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15 Stylish Shoes That Are Actually Good For Your Feet

Bunions, blisters, bruises, oh my! Historically, wearing stylish shoes meant aches and pains, and nasty effects from head to toe. Lucky for our legs, sneakers and “ugly sandals” have made a major fashion comeback and our feet couldn’t be happier about it.

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Saucony Shadow Original

Old-School Style

These retro-style sneakers are what this season’s shoe trends are all about. The best part? They work with everything from your favourite jeans to a cotton sundress.

Saucony Shadow Original, $91 at shoeme.ca

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Stan Smith Originals


Stan the Man

The preferred sneaker of trendsetters and fashion editors, these white Stan Smiths are the ultimate It-girl shoe (plus, Adidas‘s high-performance technology means no back or foot pain).

Stan Smith Originals, $110 at adidas.ca

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Birkenstock Monterey Exquisite

Supportive Sandals

If you’re going to spend all summer in something other than running shoes, try the resurgent Birkenstock. They’re stylish, supportive and cooler than you ever thought possible.

Birkenstock Monterey Exquisite, $300 at getoutsideshoes.com

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Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II

Holy Chuck

Converse’s Chuck Taylors have been a style staple since the ’60s, but now, they’re good for you, too. The revamped All Star II features Nike Lunarlon insole cushioning, giving your body the support it deserves.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II, $80 at thebay.com

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Sanuk Yoga 2 Sandal,

Feeling Zen

If you’re going to wear a minimalist sandal this summer, this should be it. With a sole made out of yoga mats and super stretchy upper fabric, it’s like a beachside hammock for your feet.

Sanuk Yoga Sling 2 Sandal, $55 at shopsanuk.ca

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Cole Haan Fair Haven Pump

Heavenly Haven

While high heels are always hard on your feet, pick a pair that offers added body benefits. Cole Haan’s Fair Haven pump is constructed with Grand.OS technology, which means the sole has extra cushioning (and is also super light and flexible).

Cole Haan Fair Haven Pump, US $200 at colehaan.com

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Joanie Sandal

Weather Warrior

If you know Canadian winters, you probably know Sorel (and how comfortable their cold-weather boots are). Now the brand has introduced summer footwear with the same sole support, so your feet can feel good all year ’round.

Joanie Sandal, $190 at sorelfootwear.ca

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Adidas by Stella McCartney Diadophis Slides

Super Slides

These slip-on sandals are the perfect summer shoe: the neoprene straps won’t leave your feet battered with bruises and blisters, and the molded foam footbed will save your soles from aches and pains.

Adidas by Stella McCartney Diadophis Slides, $100 at matchesfashion.com

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Nike Roshe Flyknit iD

Fly Fashion

Not only are the colour combinations of these new runners super sleek, but the technology offers a comfortably snug fit which will give you loads of support wherever you go.

Nike Roshe Flyknit iD, $215 at store.nike.com

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Ecco Tabora Wedge

Comfortable Cork

Wedges are a wonderful option for more formal summer footwear, but it’s important to pick styles without a steep instep. These wedges provide the height you’re looking for without the foot horrors that come with high heels.

Ecco Tabora Wedge, $180 at shop.ecco.com

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Keen Dauntless Posted

Keen on Health

Much like the beloved Birkenstock, Keen created a sandal with a molded cork footbed that will keep your limbs happy and healthy. Plus, the leather T-strap and elasticized ankle strap hug the feet perfectly.

Keen Dauntless Posted, $140 at keenfootwear.com

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Clarks Phenia Carnaby

Breathable Boots

If boots are more your style speed, try a leather ankle boot with a short stacked heel. The thick heel will give your body more support, and the crepe sole is ultra soft to walk on.

Clarks Phenia Carnaby, $180 at shoeme.ca

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Reebok Skyscape Dare

High(top) Fashion

If you didn’t pick up on it, white sneakers are having a major fashion moment-and these lightweight Reebok high-tops are right on trend.

Reebok Skyscape Dare, $95 at reebok.ca

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Jil Sander Metallic Leather Sneakers

Made in Metallic

Even high-end designers are getting in on the sneaker game, with most houses including fashion-forward good-for-your-back shoes in their collections.

Jil Sander Metallic Leather Sneakers, US $410 at net-a-porter.com

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Rag and Bone Sienna Leather Espadrilles

Easy Espadrilles

To save your soles, skip the stilettos and opt for a woven wedge with a slight instep. Look for a soft leather upper, which will reduce blisters and foot inflammation.

Rag and Bone Sienna Leather Espadrilles, $475 at holtrenfrew.com

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