The 15 Best Comfort Shoes to Buy in 2018

Walk and run while keeping your feet supported

Whether you love to travel and need comfortable shoes to walk around in all day, or you work in an industry that requires you stand on your feet for an extended period of time, the right shoes can make a world of difference. Comfortable, supportive shoes not only keep your feet feeling good, but also protect your back and the rest of your body from experiencing pain.

When looking for comfort shoes, it’s important to first consider your needs: do you need a close-toed shoe? Perhaps you want something breathable for hiking or long walks. Or, maybe you just need a supportive flip flop for spending time by the beach. No matter your need, there are thousands of shoes on the market to choose from. Read on to learn about the best comfort shoes you can buy now.

Best Overall for Women: Vionic Womens Agile Adley Lace up

Nothing says comfort like a podiatrist-designed piece of footwear, and these sneakers from Vionic are just that. Wear them to work out, walk around, or do any other activity and your feet will thank you. These sneakers have tons of arch support and are made from a breathable mesh material to keep your feet feeling cool.

Reviewers say this sneaker is a game changer because it’s support is unmatched and the design is fashion-forward when compared to the majority of comfort shoes on the market. Reviewers with plantar fasciitis especially love these shoes. For a sneaker that will go with everything and feels like you’re walking on cushions, try these Vionics.

Best Sandal for Women: Orthaheel Vionic Womens Albany Jeweled Slide Sandal Shoes

If you’re on the market for open-toed shoes, you know finding a supportive pair can be very difficult. Luckily, these bejeweled sandals from Orthaheel will keep your feet feeling comfortable. The t-strap design and adjustable straps ensure a great fit, while the slip-on style make throwing on these sandals a breeze. Reviewers say this sandal has saved them from pain caused by plantar fasciitis and are high quality.

Runner-Up, Best Sandal for Women: Birkenstock Gizeh Birko-Flor™

Birkenstocks are known for their plush insoles that form to fit your exact foot shape, and these thong-style Birks are no different. An adjustable buckle allows for a tailored fit and the raised toe bar at the front of the sandal will prevent you from straining your foot as you walk.

The outsole of the sandal works to absorb shock as you walk to keep excess pressure from damaging your feet. Users note that you may have to go through a break-in period the first few times you were the shoes, but once they’ve been worn, they’ll accommodate your feet perfectly.

Best Overall for Men: CLARKS Men's Wallabee Shoe

A comfort shoe that you can dress up or dress down is an essential for every man’s wardrobe. The Wallabee from Clark’s is a great choice if you’re looking to fill that hole in your closet. The shoe is available in suede and in leather to suit your style preference, and each fabric comes in a variety of colorways.

A cushioned insole is the standout feature of this shoe and reviewers say it provides ample arch support. Others note that the stitching, laces, and overall design of this shoe is extremely durable and your purchase will last for years to come.

Best Sandal for Men: Keen Rialto

Thick, water-resistant leather and great traction in the outsole make the Keen Rialto a great chie for the beach, hikes, and all other outdoor activities. These sandals are made in Portland, Oregon and have a foam footbed that will mold to fit your foot.

While most sandals are open toed, this pair has a closed toe box that will protect your tootsies during more intense physical activity when flip flops just won’t cut it. For the adventurous person who wants to feel supported without wearing a pair of enclosed shoes or sneakers, try these comfort sandals.

Runner-Up, Best Sandal for Men: Finn Comfort Sylt

Another great sandal option for men is the Finn Comfort Sylt. The design is meant to take any pressure off of your foot so you’ll feel comfortable no matter how long you’re wearing the sandal. While some sandals can cause painful rubbing and blisters, the Finn Comfort Sylt is made from flexible cork and latex, plus a molded heel area to prevent unwanted chafing.

One reviewer says he has been wearing this specific shoe style since 1997 and finds it to be super comfortable and worth the higher price tag. In fact, he says these sandals prevent him from limping, something he does when wearing other, less supportive shoes. 

Best for Professionals: Dansko Sonja

Nurses and service workers who have to spend over 10 hours straight on their feet definitely need a comfort shoe to make their work less harsh on their tootsies. Enter the Dansko Sonja. This classic work shoe is easy to slide into and is made of durable oiled leather. The outsole is made of polyurethane, a material that does a great job at absorbing shock and withstanding extreme temperatures, both hot and cold.

