It can be hard to find the right pair of shoes for waitressing. It might seem like you have to choose between cute and comfortable without any options in between but that’s not the case! We researched some the best-selling, top-rated shoes to help you find a pair that’s the perfect balance of form and function. Whether you’re looking for cocktail waitress shoes or something that’s just really comfy, here are some things to look for when you shop.
Upper Material: Uppers should be easy to clean and comfortable. Most of these shoes have leather uppers but there are a few synthetic options, too. We even found a pair of canvas shoes, believe it or not.
Waterproof: It not necessary to have waterproof shoes for waitressing but it’s a nice feature to have, especially if you work somewhere like a coffee shop where things are more likely to spill. We included a few great waterproof options.
Slip Resistant: This is one feature that is absolutely essential when it comes to waitressing shoes. You never know what you’re going to come in contact with while running from the kitchen to your section. Slip-resistant shoes help prevent falls.
Style: We found a few different styles. We’re not going to lie, some of them aren’t very stylish and are made exclusively for comfort and support. Others are actually cute enough that you might want to wear them outside of work.
Color: Because these shoes are more for function than fashion, there aren’t a whole lot of color options available. All of them are available in black and you’ll find a handful of brown and white options, too.
Oil Resistant: Like waterproofing, it’s not necessary to have oil resistant shoes but it’s certainly a bonus, especially if you work in a kitchen with a lot of grease like a diner or fast food restaurant, this is a little more important.
Now that you know some of the things to look for, let’s get into our reviews. If you’re in a hurry, the best place to start is right at the beginning. We put our top and budget picks right at the top of the list because that’s the best way to see the variety that’s out there. Stick around if you can, though, all of these styles are very different. We’re sure you’ll find one that works for you. Ready? Let’s get started.