When I’m researching comfortable shoe options, I often dive into the comment section at various retailers to see how other customers rated the ones I’m interested in. During a recent search, I pulled out a few top-reviewed standouts with over four stars for myself (including my new favorite Birkenstocks) and also some to recommend to others. Naturally, I’m sharing said picks with you below. But I also wanted to take it one step further to showcase more ways the styles could rate in terms of actual comfort. To do so, I tapped Benjamin Tehrani, DPM, of Kings Point Foot & Ankle.
I sent him links to the current shoes I thought were chic and also could be comfortable, and he weighed in on the key factors that in fact make the styles more comfortable than others. Intrigued? Keep scrolling to check out the silhouettes in question—everything from sandals to boots to loafers to flats—complete with actual customer testimonials as well as advice from Tehrani. If you scroll a bit further, you’ll also uncover more comfortable shoe picks to wear now and into next season.
Customer review: "Just got these today and they are so fun and comfy. I normally size up .5 in Sam Edelman sandals but I took the advice of reviewers and ordered my usual size and they fit perfectly." — Missinthebeach
Tehrani: "Slides such as the ones by Sam Edelman have a firm, high-quality inner sole usually made of fiberglass or Kevlar for comfort."
Customer review: "I have owned several pairs of the classic Arizona and when I saw these I knew I wanted to give them a try. If you have had classic Birks you understand how awful it is when they get wet. I’m working seasonally in Alaska this summer and needed something that is okay with the moisture up here. I’ve had these for about a month now and I love them. The EVA foam is actually softer and more comfortable than the cork in my opinion and they are perfect when wet. They weigh nothing. So lightweight and easy. Plus they have all of the looks of the Birkies you love so much. Half the price too. Can’t beat it!" — Bethany
Tehrani: "Slides are super stable because they're flat."
Customer review: "These are a show stopper. Compliments and comfortable. A gorgeous addition to a casual outfit or business savvy day." — Savvyshopper0585
Tehrani: "Did you know leather breathes? This is great for leather shoes because the material lets air in to cool your feet and stop them from sweating and thus rubbing, which is what causes a lot of corns, calluses, and blisters on the feet. Leather is very durable."
Customer review: "LOVE these boots! They are super cute, very comfy and give me a little extra height, which is an added bonus. I normally wear a size 7.5-8 and ordered a size 7 which fit perfectly." — NE123
Tehrani: "I've owned a pair of leather Dr. Martens boots for over eight years. Leather also prevents shearing, which is essentially the skin slipping on the inner sole when it's a synthetic material, and this causes your foot to do more work while you walk and leads to faster foot fatigue."
Customer review: "Love these shoes! They are so comfortable and don’t hurt your feet at all! I recommend order half size down. I want to buy another pair!" — Ck2727
Tehrani: "Wedges are excellent compared to stilettos because they have a wider base of contact, meaning more of your foot makes contact with the ground, which gives you more support and less chance to turn your ankle. Wedges support your arch, and they allow more of your foot to touch the surface area, giving you better control and taking the pressure off of your feet. They usually use slip-resistant outer soles like rubber or wood to increase stability and grip against the ground."
Next, shop more shoes that are top-rated by customers:
"Oh my goodness, best pair of shoes I've ever owned! I get so many compliments on them and I love how the leather is breaking in! Absolutely perfect!!!! I can't ever take them off. They're truly my favorite :). Everyone needs a go-to pair of shoes like these in their lives!" — Olivia
"These are not only very stylish to dress up with my baggy black cropped pants, but also go well with skinny jeans and even skirts. Very comfortable—could wear 8+hours and had no problems. Vagabond makes a great shoe with even better comfort." — Eosm