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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 β€” and these deliver. Don't knock the Birks until you've tried them, folks.

    the two-strap sandals in light brown with gold buckle / Via @birkenstocks

    Promising review: "I have been wearing these for more than 18 years. Totally worth the price to have the most comfortable sandals ever. Keep in mind I wear these 300+ days a year at some point or another.... at minimum a mile walk with my dog every morning." β€”Donald Dunning

    Get them from Amazon for $89.95+ (available in sizes 5.5–15 and in multiple colors).

    2. Square-toe boots guaranteed to become your new IT. And by IT, I mean this is your new official go-to shoe β€” the kind of gorgeous thing that pulls through when you have five minutes to get ready and no patience., 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 very happy with this purchase." β€”Rebecca Henry

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

    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

    Promising review: "These shoes are the best shoes I've ever had and I'm a shoe fanatic! When I say I've worn them all day and it feels like I'm walking on clouds, they do! No more walking with my toes crunched up or feeling constricted because the shoe has no flexibility in the toe area (which makes my toes sore). These shoes are flexible and breathable. This right here is honestly a game changer for the comfort of my feet! They don't hurt, plus they look great." β€”Lauren Clark

    Get them from Amazon for $39.62+ (available in sizes 5-12 and in 17 colors).

    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.


    Promising review: "I love these shoes so much that I have them in two different colors. They are so comfortable and I love how the leather literally molds to your feet to give it an almost custom fit." β€”MaryL.

    Get them from Everlane for $100 (available in sizes 5-11 and in 10 colors).

    5. Strappy Plaka sandals that require absolutely NO break-in time β€” 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

    Promising review: "These fit the bill for a comfortable summer sandal! I did not realize how comfortable they would be. The rope design is soft and strong without cutting into my foot, they don't require any break-in time, and they fit very nicely." β€”KewlSoles

    Get them from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in sizes 5–11 and in 17 colors).

    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

    Promising review: "Best shoes I've ever owned. I love the way they fit, look, and feel. I have wide feet and its hard finding shoes that fit this well. I will definitely be buying these again." β€”April Chilcoat

    Get them from Amazon for $35.97+ (available in sizes 5-11 and in wide sizes and in multiple colors).

    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."


    Promising review: "Surprisingly comfortable! The boots fit me like a glove! I wore these out dancing for the first time without breaking them in, and I was comfortable all night long. No blisters to report!" β€”Emily Kazdin

    Get them from Amazon for $40.95+ (available in sizes 5–11 and in wide sizes and seven colors).

    8. High-top sneakers for the best of both worlds: the β€œI 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

    Psst, reviewers note that these babies takes a couple of wears before they're fully broken in!

    Promising review: "I am a boot woman to the core, but I also love comfort. These almost feel like a boot when it comes to outfits, I’ve worn them with dresses, skirts, jeans, and dress pants and they are fantastic each time. The leather wears well and looks better over time. They fit great, too. True to size!" β€”Ranie N.

    Get them from Nisolo for $160 (available in sizes 6–11 and in two sizes).

    9. Stretch fabric flip-flops with over πŸ‘ 7,000 πŸ‘ 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

    Promising review: "Okay folks, I don't often leave product reviews, but the moment these amazing sandals/flip-flops were placed upon my feet, I swear I could hear my little tootsies SING! I have plantar fasciitis, and so I need supportive, cushy footwear. These sandals are perfect and are a DREAM to walk in!" β€”Scano The Mano

    Get them from Amazon for $18.98+ (available in sizes 5–12 and 22 colors).

    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. / Via @greats, / Via @greats

    Promising review: "I am absolutely obsessed with these. For years, I've tried cheaper alternatives to white sneakers but I just know these are quality and will last me for years. Quality over quantity is much better in my opinion." β€”Natalie S.

    Get them from Greats for $179 (available in sizes 6-10 and in five colors).

    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
    Dr. Martens

    These take a couple of wears to fully break in, but after that? It's smooth sailing.

    Promising review: "I have been a Doc enthusiast for about 25 years. I've owned at least 30 pairs and I have passed on my love to my daughter. She won't wear any other brand either. Best boot on the market. Comfy, light, and almost indestructible. They go with everything." β€”Diana S.

    Get them from Dr. Martens for $150 (available in sizes 5–11 and four colors).

    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.


    Promising review: "I had wanted these for a long time but hesitated. I’m so glad I bought them. They’re my new favorite shoes. They didn’t need to be broken in and are incredibly comfortable β€” definitely the most comfortable heels I’ve had. They fit true to size. These shoes are so versatile- I’ve worn them with dresses and jeans already. I’m already trying to justify buying them in another color." β€”Shannon F.

    Get them from Nisolo for $150 (available in sizes 6-10 and in two colors).

