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    27 Cool Yet Comfortable Shoes That Won’t Overheat Your Feet

    Shoes that have mastered the art of style, comfort, and breathability.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

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

    1. Buckled slide sandals that are a comfortable (not to mention affordable) dupe of everyone's favorite summertime granola staple. 

    Promising review: "I ordered these for a beach trip after deciding I was tired of flip-flops. At the same, I also ordered Birkenstocks to wear around the house. After wearing these sandals for the beach trip, I decided to return the Birskenstock sandals — they were not even close to being as comfortable as these sandals and they cost much more. I love that these sandals stay securely on while walking (even in sand) and the molded foot bed has arch support. I couldn't be happier with my great find and I will order more colors soon." —Amazon Customer 

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes 6-11 and in 49 styles).

    2. Adidas Cloudfoam sneakers with loads of 5-star reviews touting just how lightweight and comfortable they are. Now you can spend less time thinking about how hot and achy your feet are and more time planning your Stardew Valley farm.

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    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give them a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "My feet usually are sore after being on them all day but not anymore. I wore these for a four-day trip to Disney World, walking over five miles a day and standing in lines for hours and my feet never hurt. I was so impressed by how comfortable and how light they were. The cushion was just what I needed. Hoping to be able to buy more of these (especially at the great sale price I got them) to replace most of my other shoes. Get these...you won't regret the comfort!!" —abizzybody

    Get them from Amazon for $37+ (available in sizes 5–12 and in 37 styles).

    3. Toms cutout sandals with breathable fabric straps and a stacked heel to strike the perfect balance between walk-ably short but stylishly tall.

    reviewer wearing the heels with white canvas straps and size zipper
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    Promising review: "WOW THESE shoes are SO comfy! They are really soft and flexible — reminds me of a dance shoe. I am not a heel person but this heel is the perfect height. The foot bed is cushiony and the suede is really soft. I usually don't spend this much on a pair of shoes that I wouldn't wear on a daily basis, but I'm so glad I did! They are my go-to shoe with a crop pant or dress now." —tara_fitandhappy

    Get them from Amazon for $56.61+ (available in sizes 5–12 and 11 colors).

    4. Knit pointed flats made from recycled water bottles for a shoe that's light on your feet and the planet. And if they ever start to look a little dingy — don't worry — these shoes are 100% machine washable.

    Rothy's

    Reviewers recommend ordering a half-size up to give your toes a little extra wiggle room.

    Promising review: "Awesome shoes. High quality, very comfortable. After commuting in them for a couple of weeks, I will size up a 1/2 size on my next pair for a bit more room in my toes. But the shoes are exactly what I needed. Stylish, professional, flats with unexpected support." —Charlotte C.

    Get them from Rothy's for $145 (available in sizes 5–13 and in 14 styles).

    Three BuzzFeed writers tested these flats — check out their super in-depth Rothy's flats review for more helpful info!

    5. Knotted slide sandals with a molded footbed if you're tired of wincing with every step for the sake of style.

    Target

    Promising review: "These are so comfortable and cute!! New fave sandals." —livingmybesttargetlife

    Get them from Target for $24.99 (available in sizes 5–12 and in three colors).

    6. Slip-on sneakers with memory foam soles and perforated detailing for a closed-toe shoe that still allows for plenty of airflow and breathability.

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    Some reviewers say these shoes run big, and recommend ordering a size down.

    Promising review: "These shoes are so comfy! Really feel like I’m walking on clouds. For the price, I was not expecting much but I was very pleasantly surprised. I listened to other reviews and ordered half a size down (I’m a 7 but ordered 6.5) and they fit perfectly with a little extra room for comfort! I’ve been wearing them for about a week and they are holding up well from light walking. Highly recommend if you want reasonably priced everyday shoes." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $5+ (available in sizes 5–11 and in 29 styles).

    7. Block heel sandals to end the era of the office shoe and the commute shoe. These beauties can be both.

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    Promising review: "These are basically my everyday shoes. I wear them in the office and I wear them out and about. I went out with my friends one night and danced for six hours. My feet were sore by the end of the night but I was able to still walk without taking them off. They're comfortable and look nice. I get compliments on them all the time. Goes with almost all of my outfits." —Quyen

    Get them from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes 5–10 and in six colors).

