Guide to Comfortable Heels

Comfortable Heels for Work | CorporetteThis shopping guide for comfortable heels for work is inspired by one of our all-time top posts, The Quest for Comfortable Heels. We update the text of this page regularly and invite you to add your on-topic comments as well. Last updated: March 2018.

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Forget the Holy Grail — the quest for comfortable heels can be a lifelong hunt for some women. In general, if you can find one pair of shoes you like, try other shoes from that brand (although there can be variances within that brand as well). Note that for interviewing, you should be able to walk a few blocks in your heels comfortably; I would say the same for your first day on the job as well as any big meetings (since you may walk to lunch at a local restaurant). Of course, flats are acceptable for interviewing and beyond, as well!

Pictured above, clockwise from top left: One/ Two / Three


Brands for Comfortable Heels

The brands of heels most often touted as comfortable can be broken down into four price ranges, and then into two categories: The first group holds the stylish/trendy brands that everyone swears by for comfort (whether or not they’re marketed as “comfort shoes”), and the second group of shoes are marketed for comfort but often a bit funky/clunky when paired with, say, a pencil skirt. For specific shoe recommendations other than those pictured below (both from Kat and the readers) check out our regular Hunt feature (in which we hunt for one wardrobe basic or basic accessory in a range of prices) and our afternoon Coffee Break posts (which often feature shoes); you may also want to check out our post on upgrading your shoe collection.

In our last poll on comfortable heels, readers mentioned other favorites including Alfani Step n’ Flex, Brooks Brothers, Butter, Calvin Klein, Coach, Enzo Angiolini, J.Crew, Joan & David Circa, Seychelles, VANELi, and Via Spiga. We’ve also named names for some of our least comfortable heels (brands and styles). If you’re looking to upgrade your shoe collection in general, you may want to check out our discussion on the different tiers and levels that people consider for shoes.

Special Sizes: Wide heels can be found; we’ve also talked about general shopping tips for problem feet. In our more recent Hunts, we also try to include picks for wide/narrow widths, extended sizes, and (for boot round-ups) wide and narrow calves.

Pictured below, a few of our (and readers’) perennial favorites:

Comfortable heels (working women's favorites!) |

Row 1:  One / Two / Three
Row 2:  Four / Five / Six

Avoiding Pain in Heels

Alleviating Pain Caused by Shoes, During:

Inserts can make a big difference with heels! I’ve liked Insolia inserts (read my review here), as well as Dr. Scholl’s and Foot Petals. (Insolia inserts really make a difference — something about the slim pieces of plastic helps my flat feet feel more comfortable in heels.) Note that some shoe maintenance (such as asking a cobbler to put rubber soles and rubber heel tips on your new shoes) can increase comfort as well as extend the life of your heels. I’ve also been a longtime fan of ball-of-the-feet inserts, like those by Dr. Scholl’s or Foot Petals. Finally, if you really can’t walk far in your heels, there are a number of foldable ballet slippers that you can stash in your purse, including Sidekicks, Footzyfolds, and Dr. Scholl’s Fast Flats.

Alleviating Pain Caused by Shoes, After:

YogaToes can also be miracle workers after a long day in heels or on your feet. The book Your Feet Don’t Have to Hurt has a bunch of great foot exercises that help flex the muscles that might be sore after walking in heels (we rounded up some on our post for how to make your sore feet feel better), for example, drawing the alphabet with a pointed toe, or spending a few minutes, barefoot, trying to pick up a pencil with your toes. I would heartily recommend the book if only for that section!

Commuting in Heels?

Although some rockstars can walk for miles in their five-inch heels, don’t worry too much if you can’t. While some women who walk to work prefer to wear wedge heels, my personal secret has always been to have a pair of commuting heels like Clarks or Danskos that are nearly the same height as my office pumps, and then switch into the prettier ones at work. (Check out our guide to hem lengths for thoughts on which lengths look best with what kind of shoes.)
The Coporette Guide to Hems

Finally: Shoes are so much more comfortable (and last longer, and look better) when they’re properly taken care of — don’t skimp on shoe care to make your shoes last longer, and take steps to keep your shoes odor-free.

