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Aug 31, 2021 / Slip Resistant Footwear

Best Shoes For Restaurant Work

Finding the best shoe for restaurant work just got a whole lot easier thanks to Boot World's list of the 7 best shoes for restaurant work. This list features a wide variety of shoes that will help your feet get through even the longest shifts. From clogs and slip-on to lace-up chukkas, this list features selections for men, women and even a bonus unisex selection!

Before we dive into the list, let's consider what makes a shoe ideal for restaurant work. Here are some qualifications we took into consideration when developing our list for both men and women's shoes:

  • Comfort
  • Moisture Wicking
  • Ease of Use
  • Foot Security/Safety
  • Slip Resistant
  • How easily it can be cleaned

Generally, the best shoe for restaurant work will be comfortable, durable, and, most importantly - slip-resistant!

This list features the top seven choices for men, the top seven choices for women, and Boot World's selection for the best unisex slip-resistant shoe for restaurant work. Without further adieu, let's dive into the best shoes for restaurant work!

Top men's slip-resistant shoes best suited for restaurant work:


1) Dansko Professional Men Pro Black
This anti-slip professional men's shoe is ideal for long days in a professional kitchen featuring durable leather for lightweight comfort. The difference in height between the heel area and the forefoot is not that great but the shoe has tremendous arch support. The slip resistance is great, the shoe is very durable and the upper is super easy to clean by wiping it off.

The Anti-Fatigue Rocker Bottom Outsole actually propels your foot forward with each step, ensuring that these slip-resistant shoes for restaurant work can get you through even the longest days on your feet. This restaurant-worthy shoe has earned itself the APMA seal of approval for good foot health and safety!


2) Dr. Martens Brockley Slip-Resistant Slip-On
We can't let this slip-resistant slip-on shoe for restaurant work won't slip any further down the list than no.3! Dr. Martens are a staple for work shoes due to their emphasis on durability and comfort.

Now, you can bring the legendary Dr. Marten's reputation, made famous by safe, comfortable feet on construction sites, into the grueling arena of professional kitchens and restaurants. This shoe is electrical hazard rated and features the Boot World advantage slip resistant pro approved rating for optimal traction and slip resistance in low traction areas.

Dr. Martens Brockley Slip-Resistant Slip-On

CAT Footwear ProRush SR+ Slip-on CAT Footwear ProRush SR+ Slip-on

3) CAT Footwear ProRush SR+ Slip-on CAT Footwear ProRush SR+ Slip-on
For those who want to remain balanced, nimble, and even a little athletic at their job in the restaurant industry, this slip-resistant slip-on shoe for restaurant work is the ideal choice.

This shoe can easily be dressed up or down, and with an oil/water resistant finish, you never have to worry about these shoes getting dirty (a must for any restaurant worker). Finally, these shoes are extremely lightweight and feature moisture-wicking insoles, so your feet stay dry and comfortable. If you can't stand the heat, grab these shoes and get back in the kitchen!


4) CAT Footwear ProRush SR+ Chukka
Similar to the ProRush slip-on featured above, this shoe is for those who need extra comfort and support. Whereas the ProRush slip-on allows for nimble movement due to its lower cut and lighter materials, the ProRush Chukka features a higher cut for greater support and superior durability.

Additionally, the Chukka features a lace-up tongue, ideal for those who need to ensure their shoes stay secure and fitted based on their comfort preferences. Slip-resistant, moisture-wicking, and relatively lightweight, this is a great choice for a slip-resistant shoe geared toward restaurant work.

CAT Footwear ProRush SR+ Chukka

Emeril Lagasse Quarter Slip-On

5) Men's Emeril Lagasse Quarter Slip-On
This phenomenal slip-on/slip-resistant shoe for restaurant work doesn't just bear the name of one of food's greatest known stars; it also features an easy slip-on approach to restaurant-worthy shoes.

Featuring a quarter rise upper, this shoe is the perfect height for maximum support and maximum agility, perfectly blending convenience, comfort, and reliability, making it an ideal choice for a hospitality position. A job in the restaurant industry is no place for an uncomfortable shoe. Make sure your feet are as comfortable as they are safe with this slip-resistant slip-on shoe for restaurant work.


6 ) Dr. Martens 1461 Mono Slip Resistant Oxford Work Shoe
Never underestimate what a durable shoe can do for your aching feet and knees during a long shift at your restaurant job, especially if you're a server.

The Dr. Marten 1461, designed specifically for the demands of industries like restaurant work, helps keep your feet comfortable and your legs sturdy by providing a secure, slip-resistant base you can count on. This slip resistant work shoe for restaurant work features antimicrobial linings, spill-resistant outers, and a three-eye lacing system for added comfort and security.