    13. Allbirds wool sneakers truly worthy of the rave reviews they've received β€” 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 / Via @allbirds

    Promising review: "I was so excited to get these after getting a recommendation from my friend, and I was not disappointed. Definitely comfortable, easy to wear and feels very lightweight on. I am definitely going to get more pairs. 10/10." β€”Joelle L.

    Get them from Allbirds for $95 (available in sizes 5-10 and in 17 colors).

    Psst, check out our review of the Instagram-famous Allbirds 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.


    Promising review: "I bought these shoes a couple weeks ago and just love them. I can wear them with jeans, skirts, or sundresses. They are so versatile! And very comfortable; enough to wear all day and not have sore feet or legs." β€”Heidi

    Get them from DSW for $59.99 (available in sizes 6-11 and in four colors).

    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 / Via @hunterboots

    Promising review: "Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, good rain boots are a necessity. When fashion and quality are a must, look no further than a pair (or two) of Hunters. Normally I would've bought black, but it seems like everyone is doing those right now and I wanted a bit of a pop to my rainy day wardrobe. The gloss red is gorgeous and cleans easily. I get compliments on these on a regular basis when the weather necessitates wearing them." β€”Laina Saas

    Get them from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in sizes 5–13 and in 29 colors).

    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

    Promising review: "These shoes are so comfortable that it literally feels like I'm walking on air. The support is there! When I'm running, my toes have room to spread out and even when I'm just walking, it feels so cushioned. My knee usually bothers me when I'm running on pavement but after I switched to these shoes, my knee no longer hurts from the run. I've been getting Brooks for a few years now and have loved every pair." β€”Charli Powers

    Get them from Amazon for $98.25+ (available in sizes 5–12, 27 colors, and narrow, regular, and wide widths).

    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

    Promising review: "These are great!! I’m a kindergarten teacher and these were perfect for wearing all day. They were super comfortable, which is hard for me to find with my feet, so I really mean it. They are also very professional and went great with my black skinny jeans." β€”Katie Dobbs

    Get them from Amazon for $23 (available in sizes 5–13 and in two colors).

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


    Promising review: "My absolute favorite pair of shoes (and I own A LOT of shoes!!)! SO lightweight, comfortable, and versatile! I own two pairs already and plan on buying more colors. I actually bought my first pair about two years ago and they are still holding up after a lot of use." β€”Jennifer Stout

    Get them from Amazon for $24.31+ (available in sizes 6–11 and in 28 colors).

    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 / Via @samedelman

    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?" β€”Ben West

    Get them from Amazon for $149.95+ (available in sizes 5–11 and in three colors).

    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

    Promising review: "I love these shoes. They arrived right on time, and are so comfortable! They fit true to size. The straps are stretchy thick fabric. They look really nice, but they are soft and stretchy, so no pinching or straining my feet as I've experienced with other strappy shoes. The wide heels make them comfortable to stand and walk in as opposed to shoes with spiky heels that can be hard to balance in. I can wear these for hours and my feet are not sore the next day." β€”Cari Ann Fox

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes 5-11 and in two colors and in wide sizes).

    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 β€” seriously, the world is your oyster with these shoes.

    the sneakers
    Hoka One One

    Promising review: "So comfortable and so stylish, my feet don't feel like they're throbbing after a long day. If you're thinking about buying these but hesitant on the price, BUY THEM!!!!! You will regret it once these are sold out." β€”Angela

    Get them from Hoke One One for $170 (available in sizes 5-15 and in two colors).

    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

    Promising review: "I am always hesitant to buy shoes online, but I am so pleasantly surprised with these shoes! I love them. They are so comfortable and the perfect height. I cannot say enough good things about these boots." β€”Chelsea Meyer

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 5–11 and in 10 colors).

    23. Blundstone Chelsea boots appropriate for any kind of activity β€” 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 / Via @blundstoneusa

    Promising review: "These boots are really worth the hype. Comfortable on my feet from day one other than the ankle feeling a bit rigid and difficult to pull on and off but this went away after the second wear. Never have I been so intent on ruining a pair of boots I just dropped over $200 on. They feel like you could go to hell and back in these and they would suffer minor cosmetic damage. I washed my car and got soap all over them and them sprayed them with a pressure hose and they dried right away. I scuffed them up on a rocky coastal hike. I trudged through mud and they cleaned right up. All this without a single blister!" β€”Noah T.

    Get them from Backcountry for $199.95+ (available in sizes 6-11 and in 11 colors).

    24. Stunning espadrilles handcrafted in Spain to add some β€œit’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

    Promising review: "Here they are right out of the box! I’m really pleased with the quality of the recycled velvet. I wanted a pair of shoes I could dress up or down that are comfortable and elevate my WFH look. These are perfect!" β€”Jackie E.

    Get them from Solana for $180 (available in sizes 6–11).

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