Best Comfort Shoes Reviewed & Rated

Some days when we come in the door at the end of the day, feet tired and sore from those shoes that look great but leave us aching, and we wonder why we ever bought them, to begin with.  Hopefully, that’s a rare day for you because you know your feet work hard for you so you prioritize their comfort and support over a great deal you found at a blow out sale. You want energy left at the end of the day, you want to lounge away your weekend on the back deck, feet up, feeling great, you want to walk around all day at work or school and still feel great enough to take your dog for a nice long walk through the park.  You, my friend, want a comfortable pair of shoes.

That is what our list is all about today.  Comfort, comfort, and comfort. The 15 shoes on our list will all leave you with cozy, comfortable feet and a smile on your face.  No corns or bunions or strained heels and ankles developing on your watch! You know how to relax even when you’re working hard and you appreciate a shoe that can keep up with your lifestyle without killing your feet.

Last Updated: May 14, 2018
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By Himmatpreet Kaur:

The most recent update displays information about the 15 best comfort shoes according to their durability, materials, fit and versatility. Each shoe in the list was researched in order to give you the best possible idea of which would be the most worthy purchases. Included at the bottom are sections describing the criteria for evaluation and some frequently asked questions.

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Dexflex Comfort Claire Scrunch
  • Dexflex Comfort Claire Scrunch
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Kunsto Genuine Leather
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  • 4.7 out of 5
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  • Very Lightweight
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Kunsto Leather Casual
  • Kunsto Leather Casual
  • 4.7 out of 5
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  • Unique design
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You won’t really have to think about your shoes with any of the ones on our list, they will do all of the work for you.  You may be interested to know, however, what goes into a comfortable shoe. You’ll find a lot of information about that in our criteria but for now, know it involves the outsole, the midsole, the insole, the heel and the toe box, the material of the upper, the closures and padding in all the right places.  A lot of thought goes into a comfortable shoe so you don’t have to think about them at all.

 

15 Best Comfort Shoes

 

1. Dexflex Comfort Claire Scrunch

This shoe will feel like you’re wearing your favourite slippers all day. It has two layers of memory foam and latex in the insole. The outsole is flexible for movement and it has a stretchy opening to secure your foot. The inside is also lined with fabric for additional comfort. This shoe is light and flat but it’s also a great shoe for walking in. Cute and stylish too!
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Flexible, not breakable
These shoes are reminiscent of ballet slippers and they flex well enough with your movement that you might be tempted to do a pirouette or two but unlike ballet shoes, these are also meant for walking around in, wherever and whenever you need to be.

Memory Foam Insole
To keep the shoe light and airy, it has two layers of memory foam and latex in the insole. Your feet will be cushioned and comfortable all day, whether you’re lounging around or working a long day.

Cost and Value
These shoes are among the least expensive shoes on our list. You will get plenty of life out of them for the money and you’ll be cute and comfortable the entire time.
Pros
  • Great for wide feet
  • Stretchy upper
  • Memory foam insole
  • Extreme lightweight
  • Cute, casual style
Cons
  • No arch support

2. Kunsto Genuine Leather

These shoes are smart looking and cozy, made with 100% leather in the upper that will still be breathable enough to wick away moisture. They will fit like a glove and leave you comfortable for a full day of walking. These are lightweight and flexible with a simple, classic style.
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Durable, soft leather
The leather in the upper of this shoe is light enough to breathe and will conform to your foot like a glove. It’s soft enough that you won’t have to worry about abrasions or blistering on the heel.

Dry, happy feet
Though these shoes are leather they are breathable enough to help keep moisture away from your feet. Less moisture means less odor and that will make your feet very happy.

