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    33 Pairs Of Shoes That Really Are Worth The Splurge

    High-quality, comfortable, and stylish shoes you'll be wearing for a long, long time.

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    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women’s.

    1. Chelsea boots that are such a classic style you can keep them in your closet and grab them whenever you're not quite sure what to wear but need a sturdy pair of shoes that will look good with just about any outfit.

    Model wearing the boots in black with a wide elastic section on each side and a slight heel
    Thursday Boot Company

    Thursday Boot Company suggests ordering a half size up from your normal size (aka your boot size).

    Promising review: "I love the fit of this boot. My heels don't slide up in them because they have some shaping around the heel inside, the mark of a more expensive boot. They fit right out of the box, I wore them around the house and didn't want to take them off! Walked around Portland and very comfortable, no break-in period. I sized up by a half-size, which I typically do in booties." —Ginger

    Get them from Amazon for $160 (available in sizes 5–11 and in eight colors).

    2. Allbirds wool sneakers made with breathable wool to keep your feet calm, cool, and collected...even if you're not. Plus, when they get dirty, you can just throw them in the washer, and they'll look (and smell) as good as new, meaning you won't need to replace them.

    Model wearing the sneakers with thicker fabric in white, with white soles and laces.
    Allbirds

    If you're usually a half size, Allbirds recommends you go a size up.

    Promising review: "The most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. (And I have a lot of shoes!) My shoes (two pairs now) hug my feet and cradle them as I walk and run. Allbirds take the guesswork out of finding other athletic brands that may or may not fit comfortably, consistently. I love my Allbirds!" —Jessica S.

    Get them from Allbirds for $95 (available in whole sizes 5–11 and in 10 colors).

    3. A pair of clogs you ~wood~ be caught wearing all the time because they're cute and different, yet extremely comfortable.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love these clogs. I wore them for 10 hours right out of the box with no issues whatsoever. They are cute, super comfy, and feel really good on your feet. The soles are pretty slip-proof, and the leather is pretty soft so no breaking in is required. Love them!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $98 (available whole sizes 5–11 and in 13 colors).

    4. Steve Madden ankle boots I'm *pretty* sure Hannah Montana was referencing when she sang, "You get the best of both worlds" because they combine style and comfort into one great shoe you'll wear ALLL the time.

    model wearing the chunky black boots with jewels around the ankle
    Steve Madden / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these boots. They are so comfortable. I fell in love when I walked into my hair salon and three stylists were all wearing them. They praised the longevity of standing and no fatigue. I have since worn them while walking all over the city in great comfort and warmth all while being super cute." —Laura A.

    Get them from Amazon for $129.42 (available in sizes 5–13, wide, and in seven colors and styles). 

    5. Some smoking slippers multiple reviewers say they've purchased for a second time, which is a sure sign that these cuties are well worth their price. And I mean, just look at them — they're basically begging you to add them to your cart. *wink, wink*

    white espadrille with an open eye on the right shoe and a closed eye design on the left one
    Soludos

    Promising review: "It's the second pair I've bought of this Smoking Slipper, so I think that's a good take on how much I love these. My first pair wore down in over a year, plus a two-week trip to Malta where I never took em off." —Clara G.

    Get them from Amazon for $74.95 (available in sizes 6–11) or from Soludos for $85 (available in sizes 5–11). 

    6. A pair of Asics Gel-Venture running shoes with more than 5,000 5-star reviews raving about how the support in them makes them super comfortable for not only running but also just being on your feet all day.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I LOVE these shoes. Since my pregnancy, my feet and sciatic nerve have not be the same. I am a teacher, so I am on my feet A LOT! Since purchasing these shoes, I have hardly had any issues with my feet, lower back, or sciatic nerve. The support in this shoe is excellent. If you have any kind of feet issue, I highly recommend these shoes. AND, they are really cute, too!" —Nicole S.