Where to Find Great Deals on Comfortable Heels

If you know the exact name of the brand or the style name you’re looking for, Amazon is hard to beat — they often have sale shoes in lucky sizes for steep discounts. Beyond that, (sister site to Zappos) has featured sales every day, and Nordstrom shoe sales are hard to beat. You can also occasionally find good deals at Bluefly, DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse), or Last Call by Neiman Marcus. I highly recommend using Shop It To Me if you only want to know when specific brands hit a specific price range, ShopStyle alerts if you are stalking a particular brand, or shopping apps like Covvet if you’re stalking a particular shoe. (Read my other internet shopping tips.) For pricier shoes, resale sites like eBay or The Real Real can be a great way to get lightly used merchandise at a good price (but proceed carefully).

* Please remember that peep-toe shoes are not appropriate for every office; the same goes for shoes with heels higher than 3.5″ and knee-high boots. 
We’ve even addressed whether Louboutins are appropriate for the office and talked about metallic shoes.

Readers, which brands are your favorite for comfort? Do you have any tips and tricks for making high heels more comfortable?

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  1. I have a really hard time wearing heels all day due to a common condition called sesamoiditis. As a result, I often wear heels when needed but keep flats close by for commuting. However, I can wear any pair of Nine West’s 3′ heels without consequence all day. I’m not sure what it is about the fit, but I’ve never had any problem with them. One of my co-workers also swears by Nine West heels.

    • Nine West heels are the best, I agree. Also, they last forever. Apparently they change the shape of the toe region every year on some of their classic heels, but keep the rest of the shoe the same — I know because I tried to buy an identical shoe to one I bought in 2006.

      • A majority of people on this blog seem to hate Nine West, but I can wear the Nuncio for hours on end, and I’ve had the same 3 pairs for 4 or more years.

    • Anonymous :

      I have a closet full of Prada, Stuart Weitzman, and other expensive shoes, but my Nine West Nuncios are my favorite. I own four pairs. The finish is perhaps not as spectacular as on the Prada’s or Weitzman’s, but if you ruin a heel in a storm grate, you don’t burst into tears. The Nuncios make my legs look fabulous, and I can wear them all day with no issues.

    • Pam Szoke :

      So glad to know this about nine west, where do I find them, I wear Ecco’s getting a little to expensive.

    • sunshine wang :

      Seriously, fit is everything. I recently started buying from a brand that does shoes made to order on your exact feet measurement. The brand’s called True Gault. The heels are so comfortable and gorgeous at the same time! I have since left all my designer shoes in the closet :/

  2. Cole Haan Nike Air, hands-down, especially if you get the lower-heel version (I have the Air Mid Talia). Also, I don’t find my Louboutins to be particularly comfortable. They’re well-made, but a 4″ heel (100mm in Loub-speak) is a 4″ heel, and there isn’t much you can do about that.

    I bought my husband a pair of Cole Haan Nike Air loafers and now he can’t stop talking about them, which is another bonus: if you can convince your husband to spend the extra money on comfy shoes, he might be more forgiving about your shoe budget.

    • Alessandra :

      Cole Haan Nike Air – Air Miranda — These will forever and always be my most favorite shoes. At $200 they aren’t the kind of shoes you buy every6 months but you won’t need to. They last forever and if you build a good rapore with your Cole Haan store, they will polish them for free and give all kinds of free comfy inserts. Not to mention, Cole Haan shoes go on sale all the time. I’m constantly finding great deals. Best shoes, hand down. I wear heels everyday to work because I’m short and work with all men. I need to have a little more authority.

    • Alhambra, it is no wonder you don’t find Louboutin’s comfortable. They are infamous for being difficult to wear. Christian Louboutin has said it does not matter to him if women are in pain when they wear his shoes, he has been quoted as saying: “High heels are pleasure with pain. If you can’t walk in them, don’t wear them.”
      High heels are usually uncomfortable for two reasons, one is the sheer height of the heel for your foot length, and the other is a flaw in design that looks good but is not compatible with the function of walking. Shoe design should adhere to the Bauhaus principle “form follows function”

      The same height heel (for example a four inch heel), will feel very different on different size feet.
      If a shoe has a four inch heel – and you have a short foot, such as size 6, your shoe’s ramp will be at about a 22 degrees angle to the ground and your ankle will be in much more pain than a woman with a size 9 shoe where the same four inch heel will only give her an 18 degree ramp angle to the ground. It’s a matter of the geometry of the triangle. The long side of the triangle which is the ramp, is in relation to the other two sides which are the heel height and the distance from the heel to the middle of the ball of the foot.

