There’s no need to sacrifice style to treat your tootsies right. Use these tips to choose high-fashion shoes that are good for you.
Dr. Judith F. Baumhauer, a spokesperson for the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society and an orthopedic surgeon specializing
in foot and ankle care, says there are certain qualities that make a shoe great for you. Here are Dr. Baumhauer’s shopping
tips for finding smart shoes:
Want comfortable options that fit your taste? Here are our top picks for brands with taste and the right technology for a
good fit. We’ve grouped these based on cost from high to low.
Comfort key: This sweet and versatile slipper is stylish enough for work yet goes great with your favorite jeans. Its trademark is a light-looking
sole, but shop for a pair with extra padding to cushion the foot and a functional strap for a snug fit.
Editor’s pick: The “Gabby” shoe by Gentle Souls. The deerskin lining in this shoe feels like a soft glove.
Comfort key: A multipurpose flat is every woman’s best friend on those days when outfit assembly needs to be easy. Look for a shock-absorbing
sole and extra-soft lining.
Editor’s pick: The rightfully named “Carefree” style by Aerosoles. This shoe is a great value.
Comfort key: The platform pump is fun and adventurous and can be surprisingly comfortable if you look for a few difference-makers--a wide
upper-foot strap for extra support, shock absorption for padding, and an angled platform under the ball of the foot to reduce
lower back pain.
Editor’s Pick: The “Heather” heel from Jeanne Jarvaise. This shoe’s a shocker! It feels so soft on the ball of the foot.
Comfort key: The rounded-toe pump is all things feminine and a timeless staple for dressing up on any occasion. Look for a deep toe box
to prevent jamming into the front of the shoe, memory foam for extra cushioning, and built-in arch support.
Editor’s pick: The “Calgary” style by Cordani. This shoe wins top pick for its ultra-stylish look, great fit, and pretty affordable price.
Comfort key: Busy days call for shoes that slip right on and keep up with fast-moving feet. Look for an ultra-soft footbed, extra padding
in the ball of the foot, and a flexible rubber sole.
Editor’s pick: The “Saba” patent leather flat by Me Too.
Comfort key: The youthful Mary Jane pairs especially well with ankle-cropped pants when you want to look cute but feel comfortable. Look
for straps made of extra-soft leather to prevent blistering, cushioned footbeds for extra padding, and built-in arch support.
Editor’s pick: The “Hayley” shoe by Aravon.
Comfort key: The wedge is a smart option when you need a heavier shoe that still looks sophisticated. But walking on a wedge can feel
trickier than tightrope walking. Shop for a medium-to-low heel to reduce forefoot pressure and back pain.
Editor’s pick: The 1-inch “Air Linden Ballet” wedge from Cole Haan. Shock absorption is always a plus, and this style has a high-tech Nike Air sole.