    Get them from Amazon for $64.95+ (available in sizes 6-11, 6W-11W and in 10 colors).

    7. Sam Edelman loafers you'll want to ~slide~ right on your feet no matter whether you're wearing dress pants, jeans, or even a dress.

    The loafers in black with a small gold metal bar across the top
    Shopbop

    Promising review: "The heel counter is lined with suede so it is comfortable even after walking a lot. The sole is cushioned easy to wear. I have wider feet, but this shoe doesn't make my feet look big. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a classic loafer." —Tsou

    Get them from Amazon for $130 (available in sizes 4–12 and in six colors) or Shopbop for $120 (available in sizes 4–12 and in black or nude).

    8. Nike Air Force 1s with a candy-colored design that takes these classic shoes the ~extra mile~. Everyone, but especially Gen Z, will be stopping you on the street to tell you how cool your shoes are.

    platform sneakers in cream with pink, yellow, and purple design features throughout
    Nike

    Promising review: "I LOVE the shoes! The colors are brighter than what I expected, but they look amazing. I would totally recommend these for anyone who wants cute and comfy shoes! " — DevynK76178984

    Get them from Nike for $110 (available in sizes 5–12 and in 13 colors). 

    9. Ugg slipper shoes perfect for wearing around the house all the time because your feet deserve to feel like they're in a cozy cloud as you go about your day.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed Shopping editor Maitland Quitmeyer says: "First thing that needs to be said is that Uggs are great! They're warm, they're cozy, and you can just slide them on when you're freezing — I won't hear otherwise! They're not exactly high fashion, but they don't *need* to be when it's a straight-up polar vortex outside. So when I saw these Ugg slipper slides with an elastic back, I just had to buy a pair. I don't know what it is about them I find the cutest: the slightly sporty elastic, the Michelin man-esque plush rolls on top, or the chunky bottoms that give you a little extra height. AND they have all the comfort of a slip-on slide, but without the feeling that your foot is going to fall out any second.

    They have a hard sole, so you can wear them as indoor slippers, half-indoor-half-outdoor take-out-the-trash-shoes, or real regular shoes (aka what I'm going to use them for). When it's still warm-ish out, I'm going to wear them with my toes poking through, but they're also going to be *so* cute with socks (team socks + sandals 'til I die!!!!!). And they're SO SOFT AND COMFY! I'm prepared to live in these all fall. Paired with leggings and a blazer? It's the perfect 'Ugh, I can barely make today happen' work outfit. I honestly want to get another pair in another of the cute colors...or the leopard print. Oh, and just FYI, I ended up sizing down in these!"

    Get them from Amazon (available in whole sizes 5–12 and in 24 colors) or Nordstrom (available in whole sizes 5–10 and in 13 colors) for $99.95.

    10. A pair of Sorel sneakers for an edgy everyday look that doesn't skimp on the comfort level. You'll feel like a trendsetter as you walk down the street in them.

    the black knit sneaker with chunky white soles and laces wrapped around the whole foot
    Sorel

    Promising review: "I can't count the number of compliments I've received on these shoes from strangers. I wear these shoes without socks, and they're so comfortable. I can slip them on without having to undo the laces, so they were great when I had shoulder surgery and couldn't tie anything. I sized down half a size, and they fit great." —Jk85

    Get them from Amazon for $139.95 (available in sizes 5–11 and in six colors) or from Sorel for $105+ (available in sizes 5–12 and in six colors). 

    11. Lucky Brand ankle boots you'll have in your closet (and life) for years because these babies were made to never go out of style.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, amazon.com

    BuzzFeed shopping editor Heather Braga says: "I have these boots in both black and toffee — I'm actually obsessed. They are my favorite shoes right now because I can wear them through the fall, winter, and early spring. They look fantastic with jeans and adorable with tights. They have just enough heel to create the look of heeled booties without the discomfort of walking around in heels. Basically, they're amazing and everyone should buy them. K, thanks. You can check out my full review on them here (#6)."

