed specifically for nurses, servers, and baristas in fast-paced work settings. They’re affordable, ultra comfortable, and so sticky you won’t even think about slipping (unless you’re half asleep).
Crocs are one of the rare shoes that contours perfectly to your feet, which helps:
This basically means you’ll be able to stay on your feet longer, recover faster, and feel little to no pain at all when you get home.
And the best part? They’re super easy to clean and leave no marks on the floors.
Bottom Line: Deep cushioning, super breathable, slip-on and off in half a second, prevents foot pains - Crocs On-The-Clock are perfect for anyone in a fast paced environment that needs to be on their feet all day. And they’re literally five times cheaper than the top shoes on this list.
7. Dansko Women's Professional Clog-Slip on, All Day Comfort
Attention nurses, baristas, and all other service and healthcare industry professionals WITH FLAT FEET.
These shoes are for you.
Dansko’s slip-ons are basically Crocs-On-The-Clock with an ultra supportive arch and rocker bottom (for added shock absorption).
The extra arch support is designed for all-day support and pain relief for professionals with flat feet or fallen arches. If you suffer from constant arch and heel pains from flat feet, the extra support and shock absorption will both prop up your arch AND absorb the impact from the ground that causes your pain.
Basically, these will help you work all day without feeling like you need a wheelchair to get home.
Many of the reviews we read around the web claimed these shoes stopped all foot, leg, knee, hip, AND back pain for the working professionals who wore them.
Bottom Line: Busy working professional with flat feet? These slip-ons are the perfect solution. Your arches will get the support they desperately need and the shoe will absorb all the impact that’s causing your pains, so you don’t feel them (thanks, shoes!).
8. New Balance Mid626v2
Are you an athlete or do you work in an environment that requires you to stand all day through? Wondering which pair of shoes to go for? Well, then you should try the New Balance Men’s Mid626v2 Training Work Shoes. This is a perfect pair that will give you good value for your money. It has the latest technology, and it incorporates quality, performance and aesthetics.
The upper is made up of perforated leather to keep your feet comfortable. The injection molded midsole has been made to be very light. You won’t notice that you are wearing shoes at all. There is also an added removable insole gives excellent cushioning and support.
Its outsole is made of a non-marking rubber that is oil and slip resistant to keep you firm and grounded. The best part is that there is a non-oil rubber insole ensures that no ugly marks are left on your fit after a long working day.
The pair is priced very reasonably on Amazon. The price is worth it considering what you will get out of the shoes. It is also worth noting that the pair comes in an exclusively black color. If you are a fan of color blending, you can try other options in this list.
9. Clarks Warren
For the trendy nurse, the Clarks Warren slip-on loafer has some pretty great style options. This is the slip-on loafer, a work-specific shoe that is designed to offer unsurpassed comfort that lasts all day. It’s our favorite Clarks loafer for work. It is very elegant, and adaptable enough to be worn both at the office and at the party. The upper is made of imported leather, which looks and feels so good on your feet. It comes in three different colors: black, navy and dark brown.
The heel is approximately two inches in height. Previous wearers say they are incredibly comfortable and take a short time to break in. We love the fact that they provide a secure fit allowing your feet to naturally snug to the shoe for maximum support. This shoe has the Clarks classic ortholite footbed made from rubber and synthetic for the best of the two worlds. Its ergonomic design will leave your feet smiling all day long.
As with most Clarks shoes, the thick rubber sole offers maximum traction when walking on slippery surfaces. The best part is that they feature unique side buttons to give the shoe a bit of flair. If you’re looking for a slip-on shoe that will support you standing all day at work, then the Clarks Warren is your perfect pair.
10. Rockport Men's Eureka
If you work long hours in airports, high end restaurants, or at trade shows, the Rockport Men’s Eurekas are the perfect blend of pain relief, support, and style.
They look more like dress shoes or work shoes than walking shoes, and would fit right in in ANY work environment.
The EVA midsole keeps your foot cushy, and the soft latex footbed has an ergonomic design that keeps you pain-free and comfortable on your feet.
Life hack: If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, foot pain, fallen arches, or any other foot ailments, these shoes are perfect for “dress occasions”. So, if you need a comfortable, supportive shoe for weddings, funerals, professional functions, or even interviews, these are PERFECT.
