We’ve all heard the song “The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone. The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone…” And it’s true! The study of biomechanics has proven that everything is interconnected, and when there’s a misalignment in one part of the body, it can travel up your body and affect other areas. What causes this misalignment? Prolonged periods of standing or walking on concrete can cause the foot to over-pronate, resulting in the ankle rolling inwards and the arch collapsing. That’s why it’s so important to wear the best shoes for walking on concrete when you’re constantly traveling on hard surfaces.
Vionic Medical Director Terry Mitchell explains what happens to your body when standing or walking on hard surfaces: “Wearing unsupportive shoes can cause pronation, where your feet roll inward too much. This causes an internal rotation of your lower legs, flexing of your knees and forward tilting of your hips. This, in turn, can lead to increased low-back joint compression and curvature of your spine.”
Two important features to look for in the best shoes for standing on concrete all day are arch support – to help align your feet – and cushioning, especially in the heel, for shock absorption. The Orthaheel Technology® in Vionic Shoes was developed specifically to address this problem of walking and standing on flat surfaces by helping to restore the foot’s natural arch and align the body from the ground up. Here are our picks for the best shoes for standing on concrete all day:
Traditional flats are typically a no-no when standing on hard surfaces. But our flats and loafers are fitted with a firm, yet flexible, EVA orthotic insert that’s designed to hug your arches, like this sleek pointed-toe flat.
Perfect for transitioning from summer to fall, our women’s boots with arch support have as much style as they do comfort. Our Elevated Support technology features a deep heel cup and enhanced forefoot contour to support your soles all day at just the right heel height.