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    Apr 17, 2019

    38 Pairs Of Shoes Your Feet Won't Mind Breaking In One Bit

    It's time to break up with shoes that are hard to break in.

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    1. A pair of Allbirds wool runners so soft, you're gonna feel like you just stuffed your foot in a pillow and called it a day.

    Allbirds

    These were one of the top three best casual sneakers on BuzzFeed Reviews! And to give you an idea of how comfortable these are, here's a little taste of the post-test review: "If you’re sick of getting blisters every time you wear a new pair of sneakers, consider Wool Runners to be the answer to your feet’s prayers."

    Get them from Allbirds for $95 (available in 16 colors and sizes 5–10).

    2. A flexible sandal that'll feel toe-tally comfortable right out of the box.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "GET THESE SHOES. The leather is super comfortable and they've lasted me all summer: from walking around Portland to trekking through sand at the beach. I didn't even have to break them in, they never cut into my feet at all! I'm going to get them in two other colors because they are that dang great. 10/10 would recommend." —Cate

    Get them from Amazon for $18.49+ (available in 14 colors and sizes 5–11).

    3. An ankle strap ballet flat sure to make you feel like dancing.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are super cute and comfy. I bought the black ones for work where I'm on my feet for10–13 hours. These are not slip resistant but they are soo comfortable. They feel like a second skin when on and need no time to break in." —Tara

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

    4. A pair of gym shoes with enough grip to keep you grounded and enough cushion to keep your feet from getting as sore as your aching muscles after a stellar workout.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These fit true to size for me. The toe box is slightly more narrow so if you have wide feet, that may be a reason to size up. They aren’t the most most comfortable to run long distances in, but they have felt completely fine during all of the daily workouts I’ve put them through and they didn’t require any break-in period. The grip is great on rope climbs and and I haven’t had any heel slip problems on sled pushes or the rower like I’ve had with other shoes. They are even comfortable for casual, all-day wear. I love these shoes!" —Renee Johnson

    Get them from Amazon for $129+ (available in 11 colors and sizes 5–11).

    5. A pair of platforms so chic and comfortable they're gonna feel heaven-sent.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are my favorite shoes I've ever owned. They're super comfortable and easy to break in. I've had two pairs. They sell out quick, but I'll buy another pair when they're back in stock in my size for sure!" —Bryanna

    Get them from Amazon for $32+ (available in three colors and sizes 5.5–11).

    6. A lightweight ballet flat that'll keep your outfit strappy and your feet feeling happy!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I'm actually really surprised by how much I love these shoes. I ordered a nine (which I normally wear) and was pleased that they fit. I wore them the first time expecting some pain in breaking them in but there was none! They are very comfortable, the elastic straps don't dig into my skin, and they stay on my feet as I walk (and even run!). I've gotten so many compliments on them as well. The top did crease but that's because I like to stand on my toes a lot. I've worn them a lot since I've gotten them in sunny and rainy weather and they've held up beautifully. I'm seriously considering buying them in a different color at this point!" —Raven M.

    Get them from Amazon for $15+ (available in four colors and sizes 6–11).

    7. An embroidered slip-on sneaker for anyone who knows their feet deserve the royal treatment.

    Nordstrom

    Promising review: "I love these shoes! I wore these shoes today for the first time. They are cute and comfortable. I wore them all day with no issues. They ran true to size. I am very happy with my purchase." —Genolarose

    Get them from Nordstrom for $39.99 (available in sizes 4–10.5).

    8. A slingback pump you're gonna be ~pumped~ about when you throw them on and realize they're all kinds of comfortable.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Oh my god. If your favorite slippers came in a high heel version, they would be these. These shoes are like CLOUDS. The upper is soft and very flexible, and the sole is padded. No break-in period. Are blisters even possible in these? I think not." —Krista

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in 21 colors and sizes 5–10).

    9. A chunky heel Oxford for showing off your sophisticated side, even when you only bought them to replace your sneakers on those rare occasions when you need to look somewhat grown up.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are super comfortable! They didn't take any time at all to break in and they look lovely." —William K. Hallman

    Get them from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in three colors and sizes 4.5–10.5).

