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    25 Shoes That Really Were Made For Walking

    🎡 And that's just what they'll do 🎡

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    1. Memory foam slip-on sneakers for getting out the door as quickly and as comfortably as possible.,

    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." β€”Amazon Customer

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

    2. Ultra-lightweight tennis sneakers that combine classy and comfy for a go-with-everything style you'll be reaching for day after day.

    Cole Haan

    Promising review: "I bought these shoes before leaving on a trip where I would do a lot of walking. I was nervous going out for a day on vacation where I would be walking close to 10 miles in new shoes, but lo and behold these shoes were amazing! They are so incredibly comfortable! Added bonus is they are super cute too! Can’t say enough good things about these!" β€”Jennifer C.

    Get it from Cole Haan for $130 (available in sizes 5–11, wide sizes 5–10 and in two colors).

    3. Dressy Aerosoles leather loafers with padded insoles to make the transition from wearing slippers to "real shoes" all-day a little easier.,

    My mom, who I consider the queen of finding cute, comfy shoes on Amazon, owns these and loves them!

    Promising review: "I LOVEEEE these! I ordered two pairs, one in brown and the other in black. They are very stylish and a great alternative to Everlane's loafers. I wear these multiple times throughout the week for a couple of months now, and I wore them just about every day on a trip abroad where there was a lot of walking. They are holding up great! The quality is high as well. Once the rubber bottom wears down I will be able to take them to a cobbler and have it redone, or I could simply order another pair." β€”hallie

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in sizes 5–12 and in two colors).

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

    FYI, this is 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 the feet my feet like a glove. Just ordered me another pair." β€”Bonnie Wagaman

    Get it from Amazon for $25.49 (available in sizes 5–12 and in 40 colors).

    5. Polished Lucky leather ankle boots because the best shoes are the ones that are comfortable but don't look comfortable.,

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

    Promising review: "These are the most comfortable booties I have ever worn. The footbed is divine. I would seriously like to thank the genius that designed them. I can walk all day in them in the city and my feet feel great. I have both black and toffee leather β€” very soft leather, which I like. I did take another reviewer's advice and treated them with beeswax sealer before wearing. So, they are holding up pretty well considering how much daily wear and abuse they've had." β€”M.Jerge

    Get it from Amazon for $28.21+ (available in sizes 5–13, wide and regular sizes, and 32 styles).

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

    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 for my birthday 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 it from Amazon for $45.76+ (available in sizes 5–11 and in 22 colors).

    7. Splurge-worthy Mary Jane flats handcrafted from supple leather for a truly timeless style that'll see you through office commutes, lunch dates, and nights out for years to come.


    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 it from ZOU XOU SHOES on Etsy for $268 (available in EU sizes 39–42) or from ZOU XOU for $268 (available in EU sizes 35–42).

    8. Earth-friendly woven Huarache sandals with shock-absorbing foam insoles that blur the line between sandal and loafer for an easy-going style you'll have trouble finding reasons not to wear for the hundreth day in a row.


    Promising review: "I ordered my sandals for at home try on, and they shipped very fast even when I had to exchange for a different size. They are constructed beautifully. They seem delicate but are well made and I feel comfortable walking around in them all day for work." β€”Neely G.

    Get it from Nisolo for $120 (available in sizes 5–11 and in five colors).

    9. Quilted mid-calf rainboots to keep your feet cute and dry without feeling like you're dragging waterlogged weights around your ankles every time it rains.,

    Promising review: "I bought these boots for a trip to London and Dublin. Knowing there would be lots of rain, I needed something to keep my feet dry. I was concerned about the comfort of wearing a rain boot. These boots did not disappoint. They were actually so much more comfortable than I could have imagined. They didn’t rub like some of the booties do. We walked 10 miles a day, right out to package. No blisters or discomfort. I would recommend them to anyone. You must wear socks with them, so plan for sizing accordingly. I logged 40k steps in these boots and now use them as daily barn boots. Great price and great product, cute too." β€”Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes 5–9.5 and in four colors).

