Best Shoes Under $100 Reviewed for Overall Value

Shoe shopping, or being on the hunt for the next best trend can be intimidating when you see so many brand names, and are not sure which ones are truly worth the money. It can also be very frustrating when a lot of money is being spent on a single item and it doesn’t perform the way you were hoping for, or expecting. The following list will really delve into the world of fashion and look at some of the best quality shoes out there, while still remaining wallet-friendly.

Regardless of your personal style, or profession, there are some absolute must haves everyone should try to have in their closet. From the ever classic white sneaker, to the perfect fitting running shoe, waterproof rain boot and everything in between, this list is sure to cover everyone’s needs. It is important to note that because a shoe is more expensive it does not make it higher quality, or worth splurging on. A lot of the time, a big brand name with their logo on the side can be a big factor when it comes to price, so it is essential that you not be lured in to buying strictly based on brand.

Last Updated: January 11, 2018
By Tierney Lloyd:

Our latest update features an additional 5 shoes, bringing the list now to the best 15 shoes under 100$. All information was thoroughly researched ensuring that this list is the most current and up to date. A FAQ section was added, which goes over the most recent, and most popular questions in relation to the list.

Featured Recommendations

Toms Desert Wedge
  • Toms Desert Wedge
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  • Suede
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Blowfish Granola Fisherman
  • Blowfish Granola Fisherman
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Manmade
  • faux-cork midsole
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Keds Coursa LTT
  • Keds Coursa LTT
  • 4.4 out of 5
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  • Lace-up fashion
  • Logo patch at tongue
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Whether you are heading out for a long strenuous run, getting ready for an important business meeting, or running out the door and left with little to no time to decide which shoes to wear. This list will help you find a shoe for every occasion, every climate and every day-to-day obstacle you may face.

 

15 Best Shoes Under $100

 

1. Toms Desert Wedge

What more could you ask for in a shoe that it not only gets you from point A to B, but it will help someone else as well? If you are not familiar with the company, for every pair of shoes sold, TOMS will give a pair to someone in need. TOMS has built a fantastic line of shoes, including these wedges. These shoes can be dressed up or dressed down, giving you many opportunities to show them off.
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Comfort
Maybe you are one of those few lucky people who can walk around all day in a heel and be comfortable the entire time. For the rest of us, we walk 10 feet out the door and already begin to regret not wearing flats, yet again. Finally, there is a shoe that can give us all that heel and we can all feel that comfort. The wedge heel offers more support than a classic heel, and the rubber sole offers a cushion of all walking surfaces.

Range of Style
You can find the Desert Wedge in solid colors, patterns, different fabrics and textures. Looking for something to complete your favorite jeans and t-shirt, or with a sundress. Again, this shoe can be worn with practically every outfit, it just isn’t recommended for the gym.

Cost and Value
Excellent value for a durable wedge that can be worn in a variety of occasions.
Pros
  • Durable construction
  • One-for-one company
  • Low maintenance  
  • True to size
Cons
  • New fabrics and patterns can sell out quickly
  • Take a few wears to break them in

2. Blowfish Granola Fisherman

One of the most important shoes to have in your wardrobe is a sandal that can take you from the beach to a semi-formal lunch date with ease. There are expensive brands who construct similar shoes, but the Blowfish Granola Fisherman Sandal gives you the best of the sandal world without the large price tag.
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Textiles
Faux leather straps and a faux cork footbed give you the look for less, and no one is going to notice. The founders of Blowfish follow all of the sandal trends and their passion to design fantastic shoes that are affordable really shows.

Timeless
Trends come and go, but this sandal has a classic design that will never fade. You will be able to wear this shoe for years to come. The design hits the sweet spot. You won’t feel like you are trying to be too young, and won’t feel that you are looking too old.

