Us retail workers know all to well the pain at the end of a long shift don’t we?
The dull ache of our soles, the poor baby toes pinched, and our heels rubbed raw.
We are told it's important to wear good shoes, especially if you are on your feet all day, but knowing where to start is so difficult.
For retail workers, we have comprised a list of the best shoes, a buyer's guide to make the process that bit simpler, and an FAQ section to help you find the best shoes for retail workers.
So sit back, rest your feet, and keep reading!
In a hurry? Check out our top pick to grab your shoes and go!
OUR TOP PICK
TICCOON’s universal shoes are great for those after an affordable shoe for work.
Available in unisex sizes, theres bound to be a size for you! Be sure to check out their comprehensive size conversion chart before you purchase too.
Featuring a rubber sole, these shoes are non-slip and wear resistant.
Some customers did find that the soles wore away quickly, so these may not be the best for heavy footed people!
Those looking for good quality and good price though should definitely consider these shoes.
The upper is made from synthetic fabric to keep feet fresh thanks to its breathable material.
The shoes are lightweight and comfortable, offering safe shoes for work, with some added style. Why shouldn’t we look good while we work?
The shoes are available in a range of colors, so you are bound to find one that suits your uniform or your taste.
The steel toe feature is great for those working with large and heavy items to provide that extra layer of protection for you.
Customers particularly praised this steel toe for not hurting their feet compared to competitors shoes, great for those eager to get these shoes on and head to work!
- Breathable fabric
- Steel toe for added protection
- Range of colors
- Some customers found the soles to wear quickly
Skechers Men’s sneakers come in a range of colors to suit most uniforms.
They also offer wide fit sizing options so you are sure to find your perfect size here!
The shoes are 100% leather and synthetic featuring a rubber sole. Completed with a memory foam insole these are some seriously comfy shoes!
Some customers did find that the memory foam insole performed better with more static users, as it did not provide a lot of structure when walking great lengths. A good option for those of us chained to the cash register all day!
These shoes are praised for their durability and padding to provide comfortable wear all day.
The sneakers feature a chunky 2 inch heel and lace up design, allowing you to tighten the shoes to your desired fit.
- Range of colors
- Wide fit options
- Memory foam insole
- Rubber sole
- Mens sizing only
New Balance’s shoes are designed with men's sizes in mind, offering a wide fit range of sizes too.
A little more expensive than others on the list, they offer a black or grey color, complimenting most uniforms nicely.
The shoes are 100% leather on the upper to provide solid support and incredible durability.
The outsole is rubber which customers were particularly pleased with, due to its high traction, designed to keep you on your feet for your whole shift.
The stylish design features a sporty silhouette for comfortable fit all day.
Designed with underfoot comfort the ABZORB crash pad absorbs impact to keep your feet comfortable while you walk and work.
Customers praised the longevity of the shoes even after years of wear, a great investment for those with a bigger budget.
The shoes also come with minimal break in time, great for those who need new shoes to wear ASAP.
- 100% leather
- Slip resistant
- Offers wide fit sizes
- 2 color options
- Only men’s sizing
Crocs offer a decently priced clog design for women that's comfortable to wear all day. Their size conversion chart also offers a unisex conversion, allowing men to purchase and wear these too.
They come in a wide range of colors and patterns, all individually priced.
The clog is made from synthetic materials with a rubber sole, providing slip-resistant wear all day. Thanks to its material they are easy to clean with just water and soap. Handy for any spillages!
They provide a generous and roomy fit, so be sure to check the size chart before you buy to ensure you select the right size for you. The clog also comes with removable and washable footbed liners, great for those with any odor or sweat issues.
Some customers did find that the clog made their feet sweat, something to be aware of if you already suffer with sweaty feet.
Crocs clog is made with thicker toe regions to protect your feet while you work. Great for those of us who are a little on the clumsy side.
The waterproof shoes are designed to keep your feet comfortable and well protected as you work, great for those working in a wide range of retail environments.
- Wide range of colors
- Rubber sole
- Easy to clean
- Size chart supports unisex sizes for easy conversion
- Can make feet sweaty
Those after a sturdy boot to wear to work should look no further than Timberland’s PRO Titan. Although they are a little more pricey than others on the list, the quality is undeniable!
The waterproof boot is made of leather with a rubber sole to provide you with slip-resistant wear.
The boots feature a TiTAN safety toe as well to protect your feet, great for those who work with heavier items or are often helping out in the warehouse/stockroom side of the business.
Timberlands are lightweight and durable as well, a great investment for those looking for longevity.
The antimicrobial linings make for a breathable wear.
