Comfortable Heels: Which Are Your Favorite Brands For Comfortable Heels?

shoes shoes shoes shoes, originally uploaded to Flickr by dhutchman.One of the top Corporette posts of all time, The Quest for Comfortable Heels, turned into one of the best resources on this site: our Guide to Comfortable Heels (which I’ll be trying to update today). But I’ve long wondered what the top brands, for the most people, truly were. Some of the shoes that I’ve worn into the ground were actually from random brands (such as a pair of red peep-toe Liz Flex heels that I bought on sale for $17!) while other much-lauded brands have sat in my closet, unworn. And then there are some high-end surprises — after all, Tiffany of I-Am Styleish praised Miu Miu above other designer brands in her Newbie’s Guide to Designer Shoes.  So I want you guys to dig deep, and think: you know that amazing pair (or two? or three?) of shoes in your closet, the super comfortable ones? What brand are those shoes? We’ll also accept answers for “when it’s time to find a comfortable shoe, the first brand I check out is…”  (Pictured.)

I’ve arranged this as a poll — please write in if there are other brands and I’ll try to add them. You’re allowed up to 10 answers.  If you know the style names, please add them in the comments!

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  1. I would also add Naturalizer to the list.

    • I agree – just bought a pair of deeply discounted Naturalizer boots at Ross. They are a wow!

    • Honey Pillows :

      Thirded. The only reason I’m moving away from Naturalizer’s basic black knee-high boots is because I’m trying to invest in real leather that won’t be as damaged by salt.

    • Naturalizers are pretty much the only pumps I buy anymore. They just work for my feet. I even got an awesome pair that’s all sparkly for black tie type events.

    • Naturalizer are my absolutely go-to brand for comfort. I bought a new pair of sandals this summer and then 3 days later spent 10 hours (mostly on my feet) at the Calgary Stampede without any problems at all. And I buy them directly from the store after they go on sale, and then with a further discount coupon. Except for the boots I bought this year (and when I bought those the combo of sale & coupon made it like getting a pair of flats for free) I’ve never paid over $50 for a pair of their shoes.

    • Love Naturalizers.

      • My problem with them is that they’re not real leather and absorb foot smell in a bad way.

  2. For the mid-size heel category (3″), the absolute best for value I’ve seen is the Women Karmen Pump by Comfort Plus by Predictions at… hold your breath… Payless ShoeSource.

    • Forgot to mention, they’re incredibly comfortable and although it doesn’t show on the website today, the shoes are available in 7 different colors – blue, black-matte, black-patent, red, brown-croc, beige and white.

      • Whoa. I love the wedges in their work shoes section and they’re $20 and BOGO. I kind of thought I’d “graduated” from payless, but I think those will be mine today.

        • Ha, same here. And then I tried these on and ended up getting them in 3 colors.

    • I had to buy those when I needed work shoes in a pinch, and while they’re comfortable for heels, the fake leather makes my feet sweat. I’ve only worn them without hose though, wearing a trouser sock or hose would help. So now I keep them under my desk for emergencies. My circa 2007 express suit and payless heels make for an awesome emergency court outfit!

      • Also, I got them in wides for my bunions and they fit great in that area. So I do recommend them if you have bunions and have a hard time finding heels. My aerosoles and fitzwell 3″ heels are managable at the office, but I could prob walk further in the payless ones (with socks/hose).

  3. Coach shoes are super comfy. They always have enough “cush” at the base and hold up really well.

  4. I answered Enzo Angiolini but that is partly because of how they fit me. I swear, it’s like they were made for my foot. Unlike Calvin Klein, which tend to be too narrow for me.

  5. I voted for Clark’s, but it’s actually the Indigo by Clark’s line that I’ve worn with great success.

    • I agree, the Indigo for Clark’s line is great, and they actually look cute, too, not frumpy. I basically have replaced all of my heels with Indigo heels, esp for the days when i have to run around for 10 hours.