Cost and Value
If you are looking for a sandal that is strictly for beach wear, you may find these to be a tad high in cost. However, if you are searching for a sandal that can be worn not only to the beach, but in other situations you will find this show to be excellent value.
Pros
  • Variety of colors
  • High fashion style
  • Comfortable for wide feet
  • Provides everyday comfort
Cons
  • Not always true to size

3. Sloggers Rain and Garden

Sure, a nice pair of very expensive rain boots to wear twice a year in public because they were too expensive to wear during practical times, would be nice. However, we all have those rain boots we are embarrassed of because they are less than stylish, but do keep your feet dry in the rain or snow. These Sloggers rain and garden boots are the best of both.
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Design
If you are not familiar with Sloggers, their boots are high quality and made in the USA. These boots are no exception. Walk in all climates with ease due to the “Deep Lug” tread. The boots also have a slightly wider opening so you can tuck your pants into them. To prevent chaffing, the boots also have a soft trim around the top.

Versatile
You can select between chicken, goat, horse, or cow print. Sloggers also has solid colors, but the farm animal prints are not only perfect for farmers, but urban farmers and those who are obsessed with those animals. Wear them in your garden, to the pumpkin patch or tree farm, or simply walking in the rain. The design keeps your feet dry and warm. They are also very easy to clean, so you won’t be afraid to get them muddy and wear them often.

Cost and Value
For the quality in construction, this shoe is of great value. If you will be wearing these boots for practical or style reasons, you will also find them to be a great value.
Pros
  • Deep tread allows for good traction
  • Insole provides excellent comfort
  • Low maintenance to keep clean
  • Padded collar for comfort and shock absorption
Cons
  • Runs small, order half size up

4. Toms Classic Flat

4. Toms Classic Flat
The TOMS Classic Flat also participates in the company’s one-for-one program. All day comfort, stylish and timeless design, plus knowing you helped put shoes on another person’s feet all combine to make a great shoe to have in your wardrobe.
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Sock-like Fit
You will feel like you are not wearing anything. The design is so lightweight, but made to last. The cut of the heel and top is high enough that it won’t dig into your skin. It is recommended to break them in for a day, then enjoy your extreme comfort.

Personality
As the TOMS brand has grown, they have added more colors, designs, and fabrics to the classic flat. You are able to truly put your personality, or find a design that fits perfectly for any occasion.

Cost and Value
Depending on how well you take care of your TOMS Classic Flat, you can find this shoe will last you for years to come, giving you an excellent investment and value for your dollar. Over time they will begin to smell unless you wear specifically designed socks, or have another method to resolve the odor.
Pros
  • Range of colors and patterns
  • Comfortable  
  • Timeless design
  • One-for-one company
Cons
  • Can begin to smell quickly
  • Runs small, order one size up
  • Not recommended for rainy days

5. Sorel Nakiska Slipper

5. Sorel Nakiska Slipper
There is no better feeling than sliding your feet into some comfortable slippers when you get out of bed in the morning. For people who hate mornings, these SOREL Nakiska slippers will make you want to jump out of bed each day.
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Practical
How many times have you put your slippers on and needed to run out to your car, walk outside to get your mail or newspaper, or take out the trash? If you say regularly, these are the perfect slippers for you. No longer do you need to worry about your slippers getting wet, or soggy. By any means, don’t go jump in a large puddle, but know that the rubber outsole will keep your feet dry for those quick trips outside.

Materials
SOREL is know for it’s comfortable, yet durable footwear. The Nakiska slippers are no exception. Enjoy 360 degrees of faux fur lining on the inside and attractive suede leather on the exterior of the slipper. There is also a removable molded EVA footbed if that doesn’t fit your needs.

