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Shoes for custodial work with long hours of standing/walking

Started 1304733936.047 in Among Friends | Last reply 1305515568.657 by Lovingmom02

I work as a matron (female custodian) and a large part of my day involves standing and walking. I normally am walking/standing for about 7 hours per day while at work. Then I come home and take care of my children, make dinner, etc. No complaints, but I admit that I am really worn out most days.

In any case, the main reason I am posting this is to find out if anyone would be able to recommend really comfortable shoes that are suitable for custodial work. I am not brand loyal. Currently, I wear a pair of shoes made by Merrell. While the shoes are fine overall, they simply are not meant for this type of work.

If anyone has information, please let me know. I appreciate your time and help with this issue. Thank you.

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indiarose1304735695.294269 PostsRegistered 4/30/2007

Can you wear a sneaker type shoe? New Balance makes a great walking shoe.

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donnakay9041304813869.46450 PostsRegistered 1/12/2008

Hi ! I am a plus size woman with bad knees and legs, and I work 12 hour shifts (not on my feet, but still up and around for 12 hours at work). I also have what I call Flintstone feet. Large and wide. I have tried all brands and the ONLY brand that keeps my feet feeling comfortable all night (work night shift) are New Balance. Hands down they are the best shoe I have ever worn. My feet are as comfortable at the end of my shift as at the beginning. They have so many styles and widths. Truly something for everyone. I buy my from Zappos, next day delivery at no extra charge, or at NBwebexpress, small shipping fee but well worth it.

Bluesclue1304822062.94198 PostsRegistered 10/5/2007

I am a custodian in a school and on my feet for 8 hrs a day, on hard floors. I wear New Balance,609, walking shoe. I have also had a knee replaced and these shoes work out very well for me. Hope this helps.


BaileyandB­ella1304825431.7035781 PostsRegistered 2/6/2010

I have tried all kinds of shoes, but the best thing I did was get some really good orthotic insoles. These are reasonably priced and work great!


Lovingmom021304834155.59322 PostsRegistered 9/10/2006Canada

Thank you very much for the helpful information. Just like Bluesclue, I am a school custodian. I am grateful for this advice. Best wishes to all. {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

10sluvr1304848675.6732170 PostsRegistered 12/17/2006

i work at kohl's and i had a nurse come in and buy her second pair of reebok toner shoes. a lady i work with also wears and loves them. q has the sketchers that our housekeeping ladies wear.

kiddo1304850638.87710263 PostsRegistered 12/6/2006

I know a nurse who wears Rykas. The only ones she'll wear at work.

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marygray1304870628.22347973 PostsRegistered 5/8/2005

Real nurses shoes, Nursemates, or Rykas. Whatever you get, you must be sure the soles are made of crepe. It is the only sole that really provides good shock absorbing with every step and if you work on concrete or tile floors it is a must. I was a nurse and it is the only thing that saved my back and my legs and my feet. To really make your legs not hurt or feel so tired, you should be wearing support hose. A good medium or even light is better than none.

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happy hous­ewife1304871429.04734389 PostsRegistered 1/4/2007

retired nurse here with another vote for New Balance. I liked the 854 because they have the anti roll shank so you don't turn your ankle and get a sprain.

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AmNiLi1304875463.8232735 PostsRegistered 12/10/2009Born in NY, living in MA

My husband stands all day at his job so he got shoes especially made for that. Ill find out what he bought so i can offer my suggestion.

32/F, Married, 2 daughters

AmNiLi1304875709.5532735 PostsRegistered 12/10/2009Born in NY, living in MA

Ok i found out what shoes my husband bought. He got them through is work but i found the website for them. I hope this help you. https://www.shoesforcrews.com

32/F, Married, 2 daughters

Nellie B1305049994.692692 PostsRegistered 4/11/2009

SAS. Nothing to look at but comfortable. Wherever I worked always had some unfortunate rule about sneakers, usually made by someone sitting on their dead a$$ in corporate.

fbm2lsm1305053919.8632599 PostsRegistered 8/25/2010

My husband has foot problems galore, he reccomends SAS, like Nellie B said not much to look at but his DR. told him about them and he has nothing else for work since. They are pricey but are well worth it, per him.

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10sluvr1305057775.2132170 PostsRegistered 12/17/2006

our store has policy against athletic shoes too, unless you have drs. note, which i got. cement floors and stairs don't go with dress shoes! they have to be "understated" athletic shoes-no garish colors or lites!

Nellie B1305123187.512692 PostsRegistered 4/11/2009
On 5/8/2011 AmNiLi said:

Ok i found out what shoes my husband bought. He got them through is work but i found the website for them. I hope this help you. https://www.shoesforcrews.com

Thanks for the info...took a look and will be definitely buying from here in the future.

Lovingmom021305485844.4322 PostsRegistered 9/10/2006Canada

Thank you very much for all of the helpful replies. I am now working on purchasing a few pairs of shoes that will help me overcome my ongoing pain and discomfort. Your time and advice is sincerely appreciated. Best wishes from here in lovely Canada!

ivey1305486652.423394 PostsRegistered 6/25/2007

I have an injured foot, so I wear SAS walking shoes for any distance and their loafers for more "dressy" wear with slacks. They also have sandals and dress shoes with a low heel. They are a bit pricey, but I live close enough that I can occasionally take a trip to the factory store in San Antonio where they are discounted by about 30-40%. They are well worth the initial investment.

Lovingmom021305515568.6322 PostsRegistered 9/10/2006Canada

Thank you for letting me know about SAS shoes. I was not familiar with this brand previously. I also had not tried the other brands mentioned. I have recently begun the process of buying a few different pairs of shoes based on the recommendations. The advice I have received about this inquiry is very much appreciated.

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