It is safe to say that we love shoes as much as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. While there is some happiness derived from collecting shoes that are works of art, joy also comes from being pain-free when you put them on. So we’re always on a lookout for comfortable shoes.
This is why we’ve curated a list of 10 sensible footwear that combine style and comfort that you can wear all day, every day so that you can experience joy too.
Nude flats are like nude pumps in the sense that they serve to extend the look of your legs to help you appear taller. But as we know, heels can feel debilitating after a few hours, which is why a pair of ballerina flats would stand-in for a comfortable alternative.
PS: Toufie is a Singaporean label that carries up to size 44 and this design is made with soft lamb leather that moulds to the shape of the wearer’s feet.
This pair of crystal-embellished mules are for those days when you want to dress up. Mules are great to slip on and go and are a dressier option made for busy days when you’re rushing but still want to look like you’ve put some thought into your outfit.
White sneakers are the little black dresses of the footwear world. In short, they can be worn for most social occasions and are versatile enough to style with just about anything in your wardrobe.
We love how Puma added an understated white bow at the heels to match the bow laces.
Espadrilles are a type of shoes that are quintessentially summer, especially since the braided exudes a warm earthy feel. And since we’re blessed with tropical weather all-year long, this pair of Tory Burch flats can see you through the year as you go about running errands and weekends brunches.
Also, don’t forget to pack them for your tropical island getaway and dress them with a cheery yellow sundress and an oversized straw hat. This design is also available in tan brown.
Once shunned by the fashion world like a pair of Crocs (god forbid), Birkenstocks are now fully embraced by the stylish elite once again. While chunky-looking, these flats differ from most slides and sandals that tend to have a thin sole that provides little to no cushion. And cushion equates to comfort.
This style designed by Proenza Schouler can be adjusted with its old-school Velcro straps and has an elegant black and yellow contrast.
Besides wearing a sharp suit and tailored trousers, loafers are a must to cop the dapper look. These Gucci ones are fitted with the brand’s iconic horsebit hardware and are made completely with leather. In conjunction with being cut in a slimmer silhouette, the slightly pointed toe further helps to elongate and create the illusion of slimmer feet.
We understand if sleek white sneakers aren’t your thing. And if you want to play up your streetwear style sensibilities, choose a pair of chunky or dad sneakers. Take the opportunity to add a dash of colour to your all-black closet with this rainbow-coloured Nike iteration or pick one that suits your fancy from the sea of options in the market.
Mary Jane shoes are a cross between ballerina flats, slip ons and sandals. This means that they retain the comfort and ease of the wear of the former two while the added strap provides extra security to ensure that the shoe doesn’t slip out while you’re in motion. In addition, thanks to the pointed toe, this Tabitha Simmons creation gives a modern twist to the Mary Jane style too.
Kitten heels are perfect to give you a little boost in height without being too strenuous. One tip when shopping for high heels is to look at the position of the heels on the shoes. Ideally, the heels should not sit at the edge of the shoe as this construction will not help balance your weight and instead push it all onto your toes.
For days and jobs where you absolutely need to wear heels taller than a kitten, put down the stick-thin stilettos and pick up a pair of block heels instead. Because it has a wider circumference, the heel is better able to distribute the pressure exerted by your weight and delay any soreness and fatigue.