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    28 Pairs Of Shoes That Really Are Worth The Splurge

    High quality, comfortable, and stylish shoes you'll have in your closet for a 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 four 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.

    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 nine colors).

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

    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 $95.08 (available whole sizes 5–11 and in 10 colors).

    4. Sorel sneaker boots combining the warmth and protection of a boot with the sleek design of a sneaker for a shoe you can wear all fall and winter without feeling like you're a giant clomping down the street as you walk.

    The sneaker-style shoe with white sole, olive green and dark grey body and laces.

    I can't be the only one that hates winter boots because of that feeling, right???

    Promising review: "These boots are comfortable and stylish. The best part is how functional they are. I wear them in the rain, snow, and any regular day. They go with every outfit combination I can think up. I want them in black now." —Brae79

    Get them from Sorel for $160 (available in sizes 5-12 and in four colors) or Amazon for $159.95 (available in sizes 5-12 and in grey, tan, and black).

    5. Calvin Klein black pumps great to keep in your closet for whenever you have a nice event, because they have a cushioned foam insole that will ensure your feet won't hurt after wearing them for a matter of minutes.

    Reviewer photo of the black heels with a pointed toe sitting on top of and in front of the box

    Promising review: "These heels rock! They're so beautiful and very, very comfortable! I wore them all day (10-12 hours) and had no problems!!! They are so worth every penny. I will be ordering more." —Kimberly Wormsley

    Get them from Amazon for $56.69 (available in sizes 4-11 and in 21 colors and patterns).

    6. 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

    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).

    7. 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 (avaialble in whole sizes 5-12 and in 26 colors) or Nordstrom (available in whole sizes 5–10 and in 11 colors) for $99.95.

    8. Suede sneakers specifically designed to be super lightweight — in fact, each one only weighs 1 lb each. Plus, they're waterproof, anti-microbial, and have an oh-so-chic look love.

    Model wearing the sneaker-style shoe with brown suede body, white sole, and laces

    Promising review: "I have had my eye on these shoes for quite some time. They seemed minimal, good quality, and a great everyday shoe that I could throw on yet still look classy. Despite my love for them prior to receiving them, they still blew my expectations out of the water. They are all the things I anticipated, becoming a quick wardrobe staple, but are also just so dang comfortable. 'Travel' does not just pertain to their packability, I could totally see myself walking 20,000 steps around Amsterdam with these shoes on my feet." —Kristen K.

    Get them from Nisolo for $130 (available in sizes 6-10 and in five colors).

    9. Lucky Brand ankle boots I'm pretty sure Taylor Swift was thinking about when she wrote the lyrics "'Cause we never go out of style, we never go out of style."

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed,

    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 $65.24 (available in sizes 5–13 and wide widths, and 39 colors and fabric styles).

    10. A pair of slip-on sneakers with a super-secret fold down in the back, meaning you can wear them two ways, so it's basically like you're getting two pairs of great shoes in one.

    Olukai / Via, Nordstrom

    These are some of my favorite shoes in my closet. They're such a classic style and really go with everything — plus the fold in the back is actually extremely useful. Once, I took a workout class and was getting ready in the dressing room after. I was able to keep my shoes on, but also get ready and not worry about my feet touching the floor (because who knows what was on there). Plus, I can just slip them on when I'm in a rush or just too lazy to put them on all the way without fear of ruining them. They show no signs of going out of style. I'm a fan.

    Get them from Nordstrom for $99.95 (available in sizes 5-11 and in nine styles).

    11. Everlane Day Heels – they have more than 4,000 reviews raving about how comfortable and supportive they are.

    Model wearing the round toe shoe with a chunky short heel in red

    Promising review: "The first time I slipped my feet into these, they were like pillows. I have been looking for a good pair of heels to walk in, especially since I'll be heading to NYC and didn't want to negate fashion for comfort. These, however, were the perfect pair for both." — teafny32

    Get them from Everlane for $145 (available in sizes 5-11 and in nine colors).

    12. A pair of rainbow wave sneakers to add a pop of color and fun to your outfit, because sometimes the best shoes you keep around for a while are the ones that make you smile.

    White sneakers with embroidered rainbow along the outsides and embroidered sun in yellow and orange along the insides

    Promising review: "I could not adore these sneakers more! They're crazy comfortable and look so well-made. I was tired of the same plain tennis shoes and wanted something that would make me smile when I put on — my new Soludos do the trick every time. They are well worth the shoe investment! (Also easy to find LOTS of cute coordinating shirts!)" —Erin R.

    Get them from Soludos or Amazon for $139 (available in sizes 5-11 and in white, blue, and pink).

    13. A cut-out mule designed to be a more sophisticated take on a flat you can easily slide on your feet without wasting any time with straps or laces.