Cost and Value
Excellent value if you plan to wear them regularly. If you don’t go outside once you put your slippers on, the price point may be a little high for you. However, they will hold up longer than slippers without a rubber outsole.
Pros
  • Structure provides great arch support
  • Very warm and comfortable
  • Durable construction leads to longer life of the shoe
  • Easy to slip on
Cons
  • Faux fur can wear down quickly
  • Runs narrow, so wide feet may take a little longer to break them in

6. Saucony Cohesion 10

6. Saucony Cohesion 10
Thinking about getting into running, looking for an everyday running shoe, or just need something to go to the gym in? The Saucony Cohesion 10 is the perfect shoe for you. It can be so confusing when selecting a good running shoe, there are so many options and brands. Also, running shoes can get expensive very quickly. This shoe is affordable and gives you the same features as those expensive running shoes.
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Performance
This running shoe is designed for everyday performance. This means you can wear this running shoe for all of your needs. Training for a 5k? This shoe will have your back from the first day of training through that last step across the finish line, and will carry you for many more steps to come. Just need a shoe to go walking in? The sole of this shoe provides great traction in all weather conditions. Maybe you work on your feet all day? The Cohesion 10 has a flexible, yet durable construction, as well as a cushioning system to help you feel comfortable all day.

Range in Appearance
Not everyone wants a super flashy running shoe. The Saucony Cohesion 10 comes in a nice range of color combinations so you can pick what is right for you. There are some bright colors, which is nice for races so your fans can pick you out.

Cost and Value
As far as running shoes go, this is one of the best out there for a mid-distance running shoe. It’s honestly a steal and can be found for under $50. Expect to love this shoe quickly, and be a repeat customer.
Pros
  • Roomy toe box
  • The shoe does have a wide model  
  • Neutral design
  • Great base support, allowing for any additional support if needed
Cons
  • Order a half size up

7. Madden Brando Slide-On

7. Madden Brando Slide-On
Combining comfort with convenience, the Madden Brando Slide-On Sandal is ideal. There are similar designer sandals for double the price, but this shoe has the same appearance and will provide the same function. This shoe is perfect for when it’s not acceptable to wear slippers, but you just want to be comfortable.
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Relaxation
The slide-on design is obviously the biggest reason this shoe is perfect for the laid back vibe. Your ideal beach shoe, walking to class or yoga, or simply lounging around the yard. The other reason this shoe will have you walking in comfort is the microsuede fabric will only become more comfortable over time.

Adjustable
The top straps are adjustable so you can make them as tight or loose as comfortable to you. Many slip-on sandals do not have this feature, and it allows you to avoid any stress that the shoe will not fit your foot.

Cost and Value
This shoe also comes in a range of colors, from neutrals to bright neon colors, so you are able to find something you really love. The wear and tear of the shoe can depend how often you wear them and in what climates. If you really take care of your shoes, this is a great value. If you are looking for something to wear all day everyday, just understand you may need to purchase a new pair more often to avoid odor and deterioration of the microsuede below your foot.
Pros
  • Rivals the design of much more expensive shoes
  • Doesn’t take long to break in
  • Sturdy sole
  • Comfortable footbed
Cons
  • Will discolor where your foot wears on the shoe
  • Order a half size up

8. Keds Coursa LTT

8. Keds Coursa LTT
Maybe you don’t want to wear a running shoe around, and feel you need something a little more fashion forward, yet practical. The Keds Coursa LTT has a timeless appearance and provides comfort in the lightweight design.
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Classic
Sometimes it’s a good idea to stick with the idea of “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” and just upgrade if needed. The Keds Coursa LTT encompases the simple and casual style that made Keds so popular back in the early 1900s. It features a clean design with the signature Keds tag on the tongue and back side that don’t distract from the overall look.

Structure
The outsole is built to last and provide comfort for day to day wear and tear. The fabric used to construct the rest of the shoe will also stand up to everyday wear and will last for many years to come.

Cost and Value
Great value for a casual and everyday shoe, it does come in darker colors if you feel white will be too high maintenance. This is a great shoe for the times you need a closed toe shoe and don’t want the bulk of a running shoe. It’s fashionable and durable, allowing you to feel confident it will never go out of style.
Pros
  • Comfortable for all day wear
  • Laces can be worn tied, or untied
  • Durable design and materials
  • Fits a range of foot styles
Cons
  • The white color stains quickly
  • Can take a few wears to break in the heel  

9. Forever Link Mango-21

9. Forever Link Mango-21
Finding a great boot under $100 can be very difficult. The big names in boots charge a premium for the construction and brand name. This boot can provide the same look, for much less.
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Style
The side zipper, buckles, heel height, and overall look of the boot rivals those large name brands. It is attractive and will compliment a range of styles from laid back jeans and t-shirt to a nice dress with tights. It also comes in a variety of great neutral colors, and at the price point, you could afford to get a few different colors.