Cost and Value
This shoe is among the least expensive shoes on our list. For a lightweight, comfortable leather shoe, that will keep your feet dry and odor-free, the price represents great value.
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Moisture wicking
  • Breathable
  • Fits like a glove
  • 100% leather
Cons
  • Little arch support

3. Kunsto Leather Casual

Whether you’re chilling inside or out, this shoe will go with that. It holds up well to weather and terrain and flexes with you wherever you want to go. It absorbs moisture while remaining breathable has a soft insole and has a unique look that is both functional and cute. Feels like the best pair of slippers.
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Cool, dry feet
This shoe is breathable, keeping your feet cool and dry, which is fantastic if you have sweaty feet. It can absorb moisture as well, giving you an extra measure of protection from odor build up.

Padded insole
The insole in the shoe is lightly padded, keeping the shoe lightweight yet comfortable. The padding allows you to walk for hours without tiring your feet or feeling pain.

Cost and Value
These are the least expensive shoes on our list and for a very low price, you are getting a truly comfortable slip-on that will take you wherever you want to go, with cool, dry feet.
Pros
  • Leather upper
  • Flexible outsole
  • Cushioned insole
  • Very breathable
  • Cute, functional style
Cons
  • Low durability

4. Fangsto Cowhide Leather

4. Fangsto Cowhide Leather
The woven leather toe on this shoe makes for a unique look. The sole is also unique and offers a massage function that makes walking more comfortable. The soft leather interior will make your feet comfortable as well. It slips on and off and has a nice, rounded toe box for additional comfort.
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Dry, airy build
This shoe will absorb moisture and allow in lots of air, keeping your feet cool, dry and comfortable. The woven appearance in the upper also allows additional air and gives this shoe a unique style.

Quality leather build
Both the exterior and the interior of this shoe are made of quality leather that will wrap around your foot like a soft glove. The exterior leather will also hold up to the weather and your environment.

Cost and Value
This is a very inexpensive little leather slip-on. For the price, you will appreciate the quality leather material and the comfort along with its unique style and your cool, dry feet.
Pros
  • Weather resistant upper
  • Soft leather interior
  • Padded insole
  • Slip-on ease
  • Unique style
Cons
  • No arch support

5. Rockport Cobb Hill Parker

5. Rockport Cobb Hill Parker
This Rockport Mary Jane style shoe is incredibly sensible and stylish. The Cobb Hill is supportive with an adjustable hook and loop closure, ground-hugging EVA outsole and a TR forefoot for great traction. The upper is genuine leather and the entire shoe is very lightweight. The shoe is meant to last and to be comfortable for its entire life.
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High traction outsole
The outsole on this lightweight shoe is made of EVA which grips the ground very well. It also features a TR forefoot pod for great traction, keeping you stable on your feet at all times.

Shock Absorption
The EVA in the outsole does not only provide good traction and grip, it also provides shock absorption which prevents your feet from tiring. There is also EVA in the footbed provides further shock absorption and comfort.

Cost and Value
These shoes are in the more expensive range of the shoes on our list but you really are getting a lot of comfort and functionality for that investment. The shoes are stylish and supportive, provide great traction and the EVA in the outsole and footbed will take the stress from your feet while you’re walking all day.
Pros
  • EVA Outsole
  • EVA footbed
  • Hook and loop closure
  • TR forefoot for traction
  • Barefoot friendly
Cons
  • Sizes run narrow

6. Skechers Sport EZ Flex

6. Skechers Sport EZ Flex
These are very cute, slipper-like shoes that come in a pinwheel, crochet-like design but more than their style, Skechers has created an airy, comfortable shoe that will move with you and quickly become your next favorite shoe. Skechers is renowned for building comfort into their shoes and this shoe certainly lives up to that.
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Moves with you
The Skechers Sport EZ Flex is as flexible as its name suggests. It will move with you through a full range of motion, reducing any strain or fatigue that could be caused by limiting your foot’s natural flexion.

Thick outsole
While the light and airy upper will ensure dry, comfortable feet, the thick bottom will provide shock absorption and cushion. The synthetic sole will also provide good traction on any surface.

