Most Comfortable (and Stylish!) Shoes
These amazing finds will have you feeling confident in all-day comfort.
Comfort No Matter What
Comfortable and cute – it’s possible to have it all in a single shoe! Long gone are the days of “fashion is pain;” more and more shoe designers are thinking about support as well as style. From dress shoes and sandals to running shoes and sneakers, you can find a fashion-forward pick that meets all your comfort needs.
If something keeps you from wearing the stylish shoes that you love because you have plantar fasciitis, bunions, a low arch, wide feet, or any other challenge, read on for some major insider finds. Your feet will thank you!
1. Cushioned Casuals
Crocs, Skechers, Sperry… perfect for the entire family and all of their activities. Whether you’re kicking back or running errands, ultra-cushioning slip-ons are ideal. Keep it simple with canvas kicks or be on trend with a Crocs clog.
For those days when you aren’t trying to make a statement with Crocs or balance business casual in canvas, you want a comfortable, go-to slip-on. Sneakers like the Skechers Harmonious have that no-lace design with a cushioned Air Cooled Memory Foam™ insole and lightweight outsole. Plus, it comes in wide widths for even more comfort.
2. Roomy Running Shoes
Everyone knows that when you’re making big gains with your fitness goals, you need top-notch comfort and a proper fit! Technically-focused running shoes from Saucony, Nike, New Balance, and ASICS can provide a great foundation for stability, agility, and comfort. Not only do these sneakers have cushioning technology for shock absorption, but many of them come in wide widths, critical for athletes with bunions, blisters, or generally wide feet.
There’s no one shoe brand that’s best for everyone, but some brands are more focused on comfort than others. It’s a little-known fact that New Balance started out making insoles and arch supports. While they’ve evolved into a multi-billion dollar footwear giant, they still prioritize comfort and a perfect fit. You feel the proof from the moment you lace up your New Bal’s. In fact, you may want to wear them beyond the gym!
Looking to beat your PR while enhancing your comfort? A favorite among dedicated runners, ASICS has a singular aim: a healthier you. ASICS stands for Anima Sana In Corpore Sano (if you didn’t take Latin in high school, that roughly translates, “A healthy soul in a healthy body.”) With gel-cushioning midsoles, tough rubber outsoles, and wide width options, look to ASICS to support your feet while you focus on your run.
Our takeaway? Many top athletic brands have great comfort technology for a variety of foot sizes, widths, and ailments; it’s all about finding the right fit for you.
3. Comfortable Kicks
Getting the kids to school, slaying the work day, running errands, making dinner, walking the dog… It’s hard to keep that momentum going if your feet hurt! With the right pair of sneakers as your foundation, you’ll stay comfortable on your feet all day long.
When it comes to daily sneakers, nothing beats the classics. Pressure-tested over generations, check out the Nike Air Monarch – there’s a reason these chunky white shoes are still in your dad’s rotation! More modern than retro, sleek walking sneakers like New Balance ROAV have a foam midsole to help you feel like you’re lighter than air.
Reduce aches and pains on your evening stroll with a little help from Skechers. Lightweight and roomy, the Skechers D’Lux line checks all the boxes for a walking shoe. Guys, need a little something extra for your arches? Skechers Arch Fit has an amazing insole system with podiatrist-certified arch support.
4. Supportive Sandals
From the poolside to the city streets, a great pair of sandals can enhance your comfort and your style. Ultra-popular footbed styles like Birkenstocks are a crowd favorite for a reason. Not only do they have a variety of styles and colors that can dress an outfit up or down, they have a soft, wide bed for your foot, a deep heel cup, and pronounced arch support for total comfort.
If you want to make a statement, your comfy sandals can even make a cozy transition into fall. Look for a covered-up cushy platform, like the Axxiom Edison, for fashion-forward comfort. Or try a fun pair of socks with your tried-and-true summer sandals! Footbed sandals pair well with wool blend half-calf socks, while sporty slides demand a pair of ribbed crew socks. No matter how you style these supportive sandals, you can count on happy feet.
5. Dance-the-Night-Away Dress Shoes
Some guys hate wearing dress shoes – maybe he gets blisters from the rigid leather or aching arches from a lack of support. A totally smart solution, the Dockers Einstein features stretchy fabric material and a high-rebound cushioning footbed, treated with Cleansport NXT antimicrobial technology for odor control. Talk about a win-win – his feet are comfortable and the shoes don’t smell!
And the right pair of flats can keep YOU comfortable all day long, while still looking sharp. Stretchy knit flats like the Skechers Cleo provide soothing comfort in every direction. With a no-pinch round toe and soft suede memory foam insole, the Jellypop Ember also ticks all the boxes. BONUS: it comes in wide width!
Heeled shoes are notorious for causing foot pain, but they don’t have to! The YNOT Sweet Pumps are a perfect pick for a night on the town, with the clunky heel for stability and an adjustable ankle strap for extra support. For formal events and big meetings, the moderate heel and Soft System cushioning of the Lifestride Parigi makes it a wardrobe essential. Because these pumps easily transition from day to night, the days of having to take heels off after 2 hours are over!
No matter where you’re headed, you can always have comfort without sacrificing style. With big savings from Shoe Carnival, you’re sure to find brand-name comfort tech at a price your wallet will love.
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