    Get them from Amazon for $100.17+ (available in sizes 5–13 and wide widths, and 29 colors and fabric styles).

    12. A pair of espadrille sneakers perfect for anyone who wants to ~stand~ out in the crowd. Reviewers praise them for their stunning and unique look as well as their ability to wear them all day with no foot pain. And that, my friends, is a fashion win.

    blue tie chunky espadrille shoes
    Free People

    Promising review: "I just received these today, and I am obsessed! They fit true to size and are very comfy. 10/10 worth the price!" —brianna_

    Get them from Free People for $158 (available in whole sizes 6–11 and in seven colors). 

    13. A pair of Rothy flats made out of repurposed water bottles so they're super comfortable right out of the box and won't give you nasty blisters. Plus, they're made to last, so you'll find they look just as good three years down the line.

    Rothy's

    That's at least what my coworker, Natalie Brown, has told me. She's been wearing hers for more than three years now!

    BuzzFeed editor Natalie Brown says: "I've owned and loved my one pair of these since 2017, when a few of us first reviewed 'em. They are by far the pair of shoes I wear most often (my Birks come in close second), precisely because — besides being incredibly comfortable, especially once they form to your feet — they're so easy to wash the moment they start to smell. I usually gently hand wash 'em with a scrub brush in my tub because I live in NYC and don't have access to one in my apartment, but I've washed them in a machine several times back at my parents' place and they hold up really well. TBH mine STILL look as new as they did when I first got them, and FWIW I find I can wear mine for a couple of weeks before they get stinky. I'm wearing them right now! And yes, they're made from 100% PCR plastic water bottles — here's some pictures of the process. Oh, and their boxes and shipping are sustainable, too."

    Get them from Rothy's for $125 (available in sizes 5–13 and 14 colors and patterns).

    14. Sam Edelman combat boots with such a striking look you'll be able to ~combat~ whatever the day throws your way when you're wearing them. Plus, the calf is made from a stretchy knit material sure to fit your legs perfectly.

    the white boots
    Sam Edelman / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "These boots are sooooo cute! I wore them walking around NY and loved them! I felt very comfortable. They have a good supportive stretch to the ankle and calf. Where have they been my whole life?" —Ben West

    Get them from Amazon for $179.95+ (available in women's sizes 5–11 and in three colors).

    15. A high-heel pump enabling you to wear a classic style in your skin tone (the company offers 10 different shades of nude). The insole also has two layers of memory foam padding for an extra dose of comfort.

    Kahmune / Via instagram.com

    This Black woman-owned brand is on a mission to create a nude color for every skin tone. After having to paint a pair of white heels to match her skin tone, founder Jamela A Acheampong wanted to start a company that celebrated the diversity of the human complexion and gave everyone the perfect "nude" shoe. The heels are ethically and sustainably handmade in Italy.

    Promising review: "My partner surprised me with these months after I mentioned them to him in passing. What a HOME RUN gift. They fit true to size (just a bit of room to allow for swelling while wearing heels), and they are THE MOST COMFORTABLE heels I’ve ever worn. Butter soft leather, beautiful construction, my exact skin tone, I could talk forever about these shoes. Plus, what a cool company! 10/10. I will be buying more for my next birthday!" —Ainsley

    Get them from Kahmune for $395+ (available in sizes 4–13 and in 10 shades in either matte or suede).

    16. Greats sneakers you really can't go wrong with because they'll go with everything in your closet and live up to their name at the same time.

    Greats, Abby Kass / BuzzFeed

    I should know because the first time I wore these shoes, I walked 16,000 steps in them. Yep, you read that correctly, 16,000 steps and not a single blister and no foot pain at the end of the day. Soon after that day, these shoes became my new go-tos. They have a classic look to them and really do go with everything. I even took them on vacation with me back in January to Paris, and I wore them almost every day. They didn't look like tourist shoes at all, and I never had any pain while wearing them. The price point is a bit steep on them, but for the quality, I really do think they are worth it.