    8. Clarks flip-flops if you love the slip-on ease of flip-flops but hate the ankle-breaking lack of support.

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    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give them a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "LOVE THESE FLIP-FLOPS! I have Clarks boots and always thought they were one of the most comfortable pairs of boots I've owned. When I saw they made flip-flops I used the try before you buy feature and wasted no time buying them. They are soooo comfortable. We have tile and hardwood floors and if I'm not wearing good shoes, the pads of my feet and ankles hurt by the end of the day. These are like walking on pillows without being bulky (just good soles) and they fit my feet like a glove. Just ordered me another pair." —Bonnie Wagaman

    Get them from Amazon for $28.40+ (available in sizes 5–12 and in 39 colors).

    9. Woven checkerboard slides made from buttery soft leather with a cushioned insole for anyone who rejects the idea that cool, comfy shoes have to be boring.

    a mode wearing a white skirt and a pair of black and white gingham slides
    ZOU XOU SHOES / Etsy

    Zou Xou is Black woman-owned brand founded by Katherine Theobalds, who after becoming disillusioned with fashion's excessive waste issue and detachment from craft, launched her own line of thoughtfully crafted shoes. Each pair is handmade in Argentina by shoemakers using age-old techniques and premium leathers. Every small batch design is created with the intent of becoming a well-made, unfussy, and minimal essential in your wardrobe.

    Get them from Zou Xou Shoes on Etsy for $185 (available in EU sizes 36–41). 

    10. Sorel tennis sneakers made from breathable mesh so you can satisfy your craving for funky footwear without ending the day with unbearably stinky, sweaty feet.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I normally don't like wearing tennis shoes all day because my feet tend to sweat in them, then swell when I take them off. These are the best brand of tennis shoes I have ever owned. They feel wonderful on my arthritic feet, and my feet breathe in them all day, so they never sweat and don't swell up when I take them off. I bought a second pair in white. Well worth the money. All my other tennis shoes are going to Goodwill." —SBoo

    Get them from Amazon for $130+ (available in women's sizes 5–12 and six styles).

    11. Beaded wedge sandals because who doesn't want to look like they just stepped out of an ABBA music video?

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    Promising review: "Oh my goodness I LOVE these sandals. My feet look amazing. They are comfortable to walk in despite the high heel because they are wedges. The straps around my leg fit just right." —Colleen Sinclair

    Get them from Amazon for $30.50+ (available in sizes 5–10 and 11 styles).

    12. Square toe kitten heels that'll give your look a little lift without surrending your feet to a heel hangover the next day.

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    Promising review: "Seriously, they look ultra-expensive! Really chic style, very comfortable, leather is beautiful, and they are comfortable — true to size! Perfect heel height!" —AMLA

    Get them from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes 5.5–10 and in 11 styles).

    13. Raffia mules handmade by women artisans in Morocco for a shoe that screams "summer" but still allows you to tuck your toes away when necessary.

    a pair of woven raffia round-toe mules
    ziraffia / Etsy

    Ziraffia is an Etsy shop selling handmade Moroccan fashion accessories made out of natural woven raffia. 

    Promising review: "Absolutely love these shoes. They’re beautifully made and very comfortable. A great addition to my summer wardrobe." —xyasminx

    Get them from Ziraffia on Etsy for $39 (available in EU sizes 36–42). 

    14. Allbirds low-top sneakers made from earth- and feet-friendly eucalyptus fibers that are exceptionally lightweight and breathable — not to mention machine washable. Can your current sneakers say the same?

    Allbirds

    Promising review: "I bought these to walk around Disney World and they were perfect. Comfortable out of the box, breathable, and stylish. We walked around 10 miles every day and these worked out great." —Charrissa L.

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

    15. House shoes with quick-dry linen soles if you're prone to feet sweats but still want a cozy shoe to lounge around in this summer.