Cost and Value
These shoes are in the mid-range for shoes on our list, and for the money, you are receiving a very stylish little shoe with a flexible, durable sole, Skechers renowned comfort and dry, comfortable feet.
Pros
  • Flexible sole
  • Thick, durable sole
  • Great airflow
  • Lacey style
  • Great traction
Cons
  • Sizes run large

7. Clarks May Marigold

7. Clarks May Marigold
Clarks make comfortable shoes - it’s what they do. This clean, classicly designed slip-on shoe is made to walk in all day long. It has a range of upper materials and stretch gore, fabric lining. The outsole is TPR, and the footbed is made of Ortholite material. These shoes are professional enough for work and still casual enough for jeans.
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Shock absorbing
The outsole on this shoe is TPR, a type of synthetic rubber. It provides shock absorption, some cushioning and good traction on most surfaces. The TPR will last and provides a stable platform for your feet.

Rounded Toe box
Toes need room. A big part of a comfortable shoe is that they do not compress the forefoot and toes into unnatural positions. The rounded toe box in this loafer is wide enough to be comfortable without being too “boxy” looking.

Cost and Value
This Clarks loafer is on the higher end of prices for this list. For the investment, you are getting a shoe designed to both last you and make your comfortable. Its professional style means it will be great for work but they can also be dressed down with some jeans. Like most Clarks shoes, every feature on this shoe is designed for your comfort.
Pros
  • Roomy toe box
  • TPR outsole
  • Stretch gore lining
  • Ortholite footbed
  • Sculpted heel
Cons
  • Sizes run wide

8. Dr Scholl’s Madison

8.  Dr Scholl’s Madison
If there’s one name in foot comfort that everyone knows it’s Dr. Scholl’s, famous for their insoles. These come in a variety of upper material from calf hair to velvet, so you’re sure to find an upper that suits you. Memory foam, double gore, a three-zone insole and a rubber sole all contribute to the comfort of this lightweight sneaker.
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Style choice
This slip-on sneaker has a contrast detail in the back of the shoe and comes with a variety of uppers that will be sure to please - microfiber, faux leather, mesh, calf hair, quilted, herringbone, jacquard or velvet. You get the look you want in the same comfortable shoe.

Made for walking
This sneaker is made for walking with a durable rubber sole and memory foam insole. The insole has three zones with variations in material and thickness to target it comfort where you need it most.

Cost and Value
This shoe is in the mid-range in terms of price. Dr. Scholl’s though are comfort engineers and that is what you can expect from this sneaker. Comfort for days or for just one really long day on your feet. If sweaty feet are a concern, we recommend choosing airer uppers like mesh or microfiber. Your feet will be pleased with the shock absorbing qualities of this shoe.
Pros
  • Choice of styles
  • Good traction
  • Comfy insole
  • Zones shock absorption
  • Padded collar
Cons
  • May rub on ankles

9. Skechers Reggae Fest

9. Skechers Reggae Fest
This is the second pair of Skechers on our list and for good reason - Skechers make comfortable shoes. The Reggae Fest has an engineered mesh upper for airflow, memory foam insole for comfort, a relaxed fit perfect for lounging in and bio-dri lining to ensure those feet stay dry. You can’t go wrong with this casual, comfortable slip-on.
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Relaxed fit
These shoes have engineered mesh uppers that provide a relaxed fit for a comfortable fit that will still move well with you. No fuss, slip on and commence the relaxation.

Cool, dry feet
These shoes are perfect to wear barefoot if you like but even if you prefer socks, you will enjoy the great airflow in this shoe that will keep your feet cool. The bio-dri lining will also wick away moisture and that reduces the risk of odor building up.

Cost and Value
This shoe is in the mid-range price wise, a great deal for the money given how comfortable they are. You will also appreciate additional design features to keep your feet dry and cool all day. These shoes are perfect outdoor chill out footwear.
Pros
  • Relaxed fit
  • Engineered mesh
  • Lots of airflow
  • Bio-dri lining
  • No fuss slip-on
Cons
  • May rub back of heel

10. Me Too Legend

10. Me Too Legend
This cute little ballet flat is extra comfortable. It feels like you are wearing a comfy pair of slippers in a classicly simple style. The toe is rounded for your toes and it has a low profile that won’t rub on your ankles. Padded footbed, a rubber sole, and an elastic collar round out the comfort features in this flat.
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Memory foam
Memory foam might be the best thing that ever happened to shoes. Well, that is if you appreciate the soft, self-contouring cushioning for your feet. These stylish flats will let you walk long distances in comfort.