      Sculpted shoe inserts that hold the foot back from sliding down the ramp inside the shoe will help to stop pain in the toes, in the ball of the foot and keep the heel in position, but they can’t do anything for ankle pain due to the extreme bend of the foot downward if the shoe ramp is really steep. You are right ” a 4″ heel (100mm in Loub-speak) is a 4″ heel, and there isn’t much you can do about that.”

      The most comfortable way to wear quite high heels such as four inches, is to wear platforms. A four inch heel is then ‘cut down to size’ to be a mid heel of three inches.

  3. I have shoes from Audley, Gentle Souls, Hispanitas, Chie Mihara, Faryl Robin, Butter and Cydwoq (their shoes are pretty funky) that I consider quite comfortable.

  4. I have found Clarks to always make excellent comfortable shoes in my student price range. And the bonus is, for the last couple seasons the styles have been getting less and less clunky, so I heartily second that option.

    I don’t see Miz Mooz on here, and those I have always found comfortable. Not usually in stores, though, have to get them online, and the styles tend to fall in the funky Fluevog category.

  5. For cheaper shoes, I love Tahari – so comfortable and you can get them at DSW.

    Cole Haan Air are hit or miss for me. I’ve bought 2 pairs that were seriously uncomfortable.

  6. Cole Haan Nike Air usually work for me, but I recently bought a pair of heels by Butter on sale and, despite the 3″ heel on this particular pair, they are truly comfortable! I typically bring a pair of flats to switch into for any walking further than 3 blocks – at first, I did this for comfort, but now that I have found some more comfortable heels, I do it to save the heels from the uneven streets in San Francisco.

  7. I’ve had the best luck with Calvin Klein and Enzo Angiolini for classic heels (which I can usually find for under $100). For fun colors or details, I like Nina’s lower-heeled options (up to 2.5″)…a little on the fancy/dressy side, but they add some nice pizzazz to a regular biz cas outfit. And of course any heel is more comfortable with a Dr. Scholl’s For High Heels insert thrown in (helloooo gel arch support).

  8. Cole Haan Nike Air – anything for me – the mid talia ones are my go to shoes for giving 4 hour lectures to graduate students.

  9. Anonymous :

    manolo, stuart weitzman, enzo (in order of cost and style)

  10. YEAH Franco Sarto!

    • I agree with YEAH Franco Sarto! I have a pair of sling back platform wedges and even with a medium high heel they feel very comfortable to walk in. Part of their appeal for me is that the bottoms are very light weight so they stay on the foot very well. When I put my contoured foam high heel inserts into them they wear like flats for either all day at the office or for a kilometer walk to the corner store. The wedge high heel sling back style with peep toes looks great with both dresses and pants, or jeans. Love them!

  11. The most comfortable shoes I own (note I say “shoes”, not heels) are from this brand:

    Unfortunately, they only appear to make sandals/open toe shoes. I have the “Benny” pair from this season, as well as a pair from an earlier season. They have extra padding in the footbed.

    In summer, I wear these shoes to work every day. They’re awesome. I just wish they made shoes for all seasons.

    • Bunkster, I love the pairs of Athena Alexander sandals I have! Spent about 5 hours walking the San Antonio Riverwalk in a higher-heeled sandal, and my feet never flinched.

  12. I really like Kate Spade pumps – great colors and styles – and very comfortable. For what it is worth, I have a large (10) wide-ish foot.

  13. FYI, Taryn Rose no longer owns the shoe company by her name, but the company still makes comfortable shoes. DSW sometimes has a few styles in stock. Taryn Rose (the person) has a new budget line sold on the Home Shopping Network (High Heel Power) and is reported to be starting a high end line with Neimans (Haute Footure). No idea if they are comfortable, but I would guess yes, given her background.

    My favorite work pumps are from Botticelli. I would put them in the “designed for comfort and mid-range pricey” category. They make some very sensible but fashionable work shoes and are on the less expensive side for shoes actually made in Italy (their boots are still a fortune, though). Seinfield fans might also recognize the brand from the episode where Elaine buys a pair…btw, the website is a little busted, so this might be a nyc-only recommendation…

  14. I like the Cole Haan with the Nike Air, but right now I am absolutely loving Kenneth Cole New York with the 925 Technology. I bought two pair for $40 each (75% off!!) in their Las Vegas store last year and they are fabu. I feel like I am walking in tennis shoes and they are stylish and well-made. I have to stop myself from wearing them everyday. Highly recommended.

