10 Best Shoes For Standing All Day in 2021
Shoes for standing all day are meant to provide all-day comfort and support too, and if that’s what you’re after, you have come to the right place.
Here, you’ll find both walking shoes, running shoes, and sneakers that will give you all the stability and plushness to keep you upright and pain-free.
Having tested hundreds of shoes, we can assure you, we are giving you the best of the best on the market.
Overview of this guide
How we test shoes for standing all day
Choosing shoes for standing all day can be a drag, given the number of options available. But don’t worry, we’re here to do the dirty work for you.
We spend an average of 7 hours per shoe to make sure we give you nothing but the best:
- To see their quality and performance, we put them through a series of wear tests;
- We gather thousands of expert and user reviews;
- You can rely on our CoreScore (a rating from 0-100) derived from both expert and user feedback on the shoe.
The Brooks Ghost 14 is THE shoe that screams cozy. From top to bottom, our feet have been nothing short of pampered in this baby.
Not once did we feel any sort of discomfort even after clocking long miles in it. If anything, it's a soft haven for the feet!
And the numbers don’t lie. We always love to put our shoes through a series of lab tests, and we’ve gathered that it’s WAY softer than the average running shoe at 19.2N (vs. 40.2N).
If you’re thinking that this makes your strides unstable, the short and obvious answer is no. Although it’s the superlative of comfort, it doesn’t forgo support at all.
Even better, it doesn’t make it less durable either. After 50 miles of pounding on the pavement, it’s proven itself a star in sturdiness. The midsole is not bottoming out, and the outsole has very little wear.
Its grip only takes everything up a notch. Even when treading through light trails, our steps have been surefooted from start to finish.
And hey, the Brooks Ghost 14 is one heck of a versatile shoe. Whether running various paces or walking assorted distances, it can deliver fantastically!
It didn’t hurt our wallet, and it's a darn good shoe that has the makings of the more expensive shoes we’ve put on. Everyone, the Asics Gel Cumulus 23.
When we say it’s king of comfort, you best believe us. Walking in it has been terrific. Both the midsole and upper are filled with so much cush, you feel like your feet are encapsulated with pillows. It’s THAT good.
Even its tongue is a testament to how plush and padded it is. Average tongues are 5.4mm thick (in our lab test), but this one has a CRAZY 8.2mm thick tongue! If that doesn’t blow your mind, we don’t know what else will.
Apart from delivering fluff-like comfort, the padded upper also initiates a locked-in fit. No slips, no wobbling.
And if it’s a flexible, easy-transitioning shoe you’re after, this won’t disappoint. It’s got all the flex you can ask for.
Like a true Asics, it’s built to last. We hammered it with 50 miles worth of playtests, and so far, it’s been solid in the strength arena. This is all thanks to its rather thick heel rubber (4mm vs. the average 3.7mm).
Best for flat feet
Overpronators, nothing does it better than the Skechers Arch Fit. Seriously, if it’s all-day comfort and support you’re after, we can’t recommend this enough!
Having tested loads of Skechers shoes in the past, one thing that we’ve always noticed is that they’re too plush. So much so, our feet end up rolling far too much inward.
But Skechers put its game face on with the Arch Fit. It’s an odd combination of both stiffness and softness, but we’re here for it!
Underfoot, all you can feel is the marshmallowy sensation of the foam. And on the outside, there’s a sense of rigidity to make everything steady. Even more, it’s got a wide base to create surefooted steps.
And all the support it gives also benefits those with knee, hip, and back pain.
Want to hear something even more surprising? All these perks come at only $85. Yes, it’s a sub $100 shoe that packs a lot!
It even performs very seamlessly - as in, velvety smooth transitions. Even with its rather bulky-looking (but light) midsole, it’s so easy to glide from the heel to the toes.
What’s great about the Skechers Arch Fit is that it’s not only for pure stability. It also caters to runners with differing design preferences as it comes in dozens of styles!
Having been around for more than 20 years, the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 continues to be among overpronators’ top picks for support shoes. After several miles in it, we totally get the loyalty.
First off, it’s unlike other stability shoes we’ve tried. It’s NOT as stiff as a brick. What’s great about it is the support it delivers is unobtrusive. Meaning, it’s only activated when you need it. In this case, both neutral walkers and overpronators can enjoy the shoe.
There’s no denying, the midsole does a phenomenal job at enhancing support. But wait till you hear about the upper.
Yes, it’s a natural when it comes to keeping the feet pampered. But it’s stellar in keeping them locked and tucked in place. In this shoe, we had ZERO issues with being tippy.
And its durability only proves it a true Brooks shoe. We put it through the wringer, and it came out looking almost completely unbruised!
It’s not the lightest shoe in our arsenal at 10.2 oz. But if it means having our walks stable and comfortable, we can easily move past its weight.
Best for wide feet
It’s got a ton of space, you can slide in your large feet with no sweat.
We have wide feet, and by far, the Hoka One One Clifton 8 is the most accommodating shoe we’ve ever come across. Our feet are welcomed with a form-fitting wrap, but one that’s NOT suffocating.
