As an educator, you know how wearing the wrong shoes can affect your mood and day at work.
Shoes should keep the feet cool and protected. That is why many people are willing to go expensive just to get the best support. Teachers are no different. In fact, your profession requires perfect shoes – no excuses. Now, if you’ll ask me what are the most comfortable shoes for teachers today and if you’ll ever find one, I have some tips for you.
As we all know, being a teacher means you are on your standing stance all day. It can take a toll on your body, especially your feet. It is only proper and a MUST that you invest in footwear that can keep your feet comfortable while standing the whole day.
Here we go!
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What kind of shoes do most teachers wear?
Comfort and attractiveness when it comes to teacher shoes don’t always go hand in hand. Some may be wearing a nice-looking pair but can’t walk longer because the shoes are squeezing the toes. If not too heavy, there are pairs that are too flat leaving teachers a little out of balance. Have you had footwear that makes your feet feel tired at the end of the day?
I know a female teacher who likes wearing tennis or athletic shoes. The stereotype of these shoes has gotten her almost in “question” for being too sporty. She found it ridiculous that anyone would think her choice of shoes was outside the professional setting. Those were closed shoes, no open toes, not sandals, and most of all, not clogs. So what could have been the problem?
Well, there are school activities that call for athletic shoes. Finding the balance between function and style for a new pair of shoes can be difficult sometimes, but the shoes you wear definitely matters to the academic scene.
If you know other teachers who are experiencing foot problems – the culprit may just be the wrong type of shoes. Remember that you are on your feet all day so it follows that you should be wearing the most comfortable shoes the world can offer.
Now, we’re on to the next question.
How can a teacher find comfortable shoes?
1) MAKE SURE IT FITS PERFECTLY
You’ll be walking around and standing all day, so you might as well have shoes that fit your feet perfectly. It’s a big no-no when they are too big or too small.
To get a perfect size: fit and feel at all angles when buying in a physical store. Stand and walk around in the shoes. Try pressing on the top of the footwear and feel if your toes are comfortable while walking. Wiggle your toes. Is there enough space for them to move? If the ball of your foot feels dense and compressed, the heel or toe part hurts – go for the next size.
Different types of shoes are also sized differently. So knowing the precise length is significantly important to help you in this quest. I suggest that you get your foot’s measurement in centimeters to help you go through the manufacturer’s size chart and determine which size is best to fit you.
2) EMPHASIZE COMFORTABILITY
Nothing beats a pair of shoes that feel like clouds when you are on them. Comfortable shoes accommodate the arch or the middle part of your feet. When you walk on the shoe, does your foot comfortably rest into the widest part of the shoe which is the middle?
The arch is that slightly hollow part in the middle of your foot. This area works very hard in supporting the body while standing or walking. It holds bones, tendons, and ligaments that allow the foot to support your weight. If you have been feeling discomfort in this part, pay attention to your arch the next time you buy shoes.
If you were to choose between comfortability and design, always choose the first one.
3) CHECK FOR FLEXIBILITY
Flexibility means the ability to bend. Your feet do all the legwork for you so it is only fair to give them air and space to move, bend, and function with ease. Most body points are located on your feet. As you walk, the feet naturally move itself providing the balance you need with every step. Every time your heel strikes the ground, your arch begins to flatten and cushion the shock.
So to check for shoe flexibility, do the ‘bending’ test below:
- Bend the shoe and the sole – it should show a V form flexibly.
- Next is to lift your heel. It should bend along the ball of your foot. A good shoe does not contradict the natural movement of your feet.
4) KEEP THEM AS FLAT AS POSSIBLE
Should female teachers impose going flats?
Because a teacher’s job involves a lot of standing and walking, flatter heels are more comfortable. This relaxes the calf muscles and allows both feet and legs to move freely and securely. The relaxed environment in the lower extremities helps distribute your body weight evenly across the soles of your feet, leaving them less stressed from a day’s work.
What if you like high heels?
Again, comfortability is your top priority. 2 or 3 inches heels are nice if your schedule does not require a lot of walking and standing. Also, wearing high heels for long periods of standing adds additional strain on your legs and feet. It can compromise proper circulation and contribute to blood pooling in your veins. The result is pain and discomfort.
A little heel is more suitable as it allows your feet to walk comfortably than in higher heels. Experts say, your shoes should be raised by at least ¼ of an inch. That is is enough to give you an extremely professional look. A low but wider heel may also give you more steadiness so you keep a good balance, as well.
5) ATTRACTIVENESS & DESIGN MATTERS
Do you like the polished look of wedges so you don’t have to wear heels that look like towers? Maybe you prefer the feminine appeal of shoes that fasten with laces? Let us say you like a bit formal so you are opting between court shoes or ankle boots.
While rubber shoes are every men’s favorite, leather is a noble and malleable material. It is widely used for most men’s shoes for being light, strong, and supple. Leather is also well known for its breathability, ability to insulate heat, as well as regulating temperature. Most leather shoes are made to adjust perfectly to the feet of the wearer.
There are various options to choose from. Having the right combination of outfit and footwear is a game-changer for a teacher’s self-esteem when teaching in class.
SHOULD TEACHERS GO FOR FOOTWEAR THAT COSTS $50 OR HIGHER?
I suggest that you don’t use the price as your determining factor. Note the possibility of a $100 pair of shoes yet can be of low quality.
Buying designer shoes follows that you are paying for the brand name, as well. High prices on non-designer shoes may be driven by the high cost of raw materials used to ensure quality in the footwear. Yet all these should not be your basis when buying quality footwear. Only you can distinguish why a certain pair of shoes are sold at higher prices.
Lastly, for teachers who are experiencing foot and back pain every day, these tips can help:
- Why not have a pair of slippers under your table that you can easily slip on and give your feet some between-classes rest.
- A kitchen gel mat is a lifesaver. You can stand on them while teaching to give your feet something soft and squishy to stand on.
- When you get home after a tiring day, rest for a good 15 minutes and then soak your feet in a bucket of warm water. This helps your feet nerves to relax.
When it comes to shoes, the number one thing you need to look out for is comfort. Here is a video with shoe tips for your foot type.
Do you have some tips about finding the most comfortable shoes that teachers should be wearing? Please don’t hesitate to comment below.