      My heeled boots are Ecco’s. And every once in a while Born has a really cute heeled shoe, but you have to get past all the big chunky things, and the weird heeled sandals they keep trying to do. but i have a heeled ankle booty from them that looks great with suits in the winter and keeps my feet warm.

      For me keys to a comfy heel are a thick rubber sole, good padding inside, and a stacked heel. I’m kind of a klutz, so for me it’s about not having to think too hard about walking ;o)

      • Anonymous Poser :

        Ditto everything you look for in a comfy heel!

        I recently scraped my knee and the front of my ankle by…trying to text and walk at the same time :-P
        So I feel you.

        I have some Indigo by Clark’s, and I believe I also have some work-appropriate Artisan by Clark’s.

        • srsly…. i am just really prone to rolling my foot, and wobbling, and not seeing gaps in DC’s horrible brick sidewalks, or tripping over my. own. feet. you can’t take me anywhere. ;o)

      • I have fallen off my clogs in the OR standing still.

        That is all

  6. You should add Brooks Brothers and Anne Klein brands as well. I literally lived in Brooks Brothers pumps this summer and I loved them.

    • Yeah, Anne Klein are one of the brands I know I can buy a pair of in an 8 and they will fit and feel awesome.

  7. Aerosoles are the best for running around like a crazed chicken in a law office. I call them sneakers with heels.

  8. Campers

  9. Please Add Naturalizer and Kenneth Cole Reaction to the list

  10. I would also add JCrew to the list. Just bought a super comfy pair of Mona pumps from JCrew.

  11. Maddie Ross :

    I would add Pour La Victorie to the list. I love their 3″ heels — the heel is slightly thicker than Ann Taylor Perfect Pumps and they have a versatile almond toe on most pairs.

  12. I wish I could get better at predicting which heels will work for me. I tend to try them on, and if they fit in the heel (I have a narrow heel, so slippage is common) and length, I figure it fits. But, long-term comfort seems to be as much about where the heel is under my foot? Something like that? A shoe can fit well in length an width, but some are so much more comfortable for me than others – and that’s regardless of heel height. I have 3″ heels that I feel like I could run in and 3″ heels that make me sore after standing in them for more than 15 minutes. What’s the X-factor?

    • Heel cross-section area and positioning. Obviously, the wider the heel is, the more your weight is spread out across your foot. If you really *really* like narrow/skinny heels, look for ones that taper. In terms of heel positioning, look for heels that curve a bit so that the heel aligns with your ankle and leg. That way, the heel is an extension of your leg and your weight isn’t shifting back, which requires compensation from the rest of your foot in order to maintain your balance and walk properly.

      /nerd out

      • I second this entirely. I have found that heel position and width are much more relevant to comfort than heel height.

  13. Robin Brenizer :

    Attilio Giusti Leombruni are extremely comfortable. I stand on my feet for hours delivering training programs and they are the best so far. I also like Prada low heels for comfort and style.

    • I second Prada…they are hands down my most comfortable heels 3 1/2 inch with small platform. Expensive, but findable at end of season sales as long as you aren’t looking for basic black. Though I might pay retail for the black- I find them that comfortable

  14. I would add Bruno Magli to the list as well, and second the addition of Brooks Brothers. I also voted for Cole Haan Air and Corso Como, for what it’s worth.

  15. Riding boots :

    Reposting after the morning thread, since this is kind of on topic:

    I’m in the market for a pair of riding boots. Does anyone own a pair of Frye riding boots, and are they worth the $$? I’m considering the Frye Melissa button boots or the Cole Haan Air Daelin boots, but only if they will last for a really long time, given the expense. Also must be super comfortable. Thanks!!

    • madecunningly :

      I don’t have Frye riding boots specifically, but I have the engineers boots with a cuban heel and LOVE THEM. Wear them all the time with jeans, and even more casual slacks.

