When it comes to buying shoes, we tend to buy based on style over comfort and whatever is affordable within our budget. We never stop to think about how to choose the right shoes for our feet so that our feet won’t hurt. We also never stop and think about investing in our feet. It is only until our feet start to hurt that we start to ask questions. So before you go shopping for your next pair of cute or stylish shoes, allow me to explain to you what to look when you’re looking for those comfortable shoes for standing all day in.

 

How should I choose the best comfortable shoes for standing all day?

The misunderstanding about shoes is that once the shoes feel good from the moment you try them on, you’ve thought you’ve found the most comfortable shoes for standing all day in. However, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration and ask yourself.

  • Do you know how long the breaking period for shoes is and how to break them in?
  • Did you even know that there is a break-in period?
  • Do you know how to inspect shoes properly to analyze how supportive the shoes are for your feet? Can the shoe accommodate an orthotic?
  • What shoes can help with your pronation, or supination?
  • Do you know how to select the proper width and shoe size for your foot?
  • Do you know how to get the best fit for your arch setting?

These are some of the things that you should consider and evaluate when shopping for your next pair of comfortable shoes for standing all day in. Let’s take a look at how we can evaluate your shoes. Before we proceed, please grab and put in front of you a pair of your most uncomfortable shoes that you own, as well as a pair of the most comfortable shoes that you own.

Why are my current shoes so uncomfortable and what should I look for in new shoes?

Let’s start with your most uncomfortable shoes first. We’re first going to evaluate how much built-in support the shoe has.

  1. Pick up the shoe and try to bend it in half. If the shoe is easy to bend towards the center of the shoe, then you are not getting any lateral arch support. If the shoe is hard to bend, then there is lateral support.
  2. Now take the shoe and try to twist it. If the shoe can easily be twisted, then you don’t have any support to keep your foot stable.
  3. Next, check to see if you can remove the inner sole. If you can, once it’s out, check to see how flat and flimsy it is. More than likely, the inner sole is flat and very flimsy. This is a generic footbed with no arch support. If the foot bedding cannot be removed, then it will be difficult to accommodate an orthotic.

Are your shoes uncomfortable because they are bending too much? Are the shoes uncomfortable because you notice that your ankles tend to roll inward (pronation) or roll outwards (supination)? Do your shoes hurt because they are too tight in width or too tight in length? A rule of thumb for your shoes fitting properly based on your foot length is that you usually want to go up a half a size in length. Now put on your most comfortable pair of shoes and do the same evaluation process as you did with your most uncomfortable shoes. What did you notice differences between the two pairs?

Top 10 Women’s Comfortable Shoes for Standing All Day

1. New Balance 990GL5 Women’s Walking Shoe

New Balance 990 - best shoes for standing all day

This New Balance Women’s walking shoe is a control walking shoe developed for all-day comfort. It features motion control and ROLLBAR stability technologies and ABZORB midfoot cushioning for comfort throughout the day. In addition, these New Balance walking shoes come with a padded tongue and a comfort foam collar to help protect your feet and ankle from rubbing. Not to mention, the rubber outsole is great for maximum outsole durability.

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2. Brooks Ghost 13 Running Shoe for Standing All Day

Brooks Ghost 13 - best shoes for standing all day

The Ghost 13 offers the smoothest ride yet with super soft cushioning extended beyond the heel, all the way to the forefoot. The new design optimizes the segmented crash pad’s transition from heel to toe — so steps feel soft and buttery smooth. This shoe is for anyone looking for a reliable shoe that’s soft and smooth.

Brooks Running and Walking Comfortable Shoes for Standing All Day

3. HOKA Clifton 7

best shoes for standing all day

Building on the Clifton’s best-loved qualities, the “7” continues to deliver the perfect combination of soft and light for both Men and Women. Crafted with the same midsole and ride characteristics, the Clifton 7 features a streamlined silhouette and updated upper made from engineered mesh. Outfitted with a plush collar that eases Achilles pressure, this daily runner is equipped with an intuitive pull tab at the heel for easy on-and-off. Find your sweet spot in the Clifton 7.

HOKA Clifton Shoes for Standing All Day

4. Aetrex Bethany with Arch Support

Aetrex Bethany

The Aetrex Bethany Black quarter strap features a cupped footbed for a more flattering fit & ultra-soft suede fabric. The Bethany features Aetrex’s built-in arch support as well as supple suede lined footbed. All women can enjoy the exceptional comfort this shoe has to offer. Lightweight, durable, and supremely comfortable, the Bethany provides excellent relief and comfort. The anatomical cork insole is matched with a deep heel cup for increased stability, while the adjustable straps make for a customized, comfortable fit.

Aetrex Women’s Sandals and Shoes for Standing All Day

5. Aetrex Jillian Women’s Low Wedge Sandal

Aetrex Jillian

This Aetrex Jillian is made with beautiful detailed adjustable straps that secure your feet from moving. In addition, a rear strap further secures your feet. Not to mention, each pair of Aetrex Jillian sandals come are made with a built-in Lynco orthotic footbed with memory foam cushioning for support, balance, and alignment. Finally, a met bar pod is added to help reduce the stress at the ball of your foot and Jillian its medial support pod helps minimize overpronation.

