Madison 12-Hour Pump in Loden Snake Effect Leather, $128 at Banana Republic
Banana Republic’s Madison line is called 12 hour for a reason. The pumps are so comfortable, you can sport them to the office and then to dinner without punishing your feet. It’s all due to injected insoles for heel stability and comfort pods at the sole, making them the most comfortable heels for work. And judging by the fact that all the styles are selling out, these babies walk the walk.
Tamara in Ceramic, $170 at Taryn Rose
This brand actually has science behind it. Launched in 1998 by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Taryn Rose, these most comfortable heels not only boast flexible soles, molded insoles and memory foam footbeds coupled with higher-density foams, but they also have PORON shock absorption and energy return foams situated at both the ball and heel of the foot.
Women's Joyy Step 'N Flex Perforated d'Orsay Pumps in Cotton, $39.73 at Macy’s
Alfani’s Step 'N Flex technology is designed for flexible support, cushioning and comfort. Plus, there are several styles that will give any outfit a kick. From perforated pumps to magenta slingbacks and even trending white ankle boots, your feet will thank you for indulging in these comfortable high heels — as will your wallet — since most versions are under $60.
Fabulist in Leopard Synthetic, $64.99 at Zappos.com
Outfitted with iFlex Technology that allows for a flexible fit that can bend up to 90 degrees, Anne Klein’s Fabulist collection is pretty fabulous. The lineup also offers dual, lightweight foam layers to provide cushioning and shock absorption throughout the day. From two-tone options to on-trend leopard patterns, you’ll never want to take these comfortable high heels off.
Diana Pump in Champagne Leather, $109.95 at Nordstrom
Bella Vita’s claim to fame is utilizing luxury materials and padded footbeds to create some of the most comfortable shoes out there. The brand also employs hidden goring for stretchy comfort. And there are plenty of styles to choose from, including ones with snakeskin-embossed ankle cuffs, peep-toe booties and cute kitten heels.
Three Strap Sandal in Chartreuse, $75 at Hopp
Former Opening Ceremony designer Eree Kim launched Hopp, which is Swedish for "bounce." A self-professed "comfort-shoe girl," Kim wanted to make shoes that were both easy to walk in and easy on the eyes. To that end, she reached out to Nancy Richardson, head of SAS, a San Antonio-based shoe manufacturer known for its no-fuss, ultra sensible designs. Richardson agreed to produce Kim’s line and the results are nothing short of magic. Though styles are currently very limited, all are elegant, weigh nothing and have incredible arch support.
Charleston Shoe Co.
Queen in Rms, $120 at Charleston Shoe Co.
Charleston Shoe Co. prides itself on its cozy minimalist footwear that's sturdy enough to weather the cobblestone streets of the designer's hometown. Made primarily from rubber and elastic, the shoes read pretty sporty. Still, they're chic enough to wear "from the cobblestones to cocktails" and beyond. After you slide on your first pair of Monterey sandals, you'll be a convert for life — we swear it.
CC Corso Como
Coy in Navy Kid Suede, $139 at CC Corso Como
Another relatively new kid on the comfortable heels-trodden block is CC Corso Como, established in 2005. Its silhouettes are suspiciously sleek and modern for a shoe that claims maximum quality and comfort, but this isn’t a "too good to be true" product situation. The company makes it a point not to skimp on parts, naturally treating and tanning each sole to allow the wearer ease and traction without sacrificing style. The supple leather lining of the shoes is designed to let your toes breathe plus the naturally tanned material will never leave a stain.
Crewso Emmy in Dusty Pink, $85 at Clarks
Flats may have put Clarks on the map back in the 70s, but don’t let that reputation fool you. It’s perfected the art of comfortable heels. Its technology ranges from Cushion Plus, a tri-layer system designed to keep your feet cozy and stabilized, to GORE-TEX lining, meant to keep footwear breathable, waterproof and cushioned. Expect everything from a classic workwear pump, like the Delsie Bliss, to more trendy designs, like these kitten heel slingbacks.