Bottom Line: The Rockport Men’s Eurekas are the perfect “dress shoe” for people with foot, toe, heel, and joint pains. They’re basically orthopedic shoes disguised as dress shoes! Get them for professional settings, interviews, or special occasions.
11. Naturalize Kacy
The Naturalizer Women’s Kacy shoe is a cute little boot that looks smart and stylish for many business workplaces. Depending on the dress code, these work shoes can add a little style in a range of interesting colors. There is the standard black – in a basic leather or shiny “crocodile” leather – but there are also browns, charcoals and navy options to suit different tastes.
There is some nice stitching and a fun detail on the side.The great thing about these work shoes for standing all day is that they provide simplicity and ongoing comfort for long shifts at work. The ankle has a paddle collar and the sole contains a comfort system for increased support. The sales pitch here is that “Women wouldn’t mind going on errands with the Naturalizer Kacy women’s casual shoe on”. Buyers seem to agree that this is a great shoe for standing in for long periods because of these comfort features. Some even continue to do some after the work day is over. There are also good comments about the fit. It is generally true to size with some flexibility in the sole and a nice toe box.
12. Dockers Men’s Trustee Leather Oxford Dress Shoe
APMA-certified, comfortable, and easy to clean - these Dockers Leather Oxfords are a great dress/standing shoe combo.
Not on the same level as the dress shoes from above, though. We could definitely see ourselves wearing them in a warehouse or on a construction site, but that’s about it.
13. Alegria Kara
Clogs are known for being one of the tougher, more convenient options for a women’s work shoe. The Alegria Women’s Kara Professional Slip Resistant Work Shoe aims to provide this durability and reliability, while also offering security and comfort for those standing all day at work. The upper is made from a strong leather, there is a thick rubber sole with decent traction and there is plenty of padding on the inside.
The insole contains both latex and memory foam for a soft, supportive experience and can be removed should women need to replace it with an orthotic device. The traction sole is also shock absorbent. As always, there is a strong sense of style with this Alegria shoe. They don’t deny this, calling it conspicuous. Women that are used to this brand of work shoe will be aware that there are many different design names in their long list and there are plenty to help workers stand out from the crowd. This adds a little more personality in these comfortable shoes, as the shape in a plain black would be a little dull. There is also the trademark butterfly on the thick 1.5 inch wedge heel.
14. KEEN Men's Austin Low Height Leather Oxfords
The Austin Leather Oxfords from keen are a bit of a throwback. They definitely have that urban “hipster” look to them.
They’ve got everything you could want in a shoe for a standing profession like:
But it comes in a design you’d see in a boardroom, brewpub, or startup office.
They definitely aren’t as comfortable or lightweight as other shoes on this list, but if you’re working in an office setting or anywhere that requires more “dress attire”, these are perfect for you.
Bottom Line: Get these for professional settings requiring more “dressy” attire
15. Orthofeet Women's Orthopedic Nursing Shoes for Pain-Free Shifts
If you want a shoe that:
Then, this is it. Orthofeet’s whole reason for existence is to make 12-hour shifts feel like a day off. The heel support, added cushioning, and orthotic supportive insoles are perfect for:
And probably a bunch of other conditions we don’t even know exist yet.
Crocs are the affordable nursing shoes. Orthofeet’s nursing shoes are the ULTIMATE nursing shoes. No other shoe has an arch booster, extra heel support, non-slip grip, liquid-repelling design, and ideal fit to reduce skin irritation.
You definitely pay for what you get, though. And they are a bit annoying to get on and off. It all comes down to what you want. Do you want an affordable, convenient shoe or do you want the most comfortable working shift you’ve ever had?
Bottom Line: More comfortable than any other nursing shoe, but you do pay for what you get. Not for nurses on a budget!
Those were our absolute favorites of the bunch, but we’d feel bad leaving these last few out. They’ve got a ton of rave reviews around the web. If you didn’t find something you liked above, check these out:
16. Crocs Busy Day
Crocs is a well-renowned manufacturer of comfortable women’s work shoes. They produce a noteworthy collection of clogs that are ideal for women who spend a lot of time standing at their places of work. First off, this shoe is incredibly durable.
It is made of top quality stretchy synthetic, making it considerably stronger than most shoes in its price range. It is also completely contoured and offers sufficient support from the heel to the toe. This makes it perfect for working on concrete floors and hard surfaces.
