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    24 Splurge-Worthy Shoes That Are Actually Worth The Investment

    Ah yes, the power of a good shoe.

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    1. A pair of tried-and-true Birkenstocks, because your feet deserve nothing but the best comfort and support footwear can offer — and these deliver. Don't knock the Birks until you've tried them, folks.

    the two-strap sandals in light brown with gold buckle

    2. Square-toe boots guaranteed to become your new IT. And by IT, I mean this is your new official go-to shoe — the kind of gorgeous thing that pulls through when you have five minutes to get ready and no patience.

    3. Adidas lace-up sneakers dubbed the ~Cloudfoam Pure~ because of how downright comfortable they are. Not only do these look fantastic (man I love athleisure), but they genuinely make you feel as if you're walking on a cloud.

    reviewer wearing grey and white sneakers with white laces

    4. Buttery soft ballet flats handcrafted with Italian leather, aka say ~buon giorno~ to the only shoes you'll want to wear for the rest of this year. Perfect flats = the only prerequisite needed to look put-together every single day.

    5. Strappy Plaka sandals that require absolutely NO break-in time — just take 'em straight out of the box, put them on your feet, and be on your merry way. (For reference, these are so great that they garnered over 6,000 positive reviews.)

    model wearing the strappy sandals in black

    6. Memory foam lace-up sneakers dubbed by one reviewer as the best kicks they've ever owned. These chunky Skechers are durable, comfortable, and supportive enough for miles-long strolls.

    reviewer wearing the sneakers

    7. Franco Sarto knee-high boots that would have absolutely made an appearance on Carrie Bradshaw's feet. File gallivanting around New York City whilst wearing these shoes under "a bucket list must."

    8. High-top sneakers for the best of both worlds: the “I tried” look afforded by slightly more fancy shoes, the comfort that comes from throwing on your favorite kicks.

    model wearing bone-colored high top sneakers

    9. Stretch fabric flip-flops with over 👏 7,000 👏 positive reviews. To say these bad boys are loved is pretty much the understatement of the [Zenon: Girl of the] 21st century.

    reviewer wearing the shoes in gray

    10. Perforated sneakers made from quality Italian leather. Can't get to Florence anytime soon? Eh, just slip these gorgeous things on and take 'em for a walk around your neighborhood instead. It's almost the same thing.

    11. Dr. Martens combat boots durable enough to withstand anything: sleet, snow, rain, dive bars, and the list goes on for miles. Consider this stylish investment your new wardrobe staple from now until, well, forever.

    model wearing the black boots

    12. Open toe mules that exude major "I'm the CEO of a Fortune 500 company" vibes. These handmade block heels are simple yet sophisticated, pretty much making them the blazer equivalent of footwear.

    13. Allbirds wool sneakers truly worthy of the rave reviews they've received — they feel like a fluffy cloud from the moment you slip 'em on. They have a padded insole, a super lightweight sole, and the laces? They're made from 100% recyclable material. TL;DR: These are more comfortable than running kicks and look way more chic.

    model wearing white lace-up sneakers

    14. Dolce Vita espadrille wedges that are the perfect compromise: They look ultra dressy but manage to be unbelievably comfortable, ergo you can look chic *and* put-together without having to feel like you're wobbling around on stilts.

    15. Tried-and-true Hunter rain boots guaranteed to have you begging for rain *just* as an excuse to wear these babies. If you're looking for something puddle-proof that won't leave your socks drenched in water by the time your commute is done, presenting IT. IT = the perfect shoe.

    model wearing knee-high black boots with side buckle

    16. Lightweight Brooks running sneakers available in narrow, regular, and wide widths (hallelujah), plus 27 colors. Couple that with ultimate comfort and extreme durability and ding ding ding, you've got yourself a workout shoe winner.

    reviewer wearing blue perforated sneakers with black bottom and dotted laces

    17. Black loafers to add polish to any outfit, even if said outfit consists of black leggings and a wrinkled tee. Throw on a black blazer for extra oomph and hoorah! We’re got a recipe for your next #ootd.

    reviewer wearing the black loafers with gold chain design

    18. Blowfish Malibu sandals designed with an itty bitty wedge, meaning that if you — like me — find super flat shoes to be uncomfortable, then these will likely become your new summer favorites.

    19. Sam Edelman combat boots guaranteed to make you feel ~trendier than thou~ on your stroll to the corner deli. Available in neutral colors, quickly throw these on to make it seem as if you didn't snooze through your alarm this morning.

    the white boots

    20. Life Stride heeled sandals designed with stretchy straps that perfectly conform to your feet. These, my friends, defy logic: They may be heels, but reviewers swear that they're actually comfortable enough to walk around in all day.

    the strappy heels in black with block heel

    21. Hoka One One sneakers lauded by reviewers for their supreme comfort, support, and stability. These lace-ups are a solid choice when it comes to everything from running laps to running errands — seriously, the world is your oyster with these shoes.

    the sneakers

    22. Square toe ankle booties that take any outfit from drab to fab in a millisecond. It's time to chuck out the uncomfortable stilettos of "I'm dressing up" outfits past and replace them with a far more comfortable option; and one that never requires a fresh pedicure.

    reviewer holding the black boots

    23. Blundstone Chelsea boots appropriate for any kind of activity — think everything from hiking to grabbing your morning caffeine. These premium leather splurges are water-resistant, provide solid traction, an ergonomically engineered toe spring, and a removable comfort footbed.

    model wearing the brown and black boots

    24. Stunning espadrilles handcrafted in Spain to add some “it’s almost summer thank the gods, old and the new” to your footwear game. These are 100% vegan and made from recycled cotton and thread.

    model wearing the black espadrilles

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