By Rehan Iqbal
It is important that everyone finds the most comfortable, supportive pair of work shoes for their job. This is especially true for anyone that find themselves standing all day on their feet as these long shifts can play havoc with our feet. We need comfortable footwear that is light and cool enough to prevent feet from getting fatigued, sweaty and smelly.
Comfortable Footwear for Different Needs
They also need to provide enough support and cushioning in all the right places to prevent people developing foot pain, blisters and other painful conditions. Finally, they need to offer a good fit. The best work shoes are the ones that are so soft and comfortable that we forget we are wearing them and never have to deal with the issues above.
This section offers a selection of men’s and women’s shoes for standing all day, in different styles that are popular, with long-term comfort and support in mind. We will start with the women.
Best Women’s Footwear for Comfort and Pain Relief
1. Clarks Women’s May Marigold Slip-On Loafer
As we begin the women’s options for the most comfortable shoes for long shifts standing all day at work, we head straight to Clarks and that go-to style of the slip-on loafer. This is clearly a must-have option in footwear for both sexes. These Clarks Women’s May Marigold Slip-On Loafers are popular because of the smart shape and convenience provided.
They come in black, brown or crocodile leather and have a small amount of style to them with the strap across the top of the foot and the small, sparkling studs. There is also 2 inch heel for a bit of height, which is ideal for those that don’t want to have to settle for flats.
These shoes definitely look for part for long shifts in the office and there is also the promise of a “cushion soft” comfort experience to help users combat fatigue and pain across the work day. This is largely due to the use of the otholite footbed with its sculpted heel and strong support system. It provides just enough cushioning, more than many would expect from a dress shoe like this. There is also a soft fabric lining to increase the luxurious feel and a stretch goring to improve the fit.
2. Skechers Women's Ghenter Bronaugh Food Servioce Work Shoe
The Skech Ghenter Slip Resistant Lace-Up is part of the Skechers for Work series of shoes that is continually expanding to the meet the needs of female workers. Just in case that wasn’t clear, the brand is printed on the back of this sneaker style shoe. This is definitely one of the most casual looking shoes that the company have come up with so far, with a relaxed look to the materials, a basic lace-up closure and thick sole.
As a result, it looks precisely like the sort of shoe women could use to work and stand all day at work in warehouse and kitchens. It also helps that it is mostly black. This definitely proves to be true when wearers get to experience the comfort features and fit of this shoe. The product description talks about a “cloud-like comfort”.
Presumably this is because of the all-encompassing comfort features and the ability to relieve pressure on the foot across the day. These shoes have a soft fabric lining, padding on the tongue and collar and memory foam in the sole for optimal cushioning. On top of this, the shoe has shock absorbancy in the midsole to really reduce any impact from the ground. One of the best pair of shoes if you need to be standing all day at the job.
3. Dansko Professional for Women
The Dansko Professional is the first of the Dansko models in this women’s section and the smarter, more traditional of the two work shoes. The design options on this slip on shoe are pretty subtle in their differences, with tumbled leather and nubuk leather offered as alternatives to the standard uppers.
It may not catch the eye of consumers like other footwear options in this guide, but it still promises to be highly beneficial for women that find themselves working long shifts standing on their feet all day. Nurses are the first that come to mind. The slip resistant rubber outsole is suitable for dry and wet surfaces. The comfort offered starts with the triple-density ethylene vinyl acetate footbed. This provides a good level of soft cushioning to help prevent against tired feet.
This footbed is also removable, should women choose to add an insert for greater arch support or other needs. Having said this, it should be noted that there are some women that use inserts that find they no longer need them with these shoes. Many find that they can wear them all day without pain or discomfort. Many are impressed with the ongoing comfort offered and add that there is virtually no breaking in period required. Some feel they they do not offer the best fit around, but it is worth finding the right size.
4. Clarks Women’s Cheyn Madi Slip-On Loafer
There is an interesting look to the Clarks Women’s Cheyn Madi that will appeal to many consumers looking for women’s work shoes. There is a nice blend of styles here that means that they look smart enough for the office, with the treatment of the leather and the shape, but they also seem more relaxed, with that low heel and basic fastening. The heel only reaches just over an inch and there is a simple hook and loop strap. There are also a number of different looks with the type of leather or nubuck and the color choices.
This basic, relaxed look is great for those that want no-nonsense shoes for work that will allow them to walk and stand for hours in comfort. The adjustable fit of the strap and elasticated goring gives feet room to move, there is also a soft lining on the inside, a thick cushioning system in the outsole and an ortholite footbed for added support. Many women are happy to wear these for long periods in the office, with few issues and a great fit, and can continue to wear them in style and comfort outside the office too.
5. Rockport Cobb Hill Women’s Petra Flat
The Rockport Cobb Hill Women’s Petra Flat doesn’t look as though it should be in a list of the best women’s shoes for work based on the shape and design. The open design and minimal features suggest that it will be hard to get much support, comfort or much in the way of an adaptive fit. Still, there is some style to the shoe, with the lattice effect of the leather and the shape of the strap over the top. It also comes in some nice color options such as the bold blue and soft linen.
It seems that looks are deceiving with this flat shoe for work and there are actually some great features that make it more comfortable for female workers. The strap looks basic, but it actually has an adjustable hook and loop closure with additional goring hidden away for a better fit. The EVA footbed also has a better, more supportive shape than it may appear, with shock absorbancy points to help feet across the working day. Of course that open design and minimal construction also helps to decrease the weight of the shoe, making it much lighter than some of the sneakers.
6. Grasshoppers Women’s Windsor Slip-On Flat
This is the sort of shoe where women can get many pairs for different occasions. The black and pewter options can be smart enough for “business casual” events and less restrictive offices, but but there are also denim options and brighter colors. This fabric shoe should be much lighter and airier than some of the thicker, leather options in workplace footwear. This leads to light, cool feet when standing all day at work for long periods of. This is enhanced by the use of the moisture wicking lining and odor control.
In fact, the specification boast that women can wear this shoe sock free for a truly freeing, comfortable experience – should they feel inclined to do so. There is elastic goring around the tongue and memory foam padding for an adaptive fit to increase the glove-like feet and effortless approach. Finally, there is one of those must-have removable footbeds with a cushioned arch. This Grasshoppers model may be casual, but it definitely ticks a lot of boxes when you need a comfortable shoes for standing all day.