Heel Height
The platform measures around .15” so you will get a tiny bit of height. It is difficult for boots to find that happy medium. For tall people, it’s nice to have a small heel for style, but you don’t want to feel like a giant. For shorter people, it’s nice to have a little height. This boot meets close to the middle and will appeal to all.

Cost and Value
Outstanding value for the construction and appearance. If you have a wide calf, or prefer the fit to be loose on the top, this isn’t the boot for you. If you do like a tighter fit, and are looking for the same look at the top brands, order immediately.
Pros
  • Look like they do in the picture
  • Well designed outsole   
  • Room for thicker socks in the toe area
  • True to size
Cons
  • Not a good fit for wide calves
  • No arch support

10. Jessica Simpson Cirrus

10. Jessica Simpson Cirrus
Just like that little black dress we are all supposed to own, you should have a classic dress pump. Even if you don’t dress business professional for work, we have semi-formal to formal events that make us suddenly realize we don’t have appropriate shoes to wear.
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Comfort with Class
One of the reasons people don’t buy pumps is because they can be very uncomfortable. These pumps are as comfortable as they get. If you do find that pumps are not ideal for your foot, but need to wear it for formal reasons, they can easily fit a small insert. The memory midsole adds to the comfort and the style is stunning and classic.

Simplicity
The pointed toe and adjustable ankle strap are classic and elegant. This pump will compliment your wardrobe for many years to come. It does come in a variety of colors, and two fabric choices to fit your style.

Cost and Value
If you find that heels higher than 3” or that you will not need a pump more than once per year, you may not find this to be a good value. However, if you need a classic pump more than once or twice per year, and are comfortable with a 4” heel, this is excellent value.
Pros
  • High fashion style
  • Comfortable design
  • Compliments a range of styles
  • Strap at the top for extra support
Cons
  • Run a little narrow
  • Not designed for wearing for long hours

11. Nike Air Force 1

11. Nike Air Force 1
A brand that has taken the world and athletes by storm. Feel good knowing you are wearing the same quality as professional athletes and can therefore perform to the best of your ability as well. The Swoosh is easily one of the most recognizable logos, and has helped Nike really make a name for themselves in the world of athletics. Made with exceptional full-grain leather and a padded collar for a secure comfortable fit, you won’t only be looking amazing but feeling it as well.
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Trusted Brand
It is important to know that when purchasing new shoes, your money is going towards a quality product. Nike has been masterfully creating some of the best shoes for the last 50+ years, so you can be sure you’re receiving the best. Symbolizing movement and speed, whether you are an athlete, avid walker, or just someone who likes good quality affordable fashion Nike has something for you.

Durable Traction
At first glance you would expect these shoes to just be stylish and all about appearance but that really is not the case. Underneath is a non-marking rubber sole that ensures the best traction and no slip grip. There are also pivot-points throughout the forefoot which allow for smooth transitions. Whether you’re on the court or going to lunch, slipping should never be a concern.

Cost and Value
Though a more highly priced shoe and brand on this list, they are still wallet friendly considering the quality you are receiving. They are a shoe that although you will know you want to always repurchase, you won’t have to often because of the high quality, durable materials that last years, regardless of the strain you put on them.
Pros

Premium Leather

Enhanced Ventilation

Foam Midsole

Durable Traction

Pivot Points for Smooth Transitions

Padded Collar

Cons

Tight Fit

12. Adidas Originals Stan Smith

12. Adidas Originals Stan Smith
With a slight update these classic sneakers now have a breathable mesh upper and a pop of color on the heel tab. Choose from multiple colors to add something different to your outfit, and though it may appear to be just for looks the heel tab is extremely durable and is essentially the backbone of the shoe, giving your foot all day stability and comfortable support.
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Comfortable Support
The infinitely versatile sneaker does not only offer the chic, comfortable look but the support as well. The full-grain leather upper offers tremendous durability while still looking sleek, and the shoe itself is easy to break-in while still maintaining its shape and not creasing the leather. The added touch of a jersey-sock liner adds the perfect touch of comfort and helps your foot easily slide into any pair.

