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What Shoes Do You Wear to Work?

The 10 Best Comfortable Shoes for Work

“Please, please, please do a post about comfy worky shoes,” reader Jessica recently commented. “I rarely walk less than five miles a day.” These heels are my go-tos, but I’m always curious to discover more. So, we asked 10 women to share their office-friendly favorites…

The deceptive don’t-feel-like-heels heels:

“In the winter, my go-to heels are from J. Crew. In the summer, I LIVE in these Banana Republic ones. I wore them 10 hours a day, five days straight on a work trip in Miami. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up to start wearing them again.” — Cailin, marketing director

“I’m really picky about shoes because I’m always running around the city, schlepping a billion things. My favorite are Everlane heels in bright red. My wardrobe is 99% black, and when I wear these, it’s like BAM, I’m here. There’s no rubbing, pinching or breaking in. They won’t leave you stranded with screaming feet.” — Stella, editor

“My clothes are pretty simple (so I don’t have to think too much in the morning), but I love statement heels, and I get them all for like, $20. I look for little details that make them feel more legit, like if a shoe is suede instead of that shiny material.” — Merry, account executive

The under $50 all-stars:

“I go for heeled booties, since a little elevation gives me more confidence. With this Old Navy pair, I never have to worry about blisters.” — Lilly, electrical engineer

Susina loafers are super comfortable, even though I walk three miles per day and use a standing desk. Bonus: The soles are soft, so I don’t sound like I’m stomping around the office.” — Hannah, architectural designer

The worth-the-splurge finds:

“I wear a size 11, which has resulted in many shoe-searching heartbreaks. But Loeffler Randall block heels have served me well — while running for the subway or spending a full day at the office. I tend to spend more on fewer, better pairs because they last.” — Kate, event planner

“I’m obsessed with my Rag & Bone Walker booties. I wear them everywhere — recently to the top of a satellite dish in West Virginia and a video shoot hiking in the Tennessee Valley. They aren’t cheap, but they last forever; I’ve already had them resoled twice.” — Victoria, TV producer

The how-are-we-not-walking-on-little-pillows shoes:

“I wear these Aerosoles mules all the time. They look great with pants and dresses. I actually bought three pairs because I fear for when they wear out!” — Lina, psychology fellow

My leopard flats are slightly mom-ish, but feel like slippers.” — Anna, marketing director

“I’m OBSESSED with M. Gemi. The Felize feels like you’re literally walking on clouds.” — Brooke, social media manager

The Best Comfortable Shoes for Work

So, there you go. :) What shoes do you wear for work?

P.S. Six readers share their office outfits, and do you have a work uniform?

(Photo of Dolly Parton in 9 to 5.)

  1. Dee says...

    This article is a bit of a bummer if you are reading from outside the US. The links just take you to that annoying ‘we don’t ship to your area’ screen. Or redirect to the EU site- but not to the shoe being discussed. Boo :(

  2. Renee says...

    CoJ style posts are my absolute favorite! As others have said, I’m bookmarking this post for future reference. My current faves are Rothy’s and Sam Edelman petty ankle boots. Cole Haan used to partner with Nike to make a peep-toe wedge and I have four pairs that I trekked all over NYC and London in. Sadly they no longer make them — I wish they would bring them back!

  3. Jess says...

    Totally shocked no one mentioned Blundstones! I live in Canada and the thought of having to change out of my winter boots into more appropriate footwear kills me. In the summer I wear Sperry’s or my Cole Haan Nikes.

    I definitely work in a more relaxed setting but I find wearing nice pants (no jeans) with a cute sweater lets you get away with casual footwear. It’s not something I’m willing to compromise on at work, I NEED TO BE COMFORTABLE!

    • Lee says...

      I work in a cheese shop and Blundstones are a godsend! Sturdy, comfortable, roomy without looking huge, make me look tough. What else could I need?

  4. Maire says...

    I have a pair of Gentle Souls small wedge sandals (which I think I saw first on COJ) that are my go to for work and travel. I can walk miles in them and they don’t hurt my feet, and they look cute with most outfits.

    I also really love shoes from Jeffrey Campbell. Some of the styles are crazy and impractical, but the more “normal” styles are not only fun and stylish but also incredibly comfortable, and this is coming from someone with narrow, bony feet and ankles.

  5. Jen says...

    My Blando ankle booties… sturdy enough for the subway, but still cute for the office… I also travel with them, I can walk miles in them (with Dr. Scholl’s insoles for plantar fasciitis)

  6. Alex R says...

    I’m a lawyer who had a baby in December. During pregnancy my feet swelled so much that I struggled to find any court-appropriate shoe. I definitely appeared in open court in my “professional Birks”–black patent leather with a pink sole :) http://www.birkenstock.com/us/arizona-birko-flor/arizona-bicolor-birkoflorpatent-0-eva-w.html?dwvar_arizona-bicolor-birkoflorpatent-0-eva-w_color=66&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzuTe3KTd2QIVSUwNCh0oIQLyEAQYAiABEgLMafD_BwE

    No court personnel dared reprimand a hugely pregnant lady for inappropriate footwear.

    Now that I’m no longer pregnant and my feet are almost back to normal, I’ve done a little “congrats on growing a human” shopping and purchased these (I work for a non-profit, so while we are a law office and have to look professional, we have a little more leeway than, say, a corporate law firm):

    Studded mules in black leather: https://www.saksoff5th.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524442296145&site_refer=CSE_GGLPRADS001_OFF&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-7Co-aTd2QIVjkoNCh0JYglHEAYYASABEgJ7nPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Block heels in blush: https://www.dolcevita.com/product/JUELS-HEELS/247939.uts?selectedColor=IVORY

    Both are super comfy and on sale.

  7. Lauren E. says...

    I get that “work” is probably referring more to office life, but I’m a personal assistant and have recently invested in very cool sneakers. My job can take me anywhere from the flower market to Gucci to the dog park in a matter of hours so super cute fashion-y sneakers (recently bought a pair from Amour Vert that I loooove love love https://amourvert.com/products/veja-volley-canvas-sneaker?variant=969353199635) make me look like I fit in everywhere.

  8. L says...

    I bought the Nisolo Sofia after seeing someone wearing them in an outfit post here, and they are my new favorite shoe! They’re high quality, comfortable, and I have yet to find an outfit that they don’t work with. They were definitely a splurge for me, but so worth it.

  9. Lauren says...

    I’m in LOVE with French Sole (FS/NY)’s “Sloop” flat. I’ve had some variation on them for years now, and I wear them until they fall apart. It’s the perfect year round basic ballet flat, though they don’t do well in inclement weather, I will say.

  10. kash says...

    I’m a grad student who teaches, so I am in a weird space–don’t make enough money to take cars anywhere, am hauling a TON of books and computers and grading, also need to look nice so that my undergrads don’t challenge me to duels, live in Canada where it’s winter 13 months of the year, etc…

    I swear by three things:

    1. Leather Oxford shoes
    I 100% swear by oxfords intead of flats. There’s some nice flexibility there too–the more flexible, delicate oxfords can look pretty and feminine, whereas more structured, hefty shoes have a kind of “cool girl” vibe that is fun. I find that flats can look a little juvenile, or frumpy, or something, particularly with pants. I have had a pair of Sam Edelman oxford shoes for like 8 years that I just keep re-soling, and I also highly recommend the TOMS oxfords for women as a more “substantial” looking pair. (Everlane’s are beautiful but damn that brand makes punishingly narrow shoes!)

    2. Clarks Boots
    I’m echoing people above, but Clarks are SO comfortable. I have a pair of mid-heeled leather ankle boots from Clarks (I find that the 2″-3″ heel is my magic spot where I can wear them all day) that I can’t get enough of.

    3. Just Wearing Weird Shoes in Winter
    Uh, this isn’t much of a hack but–look, I feel like here in Canada everyone just wears giant winter boots for like six months every year. I have sometimes thrown “inside” shoes in my bag, but not all the time? I try to go for a pair of boots that looks less like Sorels and is more neutral-ish… mine are a pair of brown lace-up Kodiak boots (these https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GGNWDPO/ref=twister_B071YT2N4Z _, but honestly my “trick” for winter is to shrug and wear more lipstick than I do in the summer and call it a wash.

  11. Erin says...

    Love those everlane pumps! Vagabond boots in the winter time are hands down the most comfy heels you can wear. I get at least one compliment a day on them, it’s the hardest working pair of shoes Ive ever purchased. They work with any cut of jeans, dress pants, dresses, skirts. I never wear heels unless I have to…but these I actually choose to wear. They also have good grip in bad weather. I could go on…

  12. Ellie says...

    The best I have ever found are Cole Haan with Nike Air. They are a splurge, but I’ve also found them at places like DSW. THE BEST.

    • Kelly says...

      YES! I have a pair of deep navy blue suede boots that are Cole Haan/Nike Air. They have a 3″ heel, and the only reason I can probably wear them for a whole day is because of the Nike connection. Got them on clearance with an extra % off at Nordstrom Rack a few years ago.

  13. My go-to are Ankle strap block heels with pointed toes in black & nude. I have two pairs of shoes at work both the same style & they go with everything (ankle pants, wide leg, jeans, or plain ole slacks) & are never too hard to walk-in (only 1 -2 inches tall) & class up every outfit (pointed toes look so good!!) . I buy whatever brand carries those three things 1. strap 2.block heel 3. pointed toe.
    My favorite are Tahari & Anne Klein.

  14. B. says...

    The Anya ballet flat from JCrew Factory! I got them in every color and they are like wearing cute little leather slippers.

  15. I don’t have to get super dressy at work (yay!) so I am mostly in my Dansko clogs. They make really cute ‘dressier’ styles too, so I have a few pairs of their Dansko heels in different colors and styles. I always get compliments. They make ankle boots, too.

  16. LeighTX says...

    I have several pair of shoes from the Dexflex Comfort line from Payless, and they are incredibly comfortable. For such an inexpensive shoe they last a long time.

  17. Emmy says...

    My favorite brands for comfortable dressy shoes are Gentle Souls, Softwalk, Naot, and Earth. Gentle Souls makes gorgeous, very contemporary looking shoes with memory foam footbeds. The other brands can skew a bit older-looking, but you just have to look through their styles to find something more hip (and they’re there!). I think Nordstrom sells all of them…

  18. Dolly Parton! My friend’s mom always bought her 3 daughters a new and fun bra on Dolly’s birthday. (January 19) That doesn’t have to do with work clothes, but I love the idea of celebrating our womanhood and reminding our daughters that the money is worth is to go above and beyond a four year old nude t-shirt bra.