    Promising review: "This is my second pair of Greats and like the first pair, I get compliments them all the time, great quality, comfortable. I love that they take a few days to "break-in" the leather, and even the break-in days aren't painfully, the leather is just stiffer. Plus, they're fresh white kicks, so they go with everything!" —Claudia D.

    Get them from Greats for $179 (available in sizes 6–10 and in 15 colors and patterns).

    17. Doc Marten combat boots so reliable, you can wear them through rain, sleet, and even snow without compromising your style.

    Reviewer wearing the lace-up boots with yellow stitching around the sole
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I'm in love. I'm never buying another brand of combat boots again. I'd been hesitant to buy Docs because of the price, but these were absolutely worth it. They have excellent support (comfortable enough to wear for eight-hour shifts on my feet), and they're grippy enough to handle snow, sleet, and New England winters. I tend to wear my shoes to death, but I've been wearing these pretty much daily for four months, and they're holding up well." —R

    Get them from Amazon for $145 (available in sizes 5–14 and in five colors).

    18. A Bangs high-top style made with a canvas material, so they're environmentally friendly and ready to support you on whatever adventure you take them on.

    The canvas high-top sneaker in brown with brown laces
    Bangs

    BTW — Bangs is a woman-founded company that makes 100% vegan shoes. There is footbed and arch support in the shoes and a reinforced heel counter.

    Promising review: "These have quickly become my go-to shoe for almost any day. I love wearing them with shorts casually but also with dresses. They are more comfortable than my gym shoes. So for sure my go-to hiking shoe! Not to mention they are so cute!! Plus, they're very well made. I highly recommend." —Sarah Petrie

    Get them from Bangs for $65 (available in sizes 5–14.5).

    19. Birdies flats that basically take the best parts of a sneaker (the support), a slipper (the comfort), and a flat (the style) to make one shoe that will quickly become a favorite of yours.

    Model's feet up in the air with light grey suede flats
    Birdies / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with Birdies! I am a Kindergarten teacher and on my feet all day. I am also a runner. It is so important that I find a pair of comfortable shoes that are also stylish. These are the first pair of flats that I can wear all day and my feet don't hurt when I get home. I love them!" —MARISSA S.

    Get them from Birdies for $120 (available in sizes 5–12 and in eight colors and patterns).

    20. A brown boot with a chunky heel to give your fall and winter style a ~lift~ while coordinating with all your favorite jeans and sweaters.

    Model wearing the brown boots with lighter brown chunky heel and wide dark brown elastic on each side
    Nisolo

    Promising review: "The block heel makes these high-heeled boots comfortable — I can wear them all day (or all night) without back pain! Also, I didn't have to break them in at all. They look awesome with dresses or pants. They're a classic." —Annie C.

    Get them from Nisolo for $230 (available in sizes 5–11 and in tan, brown, and black).

    21. Apl sneakers made with a 3D-stretch knit so they're lightweight but still supportive enough for any type of workout you do — from strength training to a dance class.

    The knit sneaker in grey with grey laces and a white sole
    Apl

    Promising review: "These are quite honestly the best investment in shoes I’ve made in a while! They're super comfortable, lightweight, and great to take with me when I travel. These shoes will be a staple in my wardrobe for casual wear, runs, and strength training." —Hannah B.

    Get them from Apl for $225 (available in sizes 5–11).

    22. Waterproof leather shoes that are a cross between a sneaker and a hiking boot for a shoe that will move with you without weighing you down.

    The shoe with brown suede body, black on the heel, extra cushioning on the heel, brown laces, and a white padded sole
    Forsake

    BuzzFeed shopping writer Mallory Mower says: "I wanted a sturdy boot to go with my floral dresses this summer. These are a GIFT for people with sweaty feet. They're so lightweight and breathable I can wear them when it's hot out and still feel completely comfortable. It's grand."

