Hang on there a sec you guys,
It is a valid question and thread.
It's just that I HATE the word "Best"
As in, "what's the best knife? Or best car? Or "best" wine?
Thing is, everyone's feet are different. Some can walk barefoot for years on cement and smile, others can't.
DO NOT compare yourself with hospital staff, or any other profession. Cooks are a bit different in that they can, and do, stand for hours in the same spot. Huge difference as opposed to walking for hours down hallways.
After almost 30 years in this biz, my feet are royally messed up. Can't wear clogs or birkenstocks because I have to wear custom orthotics. Can't wear any shoe that flexes laterally--that is,if I hold the toe in one hand and the heel in the other and can twist the shoe. This shoe will not give any support to the orthotic. Vinyl, rubber,or plastic shoes are out--feet sweat and the afore mentioned materials stink after a while.
Absolutley, dead out, refuse to entertain ANY staff who wears wood soled clogs in my kitchen.
Heavy boots with heavy soles are also not entertained, alot of crud gets trapped in the "treads" of the sole and gets deposited all over the place.
Stee toed boots belong on the construction site, and boots are difficult and time consuming to remove if you need to get them off in a hurry---like when you spill hot water or oil all over them.
There is no "Best" shoe.....