The toe box is made of stretchy synthetic and offers maximum protection while giving your toes plenty of room for movement. I was particularly impressed by its innovative interior design which is further enhanced by a fully molded croslite base which keeps the shoe sturdy and prevents pronation. The outsole, like most good work shoes, is slip resistant. It features a rocker wedge which promotes a comfortable motion when walking thus protecting you from excessive shocks.
On that note, it is extremely lightweight and very elegant. Because of this, it is a favorite of most women in the professional world. You’ll totally fall in love with it. So, if you’re looking for something stylish that you can wear to work day in day out, this Crocs Wedge is your best bet.
17. Clarks Sillian Bella
If your workplace isn’t too demanding and you just want a quick slip-on/off shoe, these loafers are fine. The “Cloudsteppers” name is what makes this shoe so immediately appealing to anyone looking for comfortable shoes for standing all day. It refers to the strong cushioning and light weight. This “cushion soft” shoe is designed for long term use with the addition of the ortholite footbed.
This footbed is also removable, which means that users should be able to add their own orthotic devices if needed. This is ideal for those that find the shoe to be a little lacking in arch support. There is also a breathable outsole which means that wearers’ feet shouldn’t get too hot and sweaty on a long day standing around at work. Buyers have even said that they were able to wear these shoes straight out of the box. This means no uncomfortable breaking-in period during that first week at work.
18. Vionic Women's Brisk Miles
If you’re a lady that’s against leather, these 100% synthetic shoes will provide pain relief and support, but not as much comfort as the genuine leather options above.
What Features Should be Most Important for Your Feet?
1. Shoe Inserts for Arch Support
If your job requires plenty of standing or walking around, it’s no doubt that your feet are going to bear the full brunt. Without the required help and support for your feet, you might experience some heel pain, knee discomfort and even severe back pain later on in life. This is precisely why more and more people who stand all day are turning to over the counter shoes insoles with arch support.
Also referred to as prefabricated orthotics, over the shelf insoles are non-custom devices made for the purpose of providing gentle support to fallen arches and spread your weight evenly along the foot. While they may not be as effective as a pair of custom made insoles, they work pretty well and cost far less than the custom made orthotics. Today, you can find yourself a pair of great arch supports and over the counter orthotics in almost every pharmacy, chemist or the doctor’s office. If you are on a budget, knowing what to look for can save you plenty of time and money. Adding OTC insoles to your everyday footwear can make things more bearable and relieve pain brought by abusing your arches.
2. Wide Toe Box
If you are going to be on your feet all day, the last thing you want is to cramp your toes in a tiny space the entire time. The problem with conventional shoes that have tapering toe boxes is that they force your toes into an uncomfortable wedge position. This encourages the repetitive, incessant jamming of your toes into the end of the toe box and quickly leads to excessive muscle strain, sore feet, and toes, as well as damaged ligaments and tendons that help support your knees.
Ensuring that your shoe has a wide toe box comes with an exciting array of benefits, especially for people with foot issues. First off, your feet will appreciate the added touch of space and comfort. Sure, you may still feel tired at the end of the day, but at least your feet will be comfortable as you work them all day. Wide toe boxes also substantially improve toe alignment by allowing them to spread naturally. This is because a larger toe box encourages the toes to realign with their corresponding metatarsal bones. If you are looking for a way to make standing all day bearable while still restoring your toes to their correct anatomical shape, then shoes with a wide toe box is the way to go.
3. Shock Absorbing Outsoles for Hard Concrete Floors
Rock hard and unyielding floors such as concrete are among the most uncomfortable surfaces to work on. This is because all the impact and pressure from striking the ground each time moves back up to your feet and joints. If your job necessitates you to stand all day, wearing the entirely wrong pair of shoes can cause adverse foot problems and complications that could have been easily avoided. Proper footwear with outstanding shock absorbing capabilities can work wonders for your overall health and comfort. It doesn’t matter if you like casual footwear or classy dress shoes; you are definitely going to want to invest in a pair with optimal padding and a very flexible, shock absorbing outsole.
The primary purpose of such an outsole is to dissipate the massive amounts of kinetic energy that penetrates your body every time your foot lands on concrete. This helps lock away the energy transfer between your foot and the ground, making it easier to walk or stand on some concrete all day long without any additional strain on your feet. Shock absorbing outsoles also help relieve pain from sensitive pressure points that would have otherwise been aggravated by tough concrete surfaces. You should be very keen when looking for the best shoes for standing all day on concrete. The more padding and cushioning you get, the easier it is to stand without faltering.
4. Compression Socks
Undoubtedly one of the cheapest and most convenient method of providing support to your feet, compression socks are designed to prevent the occurrence of and even guard against further progression of numerous foot issues. These elastic garments are worn around the leg and provide constant compression around the foot. So, how on earth does this compression help people who are on their feet most of the day? By reducing the diameter of the veins, compression socks increase venous blood flow velocity as well as the effectiveness of the valves. This helps improve the circulation to the feet and rejuvenate them faster than uncompressed feet.
If you stand for about 12 hours a day without the use of any support for your feet, then you must be feeling the toll it takes on your entire body. This is a major contributor of leg and foot illnesses such as unattractive varicose veins, spider veins, deep vein thrombosis and even phlebitis. Wearing compression socks every day controls all these issues before they get a chance to wreak havoc on your legs. The great news is that compression socks come in a wide array of sizes that promote both functionality and style. You can choose to go incognito with ankle compression socks or more out there with knee high compression socks.
5. Anti Fatigue Mats for Standing all Day Jobs
Engineered to drastically cut down fatigue caused by standing all day long, anti-fatigue mats are ideal for harder surfaces like concrete. These mats can be made from various materials such as wood, rubber, vinyl and even carpeting material. Anti-fatigue mats are typically used to decrease lower limb disorders for people who stand in a single position most of the day. Prolonged standing can lead to tiredness, discomfort, and soreness in the knees, hips, legs and feet. Even with a great shoe, standing all day can cause tiredness and fatigue.
If you are tired of aching all over after a grueling day at the office, there might just be a solution in the name of anti fatigue mats. These mats not only absorb shock when walking, but they also help people looking for a better standing position that will not wreak havoc on their feet. When looking for a good anti-fatigue mat, remember that softer may not always be better. Look for a mat with some degree of elasticity and a hint of firmness to avoid an overly soft walking surface. The mats have been also known to reduce cases of foot injuries while still increasing productivity around the office. Anti fatigue mats come in a wide array of sizes, styles, and thickness; make sure you choose one that meets your needs as well as your budget.
6. Heel and Arch Support
Heels and arches absorb a lot of foot stress which results in pain, injury, and disfigurement. Heel cup and heel-toe differential supports the heel to reduce spurs and various painful conditions. Proper arch support is also essential. If you’re flat footed, too much of an arch can cause pain mid-shift and lead to body misalignment issues. Proper support aids in correcting foot gait issues by strengthening the weak aspects of the feet. Discover your arch type – either high, normal, or flat – by perusing previous articles on this blog and shop accordingly for the proper shoe support necessary for your foot gait.
7. Non Slip Soles
The best shoes for standing all day should have non slip soles if you work in an environment with wet floors. This is essential. It doesn’t matter if your occupation is a cashier at a gas station or a world renown surgeon. If your job requires you to stand for a long period of time, chances are you’ll also be called to move quickly at one point or another. Occupational hazards such as oil, bodily fluids, ice or water, paint, food, paper, construction items, and change of flooring can lead to disaster with the wrong shoes. Treaded soles for traction and a flexible shock absorbing midsole are among the most important features that shoes for standing in all day should have. .
Most people think of footwear comfort in terms of the amount of padding within the footbed. While that is an important function to consider, it’s not as important as one might believe. Cushioning can help absorb shock and provide a safe and pleasant landing pad for the base of the foot. But of there is too much padding, you can lose control of your footing and end up with other problems caused by workplace falls or spills. Lack of enough padding can cause extra and unnecessary pain and discomfort within moments of lacing up or sliding on your shoes. The best thing to do is consider your work environment, the time you’ll be on your feet, and the condition of your own foot health. Removable inserts allow you to add your own orthotic inserts and devices, so remember that as well when considering proper comfort levels.
All the bells and whistles in the world won’t mean a thing if your shoes hurt your feet. Fit is the most important feature for any type of footwear. Opt for a size too big, and blisters, tendonitis, strains, and sprains can occur. However, opting for a size too small – even if they don’t feel that bad in the store – can lead to a serious range of foot health issues. Deformities such as corns, bunions, hammer toe, and plantar fascia are just some of the painful issues encouraged by improper fitting footwear. And if you’re diabetic, the right fit can mean the difference between life or death. So always go by what feels good over just what looks appealing.