Aetrex Women’s Sandals and Shoes for Standing All Day

6. Dansko XP 2.0

Dansko XP 2.0

The Dansko XP 2.0 Pull Up features a lightweight construction with a removable footbed and benefits like a dual-density PU footbed with Dansko Natural Arch technology. All of this comes together to give you all-day arch support and help keep your feet and body aligned. In addition, the outsole is slip-resistant, so you can stay supported, safe, and comfortable throughout your shift. The leather uppers the XP 2.0 shoe offers allow for easy and sanitary cleanup! The instep collar is also padded, allowing for comfy and soft wear. A key feature the XP 2.0 also has is a lightweight, anti-fatigue rocker bottom that provides shock absorption and decreases the amount of stress your body takes while you walk around, in return this helps keeps you moving throughout your shift comfortably

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7. Aetrex Carly with Arch Support

Aetrex Carly

This fashionable sneaker with arch support is the lift you need on long days. They are great for walking and long days on foot! With arch support, memory foam cushioning, a padded heel, and stretchy knit, you will be comfortable on your most active days. It also features a soft mesh upper that fits like a sock, soft and comfortable. The removable insole offers great support, but can also be easily replaced with a custom orthotic or over-the-counter arch support of your choice.

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8. Brooks Addiction Walker

The Brooks Addiction Walker Suede for both Men and Women holds up to its name by delivering durability, cushioning with energy-returning MoGo midsoles, full-grain leather upper, and reliable slip-resistant outsole. As result, this Brooks walking shoe is great for work, walking on the road, or the track. This shoe is loaded with support for your low arches and control for your overpronation.

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9. Softwalk Meredith Nurse Shoe for Standing All Day

Softwalk Meredith Sport Black Box

The Softwalk Meredith is a great shoe for service professionals who spend hours walking or standing on their feet. This Softwalk features a whole new bottom from Softwalk that is made with ultra-lightweight and flexible EVA that returns energy with each step. In addition, the shoes’ outstanding slip-resistant gripping rubber pad system provides traction and spring in every step. Not to mention, this Meredith features a dual-density footbed that keeps your feet and heels cushioned every step.

Softwalk Nurse Comfortable Shoes for Standing All Day

10. Aetrex Mina

Aetrex Mina

The Mina by Aetrex features the Aetrex Healthy 3, a Lynco Orthotic footbed for proper support and alignment, a memory foam insole for soft cushioned wear, and an antimicrobial footbed for a healthy foot environment. The Mina is a mary jane design with an adjustable hook and loop closure for a secure and customized fit. In addition, the uppers are made from a lightweight stretch knit upper for soft flexible wear. Also, as an added bonus they don a slip-resistant sole!

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Top 10 Men’s Comfortable Shoes for Standing All Day

1. New Balance Men’s 990 V5 Walking Shoe

This New Balance men’s walking shoe is a control walking shoe developed for all-day comfort. It features motion control and ROLLBAR stability technologies and ABZORB midfoot cushioning for comfort throughout the day. In addition, this New Balance walking shoe comes with a padded tongue and a comfort foam collar to help protect your feet and ankle from rubbing. Not to mention, the rubber outsole is great for maximum outsole durability.

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2. Brooks Men’s Ghost 13 Running Shoe

Brooks Ghost 13

The Ghost 13 offers the smoothest ride yet with super soft cushioning extended beyond the heel, all the way to the forefoot. The new design optimizes the segmented crash pad’s transition from heel to toe — so steps feel soft and buttery smooth. This shoe is for anyone looking for a reliable shoe that’s soft and smooth.

Shop Brooks Running and Walking Comfortable Shoes for Standing All Day

3. HOKA Men’s Bondi 7

HOKA Bondi 7 in Black White

If you’re looking for a shoe that offers lots of cushion and support then you’ve found it in the all-new HOKA Bondi 7. With neutral stability and a plush cushion, this shoe is perfect for keeping your feet happy throughout the day. The Bondi 7 is extremely light on the feet, which eliminates added aches and pains sometimes associated with heavy shoes. Added is a supremely plush collar. Made from ultra-soft memory foam designed to accommodate a narrower heel, the collar conforms to a wide variety of ankles, cradling the Achilles in cushy comfort.

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4. Sovella Floater

Sovella Floater

Exclusive to Lucky Feet, Sovella is on the rise to be a household name. Sovella uses the finest and softest leathers imported from around the world. This shoe has an amazing comfort system with a removable insole. In addition to superior comfort, these shoes are stylish and made of very high quality.

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5. New Balance 626

New Balance 626

This tough work shoe features a supportive leather upper to provide a secure fit, For men who spend all day on their feet. The New Balance 626 Slip Resistant Black is a sporty men’s leather walking shoe that is slip-resistant for working professionals. They are supported by an internal shank for stability and a slip-resistant lug outsole for superior traction on hazardous surfaces. The 626 is a great go-to shoe if you need a comfortable, stable shoe.

