I’ve had several requests for stylish comfort sandals. I get it. For a few years, I was relegated to comfort shoes while I healed from multiple foot and ankle injuries. It’s hard enough in the wintertime when shoes are generally supportive already, but spring and summer was especially challenging when I wanted to live in flip flops and strappy sandals.
It was frustrating for a shoe girl like me, but through a lot of trial and error, I found some brands that do a great job at marrying style and comfort. Most still aren’t going to be quite as stylish as what I like to wear when I’m not babying my finicky feet, but you don’t have to look frumpy either.
For the most part, you will pay more for a good quality comfort shoe, but Payless has two comfort lines that are great if you’re on a budget.
The Walking Company is a great resource. I particularly like their Dansko and Taos brands. Sofft makes some cute styles as well. You can find most of these brands elsewhere, but The Walking Company is where I discovered them.
Nordstrom has a whole section of comfort sandals, as does Zappo’s. I’m a big fan of the Born brand, which is carried by both retailers. You can also find comfort shoes by b.o.c. at Famous Footwear and DSW and sometimes at Marshall’s and TJMaxx.
Another brand I wore a lot when I was in recovery was Vionic. My physical therapist actually recommended them, and they worked very well for me. My teenage daughter even has a couple of pairs.
I rounded up some of my favorite styles below, but I realize everyone’s styles and needs are different, so poke around those sites and hopefully some of my brand suggestions will give you some direction.
The key when trying to find stylish comfort shoes is to look for shoes that are as delicate as possible. The more foot is covered, the frumpier they are going to look. Also try to find shoes that incorporate the current trends — like perforated leather, block heels (fortunately a sturdy foundation!) and flatform wedges (as practical as they are chic!)
If you have any comfort shoe brands you love, feel free to share in the comments!
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