7. Clarks Women’s CloudSteppers Sillian Paz Slip-On Loafer
The Clarks Women’s CloudSteppers Sillian Paz Slip-On Loafer takes things in a slightly different direction. This shoe is still based on that classic slip-on shape, but it is much more casual and, as a result, immediately seems as though it will be much more comfortable for women standing all day on their feet. The name CloudSteppers helps too as it immediately evokes images of fluffy, light footwear.
The first difference here is the use of a textile upper, which will be more adaptive and more gentle on feet than leather. The heel height is also a little lower at 1.35 inches. Clarks say that these are “the shoes you feet have been dreaming off” and make a point of highlighting the softest features, like the cushioning in the footbed and the fabric linings.
This model retains that ortholite footbed to ensure that wearers achieve the level of comfort and support for their feet that they are used to. There is also a strong, shock absorbing outsole to improve stability. The arch support isn’t the strongest, but the footbed can be removed if users need a better orthotic insert. This means that buyers are pretty happy to wear these shoes all day on long shifts.
8. Skechers for Work Women’s Sure Track Erath Athletic Lace Slip Resistant Boot
Another interesting offering from the Skechers for Work series is the Women’s Sure Track Earth Athletic Lace Slip Resistant Boot. It is interesting that they call this a boot rather than a shoe, as it suggests a sense of durability and weight over some of the more casual sneaker-style shoes in the range.
First impressions are of a hybrid between the two. The shape is much like the sneaker, but there is a stiff look and “professional” feel that seems to make it more appropriate to the workplace. The black has a clean look for many environments, but there is also a white nurse shoe for hospital work.
There is no doubt that this is one of the best work shoes based on construction, as there is a strong leather upper, slip resistant sole and that sturdy lace closure. In addition to this, the designers have also ensured that it is one of the most comfortable options for those that need to stand for long periods because of the memory foam footbed and other features. Wearers can appreciate the use of the fabric lining, padding and shock absorption that has become a key part of many of these Skechers shoes.
9. Rockport Cobb Hill Women’s Paulette Flat
The Rockport Cobb Hill Women’s Paulette Flat is definitely one of the most attractive footwear in the work shoes range with the use of leather, the elegant shape, the simple heel at just the right height and the use of stitching and texture for a strong look. They come in black, spruce, stone and red so women can choose an option that best suits their tastes.
The great thing about this attractive model is that the designers also worked hard to make sure that I is one of the most comfortable work shoes for those that have to stand and walk a lot around the office. This is first seen in the simple flexibility of the shoe and the use of extra sizes for different widths. The standout design features are the ruched toe box, decorative stitches and the button embellishment. On a deeper level, there are some nice features in the cushioning to ensure a soft feel with each step. This includes the Comfort insole, shockproof midsole and breathable lining. The company say that this is a shoe to grab people’s attention. The comfort features mean that women can do so all day if they need to.
10. Dansko Women’s Hennie Mary Jane Flat
The Dansko Women’s Hennie Flat is completely different as it a more open shoe with a bit more style and a greater sense of comfort. It may be more casual in appearance, but the black and grey model can easily work with a work outfit. There are also other color schemes that are great for general wear, which means that women can own a collection of these shoes for different occasions.
The shoe is made from a mixture of suede leather and breathable mesh with a neat adjustable strap across the top. This makes the shoe light and airy enough to keep feet comfortable and dry for those that are standing on their feet for long periods. This promise of “all-day comfort” is further delivered through the use of soft textile linings, cushioning memory foam and contours in all the right place.
Feet stay secure and supported all day with this PU footbed and there is built-in arch support to help those with flat feet. This footwear covers all the bases by being comfortable, lightweight, cute and versatile enough to appeal to all kinds of women. If that wasn’t enough, Dansko threw in some scotch-guarding too for stain resistance.
11. BOBS from Skechers Women’s Plush Peace and Love Flat
The last of these women’s models is the BOBS from Skechers Women’s Plush Peace and Love Flat. The keyword here is not BOBS, even though that is on the label on the side of the shoe, but rather Skechers. This is a brand that is well-known for causal, comfortable shoes and they don’t get more casual than this.
It is pretty much completely flat with no discernible heel, it has a slip on shape and it is made from an inviting, soft textile. It also comes in a range of cool colors. This shoe instantly looks like that sort of thing you can slip on your feet and forget about, like a pair of house shoes on a pair of those similar looking Toms. This makes them appealing for women standing all day on their feet at work (not a walk in all day shoe due to the delicate comfort materials).
The comfort is ensured via the memory foam footbed, which enhances this idea of wearers sinking into these shoes. There is also a breathable lining for “inner air circulation”, which makes them sound a bit fancier. The fit is also pretty good thanks to the stretch in the fabric and small goring panel. This combination of features means that buyers are in agreement that these shoes are light, comfortable and highly desirable.
Most Comfortable Men’s Shoes for Standing All Day Comfort
1. Skechers for Work Men’s 77048 Flex Advantage Slip-Resistant Mcallen Slip On
If The Search style was Skechers attempt to appeal to the more professional end of the dress code, the Skechers for Work Men’s Flex Advantage Mcallen Slip On is definitely a much more casual affair. These shoes immediately look as they they will provide the long-term comfort that many men are after due to the work situations where they need to stand all day to serve customers.
The loafers that are mentioned above have a tendency to look a little sharp and stiff, while this synthetic option looks more like a broken in slipper crossed with a black sports shoe. It is all about the different materials used in this shoe and the way they come together to create the ultimate cushion for wearer’s feet.
There is breathable mesh on the upper, elastic on the side to improve the fit, soft padding on the collar, memory foam in the insole and a tough material for improved tread on the outsole. They all combine to offer a great piece of footwear and, more importantly, a great experience for buyers. Some say they are so supportive and soft that it is easy to forget that they are on. Many say that the shoe also fits well and is very comfortable straight out of the box.
