17 Most Comfortable Shoes For Standing All Day 2021

The Absolute Cutest, Most Comfortable Shoes For Standing All Day Long

March 6, 2020 Updated May 14, 2021

Feature – Comfortable Shoes

Having the most comfortable shoes for standing all day is a necessity, especially if you’re a mom, a nurse, a restaurant employee, an avid traveler  … or anyone who, you know, needs comfy shoes for any length of time. (That includes you, pregnant moms with swollen feet.) And the need is double if you’re a working mom who rarely gets a moment to kick up your feet. After all, just think of your poor feet: Not only do you definitely not get pedicures often enough (and yes, a DIY pedi counts), but they also bear the brunt of mamahood. In fact, we’d venture to guess that you spend more time on your feet than in any other position, whether you’re chasing your monsters around, doing dishes, running errands, or standing in the middle of your kitchen, mouth half agape, wondering why you walked in here in the first place. And if your profession also requires you to be on your feet all day long, then Mama, you deserve some fabulous footwear that feels great, no question about it.

But does such a magical shoe like thi exist, you wonder? It does, indeed! We’ve done some digging and found a slew of comfy shoes for any profession, occasion, or season. Mom fashion is hard to commit to when you’re keeping other humans alive, but these trend-forward pairs — which range in style from sporty athleisure to the best ballet flats ever — make combining fashion and function oh so easy. Let the shopping commence!

Most Comfortable Shoes For Standing All Day

adidas Grand Court Sneaker

No one does a fashion sneak like adidas — sure, more haute couture brands have options (and they’re chic!) but this is the OG. The minimal metallic detailing makes for an extra pop of put-together-ness, and the white leather is (surprisingly!) easy to keep clean with a brush now and again. Plus, as with all proper fashion sneaks, these pair perfectly with ripped jeans or a pleated satin skirt, so you can be as avant-guard as you choose, depending on the day.

$49.97 AT AMAZON

BOB'S Plush-Peace & Love

Whether at the park or in the grocery store, you’ll probably be tasked with chasing your monsters around at some point during the day. Be prepared for whatever they decide to throw at you (or whenever they decide to take off running in the middle of the street, without warning or a care for their personal safety) with a simple slip-on that can stand up under pressure. Thanks to features like a memory foam footbed, they’ll offer you the support you have been so desperately craving without that whole geriatric-orthopedic look you’ve been so desperately avoiding.

$29.95 AT AMAZON

Bzees Dakota Slingback Sandal

We know what you’re thinking. Wedges? On the go? But hold up — these are no ordinary wedges. Bzees wedges are made with comfort in mind, as their Cloud Technology supports your feet, no matter how many errands you have to run. They’re extra stretchy, and they’re also anti-microbial and machine-washable(!), so you never have to worry about stinky feet. They’re also hella cute!


Dr. Scholl's Madison Fashion Sneaker

Every now and then, a mother needs an animal print fix, especially if it’s one of those “I just can’t with laces today,” days. It’ll make you feel a) powerful and b) like a badass mom-boss who has it all together. And good news: leopard really is the new neutral (promise), so you can reach for this pair with most colors you already have in your closet. Plus, since they’re designed by Dr. Scholl’s, you know your feet will be humming from drop-off to pick-up. Look at you, bringing sexy back and your feet don’t even know it.

$49.95 AT AMAZON

Vionic Midi Perf Slip

Sometimes, the idea of bending over to actually tie your shoes is just too much to ask. After all, you tie other humans’ shoes all day, why would you want to then tie your own, particularly when you feel like the next time you crouch down, you very well may not be able to stand back up? Enter the queen bee of all slip-ons, made by the shoe brand that knows comfort more than any other. It’s designed by a podiatrist so you know it’s good for your feet, and thanks to an ultra-cute perforated pattern and sweet color blue, they’re also perfect for spring.