Vesta Pump (45mm) in Aura Orange, $220 at Cole Haan
Women across the globe mourned the day Cole Haan and Nike announced they were parting ways in 2012. The concealed Nike Air technology inside Cole Haan heels has become legend. Thankfully, you can still find some select styles online, like the Air Tali wedge as well as the Air Lainey and the Air Chelsea pumps. And Cole Haan has continued its long-standing reputation for comfortable heels with its revolutionary Grand.OS soles, which, like their predecessors, are lightweight with responsive cushioning and flexibility that mimics the natural movement of your feet. Trust us, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Kinsley in Papaya Print Fabric, $89 at Naturalizer
Naturalizer was dubbed "the shoe with the beautiful fit" by advertising guru Leo Burnett in the 40s and it’s lived up to the title. Since the 20s, this footwear brand has been combining style and comfort to make shoes that feel like they form to your feet. And not only is Naturalizer soft on your sole, but it’s easy on your wallet. The majority of the shoes are priced under $100. We love the block-heeled Imogene sandals and ultra flirty Kinsley.
Laminate in Wine Velvet, $39.95 at Aerosoles
We know what you’re thinking here, Aerosoles have been around since the dawn of time. That’s because the brand really invests in comfort. The company has what it calls diamond flex soles to absorb shock, memory foam footbeds and a heel rest design, which is created to distribute your body weight toward your heel and away from the ball of your foot. In the past, most of the styles featured a shorter, chunkier heel and you really had to dig for a more fashion-forward pump. Thankfully, those days seem to be gone — the latest offerings are refreshingly on-trend.
Total Motion Cross Strap Heel in Warm Taupe, $99.99 at Rockport
Pardon the pun, but Massachusetts-born footwear brand Rockport is pretty much Clarks’ archenemy. The 45-year-old company collaborated with Nike rival Adidas on its ADIPRENE-infused line and the underdog did not come up short. ADIPRENE technology helps absorb shock in the heel while providing energy rebound in the forefoot, ensuring there’s a happy bounce to your step all day. (For the record, we cherish all four brands equally.)
Just when you thought it was the end of your shoe collection as you know it, here’s some news that will make you feel fine: comfortable shoes aren’t a myth. They actually exist!
What is the most comfortable women’s shoe?
Generally, block or kitten heels are your best bet when it comes to comfortable heels for work or a night on the town. At least when it comes to basic brands. Since we know we can’t live in those alone, we wanted to dig a little deeper to find brands that make comfort as much of a priority as style.
What is the most comfortable brand of women’s shoe?
Heels can be a pain — literally. But certain brands have set their sights on making heels that are as comfortable as any flats or even sneakers. Usually, that’s because the most comfortable heels feature technology in both the heel and sole.
Take Taryn Rose. The comfortable shoe brand is helmed by an orthopedic surgeon by the same name and focuses on every part of the foot, not just the heel. Banana Republic’s Madison line offers 12 hours of comfort thanks to injected insoles for heel stability and comfort pods at the sole.
And some of the most comfortable heels rely on specialized technology, frequently created by the brand itself (or in partnership with more athletic comfortable shoe brands like Nike). Cole Haan developed Grand.OS soles, for example, that are lightweight with responsive cushioning and flexibility that mimics the natural movement of your feet.
How do you wear high heels without pain?
Ideally, you shouldn’t wear your heels 24/7, even if they’re comfortable high heels. Podiatrists recommend kicking them off a couple of times a day to let your toes breathe a bit. Take this free time to stretch your ankles since they often receive the brunt of the stress. When your day is done, do another round of stretches and flexes to keep your feet happy.
How do you make shoes comfortable?
You do not, in fact, have to trick your nerve endings into submission with the help of sprays. But you may want to pick up some OTC shoe inserts. There are ones that add cushioning from your heel to your toes or silicone gels designed to go under the ball of your foot.
The safest bet is to buy a few pairs of comfort- and fashion-forward heels. Here are the brands that make the most comfortable women’s shoes currently on the market.
- Banana Republic
- Taryn Rose
- Anne Klein
- Bella Vita
- Charleston Shoe Co.
- CC Corso Como
- Cole Haan
So throw off your heel-burners and toss your toe-pinchers, here are the top 13 brands that make the most comfortable heels, according to customer reviews.
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