Classic White Sneaker
Few things add to an outfit the way a pair of crisp white sneakers do. The effortless look has crossed runways, blown up in the beauty world and graced the feet of everyone, everywhere. Having a pair in your closet takes the stress out of getting ready because they are sure to pair well with whatever outfit you choose. They are a must have, and something you want to invest in, because they can easily scuff and lose their crisp white appeal quickly if they are not a quality item.

Cost and Value
You can’t go wrong with Adidas, especially their original Stan Smith sneaker. For a sneaker worn and loved by celebrities you would expect a much higher price tag, and although they are a bit more of a pricey shoe on this list, they still maintain a budget-friendly price tag, and are a piece worth investing in.
Pros

Leather and Synthetic

Tonal Rubber Sole for Support

Stylish

Simple Design

True to Size

Timeless Style

Cons

Narrow Fit

13. Under Armour Ignite V Slides

13. Under Armour Ignite V Slides
Regardless of where you are off to, or what quick errand might suddenly pop up during your day. Having to take the time to find socks, put them on and then the decide on which sneaker or shoe may be easiest to get on before rushing out the door is never a fun task. Cue slides; made with convenience and your busy schedule in mind. One of the most simple, comfortable shoes, that can transition from what you wear to run the garbage out, to being paired with jeans a leather jacket for a chic almost athletic look.
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Performance 4D Foam
Being on your feet all day can always come with drawbacks, generally that is the worry of pain by the end of the day. That worry is intensified when wearing sandals, especially “slides” where there is no backing for added support. That is where Under Armour 4D foam comes into play; designed to contour to the shape of your foot, you are left with a comfortable, secure fit.

HeatGear Strap Lining
Sweaty feet are never a nice feeling, and can make a great pair of sandals quickly become ones you never reach for if they do not keep your feet smell and sweat free. Ideal for anyone active or for use in warm climates, this double sided fabric wicks away moisture all day, making it easy to stay cool and dry.

Cost and Value
The ignite V slides are designed with you in mind. From details like the durable traction pods for extra grip and HeatGear technology for cool, comfortable feet all day. Under Armour exceeded expectations with these, both quality and price wise.
Pros

Adjustable Strap

HeatGear Lining

Rubber Sole

Performance 4D Footbed

Heel Traction Pods

Cons

Even Largest Size Can Be Too Small

14. Converse All Star Low Tops

14. Converse All Star Low Tops
It’s hard to go wrong with a classic style that has been around for a hundred years. Yes, the Chuck Taylor All Star style has been evolving and becoming an iconic shoe in households worldwide for more than one hundred years. It goes without saying that converse would not only make the list, but be high up on it as well. From the durable canvas material, to the sleek shape they fit like a glove and truly hold up over time.
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Durable Canvas
There is nothing worse than stepping out in your new sneakers, only to find yourself caught in a rain storm watching your shoes slowly get muddy and soaking wet. Luckily, Converse uses some of the most durable canvas to ensure that your feet stay dry, and any muddy stain can be quickly wiped away. Be sure to use a spray for even more protection.

Iconic
Pair them with jeans and a white tee-shirt for a cool, casual look. Or spice up your business attire by pairing these classic shoes with your trousers and blazer for a chic, work appropriate look. Regardless of the occasion, there is no outfit that doesn’t instantly look stylish with the addition of Chuck Taylors.

