With so much emphasis on platform shoes in recent years, those who avoid heels are left wondering what to do. What can you wear if you’re not a fan of high heels, or if your spirit is willing but your feet are not?
Fortunately, you have lots of options – that DON’T look like orthopedic shoes. All it takes is a little digging online.
Here are ten comfortable, fashionable shoe brands that you can turn to for your work, casual, commuter, or social shoe needs:
Aerosoles are my walking shoe of choice. Not only do they come in a variety of styles and colors, they do not exacerbate my old dance knee injury when walking long distances. A real plus when doing the “tourist thing” in places like New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, and the like.
Anne Klein has long been known for their classic clothes, but they’re also rapidly becoming a favorite of comfortable shoe aficionados. Their “iflex” series features softer, thinner leather with extra padding, which means they’re more flexible than traditional dress shoes, and therefore, more comfortable. They’re also reasonably priced (under $100), which is why devotees load up on their favorite styles.
Clarks was the first shoe company to produce a casual shoe back in 1949. It was an immediate hit, and Clarks had been the “go to” place for comfortable shoes ever since. Try their flats, boots, or walking shoes for a truly amazing experience.
Boots, flats, heels, sandals – Cole Haan has them all. No, they aren’t cheap, but yes, they ARE comfortable. Invest in simple, basic styles that you can wear for years.
Me Too also combines comfort with fashion for a nice selection of both classic and trendy styles. They have a wide selection of flats and booties.
Munro Shoes run wider than most brands, which is why they’ve been popular with walking enthusiasts for years. With widths from SS (Super Slim) to WW (Wide Wide), you’re sure to find a favorite style that fits your foot.
I remember when Naturalizers were the first choice for the over-60 crowd. They weren’t pretty, but they were comfortable. These days, comfort and style go hand-in-hand at Naturalizer. Try them whatever your age or lifestyle.
Söfft Shoes have been putting comfort first since the 1920’s and have generations of devoted fans to prove it. Flats, booties, heels, wedges – you’ll be delighted by the selection.
Stuart Weitzman is one of the few big designer names who’s actually known for their comfortable shoes. Try their flats, wedges, kitten heels, or low-heeled boots and you’ll know why they’re so popular.
Created by an orthopedic surgeon, Taryn Rose has a cult following from lovers of comfortable, stylish shoes. But beware: they run narrow. If you have a wide foot, look elsewhere.
Finding comfortable, stylish shoes CAN be a challenge, particularly if you have a hard-to-fit size. But it’s not impossible, particularly with the Internet. If all else fails, try custom made shoes. It’s the best way to get what you want.
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Diana Pemberton-Sikes is an image consultant and author of Accessory Magic, an ebook that shows women how to use accessories to define their style and slash their clothing budget. Get Accessory Magic today.