A list of the best shoes that will make your feet sing, even after a long night’s shift.
If you’re not thinking about the shoes you wear in the kitchen in the same way you think about the knives you use — then you’re doing it all wrong. You wouldn’t use a dull knife for an entire shift, so why would you suffer the aches and pains of shitty shoes? To help you find your next favored pair, we put together a comprehensive list of the best chef shoes on the market — ones that won’t let you down. Until you need a new pair, that is, because all good things do come to an end.
Forza, by Mozo
The Forza by Mozo, a shoe brand acquired by Shoes for Crews, is genuinely one of the best shoes out there for a kitchen career. The slip-on style offers the comfort of clogs but provides more support, so you won’t run the risk of twisting an ankle during the shift. Like all essential chef shoes, the Forza offers slip-resistant technology and water-resistant leather – so they’re built to last and keep you upright.
Safety Jogger Advance 81 – Steel Toe, by Safety Jogger
Safety Jogger is another shoe brand built around functionality and makes an excellent shoe for food service. The Safety Jogger Advance 81- Steel Toe is minimalist in design but built to last with all the support you need during a long shift. With slip-resistance and trip guard technology — you can stride through any kitchen with confidence.
Dansko XP 2.0, by Dansko
Danskos are a cult classic. They’re super comfortable and built for durability and combat fatigue, but they can be awkward to get used to and a bit heavy. If you’re a fan of clogs, then you can’t go wrong with Danskos, and the XP 2.0‘s are the perfect chef shoes as they’re waterproof, slip-resistant, and built with memory foam cushioning and arch support — so you will be safe and comfy.
Bloodstone, by Shoes for Crews
Shoes for Crews is another iconic food service shoe brand, and their Bloodstone is just a solid chef shoe. The Bloodstone looks like a clog but is built to be lightweight and provide better ankle support. It’s slip and water-resistant, with trip guard protection and a removable cushioned insole. With comfort and function, you really can’t go wrong with the Bloodstone style — and it’s one of the more affordable options available.
New Balance 510 v3, by New Balance
Unlike the other shoes in this list, the New Balance 510 v3 is actually a trail running shoe with a more sporty look. This is a great chef shoe for anyone looking for more comfort, versatility and who just doesn’t really like the whole clog vibe. The New Balance 510 v3 is slip-resistant with outsole traction and trip guard protection. They also provide ultimate comfort with a memory top insole, a cushioned midsole, and shock absorptions. These shoes will provide the support and comfort needed to make it through the busiest of weekend shifts.
While your shoes might not be the first thing you think of when getting ready for work, you’re going to be thinking about them at the end of a long shift if they’re not comfortable! Any of the shoes listed here have the comfort and durability to withstand even the busiest nights in a Kitchen — and they come in both men’s and women’s sizing. So if your feet aren’t feeling like you’ve been walking on clouds for 8+ hours — it might be time to switch up for something new!