How to Shop For Comfy Shoes

I’m not sure if it’s that I’m getting old, but lately comfort has been a major factor when shopping, especially in the shoes department. I’m just sick of my feet burning, my heels hurting with every step and basically just wanting to take shoes off as soon as I can. If you’ve ever worn a pair of really uncomfortable shoes the whole day, you know what I’m talking about. Ever since my conversion to comfortable shoes, I don’t really have to think about my hurting feet or about falling while desperately trying to rip shoes from my feet, which is obviously nice. In this case, it’s better not to feel anything (except comfy padded insoles). Here are some tips to help you pick out the perfect pair for the best fit:

Choose the right kind of heels

Say goodbye to pointy heels (except for special occasions because they are nice). The way most of them are made simply squish your toes together and don’t allow you to step properly. Wedge heels provide more support than stilettos, as your weight is distributed more evenly.

Avoid very flat shoes

Opt for a small heel instead of completely flat shoes. This doesn’t mean that it has to be a separate heel, as it can be a kind of platform style. It will isolate your foot from the ground, which is great for the cooler months and it will be more comfortable, as your foot will be getting all the arch support it needs.

Stay away from flip flops (as much as possible)

Speaking of arch support, flip flops don’t provide any. At all. The only thing they do provide is comfort and that’s pretty much it. However, even they can cause foot and heel pain if worn too long because of how bad they are for your feet. If you think about it, your foot is constantly gripping the sandal, causing it to be unnecessarily arched. Save flip flops for the pool and use another type of sandal for everyday wear.

Trust the experts

If you don’t know where to start looking for comfortable shoes, it might be a good idea to browse brands that are known for making good quality shoes made for comfort. Keep in mind that they will be more expensive than, say, shoes at H&M, but you’ll be glad in the long run. Trust me. Some brands you might want to look into (you might have to do some browsing in some of these to find actually stylish pairs, but they do exist):

  • Clarks (I’ve raved about a pair I have from this brand in another post)
  • Birkenstock (very trendy at the moment)
  • Dr. Scholl’s
  • Hush Puppies
  • Geox
  • Aerosoles
  • Pikolinos
  • Ecco
  • Rockport

 

Image source: Chan Y

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