Today, we’re going to go through some of the best Nike shoes for standing all day.
Standing allows the body to stay active and continuously burn calories. But standing also means consistently going against gravity, which can lead to sore feet and create extra stress on our joints.
While sore feet is very common in the workplace, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Fortunately, there are some great shoes for standing all day, and if Nike is what you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered.
Let’s dive right into it…
Best Nike Shoes For Standing All Day
This is a shoe I definitely didn’t expect to be number 1. When I tried this shoe on and wore it around for a couple of days, I realized that no other shoe even comes close to it.
It blows my mind how incredibly soft the underfoot cushion is. The reason for that is that the ZoomX Invincible’s midsole is made up entirely of ZoomX which is really soft and feels like nothing else. ZoomX was originally designed for Nike race-day and marathon sneakers like the Nike Alphafly or the Nike Vaporfly.
Not only that, but the ankle area, tongue, and heel of the Invincible are just so incredibly well-padded, which adds to the overall comfort of the shoe.
The Nike ZoomX Invincible is a recovery running sneaker, but this is one of those shoes that I would wear every single day because of how soft it is.
So, if you’re looking for an amazingly soft and squishy underfoot experience, this is probably the best all-around soft squishy ride you’re ever going to have in a Nike shoe.
Overall, the ZoomX, the padding, the Flyknit upper all make the Invincible THE best Nike shoes for standing all day according to me.
The thing that’s going to scare you about this shoe is how it would ruin your feet for any other pair of sneakers.
Nike Infinity React 2
The Infinity is a very versatile sneaker similar to the Pegasus below. It’s a shoe that you can wear to work, to the gym, to the grocery store, on a stroll with the family, or even doing some workouts.
At the end of the day, for standing all day specifically, this is a great wide-foot-friendly shoe from Nike.
As the name would suggest, the Infinity React 2 features a full-length React midsole. React is a very soft foam cushion and it’s kind of . However, it isn’t as soft as Boost. But because of that, some people prefer it over Boost because it’s more stable and it doesn’t bottom out as much.
In my opinion, React is much a more springy and responsive feel and I think runners especially prefer that over Boost. Comfort-wise, the Infinity React 2 is still incredibly soft and it still feels great underfoot for standing all day.
Nike built this to prevent injuries. So you can already imagine the science put together to make sure it is stable and comfortable.
There are some shoes that have a great heel strike feel but the forefoot is not that squishy. With the Infinity, you can have a lot of forefoot feel and the heel strike is really soft as well.
The Infinity React 2 features a full Flyknit upper that’s great on foot and it’s incredibly breathable. One of the things that I love about Flyknit is even though it’s a knit and it is still pretty soft, it still gives you some structure and support.
I don’t know how Nike does it and I don’t know if it’s because this knit is a little bit stiffer than something like Primeknit, but for whatever reason, it feels great on foot.
Nike Vomero 15
The Vomero series has always been very special. The 15th version has been two years in the making, and two years ago when the Vomero 14 was launched, I was so disappointed with it because it didn’t have enough forefoot cushioning that could support the ball of your feet while standing all day.
The Vomero is always supposed to be one of Nike’s plushiest sneakers and Nike has completely redesigned the 15. It now has a more padded upper, a midsole featuring Nike’s premium super foam ZoomX, and an outsole with tons of rubber. In short, the Vomero 15 is designed for max comfort with max cushioning.
Midsole & Outsole
The midsole has three different components. It has a large forefoot Zoom area unit which is twice as large as the previous versions and similar to the one in the Pegasus 38 below. It has a ZoomX core in the middle and a carrier foam for extra durability to protect the ZoomX in the middle.
So the change from React to the super-soft SR02 carrier means that the Vomero 15 rides much softer than the Vomero 14 and it delivers a more cushioned ride.
The ZoomX core combined with the Zoom Air unit in the forefoot combine to stop the shoe from feeling mushy because mushy shoes tend to make your feet tired at the end of the day.
The entire outsole is covered in thick hard-wearing rubber and it’s built to last. I can’t remember the last time I saw this much rubber on an outsole. But this tells us that Nike sees the Vomero 15 as a workhorse that you can wear for many years to come.
The upper is one of the most comfortable uppers of this year. It really cocoons your feet in soft foam. The heel lockdown is superb and you’ll experience no heel slippage thanks to this plastic external heel counter.
The Vomero has a thin tongue that won’t cut up your ankle, but it has some extra cushioning on it to protect your feet if you tend to crank down your laces.
