It’s that time of year: Back to School sales flood the malls and online stores.
Parents are overwhelmed with sales, coupons, specials and advertisements about the coolest trends. Children are in need to get at least one new pair of comfortable shoes to jump, run, kick and play in (aka: destroy) as the year goes on.
But how dare we overlook the single other necessary group of people who complete the Back to School process: teachers. Teachers need comfortable shoes, too!
Just thinking about all the walking, pacing and standing that teachers have to do five days a week make my toes curl. And while they may be sick of lecturing or frustrated with the rebellious kids in class, at least they can count on their feet being cozy. Teachers need shoes that can be as reliable as them – teachers need to be able to react at the drop of a pen if something goes wrong, so they are in need of cushioned, low-to-the-ground, closed-heel footwear.
If you are shopping for teacher shoes, remember that it is important to be comfortable and look professional. Most schools (if not all) have dress codes, most of which recommend closed heel shoes, without being too casual or fancy.
We recommend you do not wear:
- Flip flops
- High heels
- Tennis shoes (unless you are going on a field trip or you are a physical education teacher)
To reduce your chances of injury, we suggest you wear:
- Sensible flats
- Professional oxfords
- Kitten heels
- Small wedges
- Closed heels
Our online store sells various comfortable shoes for teachers:
Teachers Who Are Aching To Be Comfy
Suffering from sore or sensitive feet? Standing all day with aching feet can increase your pain and worsen the problem. Soothe your feet and slip on a pair of Aetrex shoes, which have wider toe boxes to prevent bunions and are available in multiple widths for a perfect fit. Aetrex wedges are lightweight, and made with breathable leather linings and a heel counter for added support. Want to look professional with a casual edge? The Aetrex Bianca is a feminine wedge that will prevent foot pain and the Aetrex Andrea Wedge’s upper is made of a stretchy fabric to gently hug your sensitive feet. The Aetrex Lucy is a simple Mary Jane style with firm counters, additional cushioning and two removable insoles to accommodate custom orthotics.
Teachers Who Are Fashion-forward
If you are an avid heel-wearer, have no fear, Naot combines super cute styles with comfortable attributes to construct flawless shoes that women can wear anywhere. Naot dress shoes have wider heels to enhance balance and comfort, so your foot health isn’t jeopardized while you stay stylish and professional. The Naot Trendy has a metal shank for added stability, an adjustable strap and a 2 inch heel height. The Naot Pleasure has a tied bow accessory with a 2 1/4 inch heel. The Naot Gleam has a soft upper, side zipper and 2 1/2 inch heel. Naot’s footbeds are made of soft cork and have arch support, deep heel indentation and hallux support to promote a healthy weight distribution. If you are looking for comfortable teachers shoes but don’t want to sacrifice style, some closed heel Naot styles could be the shoes you’ve been searching for.
Teachers Who Are Perfectionists
For women who need comfortable teacher shoes, Drew makes a lot of women’s styles that will do the trick, ranging from casual to dressy. Drew women’s shoes are available in multiple widths, have removable insoles to accommodate custom orthotics, dual density heels to absorb shock, low heels and tempered steel shanks for added stability. The Drew Kerry has a unique stitched pattern upper and a 7/8 inch heel. The Drew Alicia has a soft leather upper and 1 2/8 inch heel. The Drew Isabel has an adjustable strap and is Medicare coded A5500 as a diabetic shoe. Drew women’s shoes are perfectly professional and will allow a perfect fit.
Teachers With Vibrant Personalities
Youthful and fun, Alegria Palomas are eccentric Mary Janes available in bold colors and patterns. Palomas have an adjustable hook and loop strap with a decorative button, removable footbed, extra depth and an anatomically-correct, cushioned footbed that slowly conforms to the natural shape of your feet. Alegria’s staple, lightweight rocker bottom outsole rolls naturally with every step, which reduces strain, prevents injury and encourages proper posture. Pick out a pattern or color that suits you or buy as many colors as you want to match your mood of the day. Alegria Palomas are available in Plum Patent, Tortoise, Brown Peace & Love, Snow Leopard, Black Napa Leather and more.
Teachers Who Love Cozy Clogs
Some people just won’t give up their slip-on favorites. Since slip-on shoes do not belong in the classroom, we will improvise: Sanita makes closed back clogs that look and feel like clogs, but offer you the support and secure fit you need. Sanita closed back clogs have roomy toe boxes for wiggle room, padded insteps, protective heel cap, anatomically shaped non-removable insole that will absorb moisture and a stapled construction for enhanced durability. These features will reduce your chances of foot odor, blisters, corns and bunions. Sanita’s shock-absorbing polyurethane sole has added traction and has a special Roll Off rocker bottom design that will ease your strides. Sanita Brigde has a faux crocodile patent leather upper. Sanita Croco Professional Clog has a shiny, high-quality croco leather upper. Sanita Oiled Leather Professional Clog has a smooth, high-quality oiled leather upper.
Teachers Who Prefer It Old School
We also have comfortable teachers shoes for the more conservative dressers. Available in widths from narrow to double wide, PW Minor shoes can fit any sensitive teacher’s feet and bring him or her a new world of relief. PW Minor has removable insoles to accommodate orthotics, and most of their shoes have wide toe boxes to prevent bunions, extra cushioning and are coded as diabetic footwear. PW Minor Women’s Sasha Mary Jane shoe has a moisture-wicking lining, added depth, elastic gore at toe box entry and added traction in the outsole to prevent slipping. PW Minor Tory has long firm inside counters, moisture-wicking lining and an adjustable strap. Softwalk is known for their “eggcrate” construction footbed which is extremely cushy and will sooth sensitive feet. Softwalk Jupiter is a simple Mary Jane style offered in 5 different widths and is sure to keep your feet comfortable.
For the Male Teachers
Men looking for comfortable shoes for teachers need to follow the same rules as women: wear comfortable, professional-looking, closed-heeled shoes, without looking too fancy. Aetrex has a great collection of men’s professional oxfords, made with high-quality leather and removable insoles. Aetrex Classic Oxford has a semi-curved last, slip-resistant sole, soft padded collar, cushioned interior and a removable insole. Finn Comfort offers German-made casual and professional shoes for men, including the Finn Comfort Dijon, which has hand-stitched leather uppers, leather linings, an orthopedic footbed and a shock-absorbing sole. Dunham constructs stylish men’s shoes for hard-working men. The Dunham Burlington Dress Shoe has a waterproof and smooth grain leather upper, waxed laces, padded tongue, leather lining, cushioning at the heel and forefoot, stability shank single-unit sole and is Medicare coded as diabetic footwear.