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19 Fab Footwear Recommendations for Teachers

November 19, 2020 by Janessa Fletcher

Education to the Core has listened to teachers’ opinions and done the research to find the 19 best shoes that won’t leave you with sore feet AND are super cute and stylish at the same time. Check out these 19 Fab Footwear Recommendations for Teachers!

Would you rather have comfortable shoes that don’t leave you with an aching back and sore feet at the end of the day OR have really cute, stylish shoes appropriate for teaching that unfortunately cause aches and pains after all day on your feet? I am here to tell you that you do not need to make that your choice anymore! 

1. Vionics Shoes  

These comfortable and stylish shoes may be a little expensive, but teachers swear by the arch support and cushioning of these shoes. Not only do they offer proper alignment for your foot but they also help to provide relief from foot ailments such as heel pain and plantar fasciitis. They are available in sandals, sneakers, boots, and dress shoes giving you amazing comfort without the orthopedic look!

2. Skechers Footwear  

When teachers talk about their Skechers, they are really talking about the foot bedding of memory foam comfort, and the breathable, lightweight fabric. Available in thousands of designs and styles, these shoes can keep you on the move in the classroom year-round!

3. Amazon Essentials Ballet Flat

You are going to love the microfiber lining of these flats, giving you all-day comfort and breathability! Made of high quality to last a long time, these flats are super cute and super friendly on the pocketbook.

4. Crocs

These at work shoes are either loved or hated, but don’t completely rule them out! With so many styles and designs to choose from now, you will fall in love with how easy these are to clean in their lightweight, slip-resistant, and waterproof materials. Perfect for the classroom floors and wet surfaces, these shoes last forever while providing all day wearability!

5. Keen Shoes

When buying shoes these days, many teachers take into consideration the company that they are buying shoes from. We love supporting this American built company that promises safety for its employees, customers, and the environment, by eliminating harmful chemicals in their shoe production. The shoes are designed specifically for being on your feet for long periods of time and are “consciously created for a better planet.”

6. Chacos Footwear

Amazing arch support from their “LUVSEAT footbed” along with healthy alignment makes Chacos not only a favorite of teachers but also a shoe that is accepted by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Chacos are made for hiking and adventure, but their all-day comfort helps prevent those sore, achy muscles from teaching on your feet all day too!

7. Dr. Comfort

If you suffer from diabetes or other foot health issues, these orthopedic shoes can help protect your feet and provide that necessary comfort. Orthopedic shoes have typically been viewed as unattractive and bulky, but Dr. Comfort has brought their sandals, sneakers, and dress shoes to a new level of stylish!

8. Dansko

Best known for their clogs, Dansko shoes also come in Mary Janes, sneakers, tennis shoes, and ankle boots with that same slip on/slip off ease and comfort that tired teachers have come to love! From basic black to an artist’s palette, these shoes are a fave of teachers who are seeking style and comfort together.

9. Rothy’s Shoes

Shoes made from recycled water bottles? Yes and worth looking into! These ballet flats, loafers, and pointed toe flats come in a variety of colors and patterns with extreme comfort and flexibility. A little spot of spilled coffee, no problem. These shoes can be machine washed! So durable!

10. Allbirds Footwear  

Although a maker of sneakers, Allbirds Tree Breezer flats are wearable everywhere. Made from renewable eucalyptus meshed into lyocell fabric, these newer flats offer a teacher a stylish, supportive flat choice in a shoe that doesn’t require any break in time!

11. Alegria  

Another shoe that is accepted by the APMA, Alegria shoes has developed their arch and heel support in such a way that every day stress on the legs, hips, and backs of teachers is alleviated. The front toe of the shoes also has a wide toe box that makes room for bunions, corns, and other toe ailments. Perfect for teachers with foot problems!

12. Tieks Shoes  

These Tieks are designer flats purposefully designed to fold up and fit in a purse. A flexible creation that has a midsole that specifically molds to the wearer’s feet. Although pricey, these flats offer great shock absorption from those hard classroom floors.

13. Hey Dude

I saw this recommendation from a teacher post and researched immediately! These are casual canvas shoes that can be washed in the washing machine, reasonably priced, and comfortable. They come in boots, sneakers, and loafers with the cutest styles for both men and women!

14. Rockport Men’s Shoes

No list is complete without providing some shoe choices for our male teachers out there. Rockport Men’s line is designed with the idea that everyone needs comfortable shoes that are trendy and not our father’s basic black or brown shoe. Rockport offers a ton of comfortable styles for men that are all designed for helping men to look and feel their best in their shoes.

15. Clarks for Men  

Clarks are made with premium quality materials that provide comfort for days for all occasions. Styles include slip-on, lace-ups, and casual ones that will take any of our male teachers through those long school days on their feet and also carry them into any plans for the evening and weekend.

16. Clarks for Women

Offering the same quality provided in their men’s line, Clarks has created tons of attractive work shoe choices for busy women teachers on the go and in front of the board! The shoes are flexible and breathable with special insoles designed for all-day wear and comfort.

17. Birkenstocks Footwear

Birks are another shoe that falls on many teachers’ love lists for the most comfortable shoe ever. With a contoured footbed and special support elements, the Birkenstock brand has grown to become synchronous with all-day comfort. If you haven’t ever tried Birkenstock, now might be the time. Their fall collection has some incredible styles in their boots and clogs!

18. Toms

These are shoes with an easy on/off design. They exude comfortable arch support, and go with everything you’ll wear to school. What is extra special about these affordable slip-ons?  The “One for One” program; for every pair purchased, another pair is purchased for a child in need. Many teachers I know own pairs in several designs and wear their different Toms every day of the school year!

Hot Chocolate Chocolaticas

These are part of the HotChocolateDesign brand and definitely my favorite in teacher style! The whimsical patterns on their Mary Jane Flats and Pumps are super eye-catching while their footbed and wide toe box styles provide so much comfort. Teachers are becoming addicted to these shoes! We are anxiously waiting for the new patterns to come out this November!

So many great shoe choices were provided by teachers for all of us in the pursuit of the most comfortable all-day shoe. Not to mention they can also be stylish. No more choosing between comfort and style as we all deserve shoes that can deliver in both areas. After our long days on our feet, we can now curl up on the sofa to grade those papers (watch Netflix) without pain and discomfort in our tootsies!  

We hope that maybe you found a pair or two from these 19 Fab Footwear Recommendations for Teachers!

Written by: Suzanne Kelley

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