Fall In Love With Comfy Shoes
- The shoe’s sole should be made of a shock-absorbing material such as rubber or cork.
- The upper portion should be made of expanding materials such as soft leather.
- The widest portion of the sole should match the width of the ball of your foot.
- Your heel should fit snugly into the back of the shoe.
- Get both feet measured--the size and shape of each foot changes with age. Buy for the larger foot, if needed.
- Shop at the end of the day when your feet have expanded.
- Go where a reputable salesperson is available for sizing.
- It’s an investment: Jeanne Jarvaise, Taryn Rose
- Pricey but worth every penny: Cole Haan, Cordani, Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole
- Comfort within reach: Aravon, Born, Clarks, Me Too
- A steal of a deal: Aerosoles, Dr. Scholl’s, Easy Spirit
The sling-back heel is sleek and elegant--a classic choice for an evening out. Look for one that uses a wide strap to increase stability, a wide toe box to prevent cramping from strap pressure, and shock absorption to pad the ball of the foot. Editor’s pick: The “Claudia” style from Taryn Rose, orthopedic surgeon-turned-shoe designer.
Editor’s pick: The “Gabby” shoe by Gentle Souls. The deerskin lining in this shoe feels like a soft glove.
Editor’s pick: The rightfully named “Carefree” style by Aerosoles. This shoe is a great value.
Editor’s Pick: The “Heather” heel from Jeanne Jarvaise. This shoe’s a shocker! It feels so soft on the ball of the foot.
Editor’s pick: The “Calgary” style by Cordani. This shoe wins top pick for its ultra-stylish look, great fit, and pretty affordable price.
Editor’s pick: The “Saba” patent leather flat by Me Too.
Editor’s pick: The “Hayley” shoe by Aravon.
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.