The boots are bulky in design, and come in brown, so may not suit everyone's uniform, but are a great option for those looking for a strong boot.
Although these are listed as women’s boots, Timberland also offers the PRO in a mens boot that also features the TiTAN safety toe.
- Leather upper
- Rubber sole
- Durable protection
- TiTAN safety toe
- A little bulky appearance wise
Best Shoes For Retail Workers Buying Guide
Not sure where to start or what to look for?
Check out the buyers guide below to see what factors to consider when purchasing your shoes for working in retail.
When you are wearing your shoes all day, and for most of us, 5-6 days a week, it's crucial that they fit correctly.
Most Americans are wearing shoes that are too small which can lead to complications down the line, and uncomfortable feet on your 12 hour shifts!
Be sure that your toes don’t feel pinched, and that the width can support your feet. Look out for wide fit shoes if you need them.
If you aren’t sure of your size, sizing up is always a good option. If this size is incorrect you can add insoles or heel grips to provide a better fit, whereas if you size down, you will find yourself with pinched, painful feet.
Looking for the perfect size is the top factor to consider. Look out for products that offer free returns so you can send the shoes back if they are not the correct fit for yourself.
Comfort is so important for those of us on our feet all day.
If you are in uncomfortable shoes you aren’t going to be able to work as well, it's going to affect your ability to move well and could land you in trouble with a manager if your efficiency drops.
It's best to look for comfort as a key factor rather than style. That's a hard pill to follow for some of you I know, I’m the same, but those of us on our feet all day need to put our comfort first.
Make sure the shoes you wear are completely comfortable for you to wear all day.
Depending on the environment you work in, the materials of the shoe can impact the pain your feet will be in.
Those with sensitive skin that can chafe easily may suffer wearing leather shoes, or shoes with rough inner surfaces. These would leave your feet raw and in pain by the end of the day.
Breathable shoes are great for those working in hot environments. The air will prevent your feet overheating which can cause infections and odor.
Leather shoes are a good option for those in a regular environment as they will provide a firm structure and support your feet. Leather is a great material that will last a long time.
A job in retail often requires a lot of moving around in the day. It's important to get shoes that have a good level of friction. This will stop your feet coming out of your shoes and ensure you won’t slip whilst walking.
Some retail shops have a range of floor surfaces so you will need a shoe that can suit all of these and provide good grip for those slippery surfaces. These are especially important if you work in a shop where spillages can occur!
Look for a pair with good traction, avoiding slick or plastic outsoles. Not all shoes are slip-resistant, but looking at the outsoles should give you a good indicator if they are. This should also be listed on product descriptions for you!
Shoes can be an expensive purchase to make, especially if your company isn't providing you with any uniform allowance.
Be sure to set a clear budget in mind before you begin your search, or keep an eye on sales if you aren’t desperate for shoes.
It's worth remembering that although you can find a good pair to suit most budgets, investing in good quality shoes that will last for longer will save you money in the long run, and pain the short-term!
Frequently Asked Questions
Last minute questions?
Check out our FAQ section below for some help!
Should I have separate shoes for work?
As a retail worker, you will know just how demanding your job can be and you can be on your feet for hours without a break.
It's a tough gig, and one that requires the right shoes to support your feet. While you might already live in comfortable and practical shoes 24/7, it's best to invest in a pair of shoes you wear specifically for work.
By only wearing the shoes to work they will last longer and you can get a pair that fully suit your work needs. Thankfully as well you can do this on a budget, so you don’t need to worry too much about the cost!
Are memory foam good for standing all day?
Memory foam insoles that can be found in some shoes will provide you with great levels of comfort.
They are designed to mold to the shape of your feet and provide support, as well as absorbing some of the pressure while you walk and work.
They can be a great addition and those interested can buy additional memory foam insoles to enhance the comfort of their work shoes.
They aren’t suitable for everyone, as they are not very breathable, meaning it is quite easy for sweat and odor to develop in your shoes.
This can be resolved by airing the shoes in between wear, but if you already have sweaty feet or work in a hot environment, they may not be worth the investment.
Should I wear heels all day?
I know we all hear the click-clack of shoes in big department stores, but should us workers be in them? Not really.
Heels, particularly thin stiletto heels change the way pressure is spread across the foot and leg muscles, which can cause long term problems.
Those who wear heels continually can suffer with leg, hip, and even back pain from this. It's best to keep heels for special occasions and opt for a more comfortable work shoe.
A small, chunky heel like the ones on some of our options should cause minimal to no damage. Look for well padded insoles as well to continue to provide comfort and support to your whole foot.