Take Care of Your Feet With These 50+ Comfy Teacher Shoes

Take Care of Your Feet With These 50 Comfy Teacher


Anyone else out there desperate for a new pair of shoes after months of standing on your feet day after day for hours on end? Teacher shoes have got to be comfortable and hard-wearing, so we asked real educators on the WeAreTeachers HELPLINE Facebook group to share their recommendations. Here are their top choices for the most comfortable teacher shoes, from flats and pumps to sneakers and sandals.

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The Best Shoes for Teachers 2022

1. Allbirds

We consistently hear from teachers, both women and men, who love their Allbirds. They’re ultra comfortable, plus they’re made with planet-friendly natural materials. Teacher Amy M. writes, “Allbirds are the most comfortable shoe on the planet, and I like how they look.”

We recommend: Women’s Tree Breezers (ballet flats), Women’s Tree Loungers (slip-ons), Women’s Wool Loungers (slip-ons), Women’s Tree Runners (lace-ups), Women’s Wool Runners (lace-ups), Men’s Tree Runners (lace-ups), and Men’s Wool Runner-up Mizzles (high-tops)

2. HOKA One One

HOKA One One sneakers in white and black

This is another popular brand that gets a ton of mentions any time we ask teachers about comfy shoes. Tracy W. raves, “I wear Hokas every day at this point. I have 3 pairs and rotate through them.” Alayne P. adds, “It’s like walking on a cloud!”

We recommend: HOKA Clifton 8 and HOKA Hupana Flow

3. Hot Chocolate Chocolaticas

Hot Chocolate Chocolitas in World Print Mary Janes, Math Print flats, and Notebook Mary Janes (Comfortable Teacher Shoes)

Could there be any teacher shoes cuter than these? They’re comfy on their own but also have room for your own insoles if you need a little more support.

We recommend: Chocolaticas Mary Janes and Chocolaticas Slip-On Flats

4. UGG Shoes

Brown UGG Rianne boots and Cahlvan Sneakers

You’re probably familiar with the ubiquitous UGG boots, but they make plenty of other comfortable shoes, too. “They actually sell really cute other styles,” says Krit S.

We recommend: Rianne Booties and Cahlvan Sneakers

5. Sanuk Slip-ons

Sanuk Pair O Dice Tie-Dye and Shaka shoes

“I’m obsessed with Sanuk’s shoes with footbeds made from yoga mats. Foot heaven! I even got my husband (he’s a teacher, too) into the men’s Sanuk line.” —Tonia K.

We recommend: Women’s Pair O Dice Loafer Flats and Men’s Shaka Shoes

6. Hey Dude Shoes

Hey Dude Wendy shoes for women and Wally shoes for men

Struggling to find shoes for wide feet? Give these a try. They’re made with a rounded, flexible toe space and have stylish options for men and women. Janet S writes, “I could teach in them every day!”

We recommend: Women’s Wendy Shoes and Men’s Wally Sox Slip-ons

7. Clarks Pumps

Clarks black Emslie Warbler pumps and brown Linnae Pump

“I don’t know what I will do if Clarks stops making their pump style. These look as good with jeans as they do with skirts and can even pass as a heel on days I need to dress up. They are so comfortable, too.” —Sharon S.

We recommend: Emslie Warbler Pumps and Linnae Pumps

8. Dansko Flats

Dansko Franny in black and Dansko Karen in tan (Best Teacher Shoes)

Teachers love Danskos! “I’ve worn the Dansko brand for many years, and they’re a great option.” —Michele H.

We recommend: Franny Flat and Karen Flat

9. Amazon Ballet Flat

Amazon Ballet flat in black

Dara K. tried these and really loves the price (under $25). An Amazon reviewer agrees. “I am a public school teacher who stands (and sometimes runs) 9+ hours a day while at work. These shoes are insanely comfortable and did not need any ‘breaking in.’ They fit like a well-worn and loved ballet slipper from the first moment I put them on.”

