Five Best Shoes for Teachers

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Lockers are slamming and bells are ringing as teachers and students are returning to the classroom. If you’re a teacher, you know that this means a return to hours on your feet everyday and the search for the perfect pair of shoes. Whether you’re already back in the classroom and regretting your less-than-comfortable shoe choice or you’re in that final summer stretch getting everything ready to start the year off with your best foot forward, we’ve got you covered. You don’t have to sacrifice fashion for comfort at Englin’s Fine Footwear! With these shoes you get the best of both worlds, so your feet and your fashion sense will thank you.

For the Boot Lover: Dansko Women’s Shirley

Dansko Women's Shirley

he Dansko Women's Shirley in Black Nubuck Leather. Also available in Grey NubuckTaupe Suede Leather, and Wine Nubuck.

Dansko is so much more than their classic clogs. While you know and love this brand for their supportive, no-nonsense shoes, sometimes you want that same comfort in something a bit more fashion-conscious. Dansko has shoes for you! The Dansko Shirley is a cute boot with leather uppers and a leather-wrapped heel, and both sections are protected with 3M Scotchguard™, making them stain-resistant. The Shirley also features a 2½ in. heel, but a removable, cushioned insole with arch support and the ability to accommodate most standard and custom orthotics mean that this style-conscious feature doesn’t have to come with a price tag of foot discomfort. Rock this boot with your favorite leggings-and-dress combo or with a pair of skinny jeans on those rare denim days (homecoming week, anyone?).

Get any of the awesome Shirley colors for $184.95*!

If the Shirley isn’t your style, you might like the Dansko Women’s Loralie, a classic Mary Jane style with a hidden wedge, or the Dansko Women’s Joy, a lace-up boot with street-style flair.

For the Flats Fan: Naot Luga

Naot Luga

The Naot Luga in Black Lace/Oily Coal/Black Madras Leather. Also available in Brown Croc/Shimmer/Volcanic Brown LeatherGray Iguana/Tin Gray/Sterling Leather, and Navy Reptile/Polar Sea/Ink Leather.

If you’re more interested in shoes than boots and like your soles without added height, the Naot Luga is the perfect option for you! All Naot products are handmade with high-quality Italian leather, and this particular Mary Jane is made with contrasting leathers for a unique look. Inside the shoe you’ll find a padded lining that’s warm, comfortable, and moisture absorbing. You’ll also find Naot’s removable cork and latex footbed designed to mold to the shape of your foot with each wear. The Luga also has a slip-resistant, lightweight, and durable polyurethane sole. Slip on these unique shoes with your khakis and dress pants to add some interest to your school day looks.

All of the Naot Luga colors are available for $184.95*!

For the Sandal Lover: Birkenstock Women's Gizeh

Birkenstock Women's Gizeh

The Birkenstock Women's Gizeh in Navy Microfiber. Also available in a variety of other colors and materials.

Birkenstocks are more popular than ever, and they’re not just for professors at Berkley anymore. These classic comfort sandals are in the middle of a fashion renaissance and have been spotted on the feet of everyone from college students to Heidi Klum. If the traditional two-strap Arizona doesn’t strike your fancy, we suggest taking a look at Birkenstock’s other style options like the Gizeh! This thong sandal comes in a variety of colors and materials — Birko-Flor™ (a synthetic leather-like material), BirkiBuc™ (a synthetic nubuck-feel material), and real leather or suede — meaning there’s an option for every wardrobe and lifestyle. For example, the Navy Microfiber Gizeh sandal featured here is a vegan option! All of Birkenstock’s products feature their signature footbeds with a roomy deep heel cup and distinct arch support. Additionally, their cork and latex footbeds will mold to your foot with each wear, making their comfort custom to your foot over time. Another customizable feature? The strap can be tightened or loosened to make the fit perfect for your foot!

Find the perfect Gizeh sandal for $94.95-$125.00*.

If you like the feel of the Birkenstock footbed but aren’t sold on a sandal for school, the Boston clog may be more your style! It features the same contoured footbed as the sandals, but it’s closed-toe style makes it better suited to the cooler months ahead. If you're looking for real warmth for the worst days of winter, the Boston clog also comes in a shearling-lined version.

For the Dress Shoe Devotee: SAS Men’s Ambassador

SAS Men's Ambassador

The SAS Men's Ambassador in Black. Also available in Brown and Coffee Bean.

For the men who need style and comfort at school, the SAS Men’s Ambassador is a great option! SAS sells top-quality handmade leather footwear manufactured in the U.S. and Italy. The Ambassador’s comfort is enhanced by odor-resistant Tripad® cushions to not only support the ball and heel of the foot but also keep foot stink at bay. These cushions combined with an Everbounce™ footbed and Supersoft® lightweight sole offer you extreme foot comfort all the way through the final bell. Dress them up with a shirt and tie or down with a polo and you’ll be looking fantastic!

All three colors of the Ambassador are available for $232.95*.

For the Chukka Champ: Johnston & Murphy Men's Copeland Chukka

Johnston & Murphy Copeland Chukka

The Johnston & Murphy Copeland Chukka in Tan Suede. Also available in Black Tumbled Full GrainRed Brown Oiled Full Grain, and Taupe Suede.

A pair of Johnston & Murphy shoes is always a classy choice. They have produced custom footwear for every president since Abe Lincoln (a tradition you can read more about in our Presidents' Day blog post). These Johnston & Murphy Copeland Chukka boots are a premium style choice that works well with anything from a full suit to khakis and a dress shirt. These boots are made for walking with memory foam cushioning and water-resistant leather or suede. Whatever your school’s dress code may be, these boots are a fashion-conscious and comfortable choice.

The Black Tumbled Full Grain, Red Brown Oiled Full Grain, and Tan Suede Chukka boots are all available for $158.95, while the Taupe Suede boot is $154.95*.

The styles featured here are only a small selection of what these brands have to offer you; in fact, three of these brands (BirkenstockNaotSAS, and Dansko) feature style options for both men and women!

Teaching is a tough job. From the classroom to after school activities, you need comfortable shoes that can keep up, and we think these options might be great for you! If you love these shoes and want to see how we styled them, check out our Trendy Teachers 2017 collection on Polyvore. If none of our recommended teaching shoes seem like the right fit, visit the Englin’s Fine Footwear website to see all of our options and find the one that’s right for you!


*All prices valid as of the posting date (08/04/2017). See product pages for most up-to-date pricing.

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