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2. Rockport Men’s Style Leader 2 Bike Slip-On Loafer
As you have probably noticed by now, there is a very similar look to many of these slip-on loafers. That is because the companies are more interesting in providing a comfortable feel and plenty of soft cushioning over long work days, rather than getting too fancy with the details. The Rockport Leader 2 Bike Loafer doesn’t have quite the professional feel of the previous models, as it is a little softer on the edges. Despite this, it still has that bicycle toe to provide more wiggle room for toes and the goring side panels for a good fit.
Again, the majority of users seem to be impressed with the quality of the fit and comfort provided by this footwear. The comfort is initially provided by a wonderfully spongy EVA footbed that protects the foot for those that need to walk and stand at work for long periods. This shock absorbing sole also helps to prevent again foot fatigue. An additional feature that is appreciated here is the use of the DEWIX anti-microbial lining. The last thing that wearers want to find is that their shoes start to smell at the end of the working week.
3. ECCO Men’s New Jersey Slip-On Loafer
The ECCO Men’s New Jersey Slip-On Loafer is another of ECCO’s no nonsense shoes. It offers a straight-forward black or mink design with a simple slip on shape, and no unnecessary detailing. There really is nothing more here than a small embossed logo. This means that these shoes should be suitable for many men’s workplace dress codes.
4. Skechers USA Men’s Segment The Search Slip On Loafer
As you may have expected, this Skechers model takes us into a slightly different direction. We expect something a little more casual with this brand and they have softened the shape of this typical slip-on loafer. This allows them to provide something that many men would actually expect to be most comfortable in for long periods of standing all day at work.
Prospective buyers are asked to “slip into sheer bliss” and they are certainly most inviting pair so far. This is enhanced by the promise of plenty of soft padding in all he right place and a gel-infused memory foam insole. Memory foam means that feet can sink into the optimal position for the best support and comfort over long work day and the gel is a nice added touch.
“Surprisingly comfortable” is a bit of a back-handed compliment, but it is apt here as buyers really are impressed with what this footwear offers for a casual dress shoe. This may be a comfy, causal option, but the design is still smart enough for office dress codes. The brown leather with contrasting stitching is particularly attractive for any men searching for compliments around the office. Comes in the comfortable Skechers Relaxed Fit fitting shoe sizes.
5. Clarks Men’s Tilden Slip-on Loafer
The Clarks Men’s Tilden Slip-on Loafer is a simple looking work shoe that is made from an “easycare” leather upper and formed into a classic loafer shape. There is just enough of a heel for a little bit of style and shape and they come in color choices of black , brown or tan. Clarks are always keen to point out that they have been making shoes like this for over a century. It is therefore understandable that they have such a range of satisfied buyers with this model.
This office-friendly shoe is comfortable enough for standing all day at work due to a range of features. The breathable leather helps to keep feet nice and cool for long periods. There is also a comfort footbed, a flexible sole for a bit of give and good support.
There is the sense that the heel cradles the foot nicely to keep this area protected and blister free. The vast majority of people say that it fits as expected, so there are few concerns about gaps or areas rubbing too much over the course of the day. Some even say they feel “custom made”, which suggests a perfect shoe that fits like a glove.
6. Klogs Footwear Arbor
The Klogs Footwear Arbor model is another professional looking slip-on loafer style work shoe with a clean leather upper, low 1 inch heel and low platform. There is a clear focus on this shape in the world of comfortable work shoes and the style comes in second compared to the comfort features.
The aspect of this shoe that immediately stands out here is the amount of work that went into creating an appealing, comfortable footbed. This feature has been contoured in order to provide support around the natural shape of the foot, has arch support to stabilize people with fleet feet and other conditions and is soft enough for all day comfort. This all helps to ensure that this model is comfortable enough for workers standing all day in different work environments.
In addition to this, the footbed can be removed in order to add orthotics. The product description talks about “WOW Komfort”, which suggests that feet feel cushioned and supported with no issues for those long periods when you need to stand all day at work. Buyers do appreciate the cushioning and support offered. They are also keen to praise the fit of the shoes, with the vast majority saying that they are true to size.
7. Dansko Walker Shoe
The Dansko Walker takes us in another direction again. It is sold as a “perfect versatile dress shoe that should be in every wardrobe”. It has a clean look that means that it could work with a pair of work trousers. However, it also seems to tough and secure for those that need a good comfortable pair of shoes for walking on concrete floors in warehouses and other tough work environments. This leather shoe is also the first lace up option in this guide.
The comfort is mostly provided by the combination of the highly-cushioned PU midsole and the soft footbed. In addition to this, there is a smooth sock liner that provides moisture control to stop feet from gets hot and sweaty. The extra bonus here is the fact that this footbed can be removed so that users can add personal orthotic devices.
This will be great news for those that struggle with foot conditions and need relief on long shifts. Having said this, many users feel that the shoe already offers strong arch support as it is. The final benefit here is that buyers tend to find that it is true to side and doesn’t pinch the feet by running too narrow.
8. KEEN Men’s Austin Work Shoe
The final shoe to look out in this section on the best work shoes for men is the KEEN Men’s Austin WP Shoe. This is our second lace up shoe and the third to offer a removable insole for improved arch support and cushioning. This model looks a little more rugged and a little less professional than some of the previous options.
This does mean that it should be well suited to anyone that find themselves stuck on their feet for long shifts in restaurants or warehouses. The star feature here is perhaps the membrane that surrounds the foot and keeps it safe and very comfortable over these long periods. It is breathable, which means that air and moisture doesn’t collect and feet remain cool and dry.
In addition to this, it is also waterproof, which makes it ideal for those working outside. These dry, protected feet then rest on that metatomical EVA footbed and PU heel cushions for extra comfort. This keeps the feet stabilized and secure for long-term comfort. This long-term support, the great fit and other practical features – like the strong traction and durable construction – mean that this footwear is a great option for tougher work environments.
Most Comfortable Work Shoes for Standing all day and Walking on Hard Floors
Comfortable shoes are a must in any work environment, whether you are working in a retail store, behind a desk or in a warehouse. People that are seated for long periods have less to consider when it comes to the structure, support and comfort features of their shoes. It is different for people who are standing or walking on hard floors over long shifts. It is crucial to find a practical item of footwear that protects the foot through cushioning, shock absorption and support.