    10. A pair of Vans with one million color options — breaking them in will be easy...deciding which pair to get will not.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are absolutely the greatest shoes ever!! The print is high-quality and they fit as expected. For a shoe with such little support, I am surprised at how comfortable and easy to break in they are. I have had them for over a month and wear them at least three times a week at work, where I am on my feet all day. They are very comfortable and I have no issues with them whatsoever." —Joel S

    Get them from Amazon for $23.88+ (available in 161 colors and sizes 5.5–14.5).

    11. A pair of metal studded boots sure to have you feeling like a real ~stud~ when you're able to walk around all day without even a bit of a blister.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These boots are very well made and fairly comfortable. They required no breaking in period. I get compliments on them everywhere I go. I am buying two more pairs in different colors because I will be sad when they wear out. Luckily, I don’t think that will be too soon." —KStaff

    Get them from Amazon for $59.98+ (available in 10 colors and sizes 4–11).

    12. A pair of clogs for fashion-forward folks who ~wood~ love a statement shoe that's actually comfortable for, you know, walking.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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 $54.99+ (available in seven colors and sizes 5–10).

    13. A leopard print wedge with the perfect amount of comfort and style you've been hunting for. Now you've just gotta ~prey~ they keep them in your size in every color!

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I never wear heels because after about 30 minutes my arches and the balls of my feet start killing me. I got these in the mail and in the same day, without breaking them in, I went out and did not take off these shoes for about 12 hours. They are incredibly comfortable (the balls of my feet hurt by the end of the night but like I said, I had them on forever). Everything on the shoe looked well made! I'm very happy!" —Rachel Gibbs

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in 15 colors and sizes 5–10).

    14. A soft blue loafer that'll show your toes the luxe side of life.

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "I just packed these new, unworn shoes to take on a trip and they were very comfortable. While not snug fitting, these are not too tight and fit nicely with a pair of tights. I don’t have a wide foot, so I did find them a little loose, just not too loose. They are fun with pants or a skirt. Will probably wish I’d purchased another pair after I wear these out!" —Palmettogal

    Get them from Anthropologie for $130 (available in four colors and sizes 5.5–11).

    15. A sandal you can take out of the box and throw on your feet the minute a vacation is calling.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was looking for a nice pair of orange sandals. Easier said than done! I found these and have always had good luck with Teva shoes, so I gave them a try. I was not disappointed. They are so comfortable I can wear them all day. All the straps are adjustable, so whether your foot is narrow or wide they will fit well. I bought them to go on vacation and I did not have to break them in first, they were comfortable from the beginning. I can toss them in the washing machine when they get dirty and they come our like new! I would recommend these shoes." —Lydia

    Get them from Amazon for $52.37+ (available in 22 colors and sizes 5–11).

    16. A pair of retro pumps with a comfy kitten heel we are pawsitive you're gonna love.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are my wedding shoes and I love them. I wore them the day after I received them to go dancing (before even breaking them in) and my feet didn't hurt after, nor the next day." —Irish Bell

    Get them from Amazon for $25+ (available in 18 colors and sizes 5.5–11).

    17. A pair of casual loafers – they're sure to be your go-to shoes, whether you wanna loaf around the house or go out and do a million things — either way, you're gonna be comfy all day.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love these shoes. They are so comfy. They're a little wide through the arch and heel area and I live in the desert, so my feet swell with the heat. These are keepers and will order another pair in a different color. I usually hate shoes but love these. No break in needed. The first time I wore them about four hours and they felt good. Highly recommended." —cgalloway

    Get them from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in 11 colors and sizes 5–10).

    18. A slipper/shoe hybrid for people who understand the value of cool, convenient comfort.

    Plae

    I love walking. I'll pick a path and do up to 10 miles on a Saturday, but my feet usually start blistering the minute I say, "Let's go for a walk." I have an absolutely horrible time breaking in new shoes, and even struggle after breaking them in because of sweat. I wore these straight out of the box and basically forgot I even had shoes on. These shoes changed the game for my terrible toes. They are lightweight, have a unique look, and the sole has continued to stay strong through my rather aggressive "strolls" through Central Park.

    Promising review: "These are like being barefoot, but BETTER! I LOVE these shoes!! They mold to my feet and feel I feel as lithe as a cat in them. They grip the surface, yet feel light and weightless — the first shoe that I can wear in my house without a sock that feels comfortable and dry. They are also attractive. I intend to buy several pairs because they are so perfect." —Scarlett B.

    Get it from Plae for $64.95.