We recommend: Amazon Essentials Women’s Ballet Flats

10. Lucky Brand Shoes

Lucky Basel Ankle Bootie in black and Alba Ballet Flat in black

Kristi B. writes, “I swear by Lucky Brand shoes! All of my teaching shoes are Lucky!” And here’s a 5-star Amazon review: “I love these boots. I can wear them all day at work. As a teacher, that speaks volumes!”

We recommend: Basel Ankle Bootie and Alba Ballet

11. Skechers BOBS Shoes

BOBS Slip-on Flat, Bingo Dog Shoes, and Slip-resistant Loafer

Beth D. says she loves BOBS shoes with inserts (check out our list of the best shoe inserts). Plus, we love all the different (and affordable) options. Look at that puppy print!

We recommend: Slip-on Flat, Bingo Dog Shoes, and Slip-resistant Loafer

12. Skechers Microburst

Skechers Microburst Flat in black

You’re going to see Sketchers on the list a few times, and it’s because teachers keep recommending them to us over and over again. Here’s a great slip-on to consider, backed by this review, “I am a teacher, constantly on my feet. These shoes are perfect for such an active job. They have the feel of a tennis shoe and the look of ballerina flats.”

We recommend: Skechers Microburst

13. BZees

BZees floral ballet flats and dark grey sneakers

“BZee shoes by Naturalizer are absolutely amazing!!! Not only are they comfy beyond description—they’re also machine washable!” —Kathy H.

We recommend: Niche Ballet Flat and Axis Sneaker

14. Keen Shoes

Keen canvas shoes with strap (Best Teacher Shoes)

Keens are solid go-to teacher shoes for men and women. If you live in a warm area, you can wear their sandals year-round. Otherwise, keep an eye out for other Keen boots and slip-ons like these.

We recommend: Keen Sienna MJ Canvas Shoes

15. Dream Pairs

Dream Pairs' Moda Pointed Toe Pump and Classic Ballet Flats in black

When you need a more formal shoe for awards days or open houses, these low-heeled pumps fit the bill. “Great work to evening shoe, even for a teacher,” notes one Amazon reviewer. “These are extremely comfortable and stylish!” They also have sleek flats for those who prefer to go without any heel.

We recommend: DREAM PAIRS Women’s Moda Pointed Toe Pump and DREAM PAIRS Classic Ballet Flats

16. Rockport Men’s Shoes

Rockport Men's shoes in several styles and colors

This is a brand that’s long been trusted by many who wear men’s shoes. “All my shoes for school are Rockport. They never let me down.” —John M.

We recommend: Rockport for Men

17. Ollio Oxford

Ollio oxford shoes in two styles and colors

“I’m always wearing these oxfords, and they [are] affordable.” —Roxanne M. They come in multiple colors, and you can dress them up or down.

We recommend: Ollio Ballet Oxford

18. LifeStride Shoes

Lifestride Elektra and Zora shoes in black

This real teacher review from Amazon tells you everything you need to know: “I am writing this review as a teacher who walks and stands from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a mask on, teaching active second-graders in the time of COVID. It is great that I don’t have to worry about my shoes.”

We recommend: Lifestride Elektra and Lifestride Zora

19. Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens Mary Jane and lace-up Oxford

“I love my (clean and well-polished) Doc Martens,” Olivia C. says. “Very comfortable and as professional as I need to be.” Check out this rave review from Amazon: “I am a 50-year-old female school teacher. I wasn’t sure I could pull off wearing these to work. Let me tell you, these are the best shoes I have purchased in a very long time! They are so incredibly comfortable. I wore Docs back in the 90s. I’m so glad I get to enjoy them again. Buy the shoes! You won’t regret it!”

We recommend: Mary Jane and Men’s 1461U

20. Born Shoes

Born Julianne and Danni shoes in black

Katie R. works at a shoe store, and she says she always recommends the Born brand of shoe for people who need good support. The Julianne is super-cute and comes in a variety of colors, and check out the fringe on their Danni boots!