There are also other considerations like the material used, the weight, the breathability and the slip-resistance on the sole. However, that doesn’t mean that these shoes can’t also be attractive and appealing. The following part of this guide looks at the most comfortable men’s and women’s shoes for concrete work environments such as working in warehouses, malls, hospital floors, supermarkets, hotels, restaurants etc. Many of these are professional slip-on shoes with interesting comfort features, but there are also some different styles.
Best Women’s Shoes for Standing all Day on Concrete Floors
1. Skechers for Work Women’s 76550 Sure Track Trickel Slip Resistant Work Shoe
This is ideal for anyone working in kitchens and warehouses that would much rather wear a sport shoe for long-term support and cushioning. This thick, black shoe would easy go by unnoticed in the workplace as the only detail is the small S on the side. This is because the focus is on the shape, construction and support.
The lace up closure helps to ensure a great, adjustable fit and there is a nice pull loop at the back to help here. There is only a very small number of people that feel the sizing runs a little small. These shoes contain a memory foam insole to help fit sink into the right position over long shifts and this sits on top of a shock absorbing midsole to disperse pressure and increase comfort. This long-term comfort is also aided by the use of mini perforated panels on the side to keep feet cool and dry over long shifts standing or walking on the job.
2. Crocs Women’s Mercy Work Clog
The Crocs Women’s Mercy Work Clog is a “roomy” clog with adjustable back strap and some interesting designs for everyday wear – some more casual than others. There is a black one, with a pretty silver band over the top and a small logo at the base of the strap, there is an entirely white one and finally a gold with leopard print for those that can get away with really standing out in the workplace.
Then there are the features for standing all day on concrete floors. In fact, these shoes have been deliberately designed for environments like “laboratories, schools, medical facilities and more” where long hours on hard floors are the norm. They have been made from a lightweight croslite material to ensure that they are light enough for long term use.
The tiny nubs of the massage-po footbed help to look after feet and prevent wearers from remembering that they are anywhere near a hard surface. The bonus feature is the slip-resistant tread that crocs are now well-known for. This means that buyers should be safe against spill on those kitchen floors. Add in the arch support, odor-resistant material and wipe-clean uppers and there is little to say against this model.
3. Alegria Women’s Keli Professional Slip Resistant Work Shoe
The Alegria Women’s Keli Professional Slip Resistant Work Shoe is a pretty, slip-on work shoe that carries the trademark butterfly logo on the embossed leather upper. It comes in a surprising amount of color choices that need to be seen to be appreciated. Names like “totally cellular” and “swirly goodness” are a little vague.
The shoe is attractive, but it is the attention to detail in the comfort features that really makes this option stand out. There is a small height to the heel – just 1.5 inches on a 0.75 inch platform – and a slip resistant rubber sole that is essential for people walking all day on hard cement floors. The crucial element for women looking for the ideal footwear for this environment is the insole. T
he layers of latex and memory foam provide a great barrier between the floor and the foot for long-term comfort. Every part of the foot has been considered to prevent against fatigue – from the back collar to the generous toe box – although the footbed can be replaced if needed. A few fit issues aside, most are impressed with the long-term support and some are even using this to aid their Plantar Fasciitis.
4. Klogs USA Women’s Naples Clog
The Klogs USA Women’s Naples Clog is quite similar in style to the models we have already seen – mainly because a slip-on clog is the go-to option for a supportive piece of footwear for these harsh environments. This Klogs model follows the trend of simple floral patterns and a vast range of color options on this leather shoe. The 2 inch heel may be a little high for some people that are all their feet on concrete all day, but the shoe is seen as being a pretty comfortable, supportive option.
The footbed of this model has a long list of properties: it is orthotic, antimicrobial, latex-free and removable. This means that even if the odor-protection and arch support aren’t enough, women can add a personal device. This footbed is a great help, but the support on hard floors is enhanced through the use of the contoured PU outsole, which also happens to be slip resistant on wet floors.
Buyers are also pretty impressed with the fit of this shoe, and this is achieved via the use of the foot-hugging full back and the side goring for adjustability. It is easy for buyers to find an appropriate style for the workplace and enjoy long-term comfort even if standing all day.
5. Clarks Women’s Ashland Lane Q
The Clarks Women’s Ashland Lane Q is similar to the models above in that it is is a leather, slip-on shoe for the workplace in the typical shades of black, brown and grey. The difference is that there is an immediate sense of style and quality to the shoe thanks to the shaping of the leather and the contrasting stitching.
There is always high hope for a Clarks model and this piece of footwear doesn’t disappoint. The shoe is pretty flat with a durable rubber outsole. This should ensure that any women standing on their feet for long periods on hard floors shouldn’t suffer too much.
The shoe is stable, supportive and provides “all-day comfort”. The mean reason for this comfort level is the use of the OrthoLite footbed. The padding and support within helps to cradle the foot in just the right place to protect it from pain and fatigue. Ideal if your job requires standing all day at the workplace.
There are also positive comments for buyers about the fit – which again is to be expected from the company. This true to size fit is enhanced through the use of an asymmetrical side goring panel for an adjustable fit. This is the sort of shoe that most women can enjoy for many shifts.
6. KEEN Women’s Kaci Full-Grain Slip On Shoe
The KEEN Women’s Kaci Full-Grain Slip On Shoe looks a little heavier and more substantial than some of the leather slip-on work shoes that have been covered so far. This may suggest that they may not the most comfortable option for any women that needs to walk for long periods on hard surfaces. However, there are a lot of interesting features that can help.
The shoe contains a recycled foam EVA footbed for a cushioned experience, the outsole has a decent tread for improved safety on slippery floors and there is some arch support for people with flat feet and other conditions. There is also a good amount of praise for the fit and the room offered in the toe box.
It is not the most attractive option of all the shoes mentioned here, even though it does have some detailing on the strap and an embossed logo, but it seems like one of the more practical and comfortable options. The full-grain leather should be tough enough to last, the heel is small enough to cope with most work environments and there is some waterproofing. With a little breaking in, these shoes become reliable aids.
