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Best Shoes For Standing All Day

Have you fallen victim to sore feet from standing all day long? If so, you are not alone. Standing for hours at a time, especially with a limited range of movement can not only leave your feet feeling sore but have other consequences for your health and physical well-being. The right footwear can go a long way in alleviating pressure and discomfort.  In this guide, we are going to look into the problems that standing for long periods of time can cause, how to solve them and what can be done to offer relief throughout the day.

How standing all day affects your feet

Although some of us have the luxury of sitting all day for work, there are others that are constantly on their feet. Think about checkout operators, nurses and retail staff - all of these jobs rarely provide you with an opportunity to sit down throughout the day. If you’ve ever worked in a profession like this, you’ll probably be familiar with the awful feeling of sore feet after a long day. If you are sick of gritting your teeth to try and get through the work week, now is the time to make a few changes. If you don’t, you might experience a few health issues that go beyond sore feet, such as swelling, fatigue, back, neck and shoulder pain and varicose veins. Let’s get into it.

Sore Feet

The most obvious side effect of standing all day is sore feet, with the pain often being felt in the base of your foot. When we are standing, there is constant pressure and blood pooling in the veins of our feet. Consequently, long-term standing can cause swelling and pressure in the surrounding tissue, leading to what we commonly call “sore feet”.


You guessed it - swelling can cause foot pain. When you are standing for prolonged periods of time, gravity causes a buildup of fluid in the foot. As a result, your foot may start to increase in size, which could affect the fit of your shoes and make them feel tight and uncomfortable. Swelling from standing is not just limited to your feet - it can also affect your legs and calves, causing pain in these areas.





Although it is natural to stand for long periods of time, it is known to cause muscular fatigue. In order to stay balanced on your feet, your body is constantly in a state of contraction - even if you don’t realise it. As a result, you might find yourself feeling extra tired and a little achy after a day of standing.

Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain

Have you ever noticed back, neck or shoulder pain creeping up on you during the work week? When standing all day, there is increased pressure on your spine that can result in poor posture and soreness of the upper body. As you get more tired throughout the day, your posture might gradually deteriorate, making the issue even worse.

Varicose Veins

When you spend all day standing, it causes the veins in your legs and feet to work extra hard. As we stand, blood naturally pools in our legs and creates extra pressure. This additional pressure can be tough on your valves, making them weaker overtime. This can lead to varicose veins, which can be a rather painful condition.



Want to avoid the uncomfortable side-effects that come with standing all day? Well, we have good news for you! By choosing the proper footwear, you’ll have the best chance of dodging some of these unpleasant effects. 

Here are some key things to keep in mind when shopping for the perfect pair of sneakers:



Everyone’s feet are different, so it is important to take your time when choosing the right fit. It is also important to take into account whether your foot type is neutral, over-pronated or under-pronated. In our Running Shoe Guide, you’ll find a full breakdown of these foot types, but for now, here’s a quick summary. 

If you have over-pronating feet, your feet will roll inward as you walk, meaning you will need a shoe that provides some extra stability and support. Otherwise, you may have to deal with extra sore knees and feet - which is exactly what you don’t need. This type of foot is very common, which is why we have a large range of shoes available for over-pronation

On the opposite side of the spectrum, we have under-pronating feet. Under-pronation is when your feet don’t roll inward enough when you walk, which has the ability to cause hip and back pain if not careful. We’ve got you covered in this area too, with a selection of shoes to help with under-pronation. If you have a neutral foot, you will also benefit from shoes suited to those with under-pronation, as they provide support and cushioning throughout the day.





Another factor to consider when trying to get the perfect fit is how much toe room there is. Try and find a size that allows for a fingers width of room from your longest toe. This will help you avoid pesky blisters that result from tight-fitting shoes. 

If you have a slightly wider foot, you’ll want to opt for a shoe with a wide outsole design. Shoes that are too narrow will place a lot of pressure on the sides of your foot, resulting in soreness. Some people with average width feet actually prefer wide fit shoes too, as it provides extra space for swelling that may develop over the day. 

Top tip: We recommend trying on shoes in the afternoon or later in the day, as your feet are more likely to be a little more swollen after you’ve been on them for the day, than if you were to try them on first thing in the morning.


