The saying goes that beauty is pain, but we say why not have your cake and eat it too? There's the presumption that a stunning pair of heels means a grueling night for your feet. Now that shoe styles like mules and block heels have planted themselves firmly within the fashion stratosphere, there's no reason some gorgeous heels can't be comfortable. The trick to finding the best comfortable heels is to avoid crazy-high stilettos. Give your foot plenty of points where weight can be evenly distributed, instead of building tension entirely on the balls of your feet. Heels with a bit of a platform can go a long way in lessening the feeling of their drop. Fabric also plays a major role in finding shoes that are fashionable and functional. Avoid patent leather or manmade fabrics, which can be stiff and dig into your feet. Instead, choose flexible options that will bend to your foot's movement. To prove that comfortable heels can be equally stunning as a towering pair of pumps, we're rounding up the most gorgeous—and accommodating—heels on the market. Keep reading for 20 comfortable heels that will help you power through the day without resorting to that pair of emergency flats in your trunk.
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