Low profile
Low profile shoes aren’t for everyone but they do have great advantages. The most important of those advantages is that this shoe will not rub on your ankles and they are designed for a no fuss, slip-on and go convenience.

Cost and Value
These shoes are in the mid-range in terms of price. For a little more than our least expensive shoes, you are getting patent leather, classic style, memory foam insoles and a rubber sole that will be both durable and shock-absorbing.
Pros
  • Rubber sole
  • Memory foam insole
  • Elastic collar
  • Rounded toe
  • Classic style
Cons
  • Sizes run small

11. Aerosoles Final Exam

11. Aerosoles Final Exam
This stylish wedge looks like it has a small heel but it is very well balanced and a great platform for your feet, for those who also want some height. The upper is good quality leather with stitched details. Like many comfortable shoes, this one is designed to slip on and go on about your day, in total comfort.
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Leather upper
Leather is a fantastically comfortable and durable material for shoes which is why so many are made of the material. In this case, the leather is strong enough to deal with the environment and provide you with support but also supple enough to be comfortable.

No fuss slip-on
Comfortable shoes aren’t always about lounging in them. These professional looking shoes are designed for you to slip on easily and go without any fuss and without having to think about your shoes.

Cost and Value
These shoes are in the mid-price range. You can’t go wrong with these Aerosoles for the money. They fit in almost anywhere, including work or a casual night out with friends. They are very comfortable and made with good quality leather for durability.
Pros
  • Durable leather upper
  • Professional style
  • No fuss slip on
  • Textured outsole
  • Padded insole
Cons
  • Sizes run narrow

12. Clarks Sillian Jetay

12. Clarks Sillian Jetay
This is the second of four different Clarks shoes on our list. This is because of Clarks entire focus in on making comfortable, foot-healthy shoes with quality materials. The upper in the Cloudsteppers hug your foot and allows it to move with you. Cloudsteppers is a big name to live up to for a shoe and these do just that. They are so comfortable, you may forget you’re wearing shoes.
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Extra cushioning
This shoe has a soft fabric lining, an ortholite cushioned footbed and shock-absorbing EVA outsoles for superior comfort. You can walk as long as you want in these shoes and you will tire out well before your feet do.

Casual style
It feels good to slip your foot into a nice casual shoe for running errands, taking the dog for a walk or taking a nice long stroll with a friend. These shoes will go well with any casual activity or look you have going on and if you really want to pump it up a little, they are perfect for fitness walking for exercise.

Cost and Value
These shoes are priced in the mid-range. For the money, you get a great casual shoe with a soft upper and fabric lining, lots of cushion and shock absorption. Clark’s famous comfort engineering all in a shoe that lives up to the name Cloudstepper.
Pros
  • Casual style
  • Soft upper material
  • EVA outsole
  • Ortholite foodbed
  • Soft lining
Cons
  • Lower arches

13. Clarks Azella Theoni

13. Clarks Azella Theoni
These Clarks, the third from this manufacturer on our list, come in a variety of colors, including metallic, that will suit any style. It’s a slip-on flat that has an espadrille-inspired bottom. It provides comfort in a number of ways including fabric lining and a molded footbed. It’s durable too, with a rubber outsole. The perfect casual, comfortable summer shoe.
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Molded footbed
Molded footbed help to secure your foot in the shoe but also provide an extra degree of comfort by allowing your foot to sit in its natural position throughout the day. This one is made of an Ortholite material which adds an extra layer of cushion.

Breathable upper
To be comfortable your feet need to stay dry and cooled. These shoes feature a breathable canvas upper that will allow plenty of airflow in keeping your feet comfortable.

