The Best Flight Attendant Shoes
I get asked all the time what shoe flight attendants wear. Flight attendant shoes are one of the most popular questions about working in aviation.
Shoes are a big deal whether you have a flight attendant interview, are heading off to training, or already working as a flight attendant.
Shoes make or break our day. Whether flight attendants are standing, running up and down the aisle for passengers, or walking for miles from gate to gate, our feet get tired.
With so many different styles and brands of flight attendant shoes available, it can be overwhelming, so I put together this list of the best flight attendant shoes.
What makes a shoe really ”the” best? The most comfortable, of course! Next, consider whether the shoe is airline-approved.
Flight Attendant Shoe Requirements
Most airlines require black shoes with no adornments. However, the requirements can vary from airline to airline. Some airlines are more lenient with the shoe requirements, and some are more strict.
Some airlines even allow navy blue or red shoes (for women), but you won’t go wrong with black.
Flight Attendant Interview Shoes
All the shoes in this guide (not including the inflight shoes) are appropriate for the flight attendant interview.
When interviewing for the flight attendant position, if you wear compliant shoes, it helps out multiple ways:
- You allow the hiring manager or recruiter to see you as a flight attendant. You already own compliant shoes, so they will see that as one less thing you have to get used to.
- You won’t have to spend extra money and run around trying to find shoes for flight attendant training. There is a lot to be done before you leave, and not having to find shoes makes life easier.
- You will already have your shoes for when you begin working as a flight attendant. If you are buying shoes for your interview anyway, you may as well buy a pair you can use for work too.
Female Flight Attendant Shoes
Most airlines require female flight attendants to wear shoes with a heel. However, they can change to a pair of comfortable shoes before starting their service on the airplane.
During the winter months, female flight attendants can even wear boots.
Some airlines allow flight attendants to wear flats when they wear the uniform pants and not the dress.
All flight attendants need to take care of their feet because of all the walking involved in the job.
Male Flight Attendant Shoes
Male flight attendants can wear flats, and a few male flight attendants even slip into shoes that are a bit more comfortable before starting the service.
A nice sturdy and comfortable black dress shoe make the perfect male flight attendant shoe.
Top Picks For Flight Attendant Heels
Some airlines may allow heels higher than three inches, but 1-3 inches is standard.
ABEO makes comfortable flight attendant heels. This pair of heels has was designed for all-day comfort. The heel height is approximately 2.75″, and the shoe has a leather upper and an anti-skid polyurethane sole.
There are two types of Venice heels by ABEO: neutral, for those who don’t have a high instep, and the metatarsal, which is ideal for high arches.
ABEO is a bit on the pricer side, but I love my ABEO. ABEO shoes are well made. Mine have lasted me for years.
Clarks Flight Attendant Heels
One of the cutest Clarks flight attendant heels is the Women’s Adriel Viola Pump. They are also available in patent leather.
The only drawback to this shoe is that the heel height is 3.25″, and not all airlines allow a pump that is that high. They have an all-leather upper, and the sole is synthetic. What I like about the Clarks Viola is the ortho footbed. They don’t have a hard flat sole but a super comfortable footbed.
If you have Amazon, you can use the “Try before you buy feature” for this pair of shoes, so you can try them for seven days before buying, don’t wear them outside.
The Clarks Sheer 35 Court Pump is the classic flight attendant shoe. The heel is just over two inches at 2.17″. If you need a low heel, this may be your shoe. It’s plain so that it will meet the requirements of almost any airline. The bottom of the shoe is textured, but it’s not true anti-skid.
Naturalizer is one of the most comfortable brands for flight attendants. The comfy insoles make your feet cozy with 100% leather, a synthetic sole, and a three-inch heel.
The padded insole is what truly makes these shoes one of my favorites.
Flight Attendant Mary Jane Shoes
Mary Jane’s shoes are flight attendant shoes with a strap. The strap helps your shoes stay put and walk more comfortably.
Some flight attendant mary jane shoes have a lower heel, and you can also wear them inflight. Most flight attendants change their shoes when they get up in the air because working on the plane in heels injures feet.
Some flight attendants work the entire service in heels, but 999 out of 1000 (or probably an even higher number) don’t do that.
The ABEO Vanessa Metatarsal shoes might fit the bill if you want the classic heel. The Vanessa Metatarsal is equivalent to the Vaness Metatarsal (that we saw at the beginning of the post). But, the Vanessa comes with a strap for extra support. ABEO’s metatarsal shoes are recommended for a high arch, and if you don’t have a high arch in your foot, and you like the shoe, it’s also available in neutral.
The Vanessa is a pretty flight attendant shoe with a leather upper, synthetic sole, and a 2.75″ heel.
