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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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