From chic sneakers to walk-everywhere flats. 

By Katie Holdefehr
Updated June 21, 2019
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It's the basis of all the best outfits and has the power to make or break your day: a comfortable pair of shoes that will take you from morning to night without blisters or back pain. Choose the wrong pair and you could end up with pinched toes or sore calves long before five o'clock rolls around. The right pair will keep you comfortable and supported through every meeting, errand, and hurdle you have to jump. And did we mention—they need to be stylish, too. It's a tall order, but you'll have the best chances of finding comfortable, cute shoes at the sources below. From a pair of machine-washable, walk-all-day flats, to the sneakers our editors swear by, consider this your guide to the most comfortable shoes ever.

As if being comfortable, machine-washable, and super cute wasn't enough—Rothy's knitted flats are also Meghan Markle-approved (here's the proof). Even better: each pair of comfy flats is crafted from a fabric made from recycled plastic water bottles. Plus, our associate fashion editor, Flavia Nunez, wears these flats all summer long.

Okay, you caught us—Nordstrom is our go-to for most types of clothing and accessories, including our favorite comfy footwear. Our assistant beauty editor, Anneke Knot, swears by these classic white sneakers from Sperry available at Nordstrom, and Kate Middleton wears them, too. When you're searching for chic yet wearable sneakers, Nordstrom is hands-down one of the best places to look.

Does a comfortable heel actually exist? Everlane seems to have done the impossible with its Day Heel, a walkable heel that comes in 12 different colors. According to thousands of reviewers (and a 28,000-person waiting list) this heel will carry you through the work day. Want an even-comfier alternative? Opt for the Day Glove, the flat version of the Day Heel, which molds around your foot, or check out the brand's new line of sneakers.

There's a reason Dr. Scholl's is synonymous with comfort. And if you haven't checked out the brand in a while, you may be surprised by how stylish their sandals are, including these adorable pool slides. From slides, to wedges, to platform sneakers, every single pair is guaranteed to be comfortable.

When Allbirds hit the scene a couple years ago with soft-yet-durable wool sneakers that you can pop into the washing machine, we had to take notice. After several of our editors tested the sneakers—along with the brand's runner insoles—we have to agree that these innovative sneakers are as comfortable as they claim. Plus, the wool runners come in 14 different colors, so you can get a pair to match everything in your wardrobe.

If you haven't shopped Skechers in over a decade, you should take another look. The brand has kept up its reputation for comfort, and it has lots of on-trend sneakers to choose from. Exhibit A: our senior editor, Brandi Broxson, swears by Skechers Go Walk 3, a slip-on sneaker in a pretty shade of blush pink.

Another Meghan Markle favorite, Birdies even designed a pair of bridal slippers for the Duchess of Sussex last year. These slip-on flats come in a classic design that goes with everything from jeans, to dresses, to skirts. There's even a slipper-style shoe for a more relaxed vibe.

Not only does Madewell carry some of the most eye-catching, affordable jewelry, but it also has some very comfortable footwear. Last summer, our social media editor, Brooke Schuldt, lived in the Boardwalk Multistrap Sandal, and never got a single blister. The only problem: not all shoe styles are continued from year to year, so if you find a comfy sandal or boot, be sure to snatch up a couple pairs.

When you want a shoe that's equal parts fashion and comfort, you'll want to slip on a pair of Veja's luxe leather sneakers. The French brand is known for using organic materials and fair trade sourcing. Plus, they're royal-approved.

If it's a pair of ultra-comfortable sandals you're searching for, look no further: Hari Mari's suede-lined flip flops with arch support and a memory foam toe post are the sandals you'll be reaching for every day this summer. They're also lightweight and slim enough to throw into your beach bag or tuck into your carry-on. And did we mention, they're a favorite of Joanna Gaines?