    19. A pair of Chelsea rain boots made with a lightweight material so that blisters don't rain on your parade when the weather is dreary enough as it is.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these rain boots! I wore them for the first time today and walked five miles in them with no issues. They are not exactly light but in terms of rain boots, they are functional, practical, and pretty comfortable with no break in needed. I highly recommend them for such a great price!" —Annie Wong

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in seven colors and sizes 4.5–12).

    20. A pair of platform wedges that'll feel so perfect when you throw them on that we're worried you'll never take them off.

    Free People

    Promising review: "Oh dear. I couldn't decide between the blue or the black so I ordered both. They arrived yesterday and I love them both. Extremely comfortable when I put them on. I can't bear to part with either pair. These are fabulous." —rickysmom

    Get them from Free People for $178 (available in four colors and sizes 36–40).

    21. A wedged, platform sneaker for people who want to feel light as a feather, even when they're on their feet all day.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised by these. They are lightweight and comfortable, no breaking them in. These are a great pair of sneakers for the price for sure. I took the advice of others and ordered a half size up and they are a perfect fit." —GTF

    Get them from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in 40 colors and sizes 5–11).

    22. An ankle strap heel you can throw on the day of your wedding and keep saying "I do... love these shoes" the rest of the night/your life.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are absolutely wonderful! AMAZING! The sole has a little cushion to support the foot. I absolutely LOVE them and have been wearing them all day at the office with no trouble at all! No break in time needed!" —Leidy Perez–Davis

    Get them from Amazon for $22.35+ (available in 21 colors and sizes 5.5–11).

    23. A pair of watermelon Keds you're gonna wear all summer long.

    ModCloth

    Promising review: "I love these!! I got lucky, they fit perfectly right out the box and the backs don't scrape against my ankle. They come with two sets of laces, which are a liiittle thin, but that's my only complaint. I'd say the colors are spot-on, too — a nice peachy/pinky/orange like actual watermelons." —Angie

    Get them from ModCloth for $69 (available in sizes 6–11).

    24. A pair of sling sandals that are literally made from recycled yoga mats and made to be the most comfortable sandals you've ever slipped into.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These are exactly what I've been looking for! They're perfect with a summer dress so you don't have to wear heals, but relaxed enough for an everyday sandal. The material is a soft and stretchy, with wicking fabric that doesn't rub, so no need to break them in. The soul is very cushiony (I have other pair and the yoga soul has held up really well — especially for what they've been through with kayaking, around the farm, through the creek, etc. They dry out really well and don't squeak/fall apart as others have). Great brand! Happy to have found my new summer statement shoe." —Elle

    Get them from Amazon for $15.18+ (available in 16 colors and sizes 5–11).

    25. A perforated slip-on that'll make you say, "~Holy~ moly these kicks are comfortable!"

    Walmart

    Promising review: "I love these. I wear a 10 wide and these fit with plenty of room. They did not require break-in. These look cute on. I'm buying every color." —Margo

    Get them from Walmart for $14.88 (available in four colors and sizes 6–11).

    26. An over-the-knee boot so chic, your heart's gonna be soaring ~thigh~ high every time you throw them on.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love them so much already! They are so easy to walk in (I'm not used to walking in heels) because the heel is thick. I'm a 7.5 and the fit is wonderful, it isn't tight and I didn't have to break them in. I just love them." —Laura S.

    Get them from Amazon for $18.68+ (available in five colors and sizes 5.5–10).

    27. An open-toe bootie that won't leave you feeling de-feet-ed by your aching feet.

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "The material is high quality, they are instantly comfortable, and they look fantastic. I bought them in red and they will go with everything from a little black dress to jeans. I just need the weather to warm up so I can wear them outside!" —Blackrabbit

    Get them from Anthropologie for $198 (available in eight colors and sizes 6–11).

    28. A fashion-savvy flat for people whose dogs are always a-barkin' after a day in flats. With these, you'll forget you even have "dogs" at all.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have a hard to fit foot and am very picky about comfort. I wanted an inexpensive pair of black flats but didn't want them to kill my feet. These are perfect! My foot is pretty narrow, so flats sometimes don't fit or slip off easily — not these! I also didn't need to break them in at all — they were comfortable immediately. I highly recommend these if you are looking for a pair of inexpensive flats." —Michelle

    Get them from Amazon for $26.99 (available in seven colors and sizes 6–10).

