If you've ever owned a pair of flats—ballet, loafers, or even sandals—that was so painful you practically couldn't walk in them, then this story is for you. (We know your pain!) Sure, every pair of new shoes takes time to break in, and we're willing to give a grace period before we officially condemn a pair as too uncomfortable to wear. But past that point, our patience wears thinner than the bottoms of our uncomfortable soles.
In the spirit of always pursuing comfort in fashion, we've come up with a foolproof strategy to ensure your heels are consistently wearable. Here's what you need to know: When shopping, always reach for a pair with a supportive sole, thick heel, and low arch. These three factors combine to make one shockingly comfortable pair of heels—and often mean the shoes are even more comfortable than flats, which provide little support.
Keep scrolling to shop the five types of heels that are more comfortable than flats.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated by Lauren Eggertsen.