Cost and Value
These are the most expensive shoes on our list but for that investment, you get Clark’s commitment to engineering comfort. They look a little like an espadrille and a lot like a slipper. Their quality construction will also ensure that you get great life out of these shoes, maximizing the value for your dollar.
Pros
  • Variety of colours
  • Slip-on
  • Espadrille type bottom
  • Fabric linings
  • Ortholite footbed
Cons
  • Sizes run large

14. Skechers Pedestrian

14. Skechers Pedestrian
This suede shoe is casual enough for jeans and professional enough for work. It features a shock absorbing midsole, a rubber outsole for traction and a memory foam footbed. Goring on either side helps to ensure a snug fit while the relaxed fit ensures room the shoe moves with you and feels like more slipper than a shoe.
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Shock absorbing midsole
Midsoles are an often overlooked but very important part of a comfortable shoe. These midsoles are shock absorbing to prevent your feet from fatiguing. You can spend long days on your feet and these shoes will take the impact.

Support
Support is a very important aspect of comfort for many people. These shoes, though relaxed fit offers a number of support features including dual side goring to ensure fit and a flexible rubber outsole for a secure stride.

Cost and Value
Another shoe in the mid-range of prices, this gives great value for the money, from durability that ensures a long life to shock absorption, a stylish suede upper, and relaxed fit. The memory foam footbed will keep you on your feet for hours.
Pros
  • Shock absorbing midsole
  • Relaxed fit
  • Durable sole
  • Stylish suede
  • Multi-function style
Cons
  • Rough seam in back

15. Clarks Sillian Paz

15. Clarks Sillian Paz
Cloudsteppers come in a variety of styles and these are the second on our list. As we stated earlier, naming a shoe Cloudsteppers puts a lot of pressure on to do it right and Clarks does. This is an orthopedic engineered shoe with a removable insole for flexibility. It features a moisture wicking sock liner and flexible rubber sole for traction.
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Rubber sole
Part of comfort is being able to walk in your natural gait without slipping or the fear of slipping. These rubber soles provide the traction you need to ensure your gait is always yours. No guarded steps in the Sillian Paz.

Soft toe box
The toe box of a shoe is important. It helps determine whether your toes can sit naturally in the shoe or whether they’re crammed tighter than a can of sardines. The toe box in these shoes will provide more than enough room for your toes to lay naturally.

Cost and Value
These shoes are very reasonably priced for footwear that encompasses all of Clarks comfort. From the quality upper to the removable orthopedic insole, you can’t go wrong with the Sillian Paz.
Pros
  • Bigger toe box
  • Rubber soles
  • Removable insole
  • Moisture wicking liner
  • Stretch upper
Cons
  • Sizes run short

Your feet take a lot during any given day. You rely on them to keep your body stable while walking, running, dancing, and whatever else you may do.  Taking care of them means that you won’t have aches, pains and foot troubles that might prevent you from doing exactly what you want to do. Comfortable shoes are not only a great addition to your wardrobe, they’re an important part of your foot care routine.   

Your feet deserve the best comfort and technology available. As you can see from our list, comfort can come in many different styles, price ranges, and shoe types.  If you’re looking for your next pair of faves, look no further, there is something for everyone on our list.

Criteria for Evaluating the Best Comfort Shoes

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Materials & Build

To be comfortable, shoes must be made of materials that cushion your foot and protect it while providing enough support to keep your feet in the shoe.  The materials must be non-irritating and the build should ensure that you’re not left with blisters, sore spots, and abrasions.

In terms of material and build, each major part of the shoe should be considered:  