    Model wearing the pointed toe open-back flat with a cut out over the top of the foot.
    Zou Xou / Etsy

    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 mules 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 $249 (available in European sizes 36-42) or from Zou Xou Shoes for $245.

    14. Sorel wedge booties that just may be one of the most comfortable heels you ever wear. Plus, they'll keep you protected from any bad weather while also keeping you stylish.

    Reviewer wearing the wedge boots with wavy black sole with wide elastic section on either side

    Promising review: "I was terrified when I purchased these wedges because I have never come even remotely close to paying this much for a pair of shoes. All you really need to know is that they are worth every single penny, so if you are on the fence about purchasing them, I highly recommend that you go for it! These wedges have amazing arch support, extremely comfortable, waterproof, and they do not hurt my feet at all. I am definitely not the kind of person that can walk around in heels for more than a couple minutes and I have been wearing these all day every day at work with no issue. I would also say that they are very true to size." —a_bennett

    Get them from Amazon for $158.92 (available in sizes 5-12 and in 21 colors).

    15. Adidas Boost sneakers with small touches of flowers on the side and the back for an added detail that will help them stand out in your closet when you need a shoe to work out or just walk around in.

    White sneaker with red stripes on the side and floral patches on the side and the heel.

    Promising review: "Best. Shoes. Ever. These are the most comfortable, beautiful, and easy to wear shoes ever. They're great for working out, working in the OR on my feet all day, or just throwing on with a pair of leggings and a sweatshirt. I love love love color combo. I get compliments all the time. I don't think I can ever go back to other sneakers." —Bergen Brown

    Get them from Amazon for $150 (available in sizes 4-11 and in 25 colors).

    16. 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.


    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 16 colors and patterns).

    17. 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 four colors).

    18. 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

    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 $149.95 (available in sizes 5-14 and in eight colors).

    19. Brooks Revel 3 running shoes designed with BioMoGo DNA that changes depending on your weight, stride, and speed, so you have a shoe that will truly go the ~extra mile~ with you.

    The running shoe with pink sole and grey knitted design through the body

    Promising review: "These shoes are so comfortable. They’re the only ones I want to wear no matter what I’m doing. Obviously, I got them for running, but they’ve become my preferred shoes for most workouts. The all-mush upper is so lightweight and comfortable, but perhaps not the best for lifting heavy. The bottoms are so cushy, like walking in clouds. Great for someone like me who walks heavy and often had foot/heel pain just from walking around. I even told my husband I was thinking about ordering a second pair to wear around the house (which he rolled his eyes at). I did go a half size up from my typical shoe size, and they fit great. Love them!" —Hilary M

    Get them from Amazon $79.95 (available in sizes 5-12 and in 19 colors).

    20. 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

    Birdies is a women-founded company that originally created a comfortable and stylish slipper that could be worn at home while hosting parties. But they quickly realized the shoes were just as practical outside. The flats have seven-layers of cushion in them, plus arch and heel support.

    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 12 colors and patterns).

    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

    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. 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

    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).

    23. 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

    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).

    24. Nike Vapormax sneakers to help you make a statement, and that statement is that you're a trendsetter who doesn't mess around when it comes to cool shoes you'll be rocking for a long time.

    The grey knit sneakers with light blue see-through soles and blue and purple marbling along the heel and toe

    Promising review: "These sneakers are stylish, comfortable, and unique. They are definitely worth the price. I love the way they look and feel on my feet." —M O

    Get them from Nike for $220 (available in sizes 5.5-12 and in five colors).

    25. Adidas superstar sneakers that have more than 61,000 5-star reviews raving about how amazing they are. Yes, you read that right — 61,000.

    adidas superstar shoes with three black stripes on either side

    Promising review: "I have always loved these shoes. It's been a while since I've had a pair, but I am so glad I got these! The comfort with old charm style, cannot be beat!" —DEVS82

    Get them from Amazon for $60 (available in sizes 5-11 and in white/black and white/pink) or Adidas for $85 (available in sizes 5-11 and in six styles).

    26. Jeffrey Campbell boots you'll feel (and look) like a million bucks even though you didn't have to spend even close to that amount to get great stylish shoes.,

    Promising review: “Absolutely gorgeous shoes. My husband gifted these to me. My first Jeffrey Campbells and certainly not my last. I am so in love. These are so perfect, comfortable, and excellent quality. I love the casual but really stylish look of these; I feel like they are classics I can wear for years but still show uniqueness with a bit of an edge.” —Let:it:be

    Get them from Amazon for $158+ (available in sizes 6-11 and five colors).

    27. 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

    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 $64.03+ (available in sizes 5-12 and in brown and black and red).

    28. And 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

    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).

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

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