From sommeliers at five-star restaurants to the construction workers who built the damn restaurant, anyone who has to spend an entire shift on their feet will agree:
Standing all day sucks.
Standing all day can wreak havoc on your feet and legs, causing all sorts of physical issues and problems, including swelling, discomfort, increased fatigue and plantar fasciitis.
To make matters worse, the potential problems that arise from excessive standing aren’t limited to your lower body. Too much standing can cause everything from lower back pain and high blood pressure to neck and shoulder stiffness, poor posture and more.
While switching to a job that requires less standing may not be feasible, the good news is that switching shoes probably is. Wearing the right footwear can make a big impact on your body, and significantly reduce the negative effects of standing for hours on end.
That’s why I’ve rounded up some of the best men’s shoes for standing all day.
And because all jobs have different dress codes and requirements, I’ve organized them based on the type of activity you might be doing, style you might prefer, and floor you might be standing on.
The Best Men’s Shoes for Standing All Day
25 Comfortable Kicks to Help You Get Through Your Shift
Best Men’s Shoes for Standing All Day on Concrete
Let’s start with what’s arguably the worst type of floor to spend all day standing on, and the one that will wreak the most havoc on your body.
If you work in any type of industrial environment, chances are good that you log a lot of hours standing on an unlined (and unforgiving) concrete floor.
The harder the surface, the softer the shoe that’s required to increase your comfort and reduce your risk of pain and injury. Each of the options below should fit the bill, and provide enough padding to get you through the day.
Best Mens Sneakers for Standing All Day
Not all jobs require industrial-strength shoes.
If you work in a retail environment or a casual restaurant, coffee shop or bar, you can probably get away with wearing sneakers or running shoes, which are comfy as hell, but don’t always past muster in more formal or more industrial environments.
Sneakers come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and levels of support (scroll down to see my picks for the top tennis shoes for standing all day, a subset of sneakers).
Here I’ve included options that come with enough cushioning to support you when you’re standing for hours on end.
Best Mens Dress Shoes for Standing All Day
While sneakers certainly make it easier to stand all day, some jobs still require a little more formality from your shoes.
For instance, if you work in an upscale restaurant, you may have to wear dress shoes, a shirt and tie or even a full suit for hours on end, most of which you’ll spend on your feet.
The good news is that many shoe manufacturers today recognize that your shoes need to both look good and feel good, and have started to make dress shoes that are sharp enough to pair with a suit, but comfortable enough to keep on all day.
Although it’s important to add a quick caveat: while these dress shoes are more comfortable than most, you may still need to “break them in” a bit.
The first few wears might not be the most comfortable, but once you wear them enough to let them adjust to your feet, they should settle in nicely.
Best Men’s Tennis Shoes for Standing All Day
For the stylishly inclined, tennis shoes have become the preferred subset of sneakers, and you increasingly see them at all manner of workplaces, from restaurants and bars to tech startups and even accounting firms.
As a style blogger I have to admit that I’ve sometimes lamented how casual fashion has become.
But I have to admit: when I worked in a business casual office that leaned more “casual” than “business, I frequently found myself opting for comfort and replacing my dress shoes with tennis shoes—and I wasn’t even standing all day!
Best Men’s Shoes for Walking and Standing All Day
Sometimes standing is only half the battle.
For instance, some jobs might see you logging lots of steps, like working in a big-box retail store where you have to cover lots of ground; and some events mean you’ll be moving around a lot, like at a family picnic or company retreat that mixes social time with a bunch of activities.
All of which means that sometimes a man needs shoes that will not only keep you on your feet, but help keep you on the move. Any of the options below should do the trick.
No matter what kind of job, event or task is compelling you to stay on your feet for hours on end, after reading this far you’ve hopefully found at least one pair of shoes for standing all day that suits your style, situation or workplace.
And while your shift may seem to stretch on for eternity, the truth is it will eventually end, and you won’t always have to be standing. So what then?
When you’re finally able to think a little less about standing and a little more about style, what kind of shoes will you wear to help you look sharp?
My suggestion: these ones.
If you’re looking to step up your shoe game, I recommend checking out the (shameless plug alert!) Irreverent Gent Men’s Shop, where I’ve selected some of the most stylish shoe options for guys.
Because even when you’re not standing all day, you still want to stand out.
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Irreverent Gent founder Dave Bowden is a men’s style specialist, an Amazon bestselling author, an unrepentant introvert, a (patient, if long-suffering) Toronto sports fan and the husband of a wonderful (and fortunately much more patient) wife.