Best Shoes for Waitressing 2018 at a Glance

Being a waiter or waitress can be a trying job, with a lot of standing, walking around and also balancing food and carrying it around. It is important that the shoes provide comfort, support, cushioning and stability, so as to alleviate any soreness in the feet or legs, and to reduce fatigue from hours of work. Plus, the arch support should be sufficient, so as to prevent painful plantar fasciitis.

Also, they must have slip-resistant outsoles and good traction because of the slippery conditions in the kitchens and because waiters and waitresses need extra stability when carrying heavy and full trays around the restaurant.

Naturally, they must be suitable and comply with the dress code requirements of the restaurant management. It is key to find the best shoes for work that includes a lot of standing, so that the hours of walking and standing, or the slippery conditions in the kitchen do not take a toll.

Based on intensive surveys, as well as personal experience, here are our top 3 for best shoes for waitresses and waiters:

Dansko Pro XP MuleECCO Helsinki Slip-On
# 1 for women# 1 for men
New Balance WID626V2Merrell Jungle Leather Slip-On
# 2 for women# 2 for men
Teva Tirra Athletic SandalNew Balance Mid626K2
# 3 for women# 3 for men

Top picks for Waitresses (WOMEN)


Dansko Women’s Pro XP Mule

The pro XP clogs bear feature the iconic Dansko clog silhouette, and provide amazing comfort to the feet and legs. They have slip-resistant rubber outsoles which will provide safety even on oily and soapy surfaces. The outsole is also in a rocker shape, which helps shock absorption, reduces fatigue and offers excellent energy return for a faster and better job performance. The clogs have leather uppers and have very roomy toe boxes for added space and comfort for the toes.

The cushioning is provided by the removable dual density, leather lined memory foam footed which offers great arch support and comfy cushioning.

These shoes are perfect for even the busiest and longest serving shifts.

New Balance WID626V2 Review

New Balance Women’s WID626V2 Work Shoe

The 626 slip resistant sneakers by New Balance are very comfortable, cushioned and provide sufficient support to the feet, legs and help improve the body posture. The outsole is slip resistant and doesn’t leave marks on the flooring.

The sneakers have EVA foam foot beds which are removable and easy to wash and provide very good cushioning and shock absorption. Further cushioning and arch support is provided by the ABZORB midfoot. Stability is provided by an internal shank. They are suitable even for waitresses who suffer from foot problems, such as plantar fasciitis or chronic Achilles tendonitis. The upper is made of high quality leather, the midsole is Imeva and there is a Phantom liner which helps the feet stay comfortable, stable and dry through the long shifts.


Teva Women’s Tirra Athletic Sandal

If the restaurant manager doesn’t mind the waitresses wearing sandals at work, then the Tirra athletic sandals are absolutely perfect for waitresses.

They offer unmatched comfort, breathability, lightness and have unique slip-resistance, due to the special traction outsoles which have water channeling lugs in them.

The stability, shock resistance and comfort of these sandals are provided by the compression molded EVA midsoles and the stability shank plus the shock pad heels.

They fit legs of any form and shape well due to the easy to adjust straps with hook-and-loop endings.

With their truly custom fit and cute look, these sandals are a top choice for waitresses!

Top Picks for Waiters (MEN)


ECCO Men’s Helsinki Slip-On

These classic and elegant slip on Helsinki shoes are perfect for waiters who are required to wear formal clothes and uniforms and dress shoes at work. They have textile lining and a removable cushioned insole. The rubber sole is slip-resistant and leaves no marks.

Made of high quality leather with elastic goring at both sides for easier slip-on and a better fit, and with an amazing softs squared toe box with bicycle toes stitching, these are definitely dress shoes. But at the same time, they provide the comfort, cushioning, arch support, stability and slip-protection required for jobs which involve a lot of standing, walking and stepping on slippery surfaces

Merrell Jungle

Merrell Men’s Jungle Leather Slip-On

These amazingly comfortable men’s slide shoes are the perfect solution for waiters or actually for anybody who spends a lot of time standing, walking and tackling slippery surfaces.

Made of nubuck leather, and a special SureGrip rubber outsole, these shoes look good and feel good as well. The comfort and cushioning is provided by the QForm midsoles, and by the removable EVA foot beds. The foot beds are treated for odor and moisture control and also provide support, shock absorption and reduce fatigue.

So, these shoes are comfortable, provide support, and offer excellent traction and slip resistance which makes them perfect for waiters.

New Balance Mid626K2 Review

New Balance Men’s Mid626K2 Slip-Resistant

The cross training 626 shoes are designed for men who spend grueling hours training or working on their feet. The upper is made of leather and is a lace-up model. These shoes have compression molded midsoles and special ABZORB heel cushioning which combined provide great comfort for the feet. They are durable and have an added internal shank for extra stability. The outsoles are of the latest generation, with special design to provide safety and ASTM certified slip resistance.

Comfortable, cushioned, stable and slip-resistant, these shoes by New Balance are very suitable for waiters.

The characteristics of the best shoes for servers

Remember to look for the following characteristics when you are looking the best shoes for servers:

  • Slip-resistance
  • Comfort and cushioning
  • A good fit
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Removable insole
  • Extra support and stability
  • The proper style for the particular restaurant