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    The shoes are machine-washable, anti-slip, flexible, and have a cushioned sole.

    Promising review: "These are so comfortable. They don't make my feet hot but keep them cozy. The construction is great and the color (I got orange) is beautiful!!!!" —OneGirlsOpinion

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in unisex sizes 5–13 and seven colors).

    16. Platform lace-up oxfords to take fashionable comfort to new heights with all-over perforation so your feet can breathe, and surprisingly lightweight anti-skid soles. You'll just have to worry about carrying the weight of all these compliments!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Thought the shoes were cute and read raving reviews, so I bought them. Wow! Sooo cute and extremely comfortable! I’m so excited about these! It feels like you’re walking on a cloud and I cannot believe the price I paid for them. Amazing deal. Highly recommend! I bought my size, an 8, and they fit perfectly. They are not too narrow and they definitely don’t look like 'clown shoes' as someone mentioned. Adorable 10/10!" —Talia

    Get them from Amazon for $25.91+ (available in sizes 5–10 and in 11 colors).

    17. Strappy sandals because no warm-weather wardrobe is complete without a dependable pair of comfy-yet-cute sandals that go with everything and take up almost zero space in a suitcase.

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    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." —KewlSoles

    Get them from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in sizes 5–11 and 25 styles).

    18. Lace-up block heels with a cushy sole for when you want to go out and not end the night carrying your heels with your feet covered in blisters.

    Lulus

    I bought these shoes to wear to my brother's outdoor wedding hoping they would at least be comfortable enough to walk around in grass while still looking dressy. These far exceeded my expectations and were SO comfortable right out of the box — absolutely zero break-in time, which is very unusual for my blister-prone feet. They've become my go-to this summer for going out for dinner in NYC, where a fair amount of walking is just part of the territory.

    Get them from Lulus for $28 (available in sizes 5.5–10 and in three colors).

    19. Lace-up loafers with over 21,000 5-star ratings that reviewers say are remarkably lightweight, easy to slip on and off, and super flexible — sort of like if a slipper and a sneaker got together and had a best-of-both-worlds baby.

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    Reviewers say this shoe runs big, so consider ordering a size down!

    Promising review: "Hey Dude shoes are absolutely amazing!! I have problem feet/ankles. These are supportive, light, and my feet don't sweat at all. Miracle shoes!!" —Stephanie Mason

    Get them from Amazon for $52.99+ (available in sizes 5–12 and in 29 styles).

    20. Rainbow huarache sandals if you're looking for a totally not basic pair of shoes that still let your little piggies breathe and see the light of day.

    Artesanías Camila / Etsy

    Artesanías Camila is a Carthage, Texas-based shop from Blanca Olivera. All of their Mexican-inspired huaraches, bags, hats, and apparel are handmade, beautifully intricate, and 100% joy-inducing.

    Promising review: "These are not just gorgeous shoes, they are comfortable and supportive. I have trouble finding shoes that fit properly (I have a high arch). These fit great! No blisters or scrapes. Plus as soon as they arrived, I could walk over a mile without having to break them in. I get so many compliments on them, too! I highly recommend." —emnkugler

    Get them from Artesanías Camila on Etsy for $49.99 (available in sizes 5–10 and in three colors).

    21. Teva Tirra sandals with super-supportive molded insoles so you can get sneaker-level comfort without sneaker-level foot overheating in high temps.

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    FYI, this is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give them a trial run if you're a member!

    I cannot say enough wonderful things about these sandals. I got them last year hoping for a 2020 summer filled with more long, hot walks around the city with my friends. Did that happen? NO. But I did have many long, hot walks around the park with a mask on. These sandals required ZERO break-in time and were ready for long-term wear right out of the box. For a hiking sandal, I think they still look sleek enough to pair with a casual sundress, and they keep my feet cool while still managing to put an actually supportive sole between my feet and the sidewalk.

    Get them from Amazon for $63.20+ (available in sizes 5–11 and in 10 colors).

    22. Glittery gold slides because glitz and glam shouldn't just be reserved for sky-high heels you can't wear in your day-to-day.

