In fashion, they say no pain, no gain—but does that really have to be the case? More and more, top retailers are coming out with less death-defying alternatives to killer heels and bone-crunching boots—all without sacrificing the name of style. And these aren’t your average uninspired sensible steppers—today’s comfy shoes are casually cool, with trendy designs and unexpected touches that make them appealing to the functionally fashionable. Ballet flats pop with pretty prints and embellishments; maryjanes transition from the playground to the workplace with crisper lines and impeccable cobblery; sandals shine in bright colors and metallic sheens; while leg-lengthening wedges give you extra height without the extra hassle.
Intrigued by these ache-free options? Here are 40 comfy shoes that will bring you foot-peace, rather than foot pains. Tell us which one is your favorite!
(Photos courtesy of Flexx, Melissa, Simple Shoes, Manels, TOMS, and Crocs)
Flexx is available in Rustan’s Department Stores in Makati Shangri-La, Gateway, and Alabang Town Center.
Melissa is currently available from Geléia TriNoma and Mix Greenbelt 5, as well as Culte Femme branches in Rustan’s Makati, Alabang, and Shangri-La Plaza Mall. Anthem branches in Greenbelt 5 and Rockwell, will also stock new styles in mid-August.
Simple Shoes is available in Rustan’s Department Stores in Makati Shangri-La, Alabang Town Center, and Gateway.
Manels is available at SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, SM Fairview, SM Mall of Asia, SM Manila, SM Supercenter Sucat, SM Bicutan, Glorietta 5, Festival Supermall, and Alabang Town Center.
TOMS is available in Nothing But H20 branches in Alabang Town Center, TriNoma, Glorietta 3, and Robinsons Galleria; Shoe Salon branches in TriNoma, Glorietta 3, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, and SM Mall of Asia; Jump branches in Bonifacio High Street and Eastwood Mall; SWIM in Powerplant Mall; and Trilogy Boutique and Canteen in Makati.
Crocs is available in SM Mall of Asia, SM, Megamall, TriNoma, Bonifacio High Street, Alabang Town Center, and Promenade Mall in Greenhill, as well as Shoe Addict Authority branches in Gateway Mall and Robinsons Galleria, and Next Project Inc. branches in SM Marikina, Greenbelt 5, and Cash & Carry Mall.
Looking for more comfy shoe alternatives? Try these galleries on for size: