Spend entire days on your feet for work? When our job requires us to be standing all day on hard, concrete floors, they can pretty tired. Therefore, we’ve tested many a shoe to bring you the ultimate guide to the best men’s dress shoes for standing all day:
- Oxford Shoe: Wolf & Shepherd Closer
- Oxford Shoe: Beckett Simonon Dean
- Brogue Shoe: Ace Marks Vincent
- Formal Boot: Beckett Simonon Lopez
- Brogue Shoe: Allen Edmonds Strandmok
- Brogue Boot: Allen Edmonds Dalton
- Hybrid Shoe: Amberjack The Original
- Business Casual: Mephisto Cap Vert
- Brogue Shoe: Rockport Tanner
- Derby Shoe: Ecco Citytray
Looking for a particular style that’s listed above? Use the links to jump ahead or keep scrolling to read more! Furthermore, this guide will also cover the features to look for in dress shoes for standing all day.
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A young albeit celebrated premium footwear brand, Wolf & Shepherd has garnered a cult following thanks to its innovative designs. On the exterior, their footwear looks like traditional dress shoes with full-grain calfskin uppers. However, the interior is a very different story.
For instance, they’re equipped with EVA heels, memory foam cushioning, lightweight PheonixTECH outsoles, and engineered support. As a result, they’re made for being on your feet. Although we were initially sceptical, we’ve tried enough of their shoes to realise how beneficial they are when standing all day!
"Designed with comfort in mind, the precision-crafted support and cushioning prevents sore feet when standing all day."
Should you have a preference for traditional craftsmanship, Beckett Simonon is an alternative and more affordable brand that we would recommend instead. Indeed, Beckett Simonon shoes are benchmade in a Colombian workshop using time-tested techniques.
Beckett Simonon craft their shoes using a Blake stitch construction. Although Goodyear-welted shoes are often regarded as being a better choice, Blake stitched shoes tend to offer greater flexibility as well as a faster break-in time. Both of these are quite beneficial when on your feet all day.
Produced in a family-owned Italian workshop outside of Rome, Ace Marks shoes bridge the gap between artisanal craftsmanship and modern footwear. They’re made with excellent-quality full-grain leathers and a Black stitch construction.
As mentioned above, Blake stitch shoes have a number of benefits compared to Goodyear welting when you’re standing on your feet all day. Indeed, Ace Marks shoes are lightweight and feature a cushioned insole.
Ace Marks has a variety of shoe styles, which offer different levels of formality. Nevertheless, we have a preference for the Vincent as it’s not quite as tight around the top of the midfoot. It’s available in a number of colourways but the contrast cognac and tan does look pretty stylish!
Taking inspiration from the original First World War service boot, Beckett Simonon have rendered the Chukka boot more formal. Indeed, unlike most boots in this style, the Lopez is quite a dressy option.
Constructed with the same Blake stitching and calfskin leather, it’s beautifully made and offers additional ankle support. Furthermore, the rubber outsole provides some shock absorption and a vachette lining prevents rubbing.
Thanks to Allen Edmonds’ own 360° Goodyear welt, the Strandmok is surprisingly cosy! Indeed, it’s considerably less stiff and quicker to break in than most other Goodyear welted shoes. Furthermore, the Dainite rubber outsole adds significant additional shock absorption with every step.
We’ve been very fond of the Strandmok ever since we reviewed it and it continues to perform well all these years later. The calfskin leather patinas beautifully and becomes effortlessly supple with time.
Brogue boots are particularly popular these days. While there are many options on the market, we’re extremely fond of the Dalton by Allen Edmonds. Like the Strandmok, they’re constructed using a 360° Goodyear welt as well as calfskin uppers.
Furthermore, they’re available in a variety of styles. You can opt for leather or Dainite soles and there’s even a model in Cordovan leather. Whatever your choice in upper, we’d insist that you opt for the Dainite soles in order to benefit from their additional shock absorption.
When John Peters created Amberjack, he sought to introduce a versatile shoe that was both affordable and comfortable. He teamed up with designer John Kraljevich who had worked with brands like Allen Edmonds and Coach. Learn its full story with our review.