7. Merrell Women’s Encore Kassie Slide Clog
This piece of footwear comes in a range of more muted leather color options – blacks, browns and a red – and has a simple buckled vamp strap over the top. It already looks worn and reliable, which is inviting for anyone trying to find the best shoe for walking on hard floors for most of the day. This suitability for hard floors is split into two key levels. There is the strong outsole, with the M-Select Grip traction and small heel for stability and slip resistance in tricky conditions.
Then there is the cushioned footbed for high-level comfort and cushioning over long periods. This is aided by the inclusion of the padding on the tongue and collar – for all-around comfort when walking. Finally, there is also the elasticated goring for a better fit. First impressions mean a lot with shoes and that is why these Merrells are a worth consideration.
8. Taos Footwear Stunner
The Taos Stunner Dress Pump takes us in an entirely different direction as it doesn’t look like the most comfortable of work shoes for long-term wear and walking on tough concrete floors. It is a smart, open dress pump with a double strap over the top, a pointed toe and a 2″ heel for a bit of height. It is made from brush off or calf leather and comes in a series of office-friendly colors.
This shape and style hides the fact that there is actually a lot of support within this shoe for ongoing comfort and protection in more difficult environments. Buyers are often impressed with the comfort for such a “professional” looking option. The sole contains multi-density cushioning for a soft, support system that women can sink into and there is the benefit of some decent arch support for those with foot conditions.
The star feature, however, has to be the “padded” heel for enhanced shock absorbency. This stops the heel from feeling pain from striking the floor too many times and the impact is dispersed. Most women are pleased with the support offered, the overall comfort provided on long work days and the fit of this shoe.
Most Comfortable Men’s Work Shoes for Standing All Day and Walking on Hard Surfaces
1. Skechers for Work Men’s Nampa-Gorton
Next we come to the second of the Skechers models to be included in this men’s section alone, which highlights the strength of this brand when designing the best models for hard floors. The Skechers Nampa-Gorton Work Shoe is s a great example of the tech and shaping that goes into these shoes because this piece of footwear retains the standard slip on shape in a tough leather, yet still contains a number of important safety features and comfort features.
The shoe has an ASTM F 1677 rating for wet and oily conditions, which means they are great for people walking on concrete floors all day. The footwear also offers plenty of soft padding and cushioning in all the right places to help to prevent against foot pain and fatigue. This includes the padding on the tongue and collar and the memory foam insole. This insole is also contoured to be more orthotic friendly. Many men appreciate this shoe because it is supportive, strong and should go the distance for long shifts for a long time.
2. AVIA Men’s Avi-Union Strap Service Shoe
The final model in this section on the best footwear for people that find themselves working on concrete floors is the AVIA Men’s Avi-Union Strap Service Shoe. This shoe is probably the most causal of the lot with a soft, scruffy shape compared to the loafers. This means it will be be highly appealing in those work environments where convenience, safety and comfort are much more important than looks.
This shoe is definitely made for use on hard floors. It has an OSR outsole for improved traction on oil and liquid, the cantilever heel is ideally modeled to offer stability for long term wear and there is a great shock absorbency in the midsole. This helps to protect feet over long periods to prevent against fatigue and foot conditions. On that note, the ethylene vinyl acetate insole – which provides even more padding and comfort – can also be removed in favor of personal orthotic devices. The other element of this shoe that is interesting is the use of two hook and loop straps instead of laces. This means that it should be a much more convenient method for many wearers and it helps to improve the fit.
3. Merrell Men’s Jungle Moc Pro Grip Work Shoe
The key selling point to the Merrell Men’s Jungle Moc Pro Grip Work Shoe lies in the name. This slip-on leather work shoe has a slip-resistant Suregrip outsole to help protect against spills and other dangerous surfaces. This is a great starting point for any men that find themselves working all day on hard floors and require the very best security.
However, there are even more benefits for this type of work environment in the comfort features that are provided. The shoe has a padded collar, for soft cushioning around the ankle and not a hint of blister forming over the long shift. It also fits pretty true to size thanks to the use of the flexible goring inserts.
There is also an air cushion insole to provide a light, comfortable surface between the foot and the floor. This M-Select fresh insole also prevents against sweat and odour for fresher, drier feet on those long shifts. This is sold as a very low maintenance shoe and it is hard to argue. It is also easy to see why buyers like them so much and see them as one of the best options in user-friendly footwear.
4. Skechers for Work Men’s 77046 Cottonwood Goddard Twin Gore Slip On
The Skechers for Work Men’s range is one that many workers turn to when looking for a safe, reliable shoe for tougher work conditions. This Cottonwood model is a smart looking shoe, in black leather. It comes with a “relaxed fit”, but the shape and small heel means that it is dressier than many other Skechers work shoes. There is still the trademark S logo at the heel, but co-workers would have to get down on their hands and knees to see it clearly.
Like many of Skechers shoes, this model is designed with comfort in mind and there is a memory foam sole that cradles the foot in position for long periods of comfort. This is great news for anyone in need of footwear for walking or standing on hard surfaces.
Other comfort features include the padded collar, breathable fabric lining and shock absorption in the midsole. There is also the bonus that these shoes have been approved for tougher conditions like warehouse and restaurant work. There is great traction on the sole, they are safe on wet and oily surfaces and they are even rated as an electrical hazard safe design.
4. KEEN Utility Men’s PTC Slip On Work Shoe
The KEEN Utility Men’s PTC Slip On Work Shoe is very similar in style and purpose to the Skechers model above. This is best seen in the fact that it too has been safety tested and offers a great grip on its non-marking outsole. KEEN claim that it “meets or exceeds ASTM F1677-96 Mark II non-slip testing standards”, which inspires a lot of confidence for those looking for shoes with the best safety ratings.
This shoe does have a little bit more style that the clumpier Sketchers, with the small heel and shaping of the leather upper. It would look a little more attractive and suitable in more professional settings. However, it is still designed to be of use for standing all day on hard floors. This is largely due to the use of the memory foam footbed and PU sole which, according to KEEN, “remembers exactly where your foot goes”.
The foot is nicely supported from heel to toe for long lasting comfort. In addition to the this, men generally feel that it offers good fit to add to that sense of all-day comfort, something that is aided by the side goring.
