When you have an active job — from construction to personal training to food delivery — your shoes need to do a whole lot more work than you think, especially if you’re on your feet all day. You’re not a typewriter monkey — you need something very specific to your lifestyle.
So what are the best work shoes for being on your feet all day? Being super active? Well there are a few things you should definitely look for. The biggest one right off the bat: durability. Choose kicks that are made from a super-tough material, ideally leather, but a synthetic mesh can also provide plenty of hold.
Another super important one is stability, especially when it comes to the tread; you do not want to be slipping and sliding all day. Rubber soles are always a solid option.
And do not forget the fit: a good work shoe for work should not be too loose. (Even a slightly tighter fit is more preferable, since the leather can mold to your foot.) Don’t ever buy a size up — you’re not going to grow any more, big guy.
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You might also be inclined to believe that you should sacrifice form for function with a great work shoe, but that’s not the case. What makes the best work shoe is a combination of style and functionality. As you’ll see below, none of our favorite shoes for work ditch perfect form.
Check out the best work shoes for men to protect their feet and feel comfortable for all-day wear.
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Cessnock Food Service Shoes
When you think of the best lightweight safety shoes, this pair from Sketchers has to come to mind. It’s crafted specifically for guys on their feet all the time — servers, drivers, and so on — and is made with a breathable mesh upper so your feet don’t get too sweaty.
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Memory Workshift Sneakers
When you’re on the job and on your feet all day, you need a good degree of comfort. This pair from Fila is probably the best budget work shoes: with an all-leather build, they’ll last for years, and the rubber outsole will prevent slippage. Your comfort is covered with a memory foam liner.
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Work Athletic Oxford Industrial & Construction Shoes
Reebok makes some of the best lightweight safety shoes around, combining a solid mesh upper and rubber outsole. An alloy toe box keeps you protected, and moisture-wicking lining keeps your feet dry. It all comes in featherweight construction.
Giant Romeo Work Shoes
You can not deny it: sometimes, convenience is just key. These work boots slip on with east and provide all-day protection with a stitched, oil-resistant bumper guard and Goodyear welt construction. Plus, an internal collar gives you seamless comfort.
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Eberdon Black Shoes
The best men’s shoes for standing all day on concrete need one big feature: a big, fat, rubber sole. And these Rockports have it, in addition to a 100% leather upper, dual goring insets, and a padded collar to keep it extra cozy.
Indestructible Steel Toe Shoes
If you’re game to get a little sportier with your work shoes, this pair has a more active look while still keeping you safe. They have a widening steel toe cap and a puncture-resistant Kevlar sole — seriously heavy-duty, while remaining light with a mesh upper.
Grand Tour Wingtip Oxford
These have to be the best more formal work shoes for guys — sleek-looking, absolutely, but also incredibly comfortable for standing on your feet for hours. The uppers are totally made of leather and the classic wingtip pattern gives it a modern touch. Rubber pods on the heel add extra traction and comfort.
Fresh Foam Slip Resistant 806 V
The best New Balance shoes for work have to be these ultra-slip resistant pair. Engineered for guys who work on their feel, it also features a no-sew synthetic upper mesh, a foam midsole for extra comfort, and, of course, a slip-resistant outsole.
The Ryng Low
Whether you’re working in a warehouse or a workshop, these shoes from Brunt will keep you grounded. They feature heavy-duty tread for unparalleled traction. However, they’re also designed with mobility in mind, so you can enjoy all-day comfort and protection in any environment without feeling weighed down.
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Generation ZERØGRAND II
These thoughtfully designed shoes from Cole Haan feature a lofty and comfortable sole made from dandelions. If you find yourself standing all day at work, they’re a great companion that will keep your feet (and your conscious) feeling fresh.
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