    Get them from Amazon or Forsake for $139.95 (available in sizes 5–11 and in five colors).

    23. Sperry loafers that give the phrase 'Till death do us part' a new meaning because it's you and these shoes till the end of time.

    A black loafer and brown loafer sitting next to each other
    Sperry / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "This shoes exceeded my expectations. They're very sharp and professional-looking, they go with every outfit. These loafers didn't require any breaking in; they felt perfect the first time I tried them on. They offer more support and cushion than most loafers, and I keep describing them as 'walking on pillows.' I plan to wear this pair to death and then purchase another. I highly recommend these shoes." —Fed Ghali

    Get it from Amazon for $49.97+ (available in sizes 5–12 and in four colors). 

    24. Ugg mini boots here to become your go-to this fall and winter because they're super easy to slip right on as you head out to the grocery store. And they're so warm and comfy, you won't even want to take them off when you get home.

    reviewer holding up a short brown Ugg boot
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’m a huge fan of these boots! They’re so warm and comfortable, last a long time, and you can throw them on with about anything and go. They are totally worth the money! They fit as expected. I’m a 7 1/2 and always get an 8, as they only come in whole sizes. A 7 would be way too small. They do stretch quite a bit as you wear them, but I usually wear socks so they fit well. Although I’ve done both and never had issues. They never stink, even over time. They don’t overheat your feet and make them sweat, but they do keep them nice and warm. I love this new short style, which is like a shoe and slipper combined. They are very versatile, and you can wear them with everything. Highly recommend." —Stopshopship

    Get them from Amazon for $139.95 (available in whole sizes 5–12 and in eight colors). 

    25. Everlane flats designed to mold to your feet the more you wear them so eventually it will basically feel like you're not wearing any shoes at all.

    Model wearing the flats in black showing off the rounded toe
    Everlane

    Promising review: "I absolutely love the day gloves, and I have them in several colors. They are stylish and comfortable right out of the box. They're great for work. Fit is true to size." —ndog99

    Get them from Everlane for $115 (available in sizes 5–11 and in 10 colors).

    26. Square-toe boots guaranteed to be the new favorite in your shoe collection. Shhh, don't tell all your other shoes that they're going to be taking a backseat once these arrive in your life.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "Very comfy and great looking boots! Just like the picture. The heel height makes me taller but isn’t too steep to walk naturally in. Zipper is smooth to pull up and it stays up and doesn’t creep down over time. Overall, I am very happy with this purchase." —Rebecca Henry

    Get it from Amazon for $69.90 (available in sizes 5–12 and two colors).

    27. On Cloudstratus running shoes specifically designed with extra cushioning to support your when you run — no matter if it's a 5K or a whole damn marathon.

    model wearing the blue sneakers
    On Running

    Okay, I am just going to say that I am not (nor have I ever been) a runner. BUT — I do walk a lot. And these are my new favorite walking shoes. They are SO comfortable. The cushioning on the bottom makes these feel like you're basically walking on air — seriously. I've walked a good amount in these and haven't had any pain at all. I even used them on a bike ride and was impressed as well. And while I don't run, I can see how they would be great running shoes. They support your feet and give you some cushioning so you're not pounding into the ground. I think you can go the distance in them. 

    Promising review: "These are the most comfortable shoes I've ever had in my life! It’s amazing! Even if you are walking all day long, no pain whatsoever! It’s as if you are walking over a cushion❤️ " —Heba

    Get them from On Running for $169.99 (available in sizes 5–11 and in two colors). 

    28. Woven mules made without a break-in period, which means you can slide them on right out of the box and head out, without fear that blisters will ruin your day.

    black, tan, and white, woven mules
    Nisolo

    Promising review: "These are the best shoes I've ever had. They're true to size, soft, comfortable, and fashionable. I wore these while on vacation in London and walked for miles in them with no soreness. I love them! " —Alissa E.