We recommend: Born Julianne and Born Danni

21. Earthies Shoes

Earthies Essen flats in burgandy

We’ve heard from many teachers on Facebook that they like the Earthies brand of shoes. Here’s one teacher’s opinion: “I love these shoes! I have plantar fasciitis, and these are the only flats I can wear and not have any pain. I’m a teacher, so I am on my feet all day. I can wear these, and when I go home, my feet feel the same as they did when I went to work. It’s amazing!”

We recommend: Essen Flats

22. UIN Painted Canvas Slip-Ons

UIN Painted Canvas Flats in orange with white flowers and blue butterfly

Looking for comfy teacher shoes to show off your personality? These come in a huge selection of fun colors and designs. And they’re well-reviewed too: “I absolutely love these shoes! They are uber-comfortable, and I get compliments on them wherever I wear them. I’ve worn them teaching and setting up a classroom and have spent a lot of time on my feet. These did not disappoint me!”

We recommend: UIN Painted Canvas Slip-Ons

23. Crocs Flats

Crocs flats in black

Yup, THOSE Crocs! Turns out they make all sorts of styles that are just as comfortable as their well-known clogs. “I have Crocs flats in every color and print.” —Amy C.

We recommend: Sloane Flats

24. Dr. Scholl’s Shoes

Dr. Scholl's Giorgie and Roll Call shoes in black

“I have arthritis in my hips, sciatica, and plantar fasciitis, and I live in Dr. Scholl’s,” Amy Y. told us. The Giorgie ballet flats come in classic black and brown, or you can dress things up with the aptly named Roll Call loafers.

We recommend: Dr. Scholl’s Giorgie and Dr. Scholl’s Roll Call

25. SafeTstep

SafeTStep black flat with toe buckle (Teacher Shoes)

Shannon H. likes this line of slip-resistant shoes made for food-industry workers. There are some downright cute styles available.

We recommend: SafeTstep Shoes

26. Merrell Clogs

Merrell Encore Kassie in red and Juno clogs in gray

“I wear Merrell clogs all winter,” shares Brenda W. We can see why! They’re comfy but professional enough for the workplace.

We recommend: Encore Kassie Buckle Slide Clogs and Juno Suede Clogs

27. Timberland Pro

Timberland Anti-Fatigue Clogs in black and brown

“I like the Timberland anti-fatigue clog,” Denise A. told us. Timberland’s Pro line is meant to protect and support your feet all day long.

We recommend: PRO Riveter

28. Rothy’s

Rothy's ballet flats in a variety of styles and colors

This is another brand that many teachers love and one you can feel good about. These adorable and comfortable shoes are made from recycled water bottles—a lesson in sustainability. Yes, they can be pricey, but teachers do get a discount.

We recommend: The Flat and The Sneaker

29. Vans Leather Slip-on

Vans slip on in black leather with white sole (Teacher Shoes)

“My go-to is the Vans slip-on in leather. It’s a weather-resistant sneaker with great arch support that looks stylish and polished but feels like the weekend.” —Chris C.

We recommend: Vans Classic Slip-On Leather

30. Earth Origins

Earth Origins Raveen bootie in black and Fara flat in red

We see this brand shoe popping up again and again for great shoe recommendations, and these are two of our favorites.

We recommend: Raveen Bootie and Fara Flat

31. Alegria Shoes

Alegria Paloma shoes with blue foral print and Taylor shoes in black

“My mom swears by shoes called Alegria. They have a slightly rounded bottom to take pressure off your heels. She works on her feet all day and loves them.” —Rachel P.

We recommend: Alegria Paloma Flat and Alegria Taylor Flat

32. Clogs from Klogs

Klogs shoes in several patterns and colors (Teacher Shoes)

Sandy H. says, “Last year, I bought some clogs from Klogs. They are amazingly comfortable.” This brand is made for nurses, but they make great teacher shoes too.

