Are you standing on your feet all day long? Do you feel like you never have a moment to just sit down and take it easy? Are you planning to take the fam to Disney World in the near future? You’re going to want to get your hands on some shoes specially engineered for standing for hours on end. From sneakers and dress shoes to rugged boots (and even sandals!), the best shoe brands offer a bevy of styles that’ll mitigate any stress to your stompers as you go about your day.
The most important factor to consider is the silhouette. You don’t want anything narrow or constricting; these traits right off the bat will cause tension. Heels are also something to be avoided. And look for designs that’ll allow your feet to move freely and nimbly.
Next up is the insoles, which should have great arch support and be made of materials that have added cushioning. There are also a few options that are made to be shock-resistant and odor-proof. That’s not always the case, but it’s definitely a plus. Finally, pick a style that best fits your personality and environment. You’re going to be in ’em all day, standing for whatever reason, so you’re going to want to feel good about yourself.
Whether you’re on a line at the company cafeteria, waiting to get on a rollercoaster, or squished at a summer musical festival, you can give your feet some ease by copping one or more of the styles below.
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If you’ve been following us closely, you are probably well aware that we at Esquire are big fans of Birkenstock—specifically the brand’s Arizona EVA sandals. Not only is it incredibly good to look at, not only will it give you instant fashion cred, but it is also super lightweight and comfortable, and the moulded footbed is designed for all-day comfort.
Saucony’s Cohesion 13 shoes are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do. It’s right there in the name. They are also great for standing long hours, thanks to the VersaFoam cushioning and a silhouette that’s designed to be incredibly comfortable.
Do you plan on dipping into a pool or the ocean sometime soon? You’re going to want to cop these OluKai sandals, which will mold to your feet and have soles that can withstand tough terrain. They are also waterproof, shaking dry within seconds. You know that Disney vacation mentioned earlier? You’ll be standing on line. A lot. And you’ll be getting wet. These sandals can handle the whole day.
Professional runners are quick to extol the greatness of Asics’s Gel-Kayano shoes. The style is designed to absorb shock, support body weight, and increase stability. All these factors make them ideal for those who are on their feet all day.
Thousand Fell’s mission is to create sneakers that don’t add to the staggering number of shoes that end up in landfills. But this is only part of what makes the brand’s signature style great. It is also scratch-resistant and odor-resistant, and the interior feels like clouds—seriously. It’s so supportive, it’s almost hard to believe. If you consider all these characteristics, it’s no wonder why we had to endorse it.
Adrenaline GTS 22 Running Shoe
Like Asics, Brooks is also a favorite of runners. The reason? The brand makes ultra-cushioned styles perfect for long runs, leisurely strolls, and, of course, standing.
Comfort is the cornerstone of Vionic’s collections. The brand gathers the input of podiatrists to create styles that provide arch support and cushioning like no other. And these sneakers are a shining example.
Direct Attach Six-Inch Soft-Toe Boot
Don’t let the heavy-duty appearance of these Timbs mislead you, because they are actually super comfortable. This is because of the brand’s Comfort Suspension technology, which helps support your arches and cushions your feet with every step.
React Phantom Run Flyknit 2 Running Shoes
Are you prone to injuries? Nike’s React line is specifically designed to reduce all that. The style features ultra-lightweight uppers and added foam for extra comfort, which is great when you’re running, and equally great when you’re standing all day. What’s more, The Swoosh’s signature Flyknit fabric is durable and will provide you with ventilation while you’re posted up in the heat.
Original Grand Wingtip Derby Shoes
Cole Haan produces some of the comfiest dress shoes around, the kinds of styles that’ll look good in a professional setting, but provide you support needed to get you through your shift pain-free. This is because of its proprietary Grand.OS technology, which offers anatomically engineered cushioning, along with a grooved rubber sole for greater traction.
Hoka’s Bondi 7 may have a big and bold silhouette with a very thick sole, but trust that the shoe is incredibly light and comfortable. It’ll feel like you’re walking on pillows every time you take a step. And when you’ve stopped stepping? Well, you’re still on those pillows.
The Dad Shoe to end all Dad Shoes is an obvious choice for any list about standing all day, if only because dads, in large part, prioritize comfort above all else. Best believe that this shoe delivers on that front.
Altra’s status as a fashion-crowd favorite is only on the rise. Along with offering styles in cool and interesting colorways, and collaborating with brands like Reigning Champ, it also makes mighty comfortable sneakers, ones that are particularly great for fellas with wide feet.
ST1 Hybrid Plain Toe Derby Shoe
Ecco doesn’t play around when it comes comfort. Case in point: this derby, which features a Phorene midsole with responsive Fluidform, the brand’s technology that makes all its styles light, soft, and shock-absorbing.
Pebbled Leather Oxford Shoes
Comfort is at the core of Mephisto. The French label consistently offers dress shoes that are built for standing and walking long hours. This is because of its specially-designed silhouettes, which are great for men with wide feet, and durable Goodyear-welt construction.
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