Best Kitchen Shoes – Buyer’s Guide and Reviews 2017

Many of us work in the kitchen at least once every day and we sometimes go in without shoes or the simple flip-flop, but there is much danger that could occur in the kitchen relating to your feet and with the best kitchen shoes, you could possibly miss these incidents and have hazard free cooking experience.

While the term kitchen shoes are not that familiar to everyone, they are really important in the kitchen. Most experienced chefs will also attest to the importance of wearing the proper footwear in their kitchens and accidents that have happened or could have happened if they were not wearing the right footwear.

We have set out to find the top kitchen footwear and show you how these shoes could improve your cooking experience. These shoes are especially effective in clustered kitchens, where oil is one of the main ingredients used to cook with.But before we dive into the top kitchen shoes, there a few features you need to look for when buying your next pair.

Key features to take note of in kitchen shoes

best kitchen shoes features

While 5 star Michelin chefs do earn a lot of money, the more down to earth restaurant chef might only make enough to bare scrape by every month. We have taken that into account and we have placed value extremely high on our list while looking at these features, but some of them might be more expensive than others, therefore, it is recommended that you look for the best combination. 

1. The Grip

The gripping feature rates extremely high on our list and the reason being is because most kitchens, especially commercial kitchens are full of oily substances and one slip with oil could cause extreme damage.

2. Durability

The materials used in the shoes should be extremely durable for the chef. You will be stepping on food and all sort of other things that could potentially harm your feet.

3. Comfort

We always add comfort, but this is even more important for chefs. During busy rush hours, chefs might need to move quickly and stay on their feet for prolonged periods of time. A comfortable shoe will not only reduce the fatigue, but it will significantly impact your job performance.

4. Slip On

We recommend the slip on shoes for kitchens, but the normal laced up shoes might also work fine. The reason for the slip on shoes is because they do not have laces that can snag things and allow you to fall over.

5. Arch Support

 It might not always be possible to resist some spills and you might fall down from time to time. Shoes with great arch support will ensure that your feet are protected when falling down and also from falling object. This should be one of the main features to take into consideration when looking for your next pair of chef shoes.

These 5 features are extremely important, but we already mentioned that they could become really expensive to fit all of them in. The shoes on our list have been divided for women and for men, but we have chosen the shoes with the best combination of these features to keep you working at a great pace and deliver quality meals.

That being said, let’s look at the top rated chef shoes for 2017:

Top 6 Best Kitchen Shoes

1. Skechers for Work Men's Flex Advantage Slip Resistant Mcallen Slip On

Made predominantly from synthetic materials, the Skechers flex advantage slip-resistant shoes have been created with more style and precision in the workplace.

The shoes feature a slip resistant outer sole to allow you to move quickly and sufficiently on those slippery kitchen surfaces and the padded collar will also add to the comfort to ensure that no abrasions are present when walking.

Editor Rating

(4.6/5)

On the inside of the shoe, you will be treated to an advanced memory foam cushion in the midsole. This will not only mold to the shape of your feet, but it will also keep that shape for a longer period of time.

People suffering from pronation of supination should really benefit from this feature. Furthermore, elastic side gores have been added to improve the flexibility of the shoe and to allow a better range of movement.

We also like the no laces, slip on design to reduce any risk of snagging unwanted items lying around, but the arch of the shoe could have been padded a little more to add another layer of protection to your feet. The shoe is also really affordable and should be great for improving your working experience, while simultaneously looking good on your feet.

We recommend these for extremely busy chefs, who need to work on their feet for the entire day, but even waitresses will benefit from the comfortable inner sole.

  • Really affordable
  • Features a memory foam insole
  • Provides excellent traction
  • Provides a lot of flexibility
  • Falling objects could damage your feet

2. KEEN Utility PTC Slip-On Work Shoe

The leather designed of the KEEN utility men’s PTC slip on work shoe really improves the ability of the chef to move around freely.

The shoe features a great rubber outer sole that does not only help to absorb the impact, but it also provides maximum traction required in the kitchen.

The added medial side gore enhances the comfort of the shoe and it also provides stretchability to allow bigger feet to fit in more comfortably.

Furthermore, the KEEN shoe is slip on to reduce any troubles that could be caused by having laces and this will benefit kitchen workers significantly.

Editor Rating

(4.7/5)

For Men

For Women

On the inside of the shoe, it has a fitted memory foam footbed to mold and retains the shape of your feet. This should provide much-needed comfort and also reduce the fatigue of standing on your feet all day.

Finally, the shoe can easily be wiped to remove any oil stains at the top and since it has been made from imported durable leather, the shoe will be adequately protected at the top, thus making it great for working where sharp objects could possibly fall down and harm your feet.

Since the shoe is really expensive, we highly recommend it for chefs working in upper-class restaurants. Should you need to go to the front of house, the shoe also exerts style and will match your outfit.

