11 Comfortable (and Cute!) Shoes to Save Your Aching Feet This Summer
When shopping for comfortable shoes, it helps to have a checklist. The first thing to look for is a cushioned footbed. It's even better if the cushion is made from memory foam because it will conform to the shape of your foot.
Pay close attention to straps. While they often provide additional support, they can also rub against the skin. Look for straps that are lined with fabric or suede.
While you already know that a too-high heel can cause foot pain, very flat shoes can be just as uncomfortable to walk around in because they aren't the best shock-absorbers. Flats should ideally have a tiny heel, rubber soles, and arch support.
Whether you prefer heels, mules, slides, or sandals, here are some of the most comfortable shoes for women you'll want to wear all summer long.
FitFlop Lulu Leather Cross Slides
These might be the most comfortable slides on earth. Ergonomically engineered to promote good foot health, the bottoms have three different zones of cushioning with slip-resistant outsoles. The straps are even lined with microfiber, so there’s no need to worry about rubbing. Available in five colors, including rose gold and bronze.
To buy: $90; fitflop.com.
Andre Assous Women's Amalia Wedge Sandals
Available in neon yellow and pink, these wedge espadrilles are as trendy as they are comfortable. With a padded foot, you can easily walk around all day long.
To buy: $129; bloomingdales.com.
Sundini Novara Block Heel Sandal
Designed for comfort, these T-strap shoes have major ankle and foot support, and the chunky heel has just enough height. Available in six colors, including rose gold, white, and black, it might be hard to buy just one pair.
To buy: $140; nordstrom.com.
Birdies The Phoebe Floral Jacquard
Want to walk like a princess? Slip on these sweet slippers that offer arch support and multiple layers of memory foam cushioning to absorb shock.
To buy: $140; birdiesslippers.com.
Trina Turk Schutz Eliza Mule
Hush Puppies Women’s Power Walker II
These might be the most comfortable walking shoes for women ever. They’re engineered for extreme comfort with a removable footbed and energy rebound with every step. Ideal for traveling, you can easily walk around in them all day long.
To buy: $100; hushpuppies.com.
It’s not easy finding comfortable dress shoes for women, but these satin heels won’t leave your feet aching at the end of the night. In addition to featuring flexible soles, they were designed with technology that distributes body weight towards the heels and away from the ball of the foot. The insoles are also generously padded with memory foam.
To buy: $99; aerosoles.com.
Melissa Beach 3DB Rain Slides
Want to walk on sunshine? These rainbow slides look just as cute with jeans as they do with swimwear. The rubber prevents your (perhaps a little sweaty) foot from sliding.
To buy: $85; shopbop.com.
Vince Camuto Vanilla Ankle Strap Sandal
Need a pair of comfortable neutral shoes? Ideal for every day, these low-heel ankle strap sandals are a very useful wardrobe staple, especially for work.
To buy: $99; vincecamuto.com.
Cole Haan Cloudfeel Espadrille with Stitchlite
Espadrilles aren’t always the most comfortable shoes, but these slip-ons are so cushioned, it’s like walking on air. Made of breathable knit, it’s available in five colors.
To buy: $100; colehaan.com.
Old Navy Braided Faux-Suede Slide Sandals for Women
With a cushioned footbed, these comfortable shoes for women are a summer wardrobe staple. There are four different colors, including black, taupe, beetroot (fuchsia), and mustard. And at under $20, you can stock up on more than one pair.
To buy: $19; oldnavy.com.