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Best Teacher Shoes for Comfort and Support

Engineered with the ultimate cushion and comfort to support your feet during those long hours in the classroom.

Being a teacher means being on your feet for hours at a time in order to provide your students with the learning and attention they need. However, walking around all day in heels or even loafers won’t give the proper cushion, support, and comfort that your feet deserve. Studies reveal that 17.3% of teachers experience mild foot pain, while 25.5% have severe foot pain as a result of doing their job.

If you suffer from foot pain after standing and teaching for long periods of time, consider purchasing a pair of shoes from KURU Footwear, where we offer the latest technology in foot care. Our comfortable teacher shoes come in a wide range of models and can provide the support you need for long hours of standing. Our shoes aren’t just functional—they will look and feel good on your feet too!

Top Features of Teacher Shoes

To find the best shoes for teachers, you need to look for something that will give you the comfort you need to stand on your feet all day but will also protect your feet from the possible hazards that come with the job. If you want to find comfy teacher shoes, be sure to look for the following:

  • A good fit: Teaching shoes that fit snugly means you’ll get fewer corns and blisters, along with fewer injuries. A lot of the time, people will buy the wrong sized shoe, so be sure to get fitted at the shop before buying a pair. Alternatively, you can look at our shoe size guide to ensure the right fit for you.
  • Made from quality materials: The best shoes for student teaching will be made from materials that don’t easily fade, scratch, rip, or tear. Cotton, mesh, and nylon are just a few things that can make a shoe truly comfortable to wear. Because classrooms, in general, will have thinly carpeted floors, it can cause long-term damage to joints, which is why you’ll need highly-cushioned shoes to provide support.
  • Check its bendability: This is another sign of a shoe’s quality; if you can pick up a shoe and bend it in half with just two of your fingers, then it’s not a very good shoe. Aim for a pair that’s not easily bendable—a sturdy pair of shoes will help keep your feet away from pain and are far better for your joints.
  • Durability: Because you walk a lot, be sure to pick a shoe that can keep up with all your movement by picking ones made from strong materials. It’s also important that you buy at least 2 pairs of shoes because no matter how durable it is, you need to rotate your footwear and they shouldn’t be worn two days in a row to allow them to air out.
  • Woman wearing KURU STRIDE shoes for teacher while out on the playground.
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Workplace Foot Injuries

Find out what types of safety or ergonomic hazards teachers face that can lead to foot injuries.

Schools are a particularly unique environment for footwear, where you will be on your feet all day while standing in front of your class and guiding students through hallways. Unfortunately, too many teachers wear dress shoes which simply aren’t designed to put up with so much use. As a result, these unsupportive shoes can lead teachers to suffer from common foot injuries such as Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.

Any kind of shoe that doesn’t provide the proper support and protection your feet need can lead to a wide range of pain and injuries. This is why it’s important to find the best shoes for teaching that can help protect against dangers such as:

  • Slip and fall hazards
    These are the most common accidents around schools, which are caused by uneven or slippery surfaces. The best shoes for teachers will have non-skid soles to protect them from potential slips and falls.
    Slip and fall hazards
  • Ergonomic injuries
    When teachers spend hours on their table correcting homework or exams, they can be exposed to ergonomic strains on their feet and back.
    Ergonomic injuries
  • Standing for hours
    This is one of the most common complaints among teachers, where their feet will often bark at the end of a long day. KURU Footwear offers comfortable shoes for teachers that will ensure their feet’s comfort no matter how long their classes last.
    Standing for hours
  • Serious injuries
    As a result of daily high performance, many teachers can be exposed to various injuries of a serious nature, including swollen feet, increased chance of arthritis, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and even orthopedic changes in the feet such as flat feet. Furthermore, teachers may also experience varicose veins and restricted blood flow.
    Serious injuries

Education Industry Facts and Stats

We take a look at some facts and stats you might not have known about teachers and foot health.

  • On average, teachers spend about 5 to 6 hours on their feet each day.
  • The majority of teachers wear shoes that do not provide adequate arch support, which can contribute to foot problems.
  • The average teacher walks approximately 4 to 5 miles within their classroom during a school day.
  • Properly fitted shoes can reduce the risk of foot injuries and conditions, such as plantar fasciitis and bunions, which can be prevalent among educators.

Foot Injury Prevention

Learn how to best protect your feet in the education industry.