    • LeighTX says...

      That is so awesome! Dolly is an amazing woman and a fantastic role model, and I love the idea of celebrating her birthday with a new bra! :)

    • Heather says...

      I love this and I love Dolly 4ever.

  19. I usually wear either kitten heels (although I know people scoff at them) or I wear taller heels (say 3.75 – 4inches) that are block or thicker. Gone are the days where I wear thin heels at the office. I like to walk a lot to get my exercise in so my shoes must be comfy. For flats at the office I always have my trusty CROCS :D

  20. Carrie says...

    Vans :)

  21. Deb says...

    So, my problem isn’t shoes. I have a variety of shoes that work for different purposes and I teach so I’m on my feet a lot. The problem is how to style various shoe/sock/trouser combos. Where I live it’s sock weather 75% of the year. If it’s cold enough for boots, that’s easy. If it’s warm enough for a ballet flat that’s also easy. If I’m wearing black tights, I have a range of shoe options that work. But how do you style a shoe-boot or a loafer or a trainer (sneaker ;-)) when a sock is needed?! Am I asking the wrong question? Should I just really not try to pair a loafer with trousers and socks?! God that sounds like an awful combo now I’ve said it :-D. It’s a serious question, though. How do you style the shoes when it’s kinda cold?! (And you walk a lot (including your commute!)). :-D

    • Simone says...

      Could you use socks during your commute and then change into no-show socks when you get where you’re going?

    • I don’t see what’s wrong with wearing a loafer with trousers and socks?

    • Lauren says...

      This is totally me!! I’ve been trying to figure out how I can fashionably wear wool socks all winter so my ankles/feet don’t get cold. Don’t have a great answer though haha :/

    • Kelly says...

      Yes! Also, as I think was covered in a previous post, no one seems to be selling full length pants anymore! What’s a girl in a cold climate to do?

    • Erin says...

      I find socks with vertical stripes (or sometimes going for bright or sparkly also) works really well with trousers that show ankle when you have shoes that also expose the ankle/foot. Sometimes you can downplay/blend and pull it off but most of the time it works best when you own it and make it obvious… depends tho.

    • lauren says...

      I live in Minnesota and wear a short, heeled boot almost daily. I’ll wear wool socks and do a small cuff or roll on my black pants or jeans so there is a peak of sock showing between the boot and pant. It’s warm, comfortable, and (I think) cute. If you just google “short heeled boot” you’ll see what I mean. My “heel” is like half an inch, so not really a heel at all, but they look fancier than totally flat boots but also not the bootie style that looks a bit dated. I just don’t wear loafers in the winter, or I tuck them in my bag and switch when I get to work.

    • Kelly says...

      yas to this! same question from here in Chicago. I end up having boots/socks for my commute and changing at work a lot.

      i saw a gal yday wearing cropped relaxed jeans with an ankle boot and a thick-looking ‘fair isle’ style sock. It was very cute. Prob too casual for many work environments. Also she is a fellow mom at my kid’s school who looks like a model and i would prob look like a clown if I tried it.

      bring back longer pants!

    • AJ says...

      Smart wool makes super warm no show, wool (obviously) socks that I wear under my booties and dressy tie shoes. They keep my feet toasty.

  22. Allison says...

    I live in my Blondo booties–got them in black and tan. They’re simple, cover the ankle (so you can wear normal socks), and WATERPROOF. They’re a no-brainer and I shamelessly wear them from October to April only alternating between colors.

    J.Crew Factory has some nice flats with a 1ish inch heel that feel more put together than walking completely flat-footed, but not too tall for us taller ladies!

  23. Andrea says...

    G.H. Bass has some incredible androgynous loafers for women that look sexy and polished, yet I can wear all day at my standing desk at work.

  24. Cara says...

    I definitely needed this today after returning from a work trip where my shoes rubbed a blister on my heel so bad that it bled all over my slacks and shoes…
    I follow M.Gemi on instagram.. I’ll have to take the plunge and buy a pair! I just saw some gorgeous white loafers on their site.

    • Stephani says...

      Im wearing my m.gemi’s right now… the felize is sooo comfy. And they will help you get the size right before ordering. I got mine in navy blue so goes with a lot and isnt black which i have too much of already

  25. Eliz says...

    Love the post! Super helpful info, but it could be even better if you included images. Form a usability perspective it is a pain to have to click on every link to see what the shoes look like. I would much rather have the images of the shoes be the hero and text provide more color.

  26. Jana says...

    I wear simple black H&M ballet flats I bought for €19.99.. Could not be more happier! :)

  27. Heidi says...

    I bought a pair of Hobes because of Cup of Jo and I wear them to work all the time! We have a more casual, but not-quite-jeans office, if that makes sense. I wear them with dresses and leggings as well as black skinny jeans and sweaters. They are the perfect shoe, and the price per wear is completely worth it for how well they have held up. I thought they would have fallen apart by now with as much as I wear them!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m wearing mine right now! #worktwins

  28. Cadence says...

    Vionic shoes!! Go check them out immediately they will change your life. They are incredible- so supportive while also being stylish. The are recommended by the American podiatry association so you know they are legit. I have leather sneakers, flip flops, black flats, and suede boots!! And I get a ton of complements, my friends have no idea I’m basically wearing orthodic shoes. Honestly I don’t think I’ll buy any other brand now that I know how good it can be!!

    • AJ says...

      LOVE their flip flops!

    • KT says...

      I LOVE VIONIC! I have about 10 pairs now (mixed sandals, shoes) and agree that the arch support and heel cup are essential. I haven’t had as much success with their heels/flats but probably because I’m looking for a sturdier sole and more arch support. The return/exchange policy is generous too if you buy online, but they do sell at Nordstrom also.

  29. TNelly says...

    Shoes are my favorite accessory btw. Very surprised at the amount of heels noted here. And some of these definitely gave me sticker shock – wowzers! But I always wanna know the results (in a summary) because there is usually good insigts… I just can’t manage reading all 198 comments, aaack!

  30. Laura says...

    There is no way those MMJULY statement heels are comfortable. Just looking at the angle of that footbed makes my feet hurt.

    • Hai Yen says...

      Same with the J. Crew and Banana Republic 4” stilettos. I know everyone has varying levels of tolerance for heels but stilettos for a 10 hour day?!

  31. selby says...

    i really needed this post today. i have been trying to find good work shoes for a year and a half. thank you!

  32. Katherine says...

    Bless this post.

    I’m in a constant state of wondering what shoes would be good office shoes. Thank you! Also, I have a pair of Rothy’s, and they are literal shoe magic.

    • Margaret says...

      rothys DO equal shoe magic. I’m obsessed.

  33. Caitlin Fitzpatrick says...

    NISOLO! Absolutely love the smoking shoe. The best and so so comfortable.

    • Faith says...

      I recently splurged on the Nisolo James Oxford! LOVE.

  34. Kristen says...

    I have problem feet that hurt in most brands but have found that Aerosole wedge boots can get me through most of the winter (llook good, and they aren’t expensive!) but for summer, my true love is right here: Kork-Ease wedge sandals are the greatest, most comfortable things in the world, and they make your legs look great too. I have these sandals in three colors. I’d buy all of the Kork-Ease sandals if I could.
    https://www.korkease.com/product.aspx?ProductID=1151

    • AJ says...

      I second the Kork Ease brand. I’m a teacher and can wear these 8 hours straight in warm weather, no problem. I prefer the more flatform version though which aren’t quite as stylish.

  35. Andrea says...

    Does anyone else have a problem with the back of shoes biting into your heel? I try on tons of shoes and come across that with the majority of shoes. I think I have an odd shaped heel.

    Anyone have brands that help?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i have this sometime! i will wear a bandaid or these AMAZING foot petals, especially when traveling: http://amzn.to/2G7Zzyv

    • Sophia F. says...

      Yes – if you look up ‘cankles’ in the dictionary, I’m pretty sure the entry is just a photo of my lower legs, which go basically straight up from my heel to my calf, haha. Less a suggestion of brands, but more one of fit: if I’m buying sneakers/shoes/flats, I look for ones that ride low, below the ankle bone – something you would want to wear no-show socks with. Otherwise, I go with ankle booties or higher boots. Buying higher quality shoes helps, too, as the heel cups tend to be softer. I’ve also found Dansko to be supremely comfortable for my feet, and I knooow everyone immediately thinks about the clogs every medical professional wears, but they’ve got much cuter styles if you hunt around. Good luck!

    • AJ says...

      Try the brand Matt Bernson. They specifically make shoes that won’t cause that “snakebite.”

  36. Carrie says...

    Thank you so much for this post!

    I’m a teacher and on my feet everyday for work. I played a lot of sports in high school and college — hello, shin splits and bad knees — and regrettably spent my teens and twenties wearing flats and sandals with zero support. I’ve also watched my mom, who’s been a small-town hairstylist for over 40 years (very Steel Magnolias), suffer over the last decade from a host of issues that stem from being on her feet all day + wearing crappy shoes: feet problems, leg problems, back problems, neck problems. So, I’m always hunting for attractive and truly comfortable shoes for me and for her.

    Like many other commentors, I’m a Dansko/Sanitas fan, and I think they have produced far more stylish options in the last five years for everything from winter boots to sneakers. I also find traditional wooden clogs to be extremely comfortable once your foot gets used to them: Lotta from Stockholm has very affordable options (adorable sandals in two heel heights). If you’re willing to pay a little more, Bryr makes absolutely gorgeous clogs in two heel sizes and the prettiest color options; they also have a slightly slimmer profile in the toe, if you want to avoid the elf-shoe look that some clogs have. I wear new wooden clogs with socks around the house for a couple of days to break them in.

    Other comfort brands I’ve had success with for work shoes: Naot, Earth/Earthies (the Intrepid peep-toe bootie is SO comfortable), Cobb Hill, Kork-Ease, Spring Step, Aerosoles, Dr. Scholls, and Walking Cradles. There are a lot of clunkers in each of those brands, too, but if you don’t mind doing a little exploring, you can find a lot of great options.

