The 4 Best Shoes for Barbers

A barber's dress shoes

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From old-school barbershops to modern salons, barbers have always rocked a mix of skill and style. Picture it: clean barber jackets, classic tools, and, of course, the right shoes.


But here's the deal: barbers stand for hours, and their feet, lower backs, and knees feel it.


Today, dress codes vary, but what does this mean for the hardworking barber who wants comfort and style? It's time to say goodbye to those beat-up shoes and hello to a comfy, stylish alternative. Let's talk about what makes the perfect shoe for a barber's daily grind.


Must-Haves for a Barber’s Shoes

The best shoes for barbers should include these six attributes: 


  • Comfort: Since barbers spend long hours standing on their feet, comfort is a priority. Look for shoes with ample cushioning, arch support, and a comfortable fit to reduce fatigue and discomfort.
  • Professionalism: While comfort and functionality are crucial, barbers also want shoes that look stylish and complement their work attire. Look for styles that match the aesthetic of the barbershop and provide a polished appearance.
  • Support: Proper support is essential for maintaining good posture and reducing strain on the feet, knees, and lower back. Choose shoes with adequate support features, such as reinforced heels and arch support.
  • Durability: Barbers need shoes that can withstand constant standing, walking, and potential exposure to water and hair products. Opt for shoes made from high-quality materials that are durable and easy to clean.
  • Breathability: Being a barber is physically demanding, and their feet may be exposed to heat and humidity for long hours. Breathable shoes help keep feet cool and comfortable throughout the day.
  • Slip-Resistant: Barbers work in environments where floors can become slippery from water or hair clippings. Shoes with slip-resistant soles provide traction and help prevent accidents.

    Barbers and hairdressers face multiple occupational health hazards. These include issues like maintaining improper posture, enduring mechanical strain on joints, standing for prolonged periods, working long hours without breaks or meals, and exposure to physical factors like noise and high temperatures. These factors significantly contribute to their occupational health risks.


    Having appropriate shoes is crucial for addressing some of these risks. Comfortable and supportive shoes can help mitigate the strain on joints and muscles caused by prolonged standing. Additionally, slip-resistant shoes can prevent accidents on wet or slippery surfaces, often found in barbershops. Therefore, investing in quality footwear is an essential aspect of promoting the health and well-being of barbers and hairdressers in their workplace.


    What makes Amberjack shoes the superior choice for barbers? Well, for starters, Amberjack’s shoes are slip-resistant, which will help in circumstances with slippery surfaces. But that's just the beginning. We'll be listing the top 4 recommended shoes that are ideal for barbers and listing more reasons why Amberjack's shoes are the best for barbers. Stay tuned as we dive into their unparalleled comfort, support, and much more.


    #1: The Original in Obsidian

    Black barber's shoe

    Introducing The Original: A Modern Twist on Tradition.


    At Amberjack, we've recreated the conventional dress shoe with innovative design and materials to create The Original. Crafted from A-grade, full-grain leather sourced from one of the best tanneries in the world, these shoes are anything but ordinary. Full-grain leather is renowned for its durability, meaning a single pair can endure for decades with proper care.


    The Original comes with a dual-function outsole that offers athletic rigidity while remaining flexible and grippy. With its heat-activated arch support, The Original will make you feel comfortable and supported all day long. 


    Available in a classic black color, The Original is a top choice for barbers who appreciate a traditional aesthetic. But if black isn't your style, we have a wide range of colors to suit your style.
    Shop the Original in Obsidian

    #2: The Loafer in Honey

    Honey colored loafers for barbers

    Meet The Loafer, a practical yet stylish footwear option designed for barbers who want ease and functionality. These essential slip-on shoes are basically the Original without laces.


    Loafers have evolved beyond their casual reputation and are now suitable for a variety of occupations. They bring unbeatable comfort without sacrificing stability. Whether you're rocking The Loafer in Honey with your work pants or casual shorts, your style will be spot-on. The Loafer is the perfect choice for a busy day at the barbershop.


    Just like all our other styles, our loafers are lined with super-soft, buttery sheepskin. The lining is laser-perforated to allow extra airflow. The breathability is unbelievable; you might not even want to wear socks!


    Shop the Loafer in Honey


    #3: The Chelsea in Chestnut

    Chelsea boots in chestnut for barbers

    The Chelsea boot is both stylish and practical, perfect for dressing up or down to suit any occasion. It pairs well with jeans, dress pants, or chinos and is easy to slip on on Saturday mornings before rushing to hair appointments.


    The Chelsea is made with premium A-grade hides from American steer. Plus, we created a thermo-moldable insole and a mechanically designed outsole that protect your feet from fatigue and pain. The chestnut color is a perfect way to match or stand out with a barber’s daily wear.


    Plus, for the level of quality and comfort in The Chelsea, we’ve managed to offer it at an unbeatable price.


    Shop the Chelsea in Chestnut


    #4: The Boot in Copper

    Copper boot for barbers

    Last but not least, The Boot in copper is perfect for barbers who want both style and durability. It's made with high-quality materials, just like our other boots, and it's elegant, tough, and comfortable—great for long days on your feet.


    This boot stands out from typical barber’s footwear because it's tougher and lasts longer. It's designed to fit well from the start and keep you comfortable even during long shifts. Made of nubuck leather, it'll hold up for years.


    The copper color adds a touch of style, so you can wear it from the shop to hanging out with friends. Whether you're cutting hair, organizing supplies, or heading out after work, this boot gives you both comfort and durability—a perfect fit for a barber's active life.


    Shop the Boot in Copper


    Step Up and Barber Right with Amberjack

    Our shoes are the most technologically advanced dress-casual shoes on the market. If comfort, style, and quality aren’t incentives enough, we also offer free shipping, free returns, and a two-year warranty on all shoes. Step into the future of barbering and shop for the best shoes for barbers today!

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