Disney Work Shoes: How I Learned to Love Ugly Shoes

Fila’s run ½ size small.  If you normally wear a 7.5, get a 8.0.

Fila’s run ½ size small. If you normally wear a 7.5, get a 8.0.

Almost everyone working in the Parks needs to wear black leather shoes as part of their costume (not PhotoPass or Custodial CPs, see below), and Penney’s carries the best ones: Fila’s. If you wait until you get down here to get a pair, they will be mostly sold out at the local Walmart the first two weeks of the program due to high demand, i.e., 3,000 new DCP interns arriving! 🙂


We got our work shoes the first week we arrived, shopping the limited selection at the nearby Super Walmart (Walmart Supercenter, 3250 Vineland Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34746).  Fyi, that Walmart is the busiest one in the state of Florida!

Within just a few weeks of working at DAK, Caroline’s back was killing her.  Ironically, her feet didn’t hurt at all.

Her problem was that her shoes didn’t have enough support in the soles.  Buying inserts helped a lot.  But, even better, when our mom came back down for a visit in October, Walmart had restocked all their black leather work shoes. She got us both new pairs that fit better with more sole support.

Becca & me wearing our ugly - but comfortable! - black work shoes.

Becca & Caroline wearing their ugly – but comfortable! – black work shoes.

Me in my black work shoes.

Me in my black work shoes.  This pair fit great!

Update: We knew we both had merchandise roles and would need black leather sneakers for our costumes before we left Colorado for the DCP program at WDW.

Some costumes, especially for non-Park roles like Housekeeping and Lifeguarding, require white sneakers. The DCP page has more guidelines on shoes.


The Recreation Shoe Guidelines for Disney Resorts and Water Parks.

And, at some work locations, Disney actually provides shoes as part of the costume issued from wardrobe. Cast Members working in Culinary, Custodial and Food & Beverage do not need to purchase their own shoes for work. But, many do buy their own as some people find certain shoe brands more comfortable and have better support.

For more info on the Hub, go to:  The Hub>>Disney Look Module>>Look Up Costume

As all of our friends were either in merch or attractions, everyone we knew wore black sneakers. We never saw anyone on the bus – ever – wearing white sneakers. We think the majority of DCPers working in the parks wear black sneakers.  (That’s how you can identify off-duty CPs at the parks….they wear their black work sneakers!)


Elly and me with the Easter Bunny.  (Note that we are wearing our work shoes!)

Disney’s recommendation on work shoes:  The Disney Look – Shoes



working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

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5 thoughts on “Disney Work Shoes: How I Learned to Love Ugly Shoes

  1. Daniel Collins says:

    What? No picture of my girls modeling their footwear?


  2. I know what you mean about having good shoes, and good shoe brands show up again and again. One time I was onstage with a friend and she noticed that, without talking to each other, we had both purchased the exact same type of shoe.

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  3. JR says:

    Glo/Squeeze Breeze Cast (part of Adventureland Merch) wear white sneaks with their newboys outfit (basically the PhotoPass costume).

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