  • The outsole: Look for rubber, synthetic rubber, and materials like polyurethane which can provide some shock absorption without being too stiff;
  • The midsole: The midsole should provide some cushion and shock absorption as well, EVA is a good material for midsoles
  • Insole: The insole should be cushioned and suit the shape of your feet.  They should never scratch or cause your feet to ‘stick’ to them. Memory foam, EVA,  and gels usually make good insoles. If you wear custom inserts or orthotics, the insole should be removable to accommodate those.
  • Tongue and collar: The tongue (if there is one) and collar of the shoe should never rub on or irritate the foot,  If they are too stiff they will cause blistering. If seams are not placed well, they will also rub on the feet.  Fabric lined tongues and padded collars both add to comfort.
  • Lining:  Lining is not always necessary for a shoe.  Many are sufficiently soft and non-irritating so as to go without a liner.  Shoes that do have liners should have them made from soft fabric, brushed leather or other material that will not abrade your foot
  • Upper: Upper materials should protect your foot from water and other elements while allowing the foot to breathe.  If the materials are not breathable, they should have breathability build in with portholes and other openings to allow air to circulate.  Mesh and canvas are both naturally breathable.
  • Toe Box:  The toe box of any comfortable shoe should have enough room that your lies lie flat next to one another and are not compressed from the sides or the top.
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Proper Fit

It does not matter how much engineering, thought or comfort a manufacturer builds into a shoe if it does not fit you.  Ill-fitting shoes are going to cause problems for your feet and legs, will not be as comfortable as they should be and will wear out much faster.

A shoe that fits well will hug your foot but not squeeze it, compress it or cut off circulation to any part of your foot.  It won’t be too loose either. Your foot should stay inside the shoe without traveling out or back and forth along the footbed.  Nothing inside of the shoe should poke, rub, scratch or abrade the foot. You should not feel too much pressure in one area over another.

If you are not sure of your shoe size, a podiatrist can take the right measurements for you.  Don’t worry if one foot is larger than the other either, that is entirely normal. Always fit the larger foot.  You can also place a piece of paper on the floor, draw the outline of your foot on the paper and take the measurements that way.  I will not produce the most precise foot measurements but it will help to ensure a good fit for your shoe.

Some shoes fit large or small, wide or narrow.  Before purchasing, you should check the sizing chart from the manufacturer if one is available and read the reviews.  Reviewers are more than happy to talk about fit, especially if they’ve bought a shoe that does not fit them. You will usually discover whether the shoe fits true to size (hint: most do not because true to size for you is untrue for someone else.  When most people say “I wear a size 10”, they mean “For most types of shoes and manufacturers that I’ve worn, I usually wear a 10” without thinking about the fact that their shoes usually fit slightly differently.)

Versatility

Unless a shoe is specialized (for example, a steel-toed work boot, ballet slippers, soccer cleats, etc), a shoe with good value will be versatile. You should be able to use it for more than one activity or occasion, with more than one type of outfit.

What to look for in a comfortable work shoe:

  • Everything we’ve already talked about (comfort, build, and fit) plus
  • Protection for the type of work you will be doing.  Do you need water resistance? A thick sole? A leather upper to protect from items that might fall on your feet?
  • Professional style, especially if your employer has rules about open toes, no sneakers, etc.
  • Durability.  If you are going to wear them for long hours at work, you want them to last.

Comfort shoes are generally great for versatility. They are meant to be used for all sorts of activities from lounging at home, taking the dog for a walk, and most can even be used for work.  There are very professional looking comfort shoes that will suit most work environments well.

What to look for in a comfortable casual shoe:

  • Comfort, build and fit, of course, but also
  • Casual style.  Will they look great with your jeans or khakis?  How about shorts for summer casual? Great for that spring dress?
  • Flexibility.  When we’re relaxing, we do not want to feel like we are wearing boats.  Casual shoes should allow us a free range of motion without interfering with our natural gait.
  • Durability.  Even casual shoes should last you.

You do not have to give up style for comfort either. A good sneaker is very comfortable but a shoe doesn’t have to be a sneaker or slipper to be comfortable.  Many comfort shoes are quite stylish and you will be able to find styles you like that are also built for comfort.

