Best Comfort Shoes Reviewed & Rated
Our feet sometimes don’t get the credit they deserve; we stand on them all day, run with them and play soccer with them, so why not give your two feet a little credit and reward them with a comfortable shoe that will feel good and look good too.
We’ve compiled the top 10 best comfort shoes on the market today and we’re delighted to share the results with you. There’s a little something for everyone, with varying styles, materials, features and price-points.
- Clarks Lexi Marigold Q
- Ortholite Sole
- Kunsto Genuine Leather
- Very Lightweight
- Rubber Sole
- Kunsto Leather Casual
- Unique Design
You might also be interested in the criteria we used to determine our top picks. You can find out more about the details later in the guide; but for now, know that we focused on comfort, user experience, craftsmanship, style and price.
10 Best Comfort Shoes
1. Clarks Lexi Marigold Q
Similar to its sister-shoe, the May Marigold, the outsole on this shoe is TPR, a type of synthetic rubber. Not only does the TPR have great durability, but it also provides shock absorption, some cushioning and good traction on most surfaces.
Great for Walking
Being super-lightweight and flexible means the Lexi can follow you on your long walks throughout the city, the beach or anywhere else you desire to explore. The multi-strap design provides coverage and security to your front foot, while the back strap can be adjusted to find a fit that matches your foot size and shape.
Cost and Value
Again, like its sister-shoe, the May, this Clarks shoe is on the higher end of price-points for this list; however, you can consider these shoes an investment in your health. The craftsmanship and design of the Lexi affords you extra comfort and durability, with a style that suits both professional and casual settings.
2. Kunsto Genuine 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.
- Moisture Wicking
- Fits Like a Glove
- 100% Leather
- Little Arch Support
3. Kunsto Leather Casual
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.
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.
- Leather Upper
- Flexible Outsole
- Cushioned Insole
- Very Breathable
- Cute, Functional Style
- Low Durability
4. Fangsto Cowhide Leather
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.
- Weather Resistant
- Soft Leather Interior
- Padded Insole
- Unique Style
- No Arch Support
5. Rockport Cobb Hill Parker
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.
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.
- EVA Outsole
- EVA Footbed
- Hook and Loop Closure
- TR Forefoot For Traction
- Barefoot Friendly
- Sizes Run Narrow
6. Skechers Sport EZ Flex
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.
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.
- Flexible Sole
- Thick, Durable Sole
- Great Airflow
- Lacey Style
- Great Traction
- Sizes Run Large
7. Clarks May Marigold
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.
- Roomy Toe Box
- TPR Outsole
- Stretch Gore Lining
- Ortholite Footbed
- Sculpted Heel
- Sizes Run Wide
8. Dr Scholl’s Madison
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.
- Choice Of Styles
- Good Traction
- Comfy Insole
- Zones Shock Absorption
- Padded Collar
- May Rub On Ankles
9. Skechers Reggae Fest
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.
- Relaxed Fit
- Engineered Mesh
- Lots Of Airflow
- Bio-Dri Lining
- No Fuss Slip-On
- May Rub Back Of Heel
10. Me Too Legend
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 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.
- Rubber Sole
- Memory Foam Insole
- Elastic Collar
- Rounded Toe
- Classic Style
- Sizes Run Small
We won’t again spell out the many activities, sports and other things your feet let you do, but we’ll say this one more time: take care of your feet and they will take care of you. With the wide range of styles, price-points and materials, there is something for everyone. Trust us, you won’t ever regret a good, comfortable shoe!
Criteria for Evaluating the Best Comfort Shoes
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.
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.)
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.
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: 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