      Couple caveats: If you’re looking for a knee high boot, I’d make sure you can try on one by Frye (even if not the Melissa specifically) and make sure the shaft fits. Frye’s are generally leather and can be stretched a bit by your cobbler, but not excessively. Secondly, the heels on mine, which are not tall, maybe 2 in at most, are incredibly loud. I’ve known other Frye owners who agree, it’s something about their construction, probably not helped by my prominent heel strike.

      That said, they’re very, very sturdy boots, totally worth the money.

      • Frye boots with with “extended” shafts (for wider calfs) are available online, including at Bloomingdales.

    • I have Frye Melissa boots that I got on super sale a couple years ago. They’ve worn well and they’re very comfortable. I can wear them with tights or with skinny jeans and I think I have normal calves. Also, I highly recommend that you have grips (?) to the soles of the boots — your cobbler will know what I mean — because these really helped with keeping the soles protected and also let me avoid the initial slipping around in new soles problem.

    • Perhaps others will disagree, but I think if the quality of the leather is decent, any pair of classic boots will last a long time. I have a brown pair of BCBG leather heeled boots that has held up really well for 4 years with moderate wear in NYC and a pair of black riding boots that have lasted for 3 years and counting. Purchased both pairs on sale but with attention to leather quality. I previously had a pair of not so good riding boots that held up for only 1 season and I think the reason was that the leather was poor quality.

  16. When it’s time to find a comfortable shoe, the first brand I check out is……

    John Fluevog, without a doubt. Unfortunately Fluevogs are a bit pricey and not to everyone’s taste, but I could live in my Fluevogs quite happily.

    • Second. But Fluevogs are hard to order online due to inconsistent fit. I’ve been wearing ‘vogs since about 1998 and I have all manner of sizes in them.

      I have bad feet so I feel my vote should count double – here were my choices

      John Fluevog
      Cole Haan
      Naturalizer (surprisingly attractive styles but not as well made)

      I will also add Farylrobin, but the comfort factor is hit and miss.

      • I second the Naturalizer not being well made. While they are very comfortable, mine have fallen apart after a season.

  17. Honey Pillows :

    Also: ecco and softspots.

    Recently bought a pair of ecco brown booties with 3″ heels, and while they’re not exactly running shoes, they’re pretty darn comfy for a 3″ bootie (with high arches!).

    Softspots’ basic black 2″ heel is widely recommended by airline attendants and military officers for their dress blues, and they’re my basic pounding the pavement shoes for when I need to metro/walk a lot and can’t bring an extra bag to carry my flats. They took a tiny bit to break in the width, but after about 3 wears, they’re my most comfortable heels.

  18. (Off to add Naturalizer, Coach, Kenneth Cole, Brooks Brothers, Anne Klein, Campers, JCrew, Pour La Victoire, & Attilio Giusti Leombruni to the poll…)

  19. (former) Clueless Summer :

    Definitely Naturalizer – I also find Michael Kors pumps to be surprisingly comfortable. They don’t have the cushioning/chunky heel of comfort brands but I find them just to fit my feet well. Also Ecco are great although I only have flats from them!

  20. eastbaybanker :

    I would add Via Spiga to the list as well.

  21. Don’t forget Munro! I have wide, bunion-y feet and they’re the only shoes that are comfortable all day.

  22. I picked up two pairs of 4inch Lerres at DSW years ago and they are the most comfortable pairs I own – seriously, more comfortable than my 3inch and 2.5inch Ann Taylors, which are my other go-to comfort shoes.

  23. SF Bay Associate :

    Kate Spade (Italy), Ferragamo (Italy), and Stuart Weitzman (Spain) for me. I’m testing out some LK Bennett (Spain) ones. So far, so good, but they are too new to really know how comfortable they are yet. I won’t buy shoes made outside of Europe – they always end up hurting my feet. High quality leather is an absolute must.