  15. SV Associate :

    Without a doubt, Cole Haan Nike Air. I have a wide range of shoes in my collection – 3-inch pumps, 4-inch pumps, boots, work-appropriate sandals, and casual sandals. I can’t complain about any of them.

  16. Amanda Kay :

    I have bought no less than 3 pairs of the Nine West Barbe pump. They’re affordable, comfortable, and come in a variety of colors and finishes. I adore them.

  17. I’ve bought no fewer than 5 pairs of Calvin Klein pumps – very comfortable, and classic.

    • Ballerina girl :

      I find Calvin Klein shoes to run a bit narrow–just a PSA for those out there who run into this problem.

      • I second Calvin Klein Diema for a 1.5 in heel or Dolly for I think a 3 in heel.
        I agree they do run narrow but they’re great for narrow footed people like me since they don’t slide out as easily!
        Break in period is almost nil,which i a huge bonus. I’ve worn them around the mall right after purchasing and they’re almost done breaking in already. I can feel the little bumps my toes made in there. :)

  18. I have been hunting for comfortable heels for a lifetime (it seems). My hands down favorite are a pair of Facconable peeptoe sling backs that are 3 inch high. They are so comfortable despite the height. I have tried every brand named above in varying heights and none are as comfortable as the Facconable. My feet are on the wide side (but not enough to warrant “wide” shoes) and I have a narrow heel. I used to think that it was the narrowness of the shoe that was making them uncomfortable, but after trying on pairs and pairs of shoes, it is not the width, but the depth. I think I need a deep toe box or the space between the bottom of the shoe and the vamp. I guess I have thick feet (sounds awful, no?). I have had some luck with the Calvin Klein pumps of late, but need the heel stickies to avoid shoe slippage. If anyone has any other recs for thick footed people, please let me know!

  19. Corso Como – extremely comfortable!!

  20. I second the Corso Como recommendation — priced right, extremely comfortable without being stodgy and fashionable enough to wear to after work events too!

    • Jennifer Tipping :

      Thank you for the Corso Como rec, I’m desperate for comfy heels for an upcoming trade show x 4 8-hour days on my feet. Can’t wait to try. Brining my Rothy’s flats as a backup!

  21. constructlawgirl :

    Kenneth Cole Reaction, the 9 to 5 line are the best! I’m wearing a black pair right now and the cushioning is luxe on my feet despite the 4″ heel! Highly recommended at around $200/pair.

  22. after purchasing my first pair of cole haan nike pumps last spring, i will never again buy another heel; they are so incredibly comfy yet classic. i would recommend them to everyone.

    • I second the Cole Haan Air. I find they run somewhat narrow, but the cushioning is great.

  23. A few friends of mine recommended the Alfani Step ‘n Flex line from Macy’s. I was skeptical, but they (Gracie and Denny pumps) were so comfortable from the first minute I tried them on. I have yet to put them through the test of walking marble floors at my new workplace or go through an entire day with them, but they come well recommended from many other friends.

    Best part, they’re one of Macy’s “everyday values” at $59.98.

  24. As I mentioned in the other thread, I have found Farylrobin heels quite comfortable. They don’t have a ton of cushioning, but they are well made and the heels are usually sturdy. They are of a style – rather than classic stilettos – with a chunkier heel most often, but I could walk blocks in them. A bonus is that the wider heels won’t get stuck in sidewalk cracks and the like.

  25. anonymous :


    • I couldn’t agree more. My go-to black heels are Naturalizer, and I have a couple of cute pairs. They’re all VERY comfortable.

    • I’m a Naturalizer fan, too. They are quite comfortable and very reasonably priced, especially if you wait for sales and promos. Though, I can’t wear even their heels anymore (nothing over one inch) due to arthritis in one of my feet.

      • I’m a Naturalizer fan, too, but missed the one’s made in the 80’s/90’s that were lined in nylon tricot, and had the stretchiest leather, and felt so soft to wear all day long!

