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How to Find Comfortable Shoes

Relief at last! Foolproof tips on picking comfortable pumps, flats, and sandals.

By Ashley Tate
Rack of shoes Rick Lew

Tips for Finding a Blister-Proof Sandal

  • Avoid wobbly shoes. Examine a shoe's quality by looking at how it sits on a table. A well-built shoe will be balanced and look stable when standing on its own.
  • Find stack heels that have a broad heel tap (base), which allows for better shock absorption. You will also be steadier on your feet.
  • "Stay away from backless shoes, such as thongs and slides, because they cause pain in the balls of the feet," says Suzanne Levine. Instead, look for a sandal with straps that hit just below the ankle (not encircling it). These will help stabilize the foot and hold it securely.
  • Wear only sandals that have leather or suede-lined straps to prevent chafing.
  • Make sure the toe-box area is wide enough for the broadest part of your foot.
  • Look for platform shoes that give the illusion of a higher heel without the feel of it.
  • Examine the insides of straps for seams and other construction details that might dig into feet.
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