Dr. Martens 1461 Mono Slip Resistant Oxford Work Shoe

Here are the top seven women's slip-resistant shoes best suited for restaurant work:


Emeril Lagasse Quarter Slip-On Mesh

1) Women's Emeril Lagasse Quarter Slip-On Mesh
Breathability is crucial in a shoe that you're wearing for 8 hours at a time, and that's exactly why the Emeril Lagasse Quarter Slip-On Mesh leads off our list of slip-resistant women's shoes for restaurant work.

These extremely versatile shoes can be worn all over the restaurant, so whether you're serving, tending bar, or heating things up in the kitchen, your feet can be protected and well ventilated for long-lasting comfort and support.


2) Genuine Grip Women's Steel Toe Jogger
Looking for the perfect shoe that will last through your toughest days? If you've ever worked in a restaurant, you know that drops, spills, and general accidents are part of the grueling day-to-day grind. For a shoe that truly protects your feet, look no further than the Genuine Grip Women's Steel Toe Jogger. Reinforced with a steel safety toe, this slip-resistant/electrical hazard rated shoe is ideal for the rigors of restaurant work in all its facets.

The low-cut athletic profile of this shoe is ideal for service industries, and the water-resistant uppers make sure that if anything drops or spills on your feet, you can shake it off like nothing ever happened.


Laforst Gina Composite Toe Slip-on

3) Women's Laforst Gina Composite Toe Slip-on
This safety toe slip-on shoe is great for restaurant work as it too features a protective layer between your feet and any falling objects. While our previous safety shoe featured a steel toe and lace-up design, this shoe is more geared for those who prefer a lighter shoe and slip-on design.

The composite toe in this slip-on/slip resistant shoe is not quite as strong as its steel-toed counterpart, but it is still highly effective in keeping your feet protected while you're working your job in the restaurant industry.


4) Women's Dickies Supa Dupa Low Slip-Resistant Shoe
If you need a shoe that's going to offer slip-resistant safety without sacrificing a sleek profile and overall good looks, then the Women's Dickies Supa Dupa Low Slip Resistant Shoe is for you. Not all jobs in the restaurant industry require a shoe that is geared toward intense days in the kitchen or heavy lifting behind the bar.

This shoe is ideal for service workers who spend a majority of their time in front of the house and is a terrific option for anyone who needs a good-looking shoe that is suited for the rigors of restaurant work.

Dickies Supa Dupa Low Slip-Resistant Shoe

Laforst Darcy Slip-Resistant Clog

5) Women's Laforst Darcy Slip-Resistant Clog
This shoe is a favorite of women who are servers as it is both functional and stylish. This shoe can be worn with many outfits and color schemes, all while being slip-resistant, flexible, and resilient. This shoe features breathable padded insoles so your feet will stay comfortable and dry even during the longest shifts. Plus, the added benefit of being a slip-on clog means less pressure on your joints and less pain at the end of the day!


6) KEEN Utility PTC Slip Resistant Oxford Shoe
If you're looking for a custom shoe without paying a custom price, then the KEEN Utility PTC Slip Resistant Oxford Shoe is the shoe for you. This shoe features a removable insole that molds to your foot! Made of cork, polyurethane, and memory foam, the superior insole of this non slip shoe provides maximum shock-absorbing power for all-day comfort.

This shoe also features a Scandinavian design specifically geared to fit a woman's foot better, complete with a toe box that allows for extra room for your toes.
Keen is known for their durability and this one specifically has a very durable leather upper.

KEEN Utility PTC Slip Resistant Oxford Shoe

Spring Step Flexus Noral Slip-Resistant

7) Spring Step Flexus Noral Slip-Resistant Wedge Slip-On
The wedge shape of this slip-on shoe for restaurant work is perfect for preventing unwanted slips on even the most slippery surfaces. These shoes are cement constructed, which reduces break-in time.

This ensures that from the moment you step into your Spring Step Flexus Noral Slip-Resistant Wedge Slip-On shoes for restaurant work, you can feel the optimal support for long-lasting comfort.


*BONUS SELECTION*
Klogs Springfield slip-resistant clog
This clog is ideally suited for kitchen work as it is made with a tough working environment in mind. Complete with easy-to-clean polyurethane uppers, padded collar for ankle support and increased comfort, and contoured slip resistant outsole for all-day shock-absorbing arch support, this unisex clog is the perfect non-slip restaurant shoe for line cooks, su-chefs, and head chefs alike.

Klogs Springfield
Selecting Your Next Pair Of Shoes For Restaurant Work

At Boot World, we know that the demands and rigors of your restaurant job are the toughest on your feet. Hopefully, this list has given you an idea of where to begin your search for the best non-slip shoe for restaurant work. Ideally, the right shoe should be comfortable and easy to wear while protecting your feet from the treacherous conditions that come from working in a restaurant.

For more help about which shoes might best suit your needs, reach out to one of our qualified representatives! Your safety and comfort are our priority, and whether you are looking for the narrow fitting work boots, best work boots for wide feet, or even the best construction boots. Whether you’re spending all day in a kitchen, running the dining area, or are in charge of hospitality, we're here to help you find the perfect shoes for your job in the restaurant industry!