    10. Chic 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.,

    FYI, this is 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." β€”Clara PadillaTurley

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes 6–11 and in six colors).

    11. Canvas BOBS slip-on shoes with deceptively cushy footbeds because comfortable shoes shouldn't have to look like you bought them from a podiatrist., Amazon

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

    Promising review: "I love these shoes. I’ve purchased at least three pairs. I’ve done A LOT of walking in them and feel no pain or discomfort. I have very bad knees and the Cush and support are amazing. Love them and I’m happy to support shelter pets. I’m a shelter pet parent." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.27+ (available in sizes in 5–11 and in six colors).

    12. Patent Franco Sarto vegan leather loafers with thick rubber lug soles so you can stomp around sidewalks in head-to-toe sophistication and leave the arsenal of blister bandages at home.,

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

    Promising review: "I needed a pair of dressy shoes to wear with my suits on days when I have to walk a lot. These shoes look sharp and they are so comfortable. I can walk all day in these and guess what, they look great with jeans too! I feel like I have a spring in my step when I'm walking in these and I get so many compliments. I am ecstatic with this purchase. They fit perfect too which I was a bit worried about." β€”Jane Jernigan

    Get it from Amazon for $50.60+ (available in sizes 5–11 and in three colors).

    13. All-purpose lace-up boots perfect for virtually any occasion. Made from recycled synthetic wool and repurposed marine plastic, this versatile style is cute enough for brunch but tough enough for muddy hiking trails.

    Alice + Whittles

    Alice + Whittles is a mission-driven, Ontario, Canada-based small biz creating outdoor footwear that's easy on the planet, the eyes, and your feet! Their materials are 90% sustainable and traceable β€” and they're working toward 100%. This POC woman-led brand is all about the details, taking years to develop each collection, traveling the globe to seek out the best materials for the health of both people and the planet.

    Their website recommends ordering one full size up to allow some extra wiggle room for thicker socks.

    Get it from Alice + Whittles for $200 (available in sizes 6–12 and in six colors).

    14. Wear-everywhere ballet flats with an elasticized topline for a no-slip fit that won't make your feet wince at the mere thought of standing around all day in such a slim style.,

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

    Promising review: "These shoes are pretty much the fanciest ones I've worn since the pandemic started β€” I'm usually in slippers, flip flops, or sneakers. And I have to say β€” these are just as comfy as any of those. I've probably owned 50 pairs of ballet flats over the years, and I'd rank these right up there with shoes that cost three or four times as much. They fit perfectly (I love that they come in wide!) and are so comfortable to wear, even if you're doing lots of walking. Even though they're not leather, they do have some give to them. I'm so glad I bought multiple colors and will probably buy more!" β€”CaliGirl89

    Get it from Amazon for $19.90+ (available in sizes 5–15, wide and narrow sizes, and 36 colors).

    15. Platform lace-up oxfords to take fashionable comfort to new heights with surprisingly lightweight anti-skid soles. You'll just have to worry about carrying the weight of all these compliments!,

    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!" β€”Talia

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes 5–10 and in five colors).

    16. Cole Haan riding boots with a stretch-back panel for a customized fit if tugging all-day at sagging, too-loose boots is not your idea of comfort., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a very comfortable boot β€” especially as I have a hard time finding boots/shoes that fit around the width of my foot. Plus there's a little padding on the bottom so the strike on the ground is a bit cushioned. What a great find." β€”NF

    Get it from Amazon for $36.79+ (available in sizes 5–9 and in two colors).

    17. African print slip-on sneakers because the Venn diagram of your statement shoes and your comfortable walking shoes can (and should!) have some overlap.

    a model wearing jeans and siip-on sneakers with a red and yellow print and white rubber soles

    Founded in 2012, LAVIYE is a UK-based, Black-owned small biz creating clothes and accessories for millennials in the diaspora to renew a sense of pride in their African culture. The goal of the Nigerian founders is to blend cultures by combining vibrant African prints with "Western" silhouettes.

