Let’s be honest here: the “best shoes for standing all day” doesn’t really sound like a category unto itself. (Are there shoes you can only stand in?! How decadent.) But the idea isn’t that far-fetched. You already own designated running shoes. Ditto walking shoes. Why not a shoe exclusively for standing? It’s called capitalism, comrade! Read a book.
If the radical leftist in you is freaking out right now, relax. (And have a little Marx on us, as a treat.) You don’t actually need to buy shoes purely for standing. Plenty of the same properties that make for a solid athletic shoe—extra cushioning, shock absorption—also make for a, ahem, stand-up standing shoe. With a few small caveats.
If you’re going to be on your feet for long shifts at a time, comfort should be top priority—so it follows that the best shoes for standing all day promise blister-free bliss no matter how many hours of wear you put ’em through. Which means a regular ol’ pair of sneakers or slippers won’t cut it. To help you treat your dogs with the dignity they deserve, we rounded up a few of our favorite standing-only shoes on the market right now. Wear ’em to run/walk/hike at your own peril.
The Best Standing Shoes for Taking a Load Off
If you ordered a pair of Ugg’s signature house shoes at some point over the last two years, the sheepskin-lined slip-ons need little introduction. The Tasman became a WFH sensation for obvious reasons, some of them downright existential in nature: at the height of the pandemic, it promised a reassuring combination of comfort and familiarity when reassurance of any form was in perilously low supply. But the style’s nostalgia-wrapped exterior also masks thick wool insoles and treaded outsoles that help elevate it beyond the realm of typical house shoe fare, making it ideal for aspirational standers who start the day off strong before succumbing to the cushioned allure of the living room couch.
The Best Standing Shoes for Hardcore Pacers
If you treat standing more like a full-on contact sport than an occasional opportunity to stretch your legs, you’ll need a pair of shoes that can keep up. Luckily, the same technology that makes Brooks’ running kicks some of the best in the business also makes ’em particularly well-suited to running’s stationary counterpart. The Ghost 14 packs a whole lot of shock-absorbing tech into shoes designed for all-day comfort, including breathable mesh uppers for maximum stretch and flexible grooves for heightened forefoot fluidity. If you’re clocking long hours hoofing it from one location to another, or burn through your step count pacing back and forth at home, these’ll keep your dogs in tip-top shape no matter what you put them through.
The Best Standing Shoes You Should Swipe From Your Grandpa
Forget dad shoes: Mephisto’s handcrafted lace-ups are archetypal grandad Shoes, the kind you see on drippy Boomers with a hard-earned appreciation for heavy-duty arch support. Built from the same grain leather as your swankiest dress shoes, they’re specifically designed for blissful, bunion-free wear, down to the heavily-padded toplines and specialty rubber outsoles. That pared-down design means these aren’t just for the plantar fasciitis set, either—Jonah Hill is a fan, as are the Boston-based streetwear obsessives at Concepts. Think of them as an elegant rejoinder to the hulking, performance-oriented sneakers currently dominating the timeline, wrapped in the kind of silhouette that’ll sync up swell with stonewashed jeans and baggy work pants—without inviting any “what are thooose?!” jeers from your pals.
The Best Standing Shoes for Impromptu Hikes
It was only a couple of years ago that Keen’s water sandals emerged as a key player in the fashion conversation, but the brand’s bulbous hiking clog is the real star of its roster. The Targhee boasts the same forgiving handles as its summertime counterparts, except it draws the bulk of its powers from a duo of premium leather uppers and ultra-comfy EVA midsoles. (Ample space across the toe box makes it an especially solid option if you’ve got wide feet.) Taken in the context of luxury fashion’s current fascination with, uh, challenging footwear, the Targhee’s hulking, so-bad-it’s-good silhouette looks weirdly prescient. Will it take you a few days to wrap your head around the idea of rocking a clog this unabashedly clunky? Probably. Will you feet thank you for it as soon as you do? Absolutely.