Work shoes for kitchens should be specially designed with bottoms that can stand up to slick surfaces caused by spills or grease. Of course, they should also be ultra-comfortable and supportive since chefs are generally on their feet most of their shift. So, to help you find some of the best work shoes on the market for men who work in kitchens, we rounded up our favorite styles from brands like New Balance, Merrell and more. On our list, we included two clog options that slip right on as well as a sneaker with soles you can count on to keep your footing.
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1. Merrell Encore Gust Slip-On
These slip-on shoes have a full-grain leather upper and a moisture-wicking mesh lining with an Aegis antimicrobial treatment for odor protection and breathability.
Pros: An Ortholite anatomical footbed offers cushioned support and all-day comfort. A molded nylon arch shank and air cushion midsoles add stability and absorb shock. Sticky Encore rubber outsoles deliver grip, flexibility and help reduce foot and leg fatigue. These come in black and brown.
Cons: They may run a tad big.
2. New Balance Slip-Resistant 626v2 Sneaker
This sneaker has a supportive leather upper, compression-molded EVA midsoles and ASTM 2913-11 certified slip-resistant lug outsoles.
Pros: Abzorb crash-pad technology absorbs shock while an internal shank offers stability. These are offered in medium width, wide, extra-wide, XX-wide and 3X-wide. They also come in gray.
Cons: Some may find the laces a bit short.
3. SensFoot Chef Clogs
These clogs are made of EVA materials and feature a patented anti-slip pattern to provide superior traction on all types of wet and greasy surfaces.
Pros: They also have breathable cushioned insoles, side vents and removable back straps.
Cons: These may run small.