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Best 5 Chef Shoes Reviewed for 2020

If you are a chef, you must be aware that a restaurant’s kitchen environment is quite fast-paced. The likelihood of Chefs facing hazards in the kitchen is very high. The grease and spills make the floor slippery and increases the chance slipping while working. Also, it is very hard to get rid of the grease and spills from the shoes. Moreover, we can’t neglect the danger that sharp kitchen utensils pose to the feet and limbs of chefs and one can get severe cuts if a knife or a pair of scissors fall on his feet. For all these reasons, you need to be aware that there are special shoes for chefs that ensure safety and ease. Hence, I am going to present the top 5 chef shoes so you can make a perfect choice for your safety and security.

1. Skechers for Work Men's Flex Advantage Mcallen Food Service Shoe

Best Choice

  • Comfortable
  • Soft mesh upper
  • Water and liquid resistant
  • Easy slip-on and slip-off
  • Steal toe is absent
  • Insoles flatten out

Origin: Imported | Sole: Slip-resistant traction outsole | Material: Synthetic water resistant mesh fabric exterior | Shipping Weight: 2 pounds | Package Dimensions: 10 x 15 x 6 inches

Last Update on 2020-09-28 using Amazon Product Advertising API

When it comes to manufacturing comfortable chef shoes you can’t find a brand better than Skechers. Skechers for Work Men’s Flex Advantage Mcallen Food Service Shoes are composed of natural synthetic mesh upper which makes them soft and snug so that you don’t chafe your feet while wearing them even for long hours. These shoes have slip-resistant traction outsole which ensure that you don’t slip on the greasy and slippery kitchen floors.

When I ordered these shoes, I noticed that there are Elastic side gores at opening of the shoes which makes them very easy to slip on and off. The elastic of the side gores is very durable and doesn’t stretch out or wear off quickly so the shoes continue to fit perfectly. The shoes have Memory foam insoles for cushioning which means they evenly distribute balance, allowing a more comfortable experience. They are not waterproof but their exterior is water and liquid resistant, so even if you spill curry on them accidentally, it doesn’t damage them at all and your feet remain dry and clean. Furthermore, they have a padded collar which adds to the comfort of these shoes.

However, this pair of shoes doesn’t have a steal or composite toe so it will not save your feet if anything heavy falls on them. Moreover, after a continuous use of 8 to 9 months, I noticed that the memory foam insoles started to flatten out and they felt less cushioned.

Other than the flattening of the memory foam, premium comfort cannot get better than the Skechers for Work Men’s Flex Advantage Mcallen Food Service Shoe.

2. Birkenstock Professional Unisex Profi Birki Slip Resistant Work Shoe

Premium Choice

  • Alleviates backpain
  • Slip resistant
  • Water and liquid resistant
  • Suitable for long shifts
  • No arch support
  • No extra cushioning

Origin: Imported | Sole: Alpro-Foam Footbed | Material: Leather | Shipping Weight: 3 pounds | Package Dimensions: N/A

Last Update on 2020-09-28 using Amazon Product Advertising API

The second best product on this list is the Profi slip resistant work shoe from Birkenstock. This imported pair of clogs prevents chefs from slipping and provides a strong foot support. It alleviates your back pain and your back won’t hurt even after long working shifts. Although these shoes don’t have extra cushioning but they are still very comfortable. Undoubtedly, they are liked by many chefs.

When I received these shoes, I noticed that it took me a few days to get comfortable with wearing them but they didn’t provide me with any discomfort or issue after that. Moreover, they are composed of Alpro-foam sole, which is practical, waterproof and offer excellent water resistance along with decent slip resistance. Chefs are required to be on their feet for hours, that is why these low density insoles provide great comfort. What I absolutely love about these shoes is that it’s super easy to clean them.

However, these clogs don’t provide arch support so if you suffer from Planter fasciitis, then they are not for you. Moreover, if you are habitual of wearing shoes with cushioning then these shoes will feel too stiff and hard.

All in all, it is a good pair of shoes if you know exactly where your comfort lies and what features do you want.