  26. stpetegirl :

    Can anyone rec comfortable heels for high arches? I’ve found some luck with the Nurture brand from Dillards along with some Foot Petals Arches inside, but I am wondering if anyone makes heels with arch support. (Also important would be a price tag under $300, with extra points for being under $150!)

    • Cole Haan Nike Air for the most part have good arch support. I stick with 2-2.5 inch heels.

      • Anonymous :

        I have the world’s highest arches. I find arch supports are only helpful in flatter shoes. In heels, I just need to find a pair that fits well and provides all-over support. A very strong and stable shank is particularly important when you have high arches. Generally, Stuart Weitzman seems to be the best overall line for my high-arched foot, but the brand is at the edge of your price range. The 9-West Nuncios are super comfortable, very attractive, and less than $75.00, sometimes much less. Finally, when you can afford Prada someday, they are fab. (Very expensive shoes have very strong shanks; try on a pair of Jimmy Choos or Manolo’s and you’ll see what I mean.)

    • foot surgery girl :

      Sofft work great because they have extra padding under the ancle.

      Also, try these inserts which have a “gel – bubble” under the arch and make my extremely high arches and weak ancles feel great with many shoes that would not be supportive enough otherwise:

  27. Ann Taylor pumps.

    • Second – Love the perfect pumps. Have owned 4 pairs of them, bought over several years. Comfortable and durable.

  28. BC from SoCal :

    I have been in search of the perfect pair of pumps forever. I want to buy something not made in China, that has a 2-3 inches heel, no chunky heel or super skinny heel, no toe cleavage, somewhat wider shoes than a size medium, but wide. Is my list too long? I must have weird feet.

    • I’m also a Corso Como fan. See here: I believe they’re made in Brazil. They don’t always have an appropriate pump every season, but I check back often. When available in other brands I usually opt for wide sizes, but medium width works for me in these shoes.

      • I like corso comos, but the last pair of flats I bought were way too tight across the ball of the foot. I don’t wear wide sizes, either. Maybe it was just an off pair.

        Chie Miharas are always comfortable, but I can’t speak to whether they have wide sizes. I think they’re spanish? They are a little funky, not for everyone, but the heel is never skinny or chunky.

  29. BC from SoCal :

    Oh, I forgot to state, these pumps must be comfortable and do not make too much noise while walking on tile floors.

  30. Ann Marie :

    No one has mentioned Fitzwell; is that not a common comfort brand? I bought a pair of 2.5″ Fitzwell Player pumps a while back. The brand has a range of styles, from pointy heel/stiletto to chunky/clunky, but the prices are great. My pumps are extremely comfortable and very classic, bordering on boring, which is great for upcoming interviews. I’d like to get more pairs of pumps from them (higher heel/pointier toe), but it would be nice to get confirmation that others find them comfortable at the 3″+ heights.

  31. Seychelles have not been mentioned yet. They are the most comfortable heels I own (and I own a lot ;p).

    They are well-padded, stylish, have rubber soles so I don’t slip on polished floors and the prices are very reasonable.

  32. I stumbled upon the Nurture brand at a Dillard’s about a year ago. I loved the padding in the shoes so much that I walked away with 4 pairs. They are cute, and so comfy! I have even run in my heels! There’s so much padding in the sole that it’s able to adjust to the shape of your foot. They are also reasonably priced. These are my go-to shoes for when I need a basic, every-day shoe. I highly recommend these!

  33. I have been really happy with a couple of pairs of Corso Como shoes. They have a really nice leather padded footbed with a lot more padding than most shoes.

  34. You by Crocs are amazing!

    The look absolutely nothing like Crocs, but carry the Crocs comfort. They tend to run about $100 for heels and about $200 for knee-high heeled boots. I’m happy to have found them and readily recommend them.

  35. I am always in search of a perfect pump. My best pair right now is a pair of Me Too wedges – I swear I could walk in these all day.
    I just wish I’d bought them in red while they were still available. The patent pewter is cute but too close to black. They do give a little toe cleavage but they are so cute and comfortable I don’t care. They are also the first pair of pumps I have been able to comfortably wear both with and without stockings.

  36. Ecco. The style can often lean toward the clunky, but occasionally you can spot a good work shoe. I bought a pair of Ecco pumps after recovering from a pretty severe ankle break – for a long time they were the only non-flat shoe I could wear. Not only comfy all day long, but even after wearing them almost daily that year, they still look great!

