Let's face it, when it comes to shoes, "Comfort" and "Style", don't exactly go hand in hand. It seems you've got to pick one or the other, and the one you don't pick gets sacrificed big time! As someone who's dealt with problem feet herself, (and has worked with countless clients with problem feet), I've scoured the earth (or at least the internet) for stylish, comfortable options, Yes, you could just wear sneakers all the time, but like I've said a million times, your shoes define your style, so unless your style is "grocery store chic" 24/7, sneakers might not be a viable option all the time.
Vionics are pretty much the gold standard for fashionable, comfortable shoes. They carry a wide selection of women's (and men's) shoes including flats, heels, wedges, boots, booties, sandals, and even slippers. You can find them online at Amazon, Zappos, QVC, and more. You can sometimes even find them in person at DSW. I have a few pairs of sandals, including flip-flops and wedges, and they're awesome. I also have a pair of Vionic slippers--a must have for anyone who has plantar fasciitis. Honestly, Vionics look so good, no one will know you're wearing comfort shoes--and isn't that the ultimate goal?
Taryn Rose was actually founded by an orthopedic surgeon, so you know these shoes are legit good for your feet! The look of the collection is usually a little dressier and sleeker than what you'd expect from a comfort shoe brand, but sometimes there are some orthopedic-looking duds in there. All the better department stores carry Taryn Rose online, but do a google search, and you'll find a bigger selection of super cute discontinued styles and colors . DSW has also started carrying Taryn by Taryn Rose, a more afforable verson of the original line
I know as I'm writing this, many of you are reading it and thinking "Sweet! My Dansko's are stylish!" Hold up, friend. Not those Danskos. Unless you're actually a chef or a nurse, pass on the clogs, and instead go for one of Dansko's cute booties. They're killing it this year with on-trend styling that won't kill your feet. We had a discussion about rainboots in the Facebook group a few weeks ago, and a few people said that rainboots have no support, and hurt their feet. Dansko to the rescue! These rain booties are adorable, and will give you the support you need. Also, their Shirley bootie is everything.
Let me go on record as saying not ALL Abeo shoes fall in the "shoes you'd actually want to wear" category! They tend to add a lot of "earthy" details that make the shoes look very...um, mature. However, they are awesomely comfortable, and all Walking Company or Abeo locations will scan your feet to make sure you have the right footbed in the shoe, depending on your arches and gait. So, don't buy online before you know which footbed is for you. Each season, there are a few styles that I wouldn't mind adding to my collection. This summer, I loved this strappy wedge, and right now I'm thinking about picking up a ballet flat. The other cool thing about Abeo is you can purchase inserts to go in your own shoes, but like I said, get your feet checked first so you get the right ones. Bottom line, not all Abeos are super stylish, but they work great for problem feet and are super customizable. Worth checking out.
.Unlike the other brands I highlighted, Sofft is made to be a comfortable shoe, not necessarily in the realm of "engineered for maximum support and comfort" kind of shoe. Know what I mean? However, this brand is really comfortable. I'd recommend them for people who don't necessarily have problem feet, but need good shoes...or for people with foot challenges who occasionally need to step out of the "designed by an orthopedic surgeon" realm. I can wear Sofft heels longer than I can most brands, so if you need a basic comfortable, professional low heel, I'd recommend the Velma. For a little more style, go for the Mandy. Sofft has a ton of cute casual styles as well, like this metallic flat...and you know I think everyone needs a metallic flat! All in all, Stoft offers lots of style and comfort without being "comfort shoes".
If you're someone who struggles to find shoes that are comfortable AND stylish, I hope this post gives you a new idea or two! If you have a favorite comfort shoe brand that I didn't mention, leave a comment, and let me know!