$34.99 AT AMAZON

Lucky Brand Women's Basel Ankle Bootie

Perfectly oversized fisherman sweaters, flannel shirts… say less. For those “in between” seasons, you can’t do spring or fall without a pair of ankle booties in heavy rotation. As you venture out to the pumpkin patch or head our for fresh maple syrup with the kids, trust us, you’re going to want a pair of these Lucky booties in your arsenal. They come in a TON of colors (we’re partial to this toffee hue), so you’re bound to find a pair that strikes your fancy. The SoCal Bootie is made from 100% leather, so you know you’re getting the best in comfort and value. With two functional zippers and a very small heel, they’re great for moms on the go.

$92.95 AT AMAZON

Most Comfortable Shoes For Working All Day

Hush Puppies Wren Loafer Perfect Fit

There is nothing that screams “cool girl” more than a pair of white loafers, no matter how the rest of you looks. But that’s not even why we heart these Hush Puppies so much: The best part is they’re made with special stretch technology that guarantees you’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds. Match that with the brand’s “worry-free suede” material — which will withstand even the most disastrous of toddler dinnertime meltdowns — and you have yourself a shoe that was basically custom-made for working mothers just like you.


Amazon Essentials Ballet Flat

A good ballet flat is worth its weight in gold. Not only does it go with basically everything, but they also wear like a dream, thanks to flexible material and absolutely zero heel height. A neutral beige is perfect year ’round, and the rounded toe on this Amazon-branded pair is flattering for women of any height. For an I-woke-up-like-this vibe, pair them with jeans that hit just above the ankle bone, an oversized white tee (bonus if it’s tucked in on one side) and a suede baseball cap. And speaking of, another insider tip: Never leave home without a baseball cap. Who needs shampoo, anyway?

$19.90 AT AMAZON

Margaux The Loafer

When it comes to looking polished for work, a pair of cognac loafers is your BFF. Once you factor in cost-per-wear, these suede beauties from Margaux will pay for themselves. They’re sleek. They’re sophisticated. And most importantly, they’re mom-approved (aka, comfortable AF). The flattering cut and almond-shaped toe won’t require any breaking in. The plush foam padding will provide all-day comfort. Slip ’em on with jeans or dress pants for the weekend, workweek, or even a classy event. While spills and muddy puddles are always an obstacle, the suede can easily be spot-cleaned with a suede cleaner or soft cloth. Other color options include Sienna Velvet, leopard haircalf, and black or navy velvet. 


Vionic Rechelle Sneaker

The Vionic Rechelle sneaker is cute and casual with a fun retro vibe … and super-comfortable and supportive in case you’re a little “retro” yourself and comfy footwear is your jam.
We know … orthotic sandals sound like something your grandma would wear. But Vionic’s sandals (we love the Tide Aloe line of flip-flops) combine stability, arch support, and cushioning with styles that actually look good, so you don’t have to sacrifice cuteness for comfort.


Rothy's The Point Ballet Flats

Ballet flat lovers: If you haven’t heard of Rothy’s, your life is about to change. In addition to being ridiculously stylish, these knit-top, cushioned-bottom shoes are ridiculously comfy, too. And despite being so fashionable, they’re also fabulously low-maintenance because they can be tossed right in the wash. If you’re a quality over quantity kind of gal, Rothy’s are without a doubt worth the investment because they’ll last you for years.  Get ’em in sneaker, slip-on, and round-toe flat styles, but when it comes to dressing up, we’re partial to the polished silhouette of The Point.


Most Comfortable Shoes For Nurses

Bzees Golden Knit Sneaker

Did we mention we love Bzees? (See “Dakota Slingback Sandal,” above.)  For an equally comfortable closed-toe option, there’s the Golden Knit Slip On Sneaker. It features a stretch knit upper for optimal fit and breathability, plus the brand’s signature Cloud Technology sole — featuring shock-absorbing gel and memory foam arch support — for those rigorous 12-hour shifts (or all-day errand hauls). These sneaks are also odor resistant and machine-washable; all in all, the perfect shoe, no matter how hectic and sweaty the day gets. Get it in four colors: white, taupe, black with metallic flecks, or subtle camo print.