    • SadWriter :

      Second the Ecco shout-out. I heart the Ecco Junction. Incredibly comfortable and sleek, and not at all chunky-heeled.

  37. This is such a great list. Stewart Weitzman and Cole Haan are my general go-to brands, but I’ve also bought some pretty nice shoes from Ara, David Tate, and Easy Spirit (they do actually make a few stylish pumps).

  38. ROCKPORT PILOT PUMPS. Enough said. They are AMAZING and at least half the price of Cole Haans.

  39. Only have the one pair, but I’ve found Paul Green to be exceedingly well-made. Comfortable for their height and style, and I’m super picky.

  40. If price is no object, I recommend Thierry Rabotin ($400 +). Beautifeel are wonderful, but a bit pricey ($200+). Munro American makes very comfy shoes you can buy for less than $200, but they are generally best with pants. There are so many more comfort shoe brands today than there ever used to be. It’s wonderful!

  41. I LOVE Ivanka Trump. I have her Indico pumps in several colors. And I have to 2nd Cole Haans. They are beautiful, and last forever when well taken care of.

    When I travel for work I’ll spend a good 16 hours on my feet (or more if I’m at a dreaded trade show) I have to go with Naturalizer. Nothing else will do on those days.

  42. For the funkier corporettes DV by Dolce Vita makes incredibly comfortable platforms! Love mine!

  43. I think one of the hardest things about finding comfortable heels is, height of the heel aside, I’ve got small feet. I’m a size five foot and even in that case, my feet have almost a half-size difference between them. I can and (sometimes) do wear kids’ shoes because they fit better – but when I want heels, a shoe that might be painful becomes one that doesn’t fit and is definitely painful on me.

    Most mall stores don’t even carry my size – stores like Wal-Mart (crappy quality, incredibly cheap) are sometimes my only choice, given that my budget doesn’t accommodate designer shoes yet.

  44. Sofft shoes are my go-to brand for work! Like walking on air.

  45. I’m new to this site and building my wardrobe for a conservative office and have a few shoe-related questions:

    1. How high is too high? I prefer cone-shaped mid-low heel (2.5 inch max) but am finding this to be quite limiting in terms of style and colour.
    2. I have lots of black and dark brown shoes and want to expand. Is bone or beige inappropriate office wear?
    3. What color shoes is appropriate with a navy/almost black shift dress?
    4. What color shoes is appropriate with a dark brown pant?

    Thanks! :)

  46. Just wanted to post a site for shoes that are gorgeous at a great price! Go to and shop till you drop!

  47. Quiet the sound of your heels while also protecting them and making them more comfortable! Clickless is the revolutionarily simple invention that silences your footsteps in heels. Check them out at!

  48. Stuart Weitzman’s Chic Pump is my go-to work shoe. I’ve got it and black and dark navy patent, black leather and brown suede. It’s an incredibly comfortable shoe. I can, and have, walked over a mile in them with surprising comfort. My only note is that the leather is a bit larger than the patent and suede. I had to put a pair of insoles into the leather pair although they are the same size as all of my others.

    Pictured on the Weitzman website, but I’ve also purchased a pair at deep discount on Rue La La

  49. SVTechLawyer :

    Alfani Step N Flex shoes at Macy’s, particularly the Gracie pump. A classic pointy toed pump I can wear all day, even tromping around in The City and my feet are happy. I have them in several colors. Budget priced too $59.98 EDV price, but can be less when they decide to end a color. Lucky size 6 in navy suede currently $41.98 –

  50. Pricey, dressy but comfy: Chanel, YSL and Dior (in that order). I need a bigger toe box because of my bunions and these are fab. I can walk in Chanel all day.

    I just got my first pair of Fluevog. They’re buttery soft, no breaking in required at all. But I had to pick the less chunky styles.

  51. Anonymous Texan :

    I have had great luck with Vaneli and their shoes are QUALITY and made of real leather. Cole Haan fits great and I could walk for miles in them but the new Nike ones are wider and too big for my narrow heel. Naturalizer heels are also comfy in the lower height versions but the quality is not as good (they have not lasted long for me).

  52. Anonymous :

    An inexpensive, but super comfy , decent quality would be jessica Simpson ! They’re very padded and you can read reviews for yourself …they’re great. I have 3 pairs of platform heels made by her and must say theyre a great buy. Check them out.