What to look for in a comfortable, fashionable shoe:

  • Everything discussed – build, fit, comfort plus
  • Do you like the way it looks with your out on the town outfits?  Will it suit match well with that Prada bag you saved so long for?  
  • Stable heels – Fashionable shoes often have heels (but they don’t have to)  and the heels should provide stability and not have you teeter-tottering to maintain your balance.  And yes, even heels can have great padded insoles and traction.
  • Secure upper – Strappy shoes can pose a problem for a secure foot and comfort.  They don’t have to though. Look for lined straps that won’t cut into your feet and straps that are placed well to hold the foot well onto the footbed of the shoe.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can comfort shoes be used for work and not just relaxation?
A: Absolutely! In fact, many comfort shoes are as fantastic for work as they are for lounging at home. In fact, the best comfort shoes can be worn in many environments, whether you’re inside or outside. However, they’re not necessarily made for hard labor. If you have to work outdoors for a living or have a strenuous and physically demanding job, comfort shoes may not be the right choice for you. On the other hand, if you work in an office or need to do some light walking for retail or another customer service-oriented industry, comfort shoes can be a lifesaver. You should be able to happily wear them from morning until night.

Q: What are some of the best brands for comfort shoes?
A: All of the brands that we’ve listed here – Skechers, Aerosole, Kungsto, Fangsto, and Clarks – tend to be excellent at making comfortable shoes, although Aerosole and Clarks may be known as the most committed to that niche. Dr. Comfort is another brand that is famous for its comfort shoes, which are especially targeted toward diabetics and anyone else whose feet have therapeutic needs.

Q: Is it harder to clean comfort shoes than it is to clean other kinds of shoes?
A: Not really. Most of them can be thrown into the washer if washed on the delicate cycle, and it is best to air dry them. If they’re not safe for washing machines, however, you can usually clean them by gently scrubbing them with a clean cloth and some water. It really depends on the brand and the type of shoe. The manufacturer will usually provide directions. As mentioned earlier, the best comfort shoes are soft and supportive for your feet but tough against moisture and the environment.

Q: Can I remove the insole if necessary?

A: Again, it will depend on the brand and type of shoe, but many insoles in comfort shoes can be removed and replaced with your own inserts. Comfort shoes are built to satisfy all kinds of feet, but the manufacturers understand that one shoe can’t meet every need. Those with specific orthopedic concerns shouldn’t worry that they won’t be able to adjust their shoes as necessary.

On the other hand, if you like the insole that’s already in the shoe and don’t want it slipping around, you can glue it down without a problem.

Q: Is it better to wear comfortable shoes with bare feet or with socks?
A: If that’s what you prefer, then go for it! Comfort shoes are designed to absorb moisture, so the extra heat generated by covering your foot in a sock shouldn’t cause you to become distracted by sweat. Some of the shoes we’ve listed here are obviously designed to be worn either with or without socks, but whatever you choose to do, each shoe will still guarantee you the highest level of comfort possible.

Q: What is EVA?
A:  EVA is ethylene vinyl acetate.  It first became popular for footwear with athletic shoes.  It is now used throughout the industry in midsoles and insoles.  This is because it is a compressible, cushiony material that is sturdier and lasts longer than other forms of cushion.  It is also, in many cases, less expensive and easier to produce. It can be molded easily so that it can conform to a foot, and is often found in molded footbeds.  

Q: I’m tempted to just wear my slippers outside.
A:  You could do that.  However, remember that your slippers have an outsole that is ideal for the surfaces of your home – tile, carpet, and wood or laminate flooring.  They are not meant for walking long distances or walking on concrete and will wear down on those surfaces very quickly. Keep your home cleaner and feel like you are wearing your slippers with a pair of comfort shoes from our list above.

Q:  What are bunions and how can I prevent them?
A:  Our feet take a lot during our lifetime and they spread out a little as we age.  This is why you might need a wider fitting shoe later in life. The big toe leans slightly toward the other toes and over time can rub against the metatarsal causing a deep thickening on the outside of the big toe.  This is a bunion and if it thickens enough to be very painful even in flat, comfortable shoes, you may need surgery. The good news is that most bunions can be prevented by wearing comfortable shoes that fit well and never wear shoes for any period of time that compress your toes together.  Check your foot size as you age and if your previously comfortable shoes begin to feel a little narrower, it may be time to choose a wider or more relaxed fit. Take care of your feet and they will take care of you

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