If you don’t have a high arch and like this style, I recommend the ABEO Vanessa Neutral.
Clarks makes this list again with their comfortable flight attendant shoes. The Women’s Rosaly Wren pump looks excellent and is perfect for those long walks through the terminal. With a leather upper, a synthetic sole, and a 2″ heel.
The Dansko Fawna Mary Jane is the most comfortable flight attendant shoe on the list. There is no need to carry two pairs of shoes with this shoe, one for the concourse and one for inflight shoes. Not every airline will be OK with the 1 – 1.75″ heel height unless the flight attendant wears the uniform pants.
I think two of my favorite things about these shoes are that they have odor control and a buckle and not velcro.
Most Mary Janes today have velcro straps, and you have to be very careful not to snag your hosiery or compression socks. But, on the other hand, a buckle won’t ruin your pantyhose.
Flight Attendant Shoes For Men
Why not choose looks AND comfort? There is no need to sacrifice looks or comfort with these men’s flight attendant shoes. I like the ECCO shoes because they look so sharp.
Both pairs of shoes are very similar. The difference? Oxfords have laces, and loafers don’t. Also, both pairs have the “try before you buy” option from Amazon, so you can try them out at home (inside only) for seven days before you buy them if you have Amazon Prime.
Both styles have a leather upper and a synthetic sole. ECCO shoes are of excellent quality and always look like new with regular polishing.
I know, I know, it’s another pair of ECCO, but they are so sharp! The reviews are great, and this pair is so sleek and dressy. They are not as beefy as the other two styles of ECCO shoes above, but they are good-looking.
The New Jersey slip-on loafers are all leather uppers and have a low stacked 1″ heel with a manufactured sole.
Flight Attendant Inflight Shoes
Our list wouldn’t be complete if we did not include inflight shoes. When I first started flying, I used to get cheap inflights. Unfortunately, my feet paid the price. Flight attendants need good shoes in the terminal and on the plane.
We can be on our feet up to 16 hours a day, so good shoes make a big difference. I have even bought some so-called “good shoes” that made my feet ache. First, I thought it was that I was working longer hours, but then I got a different pair of inflights, and my feet never bothered me again.
This inflight shoe is also good-looking. A very comfortable flight attendant shoe, and you may even be able to wear the Kacy Loafers through the terminal at some airlines. Regardless, they are a good comfortable shoe to wear inflight.
An all-leather upper with a synthetic sole has a soft foam lining and arch support with memory foam. These shoes are lightweight and flexible. They also come in navy blue for airlines that allow navy blue shoes.
These cute shoes have been discontinued. If you like them, be sure and stock up on them. Hopefully, they will bring them back again.
The Dansko Kaelyn Mary Janes are sweet as well as comfortable. These leather upper shoes have chrome-free leather linings and 100% recycled textile linings with Aegis Microbe Shield for odor control. Also, the buckle is not velcro so you won’t snag your hose.
This shoe also comes in red. However, the heel is brown.
Alegria is one of those upscale shoe brands that do not disappoint. They are orthopedic shoes but still look great.
The American Podiatric Medical Association certified the Alegria Brook shoes as recommended footwear because they are healthy shoes for your feet.
They have the removable Alegria footbed with podiatrist certified arch support. They are on the pricier side, but they last forever.
Flight Attendant Shoes Accessories
Since most female flight attendants have to wear two pairs of shoes throughout the day, it’s a great way to keep your dirty shoes in a bag to protect your tote bag. Not only that, but you probably spent a pretty penny on your shoes and would like to protect your investment.
Do you have pain in the ball of your foot?
Foot pain on the ball of your foot is usually caused by wearing heels without enough padding. You can help your feet out by using metatarsal pads.
Shoes slip off of your feet?
If your shoes slip, there are two different accessories that you can use to help.
- Heel Cushions
- Shoe Straps – They can be clear if you want to hide them, or black to match your shoes.
Want to protect your investment? Use a shoe protector. You can keep your shoes newer longer by using a shoe protector.
Shoes a little too small?
Sometimes you don’t realize that your shoes were just a little bit too small until you’ve worn them for a few hours. You’ve worn them outside, and they got scuffed, so you can’t return them. Nobody wants to throw money away. You can spray shoes with a stretching spray and put them in a shoe stretcher to help them fit better.
Do Your Flight Attendant Shoes Need A Touch Up?
This tiny little travel kit is perfect for on-the-go touch-ups for both terminal and inflight shoes.
So there you have it, the best flight attendant shoes. I know finding the right shoes can be daunting. This list can make your quest for the best and most comfortable flight attendant shoes easier.
What are your favorite shoes? I’m constantly researching the best shoes for flight attendants. I’d love to hear from you.