    29. A wayfarer Chaco that'll cushion your foot so well it'll feel like they're walking on a memory foam mattress.

    Chacos

    Promising review: "I put these on and was able to wear them to walk around campus without breaking them in or breaking my feet." —skay97

    Get them from Chacos for $130 (available in six colors and sizes 5–12).

    30. A pair of heels so satisfying to wear they are gonna prove to be Achilles' real weakness.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "No break in required! These are probably my favorite shoes, I got them in the wine red for a friend's wedding and I had them on all day with no pain. The chunky heel provides great support for your feet and back. I absolutely love these shoes and highly recommend them for any occasion." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in 14 colors and sizes 4.5–11.5).

    31. A pair of slip-on mesh sneakers sure to keep you from sweating it when you need a strong sneaker on your toasty summer backpacking trip.

    Amazon

    These have over 2,200 five-star reviews!

    Promising review: "I have a very high instep and these slip-on style sneakers are wonderful!! I wear between an eight and a half to nine depending on the width. I ordered these in a nine and they are perfect! The first time I wore these I had them on all day (I'm a teacher) with a pair of peds and my feet felt great!! No break in period needed! They are lightweight, flexible, and very cute! I also wore these when on a flight and even after running through the gates I was very pleased to be so comfortable!! I have had a few surgeries on my feet, so when I find something that does not hurt I am truly happy!!! I will buy another pair in another color!!!" —Virginia L. Meir

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 25 colors and sizes 5–13).

    32. A pair of strappy sandals for anyone with a pedicure that's begging to be shown off and no patience to wait on breaking in shoes first.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I really like these sandals. No breaking in period. The sandals are very comfortable from the start." —Samye

    Get them from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in 18 colors and sizes 5.5–9.5).

    33. A floral low top sneaker — all your ~buds~ will be jealous when they find out these took zero break-in time.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these shoes! I’m on my feet all day and these were so comfy and cute! I didn’t even need to break them in, which is really big for me. I would totally recommend these. I have gotten so many compliments already." —Melissa

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four colors and sizes 6–11).

    34. A royal blue flat that's gonna look on point, without the pain.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love these shoes! They fit perfectly. I wore them straight out of the box without having to break them in! Great purchase!" —Carm

    Get them from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 21 colors and sizes 6–10).

    35. A pair of huarache sandals with a surprisingly soft leather, so you can sport a gorgeous and high quality shoe without sacrificing your feet first.

    Free People

    Promising review: "I got these and I LOVE them. They are super comfy and the leather is soft right out of the box. Very excited to have these when the summer comes around." —Pishika

    Get them from Free People for $100 (available in two colors and sizes 6–10).

    36. A pair of lace up sneakers for anyone with a job where there's barely any time for a mid-day break, and absolutely no time to wait on a new pair of shoes to break in.

    BuzzFeed Reviews

    These are one of our top picks for casual sneakers at BuzzFeed reviews! If you're not into reading long reviews, here's the most satisfying part: "While most low-cost sneakers are made with canvas, these kicks are crafted with a thin but sturdy, buttery-smooth faux leather. They have a nice new-sneaker smell and feel comfortable from the first wear."

    Get them from Asos for $24 (available in sizes 5–11).

    37. A pair of fancy flip flops that'll be anything but a flop when you throw them on and instantly feel like they were made for your feet.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Holy moly do I love these. I bought these as my 'walking sandals' for a trip to Vegas and literally never took them off. I put over 50 miles on these puppies right out of the package, with no break in period. Zero blisters or sore feet, even after walking all day for five days. They mold to your feet, so even with super high arches I got decent support. I recommend these, they're a 10/10, and I will be buying more! I've worn them with everything from leggings to a cute dress!" —Samantha Griffen

    Get them from Amazon for $12.94+ (available in 38 colors and sizes 5–11).

    38. And a pair of gold skylark flats so shiny and soft your toes will be golden for good.

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "I was hesitant to purchase this shoe because of the price and was debating on it for quite some time. Instant comfort from the box. I am a teacher and am on my feet all day. No blisters, no break in time needed. I received numerous compliments on the first two days of wearing. So glad I decided to order these!" —beachgirl007

    Get them from Anthropologie for $295 (available in two colors and sizes 6–10).

    When you take your new shoes off and realize there isn't a blister in site.

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