    • SF Bay Associate :

      So, Kat, please add LK Bennett to the list. The Duchess of Cambridge wears her Sledge pumps everywhere for hours, so I figure she must be on to something. I loved seeing the inside of her shoes at the mosque during the recent trip – they are as worn and broken in as my favorite heels are. I’m giving LKB Shilos a try.

      For the record, I put Superfeet high heel insoles and Foot Petal Tip Toe ball of foot pads in every pair of my shoes.

    • LK Bennett and Kate Spade are my go to heels. Comfy, well made, stylish without being trendy. LOVE.

  24. (Off to add Bruno Magli, Ecco, Softspots, Via Spiga, Munro, Lerres)…

  25. In addition to my Calvin Klein and Ann Taylor pumps, Abarane by Ralph Lauren (on sale now at Lord & Taylor) has been incredibly comfortable! I have walked miles in all of these with no blisters!

  26. DallasSkirtEnvy :

    Perhaps these are too low budget for most, but Anne Klein Flex always seem to be my “long day on my feet” heels.

  27. Easy Spirit, seriously.

    Naya are also great.

  28. I like Michael Kors too. I have also surprisingly found Bandolino heels to be comfrotable.

  29. Ms. Van Squigglebottoms :


  30. I love Ivanka Trump’s low heeled pumps. As comfortable and chic as Jimmy Choo’s lower heeled styles at a fraction of the cost. But my “18 hour day” shoes will always be Naturalizers and Cold Haans. They can’t be beat!

  31. Athena Alexander makes the most comfortable sandals I’ve ever owned. You can get them at Nordstrom.

  32. LK Bennett for sure. Good enough for the Duchess!

  33. Chie Mihara. Spendy, but beautiful, handmade and total value for money.

    Also I would add that Dr. Scholl’s For Her inserts make almost every heel more comfortable.

    • Oh my gosh. How could I forget Chie Mihara? I adore Chie Mihara, though sadly only have 2 pairs, both purchased on deep discount. Probably my favourite pair of shoes that I own is a pair of Chie Mihara peeptoe booties (yes, yes, I know, peeptoe + bootie = questionable utility – but I couldn’t resist) and despite the very high heel I would wear them every day if they were remotely work-appropriate.

    • Chie makes the most comfortable high heeled shoes. I stalk websites that carry them for the moment they go on sale.

  34. off to add LK Bennett, Abarane, Anne Klein Flex, Easy Spirit, Naya, Bandolino, Novacas, Ivanka Trump…

    • I ended up buying a pair of LK Bennet “court shoes” in Oxford, while looking for a black skirt because they were on sale, and they are absolutely my favorite pair of “work shoes.” While they are not the duchess’ “sledge” platforms, they are soooo wonderfully solid and comfy, yet don’t look like “grandma” shoes.

      I just regret not buying more while I was there (but I was also a 3L, so broke).

    • Anonymous :

      Odd – I don’t see Easy Spirit as an option on the poll.

  35. Woods-comma-Elle :

    My recent favourites – Jessica Simpson Oscar pumps, on their way out I suspect as had trouble locating them once I bought one pair in DSW sale. I managed to track down another two pairs online at DSW but it was a challenge. They are like slippers.

    Ivanka Trump ones aren’t bad either, but nowhere near as good as my Jessicas!

  36. My favorite’s are NINE WEST’s. In fact, I wear them to court, and they are good b/c I have to stand up alot and having comforeteable closed toe’s are the best. Even more in the winter b/c it is COLD in NYC and I do NOT want to get wet.

    One of my case’s was CONTINUED, b/c the plainetiff had COUNSEL with him and he is known in the industry as tough. The manageing partner said he would second chair me with him b/c the case will be going to trial unless they acept our setttelment offer. We asked the CLEINT how much they would be willing to pay to settel, but the client said only $3000. The counsel laffed at me and said, we will see YOU in court. Fortuneatealy the case is in front of the manageing partners’ law school pal, and he like’s me, so I figure I have a good chance at a pretrial to get the judge to get the guy to settel, not for $3000, but mabye for $5000. If I can get it done for $5000, the cleint will be very happy b/c I told the manageing partner I thought I would not settel for less than $10000 if I was the plaeintiff.