  53. Ivanka Trump pumps are well priced and not made of fragile leather, so stand up well to cobblestones and heating grates.

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    DC Metro Area

  55. TheLizzyIzzi :

    I can vouch for the comfort plus heels at Payless shoes. Normally I wouldn’t recommend cheap shoes, since they’re typically not comfortable for very long (they tend to wear out pretty fast). However, if you’re just starting out on a tight budget, these are a good pick. Typically they’re about $20 (look for a coupon online) and they’re very basic without looking cheap.

    Also, be sure to talk to the sales people and don’t be afraid to try on more than one pair of the same shoe. No matter what your price point is, each pair is going to have slight variations that really can make a difference. In addition, sales people can help you get a better fit. A good sales person will be able to stretch shoes that are too narrow, or tighten up shoes that are just a bit too big (via things like heel grips and sole pads).

  56. I swear by Geox and Donald J.Pliner, although the latter is harder to find where I live. I also like Calvin Klein for affordable comfort. Either of the three I’m comfortable walking from the office to Court and around all day. I am going to eventually splurge on Louboutins, so I’m glad to hear they’re comfortable!

  57. Gentle Souls More Rupert just ended the quest.

    Classic black pumps. So comfortable I forget I’m wearing them.

  58. I agree Nine West, and some Naturalizers and Easy Spirits, are the most comfortable. However, I do miss the pumps and flats from the late 80’s-90’s, that had nylon tricot lining and mostly made in America. Regardless of brand, most shoes toaday are made in China and are not that comfortable, even when worn with hose

  59. Have you heard of Bared Footwear ( It is a brand designed by a podiatrist to be good for your feet without looking ‘daggy’ or ‘comfort’. They have been lifesavers for me and I too have troubled feet but love nice non sensible shoes.

  60. Omie Dove :

    I just wanted to say that I love my Soffts shoes. They’re very comfortable to wear. (They cost around $100 if purchased at full price.)

  61. Most shoes on this page are normal high heels with a thicker / gel filled sole. You should add
    Cute Danish brand launched on Kickstarter with a super comfortable orthopaedic insole that distributes the body weight.
    And they’re not made in China but in Italy. Hence the price? :0

  62. For comfort, mid range pricing, and something that accommodates my foot which has a narrow heel but wide toes, I like Beautifeel, Paul Green and Thierry Rabotin. All of these brands have flexible latex soles which helps with my foot fatigue. Just be aware of sizing though bc these are all over the place

  63. Kirsten Beauchesne :

    I use Killer Heels Comfort to make my high heels more comfortable and to keep my foot from sliding forward. I find they work well in many of my shoes. Kirsten B

  64. I’ve tried Killer Heels Comfort insoles and are the only ones I like and would wear! They relieve pressure in the right spots and feel as though I’m walking in much shorter heels (they make 4 inch heels feel like 2 or 3 inch heels instead). I love how they provide extra support and prevent my feet from slipping/sliding down so my toes aren’t crunched up or my straps aren’t digging into my feet. Best of all, I forget that I’m wearing them (that’s how comfortable they are)!

  65. Ros hommerson. I like the Valeda-though it is not very stylish.

    Crocs wedges. Super comfy and stable.

  66. A comfort Footwear or Shoes will make you more beauty. I would like to thank you for providing such a great Information about the “Guide to Comfortable Heels”. It helps me a lot to know about the different shoe, Features, Price, etc…. Your points are highly beneficial to have a complete understanding of the Comfortable Heels.

  67. Thank you for posting this informative and helpful blog. We all know that wearing high heels for a prolonged period of time is painful. Also a lot of things depend on the kind of heel we are wearing. I gained a lot of knowledge about heels and how and on what occasions to wear them. I am looking forward to reading more helpful blogs in the future.

  68. John In va :

    i am wondering how high my wife’s heels should actually be , She is a corporate environment promoted to administrative assistant to executive vise president . Now she is walking around in taller shoes and constantly complaining about her feet . She says all the other women wear even higher but when ever I go there most the other women are in i inch or flats. Whats the real on this , And whats considered appropriate height ? Most of the time her feet are under a desk so why bother even at the round table meeting , again under the table ? no ?