Cost and Value
These sneakers are designed with you in mind, and the price reflects that. For a very recognizable name brand, and every day shoes that are not only versatile but easy to break-in and almost mould to your feet after time; these are extremely fairly priced.
Pros

Durable Canvas

Low Top Style

OrthoLite Insole

Eyelets for Airflow

Timeless Style

Cons

Break In Period

15. Reebok Classic

15. Reebok Classic
This timeless sneaker takes you right back to the 80’s with a retro feel, and vintage features. With a soft leather upper that offers great support and a padded foam sock liner for a soft, comfortable feel all day. Now made in more colors than ever, there is sure to be a pair for everyone that will seamlessly fit into your wardrobe.
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Retro Style
Anyone in search of a classic pair of retro sneakers need look no further, Reebok has the perfect pair of everyday shoes for you. With the stylish low-cut design and iconic logo on the tongue, these are not a pair of sneakers that will be going out of style any time soon.

Rubber Outsole
Although classified as an everyday shoe, the high abrasion rubber sole truly means that regardless of the outdoors and possible weather conditions, you are able to slip on your Reebok Classic’s and face the day, all while remaining effortlessly stylish.

Cost and Value
Comparable to brands like Adidas, Reebok has maintained a medium to high price range when it comes to their shoes. These Classic’s have a lot to offer though, and are not just all about their look. Similar to other sneakers on this list, these are a pair that will last you a very long time, and quickly become a go-to item.
Pros

Leather

Rubber Sole

Retro Style

EVA Midsole

Perforated Vamp

Cons

Very Narrow

Shoes are an accessory; every one can wear them, regardless of their shape and size. They are not something that look good on one person and no another, they are however something that fit and feel differently on everyone. When deciding on the perfect pair for you, keep in mind just how many options there truly are. When making a purchase you want to think about how this show will incorporate itself into your wardrobe. Will you reach for it on a day-to-day basis, will it add something to your outfits and make them stand out, and will these last.

You don’t want to spend your hard earned money on any item for it to fall apart within weeks, let alone a pair of shoes. They are made to be walked on, they should be durable enough to take the impact of the ground hitting them without falling apart. Meaning durability should be one of the key factors you look at when shoe shopping. That’s not to say style and appearance are not important, but once you have narrowed down the styles you like, begin to take a deeper look at the quality and durability of the shoe.

There are countless brands creating new styles everyday, and keeping up with the trends can be exhausting. Because celebrities are wearing this shoe, you feel like to be stylish you should be as well, but try to remember that that brand name does not mean it is worth the price. There are dupes for almost any high-end brand you can think of, made with the exact same quality and care, and best of all they will be budget-friendly. This list takes a good hard look at the best shoes under 100$, and shows you what it is you should be looking for to make a smart, well rounded purchase.

 

Criteria Used to Evaluate the Best Shoes Under $100

 

Style

Your shoes are a perfect representation of you, and your style. Owning a pair of shoes that are timeless and will never go out of style is crucial. Finding them isn’t always the easiest task, because so many factors come into play. Depending on the occasion you’re going to want a shoe that not only looks great but feels comfortable and fits well too.

Comfort and style go hand in hand, because regardless of how beautiful or chic your new shoes are, if they do not feel great throughout the day, or if they give your feet a hard time walking from the car to the restaurant they will be a pair that forever sits at the back of your closet. Size also plays a large role, not just the general fit of the shoe but the bulk and weight it has to it as well. A streamlined, lightweight solid colored shoe will give your foot a long narrow appearance. That specifically looks nice with tight pants, such as skinny jeans or leggings. A shoe with a chunky heel; like a platform or thick wedge can at times make your feet look clunky, and large which isn’t always ideal.

Your wardrobe says a lot about you, and so do the colors you choose to wear. Deciding which color shoe to get can be challenging. There is always the classic white or black which go with anything and never go out of style. If you feel like branching out and spicing up your wardrobe with color a great place to start is with running shoes. Runners today not only come in various different styles but infinite color combinations as well. Due to the fact you will generally only be wearing them to and from the gym and not to a business meeting, having fun with the style can be exciting. Bright colors can always aid in being safe, especially where again running shoes are concerned, things like reflective patches or bright neon colors keep you visible at all times of day.

