25 Heels That Are Way More Comfortable Than Flats

Meghan Blalock

If you've ever owned a pair of flats—a ballet, a loafer, or even a sandal—that was so painful you practically couldn't walk in them, then this story is for you. (We know your pain!) Sure, every pair of new shoes takes time to break in, and we're willing to give a grace period of up to a month before we officially condemn a pair as too uncomfortable to wear, but past that point, our patience wears as thin as the bottoms of our uncomfortable shoes.

In the spirit of always pursuing comfort in fashion, we've come up with a fool-proof strategy to make sure your heels are consistently among the most comfortable shoes you own. Here's what you need to know: When shoe shopping, always reach for a pair with a supportive sole, thick heel, and low arch. These three factors combine to make one shockingly comfortable pair of heels—and often mean the shoe is even more comfortable than a flat, which provides little support.

Keep scrolling to shop the five types of heels that are more comfortable than flats!

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