    Pre-order from LAVIYE for $125.64 (Β£90; available in sizes 7–11).

    18. Reknit ankle boots made from recycled polyester so your carefully curated style doesn't have to suffer in the name of all-day comfort.


    Promising review: "This is the most comfortable boot I've ever bought! I always wear flats, never heels, but this boot feels like I'm wearing a flat! I have orthotics and find it hard to get shoes deep enough to fit, but the knit gives me room to move and are ultra-stylish." β€”Stacy

    Get it from Everlane for $57+ (originally $115; available in sizes 5–11 and in four colors).

    19. Handmade lace-up cotton shoes with asymmetric lace-up detailing and rubber soles made from upcycled tires for a comfortable everyday style that's light on your feet and the planet.

    Funky Kalakar

    Funky Kalakar is a sustainability-minded small biz selling bags and shoes made by local artisans across India. Their packaging is 100% plastic-free, their bags are made of materials that can be recycled eight times over, and the soles of their shoes are made from upcycled tires, diverting waste from landfills!

    Get it from Funky Kalakar for $68 (originally $90; available in EU sizes 36–41).

    20. Slip-on Kenneth Cole Chelsea boots that scream "I'm chic" to the world while cradling your feed in a soft cushiony sole with every step.,

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

    Promising review: "I bought these shoes on Amazon after finding them on a different site for $40 more. I've been wearing them every day for a week. I live in NYC and I walk A LOT. They are mostly really comfortable. Breaking them in, the toes area can feel a little tight. But I really love them and I can tell theyll get more and more comfortable as I wear them!

    Update 12/2020: I still have these shoes after wearing them nearly every day in fall and winter for two years. They need to be replaced now but they have served me well!" β€”S Marshall

    Get it from Amazon for $24.93+ (available in sizes 5–11 and in eight styles).

    21. Block heel sandals to make the after-work walk from the office to the bar an actually-not-painful experience, even if you left your commute shoes at home.,

    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." β€”Quyen

    Get it from Amazon for $14.10+ (available in sizes 5–10 and in four colors).

    22. Chunky unisex sneakers if your goal is to have every sneakerhead within a mile radius running to ask where you got those shoes.


    CROSTY is a small luxury sneaker brand founded in 2015 by two brothers, George and Shota Mikaia. Sprung by the pride they felt for their Georgian heritage, their shoes combine traditional Georgian shoemaking with bold designs that speak to creativity and a sense of freedom.

    Get it from CROSTY for $280 (available in IT sizes 35–45 and in four colors).

    23. Suede Marc Fisher block heel pumps because sometimes life demands a dressy shoe, but your feet would probably be grateful if you opted for a pair that won't require a week-long recovery period.,

    Promising review: "LOVE this shoe! Wore them the first time to work a wedding (which is standing/walking for four hours straight, minimum) and they were SO great! They are comfortable, fit well, easy to walk in and stand in. Want them in all colors now!" β€”Brittney

    Get it from Amazon for $37.49+ (available in sizes 5.5–11 and in five colors).

    24. Adidas Cloudfoam sneakers so you can clear up the brain space usually dedicated to uncomfortable shoe-annoyance and fill it with more important things like Bridgerton fanfiction and Lord of the Rings movie quotes.,

    FYI, this is 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 of 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 won't regret the comfort!!" β€”abizzybody

    Get it from Amazon for $32.66+ (available in sizes 5–12 and in 40 styles).

    25. Memory foam slingback sandals for orthopedic-like comfort disguised as a modern fashion sandal for everyday wear.,

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

    Promising review: "My go-to all day sandal. Foam is comfortable for walking all day. The straps are thick and comfortable. Easy to put on and take off. You can wear them in water. And super crispy bright white. If they get dirty, you can use some soap and a toothbrush and boom β€” bright white again. I highly recommend them." β€”Tiara

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98+ (available in sizes 5–11 and in four colors).

    You happily walking down the street without foot pain:

    20th Century Fox

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

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