If you want to feel like you are walking on a cloud all day, cushioning is your best friend. Look for shoes that have more cushioning in the insoles and lessen the stress on your joints. Walking on hard surfaces can be high-impact, but sufficient cushioning helps to soften the blow.  If you want to take your foot comfort to the next level, an orthotic insert could be the way to go

Talk to an Expert

If reading all of this is giving you information overload, don’t panic! Simply pop in-store and have a chat with one of our Rebel experts. They are no stranger to helping customers find the perfect fit, so pay them a visit if you need a little guidance in the shoe department. You can also take a look at some of our online resources for extra tips and tricks.


The Best Shoes At Rebel For Those That Stand All Day

At Rebel Sport, we understand everyone has different foot types, needs and personal preferences. One of our goals is to make sure we stock all the leading shoe brands, so you can find a trusty shoe that is perfect for you. When it comes to standing all day, these shoe categories may be the best ones to go for:


As the name suggests, indoor shoes are designed for indoor terrain like gym floors. With a good amount of flex and support, this type of shoe is perfect for a lot of jobs that require you to be on your feet. They’ll usually be very comfortable, with good cushioning and traction. Some popular brands for indoor shoes include Under Armour, Asics and more.

Walking shoes

A good walking shoe should be comfortable and durable, offering more flexibility than a running shoe. It should be comfortable to wear over short or long distances. Some popular walking shoes brands include Skechers, New Balance and Asics, offering style and long-term comfort.

Trail Shoes

As trail shoes are designed for hitting the trails, their main priority is to keep you comfortable as you exercise. Support, cushioning, breathability and lightweight design are some of the key features of trail shoes. These shoes may also be great if you have an outdoorsy job that keeps you on your feet for long periods of the day. If you think these could solve your sore feet woes, check out some of our best brands like Hi Tec, New Balance and Asics.

Training Shoes

Training shoes are designed to be used for a wide variety of activities, from work to sport. They are designed to be flatter than a running shoe, allowing for more multi-directional movement. This shoe is extremely versatile, with some top options available from Nike, adidas and Puma.

Other ways to minimise pain from standing all day

Once you’ve got your shoes sorted, you are one giant step closer to pain-free feet. If you want to stop long-term damage from standing at work, we’ve got some tips to help get you through the day. 

Keep Moving

A great way to avoid foot pain is to keep those muscles in motion. Go for a walk whenever you get a chance to keep the blood pumping. This is great for improving your circulation to prevent your feet from getting sore. Standing in one spot all day with inadequate support? Ask your employer if they can provide anti-fatigue mats for you to stand on to help cushion your feet on hard surfaces.

Take breaks

Give your feet a well-deserved rest on your breaks. Instead of going out to buy food, try and bring something with you so you can sit down for the entirety of your break. If possible, try and elevate your feet for better circulation. Take these sitting breaks whenever you can and make the most of it. 

Try arch supports or compression socks

Arch supports and compression socks are great for those that stand all day. Compression socks help with circulation, which in turn makes your feet more comfortable. Whereas arch supports help to keep you stabilised during the day, meaning your muscles have to do a lot less work.


If you are on your feet all day, it can be helpful to incorporate some simple stretches into your routine. A great stretch for improving foot circulation are calf raises, as it pumps blood out of the foot and back into the body. To do this stretch, simply stand on the edge of a step with your heels hanging off the end. Use your calf muscles to lift up on your tiptoes and lower yourself back down again. Repeat around 10 times before getting back to work. Make it your mission to stretch at least once every hour if possible.


Massage Your Foot

If you get home and your feet are sore, get some relief by giving yourself a foot massage. If you have a tennis ball lying around your house, this is an easy fix. Simply grab the ball, pop it under your arch and roll it from side to side and then from heel to toe.

Consider An Anti-Inflammatory

After a full day of standing, it is common for your feet to get swollen and sore. If this is the case, it might be a good idea to use an anti-inflammatory product. You can either go down the medication route or try kinesiology tape. At Rebel, you can get your hands on strapping tape, which is great for reducing swelling, lessening muscle fatigue and alleviating pain.


Ready to upgrade your kicks?

Standing all day can take a real toll on your feet causing soreness, muscle fatigue, swelling and more. A lot of times, this can be down to ill-fitting shoes that aren’t right for your feet. Thankfully, there is a quick fix. At Rebel Sport, we have a wide range of shoes that can give you the support and comfort you need. Discover your perfect pair and shop our selection of footwear from top brands like Nike, adidas and New Balance.