We’ve all been there, nursing sore arches and sore blisters after a long day, wishing we’d worn more comfortable shoes. Whether you’re on your feet at work or struggling with heels at a wedding, no pair is worth hanging around for a few days after wearing it, no matter how pretty.
At best, uncomfortable shoes are a minor irritation, but at worst they can cause long-term problems ranging from plantar fasciitis to bunions and back pain. And if you work in healthcare or hospitality, or just enjoy taking those 10,000 steps, you’ll know how detrimental these issues can be to your overall well-being.
But comfort doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. This is especially important for all-day weddings and tourist vacations, when you want to look and feel your best. Opt for ergonomic sandals or, if you’re looking for a little boost, keep an eye out for block heels and ankle-friendly wedges. When you want to feel stylish for work, consider polished loafers and chic oxfords with cushioned soles that look as good as they do.
Luckily, there is a whole range of comfortable shoes that are suitable for spending hours on your feet; from practical sandals to heels for special occasions (yes really). Lace-ups might seem like the obvious choice for ultimate comfort, but some slip-on styles are also gentle on sore feet. So, without further ado, read on for the best comfortable shoes for 2022.
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Best Women’s Shoes for Comfort
Known to accommodate wider feet, Hotter is widely recommended by podiatrists and chiropodists. Our top pick from the brand is these summer leather shoelaces in the cream beige hue. We love the perforated upper – breathable for the warmer months – and the brand’s signature comfy sockliner. This style is available in standard, wide and extra-wide – ideal if you need a little extra space.
Comfortable wedding shoes
Genziana mid woman
With a perforated rubber sole, Geox shoes are renowned for being truly breathable. While the company’s sneakers deserve a notable mention, it was the formal sandals that caught our eye. Leather appliqué flowers bring instant femininity, while the mid-height block heel offers both lift and comfort.
Comfortable flat shoes
Women’s Tree Breezers
Ballet flats aren’t particularly known for being comfortable all-day shoes, due to the lack of arch support, but these Tree Breezers from Allbirds are here to change your preconceptions. The brand’s signature foam insole is soft on your feet and, together with the breathable (and durable) eucalyptus upper, makes for a seriously comfortable all-day proposition. Our favorite part? The structured upper line that ensures no slippage on your heel. With eight shades to choose from (plus half sizes), there’s bound to be something to complete this new-season outfit.
Comfortable bridal shoes
Alva Vintage Heeled Shoes, Ivory
There are few things more nightmarish than tripping down the aisle with a pair of ill-fitting shoes. But don’t worry, these satin pumps from Paradox London are the cozy bridal option of your dreams. The jeweled T-bar and vintage-style heel combine to offer glamor as well as surprisingly good support.
Comfortable work shoes
A comfortable slip-on loafer will easily take you from work to weekend. Hotter’s pair, with a padded insole for cushioning and a cleated rubber sole for grip, are ideal. We love them in black to wear with everything, but the beige color will work look chic with a Breton stripe tee and a pair of blue jeans.
Comfortable formal shoes
Suede tie ankle pumps
Boden is always a fixture here at prima, especially for second-hand outfits. We love these pastel pink suede shoes for their sleek pointed toe and ultra-wearable little 2-inch heel. The wraparound ankle strap will keep your feet stable – so no Bambi-on-ice moments.
Comfortable shoes for the wedding guest
Just because you’re not wearing heels doesn’t mean you can’t feel dressed. Kurt Geiger’s crystal-encrusted leather slingbacks are the perfect option for those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground.
Comfortable silver shoes for weddings
Soft leather ballet flats
Ballet flats are back and are the perfect shoe to accompany you throughout the summer wedding season. The bouncy sole and elasticated topline will hug and support your foot and, in metallic silver, this pair is perfect for dancing the night away. They’re also foldable, perfect for tossing in your bag if you need a break from your stilettos.
Comfortable shoes with low heel
India: navy blue suede
If you’re not comfortable with stilettos, opt for a low heel instead. These suede slingbacks are designed for people with plantar fasciitis and provide excellent arch support along with three layers of underfoot cushioning for added comfort.
Comfortable walking shoes for women
When you’re tackling a hike or pounding the pavement, comfort is key. ON shoes are known for their unparalleled cloud feel and contemporary designs. The brand’s Cloudrock Waterproof hiking shoes have perfectly balanced support and grip – note the high collar and rubber lug soles – without being too heavy to wear all day.
Comfortable smart shoes
Oxfords with laces
Brogues are a classic style you just need in your shoe arsenal. Marks and Spencer’s patented iteration is super comfortable and will instantly make a more casual outfit stylish enough for the office. They are also excellent value for money, at under £30.
Comfortable shoes for standing
Women’s wool runners
A solid favorite of nurses and medical professionals, the Allbird sneakers are known for their cushioned (and odor-eliminating) foam soles. These trainers are made from a super soft, water-repellent merino wool and are completely carbon neutral. There are sixteen colors to choose from – bright and neutral – so something for every personal taste.
Most comfortable shoe brand
Sole Bliss is a brand specially designed for sore feet. Each shoe is constructed with consideration for how bunions and other foot issues can affect the size and width of your feet. The brand is a favorite of the Duchess of Cornwall, and she’s often seen wearing her trusty nude Carmen heels – we also love the pale gray option, which looks so chic against a bold floral print.
Comfortable shoes for the mother of the bride
Kesh leather pumps
Jones Bootmaker is renowned for its high quality and timeless designs. A go-with-everything option, these pumps are crafted from luxe suede with a comfortable low block heel. For the perfect mother of the bride shoe, opt for dusty blue. But for something extra for everyday office attire, you can’t go wrong with the navy and black colorways.
Audrey pumps in beige suede
A Kate Middleton favourite, LK Bennett’s classic suede pumps are a timeless investment for your wardrobe. Kate’s exact pair are a bit large, so we opted for this super portable 2-inch version instead.
Arizona Double Strap Sandals
Old-school but funky, Birkenstock sandals have a simple two-strap design with the brand’s signature molded footbed that wraps and supports your feet perfectly as you walk. The more you wear them, the more your individual imprint is imprinted on the sole for personalized comfort. If you have room for only one pair of sandals in your closet, let it be this one.
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