There’s a really firm heel counter to provide stability especially with the introduction of the really soft ZoomX cushioning.
Vs. Other Shoes
If I had to compare the Vomero 15 to another shoe, it’s most similar to the Pegasus from Nike, the Triumph 18 from Saucony, and the Glycerin from Brooks.
Both the Vomero and the Pegasus have large thick forefoot Zoom units and so they are really responsive at toe-off. But the main difference is that the Vomero 15 feels a lot more lively because I found the ZoomX to be less dense than the React in the Pegasus. The Vomero 15 feels like a more comfortable more energetic Pegasus.
Overall, the Vomero series seems to regress back towards being a really nice and plush Workhorse.
Nike Pegasus 38 & FlyEase Version
I’ve got to say that the comfort of the Pegasus 38 is out of this world. The Pegasus 38 is the latest in a long line of Nike Pegasus sneakers. The main reason I put the Pegasus 38 so high up on the list is because the midsole is incredibly comfortable for standing all day.
For the last couple of years, Nike has also been creating a pretty similar shoe called the Pegasus Turbo and the Turbo 2. While I feel the Turbo could be on this list, I feel like the Pegasus 38 is just the best of both worlds and it’s a better sneaker overall.
The Pegasus 38 features a lightweight textile mesh upper that feels great on foot and also contains you in the midfoot really nicely.
One of my favorite improvements on the Pegasus 38 over the Pegasus 37 is that they’ve actually padded the tongue and added some more padding around the ankle to better hold you in place.
Nike decided to get rid of the old Cushlon foam that was in the Pegasus 36 and give the 37 and 38 a full-length React midsole.
React is one of Nike’s softest foams. But what makes this midsole stand out is that in the forefoot of this shoe, you’ve actually got an encased Nike Air Zoom unit. So not only are you getting an incredibly soft foam underneath, but you’re also getting an Air unit in the forefoot which helps propel you forward and gives you a little bit of extra bounce.
Purely from a visual point of view, I think that the Pegasus is just one of the best-looking shoes on the list. Yes, it looks like a running sneaker because you’ve got this sort of spike on the heel, but I think it’s one of the cleaner sneakers.
The FlyEase is a special edition of the Nike Pegasus 38 because it’s made specifically for people with disabilities or for people who like the dexterity to tie their sneakers.
The way that this FlyEase version works is that it has a zipper on the side so you have a larger opening to get your foot into the shoe. You can pull the sneaker back to tie this shoe and you can actually adjust the tightness of your shoe by pulling the pull tab and then velcroing it to the back of the sneaker.
Not only that, but the FlyEase version also comes in an extra-wide variant so you have more room to get your feet into the sneaker. I just think it’s a great option for people who just can’t tie their shoes regularly.
While I personally use the standard version of the Pegasus 38, it’s great to know that Nike has made another option out there for people with disabilities.
Nike React Miler
The Miler is a stout shoe and it’s very high build quality through the upper. There’s plenty of room in the toe box and the shoe has a wider landing platform through the forefoot so your toes are going to splay out a little bit more compared to the Pegasus, for example. So, if you have a wider forefoot, the Miler could work out better for you.
It’s easy to get a nice lockdown feel across the midfoot thanks to the attached tongue while the double reinforced eyestays make sure you don’t pull those laces out of that eyelet chain anytime soon.
It is a double jacquard mesh upper material that is decently breathable. This means the Miler might run on the warmer side in hot weather. Also, the shoe does have additional material around the toe box for a little bit of structure and durability.
There’s a nice pull tab to help get your shoes on, which adds a little bit of convenience to the shoe.
The plush heel counter has a fair amount of structure thanks to the heel clip around the heel. This is basically a hard piece of plastic that wraps around the heel counter to create a solid heel pocket to hold your heel in place and keep your heel in an upright position while standing all day.
Midsole & Outsole
The midsole is a full-length React foam from heel to toe. There’s so much React foam and so the Miler is very cushioned. It does have a rocker geometry built into the design for an amazingly smooth heel-to-toe transition.
The outsole has got tons of rubber to protect all of that React foam. It’s strategically placed in all the high abrasion areas including around the heel and then up in the forefoot.
Also, the Miler does really well as far as grip is concerned in really wet conditions, pavement, concrete, or stone, which will help you feel secure on different surfaces.
Nike Revolution 5
First off, the Revolution is the cheapest Nike shoe in this list.
This is a shoe you can comfortably wear for at least 5 to 6 hours a day without much stress on your feet. You can use the Revolution for work, casual outings, gym, and running.