Shoes come in all different shapes and styles and the slightest difference such as a low or high vamp can completely change your look. The vamp is the part of the shoe at the front of your foot that starts at your toes, and can go as high up as usually your ankle, or in some cases your thigh (as seen in knee high boots.) Common styles that feature low vamps are: sandals, boots and flats. Shoes with high vamps are generally running shoes, loafers and wedges. The biggest perk of a low vamp is to give the illusion of elongated legs. So pick your shoe, and the vamp based on the outfits you will be pairing them with and the look you’re going for.

 

Brand

When you think of an investment piece right away your mind goes to the top brands, and outrageous prices. Although it is never a crime to want to invest in a nice item every now and then, on a day-to-day budget splurges are not realistic, and in most cases a quality shoe does not always need to be a splurge. So why do we automatically associate brand-name with money? Because of the ad campaigns and flashy commercials? At the end of the day the quality isn’t always that different between generic and brand-name.

Deciding on which brand you want to buy from simply comes down to preference, of not only their styles but the brand itself and what they stand for. A lot of it stems from loyalty you may have towards a certain brand. Knowing their products/having previously purchased from them means you know what you’re in store for and what to expect from your purchase. That can take a lot of pressure off of the purchase and the worry of spending too much on something you may not like. That does not however mean you shouldn’t branch out and try something new, because companies are always coming out with newer and better models.

While shopping for a running or walking shoe you will automatically start looking at specific brands that excel in the athletic department, starting with probably Nike or Adidas. A lot of their popular, classic styles are fairly priced and easily attainable to most. Taking the time however to look into the products, will show you how much their price ranges vary, and will make shopping at “high end” brands less intimidating.

The most popular styles from specific brands, are the most popular for a reason; they are attainable. When thoroughly looking into which brand of shoes to buy from, taking a look at their most popular styles in whichever style it is you’re in search of. More often than not, you will come to find that even luxury brands have affordable options. Purchasing the brands most popular item not only saves your wallet, but it also ensures you’re getting a quality product, tried and tested by countless consumers and proven to be a good buy.

 

Durability

Shoes can last anywhere from months, to years, to a lifetime depending on the quality of materials and craftsmanship and how you take care of them. Your shoes should last just as long as any other nice item in your closet if the time to properly look after them is taken. Shoes can be a harder item to look after because they come in direct contact with the ground anywhere you go, and with every step you care. It is a lot harder to shield them from bad weather, and so materials that are less water-resistant than others begin to shoe wear and tear.

Waterproofing a shoe that is of a suede or canvas material is essential to keeping it durable. You don’t want to have to constantly opt for a leather shoe or rain boot every time you want to step outside in the rain of fear of ruining your new shoe. Having to repurchase shoes every few months because of unavoidable damage is also a potentially very expensive problem. There are many easy ways to waterproof your shoes, starting with sprays.

A spray is the most popular option with materials like suede because it is one of the few methods that does not damage the suede in any way, when done correctly. It is easy to do, dries quickly and it almost instantly effective. It is also a very affordable option, so rather than splurge on expensive already waterproofed shoes, adding in a spray to your purchase can be less than 10$. For shoes like canvas, the best, most effective method of waterproofing is beeswax. Although a little bit more time consuming, covering the entire surface of the shoe in beeswax, and then using a source of heat, like a blow dryer to essentially melt away the wax until it is clear and there is no trace of it left leaves the shoe completely water-resistant.

It is very important to note that all not all shoes are created equal; some are made for daily use and others are not made to withstand too much walking or physical activity. If you are using a walking shoe as a runner, the materials, and the insides of the shoe are very different and it will quickly wear it out. Buying the correct shoe for the correct use is one of the most important things. It will not only make it last longer, and be easier to take care of but it will also fit and feel better. You wouldn’t run a marathon in a pair of high heels so keep in mind what this shoes specific use will be, and consider if you will get the proper amount of wear out of them.

 

Quality

There is no getting around the fact that quality shoes are not always the most affordable, and in our minds quality always has to have a high price tag. The fact is, a lot of the time that is not the case, and there are few things worse than an expensive yet low quality shoe. So how do you know if your purchase is going to last or fall apart? Here are a few things to look at.

