Waitressing can be a brutal profession. In addition to providing excellent customer service, memorizing the menu, and working rotating schedules, you are also on your feet all shift long. Ask veteran waitresses of any establishment, be it diner or steakhouse, and they’ll tell you that having the best waitress shoes is crucial to surviving and thriving.
But which slip resistant work shoes are the best? Here are some things to look for when choosing your next pair:
- Cushion: Make sure that your shoes feel a little bit snug around your feet, and that the padding is under and around your foot.
- Style: Choose the right shoe for your working environment. If you’re in a more upscale establishment, a dress flat would be a nice choice. For a more casual restaurant a low-profile sneaker will fit in better.
- Arch Support: Long after the initial cushion has been worn down, proper support will keep you going. Your arch should be supported without being strained. If your shoe is cushy but lacks support, your feel will ache after long shifts.
- Quality: Price may be your first concern, but if your shoes fall apart after 3 months, you won’t be saving any money. Buy shoes that are constructed using quality materials and proper construction, and they should serve you for well over 6 months.
Here are a few great waitress shoe recommendations we can offer. These are by no means the only slip resistant waitress shoes we carry, but they are some of the most popular.
SR Max Dover – The Dover is a nice low-profile athletic sneaker with nice arch support that won’t feel or look too clunky.
SR Max Charlotte – The Charlotte is a nice low-profile slip-on sneaker that offers great support and has a sleek look.
SR Max Providence – The providence has a nice smooth toe and looks good with a pair of black dress slacks.
SR Max Venice – The Venice sports a small heel for a dressier look and a cushioned insole for more comfort.
SR Max Geneva – Our Geneva has received rave reviews. It looks great, but more importantly it feels like you’re walking on a cushy supportive cloud; and those are reviewers words, not mine!