    Also, one other discovery: really good, removable insoles. Naot makes replacement insoles for their shoes, but I buy them and use them in my non-Naot shoes. I’ve tried the Superfeet insoles on Amazon, and they’re good, too. I just take scissors or a utility knife and trim the insole to the shape I need. Then I take out the shoe’s original insole, or put the new one on top if the shoe is deep enough. It doesn’t work for sandals, of course, but it can make other shoes that are cute but only so-so on the comfort scale a whole lot more wearable.

  37. Andrea says...

    10W feet and prefer non-leather:

    1. Lifestride flats and whatever they have that has a 2 or so inch heel.
    2. Baretraps
    3. Summer–slingback sandals in a 3 inch platform wedge. Aerosoles sold the perfect version 6 years ago, which I have hunted down on eBay and cannot find any longer. When I go back to Spain, I am devoting a morning to wedge platform sandal shopping. They have a lot of options.

    I’ve been burned SO OFTEN buying shoes online that I generally go into DSW every 6 months and see what they have that actually fits. My cobbler states that shoes have been becoming narrower over time as shoe manufacturers cut back on raw materials. Ugh! So few even “wide” shoes fit comfortably.

  38. Liz says...

    I have wide feet, so finding well fitting shoes has been a challenge in the past. Luckily, somebody clued me in on Asos’s great selection of wide-width shoes. It’s been life changing!! I can finally wear cute styles and not the orthopedic looking options of the past (not that there’s anything wrong with orthopedic shoes, just aren’t the cutest!).

  39. Chelsea says...

    I’m a size 5 and I have the worst time finding shoes. Fellow fivers, where do you shop??

    • Eliza says...

      My sister is a size 5 and I’m always so jealous of the awesome shoes she finds at Winners (TJ Maxx/Marshalls) that they never have in the bigger sizes!

    • Louise says...

      I wear a size 5. I can’t ever find my size in store anywhere. I order from Zappos, Nordstrom, and Lucky Brand. Madewell also has size 5s, but they sell out really fast.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      I’m a size 5.5, Chelsea and I couldn’t agree more. It’s so tricky and devastating when cute pairs start at a size 6! I’ve at luck at Madewell, Everlane and occasionally Nordstrom!

    • Eloise says...

      Nordstrom has a fairly large selection of size 5 shoes. (I also work in a semi-casual office and can, and do, get away with Dr. Martens most of the time.)

    • Marie says...

      I’m a 5er too! I look at all the places mentioned here, but some other brands that tend to work for me are Gap (cheap and so many sales!), Sam Edelman (their black loafers are my favorite for work), Nine West, Nordstrom Rack Online, JCrew, & Banana Republic

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      these are so cute, shaina!

  40. Ana-Maria Sinitean says...

    I love Cole Haan’s Claudine Pump:https://www.dsw.com/en/us/product/cole-haan-claudine-pump/366819

    Black suede goes with everything I wear in the office, the height is perfect, and I can be on the block heel all day. I’ve been wearing them pretty much everyday to work since I got them.

  41. Snow boots or sneakers (the two days of good weather we have per year). The weather here is so terrible that there’s no way I wear anything else. Having said that, I must admit that I recently discover my addiction to sneakers. Last year I bought 3 pairs of shoes and all of them were sneackers. Ups.
    I’m lucky I can go to work with super casual attire!

  42. Sabrina says...

    Ladies!!! Clark’s heels are a gift from above! I’m 5’0 and an attorney. I’m always in court or working in detention centers. I have to be on my feet all the time and I have to wear heels so that officials take me seriously. I’ve worn one pair of heels almost every day in the office (I keep them under my desk!) and I keep one another pair in my briefcase for court/detention. They’re beautiful, they last, and they are really comfortable! Please do yourself a favor and get a pair when they’re on sale!

    https://www.clarksusa.com/us/womens-collections/womens-black-edit/crewso-wick-black-leather/p/26116817

    • SFord says...

      I agree. I live in the UK and almost always buy Clarks heels for work.

      I bought a gorgeous pair to wear at a wedding and wore them from 11am until 2am the next morning (including dancing all evening) with no problem!

    • Kelly says...

      I second Clark’s heels. SO comfortable and I constantly get comments on my dark green suede heels.

    • Heather says...

      No shade on Clarks – which are great shoes – but why do you need to wear heels to be taken seriously?
      Men do not wear heels.
      Men are taken seriously.

    • Voni says...

      In response to Heather…don’t hate the player, hate the game ;)

    • Heather says...

      @voni – LOL – but… seriously… As role models to younger women, I feel we do have some responsibility to help change the game.

      Recently, a neighbor donated a huge bag of dress up clothes for my kids to play with. It included all of these plastic disney princess shoes that were heels. Heels – for toddlers. Whaaa?? My daughters (2.5 yo’s) wanted to try them on (naturally, as they were glittery pink shoes), and kept falling down. I was worried one of them would turn an ankle, so I secreted the shoes away while they were being distracted by a snack. Then I threw those shoes in the trash. I didn’t even take them to Goodwill. Why would I contribute to some other toddler conflating impractical shoes with femininity?

      No one is going to give us permission to liberate ourselves. I don’t know why I’m on such a tear about this today. We are all adults and can wear whatever we want. I think it’s just that I opened a blog post – from one of THE most influential blogs for women in existence – labeled 10 MOST COMFY shoes, and it featured the most impractical pair of stilettos I’ve ever seen. And for some reason today this is really bothering me. This is the blog that could help persuade women that it’s OK, and chic, and feminine, and sexy, to wear shoes that won’t ruin your feet, give you vericose veins, weaken your pelvic floor, and prevent you from running from a creep on a dark street.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i hear you guys! i hate high heels, personally, and wear flats or block heels to work every day. but in this case, we were rounding up real women’s choices, and merry says those heels are actually comfortable for her. my old co-worker used to wear super high heels every day and she would even walk home a mile home in them — i think some people’s feet work with that shape. (my co-worker said flats really hurt her feet, interestingly.)

      part of feminism, i think, is to accept and support other people’s personal choices, whether it’s to wear flats, sneakers, booties, heels, whatever to work, and whatever makes them feel confident, comfortable and good.

    • Heather says...

      @joanna – Agreed that part of feminism is respecting one another’s choices. And I’m a big fan of your personal shoe collection, as evidenced by the multiple pairs of beloved shoes currently in my possession based upon your recommendations.

      Just the same… I challenge COJ to a round up of office-appropriate footwear in which you can jog if you’re running late, walk down the sidewalk having a conversation with a male coworker without teetering around subway grates, and hustle down a flight of worn-smooth marble stairs (aka, courthouses everywhere). Or, alternatively, just win a race with a man in his business shoes. Because women, we are still too far behind to be holding ourselves back on purpose:
      http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43332581

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that makes sense, heather. i definitely get this POV.

      from the post, if anyone is in the market, these are all shoes that can be worn up smooth stairs, over subway grates and while (literally) running late: my block heels, the everlane block heels, susina loafers, LR block heels, rag & bone booties, leopard flats, and felize moccasins.

      and YES i love that challenge idea!

    • Loribeth says...

      I once had a pair of Clarks wedges last me almost 7 years and they were beautiful and I loved them so much. This is a good reminder to find another pair. They also have such great customer service!

  43. Emily says...

    I walk quite a bit for my Boston area commute, up to four miles a day from house to train to office and typically take a walk in the middle of the day. I have two pairs of shoes that hold up well to walking and I also occasionally wear my adidas Stan Smiths if there is rain or any weather on the ground b/c I don’t want my nicer shoes to get ruined. Here are the pairs that transition well from walking to office:

    These Free People flats are so chic. They’re also great travel shoes-I’ve sprinted through airports in these with no issue whatsoever.

    https://www.zappos.com/p/free-people-royale-flat-taupe/product/8777967/color/11

    These Lucky Brand booties are THE BEST. I have them in several colors-so comfortable, affordable and they wear well and are comfy right out of the box–look great with pants, jeans, skirts, etc.

    https://www.zappos.com/p/lucky-brand-basel-black/product/8393246/color/3

  44. LOVE this post! A surprising recommendation: Crocs flats. They really don’t look that bad. And they FEEL like wearing Crocs. I pair them with no-show socks or inserts to combat foot sweat. Incredible. They are also great for rainy days since they’re essentially plastic.

    On the higher end, Tieks are fabulous. They look okay and feel pretty comfortable, but the true magic is that you can wear them without socks and they never, ever stink. EVER.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      my sister swears by tieks! she says every doctor she knows wears them.

  45. I visited the Comfort One Shoe store in National Harbor and tried on tons and tons of shoes. The Beautifeel line is awesome. They’re expensive, but after buying one pair, putting them on straight out of the box to walk all over Boston, I will definitely purchase more. This is my first pair, not my last! http://www.beautifeelshop.com/Lotus_Black_Suede.html

  46. Erin says...

    I LOVE the Everlane modern loafers: https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-modern-loafer-black

    My best friend and I both have them in navy and olive :) lol. Major twinning emoji status! The leather is stiff at first but they have broken in wonderfully. I recently got new heels put on both pairs.

    Lastly, I know this is a simple tip, but I always change into sneakers or sandals for my walking commute and lunch walk – those add up to ~4 miles everyday so I’m really saving my nice shoes from that wear and tear! I also always wear little loafer socks (Gap sells them sometimes), so when my feet sweat, I’m not warping the leather inside my shoes.

  47. Meg says...

    I’m calling BS on those gorgeous Banana Republic sandals. They just can’t be comfortable!! they are too pretty!!! i”m going to try a pair. If it’s true and i wear them daily, i will come back and eat crow. Thanks for some great ideas!

    • Heather says...

      I had the same reaction. Also, anything with a stiletto or narrow heel is going require you to zigzag around subway grates on city sidewalks or walk on your tip-toes over brick sidewalks so your heel doesn’t get caught in the mortar. Our lives as women are hard enough without making walking also difficult.

    • Lara says...

      I had the EXACT same thought, with the BR pair and some others recommended. No way can you wear them for even 8 hours and not be in pain.

  48. Liz says...

    I recently discovered Sarah Flint shoes. The Natalie flat is so chic and comfortable.

  49. MK says...

    When I lived in NYC, I kept my nice shoes at work and wore comfy shoes for my commute for two reasons:
    1) The city will destroy your shoes pretty fast if you where them walking and on the bus/subway/etc. I just didn’t want my work shoes to wear out so fast and get dirty.
    2) The comfort factor! I can’t fathom wearing heals, even comfy ones, to and from work every day. My feet would be dying.

