One of the questions I often hear is: where can I find comfortable shoes? As a practical fashionista, I make it my business to find comfortable AND fashionable shoes for my clients. Comfort does not mean ugly. It is possible to be fashionable and comfortable, no matter what adventure lies ahead of you.
Speaking of adventures, are you planning a trip soon? Save the big white tennis shoes with the thick soles for the tennis court. In the past I have been accused of not liking tennis shoes or sneakers. Nothing is further from the truth. I wear them every day… to the gym! Avoid wearing your sneakers to the mall or when sightseeing. Those white tennis shoes scream, “tourist!” That doesn’t mean that you are doomed to aching feet after hours of walking tours. There are stylish COMFORTABLE shoes out there for you.
Be familiar with the comfort brands. Break out of your athletic shoe rut and look on-line (www.zappos.com is fantastic) and in the shoe department of some of the finer department stores. They have whole sections of “comfort shoes” that are very stylish.
Know your correct shoe size. Many women are wearing the wrong size of shoe. Our shoe size changes over time as we age and our weight fluctuates. Visit a reputable specialty shoe store to find your correct and most comfortable shoe size.
Be willing to invest. If you have been limping along with inexpensive shoes from Target, they may be the source of your pain. Your feet deserve to be taken care of by wearing good quality shoes with proper soles, soft leather and styling, to boot!
You should never have to “break in” a pair of shoes. They should feel like an old friend as soon as you put them on. If they don’t feel comfortable in the store, they will be torture later on.
Comfortable shoes or work:
Franco Sarto is my favorite brand for work shoes. They have a generous toe box, classic styling, quality construction and leather. I have walked a thousand miles through stores all over the United States in my Franco Sarto loafers. They can’t be beat when it comes to price per wear. They are available in wide sizes on-line too.
Me Too is a wonderful brand for women who spend a lot of time on their feet. They have extra cushion in the interior of the shoe. This is a great brand for those who have wide feet. They are famous for their stylish flats but also have a wonderful selection of tall boots (in wide calf too) and high heels. Me Too is moderately priced and can be found on-line and in department stores.
Cole Haan is famous for their comfort. Some of their high heel pumps have the Nike Air in-sole. The price point is a little higher, but if you are looking for quality that lasts Cole Haan is a great choice.
Comfortable shoes for travel:
Pikolinos is a brand made in Spain that are created with travel in mind. The quality construction, leather and durability make them a favorite of a ‘well-soled’ traveler. I love their stylish walking sandals. They have a lovely Mediterranean flare.
Born is a moderately priced brand that carries a durable and lightweight closed clog. They come in a variety of finishes that look great with a straight leg or boot cut pant. I walked all over the Great Wall of China in these and never felt a twinge of pain.
Naturalizer is a well-known brand that has increased their stylish offerings over the years. They offer a variety of colors, finishes and styles with their trademark soft and flexible soles.
Clark brand can be found in department stores and in their own stores too. The leather is sturdy and the soles are made for walking. While some of the colors may seem a little boring, for wardrobe basics, this brand has it all from sandals, loafers, boots and heels.
Final tip: Truly flat shoes are not comfortable. Look for flats that have a cushy in-sole and a small hidden heel. The foot is actually more comfortable walking with a bit of a cushion in the heel.
- Franco Sarto Nolan, $79.95, Zappos.com
- Me Too Denver Tall Riding Boots, $84.50, Macys.com
- Born Toby, $75, Zappos.com
- Pikolinos Puerto Vllarta II, $140, Zappos.com
- Naturalizer Diner, $129, Zappos.com
- Cole Haan Chelsea Calf hair Pump, $216.75, lastcall.com
- Me Too Fiona ballet flat, $49.95, dsw.com
- Naturalizer Jansin women’s dress sandals, $79, Zappos.com