Today in the city Lamar 25.05.2019

15 Shoes That Prove "Comfort Footwear" Can Actually Be Cute

Throughout modern history, so-called “comfort” shoes have gotten a bad rap. Begrudgingly purchased out of necessity by nurses, servers, and people with foot conditions; strapped on by sensible, errand-running moms; and stacked high in the closets of our grandmothers, this supportive footwear category prizes functionality over trend-following, and often gets overlooked by we fashion-seeking shoe magpies.However, the winds of change are blowing. Our feet are growing tired of flesh-biting straps, hard-as-rock footbeds, and weight distribution made uneven by unsupportive heels. Sure, there’s an endless stream of trendy sneakers out there, but sometimes we want more — the elevated visual statement of our favorite of-the-moment shoes paired with the easy wear of, say, a Dansko.Luckily, several things are at play. Dorkus malorkus footwear is meeting fashion half-way, with brands like Birkenstocks and Clarks revamping tried-and-true lasts in need-it-now colorways. In addition to this, a new crop of comfort luxury brands have popped up, offering sleek, high-end styling with the same kind of engineering that used to be the sole (ha!) specialty of the comfort brands. There's also the endless wave of divisive granny and dad styles that continue to parade down designer runways, embraced by fashion people who love a good ugly shoe. We’ve included a mix of all here, because our greatest priority is helping you maintain a balance of comfort and style at all times, no matter where it’s coming from.At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Kork-Ease got its start in the 1950s by pioneering the cork wedge sandal. Its platform reached the apex of popularity in the '70s, but the company is still making spot-on retro sandals outfitted with foam-cushioned soles. We love this boho collaboration with Free People. (This is the last style left — grab it before it’s gone for good!)Kork Ease Korkease Platform, $168, available at Free PeopleAerosoles ’ long-engineered comfort technology — impact-absorbing diamond pattern soles, memory foam footbed, and a heel cradle for extra support — makes these fiery patent shoes a summertime no-brainer.Aerosoles Hornet Slingback, $39.96, available at WalmartWith a stabilizing heel seat and ball-of-foot cushioning, many of Vionic ’s styles have the American Podiatric Medical Association seal of approval. With so many spring-friendly, on-trend styles, they’ve got our seal of approval, too.Vionic Kadyn Espadrille Sandal, $110.32, available at AmazonWe recently reported on the resurgence of the Teva-style sandal and its irresistibly Dad-like charm, and this technical shoe from Danish brand Ecco is giving us street style vibes in a major way. Its unique, cushioning support technology will make it easy to pound the pavement all day.Ecco Offroad Active Sandal, $134.95, available at Shoes.comSofft ’s mule-bootie (mutie?) boasts a cushioned footbed and a leather lining to prevent blisters. A tied heel closure is a design detail that we love — icing on this comfortable, foot-friendly cake.Sofft Lenora Heeled Mule, $105, available at ShoelineIt’s official: Clarks ’ easy-wearing Wallabees have officially reached icon status. While we’re probably all more familiar with the timeless browns and tans that our dads wore, we are definitely snagging this periwinkle version for all of our weekends out of town.Clarks Wallabee, $140, available at ClarksThe buzzed-about former podiatrist Marion Parke outfits her high-end, Italian-made shoes with medical-grade foam insoles, for the ultimate combination of comfort and luxury.Marion Parke Bea Slides, $412.5, available at ShopbopBlend in at the Echo Park Craft Fair with these sunny Born slides — a reviewer called them “the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned.” A multi-layer foam cushion will have you trend-setting sans achy feet.Born Trang, $90, available at BornChannel the '70s in these elevated Naturalizer platforms, equipped with the brand’s signature top-notch, arch-supportive cushioning and unique heel cup.Naturalizer Billie Strappy Sandal, $98.95, available at Shoes.comTaryn Rose was an orthopedic surgeon prior to founding her shoe brand. Molded insoles, patented shock absorption, and the perfect shade of poppy red make these Teva-styled sandals the perfect summer shoe.Taryn Rose Lydia Flatform, $59.99, available at 6pm.comThe Mallorca, Spain-based footwear brand Camper is known for its comfortable walking shoes and stylish design. Dancing the night away will not be an issue at the five weddings you have coming up this summer, thanks to these sky-blue (and totally chic) block heels.Camper Katie Sandals, $150, available at FarfetchWalking Cradles name says it all — they call their signature cushioned footbed “tiny pillows”. The croc effect and swingin’ styling of this low wedge will take you from work to the weekend without missing a beat.Walking Cradles Dixie Slingback, $114.95, available at The Walking CompanyWe don’t need to tell you that Birkenstock is on fire right now — the comfort-shoe manufacturer shows no signs of stopping after 245 years (!) of making footwear. Thanks to collaborations with high-falutin’ brands like Opening Ceremony and Rick Owens, you have more options than ever, but our summer pick are these under-$100 off-white thongs with — get ready for it — 2,611 reviews.Birkenstock Birkenstock Gizeh Birko-Flor™, $99.95, available at ZapposA cushioned footbed and glove-like leather construction make these under-$25 slip-ons perfect for running errands or lounging around the house.Kunsto Genuine Leather Comfort Glove Shoes, $24.99, available at AmazonThe avant-garde je ne sais quoi of these Spring Step slippers make them a perfect complement to any Comme- or Margiela-heavy lewk. The “tender” designation is accurate — a cushioned sole and flexible fabric upper will make any tired or swollen feet happy.Spring Step Tender Loafer, $59.99, available at ShoelineLike what you see? 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