Where I live in Los Angeles, casual and comfortable shoes are standard items that we wear throughout the year. It’s cool to be stylish but after the age of 50 or so, sore feet can cause serious problems with your posture and balance. One fall might send you to the hospital for a hip or knew replacement. But even if nothing serious happens, you don’t want to end up with painful corns, bunions, or heel spurs that will ugly up your twinkle toes. This post was originally published on 6/4/18 and was updated 12/7/19.
Comfortable shoes make a huge difference
I walk for miles every day to stay in shape and to keep my joints from freezing up. But even sneakers can be painful if they don’t fit right or have enough support. It might be that the toe box is too small, you need more cushion for your arch, they’re too tight, or just worn out. That’s why it’s important to wear high-quality and comfortable sneakers. You may want to have several pairs to switch off now and then and make sure to toss your old ones when they’ve overstayed their welcome.
To help you stay as pain-free as possible I’ve picked out some of my favorite comfortable shoes your feet will love you for.
Sneakers and hiking shoes
I bought a pair of Saucony Grid® Omni Walker’s because they were highly rated, reasonably priced, and recommended for people who have high arches like me. They also have extra cushy padding that I love! If you have low arches you may want shoes with less of a heel drop. I took them to the Canadian Rockies to hike in and they were amazing!
Teva is a shoe brand that’s known for its FloatLite™ technology. All of their shoes are lightweight and cushy. If you have sweaty feet or live in a warm climate you’ll love them. These Teva Arrowood Venture WP hiking shoes in black will keep you moving in comfort whether you’re hiking up a mountain or just walking down the street.
If you’re plagued with Plantar Fasciitis pain or have low arches, you may want to try on a pair of Brooks Addiction™ walkers. They come in a variety of colors on Zappos. The rear and forefoot of the shoe use Hydroflow technology that will cushion your feet from shock and put less stress on your plantar ligament.
Another comfortable pair of shoes is the New Balance WW928 Walking Shoe from Zappos. They’re breathable, durable, lightweight, and have a roll ball support system. You can purchase them in black, bone (pictured), navy/grey, and white/blue.
Stilletos may be in but you can still have pizzazz wearing comfortable flat shoes. These East Side Loafers by Aerosole will add flash to your outfit and are easy to slip on and off.
I think these Clea Loafers in snakeskin are cool too and they will certainly stand out. They come in an assortment of plain colors as well.
If you’re looking for comfort, you can’t beat Ugg. My Flores Driving Loafers by Ugg from Nordstrom are the cushiest shoes I’ve ever owned. The pair pictured below are in chestnut but they also come in black leather, feather, ribbon red, and white leather.
If you need to stand for long periods, (Ouch!) then you need a pair of May Marigold slip-on loafers by Clarks. They’re made from extra-soft black leather with stretch gores, fabric/leather linings, OrthoLite® footbed, TPR outsoles, and have sculpted low heel. You can walk all day in them without pain.
I have a pair of these Me Too Yardena Loafers in Leopard and I always get compliments on them. They’re comfortable and snazzy. I love leopard because I was born to be wild. LOL!
Sandals for sun lovers
The most important thing I look for when choosing sandals is to find a pair I won’t fall out of. Nothing can ruin your day or a trip like having a klutzy toe-jamming experience from shoes that malfunction.
These Teva Verra sandals pictured in tortoise shell are super supportive, have a good tread for all terrains, and will keep your feet securely in the sandal. They’re perfect for adventure and will keep you from slipping.
Easy Spirit’s Splash Nubuck Flat Hiking Sandals are perfect for walking around the city or on a short hike. They offer arch support, cushioning, and will stay on in any terrain. You can purchase them in black, blue, khaki, and taupe.
Bohemian style espadrilles
Viscata of Barcelona also has a wonderful collection of stylish wedges and espadrilles. They’re made in Spain and have styles for women and men. I love how classy these Caseta Canvas Wedges in Navy are.
For a flatter shoe, try these Marbella Canvas Platform Espadrilles also from Viscatta.
Do you like your feet to breathe? Lifestride’s airy Zamora Flats come in grey, (pictured) black, blush, and navy. They use Soft System® technology for all-day support, flex, and cushioning.
If you suffer from swollen feet, Pandere Shoes, from Portugal makes expandable shoes for women and men. You can read my review of them here. This is their Barista style. They’re soft, comfortable and supportive but what I love about them is their style. They are truly unique! They’re perfect to travel in because we all know our feet expand when we’re in an airplane, especially if you’re older. You can easily slip them on and off to go through security.
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What is your favorite brand of comfortable shoes and why? Please leave a comment below.