We recommend: Klogs Mission Clog

33. Converse Slip-ons

Black Converse slip on shoes

Sometimes, you just have to go with a classic. “I’ve tried dozens of shoes, and Converse were finally the fix for me. Now my feet don’t hurt.” —April S.

We recommend: Shoreline Knit Slip-On Sneaker

34. Adidas Cloudfoam

Adidas Racer T Sneaker in light pink

 

Here’s another classic sneaker that has tons of fans. “Adidas has a comfort line that I love,” says Aimee B.

We recommend: Adidas TR21 Sneaker with Cloudfoam Sole

35. Reebok Sneakers

Reebok Club C 85 sneakers for women and men

The vintage style on these timeless sneakers for men and women can pair easily with any cute teacher outfit while keeping your feet pain-free.

We recommend: Club C 85 Shoes for Women and Club C 85 Shoes for Men

36. Asics Sneakers

Asics Sneakers in black

If you choose your colors and styles carefully, any shoe can be professional enough for teachers. “I get a black pair of Asics so I can still wear them with dress pants,” explains Nicole B.

We recommend: ASICS GT-2000 9

37. Saucony Sneakers

Saucony Azura Ski Jacket sneakers

For those who prefer a pop of color, these cozy sneakers are the perfect fit. Although they can be a bit expensive, Laura W. writes that investing in a pair is “worth every moment on my feet!”

We recommend: Azura Ski Jacket Sneakers

38. ECCO Shoes

Ecco Simpil Loafer in tan and Soft 7 Zip Bootie in gray

“Ecco is a good brand. They’re expensive, but they never wear out, and [they] look good,” Renee B. explains.

We recommend: ECCO Simpil Loafer and ECCO Soft 7 Zip Bootie

39. Taos Sneakers

Taos Plim Soul and Star Burst sneakers

“Taos sneakers are so comfortable and have a soft support footbed,” raves Cheryl T. “They come in lots of different colors.”

We recommend: Taos Plim Soul and Taos Star Burst

40. FitFlops

FitFlops Superloafer and Leather Clogs

FitFlops gained popularity a few years ago as a comfortable shoe that helps keep you in shape. They’ve expanded their line to other styles that are great for school. Erin G. writes, “FitFlops are ALL I can wear.”

We recommend: FitFlops Superloafer and FitFlops Leather Clogs

41. Oofos Shoes

Oofos OOmg Low eeZee and OOCloog Limited

Shoes for plantar fasciitis and other ailments can be difficult to find, but this brand gets the seal of approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Plus, teachers like Janet H. tell us, “Oofos are amazing! I had plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, and they help me not feel any foot pain when I walk.”

We recommend: OOmg Low eeZee and OOCloog Limited

42. Clarks Sneakers

Clarks Nova Glint sneakers in black

Clarks is another brand that’s on this list more than once. “I love the lace-up sneaker from Clarks so much. These keep me going all day,” swears Krista H.

We recommend: Clarks Nova Glint

43. On Clouds

All black On Cloud sneakers

Teachers are big fans of this brand. Stephanie F. raves, “I love, love, love my On Cloud shoes. I have three different pairs.” Liz S. chimes in, “I love mine. I have wide feet and high arches. They fit well and are super comfortable.”

We recommend: On Cloud 2.0

44. Sketchers D’Lites

Sketchers D'Lites sneakers in black with white soles

Mary L. loves this Skechers style. “I like any of the Skechers D’Lites with yoga memory foam.” The insole makes them comfy for long teacher days.

We recommend:  Sketchers D’Lites Me Time Sneaker

45. Vionic Slip-ons

Vionic North Willa slip ons and Dahlia flats in blue

“I have wide feet and plantar fasciitis, and I love Vionic,” Melana K. shares. The brand has a big selection of styles for men and women, and you can even buy their insoles separately to add to other shoes.

We recommend: Vionic North Willa Slip-On and Vionic Dahlia Flat

46. Sketchers Go Walks

Skechers Go Walk shoes in several colors (Teacher Shoes)

“Sketchers Go Walks are a good option if you are looking for something less expensive.” —Brenda W.

