Best Shoes for Standing

When your job requires long periods of standing, you quickly learn the importance of having the right type of footwear. Good shoes for standing are comfortable and light weight with superior arch support, and made with materials that breathe. While these basic features should be required in your search, you should also consider features such as slip-resistance and appearance. These features are more important if you are standing for long periods of time due to a job. If you are standing for long periods of time for recreational purposes, then appearance is less important than padded tongues. Todays shoes have benefited from technological advances, therefore, the design and material of great shoes for standing is constantly evolving. So, even if you find something you like, dont be afraid to consider newer versions or models. The best shoes for standing are usually not the cheapest; but, those who stand for long periods of time know that saving a few dollars upfront is not worth it in the end.

Shoes for Crews - Evolution

Considered the shoes for workers, these shoes are comfortable and the technology is applied to multiple shoe designs. You get a comfortable brand of shoe that has become the standard in a number of occupations. Read Full Review

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The Shoes for Crews is another favorite among workers of the world. However, this brand appeals to a wider variety of workers than the Standing Comfort. So much so, that you may want to check to see if your company receives a discount for employees. These shoes boast an air piston heel support system, as well as a slip-resistant outsole that is also designed for shock absorption. The padded collar and removable cushioned insoles allow for additional comfort. Although this is a popular brand among workers, you should know that there are no wide options available, and finding larger sizes, such a size 16 may be difficult. Still, if you are standing for long periods, this is your best bet.

Shoes for Crews - Evolution

Standing Comfort Men's Glide Casual Velcro Shoe

The name alone lets you know that this is the perfect shoe when it comes to standing for long periods of time. Add comfort features and professional appearance and you have a solid runner up on our list. Read Full Review

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    The standing comfort brand is a favorite of professionals that are on their feet for long periods of time, such as doctors. When you combine the professional appearance of many of the Standing Comfort shoes with features like the Grip-Lock sole, full-grain, water resistant leather upper, and interior Drilex linings you get a shoe that was designed for standing. Although these are the most basic features of the Standing Comfort shoes, additional features are present in within the brand. So, your dream pair may come equipped with the removable insoles, steel shank, or the mild rocker bottom. The Standing Comfort brand of shoe tends to be white or black. So, while this may not be the trendiest pick, these shoes are perfect for professionals.

    Standing Comfort Men's Glide Casual Velcro Shoe

    Crocs Velocity Shoes

    The circulation nubs and overall design make this an amazing option for standing for long periods of time. The Crocs brand is changing the way we look at comfortable shoes and the Velocity does not disappoint. Read Full Review

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      Usually, when considering a comfortable shoe, Crocs will make the list. Crocs have a variety of styles when it comes to comfortable standing shoes. We chose the Velocity due to its footbed and appearance. The footbed for the Velocity is equipped with circulation nubs that stimulate blood flow, and its designed to conform to your foot for a custom fit. Plus the Velocity has arch support. And, with the slip resistance of croslite, this shoe is perfect for long days. Unlike the popular sandal design, the Velocity is a laced, closed toed shoe that is a favorite among nurses. If you are wondering why such a great shoe is so low on our list, its due to their reputation. Due to the original design, Crocs have been banned from numerous workplaces. So, if you are buying for work make sure this shoe is acceptable first.

      Crocs Velocity Shoes

      Rockport World Tour Classic Men's Walking Shoe

      Rockport is a trusted brand when it comes to comfortable shoes and the original World Tour Classic lives up to this brands reputation. The World Tour Classic is a comfortable shoe that has a casual design. Plus, this durable shoe offers amazing support and stability. Read Full Review

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        The padded collar prevents excessive rubbing and helps fight the war against blisters. When you add this to the forefoot flexibility, Aero 3 footbed, and wide base, you get a comfortable supportive shoe with superior stability. The rubber outsole gives you durability and allows this shoe to grip different surfaces. And, if that were not enough, these shoes can be re-soled. Plus, these shoes are easy to keep clean, no matter where you take them. This shoe is available for both men and women, although, due to their design, the World Tour Classics are usually more popular among men.

        Rockport World Tour Classic Men's Walking Shoe

        The Chicane

        If you suffer from chronic heel pain, but still have the need to stand for long periods of time, then the Chicane is a perfect fit for you. Designed for the outdoors, the Chicane has the technology you need, in a style you will like. Read Full Review

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        Personally, I think of this as the spectators shoe. It has a look that lends it self to the outdoors, but its packed with features that will make standing for long periods of time much easier. The Orthotic HeelKradl gives direct heel support. When you pair this feature with Anatomical KuruSole, you get a shoe that is perfect for standing. The Lacing system allows the foot to feel as if it is in a comfort shell. Premium PORON foam absorbs shock, while the rubber outsole and rand give added durability. Like others on our list, there is both a male and female version of this shoe. The biggest drawback with this shoe is the availability, finding this shoe in your actual size may be difficult since it has limited sizing options.

        The Chicane
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        6 comments
        • kelaine kelaine

        Thank you soooo much for this list! I am a young woman in desperate need of shoes for my new job! I work in a factory, absolutely no sitting, constant walking and standing, occasional jog or run to the break room :) They just changed policy and skechers shape ups are prohibited for all workers for some safety reason or something. What would be the best shoe for me? Oh, i work on an assembly line. Ps. I wear nike shocks but their not mine and the owner wants them back asap (shocks are awesome!) do you think any of the above shoes would compare to shocks? Please and thank you, again for your help!

        Posted on 1/5/2011 2:34 am | Reply

        Hi, I am glad you like the article. Actually, I think the Shoes for Crews would be your best bet. They are designed for shock absorption; there is the ability for additional cushioning. Plus, these slip resistant shoes also have great heel support. However, not knowing more about the policy change, you may need to be sure these shoes are allowed before you look into them.

        Posted on 1/6/2011 3:56 pm. In reply to kelaine | Reply
        • kelaine kelaine

        We can't wear any platform-esque shoes... that's pretty much the entire policy, apparently a few people were injured while wearing them. i'm purchasing the shoes for crews shoes right after i'm done typing this. i was completely lost in my search, because i'm used to wearing heels, i usually had sit down jobs. so thank you so much 4 the advice! ^__^

        Posted on 1/8/2011 4:33 pm. In reply to LDRay | Reply

        It was difficult to leave rockport off the list. I know 3 people with prowalker shoes. 1 swears by them. The other 2 noted a change in the shoes, that made them slightly tighter and uncomfortable. Since, their pairs were more recent, I decided to leave the brand off the list. But, they provide great arch support and I do respect the brand. Sorry, if you were disappointed.

        Posted on 10/4/2010 1:24 pm | Reply
        • jojoman02 jojoman02

        I was sure that rockport prowalker would be here.

        Posted on 10/2/2010 1:03 am | Reply

        i like this!

        Posted on 8/13/2010 12:27 pm | Reply