    Even now that I drive to work, heals are a no go for driving, so I pretty much do the same thing.

  50. Andrea says...

    Vionic shoes have been great for my plantar fasciitis, posterior tibial tendonitis, and nonexistent arch (my feet are wrecked!). Great selection and you can return them for a full refund after wearing for 30 days if they don’t work out.

  51. Mary says...

    Has anyone mentioned Hobes yet?? I found them through COJ, and I cannot even believe how comfortable they are. I forget I’m even wearing them. I will say, if you need a thick cushion or a lot of arch support, these aren’t the shoes for you, but if you want that barefoot feel, whoo boy, these are the ticket. Unbelievably easy to pack for travel, too.

    • Heather says...

      If they only made black hobes, I could get away wearing them at work. I love them so much.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!!! :)

  52. Jessica says...

    I work at a snowboarding company so the dress code is….relaxed :) In the spring/summer/fall I wear Birkenstocks every day and in the winter I rotate between my Danskos, Merrell sneakers and my LL Bean boots. I’m currently saving for a pair of Blundstones!

  53. Cynthia says...

    I’m a teacher and I wear Sanita clogs and Toms, Frye boots, Propet boots, and Uggs. DSW has great prices on Sanita clogs. I also have Hotter Shoes, which are made in England and are only available on line in the US. They’re extremely comfortable and feel like bedroom slippers. I have a two pairs of their heels, and they are super comfy-no breaking in. Here’s the link:
    http://www.hotter.com/us/en. They’re expensive, but they usually have some sort of offer and I find that they are worth every penny.

  54. Sharon in Scotland says...

    I work in schools and my office. I’m currently wearing a pair of black patent leather loafers from M and S, which are really comfy. If the weather is horrible then I wear big boots from Arit (?), they make equestrian boots and the ones I have are good with jeans, thick soles keep me dry and warm, not pretty but they do the job. In summer it’s whatever ballet flats are not falling apart. I have some lovely shoes and boots, but as I drive in bare feet/tights I’m put off wearing anything that requires lots of lacing. I have a gorgeous toasty warm pair of sheep-skin lined big boots that I only wear about twice a year. They are so snug and lace up all the way up the front so I can’t be arsed to do all of that nonsense when I’m getting in and out of the car!

  55. Gretchen says...

    I’m a peer navigator & on my feet all the time, so I desire comfort with a dash of fun! My go to brand is Fluevog. I love their funky, variety! They are well made, comfy & last forever.

  56. Kirsten says...

    When I first bought Dr. Scholl’s flats (https://smile.amazon.com/Dr-Scholls-Womens-Really-Flat/dp/B00BTYTRRS?sa-no-redirect=1), I thought they might be vaguely… orthopedic looking. But now that I’ve worn them in (and scuffed them up a bit) and the memory foam insole is still so soft, I’ve never looked back! I have them in brown and black and wear them all the time in the fall and spring as a teacher who is often on her feet.

    During the winter, I finally found some low/flat booties that I love from Sezane! Although, I did sneak some insoles in when I wore them pretty much nonstop on a trip to Seoul and never took them out!

  57. Lel says...

    Bared.com.au
    Orthotic, cute styles, large and small sizes, feel amazing from the first wear

  58. Anna says...

    I love your work related posts! I wondered if you’d ever thought of doing some 9-5 ‘day in the work-life’ of different woman posts? People seem to be doing such interesting jobs! And I’m always interested in how woman’s work-lives differ from sector to sector, region to region (I’m in the UK).

  59. Franzi says...

    I am always so surprised that in some cultures/fields of work, women are required to wear heels. I just don’t get it!
    I am from Germany and I am also not from a family that works in fields in which heels are a must-wear for women (my mom works with mentally challenged people, my sister is a teacher and my sister-in-law a journalist). I first experienced this “requirement” to wear heels when I studied abroad in Indiana and had to dress formally for some occasions… back home, I put on heels for VERY special occasions (weddings, graduations, job interviews) but rarely ever. Of course, there are plenty of women here who like wearing heels and seem not to mind the discomfort, I am just not one of them, haha.
    So, I was wondering, could you maybe write an article about this entire high-heeled-dresscode? I am just so curious as to why so many women seem to feel compelled to put on (uncomfortable) high heels instead of opting for chic flats? To be quite frank, in my jobs as a lecturer at university and in an agency that works with unemployed people, I often wear sneakers or even sandals in the summer (Birkenstocks ftw).
    Thanks for the great article, though! In case I need to replace my one pair of heels anytime soon, I have some great choices now :)

  60. Kate says...

    Danskos FTW! I’m a teacher & even wear them at home because they are even more comfortable indoors than going barefoot.

  61. Julie says...

    I bartend and lots of the ladies I know (and me) live in the close toed Dansko sandals in the summer and Doc Martens Emmeline boots the rest of the time.

  62. PA says...

    Rothys are a bit pricey but I can ride my bike, stand/walk all day at work, and then wear them out to a nice dinner. You can also put them in the washer!

    • Margaret says...

      Yes! Being able to wash them is so clutch. Just bought my 2nd pair and am planning to exclusively wear Rothys to work from here on.

  63. Good Guide.
    I always love to wear that one which is comfortable.

  64. cbb says...

    Teacher… Dansko clogs everyday!

  65. Katherine says...

    Okay, after seeing all these comments raving about the Dansko clogs, I think I may be clog-challenged because to me, clogs are the opposite of comfortable and easy to wear. When shoes don’t have backs, I feel like my toes have to work overtime to grip down into the shoe to keep them on. Clogs also give me shoe anxiety, as I’m always nervous that I sound like I’m clomping around or that they’ll come flying off or I’ll twist my ankle if I have to move quickly or suddenly. I need y’all to teach me a lesson in clog wearing! I’m a teacher and am on my feet moving around all day, so I’m always on the lookout for supportive, comfortable shoes, but I just can’t fathom how clogs fit that bill. Maybe I just need to go try some on and I’ll see/feel the difference…

    • Get thee to a store where they are knowledgeable about fitting clogs! I did, a few years back, and was surprised at what size I should get and how you can tell if they really fit, etc. Also, if you don’t like the slip on ones without backs, there are plenty of styles that stay on your foot. I have definitely flopped my ankle out of my clogs many times (of course only when around other people or in the middle of a busy street, never when I’m alone, sigh), but I find my clogs so comfy I pretty much never wear anything else (except boots or heels for fancy occasions).

    • Emma says...

      My danskos have backs! I rarely wear them now that I live in Santa Barbara, but when I did my undergrad in Ithaca I loved them because the soles were so chunky that they would keep my feet from getting covered in snow (most of the time) without having to wear boots (or carry other shoes).

  66. Susan Magnolia says...

    I am preschool teacher and homeschool mom without a car so I need functional shoes. I chose Dansko’s in all the styles and Saucony in fun bright colors. I love finding new cute walkable shoes.

  67. Thanks for rounding up a great selection of work friendly shoes!

    Here are my go to flats, ankle boots and heels…

    These flats are incredibly soft and comfortable- like wearing slippers…
    https://www.nordstromrack.com/shop/product/2237145/1-state-salen-ballet-flat?color=RED%20%20%20%20%2001

    These ankle boots (I have them in a muted bronze) can withstand hours on your feet without turning on you…
    https://m.saksoff5th.com/pd.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441982957&site_refer=CSE_GGLPRADS001_OFF_CA&gclid=Cj0KCQiAuP7UBRDiARIsAFpxiRL_FLgMovPUT4GNrD2W_0VlN7-cQv0pf4AOYiplbmsqXySuGupRlFQaAo1lEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds&productCode=0400089058067

    And these block heels never remind me I’m wearing heels…
    https://www.karllagerfeldparis.com/product/charee+suede+heel.do

  68. Melissa says...

    Marc Fisher, Marc Fisher, Marc Fisher! The best! Affordable, fashionable, durable and comfortable! All the ables!

  69. Sunny says...

    I work in an ER and only always should wear closed toe shoes and Dansko Maria is my go to.

  70. Heather says...

    I’m an attorney in my late 30’s, and when I started my current job I had the most gorgeous collection of Cole Haan/Nike collaboration heels. Every color. Our building has lots of open granite staircases, and I quickly found that, even in those expensive, super comfy heels, when my boss and the CEO or someone else from the c-suite were walking and talking, I would always take a much longer time on the stairs in my 3 inch heels than they did (obviously) in their practical man shoes. I literally COULD NOT KEEP UP WITH THE MEN bc of my silly shoes, which, let’s all be reeeealll honest with ourselves, are a thriving vestige of centuries of uncomfortable women’s costuming intended to exaggerate features for men’s enjoyment. Excuse my language, but eff all of that. I quickly pulled together a small set of polished professional shoes that I could run up and down stairs in, no problem, so that I never missed another conversation with the men. Here are some of my favorites;

    The Thursday Boot company “downtown” ankle boot
    https://thursdayboots.com/products/womens-downtown-black-suede

    https://thursdayboots.com/products/womens-downtown-daisy

    The nisolo loafer
    https://nisolo.com/products/womens-leather-loafer-black?utm_source=adwords&utm_campaign=1045581346&utm_term=&utm_medium=g&utm_content=247212038119&gclid=Cj0KCQiAuP7UBRDiARIsAFpxiRJfPSqzLn7b7yyazdORRdlyot2KNmVLeDAvYkksYHGxTlH9e8AibDsaAtRcEALw_wcB

    Black ballet flats (softstar are my current pair)
    http://www.softstarshoes.com/adult-ballerine-flat-1.html

    Taupe-colored tieks
    https://tieks.com/taupe.html

    And I have to agree with the M. Gemi felize rec., above, although my commute shoes are my all birds loafers.

    I still wear my everlane day heels or my bryr studio Emma clogs when I’m dressing up for fun, or on a date with my husband, but at work, where I need to be taken seriously, I’ve transitioned to much more sensible footwear.

    The Cole haans are stacked up in boxes in a closet collecting dust!!

  71. Renee says...

    I’m a child psychologist, so need to look moderately professional while still being able to crawl on the floor or jog after a young child. Tieks and Rothys are my favorites…while they’re expensive, they tolerate all sorts of abuse and last forever! Cole Haans are my conference shoes–blister-free heels that you can stand in for ages.

