A nice pair of heels will see you through whether you’re preparing for a romantic holiday, want to seem professional when travelling for business, want to rock the dance floor at an upcoming wedding, or simply want to dress up your regular outfit.
The Clarks Un Cosmo Pump, a stylish, multipurpose shoe with a manageable 2-inch heel and a comfortable footbed, is our top pick. But to make it easier for you to choose, we’ve compiled a list of the most at ease heels for every season and event, as well as spoken with celebrity podiatrist Marion Yau. Yau advises choosing designs with footbeds that are cushioned, wide, thick heels, and built-in arch support. The comfort of the person is paramount, she claims.
1) Ugg Cloverdale Espadrille Wedge Sandal
Why We Love It: In addition to supple leather uppers with adjustable ankle straps, these wedges also feature rubberized outsoles with patterned tread and sturdy foam midsoles.
Wedge sandals are among the most comfortable types of women’s footwear because they provide additional stability thanks to a continuous heel. The UGG Cloverdale, which has a moulded rubber outsole with pattern tread and a corked-wrapped foam midsole, is one of our favourites. The 1-inch platform makes the almost 3-inch heel appear to be closer to 2 inches.
This eternally comfortable heeled sandal is topped off with leather uppers and adjustable ankle straps. Only black and camel are available, but both are quite flexible, and the jute braiding around the base gives them a rustic, vacation-ready feel.
2) Kenneth Cole Blanche 85 Knot Slingback Sandal
Why We Love It: These cosy slingbacks feature rubber outsoles for optimal stability, soft, plush uppers, flexible ankle straps, and gently flared heels.
The Blanche 85 Slingback by Kenneth Cole is another example of the brand’s commitment to providing comfortable footwear for special events. This heeled sandal boasts soft vegan leather uppers with a plush knotted pattern and is available in Tiffany blue, warm beige, or black.
The heel is on the higher side for comfortable dress shoes at slightly over 3 inches. The flared bottom and rubberized outsole give stability despite the shoe’s comparatively low weight. This heeled sandal’s curved form fits snugly over your foot’s natural arch, and the flexible ankle strap keeps it from slipping off.
3) Naturalizer Joy Ankle Strap Sandal
Why We Enjoy It: This elegantly styled, podiatrist-recommended shoe features a cushioned footbed, a substantial block heel, and a thin, adjustable ankle strap.
What to Bear in Mind: Although the platform lessens the tilt, the heel is over 4 inches high.
Yau suggests Naturalizer’s Joy Dress Sandal for formal occasions including weddings, elegant dates, fine meals, and other formal events. She says that despite the almost 4-inch heel, the platformed footbed decreases the angle of your foot to lessen pressure on your arches. The padded insole will also provide the foot stability, she adds.
The Joy Sandal is definitely chic and is offered in real leather or suede in your choice of many striking colours and practical neutrals (plus a couple metallics and snake pattern options). You can rely on the uppers to gradually soften to the contour of your foot and to minimise cramping thanks to the open-toe design. This pair of high heels has a thin strap to provide support and is made with comfort in mind, according to Yau.
4) Aldo Velalith High Heel Sandal
Why We Love It: This open-toe mule has a substantial block heel, a contoured arch support, a cushioned footbed, and a rubberized outsole.
Our favourite mule with a heel is Aldo’s Velalith Sandal. It is indisputably fashionable and incredibly functional because to its squared-off footbed, slightly flared block heel, and one broad strap over the forefoot. You may wear this shoe practically anyplace, including weddings, vineyards, dinner dates, and shopping outings. Furthermore, according to Yau, open-toed shoes like this one relieve pressure on your toes, reducing the risk of foot soreness and ingrown toenails.
In order to keep you comfortable when standing, the Velalith sports a moulded foam midsole with contoured arch support and a cushioned footbed. Additionally, the rubberized outsole’s patterning offers a firm traction. This leather shoe is available in white, black, cognac, and pale orangy-blush to match a variety of outfits. One thing to keep in mind is that because the top cannot be adjusted, people with extremely tiny feet may find it to be a little bit too broad.
5) Easy Street Passion Pump
Why We Love It: It has a flexible outsole and padded footbed, making it ideal for formal and special events.
Looking for a timeless heel you can use for both formal occasions and business trips all year long? With the Easy Street Passion Pump, you can’t go wrong. With a moderate heel height of just over 2 inches, this shoe adds just the right amount of height without sacrificing stability. It also has a rounded toe with plenty of freedom for movement.
Additionally, a cushioned footbed offers velvety cushioning, and the flexible outsole is made to keep you comfortable when standing for extended periods of time. Just a warning that although though the imitation leather uppers are OK for vegans, they might not break in as well as real leather.