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17 Amazing Comfortable Shoes for Teachers: Fall 2021
I was 27 when a pair of comfortable shoes for teachers changed my professional life. Recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, the pain in my feet became unbearable and so did walking the aisles checking homework, pacing while I taught lessons, and standing in the hall while the kids entered the classroom. I quickly became the un-fun teacher who wanted to sit on the job more than anything else–counter to my active teaching style.
Although I did not yet know the term “toe box,” I knew I needed a shoe that didn’t constrict my painful toes. I never had to worry about arch support before, but now the joints in my mid-foot were shifting due to active RA. Having absolutely no idea which kind of shoe would work for me, I walked into Nordstrom and was quickly overwhelmed by all the choices. I walked out the door into the open-air mall and saw a small shoe store called Joyce Selby.
A kind lady listened to my woes and walked me to the display of Dansko clogs. I’d never heard of Dansko. I picked out a simple black mary jane clog. She brought me my size and I strapped them on my throbbing feet. I took a few steps and knew I’d found a winner. I turned the shoe over to check the price and noticed the style name….Kirsten. My namesake shoe. I wish I had kept my Dansko Kirsten clogs as the style has been discontinued for years (the Dansko Sam is a close resemblance).
So, fellow teachers, I understand how the right pair of shoes can make or break your day. Allow me to help you find that perfect pair! We love Zappos as they offer all the best in comfortable shoes for teachers, along with free shipping and free returns.
17 TOP COMFORTABLE SHOES FOR TEACHERS:
Camper Right Nina flats: A flexible flat with buttery-soft leather uppers. Made in Spain. A good choice for:
- narrow heels (straps keep shoe from slipping off heel)
- bunions (leather is forgiving and toe box is fairly wide for a flat)
- feet that prefer a barefoot feel as opposed to tons of arch suppport
Runs small, order up a size. Available in euro sizes 35-42 (5-11) for 144.95 from Zappos.
Anne Klein Sport Umeko: An affordable work-appropriate flat with cushioned insole and thicker rubber outsole, moderate support and a good fit. Best for:
- bunions (many reviews mention how the AK Sport Umeko accommodates bunions)
- medium to slightly wide feet with narrow heels
Available in sizes 5-10.5 for $74.90 from Zappos.
Revere Nairobi: A classy ballet flat with a envelope vamp that crosses below the bunions. Excellent arch support, removable footbed may accommodate slim orthotic. See our Revere shoes brand review. Best for:
- feet that typically can’t wear flats due to lack of arch support
- dress orthotics
Available in whole sizes 5-12 for $129.95 from Zappos.
Walking Cradles Delta: A sporty slip-on loafer with enhanced arch support, soft microfiber linings, non-compacting latex footbed that’s removable. A 1 1/8″ heel adds a little lift for the heels. Best for:
- wide feet
- plantar fasciitis (good support and one-inch heel)
Available in sizes 5-12, medium to extra wide widths for $78.90-99 from Zappos.
Hey Dude Misty: A super lightweight and cushioned loafer with room for toes to spread out! Moderate arch support. Washable. Best for:
- Wide feet, wide forefoot
Merrell Jungle Moc: Typically we’d steer away from recommending the Jungle Moc for the classroom as it may be too casual for some school settings. But look! It comes in monochrome upper-sole combos, and in this pretty muted rose. Best for:
- orthotics (removable footbed)
- hallux rigidus (doesn’t bend easily at forefoot, protects big toe)
- plantar fasciitis (good support and heel stability)
Available in sizes 5-11, medium and wide widths for $84.95 from Zappos.
Bzees Niche: Cute, supportive, lightweight , affordable and machine-washable! The Bzees Niche features a stretch fabric upper and a Free-Foam™ footbed that molds to your feet and offers bounce back and arch support. Best for:
- bunions, hammertoes (stretch fabric upper)
- feet and knees that need extra cushioning
Find the Bzees Niche in sizes 5-11, medium and wide widths for $59 from Zappos.
Dansko Finola: Sensible and plain? Yes. But isn’t it refreshing to see a classic black oxford without a white sole? Customers like the Finola for its removable insole and room to accommodate an orthotic. Best for:
- plantar fasciitis (one-inch heel)
- feet that need adjustability across the instep
Available in euro sizes 36-42 (5.5-11.5) for $134.95 from Zappos.
Clarks Sharon Noel: Our favorite Zappos review: “it’s like walking on loaves of bread (but not in a gross way).” We reviewed a similar style called the Sharon Dolly (one of my favorite comfortable shoes for teachers) if you want to read more about the fit and feel of this funky oxford. Best for:
- feet that simply want a well-made, versatile oxford with good support and stability.
Find the Clarks Sharon Noel in sizes 5-11, medium and wide widths for $58-94 from Zappos.
Ariat Sport Mule: All the quality and comfort you’d expect from Ariat, but in a versatile casual-dress mule. Best for:
- plantar fasciitis (1.5″ heel, good arch support, can wear with heel strap)
- Achilles tendonitis (nothing pushing into or rubbing back of heel)
Find in sizes 5.5-11 for $119.95 from Zappos.
SoftWalk Madison: One of our favorite comfortable shoes for teachers is actually a clog. The SoftWalk Madison receives rave reviews for being “out-of-the-box comfortable.” Is your achilles tendon giving you heck? Maybe it’s time to try a shoe without an enclosed back. This one comes in a variety of colors, sizes and widths. Best for:
- wide feet
- achilles tendonitis
Available in sizes 5-12, narrow to extra wide widths for $119.95 from Zappos.
Bzees Golden Knit: Lucky you if sneakers pass dress code for teachers! The Bzees Golden Knit features a stretch knit upper and removable Free-Foam™ footbed designed to mold to your feet and offers bounce back and arch support for lasting support (and they’re washable). Best for:
- plantar fasciitis
- wide feet
- flat feet
Available in sizes 6-11, medium and wide widths for $70 from Zappos.
Fitflop Uberknit Ballerina: part sneaker, part ballerina flat, but completely comfortable! Receives the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) seal of acceptance for promoting good foot health. Best for:
- Morton’s neuroma
Available in sizes 5-11 for $99.95 from Zappos.
Rockport Vivianne Two-Piece sandal: Thank goodness for platforms that add height without sacrificing all-day comfort! The Rockport Vivianne features a generously cushioned footbed with extra padding at the heel and a lightweight outsole. Best for:
- heel-loving teachers that crave comfort too!
Available in sizes 5-11, medium and wide widths for $61-89 at Zappos.
Sofft Saydee: Sneaker+Wedge+Sandal=the Sofft Saydee. Just like the Rockport Vivianne shown above, the Saydee features a 3″ heel offset by a 1″ platform, and a side zipper for easy on and off. Best for:
- ankle support
- narrow to medium width feet
- lower insteps
Available in sizes 6-11 for $119.95 from Zappos.
Aetrex Delaney: A beautiful weatherproof shootie with removable orthotic-quality insole. Check out the entire Aetrex line for more arch-supporting options. Best for:
- Heel-lovers that need enhanced arch support
Available in euro sizes 35-41 (5-10) for $149.95 from Zappos.
Cobb Hill Aubrey: 991 Zappos reviews with 70% awarding the Cobb Hill Aubrey FIVE stars for comfort due to the contoured EVA footbed with arch support, stability shank in the midsole, generous toe box and moderate heel. Best for:
- bunions (may want to order the wide width)
- hammertoes (toe box is higher than average)
- women with back or knee issues that still want to wear a slight heel
Available in sizes 5-11, narrow to wide widths for $99.95 from Zappos.