The 15 Best Athletic Shoes for Standing All Day

When being on your feet isn't debatable

Whether you’re a healthcare worker on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis or a newly housebound “WFH” worker who just bought a standing desk - there’s a pair of sneakers that will match your hustle. 

Standing on your feet all day isn’t an easy thing, but with the right pair of kicks it doesn’t have to be so daunting. scoured the internet and sourced the real reviews of to round up the 15 best athletic shoes for standing all day. From outdoor sneakers made for support to silhouettes decked out with the most comfortable footwear technology, there’s not only something in here for everyone but you just might find your next pair of favorite sneakers.

1. Asics Gel Lyte V

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In case you’re unfamiliar with the low-key hype of Asics footwear, they are some of the best priced and most comfortable sneakers available. Known for their gel technology in the midsole, the brand balances itself as a staple for serious runners and for its high profile collabs with Kith’s Ronnie Feig and other must-have brands. (Check out the Kiko x Asics, if you’re looking to add some high-profile fashion and function to your rotation).

Amazon review: “Very comfortable. Great for anybody that has a job standing or walking a lot. The material is durable enough that it will last you but the price is a steal. I will definitely buy another pair; there are so many color options.” - Kindle Customer

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2. New Balance 990V4

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The OG “Dad” sneaker, the New Balance 990V4 is popular because it’s certified by people simply looking for a high-quality pair of comfortable shoes and nothing else, i.e. your Dad. Not only has it skyrocketed to the heights of “must-have” lists and celebrity endorsements, but the brand continues to produce the shoe whose unironic greatness speaks to the quality of the fit as well as its durability.

Amazon Review: I am completely sold to the New Balance 990v, I have them in Black, Red, Blue, White, Gray and now Mustard Yellow! One the best made shoes for people my size! 6’3” 300lbs! Very good shoes for working out and runners or standing long periods! I would like to find that Money Green color I have seen once before! Very Very good purchase! -Harold R Craig, Greensboro NC

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3. Nike React Element 87

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The Nike React Element 87 debuted in 2018 and would immediately be considered for a position for the highly coveted sneaker of the year. Nike’s new React technology featured a foam midsole and outsole and seemed to be a direct competitor with Adidas’s Boost material which since 2015 has been rivaling Nike’s Air Max and Zoom as runner’s go-to performance technology.

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4. New Balance 998

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New Balance has an excellent lineup of stylish and extremely comfortable silhouettes, a personal favorite being the 998. A mixture of suede and mesh makes up the upper with the brand’s not so secret weapon, Abzorb technology in the midsole of the sneaker.

Amazon Review: “Really like these once I broke them in after a couple of workouts. Have been wearing Nike for a while, however, used to wear [998] and got awesome mileage out of them. Will be getting these from now on as they feel to be much sturdier shoes.” - Amazon Customer.

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5. Adidas UltraBoost 4.0

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Revealed in 2015 to high praise, Boost technology was the biggest announcement for the brand with the Three Stripes since stealing Kanye West from Nike. Taking shots at the kings of sneaker technology, Adidas jumped over Jordan to claim the #2 spot in the sneaker kingdom at the height of its popularity at that time. The ultimate runners were hailed as being incredibly light and able to go the distance for serious athletes, not to mention the brand’s incorporation of Boost in the Kanye West line. 

Amazon Review: “As expected, very light, provided strong and firm support all around at the bottom and mid section of my feet.” - Antonio.

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6. Reebok Classic Leather

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Reebok has been a reasonably priced and high-quality brand for a long time and while they haven’t been hyped up as much as other brands, true sneakerheads always show love to the British athletic turned street style brand. They continue to put out reliable classics like the Reebok Classic Leather, a go-to pick for comfort and durability.

Amazon Review: “I love these shoes! They’re comfortable and fit exactly how I expected them to be. These are slowly coming back into trend and I would commend these white shoes in everyone’s closet. I have yet to buy another pair of shoes because of how much I love these. - Antonio

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7. Salomon Xt-6

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The Salomon Xt-6 is a sneaker good enough to go up the side of a mountain in an ice storm so you can be sure that comfort is what the brand delivers to its customers. The stylish silhouette is a nice low top cut with a technical sophistication brought out in the super weatherproof materials and heavy-duty, super treaded outsole. The cinch lace that tucks into the tongue pouch is just another excellent detail. Shop through their wide range of color options to pick the perfect Xt-6 to match your closet.