The sole of the shoe should be well glued on and not in any way coming away from the shoe. The sole is the part of the shoe that is always receiving the most impact so it must be sturdy. Regardless of the material (generally rubber) it should be well constructed and properly applied to the bottom of the shoe.

Your feet take on a lot of stress throughout the day, especially during any sort of physical activity. Without a quality midsole conforming to your feet and keeping them well cushioned there is little to no shock absorption and that can not only lead to sore feet but ankle and knee injury. The most popular type of midsole is EVA due to its flexible nature while still remaining tough and having waterproof properties. This midsole is most frequently seen in running shoes, because of the stability it provides against your foot.

Where and how you’ll be wearing them can take a toll on the quality as well, regardless of how well made the shoe is, being in bad weather will quickly deteriorate your shoe. Waterproof them frequently, and try to make sure no water gets inside the shoe itself. If your sole is getting worn down, and stepping in a puddle with soak your foot and the midsole of you shoe, get that repaired immediately or do not wear them in wet weather. It is a lot harder and more expensive to replace the entire inside of a shoe than it is to patch a rubber sole.

Exposed stitching can also be a sign of well made shoes, and it can mean one of two things. It can simply be for decorative purposes and add nothing, or in a lot of cases, especially with nice oxfords and hiking boots, it is to keep the rain out and reinforce the shoe as much as possible. An easy way to check if the stitching will add value and purpose to your shoe is to lightly scrape the surface of it. Does the stitching stay in place and look perfect, or does it start to come undone and pill? If it stays in plays it is there for a reason, and is a great tell for quality shoes.

 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long should a pair of shoes last?

A: That is completely dependant on the quality of the shoe and how you treat them. You can have a basic pair of sneakers that cost under 50$ and last years with proper care and treatment. Cleaning the inside of the shoe, is just as if not more important than cleaning the outside. Taking the time to thoroughly keep the inside looking and smelling good will make a large overall difference. You never want to be the person who removes their shoes at a party and everyone is suddenly hit with a strong odor. Using a detergent, baking soda mix, or simply a deodorizing spray will keep them smelling fresh.

Q: What style is the most versatile?

A: All styles can be versatile, and worn in different ways depending on your personal style. Having the confidence to wear a shoe in a way it wouldn’t typically be worn can be very stylish. A sporty tracksuit with a pair of black pumps, or a nice dress with some worn in, converse. At the end of the day, which ever pair of shoes you can visualize yourself wearing the most will be the most versatile pair.

Q: How do I style white sneakers?

A: It’s simple, style them with everything and anything. There are little to no outfits that a fresh pair of crisp white sneakers do not look good with. From jeans a t-shirt, to dresses, business attire and everything in between, they look effortless while still being chic. Unlike a pump or something you would only be wearing for certain occasions, the white sneaker can be dressed up and down, so it is versatile for all occasions. Having a shoe you know you can always reach for, takes any stress away from getting ready in the morning, and makes it a staple item you will want to have multiples of.

Q: Does high-price equal high-quality?

A: Yes and no. A lot of the time, people associate the two but in reality, most mid-ranged brands should have a variety of price points to look at. Considering they are all made by the same brand as well means that the quality will not vary much between a 40$ pair of shoes and 400$ pair. There are things to keep in mind, like features that may be added to high priced items, and small details. Overall, the brands name printed on the inside of that sole is 9/10 the reasoning for its high price tag, and not the time and quality that went into the making of it.

Q: Is there any type of shoe worth splurging on?

A: Again, depending on your use for the shoe, and how often you feel you will get to wear it, sometimes, yes a splurge is kind of nice. The one item that is always pushed to spend the extra money on is generally a nice pair of pumps, typically in a solid black color. They go with everything, look classy, and if properly cared for can last a lifetime. Running shoes can also be worth the extra money if you are an avid runner, or are prone to injuries because you will want a shoe that really helps support and stabilize your foot. You may also want to add medical orthotics into those shoes, and all of that can add up very quickly.

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