5. Dansko Men’s Wayne Slip-On
The Dansko Men’s Wayne Slip-On is another smart looking work shoe with a strong leather upper, a simple slip-on shape, small 0.75 platform and a durable construction. It is smart enough to be paired with work trousers for the office. However, the strength of the shoe, the outsole and the comfort features within also mean that it is well suited to people that have to be standing all day inside their workplace or walk outside to get to meetings.
The padding and leather lining are a nice touch for a little softness and added protection on those long hours. The dual elastic side goring help to improve the fit for a more adaptive feel and a secure, comfortable fit. Some feel that it runs a little large, but most are impressed with what is on offer here. The arch support and foot protection runs through the shoe in layers.
From that leather lining down to the nitrol rubber outsole. There is a riveted shank to support the foot and help to prevent against pain and fatigue for those that need to walk long distances. The outsole then has strong shock absorption to protect the entire foot. Finally, the insole is molded to suit the ergonomics of the foot and can be removed if needed.
6. Propet Men’s Commuterlite Walking Shoe
So far, all of the shoes mentioned in the list of the most comfortable men’s work shoes for walking and standing on concrete floors all day have been slip-on shoes reminiscent of loafers. The Propet Men’s Commuterlite Walking Shoe is the first lace up option. Lace-ups can be preferable to men that want something a bit more secure on their feet and that feel more like the walking or sports shoes that they are used to.
This option looks like a cross between a walking shoe and a smart office shoe, with the brown or black leather, contrast stitching and thick platform. This platform has a strong grip for protection against slippery surfaces and the whole shoe only weighs around 10 ounces, so there is nothing weighing wearers down on those long shifts.
Propet insist that “you’ll be walking on air, whether it’s to the office, the ball park, or the pub”. Inside, there is an internal heel counter to help to keep the foot stabilized and to prevent pain in this area. This is further enhanced through the shock absorbing points in the insole, the removable insole – for those that need special devices – and the moisture-wicking lining to keep feet dry.
7. Dr. Scholl’s Men’s Harrington Work Shoe
It is the sort of unassuming shoe that doesn’t look like it will do much. However, there are some interesting features inside. The first benefit for workers on their feet for long periods is the combination of the Dri-Lex moisture-wicking lining and the Aegis microbe shield on the sock liner. This duo helps to keep feet dry and fresh for long periods.
There is also an advanced memory foam insole at work here that helps to cradle feet in just the right position all day. Add to this the Oil and water resistant outsole and it is easy to see why people think that this is this is a good option when they have to stand all day on hard floors. There is the warning that it can run a little small, but most buyers enjoy the fit and feet of this comfortable footwear.
Dress Shoes That Provide the Best Comfort for Your Feet
Finding the most comfortable dress shoes for work can be tricky when some brands put more effort into the style than the fit, cushioning or support. The ideal scenario for workers that find themselves walking or standing at work all day is to discover footwear that manages to cover all four bases.
Office workers need the soft cushioning to keep feet comfortable for long periods, the support to deal with foot fatigue and pain, a good fit that doesn’t pinch or rub and a style that suits the work environment. The following sections will look a the best shoes in men’s and women’s style that manage to find the right balance.
Most Comfortable Women’s Dress Shoes for Standing and Walking Around the Office all Day
1. Clarks Women’s Rosalyn Belle Dress Pump
Sticking with Clarks for our penultimate shoe in the list of the best dress shoes for women standing all day at work, we come to the Clarks Women’s Rosalyn Belle Dress Pump. Again, there is a very simple, classic look to this professional shoe. There is the smallest amount of detail and design on a high quality navy, black or brown leather. The heel is higher this time, putting the shoe more in line with the pumps at the beginning of the section, but is stable and appealing.
The footbed is the star of the show again because it provides such a soft, supportive base for long-term activity in the workplace. The padded is moulded with Ortholite and Clarks Plus technology for the best possible performance. This means it cradles the foot in all the right places with a decent amount of arch support.
Other key comfort features here include the slightly more rounded toe for a little more room, the padding around the collar and a moisture wicking lining. There are some women that warn that this shoe runs a little larger than expected. However, there are different widths and half sizes available to compensate for this.
2. Aravon Women’s Portia – AR Dress Pump
The Aravon Women’s Portia – AR Dress Pump is one of those clever dress shoes that provides a nice, unique look in a very classic, professional dress shoe. It is all about the asymmetrical lines and use of textures on the different leather elements. This is enhanced with a cross crossing strap over the top. These dress shoes also come in a range of colors – including an interesting bronzed snakeskin look – to smarten up office attire.
These shoes are included on this list of the best shoes for standing all day at work because of the cushioning in the sole. There is a specialized gel pad within a molded memory foots footbed. This footbed is also removable should buyers need to add a personal orthotic device. Another interesting advantage with this shoe is the fit. The shape and the pointed toe would suggest that women would have a harder time getting the ideal fit here. However, the vast amount of buyers are actually impressed with the quality of the fit. This is largely due to the fact that Aravon have taken the time to add extended sizes and extra widths to the range.
3. Softwalk Women’s Irish Dress Pump
Smart dress pumps are a great option for any women that wants a bit of style, sophistication and height in the office. The Softwalk Women’s Irish Dress Pump is a pretty simple option with a large mass appeal because of the basic shape and the plain look There is a strong leather upper covering the pointed toe, plenty of support around the ankle, a neat bucked strap across the otherwise open foot and a heel of around 1.75 inches.
The leather may be plain, but it comes in some interesting color choices to suit different preferences. Softwalk have taken the same approach as Aravon by providing a shoe with a series of different sizing options. The narrow and wide options, combined with that buckled strap, ensure that users have choice. The only drawback is the sizing can run a little small.
Despite this, the shoe is still a pretty comfortable option for women that have to be on their feet at work all day. The “ultra comfort” features include a shock-absorbing footbed to reduce fatigue and pain during long term use. There is also little need to break them in, making them pretty advantages for wearers from day one.
4. Rockport Cobb Hill Women’s Salma-Ch Dress Pump
The Rockport Cobb Hill Women’s Salma-Ch Dress Pump is similar to the Softwalk model in many respects. It has a similar shape with an open foot a strap across the top, pointed toe and a decent heel. This time there are far fewer color options – just a black and almond – but the strap is thick with a nice detail, there is some nice texture to the leather and the heel is slightly higher at 2 inches.