Apart from getting the best teacher shoes, there are other things you can do to keep your teaching environment safe for your feet, such as:

  • Keeping a safe and orderly workspace
    To ensure that your classroom is extra safe for you, consider using an anti-fatigue mat around your classroom, especially where you frequently stand. This will work well for teachers in middle and high school when you don’t need to move too frequently.
    Keeping a safe and orderly workspace
  • Utilize proper ergonomic equipment
    Teachers spend significant hours at desks and workstations, making it essential to have ergonomically designed chairs and desks that support good posture and reduce the risk of back pain and musculoskeletal issues.Additionally, incorporating adjustable monitor stands, keyboard trays, and proper lighting can enhance the comfort and efficiency of teaching. Adequate training on ergonomic principles should be provided to teachers, empowering them to make the most of the equipment and maintain their health and productivity throughout their careers.Proper ergonomic practices in education can lead to improved teacher performance and overall job satisfaction.
    Utilize proper ergonomic equipment
  • Consider using slip-resistant shoes
    Schools will often have floors with spills—even in places you don’t expect it. As such, it might help if you purchased slip-resistant shoes or you can also consider orthotics to provide tailored support for your feet.
    Consider using slip-resistant shoes
  • Preparing your body with a few stretches
    For teachers, who often spend long hours on their feet or at a desk, integrating a regimen of preparatory stretches into their daily routine is vital.These stretches can help alleviate muscle tension, improve flexibility, and reduce the risk of discomfort or injuries associated with prolonged standing or sitting. Simple stretches, such as neck rotations, shoulder rolls, and wrist flexor stretches, can alleviate tension from repetitive tasks like grading papers or using a computer.Additionally, lower body stretches like calf stretches and hamstring stretches can be particularly beneficial for teachers who are on their feet frequently.
    Preparing your body with a few stretches
  • Always replace worn-out shoes
    Over time, the shock absorbency on your shoes will decrease, and by the end of their life, they will offer zero protection for your feet. This is why it’s also useful to have more than one pair of shoes since you’ll be able to rotate them to ensure they can last longer and give them time to air out.
    Always replace worn-out shoes
  • Take time to break into new shoes
    This is particularly important for leather dress shoes, which may start to stretch and become stiff after being worn a few times. However, it won’t help if you spend an entire day breaking in your shoes. It can become painful to run around after kids while trying to teach in class using a new pair of shoes. Instead of trying to rush the process, be sure to wear your new shoes little by little. Take the time to walk around the house or try running errands while wearing the shoe to help them loosen naturally.
    Take time to break into new shoes
  • Give your feet some rest
    When you get home, be sure to elevate your feet then soak and massage them to take away the stress and load they carry every day.
    Give your feet some rest


  • What are the best shoes for teachers?

    The best shoes for teachers will be built to provide you with support and comfort. These shoes will also be designed to reduce the amount of pressure placed on the foot while relieving pain and fatigue felt as a result of standing for long periods. They will also protect hazardous materials without having to sacrifice a good fit and good looks.

  • Should teachers wear open-toed shoes?

    No. Open-toe shoes aren’t typically appropriate for a workplace unless your school has a more casual dress code. Most work environments won’t allow open-toe shoes due to safety concerns, and many schools have banned flip-flops. Unprotected feet can also be stepped on and won’t offer much protection during slips and falls.

  • How do I know which shoe to buy? Which is best for me?

    The best shoe for you will depend on your unique foot type and the style you’re looking for. The best shoes for men and women alike offer adequate arch support and cushion. Whether you’re looking for bright blue shoes, dark blue shoes, or white shoes with blue accents, KURUs line of pain-relieving footwear help alleviate foot pain symptoms for all-day comfort.

  • How is the arch support of KURU shoes?

    KURU shoes deliver excellent arch support without the need for thick inserts or expensive, custom orthotics.

    Superior arch support starts with our patented KURUSOLE technology, which delivers natural cushioning and dynamically hugs your heel with every step. Every foot is unique, and our ULTIMATE INSOLES adapt to fit your needs by using your own body heat to custom-mold to the shape of your feet over time.

    The corrective nature of our superior arch support is designed to neutralize your weight distribution and place your foot in the best anatomical position. This support can take some getting used to. We suggest slowly breaking in your new shoes over the course of 2–3 weeks.

  • Are your shoes considered orthopedic shoes?

    While our shoes are not currently considered orthopedic by a medical standard, we have received thousands of positive reviews from customers who say their KURU shoes with good arch support helped reduce or eliminate their pain—from plantar fasciitis to bunions.

    Each of our shoes feature a wide toe box, superior arch support, shock absorption and patented heel technology, engineered for pain relief.

Three Layers of Support

At KURU, we pride ourselves on our unique approach to shoe design. We believe that shoes should be shaped to fit the natural contours of your feet, which is why we create every pair in three distinct support layers, not just an insole.


Our revolutionary ergonomic design starts with a curved footbed and adds unparalleled triple-layer support that includes shock-absorbing KURUCLOUD, heel-cupping KURUSOLE, and arch-supporting ULTIMATE INSOLES. The result? Shoes that are so comfortable you’ll stop thinking about your feet.

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  • How KURU brings relief


    Our patented KURUSOLE helps reduce foot pain, redirect stress, and encourage a healthy gait. It features a unique design that cups the heel and allows for dynamic flexion with each step to help protect and preserve the heel’s fat pad. As a result, it guides your body to a more natural alignment, which guarantees personalized comfort like nothing else.