3. Crocs Bistro Clog

Most Affordable

  • Affordable
  • Slip resistant
  • Easy to clean and dries quickly
  • Croslite makes them very comfortable
  • Narrow toe box
  • Outsoles fall off

Origin: Imported | Sole: Synthetic sole | Material: 100% Croslite | Shipping Weight: N/A | Package Dimensions: N/A

Last Update on 2020-09-28 using Amazon Product Advertising API

This pair is a mixture of Crocs and Clogs and is composed of 100% Crostile which means it resists odour, inhibits bacterial and fungal growth and is non-toxic. Undoubtedly, these features are a necessity for every chef. The most special thing about these shoes is that they are CERTIFIED COMFORTABLE SHOES; these Crocs are fully ASTM F2913-11 tested. Furthermore, they come in 2 colors black and white which makes them perfect unisex shoes. The heel straps do a good job in providing security to your feet. Although they don’t look very stylish but there is no doubt that they are low maintenance, comfortable and yes, very easy to slip on. Also they are available for a reasonable price as well which is undoubtedly a major benefit.

While ordering these shoes I went for my actual shoe size and it fits me perfectly. They have Lock slip-resistant treads which means I can almost run in the kitchen with these on and I won’t even slip. What I absolutely love about these shoes is how convenient it is to wash them, I just wash them with soapy water and leave them for a quick dry. YES, they dry very quickly, which means you can enjoy putting clean shoes on as you leave for work. Moreover, they also have an enclosed toe design and thicker metatarsal area which protects my feet from spills at all times.

However, if you are habitual of wearing Crocs, you will notice that the toe box of these shoes is a little narrow compared to your usual Crocs; My toes felt a little constricted in these. Furthermore, I noticed that the outsoles started to come apart after using them for long.

In short, these shoes provide a great value for money and can be your choice for comfort and safety in the kitchen.

4. Merrell Men's Encore Gust Slip-On Shoe

Best Looking

  • 100% Leather
  • Classic look
  • Air cushioning at the heel
  • Very comfortable
  • Slip resistance wear off
  • Put marks on carpets

Origin: Imported | Sole: M Select Grip sole | Material: 100% Full grain leather | Shipping Weight: 12 ounces | Package Dimensions: 5 X 5 X 0.7 inches

Last Update on 2020-09-28 using Amazon Product Advertising API

This pair of imported shoes from Merrell is composed of 100% full grain leather, which means that it resists water and liquid while giving you a classy leather finish. The lining is made up of mesh fabric so that your feet remain dry even after long hours of wearing them. Merrell installed M Select Grip Sole which means you can work in the kitchen in peace without the danger of slipping.

When I received these shoes, I was absolutely delighted to see their leather exterior which gives them a classy yet casual look. They have air cushioning in the heel for shock absorption which provided me with great comfort and standing with these on was not at all tiring. These shoes also have a compression molded EVA foot frame for stability and comfort. The toe box is also wide enough so that your toes can maneuver without any constraints which is just according to my liking.

However, I faced some problems with this pair as well. First of all the anti-slip property of the shoes wears off after a while and doesn’t give proper slip resistance so I had to be extra careful while working on wet kitchen floors. Moreover, if you have a light color carpet, don’t walk on it while wearing these shoes as it tends to put marks on it.

I wouldn’t mind purchasing this pair again in the future due to its unmatched comfort; The only reason it falls to the 4th rank is because I expected the slip resistance to last a little longer than it actually did. Otherwise this pair is basically a perfect pick.

5. Skechers for Work Men's Balder Slip Resistant Work Clog

Best Lightweight

  • Easy to clean
  • Lightweight
  • Slip resistant
  • Very comfortable
  • Crease appears
  • Not durable

Origin: Imported | Sole: Osha Compliant slip resistant | Material: 100% Synthetic | Shipping Weight: 12 ounces | Package Dimensions: 5 X 5 X 0.7 inches

Last Update on 2020-09-28 using Amazon Product Advertising API

Just like the first one, the fifth place in this list has also been occupied by Skechers with it’s Skechers for Work Men’s Balder Slip Resistant Work Clog. These clogs are made up of OSHA-Compliant slip-resistant outsoles. Moreover, they also include shock-absorbing padded footbed for your comfort.

When I ordered these clogs I noticed that they are very lightweight and the toe box is wide which gives my toes enough room to move around. What I like about these shoes is that they are easy to clean; when I spill something on them, I just wipe it with a tissue or a cloth and they start to shine again perfectly. Moreover, the slip resistance of the soles is on point as I didn’t face any kind of difficulty while working on wet and greasy kitchen floors.

However, a crease started to form on the toe box after a while which is hard to ignore and the sole started to fall off as well. These shoes undoubtedly provide phenomenal slip resistance but their durability is a question.

Conclusively, they provide comfort and feel like cotton on your feet. This pair is a good purchase and doesn’t give you any discomfort for a reasonable period.

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