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8. Diadora V7000

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Diadora is another great “Dad” sneaker brand which, in the past couple of years, has been getting its due. The chunky silhouettes provide great comfort and style. The V7000, specifically, is one of their better-looking models. The sneaker’s athletic body makes the silhouette a great middle-ground for casual and performance wear.

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9. Saucony Grid Web

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Saucony is another notable brand continually pumping out solid silhouettes over the past few decades, One of the Top 5 “go-to” Saucony sneakers, the Grid Web silhouette is so chunky it will take you back to 2000 faster than the opening sound of an N64. The sneaker personifies comfort with a mostly mesh upper, with a molded-EVA midsole that cushions and absorbs shock, as well as a soft sock liner for added comfort and support.

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10. Vans Era Comfy Cush

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Vans as a skate sneaker are unfuckkwithable but in 2019 they upped the ante with a Comfy Cush technology, a new update to select silhouettes that elevated their notoriously flat sneakers into a new realm of comfort. Although Vans isn’t necessarily the brand you think of for “all-day comfort” the brand’s new and updated footbed was marketed as “comfortable as running sneakers” and brought a new component to the brand without sacrificing the body of their classic and iconic silhouette. Rock classic looks like the Era WITH the comfort of a running performance model. Truly the best of both worlds.

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11. Brooks Levitate 2

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For serious runners, Brooks ranks amongst some of the best brands out and when considering a pair of sneakers for standing all day, runners are probably going to be your best bet. Go the less familiar route with Brooks, a running brand with a strong reputation for comfort.  Known also for their reliable quality they have a strong reputation with serious marathoners and casual runners alike. The midsole is built with the brand’s DNA AMP, said to be the brand’s most responsive cushioning. The Levitate 2 is just one of the several Brooks silhouettes that will prove to go the distance.

Amazon Review: “These shoes really do seem to absorb and redistribute energy from each stride and footstep so that the impact is easier on the knees, and one's foot rolls into the next stride with less effort.” - Jonah

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12. Puma RS-X

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The RS running system saw a recent retro from Puma and not only brought some new relevance to the brand but also helped them cash in on the “Dad” sneaker trend with a variety of colorful and comfortable silhouettes. Similar to other brands the thick midsole provides great comfort for everyday wear. The brand took things a step further when they relaunched the RS tech for the first time and collaborated with some serious nostalgic forces. Check out my personal pick: their collab with Sonic the Hedgehog.

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13. Mizuno Wave Prophecy

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Mizuno can be a slept on brand when it comes to runners but the Wave Prophecy sets itself apart as a noteworthy model for the brand. Built on Mizuno’s Infinity Wave technology, the eye-catching midsole not only draws attention but provides great comfort and supper for the wearer. The tech is apparently good for shock absorbing and relieving pressure off the knee and other key joints.

Amazon Review: “4 YEARS of international and domestic traveling. Running and using for the gym as well as almost every day in warmer months. Did not lose spring, did not lose cushion!!!” - Jesse T.

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14. Hoka One One Bondi 6

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The Hoka One One Bondi 6 is one of the brand’s best silhouettes. The sneaker features an extra bulky design and that super large shape is due to all of the cushioning packed into the midsole. The brand’s most cushioned running shoe, the sneaker is good for logging the miles with an all-day comfort that won’t quit so you know you can trust it for any activity.

Amazon Review: “The Bondi 6 offers maximum cushion and a very comfortable ride. An incredibly comfortable shoe for running, walking, jogging, and everything in between, this one leads the pack.” - Evan Brand

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15. Reebok Instapump Fury

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As far as comfort goes, adjustable comfort reigns supreme. The Reebok Instapump wasn’t only groundbreaking technology for the brand but continues to make waves in modern footwear with collaborations from cool brands like Vetements. The Instapump gives the wearer the choice to rock a relaxed fit or pump things up a couple of levels for more secure comfort. The sneaker also features a forgiving EVA midsole to help go the extra mile.

Amazon Review: “I've loved these trainers since the '90s and was not disappointed with these at all.they have to be the nicest looking trainers around and comfort is unlike any I've worn before.” - Andrew Pugh

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