The moment you put your feet into the Revolution, you’re going to feel really comfortable even though the Revolution is considered to be Nike’s entry-level running shoe.
You’re going to feel the extra padding below the tongue and on the sides. Also, the insole is made of soft foam that offers a long-term cushion effect for the foot. It’s softer around the heel and arch area and then continues to drop through the forefoot.
Talking about durability, the outsole is made of rubber that offers durable traction on various surfaces. The tread has horizontal grooves that are going to allow your feet to flex naturally. Even the midsole is made of soft foam to dissipate impact and offer a stable ride.
The heel counter is not very sturdy, but considering the price of the shoe, these shoes provide decent heel and ankle support.
The Revolution also has a pretty decent lacing system that is easy to cinch and stays tied during the day. The upper mesh is breathable and runs from the toe box to almost the arch area.
Nike Zoom Fly 3
The Zoom Fly 3 is an extremely lightweight sneaker that features a full-length React midsole and feels incredible underfoot. But what actually differentiates the Zoom Fly 3 from the rest of the React sneakers like the Pegasus above is that these shoes actually feature a carbon fiber plate in the midsole to give this shoe a much more springy response.
Unlike other shoes that just have full-length React foam in the midsole, this shoe can actually help propel you forward. Carbon fiber is very strong and very light and so it doesn’t really add to the weight of this shoe that much.
So, there’s a beautiful blend of carbon fiber for bounce and React for cushioning, which contributes to a pretty incredible feel underfoot.
To top it all off, the upper of the Zoom Fly is very light, which makes this a great shoe for standing all day. This is a comfortable good-looking sneaker that will help spring you forward if you need to.
And if you’re planning on running at all this year, the Zoom Fly is definitely worth picking up.
So there you have it. these are 7 best Nike shoes for standing all day. Next, I’m going to share some useful tips on how to relieve foot discomfort at work…
How To Relieve Foot Discomfort At Work
For many of us, going to work is a big part of our lives but so is getting sore feet. While sore feet is very common in the workplace, it doesn’t have to be this way.
It is time to start uncovering the risk factors associated with prolonged standing at work. Pain experienced at the workplace can have a profound effect on your overall wellbeing. For a variety of reasons, many people are unable to modify their workplace environment to help address their foot pain.
Furthermore, research has shown that workplace foot discomfort is a significant barrier to being active outside of work. Due to a lack of accurate reporting techniques, there is only weak evidence suggesting that time spent on feet leads to injury – despite the fact that it’s intuitive that prolonged weight-bearing leads to lower extremity pain.
Studies have uncovered some big ways to help address or prevent workplace pain.
Over time, shoes lose their ability to absorb shock. That means that that extra impact gets transferred up your body through your limbs and your joints.
Try to rotate your shoes on a regular basis. Ideally, every day. When you’re not wearing your shoes, it will allow the midsole to expand, which increases the lifespan of your footwear, making them more effective the next time you use them.
When paired with proper fitting shoes, fatigue-free mats help absorb all the force so that way it doesn’t go to your back.
Arch support helps everyone
Regardless of your foot posture, arch support can help. People with high or low arches see a lot of improvement with the use of custom orthotics.
Change your posture frequently
Standing for too long can affect your posture, which means it’s extra important to try and stand up straight. Also, try to stand on both feet equally. This means not all your weight is on one leg and this also means better back support and better leg support.
Maintaining a static posture, whether it’s standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time, only increases the load on your body, because it doesn’t distribute it evenly over time.
Mike Miller, Doctor of Physical Therapy, says it’s important to move around a lot if you’re standing so your joints don’t become stiff.
Throughout your day, listen to your body and understand whether there is any aches or pains. Then, vary your activity between sitting, standing, and walking as you need to.
Literally bring your work closer to your heart
Whether you’re working at a register or working on hair, try to get what you’re working with close to your body. If you’re reaching a lot, that’s going to put a lot of stress on all the way back to your feet.
One thing you can do to help after standing for hours includes, you guessed it, exercise. Even if it’s for a couple of minutes, raising your toes up and down or sitting at the edge of your chair and stretching from side to side can be really beneficial.
Overall, stretching, yoga, or anything you can do to loosen up your muscles at the end of the day is welcome. So, if you start to feel pain from standing all day or you get stiff, sit down, walk around, or even start to stretch.
So, what are some of the best Nike shoes for standing all day? Now you have the answer. If you have any coworker that’s really suffering with their footwear, please refer them to this article.
Stay safe and see you on the next one.