    So that case I have to prepare for in 2 week’s! Fooey. I like it when they do NOT show up and I WIN automaeticeally! YAY!

  37. layered bob :

    I like Soft Style by Hush Puppies. Certainly not very stylish, but I have several workhorse pairs with soft uppers and low heels that I can wear all day and then teach in at night. And cheap – typically I buy them for $45.

    • I like Hush Puppies in general. Excellent flats for the office that won’t do you wrong if you have to walk around outside.

  38. CPA to be :

    PSA: I bought Nurture shoes about a year ago. They’re the Dillards brand of not-that-ugly comfort shoes. I’ve only worn them a couple of times because they are not very attractive, but they’re nice basic black pumps… so I wore them to a networking event a couple weeks ago. By the end of the event, I was literally limping from pain. I had 5 giant blisters, which are just now healed. It was so bad I walked several blocks to my car barefoot because that was less painful than wearing those shoes one more minute. My mom wears the flats in that brand a lot and loves them, but I would steer clear of the heels.

    • Least comfortable shoes!
      This topic is worth a separate post.

      Mine were flats “Poetic Ideals” by Poetic Licence. They are the cutest shoes I’ve ever seen, and they are open-toe flats. Should be hard to screw up open-toe flats, right?
      They are strangely narrow in the front and the appliques sit on little knobs that put pressure on the foot. They are also plasticy and narrow in the heel. After walking like 100 yards indoors (mall) I got blisters on both feet front and back and barely made it to the car.
      So if you like a PL shoe, do yourself a favor and try it on on a store before you buy.

  39. (adding Chie Mihara, Jessica Simpson, SoftStyle)

  40. Nine West – Izabela (Classic pointy toe pump on low 2” heel). I have run all over federal office building in them, walked multiple blocks for lunch, and then kept them on for evening meetings without even a second thought. Its as if I’m wearing flats!

    That said, the Cole Haan/Nike Air shoes everyone raves about: my feet can’t stand them! They are the least comfortable pairs of shoes I own. So if you love these, then my beloved Izabela’s may not be good for you.

  41. My go-to heels are Vince Camuto. mine actually have a slight platform, but were so comfy that I bought the same shoe in a second color (black and nude-for-me). I’ve been wanting to try LK Bennets though!

    • Second the Vince Camuto recommendation. I also bought a second pair of the same shoe (for my mom) because they were just so comfortable.

      Other than my VC “nude-for-me” pumps, my go-to work shoes are Kate Spade (wedges), Coach, and Enzo Angiolini.

  42. Simple 85 pump by Christian Louboutin is my staple go-to comfortable shoe.

  43. Threadjack!

    I’m a senior in college, and there’s an award given in the spring that I’m very well-qualified for. It’s an award given to students who have done exceptional service for the UG student body, and I would love to at least be in the running for some recognition for all of the volunteer work I’ve done. I want to be sure I’m in the running for it, when the time comes, but I realized that I have no idea how to approach the whole nomination process. Do I ask someone to outright? Do I casually mention it to an advisor? Thoughts?

    • Yeah sorry that got all repetition error in the middle there. It’s been a crazy morning.

    • You should probably repost this in the coffee break thread.

  44. I love Jessica Simpson, Bandalino and I’m really loving some Talbot pumps I picked up recently during their sale. Jessica Simpson is my go to brand though. Looking forward to trying Cole Haan and the LK Bennett during my next shoe shopping spree.

  45. SoCal Gator :

    New favorite, made by New Balance — Cobb Hill.

  46. Sugar Magnolia :

    Can I just be a big dork and say how proud I am that it was my email to Kat that was the catalyst for “the Quest?” I know, I know, I need to get out of the house more often and get a life. :)

  47. Bunnycats :

    I adore the (now very hard to find) Cole Haan Carma pumps. High yet sturdy heel with a nice subtle platform. I own four pairs. The new Chelsea line is pretty good too though the platform is a bit higher than what I usually prefer.

