Where I live in Los Angeles, casual and comfortable shoes are standard wardrobe items that we wear throughout the year. It’s cool to be stylish but as we get older, sore feet can cause problems that affect our posture and balance. Plus, no one wants corns, bunions, and heel spurs that ugly up our twinkle toes if we can help it. Even worse, we don’t want to fall and end up with a hip replacement.
Comfortable shoes make a difference
I walk for miles every day to stay in shape and keep my joints from freezing up. But even sneakers can hurt your feet if they’re ill-fitting or don’t 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. Your feet will love you more if you wear high-quality comfortable sneakers. Have 2-3 pairs to switch off now and then and toss them when they’ve overstayed their welcome.
Below are several comfortable sneaker brands you may want to try out:
Saucony Grid® Omni Walker’s – I just bought some of these because they were highly rated and reasonably priced. No sense breaking the bank, right? They’re recommended if you have high arches and have extra padding. If you have low arches you may want shoes with less of a heel drop. They were amazing when I hiked in the Canadian Rockies too.
Teva is known for its FloatLite™ technology which makes them lightweight and cushy. That’s especially nice when the weather gets warm and you don’t want your feet to sweat. Some even have cut-outs so your feet can breathe. (Selection and prices subject to change)
Brooks Addiction™ Walker– This is another brand of comfortable sneakers that is perfect for someone with Plantar Fasciitis pain. They come in a variety of colors on Zappos. It’s rear and forefoot Hydroflow technology gives you extra cushioning to prevents your feet from shock and will put less stress on your plantar ligament.
Rockport shoes are known for comfort and support. I love that their sneakers are classically styled in subdued colors and always look sharp. Rockport uses truTECH® technology which is a lightweight comfort system that provides shock absorption at the heel. (Selection and prices subject to change)
Sandals for Sun Lovers
The important thing to me when choosing a sandal is to find one I won’t fall out of. I’ve learned from several klutzy toe-jamming experiences that the older you get, the harder it is to heal.
Teva’s sandals are supportive and have a nice tread so you don’t slip as you can see in the styles below. (Selection and prices subject to change)
For safety’s sake, I think it’s best to choose a pair of sandals with a strap around the heel but Teva also has some nice looking flip flops too.
They’re easy to slip on to go out your front door or post-pedicure. A sandal with a tread is way more comfortable than one that’s completely flat and they’re much safer. (Selection and prices subject to change)
Tom’s Shoes has a fashionable selection of sandals and some of them are Vegan. (Selection and prices subject to change)
Go Glam with Sandals
You can’t go wrong with Clark’s Shoes and this pair of Annadel Eirwyn Sandals will look gorgeous on a night out or cruise ship party. Soft and comfy but snazzy.
Bohemian style espadrilles
Toms is best known for their espadrilles, which are perfect casual shoes to wear at a resort or on a cruise ship. (Selection and prices subject to change)
I also love these Marbella Canvas Platform Espadrilles
There’s a new company called Pandere Shoes that makes expandable shoes for women and men and I got a chance to try a couple of pairs. Read my review here. They are made in Portugal, are super comfortable and supportive, and extremely well made. This is their Barista style. I wore them to the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens without breaking them in, did over 15,000 steps and they still felt great. They come in slate gray, classic black, cool blue, and burgundy. (pictured below)
Other shoe brands I love for casual and comfortable shoes are Clarks, Lifestride, Naturalizer, Easy Spirit, and Dr. Scholl’s. You can count on them to be nice to your feet, they’re affordable and have a variety of styles.
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What is your favorite brand of comfortable shoes and why? Please leave a comment below.