It seems as though there has also been more thought put into the comfort features of this shoe. The specification boasts about the use of soft leathers for comfort and a special ethylene vinyl acetate insole. The insole is well cushioned to provide plenty of support and cradle feet in the right position for long shifts of walking around the workplace.
However, that footbed can once again be removed in favor of an orthotic device. This is great news for anyone that needs a little more arch support. Again, there are extended sizes and widths available and an impressive majority of wearers feel that this runs true to size. This may also have something to do with that stylish looking hook and loop closure.
5. Clarks Women’s Keesha Rosa Flat
By contrast, the Clarks Women’s Keesha Rosa Flat is a much flatter, more stable looking shoe that should be better suited to anyone that struggles with high heel heights. Clarks have had shoes mentioned in every section of this guide so fat, which highlights their reliability and place in the market for the best work shoes for comfort.
This flat shoes have a 1 inch heel, and a cute leather upper with a thin band running across the toe. These textures are accentuated in the different color options. There are even models with a fabric upper and leather toe cap or a snake skin effect. There are plenty of options to match with different outfits and the comfort levels and good fit mean that some women may choose to own more than one pair.
The molded footbed sits on a strong rubber outsole and contains “intelligent” underfoot cushioning. This footbed is also removable, although it already contains a decent amount of support, and there is the bonus of the synthetic linings for extra softness. This all means that foot should feel supported and comfort for long days of standing around in the office.
6. Dansko Women’s Season Wedge Sandal
Our final shoe takes a slightly different approach again. That is the Dansko Women’s Season Wedge Sandal. As the name suggests, this isn’t your classic looking dress shoe and there are some that will feel that this isn’t nearly professional enough for some offices and boardrooms. However, the smart style of this black leather sandal could work brilliantly in more casual offices or in summer months.
The shoe has buckled strap over the ankle and open toe, which helps with the custom fit. In fact, a very high percentage of buyers appreciate the true to fit feel of these shoes. The main benefit here is not the look but rather the quality of the comfort features offered. These light, stable shoes have a molded, dual-density ethylene vinyl acetate footbed with built-in arch support.
This should aid women walking long distances around the office all day. This comfort is that enhanced by the use of the leather cover with its moisture absorption properties. This should keep feet fresher and more secure for longer. In the end, there is a lot more to this shoe than consumers may realize and it shouldn’t be overlooked because it is a sandal.
7. Walking Cradles Women’s Race Dress Pump
The specification for the Rockport model above mentioned something interesting about heel height. It says that the 2 inch heel “elevates your look without sacrificing comfort”. This reinforces the idea that high heeled shoes can be risky for women who need to service customers all day while standing . This is why some buyers may overlook the Walking Cradles Women’s Race Dress Pump at first.
It is definitely a sophisticated shoe, with its classic shape and a range of color options in the leather. However, it is has a tapered 2.5 inch heel that doesn’t look all that supportive. The appealing thing about this dress shoe is the use of comfort features. There is a dual-zone fabric lining to keep everything soft and smooth with each step. The best feature, however, is the one that earns the company their name.
The plush cushioned insole provides a create platform for women’s to sink into and it really does cradle the foot nicely. The comfort is felt across the foot and there are no complaints about foot fatigue, even with that high heel height. The only problem is with the sizing. There are plenty of options, but they tend to run pretty small and may be a half size out.
8. Softspots Women’s Marnie Slip-On
The Softspots Women’s Marnie Slip-On is definitely one of the most elegant shoes that woman can choose when looking at a comfortable pair of shoes for the office. The basic shape is much like that of many slip on dress shoes, and there is enough of a heel to get some height. However, there is a clear difference in the use of materials.
There is a small amount of patent leather on the heel, but the rest of a stretch fabric that can conform to the foot more easily than a typical leather pump. This is just the start with the comfort features for this shoe. The insole has a lot going on for one component of the shoe, and it is this feature that ensures that woman can stand and walk around at work for as long as they need to.
It all starts with the Pillowtop cushioning for a soft surface and support. From there there is added strength and stability in the EVA layer. Finally there is the use of moisture wicking technology to keep the feet dry. With this complex insole, and the addition of the traction on the bottom, it is clear that these shoes offer more than initially meets the eye.
9. Vionic with Orthaheel Technology Women's Amor Mariana Pump
The Vionic with Orthaheel Technology Women’s Amor Pump puts buyers in a similar situation. The heel, although more substantial in thickness here, is still a little higher than many would expect in the most comfortable dress shoes for walking at work all day. The key to their popularity comes in the name. They have a strong orthotic design for great support and stability over long periods and long distances.
This involves a cushioned footbed with a deep heel cup to cradle the heel in the right position and a strong arch support. There are some women that suffer from plantar fasciitis that have seen improvement with this shoe. The depth of the heel cup will not suit everyone, but it is a nice touch.
There are some that point out that the shoes can run small and snug, but there are some that wonder if this is due to the support and all the shaping. Those that buy a half side up or a wider width tend to compensate for this and enjoy the shoe. The additional benefit here, of course, is the style. This support comes in a simple pump with a classic shape and there is a wine leopard and a slate snake option for special occasions.
Best Men’s Dress Shoes for Standing all Day on Your Feet at Work
1. Nunn Bush Men’s Bleeker St Slip-On
The Nunn Bush Men’s Bleeker St Slip-On is immediately appealing to anyone looking for a comfortable dress shoe for long days. This is largely because of one simple phrase in the specification: Dual comfort technology.
The open cell footbed is made from a supportive, cushioned memory foam. There is also an anatomically designed gel pad for improve shock absorption, a dual density outsole that it designed for long distances and a wide bicycle toe to keep toes happy. There is a lot here for all-day comfort and many wearers are impressed.
This focus on comfort doesn’t mean that these shoes are not smart enough for the office. The leather – which is available in either black or brown – has a nice shine when treated well and a shape that should work with most outfits. There is also a small 1 inch heel to enhance the shape and lift the foot. The may not look as though they are anything special, but there are reports of buyers coming straight back for a second pair after wearing out the first. They are simply comfortable, supportive and fit well, with enough wide sizes to suit awkward feet.