  • Durable leather design
  • Added protection at the arch
  • No laces could snag any object
  • Memory foam cushioning for improved comfort
  • The shoes are expensive

3. Merrell Jungle Moc Pro Grip Work Shoe

While the Merrell shoe brand is quite expensive, this shoe really offers a lot of benefits to a chef.

The shoe is predominantly designed from durable leather to help increase the protection from falling objects and also hot oil and the slip on design reduces any risk of having loose laces or that your laces could snag anything and have your trip over.

The heel of the shoe measure approximately one inch and the shoe also features a sure grip outer sole to help reduce any chances of slipping and falling.

Editor Rating

(4.8/5)

For Men

For Women

The shoe also has a padded collar at the back and this should prevent any abrasions from occurring, thus making the shoe great for wearing and walking with for longer periods of time.

The flexible goring insert will also make the shoe much more flexible and we really like the moc toe design. This should allow you to wear these shoes in the front of house and still look stylish. The smooth leather finish will allow you to easily wipe off any spill and stains from the shoe and your shoes will always be neat and clean with your outfit.

We highly recommend these shoes for upper-class workers and we believe that the price does justify itself in the amount of value you will receive, thus making them a top choice for working in the kitchen.

  • Stylish moc toe design
  • Durable leather finish
  • Easy to keep clean
  • Slip resistant sure grip outer sole
  • Best of the best kitchen shoes
  • Really expensive

4. Crocs Unisex Bistro Clog

The unisex bistro croc is one that can be worn by men as well, but women prefer this style. The entire shoe is predominantly made from rubber, thus making it extremely durable and easy to clean.

The rubber also acts as a barrier for sharp falling objects and this should really be great for any person in the kitchen.

Furthermore, the shoes also have a massaging footbed and most doctors also recommend these shoes for people suffering from pronation and supination of the feet.

Editor Rating

(4.5/5)

The footbed does mold to the shape of your feet and will greatly reduce the amount of fatigue from standing on your feet the entire day.

Finally, the shoes are really affordable and they offer multifunctional use, which allows you to walk with them outside of the work area as well. They are also really lightweight, but unfortunately, they do not offer a lot of arch support and the grip they provide is also quite average.

We recommend these shoes for people with foot problems and also anyone looking to enter the culinary industry. They might not be extremely stylish, but you will be able to get the job done.

  • Really affordable
  • Provides excellent comfort
  • Easy to clean
  • For both men and women
  • Average grip
  • Does not offer extensive support

5. Skechers for Work Women's Soft Stride-Softie Slip Resistant Lace-Up

The Skechers softie work shoe for women has been designed to bring functionality and style together. The shoes are predominantly made from leather with soft mesh coverings to make the shoes breathable.

The perforated paneling does really make the shoe much more durable and even though there are laces up top, the shoe will be durable against impact.

The outer sole has been made from rubber and this not only makes the outer sole slip resistant, but it also offers reduced fatigue for your feet.

Editor Rating

(4.6/5)

The shock absorption properties in rubber will greatly reduce the strain from walking constantly and staying on your feet for prolonged periods of time.

Furthermore, the inner workings of the shoe are quite impressive and it features an inner sole designed to withstand and absorb the impact of athletes. This cushioning system should provide excellent comfort in the kitchen and the padded collar will add to reducing any possible abrasions.

Finally, the entire construction of the shoe is quite soft and this will add to the flexibility and allow more room for movement in the shoe. The laces are unfortunately the only drawback and they not only make the shoe much harder keep clean, but they could snag object and trip you.

We highly recommend these shoes for women working in an open kitchen with not much object that could snag the laces and have you fall down.

  • Really affordable
  • Durable leather construction
  • Slip resistant outsole
  • Sports grade interior cushioning
  • The best chef shoes for women
  • Laces could easily come lose or snag objects

6. Birki's Super-Birki Unisex Clog

The Birki’s super clog shoe has been designed for both males and females, but it is mostly worn by females. The shoe is made from a tough and durable synthetic material to help reduce any damage caused by falling objects that might possibly damage your feet.

The shoe also features a slip on design which should be great for working in the kitchen and the smooth overall finish will also make the shoes extremely easy to clean.

Furthermore, the shoes also feature a slip resistant outer sole, but this sole is unfortunately extremely thin, thus not making it great for reducing the impact and shock absorption.

Editor Rating

(4.6/5)

The shoes will offer you great multifunctional use and they could be worn nearly anywhere, they also feature a unique style to complement the durability.

Finally, the inner sole will be great for standing on your feet for prolonged periods of time and this should also be great for moving on the go. Aside from the thin outer sole, the entire shoe should be great for working in the kitchen and we highly recommend it for the flexibility and multifunctional use it offers.

  • Soft midsole
  • Slip-resistant outer sole
  • Easy to keep clean
  • Durable synthetic construction
  • Lightweight
  • Expensive
  • Thin outer sole might wear faster
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