Individuals who spend a lot of time on their feet during the day are at risk of leg and foot pain, back problems. Plus you just need a pair of comfortable shoes!
Wearing the right pair of shoes can reduce these risks significantly and keep your feet from aching at the end of the day.
Nike shoes offer ideal support and cushioning. Our top pick is the Nike Renew Ride 2. This supportive shoe and super comfortable, breathable, with some nice padding in the upper.
Whether or not you’re already a fan of the Nike brand, these are the best Nikes for standing all day and you should consider choosing one of these pairs.
Top 3 Best and Favorite
Nike Renew Ride 2
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1. Nike Renew Ride 2
The wide base and solid cushioning of the Nike Renew Ride make it our top choice.
It’s cushioned in all the right places, above and below. The upper is a dual-layer mesh that allows good airflow and has water-resistant properties.
But the heel and ankle collars and tongue are well padded for extra comfort. It may take some getting used to, but it effectively cushions the foot from all angles. It’s also gender-specific, with the women’s shoe being shaped slightly differently around the collar to cater to a woman’s foot.
Nike’s foam midsole is thicker than the previous Ride’s, which means you can be on your feet for longer and not feel negative effects.
But it remains a good mix of plush comfort and firm support, and it’s a firmer foam than many others. Some might find this to be uncomfortable, but it provides good support for long days on your feet.
Nike shoes are naturally narrow, so those with wide feet may need to order a size up.
Also, these shoes seem to run snug in the toe box, so if you like ample space for your toes, it may be advisable to order a large size.
- Dual-density midsole
- Low-profile design
- Padded tongue and cuff
- Stiff heel clip
- This shoe can run narrow in the toe box and you may have to order a half size up
Top Slip On
2. Nike Air Zoom Pulse
These Nikes are not only super comfy slip-on shoes, but they’ve been created specifically for nurses. They have also been tested by nurses and passed with flying colors.
This shoe has no laces. Instead, it relies on a flexible heel that creates an opening wide enough for your foot to slip in. A pull tab on the heel and another on the bridge of the foot make it easy to get this shoe on and off without a problem.
The foam is soft and spongy, providing comfort for long hours of standing or walking. It also features a Zoom Air unit underneath the heel, which effectively absorbs shock and reduces foot fatigue.
The upper is water-resistant—polyurethane-coated—synthetic material, easy to clean, and great for protecting your feet from spills and splashes. The outsole is durable rubber, providing safety on all surfaces, wet or dry.
- Easy on and off
- Zoom Air unit in the heel
- Water-dispersive traction pattern
- Polyurethane-coated upper
- There’s no way to custom adjust this shoe to fit your foot
3. Nike Revolution 5 Flyease
The Revolution 5 FlyEase is an affordable, comfortable, and cushioned shoe.
In the midsole, a lightweight foam offers adequate soft cushioning and also features a textured outer wall, which helps to reduce the weight of the shoe even more.
The most noticeable feature of this shoe is the no-lace Flyease lacing system. A unique round-the-heel zipper with an over-bridge zipper creates a wide foot opening, making these shoes very easy to get on and off.
The upper is breathable and keeps the air flowing to prevent stuffy shoes and smelly feet when you finally get to take your shoes off. There are synthetic overlays on the heel and midfoot, providing extra structure to support your foot throughout the day.
A full-length rubber outsole is highly durable, and also features flex grooves for a more flexible experience. This prevents your foot muscles from getting tired by reducing how much they have to work.
Those with small or narrow feet may find that they can’t get a tight enough fit with the FlyEase system.
- Lace-free FlyEase closure
- Reinforced heel
- Padded tongue and collar
- Soft midsole cushioning
- There may be heel movement as you can’t lock the foot down as tight with the FlyEase system
Top For Concrete
4. Nike React Miler 2
The cushion and durability on the outsole of this shoe make it a good choice for people who spend all day on their feet on concrete surfaces.
High-abrasion rubber on the sole not only provides good traction but also takes longer to wear away.
A full-length slab of React foam in the midsole offers exceptional plush cushioning, particularly effective on hard surfaces. There’s no Air Zoom unit in this shoe, but the React cushions well although it’s not as responsive.
For extra stability, the heel is slightly flared to make a slightly wider and more stable platform. There’s also a heel stabilizing clip, providing a locked-down feel. Another helpful feature that will stabilize the foot when you’re standing on hard surfaces.
In the midfoot, a band (made up of four sections) tightens around your foot when you tighten the laces.
- Rigid heel counter
- React technology foam
- Rocker shaped sole
- Strategically placed high-abrasion rubber
- May not be suitable for wide feet
Best For Women
5. Nike Free TR8
This Nike shoe is designed as a cross-trainer for women. It’s considered to be a lightweight shoe, but it still has sufficient padding for those ladies who are going to be on their feet all day.