  48. You should add Anyi Lu to the list! Designed by a former professional ballroom dancer; beautiful and superbly well engineered.

    • WriterKate :

      I second this. Love love love my Anyi Lu Barbara pumps in black. Can’t wait to buy more. Easily the most comfy heels I have ever worn. And I have problem feet. Clarks, Ecco are only so-so for me.

  49. Anonymous :

    Tory Burch–the wedges and lower heels; flexible soles, decent cushioning, good materials.

  50. Miss Cellaneous :

    I refuse to wear uncomfortable shoes. Even my going-out shoes are comfortable even if they’re 4+ inches. Even though I’m extremely picky, I have a well-rounded, fashion-forward shoe collection.

    I also refuse to wear frumpy shoes. I love Sofft, Naturalizer, and Aerosoles for their comfort, but I have to accept that I’m only going to like one or two of their styles each season. I also have to accept that the materials that make shoes comfortable degrade after a while, so shoes from these brands will wear out. I’d rather cycle through 4 pairs of comfortable $80 shoes than one pair of long-lasting but uncomfortable $360 shoes.

    I will admit that I’m usually limited to mid-level brands rather than the upper tiers of designers. For me, that still works out because I can replace the lower-priced shoes more often than I could replace expensive designer shoes. I have very narrow feel, so shoes that aren’t boots, Mary Janes, or elasticized (like Tory Burch shoes) quickly become irreparably stretched and start to slip off my heels.

    I prefer:
    – A platform (must be flexible and cushioned)
    Platforms can definitely be office-appropriate even in the most conservative offices. Most of the “comfort” pumps by Sofft, Naturalizer, and other comfort brands have platforms in order to fit the cushioning into the shoe. Beware of platforms that don’t flex, though. Flex is crucial. I learned the hard way (literally) with a pair of Franco Sartos that were banished from my closet after one wear.
    – A stable heel
    Stilettos simply aren’t stable enough- and I have very strong ankles and calves from many years of ballet. Constantly compensating for unstable heels by gripping your ankle muscles will quickly lead to fatigue and pain. Yes, they’re sexy- I have a few pair for nights that I know I’ll spend sitting in a theater or at dinner- but if you’re an active person, choosing stilettos over thicker heels is asking for pain. The heels don’t have to be super-thick, and fashion-forward shoes with stable heels do exist.
    – Rubber soles
    Any shoe repairman should be familiar with adding a thin rubber layer to the bottom of shoes. The store I visit calls them “power soles.” They both extend the life of the shoe and prevent any muscle-gripping due to slippery soles.
    – A strap or a touch of elastic to keep the shoe on my foot (or boots/ booties)
    Again- no muscle gripping allowed! Whether consciously or not, you’ll grip the muscles in your toes, feet, and ankles if your shoes are loose.

    I’m actually not overly concerned with arch support since that seems easier to fix with an insole than cushioning. I haven’t had much luck with insoles to fix ball-of-the-foot issues.

    Commuting in flats is essential to both keeping your shoes looking nice AND keeping them comfortable. Commuting is rough on shoes and causes wobbly heels and quicker erosion of the cushioning and supportiveness of good heels.

    Finally, only buying shoes that fit well is essential. That tiny bit of discomfort in the store will become a major problem after 4 hours. Be picky! Pain ruins your mood and your day.

    My favorite brands:
    Cole Haan Air- reliable for basic shoes with both style and comfort. I’d love for this brand to make shoes with a little more personality since the build of their shoes works so well for me. I particularly like the fit of the Violet line even though they violate my stable heel preference.

    “Comfort” brands- Sofft, Aerosoles, and Naturalizer. Like I said earlier- Finding styles that I like is rare, but when I do find one, the shoes are usually supremely comfortable. I love the idea of Isola, but I haven’t loved any of their designs yet.