Dansko Women's Professional Clog

Danskos are tried and true for nurses and other working professionals who are on their feet while on the job. They’re specially designed to provide support and shock absorption where it counts the most, and a leather upper means they’re moldable, durable, and easy to clean. But, don’t just take our word for it — take it from an actual nurse. “I have been wearing Danskos for almost 10 years now,” explains one Amazon reviewer. “Love that there are so many pattern/color choices … These are the only shoes I will wear to work, they are a bit snug at first but will stretch a bit with wear. I have pairs that I’ve had for 5 years and still wear. At the end of a long day with patients, my feet don’t hurt at all, not like they would when I would wear tennis shoes that were just as expensive.”

$139.95 AT AMAZON

adidas Women's Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe

Here’s another top contender for nurses, but at a budget-friendly cost. This soft pair “hugs the foot” and offers sink-in cushioning with every step. Even better, they’re stretchy enough to be slipped on, even though they have laces. “Got these to wear for my 12.5 hour shifts on a very busy nursing floor,” one Amazon reviewer reports. “They are so comfortable and my feet feel good all day. The shoes also look really good!” To the latter point, they come in nearly 40 different colors, so at this price, you might as well get two.

$42.00 AT AMAZON

Most Comfortable Shoes For Restaurant Workers: Servers, Bartenders, Cooks

Skechers Women's Squad SR Food Service Shoe

Anyone who works in a restaurant knows that footwear doesn’t just need to be comfortable, it needs to be slip-proof, too. For that, there’s the highly-rated Skechers Women’s Squad SR Food Service Shoe, which is an Amazon bestseller. These sneakers offer lightweight support and a flexible sole, plus a memory foam footbed that’ll mold to your foot. The bottom is also slip-resistant to prevent unnecessary accidents on slick floors (especially behind the bar or in the kitchen). These also come in black on black, but we’re fans of this black and gold style.

$42.95 AT AMAZON

Shoes for Crews Liberty Sneakers

With their all-black color and low profile, these non-slip shoes actually look — dare we say? — kinda cool. They’re also lightweight, ventilated, water-resistant, and of course, can keep their grip on slippery floors. “These shoes are a godsend,” explains one reviewer in the industry. “I originally purchased ‘non-slip’ shoes from another brand and they were awful! I was slipping and sliding all over the place. I was fortunate to discover Shoes for Crews; they are amazing for restaurant work and are very comfortable! I have put them to the test by walking all over greasy, soapy/wet floors in the back kitchen area and have not slipped once at all. My feet feel good at the end of every shift as well. Will never try another brand of work shoes. These are perfect.”

$39.98 AT AMAZON

Croc's Work Ballet Flat

From the makers of the cult-favorite gardening shoe is this slip-resistant flat that’s more feminine than your typical work shoe. This pair is made of lightweight material like the OG Crocs and they’re just as easy to wipe clean. They also feature “enhanced arch support and a relaxed fit” to keep your feet from aching too much, even on those double shifts. Pro tip: Some reviewers who are servers say that they’re comfier with socks. “Totally worth the buy if you’re a server looking for cute and comfortable shoes,” one Amazon reviewer sums up.”Don’t forget to wear socks with them [though].”

$39.99 AT AMAZON

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Amazon Essentials Ballet Flat
adidas Grand Court Sneaker
Hush Puppies Wren Loafer Perfect Fit
BOB'S Plush-Peace & Love
Dr. Scholl's Madison Fashion Sneaker
Vionic Midi Perf Slip
Margaux The Loafer
Lucky Brand Women's Basel Ankle Bootie
Bzees Dakota Slingback Sandal
Bzees Golden Knit Sneaker
Dansko Women's Professional Clog
Rothy's The Point Ballet Flats
adidas Women's Cloudfoam Pure Running Sh...
Skechers Women's Squad SR Food Service S...
Shoes for Crews Liberty Sneakers
Croc's Work Ballet Flat
Vionic Rechelle Sneaker