    • Hi John, re: how high should my wife’s heels actually be? If her feet are in the medium range size 7-10 then a heel height of 3″ or less is ideal in that it is high enough to be a ‘high heel’ if she wants that for a professional look, yet low enough that the heels can be made very comfortable with the addition of foam inserts. Look for inserts that hold the foot back from sliding forward so that the heel does not gap and the toes don’t crush, plus provides good cushioning under the ball of the foot that does not bottom out. The inserts should not crowd the foot which will increase pain, or be so bulky that they push the foot upwards out of the shoe at the heel end which will increase instability.
      Any high heels over 3″ can’t be cured from causing pain with the help of foam inserts if the pain is in the ankles. Ankle pain is a result of the ankle being in an extended position with weight bearing down on it. The ankle bones were not meant to bear weight in this position except for very brief periods of time. Often women have several pairs of heels in different heights to wear to the office that are kept at their desk. This can work well because then the higher heels are worn only for limited periods of time – and when you know for sure the actual amount of time.

  69. Gwen in Milwaukee :

    For comfort and style, I like Fidji, Fly London, Think!, and Reikers. They are on the funky side, which is great by me. I try to go no higher than 2″, maybe 2 1/4″ max. I go for comfort, but I still want to be stylish.

  70. My favourite comfortable heels are roccamore. I have a pair with a 8 cm heel and I can walk in them all day without any pain. My feet are also quite wide, which has been a problem with the fit of other high heels, but not with roccamore.

  71. Emma Braun :

    High heels can be a real pain sometimes, and if they are pencil heels then chances of pain surely increases, that is why I personally like wedge heels if they are to be worn for longer duration or for longer distances., these are the wedge heels on which I am having a crush these days, they are amazingly stylish and surprisingly comfortable, a must try for all women who are looking for both style and comfort.

    • Hi Emma, There is a misconception that wedge heels cause less pain than pencil heels of the same heel height. This is true only in a very limited way, which is if your main source of pain is from heels being more wobbly, & not from their height.
      Pain in high heels is nearly always in direct correlation to the height of the heel. Wedge heels do provide a more stable base with more square inches of contact with the ground, but they do nothing to alleviate pain from pressure on the ball of the foot, or from toes being squashed into the toe box, or from blisters from heel gaps. These types of pain can only be alleviated by choosing lower heels, either pencil heels such as kitten heels, or low wedges, or ‘ net height’ lower high heels such as platforms. Another way of alleviating pain is to add custom fitted foam pads into your heels that will cushion the ball of the foot& hold the foot firmly in place both at the toe end & at the heel end.

    • Hi Emma, I took a close look at the shoes you like at I can see why they are probably comfortable. They have ergonomically shaped insoles with a generous flat area for the heel and a gentle upturn at the toes. The bottoms area also shaped for ease of walking with a rounded end on the heel and a rocker sole. I especially like the Nomadic Navy Wedge Sandals, a gladiator style cage sandal in denim jeans colour. This has a 2.28″ heel and a platform, so the net height is just over an inch.(The platform thickness is not given so this is an proportionate estimate taken from a side view) It looks like it could be a very good walking shoe and great with jeans or dresses. The fact that it has adjustable straps and a back zip would make it easy to customize exactly to fit. I looked at another shoe, Journey in Pecan Closed Toe Wedges with a 3.86″ heel and 1.77 ” platform. This could be a comfortable shoe, but it may also be very uncomfortable if it doesn’t fit properly and if the material of the bottom is dense and heavy. Although the heel is only about 2″ in height, the shoe is a mule style. There is danger that the heel of the foot will fall off sideways at the heel from a height of almost 4″, and if the bottom is really heavy just lifting the shoe at every step could result in blisters on the top of the foot as it rubs against the vamp.

  72. I have enjoyed reading this column with its excellent advice from you and your readers about comfortable high heels. I noticed that you reviewed some high heel inserts but you have neglected to review the best high heel inserts ever that are the newest ones out there. These are the Killer Heels Comfort brand of inserts. I have worn them in my heels and they really are the best. Please do your readers a big favor and review them for your column.

  73. Are 2″ or kitten heels work appropriate?

    • I feel like they might look like “you’re not trying hard enough…”!

    • I only wear heels under 2″ or flats. Even 2″ is sometimes too much for me. I refuse to destroy my feet or be uncomfortable all day. Will depend on your work though. We are truly business casual where “nice” jeans are acceptable.

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