2. Clarks Men’s Un.Sheridan Go Slip On
The first shoe in this list of the best best dress for men are another pair from Clarks. Clarks are revered for their good fit and classic shapes and are a go-to brand for any man that wants a smart shoe that will also offer a good level of comfort. There is a sense of high end luxury with these Clarks Un.Sheridan Slip On shoes. The leather is well-crafted with nice stitching and a choice of black or brown and there a small heel for a little more shape. There is also a soft lambskin lining that surrounds the foot for a gentle surface and less chance of blisters.
Elsewhere, the insole is made from a vegetable tanned leather for reduced foot friction. However, this element is also removable in case users wish to add a personal orthotic. This could make the shoe even more beneficial for standing all day in many work environments. The other great comfort benefit here is the “unique” air circulation system. There are intake air vents in this shoe – not that they are immediately apparent – and this means that men’s feet can stay cooler and drier for longer when walking around an office on a long day.
3. Dunham Men’s Blair Slip-On
This is ideal for those that are looking for a shoe for the office that is merely smart enough. It is also good for those that are more interested in the comfort features that are available to help them walk and stand around all day. The comfort and support starts with the footbed, which is well cushioned and has a decent amount of arch support for those with flat feet. Users that aren’t impressed can remove the insert and include one of their own. The whole shoe is also pretty lightweight, so shouldn’t weigh users down too much with each step.
The company also boast that they make “outdoor, work and casual shoes in more sizes and widths than anyone else”. This should mean that most buyers can find the ideal fit for long days. In fact, there is only a very small percentage that tend to think that they run large. This fit is aided by the use of goring panels at the sides.
4. Bruno Marc Mens Slip-On
The final of our slip-on shoes in this list of the best dress shoes for standing on feet all day is the Runo Marc Formal Slip-On dress shoes. Bruno Marc is another brand known for their reliability in providing comfort and they have definitely thrown a lot at this shoe. There is the direct attach polyurethane outsole, which simultaneously creates a strong, durable construction and provides shock-absorption for anyone having to walk long distances.
This stability is then enhanced by the use of the shank support through the midfoot and heel. On top of this, there is the ethylene vinyl acetate footbed for great latex and foam cushioning and a shape that cradles the foot all day.
To top this off, there is a leather lining for an extra layer of luxurious comfort. The combination also help to keep feet cool and dry by wicking away moisture and ensuring the that shoe is more breathable. There is a lot to love with the comfort features and fit of this shoe – with most saying that it fits as expected. However, it is also a pretty smart option for the office with the simple black leather upper, the clean lines and the shaping around the padded collar.
5. ECCO Men’s New Jersey Lace Oxfords
Moving onto the first of the lace-up options in this guide to the most comfortable dress shoes for the office, we come to the first of the ECCO models to be highlighted. The ECCO Men’s New Jersey Lace Oxfords is an incredibly smart, professional looking shoe that will look the part in any office or boardroom.
The strong leather is formed into a classic shape with some nice stitching accents, a bicycle toe and a small lace-up closure on the vamp. They also come in black and mink, rather than black and brown. The shoe may look stiff and formal, but there is a surprising amount of padding to be found in the sole and collar. There is also a leather lining on the insole and a fabric lining on the interior for an extra layer of softness.
The outsole is also carefully designed to provide enough traction and shock points for anyone who need to be standing all day on their feet for long periods. Another interesting feature that should not be overlooked is the moisture absorbent sole to help protect feet and keep them fresh. There is a lot going on here and this ECCO model should balance comfort and style brilliantly.
6. ECCO Men’s Seattle Apron-Toe Derby Shoe
This shoe has the small heel, the “elegant” lacing system on the vamp and that bicycle toe for improved wiggle room around the toes. This time is comes in black and cognac and the shape and stitching feels a little more rugged. The comfort features are generally the same, which shows a nice level of consistency in the ECCO oxford range. There is that padded collar, the moisture-absorbant insole, a shock absorbing outsole and those soft linings.
This time, the company make the point of highlighting the removable antibacterial insert, which is a nice touch. There is a lot going on here to ensure that feet stay comfortable, fresh and dry for long days of walking and standing all day at work. Add to this the pretty good fit and it is easy to see why there are so many happy customers.
7. Rockport Men’s Almartin Oxford
The last of our best shoes standing all day at work for men comes from Rockport and is part of their Rockport Proper Place collection. This is another attractive leather shoe with some subtle detailing on the laser-cut material and stitching. As is now customary with these dress shoes, there is a choice of ether a black or a brown. An interesting side note here is the promotion of the easy to clean upper, which suggests a desire to provide a user-friendly option rather than just a good-looking one.
The footbed is made from a spongy ethylene vinyl acetate and is designed to conform to the foot to improve cushioning, stability and the fit. Most buyers are indeed impressed by all three. The only possible downside here is that the arch support is minimal and there doesn’t seem to be a way of removing the insole in order to add a personal device. The comfort is then enhanced by the use of the lightweight, shock-absorbing sole, the padding on the tongue and the breathable lining. It seems that every single element has been considered here and buyers can enjoy fresher, more supported feet for longer.
8. Bostonian Men’s Mendon Dress Slip-On
The Bostonian Men’s Mendon Dress Slip-On looks quite similar to the Clarks model above in many ways. It has a similar shape, a small heel at the back and also comes in a choice of either black of brown. There is, however, a distinct difference in the quality. The Clarks immediately look more like a smart, professional dress shoe and have a higher price tag to prove it.
This does not mean that this Bostonian shoes are not a good option for men walking or standing on their feet in the office all day. The more casual shape contains a number of great beneficial features for fit and long-term comfort. In fact, the use of the slip-on shape, square toe and twin goring inserts mean that the vast majority of users believe that this footwear fits true to size.
The comfort features include a padded collar, flexible EVA sole with shock absorption and a cushioned footbed. This means that feet are held in a comfortable position all day and the pressure of continual walking is dispersed across the foot to prevent fatigue. They may look more simplistic, but there is clearly a lot to love here.