The 11 Best Comfort Shoes to Buy in 2018

On your feet all day? Check out these super-comfortable picks

These comfort shoes are designed to provide cushioning and support for those who are on their feet all day, or are designed to relieve various kinds of foot pain. Some comfort shoes use patented technology and rely more on testimonials than research. Some of these shoes have won the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Because the causes of foot discomfort vary, no one design can relieve all problems. If you have foot pain, it is wise to consult a foot health expert to get a recommendation for your specific problem.


ECCO Shoes

ECCO shoes and boots can give you excellent comfort at work. This model, the Sky, is a lightweight, flexible leather shoe with an anatomic footbed and moisture-wicking lining. These shoes would be great for going from standing to taking a few laps during your lunch or breaks.


Clarks Wave Collection

Talk to walkers about what comfort shoes they wear for work, and you'll probably hear about Clarks. The Wave collection from Clarks earned the APMA Seal of Acceptance. The Wave collection has a slight rocker sole, but nothing extreme like a toning shoe. Instead, it lets you move forward with ease. They have a removable cushioned footbed. There are styles for both men and women. They have slip-on, lace-up, Mary Jane, sneaker, and sandal versions.


ABEO SmartSystem Shoes

This line of shoes from The Walking Company earned the APMA Seal of Acceptance. The SmartSystem shoes were designed to relieve knee stress and knee pain. You can get a free digital foot analysis at The Walking Company stores to help select the right shoe and insole. They have slip-on, lace-up, Mary Jane, and athletic designs, for both men and women. Manufacturer's Site


Dansko Shoes

Many designs of Dansko shoes have earned the APMA Seal of Acceptance. The Elise is a classic oxford design that is flexible for good walking comfort. They have a lower heel and are lighter in weight than many of the other Dansko designs. They have boots, clogs, and sandals as well.


Many walkers love rocker-bottom shoes. But many companies stopped producing them when those making toning shoe got into trouble from the Federal Trade Commission over the health claims they made about them. The Walking Company makes no health claims for the ABEO R.O.C.S. line. Instead, they offer them for those who loved other rocker-bottom designs for their comfort. The shoes have no heel, forcing you to really roll through each step from heel to toe, enforcing good walking technique. They are lightweight despite their thick soles. If you have problem feet and have tried many different solutions, rocker-bottom shoes are one more option. They come in both athletic and casual styles. 


SAS Shoes

For many years, volkssport walkers throughout the USA swore by SAS shoes. These shoes are excellent if you have to stand on your feet all day, providing amazing cushioning yet not being too heavy. They come in classic leather styling, which also means they are not as breathable as mesh and your feet may feel hot. They are an excellent choice for travel or for jobs where you'll be doing a lot of standing.


Nike Free 5.0

Nike Free shoes mimic walking barefoot and fits like a glove. The extreme flexibility from the grooved sole allows your foot to move as it wishes, not how the shoe wishes. The shoes come with a recommended training schedule to slowly build your time in them, as your feet and body adjust to the extreme freedom. Unlike the other comfort shoes listed, these have minimal cushioning and are extremely lightweight. Oprah Winfrey named these as one of her favorite things.


Birkenstock Arizona Sandals

Many people with problem feet say they finally found comfort when switching to Birkenstock sandals with their negative heel bed. While such testimonials should be taken with a grain of salt, many people who will only wear Birkenstocks due to their great experiences.


Z-CoiL shoes are super-cushioned by a spring in the heel and major cushioning in the forefoot, plus a stiff orthotic. Testimonials abound for them helping conditions such as plantar fasciitis. They also have a big market among those who must walk and stand all day on concrete surfaces—such as nurses, store clerks, etc. They are individually fit by a distributor to ensure proper fit. The drawbacks are that they are heavy and rather odd looking—but you can get them with an enclosed heel. They have styles for comfort walking as well as fitness walking and trail walking.


Earth Shoes

Earth Shoes feature the KALSO Negative Heel Technology, which they claim promotes the natural way of walking, like you are walking barefoot in sand. Some walkers prefer this for comfort. They have a wide variety of designs, including clogs, Mary Janes, oxfords, sandals, and athletic shoes.


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