Ready or not, the 2021-22 school year is upon us! For most teachers, that means you’re about to spend day after day on your feet for months to come. Teacher shoes have got to be comfortable and hard-wearing, so 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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The Best Shoes for Teachers 2021

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 and men's shoes

“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 Shaka 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: Emslie 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 in black

Dara K. tried these and really loves the price (under $25). 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. Skechers 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 floral ballet flats and dark grey sneakers

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

We recommend: Niche Ballet Flat and Axis Sneaker

12. Keen Shoes

Keen canvas shoes with strap (Best Teacher Shoes)

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 Sienna MJ Canvas Shoes

13. Dream Pairs Pumps

DREAM PAIRS low-heeled D'orsay pumps in black

When you need a more formal shoe for awards days or open houses, these low-heeled pumps fit the bill. “Great work to evening shoe, even for a teacher,” notes one Amazon reviewer. “These are extremely comfortable and stylish!”

We recommend: DREAM PAIRS Women’s Moda Pointed Toe Pump

14. Rockport Men’s Shoes

Rockport Men's shoes in several styles and colors

This is a brand that’s long been trusted by many who wear 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 in two styles and colors

“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 a.m. to 1 p.m., 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 Mary Jane and lace-up Oxford

“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 Men’s 1461U

18. Born Flat

Born Julianne flat in silvery gray (Best Teacher Shoes)

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 with white flowers and blue butterfly

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 Flats

Crocs flats in navy blue leopard print with cutouts

Yup, THOSE Crocs! Turns out they make all sorts of styles that are just as comfy as their well-known clogs. “I have Crocs flats in every color and print.” —Amy C.

We recommend: Sloane 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, brown, and tan.

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,” shares Brenda W. We can see why! They’re comfy but professional enough for the workplace.

We recommend: Encore Kassie Buckle Slide

25. Timberland Pro

Timberland Anti-Fatigue Clogs in black and brown

“I like the Timberland anti-fatigue clog,” Denise A. told us. Timberland’s Pro line is meant to protect and support your feet all day long.

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 flat shoes with straps in brown (Best Teacher Shoes)

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)

Sandy H. says, “Last year, I bought some clogs from Klogs. They are amazingly comfortable.” This brand is made for nurses, but they make great teacher shoes too.

We recommend: Klogs Mission Clog

31. Converse Slip-ons

Slip-on Converse Sneakers in black and white stripes

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 Cloudfoam

Adidas Cloudfoam running shoes in burgandy

 

Here’s another classic sneaker that has tons of fans. “Adidas has a comfort line that I love,” says Aimee B.

We recommend: Adidas Cloudfoam Running Shoe

33. Asics Gel-Quantum

Asics Gels Sneakers in black

If you choose your colors and styles carefully, any shoe can be professional enough for teachers. “I get a black pair of Asics so I can still wear them with dress pants,” explains Nicole B.

We recommend: ASICS Gel-Quantum 360 Shift

34. ECCO Simpil Loafer

Ecco Simpil Flat in rose brown

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

We recommend: ECCO Simpil Loafer

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,” raves Cheryl T. “They come in lots of different colors.”

We recommend: Taos Freedom Fashion Sneaker

36. FitFlops

FitFlops brown slip on shoes

FitFlops gained popularity a few years ago as a comfortable shoe that helps keep you in shape. They’ve expanded their line to other styles that are great for school. Erin G. writes, “FitFlops are ALL I can wear.”

We recommend: FitFlops Superloafer

37. Clarks Sneakers

Clarks lace-up sneakers in navy blue with white sole (Best Teacher Soles)

Clarks is another brand that’s on this list more than once. “I love the lace-up sneaker from Clarks so much. These keep me going all day,” swears Krista H.

We recommend: Clarks Adella Holly Sneaker

38. Sketchers D’Lites

Sketchers D'Lites sneakers in black with white soles

Mary L. loves this Skechers style. “I like any of the Skechers D’Lites with yoga memory foam.” The insole makes them comfy for long teacher days.

We recommend:  Sketchers D’Lites Me Time Sneaker

39. Vionic Slip-ons

Vionic slip on loafers in royal blue (Best Teacher Shoes)

“I have wide feet and plantar fasciitis, and I love Vionic,” Melana K. shares. The brand has a big selection of styles for men and women, and you can even buy their insoles separately to add to other shoes.

We recommend: Vionic North Willa Slip-On

40. Sketchers Go Walks

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)

Not quite ready to give up your summer sandals? “In the summer, I live for Volatile shoes,” recommends Regina J. “They are cute and comfortable.”

We recommend: Volatile Bahama Wedge Sandal

42. Birkenstocks

Birkenstock Sandal in brown

Here’s another sandal option, recommended by Karin B. “If the weather is permitting, I go with Birkenstocks.” (Heck, go ahead and pair them with socks if you want to!)

We recommend: Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed

43. Dr. Scholl’s Brilliance Riding Boots

Black and brown Dr Scholl's knee-high boots

If winter comes early in your neck of the woods, these classic boots will get you ready for colder days to come. Bonus: These fit wider calves, which knee-boots don’t always do.

We recommend: Dr. Scholl’s Brilliance Riding Boots

44. Soda Multi-Strap Ankle Bootie

Soda ankle booties with multiple straps in gray suede (Best Teacher Shoes)

“So comfortable and looks great!” one Amazon reviewer reports. “I’m a teacher and on my feet all day, but these felt great and no issues!!!”

We recommend: Soda Multi-Strap Ankle Bootie

45. Clarks Ankle 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 Ankle Boots

46. Amazon Essentials Men’s Canvas Slip-on Loafer

Amazon Basics Men's Canvas Slip Ons in gray

Sometimes it’s harder for men to find inexpensive, comfortable shoes. That’s why we like these Amazon Basics slip-ons. One reviewer gives them the thumbs-up: “Very comfortable loafers. They’re actually more comfortable than my Sketchers for half the price.”

We recommend: Amazon Essentials Men’s Canvas Slip-on Loafer

47. TOMS Shoes

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

We hear from teachers how much they like TOMS shoes, over and over. 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 slip on and off in a snap.

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

51. Jack Rogers

Jack Rogers comfort line sandalsJack Roger croc sneakers

The Jack Rogers comfort line offers support without sacrificing style. Curved edges and a soft bottom support the heel, perfect for all day wear. Plus, their sneakers are a great, versatile option.

We recommend: Jack Rogers Comfort Sandals and Jack Rogers Croc Sneakers

52. Kengos

Kengos men's lace up shoes in orange Kengos women's lace up shoes in white

Kengos shoes are unique and comfy. The cork bed bottoms mold to the shape of your feet. Plus, they’re handmade from plants to minimize environmental impact.

We recommend: Kengos for Men and Kengos for Women

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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