  72. Loribeth says...

    The VANELi Aliz sling back shoes in the “Pudding Napa” color are flipping adorable, reminiscent of the Chanel Slingback without copying, and comfy as hell. Soft leather, not a single blister, and I work 14 hours the first day I got them. They seriously go with everything I own, and the buckle slingbacks mean if my feet swell after a long run that I can adjust them.

  73. Leah says...

    Dansko and Sanita clogs in winter, same sandals in summer, plus Bass Weejun loafers year-round. I’m loving this post to maybe find more of a variety of comfy shoes!

  74. Debs says...

    https://www.allbirds.com/
    They advertise themselves as the most comfotable shoe and I can safely say they are!!
    I have three pairs of the sneakers and have travelled and walked many miles in them.
    They can be washed and are long lasting, free shipping to the States and NZ.

  75. Suz says...

    Although this is not a shoe endorsement, it could be useful for some. I have problem feet (plantar fasciitis). As well as all the usual advice, the podiatrist also recommended not wearing the same shoe everyday or day to evening. Changing to a slightly different heel height and fit really helps manage my foot pain.
    And since I really love shoes, it is not a hardship to have a few comfortable pairs!
    Suz from Vancouver

    • sasha says...

      Same. I change my socks even sometimes. And I only wear shoes that are truly the most comfortable. Life is too short.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s great advice, suz. thank you!

    • Kat says...

      My Fly London Yala wedges are one of my favorite shoes of all time!

  76. I wear Nisolo, M Gemi, Stuart Weitzman, and Allbirds. My feet blister very easily, so I spent years in constant pain from cheap shoes. I’ve gotten blisters from nearly all shoes, even some lovely Chanel loafers I was gifted. Now I always wear stockings or stocking socks. My secret?

    Thigh highs.

    They won’t constrict your belly when you’re spending the day in a desk chair! Commando has a nice thick band of adhesive.

    • I should mention that I wore black Crocs jelly flats for years without anyone in my formal office noticing, and got a ton of compliments! I’ve always walked to work.

      They did eventually give me a blister, but c’est la vie, so does everything,

  77. These were a complete spurge–but I LIVE in my Quoddy Penny Loafers. I agonized over this purchase for months and months until I finally saved up and treated myself. The moment I put them on, it was as if they were custom made for my feet. They are as comfortable as slippers, but are polished enough for any work environment. You can also have them resoled for a lifetime of wear!

    Highly recommended: http://www.guideboat.com/women-s-quoddy-penny-loafer.html

    • aga says...

      Gorgeous!

  78. Emily says...

    Why do you assume women work in an office? Many modern women are scientists or engineers in labs or in the field, doctors in hospitals, etc. In fact, these jobs probably need a shoe style post even more than an office, where safety and fashion mingle less.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh, don’t worry, we definitely don’t assume all women work in offices. in fact, most of our fashion posts feature women who work outside of offices, including all the careers you mention. here are some examples: https://cupofjo.com/category/style/fashion/week-of-outfits/

      but many readers have been asking for office-friendly footwear, so this post is addressing that specific angle. thank you!

    • Ae says...

      I’m a doctor and in no way assumed this post was making career assumptions. Not everything has to be a *thing*. Although, finding safe and comfy shoes is a toughy!

    • Kristina says...

      I echo AE’s sentiment. I’m an engineer and work in an office setting. And yes, the office has a lab in it as well. No need to get hung up about might sound offensive; we’re talking about work shoes.
      For flats, I love Cece ballet flats from J.Crew. But I also love wearing heels to work and for those, I love what Ann Taylor comes out with every Spring and Summer. Super cute and super comfortable.

    • yvonne says...

      I’m a clinician-scientist and am ordering some of the shoes recommended in this post!

    • sasha says...

      Sexism is so prevalent that we see it everywhere if we bother to look, and even see it where it isn’t, like in this post.
      I always appreciate the tactful and thoughtful way criticism is received on COJ.

    • Kristy says...

      Maybe I’m too sensitive, but I’d think there would be a nicer way to ask this question.

    • Rue says...

      I’m a field scientist and once had a pair of hiking boots totally break in the middle of a strenuous field day. I had to limp through a crazy thunderstorm (and up a few thousand feet in elevation) in broken boots back to camp.

      I scrapped my field plan and took the next day to drive to a town and buy new boots. I came stumbling into an outdoor shoe store in this mountain town in Colorado. I was in my crazy dirty field clothes. I explained that I need new boots ASAP. I talked about how I mostly hike off trail, and that my pack is HEAVY with sledge hammers and rock samples. …And the dude spent 20 minutes trying to sell me on light hikers/trail runners because, “for most people who are staying on the trail and carrying a light pack, this is the way to go.” For the record, a version of this interaction happens to me every single time I have to buy new hiking boots.

      Anyway this is a long way of saying: SHOES, YOU GUYS. WHY is this so hard? But yeah, there aren’t even enough hiking boots *on the market* for me to really swap stories with other field ladies about which boots are best. I just buy the toughest things I can find in women’s sizes.

    • Sarah says...

      I’m an engineer and some of these recommendations would work great for me! I split my time between an office and a manufacturing floor.

    • Amanda says...

      I’m an engineer and split my time between a lab, plant floor, and an office setting. It’s a fine balance of being safe, comfortable, and professional looking along with feeling confident in how you present yourself. It’s impossible to feature everything in one post so I typically check out the brands recommended and find what fits my needs (closed toe version, low heel, etc.) If you’re looking for something that fits in a plant/lab setting, I highly recommend the Cole Hann Zero Grand Oxford – they’re comfortable and stylish.

    • Joaquina says...

      Sorry but any company that uses leather or beeswax is NOT ethical.
      Matt & Nat, Nicora, and Wills Vegan offer stylish, comfortable non leather or suede footwear.

    • Seconded! I have super wide feet and VERY high arches, making it difficult to buy shoes online because nothing really fits “true to size” when you have wide feet and a high instep.

      The James Oxford from Nisolo absolutely amazed me when they arrived and actually fit true to size immediately out of the box. No difficulty getting them on, and no breaking in period. They are flat, but stylish, and I get compliments on them all the time. Plus, the leather is supple and soft, and the quality can’t be beat.

      https://nisolo.com/collections/womens-shoes-and-accessories/products/womens-oxford-shoe-brandy

  79. Kate says...

    THANK YOU for posting a couple affordable options! Love this blog, but often struggle with the six figure salary budget assumption. Appreciate the under $40 ones!

  80. Jenny says...

    I’m a teacher and I like Ecco.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahahahahaha

  81. Beautifeel. Truly, truly comfortable. You have to pick and choose, some models are dowdy, but some are excellent.

  82. Laura says...

    I have large, wide and flat feet so shoes are a nightmare for me. In the winter I wear Steve Madden boots (for some reason their styles always fit my feet) and in the summer I wear flats from target (none of them cut into the backs of my heels!)

    • Jess says...

      Yes! Target flats are shockingly comfortable!

  83. Jennyg says...

    I’m on my feet all day as an elementary art teacher. I wear Dansko patent black clogs. I discovered them during my first pregnancy and they are a back saver. I also wear bed Stu boots.

    • Nikki B says...

      I came for Danskos! I too teach elementary school and wear Dansko clogs every day. I don’t wear mine with socks though so they definitely smell. When I take them off at the end of the say I spray them with odor eater and wash my feet with a baby wipe so I don’t disgust my boyfriend with my smelly feet.

      I thought I would need surgery for my bunions but nope, I was just wearing the wrong shoes to work and walking up to 6 miles a day with them on. Now I wear my trusty smelly clogs and my feet and back problems totally cleared up!

    • Nikki B says...

      Also thinking of you teacher friend. March is the worst month. Hope you are powering through. :)

  84. K says...

    I wear Red Wing steel toes. Maybe not the prettiest shoes, but I do enjoy having all 10 toes :)

    • Vicki says...

      Haha! When I was working in a chemistry lab, one day something exploded near my feet, and I went out that evening and bought the biggest ugliest steel toed boots I could find!

    • Tess says...

      I came down here to say the same thing! I wear Timberland Pro work boots on my jobsite all day. They are comfy as hell, and I love not having to dress up for an office!

    • Amanda says...

      Wolverine is also jumping on the Women’s work boot wagon. I love theirs and found them for a decent price on 6pm.com

  85. Tory says...

    The Modern Loafer from Everlane is THE most comfortable flat I have ever owned. If you are contemplating a flat, get this one! They take a week to break in, but after that – are the most comfortable. You wont regret this!

    • Hanna says...

      Thanks for saying that about breaking in – I have a pair, but am struggling with breaking them in. Will give it another try!

    • Erin says...

      YES! I just posted about these too!!!

  86. Jam says...

    When I wear women’s shoes 90% of the time. My go to brands are Easy Spirit and Nine West. I wear a 10&1/2. impossible to find so I usually go with an 11. Today’s favorite is the Janis boot by Easy Spirit

    • Allison Leedie says...

      Yes! WHY don’t they make 10 1/2?!? It’s so unfair!

    • Kiki says...

      Seconded! Listen up retailers, we ladies of a larger foot size would LOVE to buy your shoes if you made them! Shut up and take our money!

    • Renee says...

      Long Tall Sally carries a variety of shoes from 9-15, including 10.5. So tricky to find!

    • Sadie says...

      Seriously, why no 10& 1/2??? I’ve just given up and wear men’s shoes. Have my fingers crossed the menswear trend stays forever!

    • Kelly says...

      @Sadie: YES! I’m an 11 and lean towards wide, so I often find myself buying the men’s version of a shoe. E.G.: I was looking at Frye ankle boots a couple of years ago, largest women’s size being an 11 (of course). A little too tight and narrow for me (pinched my bunions). Tried the 9.5 men’s, perfect! Just a tad bit wider, same exact styling. AND less expensive!!! UGH.

    • Madie says...

      It drives me crazy that almost all shoes have whole and half sizes until 10, and then it skips to 11!! What the heck? Why would 10.5 not be a real size like 9.5 is?? No respect, man…

    • J says...

      Same here!! 10 1/2 and so disappointing that it is never there. Any other recs for shoes!?

  87. bron says...

    If you need dress shoes or work in a conservative business, Rockport Total Motion 7cm heels are pretty good – and allow for a bit of running/toddler chasing/walking to meetings.