We recommend: Skechers Performance Women’s Go Walk 4

47. Volatile Sandals

Volatile Wedge Sandal (Teacher Shoes)

Not quite ready to give up your summer sandals? “In the summer, I live for Volatile shoes,” recommends Regina J. “They are cute and comfortable.”

We recommend: Volatile Bahama Wedge Sandal

48. Birkenstocks

Birkenstock Arizona sandals and Boston clogs

Here’s another sandal option, recommended by Karin B. “If the weather is permitting, I go with Birkenstocks.” (Heck, go ahead and pair them with socks if you want to!)

We recommend: Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed and Birkenstock Boston Clogs

49. Dr. Scholl’s Brilliance Riding Boots

Black and brown Dr Scholl's knee-high boots

If winter comes early in your neck of the woods, these classic boots will get you ready for colder days to come. Bonus: These fit wider calves, which knee-boots don’t always do.

We recommend: Dr. Scholl’s Brilliance Riding Boots

50. Soda Multi-Strap Ankle Bootie

Soda ankle booties with multiple straps in gray suede (Best Teacher Shoes)

“So comfortable and looks great!” one Amazon reviewer reports. “I’m a teacher and on my feet all day, but these felt great and no issues!!!”

We recommend: Soda Multi-Strap Ankle Bootie

51. Clarks Ankle Boot

Clarks Tamzen Boot in black

Here’s one more Clarks to consider. If you want comfort, this is a brand that teachers tell us, again and again, you can count on.

We recommend: Clarks Tamzen Boot

52. Amazon Essentials Men’s Canvas Slip-on Loafer

Amazon Basics Men's Canvas Slip Ons in gray

Sometimes it’s harder for men to find inexpensive, comfortable shoes. That’s why we like these Amazon Basics slip-ons. One reviewer gives them the thumbs-up: “Very comfortable loafers. They’re actually more comfortable than my Sketchers for half the price.”

We recommend: Amazon Essentials Men’s Canvas Slip-on Loafer

53. TOMS Shoes

TOMS classic slip ons in gray and TOMS Carlos in dark blue

We hear from teachers how much they like TOMS shoes, over and over. If you watch Amazon and Zappos, you can pick up some great deals, too.

We recommend: TOMS Classic Slip-on and TOMS Carlo

54. TOMS Boots

TOMS boots in multiple styles (Teacher Shoes)

TOMS has more than just its classic slip-on shoes. “I am all about TOMS boots to wear for their comfort, but I also love the buy-one-give-one social-good aspect.” —Katie M.

We recommend: TOMS Boots for Women

55. MATRIP Shoe

MATRIP slip on shoes in white

If you want to keep it simple and affordable, you might want to consider MATRIP. They come in several different colors and slip on and off in a snap.

We recommend: MATRIP Slip-On Walking Shoe

56. Brooks Shoes

Brooks Revel 5 sneakers

Reviewers swear by these sneakers for making life easier while on their feet all day, even helping ease issues like back pain, knee problems, and plantar fasciitis. Plus, they have a lot of fun and colorful styles to choose from.

We recommend: Brooks Revel 5

57. Naturalizer Riding Boots

Naturalizer boots in several styles and colors (Teacher Shoes)

“Tall boots over pants is my favorite look for school, and Naturalizer’s boots keep my feet happy all day.” —Megan V.

We recommend: Naturalizer Riding Boots

58. Jack Rogers

Jack Rogers Comfort Sandals and Jack Rogers Croc Sneakers

The Jack Rogers comfort line offers support without sacrificing style. Curved edges and a soft bottom support the heel, perfect for all day wear. Plus, their sneakers are a great, versatile option.

We recommend: Jack Rogers Comfort Sandals and Jack Rogers Croc Sneakers

We’d love to hear—what are your favorite teacher shoes? Come and share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

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Take Care of Your Feet With These 50+ Comfy Teacher Shoes



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