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6. OluKai Kahu Pahaha

OluKai Kahu Pahaha

The Kahu Pahaha is a casual sleek leather sneaker. This shoe is perfect for a casual lunch or a night out on the town. The Kahu also features full-grain leather uppers and soft leather linings. The tongue features a decorative canoe sail bandage. the footbed is lightweight. supportive and is a single density poured PU for a lightweight, supportive design. In addition, the Kahu Pahaha features Olukai’s patented Drop-In Heel® to offer a shoe/slide functionality. The removable footbed is washable too! Or great if you want to swap it for your custom orthotic or over-the-counter arch support.

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7. New Balance 1540

New Balance 1540

New Balance’s 1540v3 is made with technology that helps deliver support and stability to your run. Made with an ENCAP and Rollbar midsole technology, this men’s runner offers superior rearfoot motion control that supports you from 5k and beyond. Manufactured in the US for over 75 years.

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8. Brooks Addiction Walker Suede

Brooks Addiction Walker

The Brooks Addiction Walker hold up to its name by delivering durability, cushioning with energy-returning MoGo midsoles, full-grain leather upper, and reliable slip-resistant outsole. As result, this Brooks walking shoe is great for work, walking on the road or on the track. In addition, this shoe is loaded with support for your low arches and control for your overpronation.

Brooks Walking Comfortable Shoes for Standing All Day

9. OluKai Nohea Moku Black

OluKai Nohea Moku

The OluKai Men’s Nohea Moku is equipped for wet conditions. This style is inspired by and designed with the nautical life in mind. This versatile shoe can be worn as a shoe or a slide because of the Drop­-In Heel® functionality. The Nohea Moku has stretch bootie construction which allows for comfortable barefoot wear. Also included is a removable and washable dual-density PU anatomical footbed. In addition, this style comes equipped with an all-weather, non-marking rubber outsole with razor siping. This outsole gives good traction on wet surfaces. Additionally, this style is vegan-friendly and offers the durability, traction, and support you expect from OluKai.

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10. Brooks Beast 20

Brooks Beast 20

The Brooks Beast ’20 offers a superior soft cushioning that is in the DNA midsole provides more adaptability and cushioning than Brooks’ standard DNA midsole. In addition to cushion, the Beast also has The Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar (PDRB) which helps to guide your body back to its natural motion. The Beast will help to keep your feet aligned all day long.

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Why should I get a free foot analysis when shopping for comfortable shoes for standing all day?


There are many factors that come into play when selecting the best comfortable shoes for standing all day, which is why it’s best to get fitted for shoes by a fit specialist. In addition, every shoe brand runs differently in fit. When you get properly fitted for shoes such as what Lucky Feet Shoes offers with our free foot analysis, your foot is measured not only based on the length (heel to toe), but also based on your arch (heel to the ball). That’s just the first step into selecting the most comfortable shoes for standing all day in. The second step is to have a fit specialist who understands how each shoe brand runs in size and width, help you get the best shoe for your foot based on what kind of daily activities are, and evaluating your current foot conditions.

Use arch supports to further enhance your comfort


Just when you thought I was finished, there is one more important aspect to consider when wanting to ensure you have and maintain comfortable shoes for standing all day in. Remember when I asked you if the inner sole can be removed or not? If the inner sole can be removed, I highly recommend getting the right arch support orthotic for your foot type. Arch supports help put less stress and fatigue on your feet as well as give you better posture and helps to correct the biomechanics of your body alignment. The arch support will go inside of your shoe to replace the generic flat insole that the shoe came with. There are various grades of arch supports, so it is best to get fitted for one by a fit specialist.

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Lucky Feet Shoes offers a free foot analysis to help you get the right arch support for your foot type. There are also dress orthotics available as well to enhance the overall fit and comfort of your dress shoes. If you want a more custom fit, Lucky Feet Shoes also offers custom orthotics that are unique to your feet. These last for about 5 years while the over-the-counter orthotics last anywhere between 8 months to 1 year. When you first start using your orthotics, there is a two-week break in period. This break in period allows for your feet to get properly adjusted to the new change. This break-in period method is also the same for shoes. When you first start to wear your shoes and orthotics, wear them for a few hours the first day, and gradually add an hour or more each day.

 Where to buy comfortable shoes for standing all-day


Come into any one of our stores located in Costa Mesa, Anaheim Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, San Dimas, Long Beach, Temecula, Redlands, La Quinta, and Palm Desert, today and shop our comfortable shoes for standing all day! At Lucky Feet Shoes, we carry many comfortable shoes: sandals, heels, walking shoes, running shoes, casual sneakers, clogs, wedges, flats, booties, and boots. Come and visit us today! If you are looking for Comfortable Men’s and Women’s Shoes in Orange County, the Inland Empire, Los Angeles County, Temecula, or Riverside; we have eight comfort shoe stores to serve you!

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