  88. Elissa says...

    Thank you Jesus for this post! I wear a size 10.5 and have a hell of a time even finding brands that make that size. I get horrid foot cramps regularly so comfort matters. Any one have any ballet flat suggestions at a reasonable price point?

    • Rebecca | Seven2Seven8 says...

      If you can get by with minimal padding and arch support, Gap ballet flats are pretty and simple and inexpensive.

    • Sadie says...

      My foot pain got better when I realized it was narrow toes, not having a heel or something about the sole, that caused my arches to cramp. Looking for shoes with a wider toe box has made all the difference.

      That said, I gave up heels anyway. Life is too short. I love feeling grounded all the time.

    • Amanda B says...

      I am here with you. I’ve realized that I’m more of a 10.5 than a 10, but a lot of brands don’t make 10.5 at all! And 11’s flop right off my feet.

      Depends on what you think of as a reasonable price point, but in the under $80 range I’ve had luck with Clarks (many styles are frumpy, but they make a handfull of cute ones!) and Cole Haan, for both flats and small heels.

    • Madie says...

      I’m a true 10.5 and end up having to find 10s that “run large” or 11s that “run small”… it’s a process.

  89. Andra says...

    Wellll I take the lazy route and just wear comfy, unfashionable shoes on my walk to work (I walk a mile each way) and then I keep 3-4 pairs of shoes under my desk at work at all times to change into. Comfort doesn’t matter at work because I’m mostly sitting.

    • Lisa says...

      Same. It means my nice shoes don’t get ruined, I can wear cute shoes to work and be comfortable on the way there and back

    • katie says...

      This! Right now, there are five pairs of shoes under my desk. A coworker brought her young daughters into the office one day and they had a grand time trying on and modeling the different pairs.

  90. I am a big fan of the Sam Edelman Petty boot! I have two colors! I also love Clarks desert boots in the winter. I work as a teacher in Portland, OR, so my dress code is a bit relaxed. In the summer I love clog sandals and Nisolo huraches! Sometimes I wear a bright red Ked sneaker with dresses, too!

  91. M says...

    2 questions for other for CoJ staff and readers:
    1. For those in medicine (or not:) are danskos worth the money? I always go to order them and then chicken out at the last minute because of the cost. Currently I used allbirds sneakers and I am pretty happy with them.

    2. What do Northerners do in the winter when you’re navigating snow, ice and puddles? I recently ruined a favorite pair of leather oxfords when I didn’t check the weather in the morning. yikes. I guess the silver lining was getting to go shoe shopping, but I sort of wish I’d saved myself the trouble (here are the two pairs of shoes I ended up going for if anyones curious: https://nisolo.com/collections/womens-shoes/products/womens-dorsay-oxford-black and https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-penny-loafer-cognac?collection=womens-shoes)

    • Barbara says...

      I am in medicine and on my feet most of the day. Danskos/Sanitas are worth the money. I only spent $50 on mine, try Amazon – I just bought whichever color was cheap in my size, and ended up with a very normal dark maroon. A good way to dive in if you’re not ready to shell out the big bucks!

    • jane says...

      I’ve worn only danskos at work (very large inpatient hospitals) for the past 9 years. My go-to are the black patent leather ones. However, if you are in nursing or any bedside care, I would really recommend not getting the patent leather on any of the danskos because I am always pushing furniture and IV poles around with my clogs so the patent leather always wears off at the toes first, then just looks weird. But really, you’ll either love or hate danskos. I only buy danskos in person because they are handmade even the same size can feel incredibly different. When I was on the east coast I always went to Plow and Hearth. In the Midwest I went to Scrubs and Beyond (expect no customer service though). They recommend only wearing the shoes for a few hours at first, then go back to your regular shoes. Each day wear them a little bit longer. I never did that-just wore them for an entire 12 hours shift. Now I feel like a dansko freak lol! I hope this helps.

    • Gillian says...

      I live in the northeast and am a physician. I have owned one pair of Sanskrit clogs and they are super comfy. They definitely got me through long days of med school and residency. Also, they are 11 (!) years old and while I don’t wear them daily anymore, they are still going strong. Only downside, if you supinate you are definitely more likely to roll an ankle when running.

      As for the cold weather, boots either snow or rain to the office then change into cute shoes under your desk. I actually never commute in my cute shoes, even in good weather driving and subway riding is not so great for good shoes and my shoemaker already makes plenty off of me. In nice weather I wear ballet flats or in summer reef flip flops to commute.

    • Mandy says...

      I live in PA and pretty much gave up on nice shoes in the winter. If the weather is bad or there is just too much salt everywhere, I just wear snow boots and change at work. Keeps nice shoes nice :)

    • Liz says...

      Hi from New England! I just wear my muck boots to and from the office and either bring shoes or keep a few pairs there. I got so sick of ruining my shoes in salt, water, and snow!

    • Karin says...

      Danskos are definitely worth the money (at least, the clogs are – – They last FOREVER.) Go for the Professional clog (it costs a bit more but has more support). Once you know your size, Danskooutlet.com is a good resource for discount Danskos. —Freak with size 10.5 feet and 17 pairs of Danskos

    • Samantha says...

      @karin haha! I know I actually get compliments too which is funny. Oh! Also, if you bring in your hospital/healthcare idea you’ll get a discount on your Dankos at The Walking Company

    • e says...

      i found both crocs and dansko clogs super uncomfortable. so when I wear scrubs, my favorite pair of vans or onitsuka tigers does the trick! my friends with allbirds or birkenstock clogs are happy, too.

    • i am a physical therapist and recommend danskos to my patients regularly! i wear them myself about 80% of my working days. the rocker bottom really saves your metatarsals and they are pretty cushioned so they help cut down on plantar fasciitis. when i was a new yorker, they were my best shoes hands down for long days at the hospital plus subway commuting/walking. there are so many styles offered now that there truly is something for everyone. i will never stop wearing them!

    • Taylor says...

      I just replaced a pair of Danskos I’ve been wearing for 10yrs!!! There was a break in period but wearing anything else results in my back killing me by the end of my shift (ED NP in a large lvl 1 trauma hospital). While I love my allbirds, just not for work. Though my hubby only wears allbirds at work (same place;) ) If you look at it from a price per wear, the danskos are coat pennies :)

    • s says...

      I’m a surgery resident and I love Calzuros. Danskos are now manufactured in China and inconsistent in quality and sizing.

    • Mollie says...

      I wore Danskos for years but my current OR shoes are Calzuros, which are super comfortable and you can just toss them in a washing machine when they get super nasty (technically you can autoclave them).

      If you’re likely to get covered in fluids, get the ones without the holes in the top…

    • Diana says...

      As a northerner, I wear LLBeans to trudge through snow and either commit to a cozy, LLBean-esque outfit or pack a pair of ballet flats in my purse and change my shoes for walking around the office. I have seen lots of wedge snow boots which are tempting me to step up my snow game, but the slip-factor is high in these parts, so i hesitate.

    • ws says...

      I recently had to work in North Dakota in the winter. Get yourself a pair of the insulated Blundstones. They are wonderful. And you get to feel your toes instead of icicles.

    • sasha says...

      Former birth doula…. Yes on danskos, Crocs for work. Snow boots for getting there.

      I have a variety of painful foot problems and I actually like sketchers work clogs better than danskos. Danskos are just too hard for me, sketchers are much more cushiony. I also am a hard fit, super high arch and instep, and danskos that fit are always too tight across my instep, especially by end of day. A size bigger and I’m stepping out of them. Sketchers have great no slip soles and are cheaper from Amazon. Down side is they don’t last as long.
      If you haven’t yet, I would recommend trying each kind on and go with whichever your feet prefer.

    • In the wet winter months, I wear Merrell Jungle Mocs. Not the prettiest shoe, but they’re great in winter, and since they’re black suede, they’re pretty inconspicuous even with work clothes.

    • Tess says...

      Starting in late November, I commute in my LLBean boots pretty much every day, and just pack shoes! Warm dry feet are so worth it.

    • Sara says...

      Not in medicine, but coming from a place that gets average 100″ a snow a year, I wear snow boots to and from the office and change when I get there. I just assume it’s gross outside and wear snowboots every day from the first snow fall until about April. Mine are Northface, I’ve had them about 5 years. I double waterproof spray them at the beginning of every season!! I might splurge and get Sorels for next winter though since I obviously get a lot of use out of my boots!

    • Kelly says...

      1. I own Dansko loafers (wearing them now!) and yes, worth the money! Not in medicine, but I can wear them walking for a few miles to/from meetings (I work on a large college campus) and not have my bunions/flat feet bother me after.
      2. I have varying degrees of boots for snow/ice (just a little snowy, a couple inches, full on storm, etc.) and change. It’s the only way to survive! I used to be the person wearing ballet flats in the snow, but 10 years in upstate NY have made me change. Leather requires regular maintenance in the winter (a quick brush off after you wear them, waxing to make them waterproof), so if you would rather something easier, go for fabric. I use https://www.otterwax.com/ and love their products (I prefer natural stuff for leather but use chemical based waterproofers for suede). Brands I like are Clarks, Born, Frye, and Doc Martens (all bought on sale!).

    • I’m not in medicine, but wow what an incredible thread. Thank you ladies for all you do.

    • Susan says...

      I think I’m the exception that I wasn’t crazy about Danskos clogs. Yes, they were comfortable for standing (cooking, teaching, etc.), but my ankle would often roll when I walked on uneven ground like pavers or cobblestones. They were like high heels for me, ha! I liked the convenience of sliding them on and the uppers were well made, but the sole eventually split completely where it bent when I walk. In fairness, I seem to be pretty rough on shoes, but it was still disappointing (and I couldn’t find an option to re-sole). Again, they were great for indoor wear and standing, but beware if you have a tendency to roll your ankle.

    • M says...

      Wow so much great advice. Thank you guys!

    • Denise says...

      Yes! I love Fidji shoes too. They run a tad narrow, which is hard to find these days and they are so unique.

  92. Sara says...

    Does anyone have any recommendations for wide shoes that are cute? My feet are really wide, and even “wide shoes” aren’t wide enough. (Why I didn’t pursue barefoot waterskiing as my life job, I don’t know…) Finding shoes that fit and are comfortable is extremely hard and frustrating. Thought I’d ask this lovely community! I’ve gotten some good ideas from the comments already!

    • Mandy says...