    Coach, Vaneli, and Banana Republic- These are “bubble” brands for me since they occasionally make shoes that fit my feet fantastically. I keep an eye out for the shoes they make with platforms and always bend the soles with my hands to check for flex before I even bother trying them on.

    J Crew for their Cece flats- Excellent elastic placement (on the side so it doesn’t irritate my Achilles the way Tory Burch flats can), but I wish they were made of more durable leather.

    I also want to try LK Bennett and Stuart Weitzman shoes soon.

  51. I vote Naturalizer. Even the 3+ inch heels are comfy, and some of them are more fashionable than other comfy shoe brands. Clarks (new styles are less frumpy), Sofft (compared to Clarks & Naturalizer) is a little more expensive but also comfy. I also like Rockport. Some fashion shoe brands make sizes that run a little too narrow for my feet, but I buy a US 6 in these and they fit perfectly without pinching or pain 95% of the time, even off the internet.

    • Oh and I add Comme Il Faut tango shoes – they are the comfiest, sexiest stilettos (the Manolos of the tango world) – they were originally made for dancing but they are soft, sexy, and very very daring (NSFW – VERY SEXY). I’ll take 3 pairs of CIF’s instead of Louboutins, IMHO.

  52. Blondo. awesomely comfortable.

  53. recent grad :

    What brands do people recommend for narrow feet with high arches?

    • I have a narrow feet and high arches, and like I said above: Indigo by Clarks, Born – the very few cute/classic looking heels, and Ecco’s Hope boots are my fave heeled boots, and every once in a while I find a Sofft heel i like. All of those have good arch support. And I especially like Indigo by Clarks, because they have a lot of styles with a really high vamp, or kind of unique looking mary jane styles, and I find that is the secret to my narrow heel, if i have something mary janeish, ankle strap, or with a high vamp, it stays on my foot better, even if it’s actually a medium width shoe.

      These are my fave Indigo heels i wear the most: The Sylvie, altho i dont know if they’re for sale in the stores anymore, but they have come out with other similar styles.

      • also, i have often found mine on sale at Endless or Zappos, but even when they are full price they are completely worth it. They are so durable and hold up so well, i can wear them all the time and for years. So for my narrow feet, its so worth it to pay more to have shoes that aren’t going to mess up my feet, or make it hard to walk in.

  54. L from Oz :

    I’ve said this before, but I love Think! shoes, particularly for those with problem feet. Most of my heels from them are the Aida line, and while you do have to wade through some rather odd looking shoes, it’s worth it for the ones that look good. I hate wearing heels, but I have two pairs of heeled loafers that are as comfortable as flats.

    Now, if they didn’t only cost 150 euros a pair…

  55. nonameplease :

    Paul Green
    Ron White

    Both at Nordstrom, both good on the bunions.

  56. Anyi Lu. On the spendy end, but lovely, made in Italy, and super comfy.

  57. Lauren by Ralph Lauren has the most comfortable, leather, pointed toe, 1-2″ heels. They are often on sale at places like Marshalls or TJMAxx. They are perfect for slim cropped work pants on a Friday. They also look nice with dresses, and pencil skirts.

  58. B.O.C (make some nice booties to wear with slacks and not as bulky looking as Born) and Nurture (sold at Dillards).

  59. Anonymous :

    I have 2 pairs of heels and one pair of tall boots from The Walking Company’s brand Raffini. They fit like gloves! They’re not as fashion forward as many on your list, but they’re not clunky either. I like them best with tights or slacks. AGL’s heels are more fashionable, and the flats are fantastic.

