Whether you’re a doctor, nurse, teacher, waitress, barista, or busy mom of toddlers, there’s one job descriptor you all share—prolonged standing.
But before you resign to the pain and suffering that endless hours of being on your feet can cause, um, don’t. It doesn’t have to be that way. (We promise.)
“Prolonged standing places unique stress on the feet, just as sitting places stress on the lower back,” explains Dr. Emily Splichal, a New York City-based podiatrist and human movement specialist. “But with a little support in the right shoe, your feet and back can feel worlds better.” So, what are the best shoes for standing all day?
While Dr. Splichal suggests visiting an expert to ensure you have no underlying issues, if you know what type of foot you have—high arch, flat feet, etc.—you can shop online accordingly. “I advise all my patients to look for cushion, arch support, and even a slight heel in the shoe,” she says. “It might seem counterintuitive, but standing flat all day is incredibly hard on the soles, so you want something that gives it a little shape.”
Whether you’re looking for a style that’s more polished or you’re looking for sneakers to rock to the office, your feet will thank you. Ready to find your solemate? Scroll down for 12 shoes perfect for standing all day.
Aetrex Christie Loafer, $110
Constructed with stretchy, scalloped sides, the real all-star of these shoes is the cushioned insole. Made with memory foam, the foot-bed is meant to provide arch support to stabilize and align feet and relieve common foot pain & plantar fasciitis.
One of Oprah’s favorite things, these shoes are built with a patented lining that feels like memory foam. They mold to your feet over time, so they actually get more comfortable the longer you wear them.
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19, $130
An asymmetrical, 3D-Fit-Print saddle and segmented crash pad are basically fancy ways to say that this sneaker offers more comfort and cushion than you’ve ever felt before. Of course, a straight running shoe isn’t always appropriate for every workplace, but if you work in a hospital or doctor’s office, these will go perfectly with scrubs.
The perfect black sneaker doesn’t exi… Oh wait, hold that thought. Ecco uses a patented, shock-absorbing Fluidform™ technology to give you a little extra give and rebound with every step.
Vionic Serena Ankle Boot, $150
Winter is no longer coming—it’s here, so boots are a must. A minimalist silhouette and low stacked heel offer a spot-on style, while an orthopedically cushioned footbed helps support the natural alignment of your foot.
Ziera Denver Marshmallow, $200
Is there anything cuter than this laser-cut leather? Throw in an orthotic and you’ve got yourself the perfect early spring present.
Clarks Grace Lily, $95
The classic ballet slipper gets medically-approved comfort.
Stretch knit fabric keeps this shoe incredibly lightweight and comfortable, while a molded insole provides just enough support for your gams.
Bet you had no idea Dr. Scholl’s could be so chic, huh? (Your coworkers will be equally impressed.)
Everlane The Day Glove, $115
A fashion-girl favorite, these buttery leather flats mold to your feet for a custom fit, thanks to its cushioned bottom.
Ultra-comfortable, ultra chic. (Don’t believe us? Read any of the 900 positive reviews for a second opinion.)
Clarks Laina Rae, $110
For those who require a heel even on the longest of standing days, this is your cozy answer. A full leather lining and sock offers a luxurious feel, while dual-density-cushion-plus technology ensures comfort with every step.
After spending all day on your feet, treat them to a little extra love and care with this ultimate self-care guide for your feet.
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