A day in the life of a preschool teacher is always active, often unpredictable, and sometimes messy. We kept these things in mind as we sought out a selection of comfortable shoes for preschool teachers. In addition to comfort, we looked for styles that are versatile, water-resistant, and won’t break the budget. Peruse our picks, and if you have a favorite style of comfortable shoes for preschool teachers, please leave a comment – we’d love to hear from you.
First up is the Skechers Work Kincaid 2. This cute shoe has loads of practical features like water-resistant uppers, memory foam cushioning with added arch cushions, and a slip-resistant outsole. It gets rave reviews from people like baristas, hairdressers, and chefs who are on their feet all day, so we think it might be a perfect shoe for busy preschool teachers as well. Available in sizes 5-11 for $42-$45 from Zappos, DSW, Shoes.com and Amazon.
Are you a fan of flats? Crocs Sloane flats are lightweight, stylish, and offer iconic Crocs comfort with patented Croslite foam construction for support and cushioning. And you’ll have no worries about spills or other messes – just rinse them off. Crocs has long been one of our go-to brands for feet that need a little extra TLC. We’re happy they’re now making work-appropriate styles. $35 at Zappos and Crocs.com in sizes 4-11.
Clarks shoes are legendary for their high quality and excellent comfort features. The Ashland Bubble loafer is a timeless style with a padded Ortholite footbed for cushioning and support, durable rubber outsole, and an elastic gore for a secure fit and easy on/off. Available in three widths, sizes 5-12 from ClarksUSA.com, Zappos, and Amazon, $50-$62.
We love Jambu for the way they combine sneaker-like comfort with lots of cute flair. The Jambu Tangerine is a perfect example, with a memory foam footbed, moderate arch support, and grooved rubber outsole for traction and durability. Available in a great selection of colors in sizes 6-12 for $89-$99 from Zappos, DSW and Amazon. To learn more about the Jambu Tangerine, check out our full review here. Click here to see some of our other favorite Jambu styles.
Do you have a hard time finding shoes that fit because you have extra narrow or extra wide feet? The Propet Travel Fit Slip-On is a great option, available in 5 widths. This style has earned dozens of 5-star online reviews and offers an extra depth insole with generously cushioned EVA footbed, a durable rubber outsole with rubber pads for added traction, a flexible stretch collar that molds to the shape of your ankle, and breathable knit uppers. Sizes 6-12, widths from extra narrow to extra wide. $60 at Amazon and Zappos.
The adorable, youthful look of the TOMS Paxton is what initially caught our eye. Then we realized it’s jam packed full of practicality, featuring water-resistant uppers, a removable cushioned insole, and a cozy felt or faux fur lining (depending on which color you choose.) And here’s something every teacher will appreciate – for every pair purchased, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need. Available in sizes 5-12, $79.95 from Zappos, and Toms.com.
The Bzees Indigo is an ultra-lightweight, sporty-chic slip-on featuring a dynamic stretch upper, cushioned memory-foam footbed, and shock-absorbing heel. Comfort aside, we love this shoe’s stylish details and the available selection of beautiful neutral colors. And it’s machine washable! Just toss in the washer and air dry. Sizes 6-11, medium and wide widths. $58.95 at Nordstrom, and Zappos.
Not seeing the perfect shoe for you? Check out this recent post for even more stylish options of comfortable shoes for preschool teachers (and other teachers, too!)