While The Original isn’t strictly a dress shoe, it’s a great business casual option that marries traditional craftsmanship with the latest athletic footwear technology. As well as its distinctive aesthetic, the shoe features a removable footbed that’s three times thicker than similar brands and offers heat-activated arch support.
Just bear in mind that Amberjack runs a little large so be sure to order a half-size smaller than usual.
Although we appreciate Mephisto’s quality, we tend to avoid them as they’re not particularly attractive. However, the Cap Vert is certainly an exception. As penny loafers, they’re a business casual option. Therefore, we wouldn’t pair them with a suit but they’re an excellent choice when being up on your feet all the time.
The padding tongue reduces pressure points. Meanwhile, an extra soft leather lining is designed with a special Air-Relax cushioned insole for additional breathability. Therefore, they’re an excellent option in any season.
While admittedly not the most elegant choice, Rockport is a great brand when you’re on a budget, especially if you’re on your feet all day. It features a removable OrthoLite footbed and a durable rubber outsole.
OrthoLite is a well-known brand of shoe inserts and those supplied with these brogues won’t let you down. Meanwhile, the rubber outsole provides good shock absorption and traction on slippery surfaces. As a result, it’s a great choice for those working in catering.
Ecco is renowned for producing shoes that are favoured among the hospitality and medical sectors for good reason! It’s more affordable than other brands like Mephisto and its styles are a little more subtle, too.
However, they do tend to look a little boxy and lack elegance, to say the least. That said, the Citytray conforms well to dress code standards with an understated Derby design.
The shoe features a removable leather-covered insole, which can be replaced with orthotics. Meanwhile, the brand touts its Fluidform soles, which are lightweight yet provide excellent shock absorption.
Finally, the rubber outsole features Ecco’s “Tray” technology, which is what has earned the shoe its name. This addition offers extra stability and grip.
Standing All Day In Dress Shoes
Whilst many of us spend our eight hours sat firmly behind a desk, which isn’t particularly healthy either, there are other professions that require being on your feet all day.
Catering, retail, security and education are but a few where you can find yourself standing for hours on end. Although standing and walking are indeed healthy activities, there gets to a point where it becomes too much.
In fact, prolonged standing is a major cause of disorders such as Plantar Fasciitis, which can become a chronic condition. Otherwise, you may suffer from sore and tired feet, which puts you out of action by the time you clock out.
Additionally, many of the professions where you’d be required to stay on your feet may also have relatively strict dress codes. As such, you’ll be obliged to remain rather formal, which rules out footwear such as sneakers.
Dress Shoe Features For Standing All Day
Shoe brands have learned to change with the times and are now catering more towards ergonomics. Once a shoe that was associated with rigidity, many now feature characteristics reminiscent of athletic shoes.
From PU footbeds to EVA midsoles, we’re beginning to see a revolution in modern footwear where the traditional dress shoe is easier to wear.
However, whilst cheap dress shoes tend to skimp on quality, which can make them quite uncomfortable, the traditional construction of premium footwear can actually be quite soothing too. Nevertheless, here are a few modern features that the best dress shoes for standing tend to feature:
- Cushioning: Cushion has been around for a long time but has only recently become serious. Originally, just a few symbolic pads were found on the heel, which didn’t do much. Today, quality shoes for standing offer deep cushion, which take pressure off the contours of your feet.
- Stability: Although best for when walking, lateral stability makes it easier for standing too. This means that your feet don’t need to strain themselves to stay upright.
- Shock Absorption: Thin leather soles don’t offer much shock absorption and can feel very hard over a period of time. Quality shoes tend to have thicker leather and rubber soles as well as newer materials like EVA and PU, which offer some bounce and padding when on your feet.
- Arch Support: Absolutely essential for preventing disorders like Plantar Fasciitis, arch support cups the bottom of your feet so they aren’t strained when standing. Just make sure that they match your foot shape as too much arch support can cause bruising.
- Natural Materials: Although some synthetics can breathe quite well, the best option for dress shoes still tends to be leather. This is because it works as a membrane and actually exchanges moisture. Most fake leather shoes don’t do this and the build up of sweat can cause blisters.
- Ankle Grip: Features like ankle notches or collars prevent your feet from slipping out of your shoes. This reduces friction and prevents blistering when walking.
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