Teachers spend a lot of time on their feet, so their shoes really have to be up to the challenge. 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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1. Allbirds

Allbirds shoes: navy Tree Runners; pink Tree Breezers; white Tree Runners; orchid Wood Runners; mint slip-ons; gray Wool high tops

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. Hot Chocolate Chocolitas

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: Chocolitas Mary Janes and Chocolitas Slip-On Flats

3. UGG Shoes

UGG Corin Boots in Tan and Cahlvan Sneaker is Chestnut (Teacher Shoes)

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

We recommend: Corin Boot, Cahlvan Sneakers

4. Sanuk Slip-ons

Sanuk Women’s Pair O Dice Loafer Flats in tropical print and Men’s Casa Barco Vintage Boat Shoes in green

“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 Casa Barco Vintage Boat Shoes

5. Clarks Loafer Pumps

Clarks Emlie Warbler Pumps and Un Cosmo Way Loafer

“I don’t know what I will do if Clarks stops making their loafer-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: Emlie Warbler Pumps and Un Cosmo Way Loafers

6. 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 or Karen Flat

7. Amazon Ballet Flat

Amazon Ballet flat

Dara K. tried these and really loves the price (under $20). 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

8. 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 or Alba Ballet

9. BOBS Shoes

BOBS Slip-on Flat in gray, Bingo Dog Shoes, and Slip-resistant Loafer in black (Best Teacher Shoes)

Beth D. says she loves BOBS shoes with inserts. Plus, we love all the different (and affordable) options on Amazon. (Look at that puppy print!)

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

10. 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

11. BZees

BZees shoes

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

We recommend: Empress Pump and Lollipop Sneaker

12. Keen Shoes

Keen Kaci Slip On in brown

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 Kaci Slip-On

13. Serene Driving Loafers

Serene Driving Loafers in orange and green

“These slip-on loafers with a driving shoe–inspired sole are less than $20, and they’re the comfiest shoes I own. I have them in seven colors!” —Margot U.

We recommend: Serene Cowhide Driving Loafer

14. Rockport Men’s Shoes

Rockport Men's shoes

“All my shoes for school are Rockport. They never let me down.” —John M.

We recommend: Rockport for Men

15. Ollio Oxford

Ollio oxford shoes

“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

16. LifeStride Diverse Flat

LifeStride Diverse Flat in Denim

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 am to 1 pm, 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: Diverse Flat

17. Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens

“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 3 Eye Shoe (It’s unisex!)

18. Born Flat

Born Julianne flat 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.

We recommend: Born Julianne

19. 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

20. UIN Painted Canvas Slip-Ons

UIN Painted Canvas Flats in orange

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

21. Crocs Ballet Flats

Crocs ballet flats in yellow (Teacher Shoes)

“I have Crocs flats in every color and print.” —Amy C.

We recommend: Kadee Ballet Flats

22. Dr. Scholl’s Frankie

Dr. Scholls Frankie Flats in brown with a buckle

“I have arthritis in my hips, sciatica, and plantar fasciitis, and I live in Dr. Scholl’s,” Amy Y. told us. The Frankie flat is available in black, white, and other colors, too.

We recommend: Dr. Scholl’s Frankie Ballet Flat

23. 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

24. The Merrell Clog

Merrel Clog in red leather and gray wool

“I wear Merrell clogs all winter.” —Brenda W. (Comes in leather and wool.)

We recommend: Encore Kassie Buckle Slide

25. Timberland Anti-Fatigue

Timberland Anti-Fatigue Clogs in black and brown

“I like the Timberland anti-fatigue clog.” —Denise A.

We recommend: PRO Riveter

26. 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: Rothy’s Discount Program

27. 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

28. Earth Origins

Earth Origins Annika bootie in gray suede

We see the Earth brand shoe popping up again and again for great shoe recommendations, and this is one of our favorites.

We recommend: Earth Origins Anika

29. Alegria Paloma

Alegria Paloma shoes in floral patterns

“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

30. Clogs from Klogs

Klogs shoes in several patterns and colors (Teacher Shoes)

“Last year, I bought some clogs from Klogs. They are amazingly comfortable.” —Sandy H.

We recommend: Klogs Mission Clog

31. Converse Slip-ons

Converse Chucks in a variety of colors

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: Converse Chuck Taylor Shoreline Sneaker

32. Adidas Comfort

Adidas Cloudfoam tennis shoes in grey

“Adidas has a comfort line that I love.” —Aimee B.

We recommend: Adidas Cloudfoam Ultimate

33. Asics Gels

Asics Gels Sneakers in black

“I get a black pair of Asics so I can still wear them with dress pants.” —Nicole B.

We recommend: ASICS Gel-Quantum 360 Shift

34. ECCO Sneaker

ECCO sneakers in a variety of colors

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

We recommend: ECCO Soft Fashion Sneaker

35. Taos Sneaker

Taos Freedom Sneaker in red, teal, black, and brown (Teacher Shoes)

“The Taos Freedom sneaker is so comfortable and has a soft support footbed. They come in lots of different colors.” —Cheryl T.

We recommend: Taos Freedom Fashion Sneaker

36. Fit Flops

LULU Fit Flops in black

Erin G. writes, “Fit Flops are ALL I can wear—or tennis shoes.”

We recommend: LULU Fit Flops

37. Clarks Lace-ups

Clarks lace up shoes in black

“I love the lace-up sneaker from Clarks so much. These keep me going all day.” —Krista H.

We recommend: Clarks Everlay Elma Oxford

38. Sketchers D’Lites

Sketchers D'Lites

“I like any of the Sketchers D’Lites with yoga memory foam.” —Mary L.

We recommend:  Sketchers D’Lites

39. Vionic Slip-ons

Vionic Shoes in gray and pink (Teacher Shoes)

“I have wide feet and plantar fasciitis, and I love Vionic.” —Melana K.

We recommend: Vionic Agile Kea Slip-on

40. Sketchers Walking Shoe

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

41. Volatile Sandals

Volatile Wedge Sandal (Teacher Shoes)

“In the summer, I live for Volatile shoes. They are cute and comfortable.” —Regina J.

We recommend: Volatile Bahama Wedge Sandal

42. Birkenstock Bliss

Birkenstock Sandal in brown

“If the weather is permitting, I go with Birkenstocks.” —Karin B.

We recommend: Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed

43. Vionic Sandals

Vionic Sandal in black with gold accents

“I just discovered Vionic. They are great sandals.” —Michele H.

We recommend: Vionic Nala Arch Support Thong

44. Sanuk Yoga Sandals

Sanuk sandal with yoga bed sole

Here’s another sandal to consider. The WeAreTeachers staff swears by these sandals with a yoga-mat footbed.

We recommend: Sanuk Yoga Sling

45. Clarks Boot

Clarks Boot in brown suede (Teacher Shoes)

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 Tana Boot

46. Crocs Wedge Booties

Crocs booties in a variety of styles

“I can stand in these boots all day long comfortably, and they are so stylish that no one suspects these boots are Crocs!” —Sarah S.

We recommend: Crocs Leigh Suede Bootie

47. TOMS Shoes

TOMS slip ons in gray and sneakers in black (Teacher Shoes)

We hear from both all teachers how much they like TOMS shoes. If you watch Amazon, you can sometimes pick up some great deals, too.

We recommend: TOMS Class Slip-on and Paseo Sneaker

48. 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

49. 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 are easy to slip on and off.

We recommend: MATRIP Slip On Walking Shoe

50. 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

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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