      I have wide feet, and because of this, I’m mainly buying men’s shoes! The cobbler in my town recommended this to me, and I’m so comfortable! Men’s Frye shoes, men’s Nisolo, and Cole Haan’s men’s loafers are my favorites so far, but I’m new to this wonderful world :)

    • sasha says...

      Cute? No ?
      But I have found comfy. Men’s often fit me better with high instep, arch and wide feet. I have a couple pair of boots in men’s. And croc clogs. Sketchers clogs (look like danskos) also run wide and fit me and they are not hideous? Maybe?

    • Kathy says...

      Clarks makes wide-wide. Their shoes usually run a little wide, anyway, so plain old wide might even work for you. QVC carries more sizes and colors and iterations of Clarks shoes than even actual Clarks stores do. It’s worth watching when they have a Clarks show on. A rep from the shoe company is always on and gives great info about fit, etc. Plus, you get to see real women wearing them.

    • Andrea says...

      Vionic shoes come in wide!

    • laura says...

      some seasons are cuter than others, but i’ve found naturalizer to be a good go-to for wide shoes that are actually wide.

    • Margaret says...

      I have the same struggle and usually buy wide sizes. Even though they don’t come in size wide, Rothys are by far the best and most comfortable shoes I’ve found. They’re cute for work and regular life, are sooo durable and can be washed over and over again so they don’t stink. I can’t recommend them enough.

  93. Maria says...

    Jo, you always mention Sezane, are their shoes comfortable? Been flirting with the design (especially of the Valentinas) forever, but they don’t come cheap and I don’t want to invest if they are not comfy – unless I can find an excuse to wear them outside of work, ha!

    • Emily says...

      I’ve been considering their shoes too! Would love to hear from anyone who’s tried them for comfort level :)

    • Anna says...

      I have a couple of pairs from Sezane, they are lovely but have a narrow fit (a little too narrow for me!)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      good question! i found their loafers to fit a little narrow, but their black heels are super super comfortable. i wore them on a work trip and could actually run in them when i was literally running late!

  94. Alexia says...

    I love my Dansko Maria booties. So so comfortable! Unless you work in a very formal office, they should be work appropriate!
    I also love my Blondo black ankle booties. So so comfy.

    • Alexia says...

      It’s funny our comments both came right next to each other’s! I love my Maria booties.
      Question for you: how do you clean yours?

  95. Rachelle says...

    For the women who work on farms (more than half of new farmers are young women so I know you’re out there!) :) Blundstones are great, but I would love to know other options for comfy shoes that work hard. When I did work an office job I loved wearing my Nisolo slide on mules. They were a splurge for me, but are excellent quality and consciously made.

    • Katie M. says...

      Yes! Came here to comment about Blundstones. I work outdoors in rainy Portland with folks living outside, experiencing homelessness. It took so long to find a boot that was warm, waterproof, and (at least in casual Portland) doesn’t look too dowdy when I do have meetings. They’re the best!

    • C says...

      Well if you find nd something you love, do share! Shoes that are too low let in too much earth and too high = too hot. Years of wearing bogs that I folded down have not done me well! Have you seen Japanese rice paddy boots? I can’t seem to find any reviews…

    • Meghan says...

      I alternate between blundstones and a pair of short BOGS which are the same shape as blundstones but made of rubber. I wear my work pants tucked into wool socks, so sometimes soil gets in but just around my socks, not next to my foot.

      ALSO I wanted to share these amazing pants which I’ve been lusting over – gamine workwear. Made in america, look pretty durable, women owned company, not TERRIBLY UGLY. I think I might try them out this season???

  96. Kelsey says...

    I have found myself wearing black madewell ankleboots most days this winter. Even with a heel I’m okay walking a couple of miles per day in them. I think I need to embrace the Dansko, though. I work on a college campus and have seen students wearing them with dark skinny jeans and they look super cute!

  97. Nina says...

    I’m on my feet all day, standing at my job and doing heavy lifting. I’m regularly walking over 5 miles. I swear by No. 6 (or Sven brand) clogs and clog boots. The wood sole, while somewhat counter intuitive, provides amazing support and my body (legs/feet/back) feel best in them. During the summer I also wear Birkenstocks – comfort all the way!

  98. Sam says...

    I’m literally obsessed with Clarks. Years ago I was a store manager walking 15 miles a day and I wore these (http://www.clarksusa.com/us/womens-collections/womens-narrow-width/wave-run-black-lea/p/26086505) ugly as sin but beyond comfortable shoes.

    I work in an office/warehouse now so I can we a little more adventurous, but I still wear almost exclusively Clarks. This year I’ve been obsessed with a pair of rubber soled brown booties and their chorus shoe. So cute and sooooooooo comfy!

    • I love Clarks too. I think they have improved their looks over the years and some are really cute.

  99. Madeleine says...

    I’m a nurse practitioner at a huge hospital so being comfy is a must! I wear Dansko clogs with my scrubs every day and my feet are happy as can be!

  100. Jennifer says...

    Danskos !!!! Danish clogs. I’m an English teacher in rural Japan. You can stand for hours in them and walk a mile to your bus stop :)

    • Mandy says...

      Yay! I was in rural Okayama for a year! I adored it. Have a fabulous time!

  101. I am a pediatric occupational therapist, so could basically wear jeans and runners daily, if I wanted. But, I’m also an urbanite and sophisticate at heart. Pair that with my role as clinic owner and professor, and I need a shoe that allows me to be as comfy as a preschool teacher and pulled together for more business owner looks (with my trusted stretchy pencil skirts). My solution? Blundstones! I wear them every season, and from the LEGO centre to a university classroom. Voila!

    • Aude says...

      Hi Trish. Thank you for making me discover this brand! Which ones do you like most and feel work with skirts too? Thanks!

  102. Cora says...

    I have had issues with plantar faciitis and ankle sprains in the past so I’ve sworn off all heels. As a school psychologist I’m often running around the school so nothing can be too precious. I wear clogs, ballet flats, loafers, and booties most often. I tend to buy shoes at Marshall’s or TJ Max so I don’t stick to one specific brand. But comfort is always key.

  103. Jane says...

    This is everything I needed in a blog post. Thank you x

  104. Paige Cote says...

    Birkenstock has boots and shoes that are actually very cute and are SO COMFY, just like the sandals. Birkenstock year round, without the socks and sandals look!

  105. Amber Grady says...

    Fellow Size 11! Can there be a post about how to avoid smelly feet during the work day? I’m not a smelly person (at least I don’t think), but walking on my commute in one pair of shoes and then switching into my office shoes just seems to make my feet smelly (regardless of the shoe!)

  106. Tiffany says...

    I walk about an average of 8,000 steps a day for work. I just wear my comfortable and black nike sneakers. I wish I could wear pretty office heels or boots listed above. This makes me sad :(

  107. aga says...

    I have the everyday heel AND the flat, and they’re amazing! The elastic rubbed on the back of my heels on the first day (i have weird and sensitive feet), but they have been impossibly comfortable since.

    • aga says...

      This was in reply to Kellie, asking about the Everlane heel.

  108. Stacy S says...

    Of all the amazing posts on Cup of Jo, this one might be my favorite! I’m always looking for cute, affordable work shoes! I’ve heard so many people rave about the Everlane heels, that I might just have to invest in some!

    • Faith says...

      I’m tempted to splurge on the Everlane heels, too!

  109. The Nine West Margo pump is my new favorite, and very comfortable heel.

  110. Kk says...

    I recently gushed about my all-time favorite shoes here!

    http://www.heylibi.com/2018/02/27/wearing-rain-boots/

    They are technically rain boots, but for me they are my all weather, almost all occasion shoes. Wore them for the first time on a 10 day trip to Europe and haven’t taken them off!

    • Karen T. says...

      Those are adorable. Thanks for sharing!

  111. Steph says...

    I am presently wearing white converse all stars at work. Yesterday was Birkenstock londons. Day before was Sorel boots (not snow boots, slimmer leather ones). When it gets warm I’ll wear Toms. Being a runner for 15 years, I refuse to wear anything that makes my calves/hamstrings tighter than they already are. It’s bad enough I have an office job where I’m sitting much of the time.

    • Sadie says...

      The combination of running and office work can wreak havoc on the hamstrings if you’re not careful!

  112. Another Lizzie says...

    Another Franco Sarto fan here: I’m wearing the Cranford Riding Boots, which at $99 were a splurge for me but SO worth it. Unlike all my other work shoes, I don’t have to put cushioned insoles in them and yet can walk for hours without pain. They have a sleek, professional profile and yet are so dang comfy. A++ would recommend.

    • Di says...

      Me too! I love Franco Sarto, there is something so flattering about the shape and they really are amazingly comfortable. I walk 30 minutes a day to and from the subway and I have the L-Soho Ballet Flat in two colours: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01MREK5RG/ref=pe_3034960_233709270_TE_item_image
      As well as booties with a heel. They all look great with dress pants, skirts, dresses and jeans.

  113. sasha says...

    Try not to be jealous, each and every day I wear Crocs ?
    I run a home preschool, Crocs are my in house shoes. For outside I wear snow boots, Crocs, clogs or flip flops, depending on season.

    I love my job, but I do have a bit of cute shoe envy.

    • Sadie says...

      I am a stay-at-home mom in rural England. I live in and swear by my Crocs wellies. I walk miles in them (literally– I’m in a walking club and live two miles from the nearest shops) and they hardly show any wear. I call them my gateway Crocs!

  114. Kasia says...

    I alternate between Fluevogs and sneakers. I run a bike shop so I am on my feet and in motion all day most of the year. I swear by Fluevogs, worth the splurge!

  115. Esss says...

    I have a collection of boots and fancy sandals from teva, merrel, and chaco. They don’t look like outdoor shoes, but the boots for example are waterproof, and the sandals have great arch support just like the hiking sandals that chaco also makes. Great combo of comfy and style, and people are always asking me where I got the boots.

    • Abbe says...

      I love my Teva boots! I basically live in them all winter.

    • Kristina L says...

      Red Wing Heritage for the win! (My husband is an employee, so I may be a bit biased. ;-)

      The Clara is my hands-down all-time favorite boot. My 4-year-old recently said, “Mommy, can I have your Claras after you die?” Lol!

  116. Esss says...

    Dansko clogs – there is a huge diversity of styles and they’re super comfy and great for my back!

    • KKT says...