And what’s there to not like about this shoe? It’s insanely comfortable. If it’s a luxurious feel you’re after, you won’t go wrong with this one.
The midsole is plush. Even after miles of walking, our feet and legs never felt tired and battered. And if you want your strides to be bouncy, this shoe has got you covered. It’s almost like it was pushing us to our next step!
To be completely honest, we were a bit skeptical with its stability because it’s got one hell of a stack height (33.7mm). But thankfully, it’s cleared us free of our fears. With its wide base (115.5mm forefoot; 96.1mm heel), not once did we feel like we were falling off its platform.
And for its towering stack, we thought it’s a heavy shoe. Well, it’s anything but that. At 9 oz, it’s much lighter than the average shoes (9.4 oz) we’ve tested.
Even more, it’s got what it takes to last!
If there’s an MVP in the New Balance 990 v5, our easy answer is the upper. It’s huge on flexibility, anyone with any type of feet can rock this shoe!
The upper is very pliable, and it molded to our feet so well. It was almost like a second-skin fit. Even better, it gave us all the lockdown we craved.
Like all the other shoes on this list, it doesn’t skimp on stability. The cushion has got a great mix of both rigidity and plushness to keep everything balanced. Translation: You get comfortable, surefooted steps.
Speaking of comfort, this shoe brings a cloud-like sensation underfoot. Our feet felt right at home in it, and even after high-mileage efforts, we didn’t feel beat-up.
And the versatility of the New Balance 990 v5 only justifies its spot on this list. Whether you’re walking, running, or just looking for a lifestyle shoe, this can deliver.
Come on, we both know the Adidas Ultraboost 21 coming out on top of our list is a no-brainer. The Ultraboosts have always been the masters of style.
Wherever you go, you’re sure to turn some heads along the way! And we got exactly that in this shoe.
But, it’s more than what meets the eye. It’s got the Adidas flair, and it’s got the series’ signature energy return and comfort.
Each step in this shoe, we felt the rebound, making it a peppy and lively experience. It was almost like the shoe was propelling us forward, no kidding.
And comfort is top-notch! This is, hands down, one of the plushest shoes we’ve ever tested.
True to how it’s always been, the Continental rubber in this shoe is a certified tank. At 72.8HC, it’s not the toughest. But after 30 miles of rough wear testing, we saw little to no wear and tear on the outsole.
If you want to eat up miles with unrivaled comfort, nothing comes close to the Adidas Ultraboost 21! It’s simply the best of its kind.
The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v11 is not all hair - it’s got substance too! Well, what we’re trying to say is - it may have the looks, but it’s just a layer of how great a shoe it is.
In the comfort department, it’s been a showstopper! Its midsole is the most pleasant-feeling foam our feet have rested on. And when we did our lab test, we found that it’s 31% softer than the average.
Yep, its softness is off the charts!
The upper also plays a huge part in taking comfort to a whole new level. It’s flexible and soft, it wraps around the feet like a glove. Even more, it’s an upper that breathes!
Even when under hot temps, it never felt warm inside. We never suffered from sweaty feet at all.
And if there’s one thing we can’t get enough of, it’s the shoe’s superior traction. On wet and icy cement, this shoe has been nothing but sticky. No slips or falls.
For a shoe that doesn’t dig deep into the pocket, we were more than surprised with how the New Balance 623 v3 turned out. If we didn’t know its price, we would’ve thought it’s along the ranks of the more expensive walking shoes!
First off, it’s a solid 10/10 in support. The midsole blends both softness and rigidity so well, we had all-day comfort and stability.
With each pound on the road, our feet were cushioned. So much so, even after long walks, we had NO issues with tired feet and legs.
And the supportive quality of the shoe makes everything a thousand percent better! Apart from our feet being pampered, we never felt like they were rolling to the sides.
Given its highly stable foam, even those with foot issues can enjoy this shoe. Much better, it can accommodate custom orthotics, which is particularly helpful for those with plantar fasciitis and flat feet.
And to seal the deal, the New Balance 623 v3 is awesome when it comes to looks! Not only is it available in a wide array of colorways, it also comes in various styles.
At $65, the Asics Gel Contend 7 proved to us it's just as sensational as its more advanced counterparts!
If there’s one thing that it’s an ace of, it's comfort. And the easiest way to describe it is first-rate. With each step, the Gel cushioning mutes out the harsh impact, keeping our feet well-protected and coddled.
And if it’s support you’re after, you have got the right shoe. The upper hugs the feet so well, you don’t have to worry about slips or missteps.
But what really won us over was the shoe’s VERY light construction. Not once did we feel like it was weighing us down. Walking fast in it was such an easy feat!
Like a true Asics, the Gel Contend 7 is sturdy. Even after miles worth of testing, the midsole feels just as bouncy, and the outsole free of scratches.
What’s even greater is that it's a versatile shoe. Whether you’re walking, running, or training, it can do it all!