The 5 most popular comfortable shoes for long shifts

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Medical staff are among those who spend up to 12 hours or more working on their feet. Photo: Getty

When it comes to long days on your feet, you need to invest in the right shoes.

The wrong kind can not only cause sore, swollen feet, but can also cause severe back pain and even inflict permanent damage on your body over long periods of time.

Although there are plenty of long-lasting shoes on the market, do they really work?

And are they worth the money?


A nurse asks these same questions in a Australian Facebook group:

“Nurses or anyone else on their feet more than 12 hours a day – any recommendations on really comfortable, cushioned black shoes/runners?” she posted in the group.

She was inundated with responses from teachers, flight attendants, hairdressers, older workers, busy mothers and other medical staff who understood exactly what her problem was.

Here we list their top five recommendations:

The most recommended comfortable and long-lasting work shoe is Skechers, the third largest sports shoe brand in the United States.

In a range of designs and colors for both casual and work environments, for men, women and even children, the shoes are hailed as the most comfortable and economical.

“Skechers are amazing! I’m a teacher and wear them everyday,” one person wrote.

“I work at the airport and I’m up all day and Skechers saved my life,” added a second.

“Skechers all the way. Used for years,” revealed a third, confirming the hype.

Price: work range from $129

Black Skecher lace-up sneakers on a white background.

FRANKiE4 shoes step up the style game, with their range of stylish work shoes that are also comfortable and practical for long hours on your feet.

The brand has 23,000 five-star reviews with a wide range of sneakers, slides and lifestyle shoes that all feature a podiatrist-designed footbed.

Although they are a bit more expensive, users say what you put in, you get back.

“Definitely FrankiE4. I have five pairs of different styles and I love them. My feet and legs don’t hurt anymore,” one revealed.

“The FrankiE4s are the best! Expensive, but it feels like walking on clouds! »

As FRANKiE4 starts closer to $200 a pair, nurses and teachers are being offered a discounted price to support essential industry.

Price: from $189

Black leather lace-up sneakers with white base on a white background.
FRANKiE4 offers a classy range of designs for their supportive yet practical work shoes. Photo: FRANKIE4

They might not be the flashiest out there, but they’ve remained an established and practical brand for a reason.

The sports brand ASICS is one of the most recommended shoes for long shifts due to its supportive sole and affordable price.

“I’m a nurse doing 12 hour shifts…I’ve tried lots of different shoes including Skechers and Frankie 4,” one dedicated customer wrote.

“I personally found ASICS to be the best, they also lasted the longest.”

A second said, “Don’t even bother with [other shoe brands]. The black leather ASICS were the best and the style of the runners.”

Price: ffrom $79.99

Black ASICS sneakers on a white background.

The French label has designed its shoes for running with maximum support and quality recycled materials – which explains the higher price.

The shoes are made with an innovative lightweight design and feature a signature stabilizing J-Frame™ that locks and supports the foot in motion.

Long-time workers are quick to praise them, saying these are the most comfortable shoes they’ve ever owned.

“I swear by Hokas. They’re like clouds, no more harm here,” one revealed.

“I second Hokas. They are so great, especially for wider feet,” a second detailed.

“Hoka shoes are amazing,” added a third.

“They are expensive but omg I feel like I’m walking on clouds.

“I won’t buy any other brand of shoes now.”

Price: from $249

Black fabric sneakers with white and pale brown foam base on a white background.

Originally designed as running shoes, the Brooks are a popular recommendation when it comes to comfortable and practical footwear for those long shifts on your feet.

The American sports brand offers a wide range of designs, colors and materials for men and women, most in darker tones for a practical work environment.

The Brooks website even offers a quiz to find the right shoe shape and design for maximum support and comfort.

“I recently brought a pair of Brooks,” wrote one user.

“I wore them to work and didn’t even have the slightest pain in my feet.

“I can’t recommend them highly enough. So, so comfortable.”

“My podiatrist told me to only buy Brooks,” added a second.

Price: $229

Black sneakers with a rose gold hit on the side on a white background.

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