    Get them from Nisolo for $180 (available in sizes 5–11 and in five colors). 

    29. A chunky pair of knit sneakers made from sustainable materials that will be the perfect final touch to all the athleisure outfits you rock the hell out of.

    Knit sneakers with black stripes, criss-cross straps across the top, and chunky heels
    Avre / Via instagram.com

    These are my new favorite shoes. I've had them for about a month now, and I wear them every chance I get. Since they're made of knit fabric, they stretch right onto your foot and are super comfortable. Plus, the chunky heel adds a bit of extra style. I mostly wear them with leggings and joggers, but I have worn them with jeans too. They do run big, so I would size down a half size.

    Get them from Avre for $145 (available in sizes 5–10).

    30. Western-style ankle boots with velvet and snakeskin accents to give your boot collection a ~leg~ up. You'll want to rock this style every chance you get — and the neutral tones mean you'll be able to wear it with so many different outfits.

    The mixed media boots with taupe-colored velvet and snakeskin accents and black heel
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are amazingly beautiful boots. The pictures do no justice to their beauty. Mine arrived quickly and I was so awed and enamored with their look and quality I ordered the other two colors right away. I wore the champagne color already and have received rave compliments. The Black boots are to die for. Haven't worn them yet, but I can hardly wait. The snake print pair are true charmers. Recommendation: BUY these boots while you can! Oh yeah, they fit true to size and feel comfortable while wearing." —Carla Branscomb

    Get them from Amazon for $59.95 available in sizes 6–11 and three colors).

    31. Buckle flats designed to take the classic Mary-Jane flat and elevate it with a fun buckle detailing. Reviewers swear by the quality of these hand-made shoes, so you know you can wear them for years and years.

    model wearing the black gloss flats with buckle across the top
    Zou Xou Shoes / Etsy

    BTW — Zou Xou Shoes is a Black- woman-owned business that has been creating handcrafted shoes by Argentinian shoemakers since 2015. The styles are easy and classic so they can be worn for years. These flats are handmade to order in European sizes, and they suggest sizing up. So, if you wear a US 8, choose a 39.

    Promising review: "Omg, they are perfect!!! As soon as I opened the box, I could smell the quality. I’ve been eyeing these shoes for months, and they are so worth it! Keeping these forever. ❤️ So happy to support!" —Isabella Henriquez

    Get them from Zou Xou Shoes on Etsy for $268 (available in sizes 39–42) or from Zou Xou for $268 (available in sizes 35–42).   

    32. Steve Madden animal-print sneakers in a mix of animal prints to help show off your ~wild~ side. And by wild side, I mean your ability to pair these with everything you have in your closet knowing your feet will not be screaming at you at the end of the day.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are absolutely the cutest and most unique sneakers. They are comfortable and so stylish. I’m definitely getting the cheetah print next." —Candace Liyah Paul

    Get them from Amazon for $79.95 (available in sizes 5–11 and in 15 colors).

    33. And a truly WOW-worthy pair of heels to help you make a statement. And that statement is that you are not afraid to step out of your comfort zone. In style, I mean, because reviewers say these heels don't sleep on comfort, either.

    gold heels with a wrap-around detail on the heel with lace-up ankle detailing
    Keeyahri

    BTW — Keeyahri is a Black woman-owned brand creating beautiful luxury footwear for confident people!

    Promising review: "Whew!!! These shoes are to DIE for. I am extremely in love with these shoes. They are comfortable and very stylish. You won’t find any other shoe around like this one. If you're looking for something stylish, spicy, and sexy, this is definitely the shoe for you. I love the way this shoe compliments my long legs. I feel like a GODDESS, honey. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. I OVER LOVE this shoe. ❤️❤️❤️ KEYA YOU DID THIS SHOE GIRL" —Kesha

    Get them from Keeyahri for $659 (available in whole sizes 5–12 and in two colors). 

    Me when someone tells me I have too many pairs of shoes:

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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