    Deux Mains

    Deux Mains is a woman-owned small business founded by Julie Colombino-Billingham who was a former earthquake responder struck by the words of one Haitian woman: "I don't want a bottle of water. I need a job." So, she moved to Haiti full-time and established a 100% solar-powered factory that produces ethical and environmentally friendly sandals and accessories to share with the world.

    Promising reviews: "I was surprised how many outfits I could wear the gold slides with, super comfortable and dresses my every day looks up perfectly! Highly recommend." —Andrea K Drawdy

    Get them from Deux Mains for $65 (available in sizes 6–11).

    23. Platform fisherman sandals with a supportive lug sole for orthopedic-like comfort disguised as a modern fashion sandal for everyday wear.

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    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give them a trial run if you're a member! Reviewers note that these run large (especially if you have narrow feet) so consider ordering a size down.

    Promising review: "These are some of the best sandals I own. I previously owned the Dr. Martens sandals and these ones are way better at half the price — easier to put on, super comfortable, and fit great. I’m normally a size 5–5.5 and I got the size 5 and they fit perfectly." —Danielle

    Get them from Amazon for $30.58+ (available in sizes 5–11 and in four colors).

    24. Clarks cutout loafers so comfortable you'll forget to tear them off the minute you get home. Plus, the Velcro strap makes it easy to adjust if your feet tend to swell in the heat.

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    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give them a trial run if you're a member!

    Would I file these under the most fashion-forward shoes I've ever owned? Not necessarily. But what they lack in trendiness is made up for in cleverly disguised comfort. I bought these before spending a semester abroad in Italy and wore them EVERYWHERE. The step-count these babies saw was through the roof. They survived loads of uneven cobblestone and were perfect for everything from museum tours to dinners out. Dressy enough not to garner "that's an American" looks from the locals, but more than comfortable enough that I could speedwalk around the country (much to the chagrin of my friends with ~normal~ walking speeds).

    Get them from Amazon for $31+ (available 5–12, three widths, and in six colors).

    25. Vegan leather slingback sandals that are so cute and trendy people will just assume they have to be uncomfortable. But the joke's on them — these cuties transcend normal shoe woes, achieving the fashion, comfort, and sustainable trifecta.

    Matt & Nat

    Matt & Nat is an Ontario, Canada-based vegan accessories brand creating bags, shoes, and more made without animal byproducts. Since 2007, they've been making all of their linings solely out of 100% recycled plastic bottles.

    Get them from Matt & Nat for $57 (originally $95; available in EU sizes 36–41 and in three colors; note that these shoes are final sale).

    26. Low wedge sandals with stretchy elastic straps that'll absorb foot sweat and are great for people with wide feet, different-sized feet, or bunions.

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    Promising review: "Planned a last-minute international beach trip and assumed that my trip would be spent in flip-flops. Nope. These I purchased at the last minute as a backup and they worked miracles. They fit my wide feet (one is wider than the other and both fit with the stretchy straps), they were comfortable, and I wore them seven times in seven days. Great arch support. Simply felt great. I will buy every other color and they will be my go-to all summer! Also, I stopped wearing heels a couple of years ago due to ankle challenges and the small heel on these is no problem." —Lisa

    Get them from Amazon for $21.41+ (available in sizes 5–11 and in nine colors).

    27. Dr. Scholl's wedge sandals if you've ever thought "heels can't be comfortable." These strappy sandals will turn you into a heel-hailing believer.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give them a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "I have short and stubby feet. They are wide. I have a hard time finding good shoes. These sandals fit perfectly, spacious, soft and, best of all, do not hurt my feet when walking. They are extremely comfortable. They are beautiful too. Inexpensive. The platform heel is the perfect size. The good clasp adjusts to ankle size for comfort. Dr. Scholl's outdid himself with this sandal. Now, I use them every day and everywhere. Will invest in multiple pairs, different colors." —Clara PadillaTurley

    Get them from Amazon for $17.50+ (available in sizes 5–11, two widths, and in six colors).

    You enjoying a pain and sweat-free walk in your new shoes:

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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