  60. Student4Life :

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned Ros Hommerson brand. I discovered it a few years ago and these are the comfiest work pumps I own, better than my Sofft, Naturalizer and Nike Air pumps! I own about a dozen in every color and finish, their classic pump style has been changed little over the years, this is the current incarnation:

    I just ordered 2 pairs at $99 each. The brand is not as ubiquitious as others, but Zappos usually carries the collection. I noticed with my newest ones the insole has been changed for the better and feel almost like memory foam- heaven for my feet! I work in a campus setting and walk considerable distances daily, not to mention I have flat feet and other podiatry issues. My feet don’t ache at the end of the day- these pumps are so comfortable, I could jog in them!

  61. Vince Camuto Vickiy pump. I own them in 5 different colors. They are not terribly comfortable if you’re walking long distances, but for the stand-around cocktail reception they are amazing. I can wear them all night and my feet don’t hurt a bit.

  62. Great list–I’ll vote for the lesser known Beautifeel as my number one and Oh! for second–super soft leather and supportive footbeds. Don’t forget Earthies :-)

  63. I know this is a post about heels, but comfortable flats are hard to find too. I love, love, love the women’s skimmers from L.L. Bean. Regrettably, they don’t carry the tweed ones anymore, but the coastal rain ones are great for the not quite rain but still uncomfortably damp days, and the suede ones are super comfy. It is difficult to find ballet flats with arch support, but these fit the bill.

  64. Banana Republic! I love their heels. Aside from my CLs, they are my most comfortable, go-tos for work.

  65. I’d add Vince Camuto. I have two pairs of the same pumps and lived in them ALL summer, walking (barefoot!) sometimes 2 miles a day. No blisters. Footpetals, but no breaking in.

  66. On the high end, there are certain styles that are super comfortable. I can (and have) walked a mile in Jimmy Choo Aimee pumps and YSL Palais (the 80 mm heel, not the 105). I find anything from Manolo Blahnik is comfortable as long as you buy half a size up.

  67. I live in my Danskos. We’re business casual and I used to have to wear heels for all of my Express stilleto-length business pants. To my suprise, my Danskos are the perfect height for the pants, without the insane on my feet. (I stand about half the day.) I’ve also been complimented on them by my regional director, so I’ll say that’s a win.

  68. Shocked that no one has mentioned Banana Republic. If you haven’t tried yet, you must! BR is my go-to in addition to the Cole Haan Airs. They’re also at a lower price point and constantly on sale, and they always have attractive styles. I’m short and only wear at least 3-inch heels, but there’s memory foam or something similar in the bottom of the shoe so it’s like walking on air.

  69. Glad to see Botticelli on the list, although I am probably the only one to vote for them! Seriously my best work shoes (I have two pairs). The first ones I got four years ago (basic brown pumps) and they still look amazing, with just a little bit of regular love from my cobbler. For those in NYC, definitely check them out. Lots of basic work styles, with a few more seasonable options. Price point is at the low end for italian shoes, I’d say.

    It is interesting to see how much of this is foot specfic. Cole Haans just do not like my feet (size 10, high arches).

  70. Glass Spider :

    The Tsubo Dufays are ah-MAY-zing! I have them three colors and can wear them in any weather, well unless it’s currently dumping down snow. I was a lot skeptical before I ordered them — some of the other shoes in that line are pretty clumpy, you know? But a few years back I was desperately hunting for a pair of heels that could see me through two weeks of interviews (East Coast and Midwest in early January) without having to wear boots with my interview suit. The grippy soles are more stable than most of my boots on ice, it’s true — but on the foot, the silhouette is cleaner than it looks in the picture — a pretty if rather unobtrusive almond-toed mid-heel pump. They stay perfectly on my feet, so they’re not at all clompy. Best, they are so comfortable I have no problem walking a mile or more in them.

    Looking back at my raving fandom, I should say, I’m not connected with Tsubos in any way. I do wear other heels (Sofft, Kate Spade, and Ecco are other favorites), but none of the others make me so blissfully unaware that I’m wearing heels. The holy grail of heels, to my mind.

  71. Munro!!! Totally fabulous!

  72. Naturalizer for my wide feet, but also Life stride at DSW and Talbots have been good.

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