“I have 3 pairs and wear them almost exclusively, with or without socks,” said one reviewer “They don't pinch or give me blisters. I can wear them all day and my feet don't ache.”

Best Flip Flops: FitFlop Women's Surfa Flip-Flop

Everyone has at least one pair of flip flops in their closet, but chances are they aren’t the best for your feet. Replace your flimsy pair with these more substantial flip flops from FitFlop. The one-inch platform offers tons of cushioning in the heel area and the thicker-than-average thong-style straps will keep these sandals on your feet whether you’re taking a stroll to the eah or heading out for a walk around the neighborhood. The midsole of FitFlops was created with the help of biomechanists to help relieve foot pressure and absorb the shock caused by walking.

Reviewers say they require zero break-in time and solve foot pain issues.

Best Sneaker for Women: All Birds Tree Runners

This modern, trendy, and fashion-forward sneaker from All Birds is the perfect comfort shoe for, well, basically anything. The padded insole is made with All Birds’ signature merino wool. The wool helps to eliminate odors and wick moisture away, two problems many sneaker wearers have.

While most comfort shoes are on the bulkier side, the All Birds shoes are known for being lightweight. The foam may be light, but it still protects the foot from shock. What’s more, All Birds shoes are environmentally friendly and used lots of recycled materials, so you can feel great about your purchase.

Best Sneaker for Men: New Balance Men's M3190V2 Neutral Run Shoe Running Shoe

Runners and walkers alike will love this sneaker from New Balance for its cushioning and foam midsole. One reviewer with flat feet says this neutral sneaker is a great option that provides him with the support he needs for running on pavement, trails, and more.

The inner sock liner adds an extra element of comfort and the material is breathable and light, notes another reviewer. Some note that the shoes run narrow, so consider sizing up if you have wide feet.

Best Slip-On: Dr. Scholl's Scout Fray - Original Collection

Sometimes, you want to be able to slide on your shoes in a moment’s notice rather than deal with cumbersome laces or straps. That’s where these slip-on sneakers from Dr. Scholl’s come in. The brand is known for their insertable orthotics, but they also make quality comfort shoes with built-in orthotics.

The Scout Fray features an on-trend denim material with leather back detailing, making them surprisingly stylish as far as comfort shoes go. The lining is breathable and the insole has Memory Fit foam for comfy wear.

Best Everyday: ECCO Soft VII Sneaker

For a comfort shoe that matches with your entire wardrobe, try these all-white sneakers. With 5 star overall, the ECCO is equally comfortable and stylish. The shoe is mainly made from durable leather with a rubber sole.

One reviewer said these shoes work great for her wider feet and offer good arch support so she doesn’t need to add her insole like she does with other shoes. The flexible laces and tongue are another detail made for comfort and everyday wear.

 

Best Boots: Born Kerri

These boots can be dressed up or down for work and more casual occasions and, most importantly, they are very comfortable. The Western-style boot has a cushioned insole and is made from high-quality leather, so you know this purchase will last you a long time.

The back zipper makes putting on and taking of the boots very easy. Plus, the sole of the shoe has great traction so you won’t slip or slide around. Reviewers note these shoes are comfortable and go with a variety of outfits. Consider sizing up, as many say the boots are on the roomier side.

Best Heels: Dansko Reggie

You might think your feet have to suffer every time you put on heels, but these Dansko Reggie’s prove you can get a height boost without battering your feet. The thick, wedge-like heels diffuses tension and the sling back design keeps your foot from slipping around while simultaneously providing much-needed stability.

One reviewer said she can wear these heels to her five-hour bartending job shift and feels comfortable the entire time, noting the heels provide natural support. For a comfortable heel that goes with practically everything, these Dansko shoes are a great option.

Best Water Shoe: Merrell Women's All Out Blaze Sieve Water Shoe

These slip-resistant, highly durable shoes from Merrell are perfect for hiking on all sorts of terrain in all conditions. The closed toe design protects your feet from the elements while the midsole provides plenty of arch support. While these shoes are intended for hiking and the water, other reviewers stay they love them so much they wear them on a daily basis.

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