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Animated GIF showing KURUSOLE tech in KURU shoes vs. typical flat interiors for plantar fasciitis pain.

KURU Shoes for Teachers

Now that you know what to look for to find the best shoes for teachers who stand all day, the only thing left is to decide which one to invest in!

For long-lasting comfort and pain-relief, you will never go wrong with a pair of KURU shoes. Whether it’s the ATOM, the QUANTUM 2.0, or the KIVI 2.0—or even the CHICANE outdoor shoes—you won’t have to worry about foot discomfort while teaching.

All KURU shoes are designed to provide superior support and comfort. Thanks to the patented heel-hugging KURUSOLE technology, KURUCLOUD midsole, and ULTIMATE INSOLES, you get shoes that cup your heel, offer optimal arch support, and amazing shock absorption.

Remember, a day in the classroom doesn’t have to end with sore feet—at least, not if you choose the right work shoes!

  • QUANTUM 2.0
    QUANTUM 2.0, which is the perfect blend of style, comfort, and support—as well as one of the best shoes for teachers with plantar fasciitis. These shoes boast a roomy toe box and excellent cushioning that provides all-day comfort.Designed with long hours of use in mind, the QUANTUM 2.0 is durable enough to withstand long school days and after-school activities. The shoes feature mesh uppers, making them light and flexible, so you can move with ease. To top it off, the foam lining and heel-hugging KURUSOLE technology helps reduce the impact of hard floors on your feet.
    QUANTUM 2.0
  • ATOM
    For teachers on the go, KURU’s ATOM sneaker offers an unrivaled blend of heel cushioning and support. Known for their patented KURUSOLE dynamic heel-hugging technology, these sneakers deliver exceptional, built-in heel and arch support for ultimate pain relief.KURU’s ATOM goes the extra mile with shock-absorbing cushion, a wide, flexible toe box for maximum comfort, and a moisture-wicking liner to help feet stay dry—even on those long teaching days. Plus, its sleek design makes it easy to pair well with almost any outfit. They come in a wide variety of color combinations for both men and women!
    If you’re looking for a shoe that offers optimum comfort and support, then KURU’s CHICANE outdoor shoes are a perfect match for you! These shoes feature the brand’s innovative KURUSOLE technology that dynamically flexes to hug and cushion your heels, offering unprecedented arch and heel support.It also has KURUCLOUD for amazing shock-absorbent cushioning and extra padding around the ankles for a truly comfy fit! Teachers also love the grippy outsoles, which are perfect for field trips, recess, or for slippery school floors.
  • KIVI 2.0
    All teachers need to check out KURU’s KIVI 2.0, a timeless classic built for comfort. These shoes feature a patented KURUSOLE technology that dynamically flexes with every step, offering superior arch and heel support.They’re also one of the best shoes for teachers who stand all day, with fantastic shock absorption that shields your feet from the impact of walking on hard surfaces. The easy slip-on style makes them a no-fuss choice for bustling mornings, and their durability will impress you. With KURU’s KIVI, 2.0 you’re signing up for uncompromising comfort and style!
    KIVI 2.0
  • KINETIC 2.0
    Are you a teacher looking for the ultimate shoe? Look no further than KURU’s KINETIC 2.0. These anti-slip sneakers take comfort and pain relief to a whole new level, thanks to their shock-absorbing KURUCLOUD midsoles and heel-hugging KURUSOLE technology. These provide unparalleled shock absorption, heel support, and arch support, making them one of the best supportive shoes for teachers.Meanwhile, the non-slip rubber outsole and broad footprint keeps you stable and firmly on your feet. Even better, they’re durable and super easy to clean!
    KINETIC 2.0
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Great Teaching Shoe. I wear these shoes everyday to my job as a teacher.  Not only do they look nicer than a typical “tennis shoe” style, they are by far the most comfortable shoes I have worn to work.”

Johanna S.

Best Shoes for Teachers. I’m a teacher and kurus are the ONLY shoes I’ve tried where my feet don’t hurt after standing all day!! This is life changing!!!”


Saving my feet . . . I absolutely love these shoes! I’m a 6th-grade teacher (plus a long-time distance runner) who is on his feet all day, and they have been a life saver for me. My high arches have been causing a problem, and just after one week, I can feel a major difference.”


Favorite Shoes Ever. These are my 5th pair of Kurus and I love them! I am a kindergarten teacher and bought them to wear inside the classroom. They are so cute, light as air and very supportive for long days on my feet. I want to get another pair for home.”

Outdoor Girl

No foot / back pain. I bought these for my husband – he’s a teacher and is on his feet all day long. He often complains of foot/back pain. Since he started wearing these, he does not complain about either pain. I ordered him a second pair!”


Amazing fit and support. I need supportive shoes because stand on concrete for 5-8 hours straight a day, but as a teacher, I want them to be fun and stylish. I highly recommend these shoes for comfort and style!”


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