Back To School: Teachers need comfy shoes, too

Aug 6th, 2010 by Amanda Strouse | 15 Comments So Far

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
  • Close-toed

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.


15 Comments on “Back To School: Teachers need comfy shoes, too”

  1. Sarah said:

    There are many stylish options for teachers. I prefer heels to flats because they give more support and look a lot better. Comfortable heels are much more expensive but will be worth it to keep my feet healthy and happy in the long run.

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  3. Mamalucia said:

    I hate to say it, but these shoes are very ugly.

  4. Gary said:

    My Sister Is in search of some comfortable shoes for her work as a school teacher. I find your website by googling . Your shoes look great for her work, & I would like to pass this info on to her. Thanks in advance.

  5. Tami said:

    I agree with Mamalucia,those shoes are ugly and matronly. I am a teacher in southern califonia and wear some form of heels everyday. I dont wear 4 or 5 inch to school(i save them for the weekend). I usally like to wear pair of mules with 2 to 3 inch heels. I can slip them off when Im sitting at my desk. They have never caused any problem teaching.

  6. Corrina said:

    Hey thanks for a great blog – I have been having trouble with standing and being on my feet all day as an elementary school teacher. I love to wear cute shoes, and I kind of agree with people that have said they don’t like the shoes you show cased – as a young, fun and girly teacher I don’t want to wear ‘nana’ shoes.
    I have had to relinquish some of my cute shoes for more practical, but I like to wear Keen, Merrell or Born shoes which also have a cute and fun aspect to them as well as being super supportive. Hope those brands help someone find some cute shoes!

  7. Shari said:

    A little warning for Tami and others who believe these shoes are ugly and prefer to wear heels… your podiatrist and any educated person will tell you that heels RUIN your feet. I’m 49 and wore lots of cute flats (with no support) and heels (anything from 2″ on up) for decades. The result now is that I’m courting bunions, bone spurs, and if I wear anything other than a flat leather shoe with a boxy toe (and lots of cushioning underneath), I am in AGONY after a 5-hour on-my-feet teaching day. I am literally crippled and have to do the epsom salts thing every night and almost can’t perform my job. So, yes, you can wear “cute” shoes and look good, but even ditching them under your desk for part of the time will put you at risk for problems like mine. Anyway, I’ve found some cute leather flats with good arch support including those from Clarks, Born, Ecco and others. In conclusion, I’d advise taking care of your feet NOW so that you won’t be as limited later.

  8. Thaniya said:

    I just bought an Andrew shoes. Quite cute but not that cute. But at least it comfy me. Afterall, am not trying to hit on my students with my used cute shoes. So thanks a bunch for your great review!

  9. Sandy said:

    I agree with Shari. Along with Born, Ecco, Clarks, I want to add Ariat and Jumco from Amazon too. They give you support, comfort and the versatile looks.

  10. Flyaway said:

    Thank you very much! Here are enough choices. The deformed feet are frightening …

  11. RW said:

    Do you have any recommendations for someone with a smaller budget? I’m dying for a pair of comfy shoes, but I am a TEACHER after all! I can’t just drop $150 on some healthy shoes. 🙁

  12. Administrator said:

    We frequently have coupons and email promotions. I would recommend signing up for those and keep an eye on the sale page. We often pick up name brand close outs at the end of a season and can sell them at a discounted price. Hope that helps!

  13. Ashley said:

    Try Aerosoles, much cuter, comfy and if you get them on sale they are anywhere from 30-50

  14. mEG said:

    This is my 20th year teaching. I have always worn fashionable shoes & heels to work. I have never had trouble with my feet like I am having this year. When I wake up in the morning my feet still hurt from the previous day. I am 5ft tall (on a good day) so I do prefer a bit of a heel. I have also developed a bunion on one foot. (I have had it for a number of years but this year it is really hurting.) I have tried a variety of different shoes this year. Even the expensive shoes haven’t worked for me. I finally walked into an SAS shoe store. This is what my mom always wore & has always symbolized “old woman & ugly shoe” for me. I was very sad when I tried on a pair & felt like I was walking on clouds. They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. They are also the ugliest I have ever owned. They aren’t the most expensive I have owned but close…..$150. My students call them “granny shoes.” I am hoping this site will lead me to some shoes equally comfy but not so ugly.

  15. Administrator said:

    Yes, your situation is not uncommon at all. Visit for a great selection of fashionable and comfortable shoes. We also offer free exchanges so if it doesn’t fit quite right, we’ll exchange it for free. If you need assistance, call our customer service reps at 866.324.3338.

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