Let’s Be Real: Flats Are Uncomfortable — Here’s What to Wear Instead
Here's the thing: A lot of people act like flats are the most comfortable shoes in the world. But, honestly, they leave my feet feeling worse at the end of a long day than the majority of my stilettos, especially those ballet-looking slippers. The thin soles, make me feel like I'd be better off walking barefoot. I'm not the only one who isn't a fan. Even podiatrists don't recommend wearing shoes that are completely flat everyday; they can do some serious damage to your feet, ankles, and knees, especially if you're flat-footed. The solution? Swap out those flats for options with the right amount of support.
But what exactly does that mean? Well, heels between one to three inches are what most podiatrists recommend. And when I say heels, those flatform oxfords don't count. The goal is to find styles that have a sole that's slightly curved to keep your tendons happy. So think kitten heels, chunky-heel boots, arched mules, or even wedges.
Scroll down for our favorite shoes that will give your feet the right amount of support and keep you looking amazing.
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Style stars like Kendall Jenner turn to these comfortable slingbacks when they know they'll be on their feet all day, but still want to look cute.
Ellery Leather Slingback pump, $590; net-a-porter.com.
Castaner Carina Canvas Espadrilles, $120; modaoperandi.com.
When shopping for a boot that won't leave your feet aching, reach for a pair that has a low, stacked heel. This design checks the boxes and is right on trend.
Loeffler Randall Joni Western Bootie, $395; shopbop.com.
The tiny heel on these popular mules keeps flat foots slightly elevated. Plus, the inside of these affordable slides has a small ridge the adds extra support for your toes.
Sam Edelman Linnie Mules, $120; saks.com.
Here, a brand who's shoes are recommended by podiatrists and — the opinion that matters the most — Oprah. This sneaker is an all-time favorite, thanks to it's supportive arch and orthotic insert.
Vionic Midi Perf Sneaker, $130; vionicshoes.com.