It has a slip-on design that makes it easy and comfortable to get on and off. There are large pull tabs on the tongue and the ankle collar, so one can get their foot in and out easily. The lacing system is reinforced with Flywire cables in the upper to provide more rigidity without being uncomfortable or inflexible.
A light mesh upper allows the feet to stay well-ventilated throughout the day. You’ll find an inner sleeve that creates a sock-like fit, with a lightly padded ankle collar for a chafe-free experience. A synthetic external heel counter helps to support the heel as you go about your daily tasks.
A soft foam midsole offers shock attenuation and comfort. There’s a raised section in the side of the midfoot, which provides extra support and prevention against lateral movement.
A wide base means the shoes are stable on the floor. It was designed for exercises like squats, but it means that you’ll be extra stable on your feet. The full-length rubber outsole is designed for durability, specifically for high-intensity activities. If you walk around a lot during the day, these shoes should still feel comfortable.
There are also hexagonal flex grooves in the outsole which allow the foot to flex naturally and prevent pain and discomfort from being confined in a shoe for long periods of time.
Although Nike shoes usually run on the narrower side, this shoe seems to run a little wider than average. Individuals with narrow feet may need to order a small side to fit comfortably.
- EVA midsole cushioning
- Integrated Flywire cables
- Full-length rubber foam outsole
- Hexagonal flex grooves
- They may be a bit wide for people with narrow feet
Top For Wide Feet
6. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
The Pegasus 38 is one of Nike’s most anticipated and most well-received shoes. It’s a good choice for those with wide feet, as comes in wide widths.
The mesh upper is tight-knit and durable, but also offers good airflow through to the feet. It’s supportive but slightly stretchy, so your foot can flex comfortably and naturally.
A midfoot webbing works together with the laces to form a snug wrap around the midfoot when you lace your shoes, giving you more support.
The previous iteration of the Pegasus had an unstable heel that was very difficult to lock down. Nike has fixed that in the 38, by adding a thick, plush tongue. It not only increases comfort on the bridge of the foot but also pushes the foot further back. This allows for a stable and locked-in heel, which is ideal if you spend a lot of time walking.
A generous slab of React foam in the midsole cushions the foot very well, keeping you very comfortable without feeling too soft or too firm.
There’s also a Zoom Air unit in the forefoot, which not only cushions but also helps put a spring in your step and reduce fatigue.
Many users have said that the pegasus 38 runs small so you may need to order a size larger.
- Spacious toe box
- Zoom Air unit in forefoot
- React foam midsole
- Midfoot webbing
- The shoe may run small so you would need to order one size up
7. Nike Winflo 8
If you’re hard on your shoes, the Winflo 8 could be the best choice for you.
It’s very durable, with a full sole, full-contact rubber design that forms a thick layer on the bottom of the shoe. There’s a separate heel crash pad and a deep groove—transition channel—down the middle which helps you to keep a natural gait even if you’re just walking.
A tightly knit mesh upper allows for breathability and uses Flywire cables to secure the foot in a locked-down fit once laced. A padded tongue helps to prevent chafing on the top of the foot once it’s been laced down.
Two Zoom Air units in the midsole do a good job of reducing shock no matter what kind of surface you’re walking or standing on. The midsole is made from Cushlon foam, which is soft and delightful underfoot.
- Transition channel
- Heel crash pad
- Cushlon midsole foam
- Zoom air units in the forefoot and heel
- Some buyers suggest that this shoe runs slightly small
8. Nike Zoom Span 3
The Zoom Span is an affordable and comfortable pair of classic Nikes that has a generous stack height for better shock absorption and plush cushioning.
Zoom Air units in the forefoot of the midsole make it more cushioned, responsive, and comfortable.
There are pistons strategically placed in the forefoot for a better walking experience. Underneath the foot, a “ride rail” splits the waffle outsole to increase flexibility.
The outsole is made from durable rubber. This not only extends the life of the shoe but absorbs shock and increases comfort.
The upper includes perforations for better airflow. The lacing system features Flywire cables so you can get a better custom fit without creating pressure points.
Some people suggest that these shoes run small, so you may need to order a half size up.
- Air Zoom unit in the forefoot
- Forefoot pistons
- Rubber waffle outsole
- Midfoot Flywire cables
- Some people suggest that these shoes run small
What should you look for in everyday shoes when you are on your feet all day?
When you’re looking for a pair of everyday shoes to protect your feet from the strain of standing all day, there are a number of things you should consider.
The cushioning is one of the most important aspects of a shoe when you’ll be wearing it for many hours. It should be comfortable and plush enough to not flatten after you’ve been standing on it for a few hours.
The shoe should not be too flexible as that could lead to fatigue in the muscles of the foot during the day. It should also not be a lightweight shoe, as less weight usually means less cushion. You may need to sacrifice lightness for comfort.
Whichever shoes you choose should also be durable, breathable to allow for airflow throughout the shoe especially when you’ll be wearing them for hours, and any support features you may need—such as a stability shoe for overpronators.