Whether you’re on your feet all day for work or planning a trip where you’ll be walking for hours on end, it’s CRUCIAL to find a pair of comfortable shoes that won’t leave you in agony. The problem? Most of the “comfortable” footwear for women have not exactly been designed with aesthetics in mind.
The good news is that a number of new (and more old-school brands) have super comfy shoes for standing all day—it just takes a bit of research to figure out which are the best.
Below, you’ll find a number of different categories: the most comfortable sneakers for travel, comfortable booties for standing all day, comfortable dress shoes for work, and comfortable sandals for walking.
Most Comfortable Walking Sneakers for Travel
Look familiar? This popular sneaker has definitely popped up on your Instagram or Facebook feed before. Fairly new to the market, Allbirds’ superfine merino wool sneakers bring comfort to a whole new level.
When you wear this shoe, it feels like you are wearing a cozy slipper, but with a bit more support. The wool is soft and not itchy, so you can rock these sock-free sneakers with your bare feet.
Perfect for traveling, Allbirds’ wool runners are lightweight, breathable, durable and water-resistant.
Offering all day support and comfort, the Adidas Cloudfoam QT running sneaker is an absolute essential for a jam packed day on your feet. Oh, and did I mention it comes in more than a dozen different colors?
With a breathable upper knit and the signature Adidas three side stripe design, what’s not to love? This super affordable, sporty style sneaker has midsole and outsole cushioning that adds comfort and cuteness to each step.
With built-in arch support, this sneaker will keep your feet looking chic and feeling comfy. One Nordstrom customer raved, “I have 4 pairs of these for travel (black, white, cashmere and recently blue). The classic sneaker that works with outfits and does not compromise long walks like 10 miles.”
And another said, “Any of these soft 7 shoes are a dream. I am 58 with troublesome feet. I can wear these to walk, shop or go to the zoo with my grandkids…comfort meets style! Had the black ones first, and had to go for the brown pair too.”
The Most Comfortable Booties for Standing All Day:
Sustainable, sleek and stylish? Say no more. These two-inch stacked leather Everlane booties are made of 100% Italian leather. Fans of this bootie rave about its durability, comfort level, and timeless style.
Easily transition into fall and winter, and elevate any look with this heel that comes in black, cognac, or 100% Italian suede graphite. These would be great to wear to a concert or with a pair of black skinny jeans.
Comfort meets serious style with these faux fur lined JSlides boots. As the weather gets colder, you may be tempted to purchase a pair UGGs. But if you wear this platform boot, you won’t have to compromise your style.
Whether you keep your ankles warm by pulling the zipper up, or expose the fur, this fall and winter must-have will keep your feet comfy and cozy. Wear these with black jeans and a blanket scarf to complete the look.
The Most Comfortable Dress Shoes for Work:
I can personally vouch for this cult-favored shoe brand. I own 4 pairs. They are the perfect shoe to wear when you want to be comfortable, but also need to look trendy.
The footbed has a silky, quilted cushioning that I’ve previously described as “walking on a pillow.” The best part? They come in 16 different combinations of colors and fabrics.
With a stylish cap toe and buckle detail, these ballet flats are a classic investment piece that you can wear for hours on end.
This particular style of AGL flats are known for their comfort and durability (particularly thanks to the elastic ribbing and leather and rubber sole for traction.) Given its soft leather footbed, this shoe is great for work. But it does run small, so make sure to order one size up.
What do Meghan Markle, Amal Clooney, and Lady Gaga have in common? They’ve all been spotted wearing Sarah Flint’s “Perfect Pump.”
If you’re looking for a pump or stiletto that won’t want to make you gouge your eyes out after an hour, these will be your savior. They have a wider toe box to ease the pain that usually comes with crowding, extra padding in the footbed, and anatomical arch support.
Classic, cute, COMFORTABLE. Remember all of those blisters you used to get from your old flats? Yeah, that won’t happen if you invest in these sleek Italian leather slippers that are perfect for work.
One reviewer compared the feeling of walking on the 5 millimeters of foam padding and supportive insole to “walking on a cloud.”
Not only do these flats have a revolutionarily swift break in time, but they also have an adjustable cord bow on the front to customize the fit. Pair this high quality shoe that comes in a variety of colors with your favorite loose-fitted dress for the ultimate comfort combo.
The Most Comfortable Sandals for Walking:
I bought a pair of these last summer and ended up LIVING in them. I didn’t think it was possible to find a heeled sandal that I could run around for hours in, but I was proven wrong.
Between the cushioned footbed and the block heel, you’ll feel like you’re actually wearing flats—with the added height of a heeled sandal.
If you have a long day of walking ahead of you, but don’t want to wear sneakers, opt for these Sorel sandals that come in nine different colors.
Because one customer said, “I live in the mountains. This shoe is ideal for mountains and the city; ready to wear; comfortable the first day,” it’s no surprise this minimal, chic shoe is a Sorel top seller.
Featuring a soft suede upper, a comfortable EVA footbed, and a molded rubber sole, the Ella Sandal is meant for all-day wear and provides everyday traction.
And last, but not least…you know this brand. Birkenstocks are an OG, reliable, consistent shoe.
This iconic sandal is just as casual as any flimsy pair of flip flops, but provides much more support. Set on a shock-absorbing, flexible footbed with plush foam cushioning that mimics your foot shape, Birkenstocks offer superior comfort, so you can wear them all day long without any aches or pains.
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