      Yes! I’ve been wearing them for 40 years. They are comfortable and make me taller!

    • Samantha says...

      I wear Danskos everyday! I work in health care, specifically long term care and skilled nursing facility as a registered dietitian nutritionist. I’m on my feet all day and I never have feet/knee/back problems with them. They are ugly as sin, but as a wise friend once said to me, “sensisble shoes means a sensible woman”.

    • jane says...

      @Samantha: It’s funny you say that dansko clogs are ugly as sin…I think so too but *every time* I wear them during a shift at the hospital I get compliments on them! I don’t know what that’s about but it always cracks me up

    • samantha says...

      @jane haha! i know, i tend to get compliments, too. weird! also, fyi to readers, if you bring your healthcare badge in to the walking company they will give you a discount on the danskos! (also i think i accidentally commented under the wrong comment earlier…)

    • Sophia F. says...

      Chiming in to say that Dansko also has loads of other styles if you’re not into the professional clogs – their sandals totally saved my feet, and my back, when I was colossally pregnant carrying around a toddler.

  117. I’m the biggest fan of Paul Green! They have hundreds of styles in Europe and you can buy them from Europe, even with VAT, for way less than they are sold in the US here: https://www.schuhe-lueke.com/

    People compliment me on my shoes all the time and have never heard of the brand, but their boots and sneakers are ahead of US trends and insanely comfy. And last forever.

    • Julia says...

      THANK YOU so much for that website!!! My husband absolutely loves Lloyd shoes and has never been able to find a source that will ship to the US. He has to stock up every time we go to Germany!

    • Naomi P. says...

      Another vote for Paul Green. I’m wearing a pair of patent leather wingtips today purchased at Nordstrom Rack, 70% off… It’s my second pair and they are a wonderful splurge. The rack has them every so often…

      Every way work shoes:
      Cole Haan leather wedge. (I’ve owned 3+ pairs over the years)
      Cole Haan, Nine West or similar brand loafers. (black, silver, or gold – classic colors with a twist)
      No stilettos, yes kitten-heels, no sandals, yes peep-toes and sling backs. I’m not in a conservative job, but I do believe in dressing the part.

      The key to a good work shoe:
      – leather, whenever possible
      – buy the right size (sounds obvious, but I see you out there, ladies… and your shoes are gaping, or your foot is slipping…)
      – if you need more width, go a half-size up and add heavenly heelz pads to the back to grip the back of the foot (this only works on a shoe with a full back AND if you’re between sizes)
      – go shoe shopping wearing a fabulous and comfortable pair of shoes you love – then, after trying on a shoe where you think “this might work, it pinches a bit but it should be OK”… put on your comfy shoe and compare. I can convince myself that a cute shoe fits OK… but when I put on my comfy shoe, then I’m reminded… nope – this won’t cut it.

      DON’T buy uncomfortable shoes! There are too many great shoes out there, to settle for discomfort. And that doesn’t mean you need to buy frumpy shoes. You just need to find the brands that fit your foot. (as I like to remind myself about clothes – those pants are too small… not my butt/legs too big) it’s not me, it’s you ;)

  118. J says...

    I work in a business casual office, and I’ve turned half the office into Cole Haan Tali Bow Ballet evangelists. They have a built in extremely slight wedge, and are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. I’ve had them in at least 6 colors over the last 3 years.

    • Naomi P. says...

      Yes! These. They come in three heights. I’m a fan of the mid-height.

  119. Kia says...

    I work from home now but I’m shoe obsessed . My go to shoe right now is Dansko’s Maria boot for school drop offs . I also love the Everlane’s Dayheel too. I wear a 10.5 but got the Dayheel it in an 11. I wear them when I have office meetings.

    • alison says...

      I think the only shoe I’ll ever buy moving forward is the Dansko Maria!! Just got my second pair – first pair marched the Women’s March with me and I was the only one comfy all day!

  120. Ros says...

    Cole Haan for pumps – 10 hours standing at a conference and no pain. Worth the splurge.

    For slightly more casual, anything by Clarks seems to suit my feet perfectly – their wedge heels have never given me blisters, and I’ve worn them through European walking vacations.

  121. brianna says...

    I usually wear booties. I’m getting into sneakers for spring and summer – I want a pair of Allbirds, but I think they may be out of my budget for right now. If anyone has recs for cute, comfy sneakers, I’m all ears. I’ll be on my feet A LOT in July working with my town’s local art festival, so comfy is a must, but I don’t want anything that’s bulky.

    I know…I’m being insanely picky.

    • Lee says...

      For allbirds- get thee to ebay. Just got a basically new pair for $40. There are definitely knockoffs floating around, but if you take a minute to check out the seller it should be easy to avoid scams. And they’re as comfy as everyone says!

    • Mob says...

      Love vionics! They have super cute booties!

    • WMom says...

      Yes! Vionic shoes are the best.

    • Andrea says...

      I “cheat” and wear Vionic slip-on sneakers at work. Love this brand.

  122. Lizzie says...

    Love the graphics here! Always a boost to see Ms. Parton!

  123. Caitlin says...

    I wear the same shoes as Lilly everyday! I have a few pairs in different colors. I’m an engineer too, so I have to say – great pick!

  124. I’m also a teacher, an ART teacher, so I’m super casual, but I love, love, love the Everlane street shoe: https://www.everlane.com/collections/womens-shoes/sneakers
    They’re classy, comfortable, stylin’, and built to last! Perfect for the morning commute and beyond! I love them with jeans, trousers, and jumpsuits.
    Oh and, like Stella mentioned, go for a size bigger than you’d typically purchase. They run small.

  125. Caitlin says...

    Between September and March, I (almost) exclusively wear ankle boots from Teva. I have them in brown and black, but again, almost exclusively wear the brown. (These: https://www.teva.com/women-boots/foxy-waterproof/1017161.html)

    The rest of the year, I (only) wear these amazing lace up Mary Jane wedges I inherited as a hand-me-down from a friend. I love them so much, I’ve taken them to the cobbler 3 times instead of replacing.

    I have 2 must-haves for comfortable work shoes: wedge or block heel, and Mary Jane style. The strap across the foot alleviates the pressure elsewhere and makes it infinitely comfier!

  126. Emily says...

    Crocs made these amazing Huarache espresso sandals two years ago – a girl in my teaching program wore them one summer, and a month later, half of the women in our class had bought a pair! They are truly pretty and comfortable – I get compliments on them all of the time and I love shocking people by telling them that they’re Crocs! I wear them to work in the summer, but they’re comfortable enough to hike in. They’re discontinued, but I’ve ordered two replacement pairs on eBay…

  127. CMR says...

    Stuart Weitzman!!!! Worth every.single.penny. I feel like they are a very focused company and so their shoes are the best for work – so well made and comfortable. They have some with these very thin block heels that are perfect.

  128. Denise says...

    I walk about 5 miles a day and I’m a huge fan of El Naturalista Yggdrasil shoes. I have the booties (NE28), the maryjanes (N095), and the clogs (NG96) and my feet love me for it. They make fun colors and many many styles but I like the thick rubber soles. I simply can’t praise them enough.

  129. Amanda says...

    I work in a casual office most days so I wear a mix of boots, espadrilles, AllBirds, Danskos, etc, but when conferences roll around, I need to dress more formally, be prepared to walk for miles, and likely stand on hard concrete floors lots of the day. These Clark’s black patent brogues work great then! https://www.clarks.co.uk/c/Hamble-Oak/p/20350649

    • Goodness those patent leather Clarks are nice.

  130. I’ve been wearing Sperry Boat shoes since the beginning of March. They are SO comfortable. After wearing heeled booties all winter they feel like walking on clouds. Sometimes it feels like I’m wearing converse until I look down :) Seriously I feel like a genius because they are perfectly office appropriate (I do dress up for work but don’t have to be super formal) For spring, summer, early fall they’re perfect.

  131. Isahrai says...

    I bought one pair of Idoni, then 2, now I have 3 and they are all I wear. They are modeled after Italian furlane shoes (and made in Italy) with modern tweaks. I especially love the inserts that provide a bit of lift – but can also be easily removed at the end of a long day of walking and your feet are swollen. I wear them biking, working, walking, even on stage singing with my band! I literally gave all of my heels away 3 months in.

    Extra props to the customer service department who are pretty spectacular as well.

  132. Julie says...

    I’m a teacher (so dressing to the nines isn’t necessarily the norm), but I love my black pointy-toe Rothys with pants and skirts. Comfortable right away, machine washable (though I hand wash mine), and recycled. I’ve also loved the Dr. Scholl’s line of pointy flats from Zappos — super affordable.

    • Margaret says...

      I’m also a teacher and second the Rothy’s recommendation! Having washable flats is seriously life changing. The price scared me away at first but they are SO worth the investment.

  133. Jessica says...

    It’s a total doctor cliche but Dansko clogs have gotten cuter and that’s what I wear.

    • Amanda says...

      Pharmacist here and though I’m not office based, I still wear them a lot! When I stood the most I had 5 pairs and tension hose on inside them!

    • M says...

      Wow you’re the third person to comment about Danskos. I’ve been on the fence about purchasing them for ages but it’s starting to sound like they really are worth the money if you work long hours in a hospital. Thanks :)

    • I love my Danskos! They are cute, comfy, and I love the little bit of height they give me without being heels. I have a black pair from when I worked in the hospital but now have a much cuter brown leather pair.

  134. Kellie says...

    Stella, I have a question about the Everlane heels. I was hoping someone would mention these in this post so I could ask about them. I’ve been debating them forever. They look so cute and comfy, but I have problems with elastic backs cutting into my heels before. Are these shoes different?

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hi Kellie! I have had the same problem with other shoes, but not these because the backs are really soft. The site suggests going up a 1/2 size, so maybe that would help more, too? If you do order, make sure to try them out before you commit to keeping them, because they don’t stretch or give over time like some of their other shoes do. Hope that helps :)

    • I also have the Everlane heels and can say that the elastic back definitely doesn’t dig into my heel at all. It’s very soft. However, I have had a hard time with the size because one foot is slightly bigger than the other, and while the shoes fit great on one foot, they’re snug on the other. I guess I should have ordered a half size larger. The toe of the shoe pinches a bit and the nails of my big toes rub on the top of the shoe , but I’ve been hoping they will stretch. It sounds like maybe they won’t! They are really cute shoes, though.