These ridiculously comfy shoes have achieved walking-on-clouds status.
You might say we're a little obsessed with comfortable shoes around here. We've given you the most comfortable high heels, ballet flats, flats with arch support, sneakers for walking, sandals, shoes for bunions, booties, mules, and probably some others we're forgetting. In the process, we've been lucky enough to test out a lot of shoes. Like, a lot. Here, our editors share the supercomfy kicks they've found to be the best of the best.
1 Sam Edelman Elton Slip-On Sneaker
"They’re so easy to slip on when you’re in a rush in the morning, so I wear them on my commute, and then I basically live in them on weekends because they don’t hurt my feet even if I’m walking miles around the city. They also match everything and look sleek even though they are sneakers."
—Rebecca Shinners, social media director
2 Steve Madden Women's Jill Slip-On Loafer
"Because I have tiny feet, Steve Madden has always been my man. (He carries down to size 5!) These are the perfect walking shoes for a long commute. They’re easy to slip on and off, and the fur makes them more comfortable. It’s like wearing slippers at the office!"
—Lauren Saxe, social media assistant
3 Asics GT-2000 5
"The most comfortable shoes I've ever worn are my Asics GT-2000 running sneakers. I'm obsessed with this series. Roughly once a year, I buy a new pair of the latest model. Running in the newest version always feels like running on clouds. They're cushy enough to support my problematic high arches without feeling like they're weighing me down on my runs, and they come in loads of flashy colors, too. I have my eye on the Diva Blue for my next purchase."
—Sarah Klein, senior digital editor
4 Rainbow Wide Strip Sandal
"I’ve been wearing Rainbow sandals every summer for the last 10 years—and I would wear them year-round if I could! These aren't your ordinary flip-flops. For one, they’re designed to last. (The company was actually founded by a surfer who was sick of seeing beaches around the world littered with cheap, broken sandals.) Then there’s the comfort factor: The strap is wide and soft, and the midsole is made from cushy memory foam that molds to the contours of my feet. I’ll never buy another pair of flip-flops."
—Catherine DiBenedetto, features director
5 Coclico Shoes Bask Block Heel Sandals
"Full disclosure: I was given these sandals as a gift, and probably never would have shelled out the nearly $400 for them under normal circumstances. But now that they have been on my feet, I can attest that they're worth every single penny. For one thing, they're so, so absurdly comfortable. I'm not a big heels person, but I can wear these babies all day—long walks, hours standing up—and not be desperate to rip them off when I get home. The calfskin leather uppers are already supersoft, and there's no breaking-in period where you have to endure blisters while waiting for them to become wearable. Then there's the heel: chunky so you're not wobbling around, tall enough to look professional but not so tall that they're not walkable, and made of durable wood with a colorblock design that looks a little special. I get compliments on them every time I wear them. The style I own, the Bask Block Heel, is almost sold out, but there are plenty of similar styles available—I have my eye on the Ooh La La Block Heel Mules."
—Kathleen Mulpeter, senior digital editor
6 Kork-Ease Ava
"These wedges are genuinely amazing walking shoes. I've brought them on countless summer vacations thanks to the cushy footbed that provides tons of arch support. There's nothing like looking cute and feeling comfortable for miles."
—Anthea Levi, assistant editor
7 Vasque Women's Sundowner Gore-TEX Backpacking Boot
"While running around New York City, I like to be comfortable and often opt for a classic, clean white leather sneaker like a Stan Smith in colder months, and a neutral blush sneaker for warmer weather, like this one by Tretorn. It also has a platform, so I still get the height without the heels! But living a fairly active lifestyle, I am super picky and skeptical when it comes to what I put on my feet when adventuring into the outdoors. At the end of the summer I’m planning to hike the Teton Crest Trail, and my go-to boot is the Sundowner GTX. Vasque boots are the only boots I’ve found that you can literally put on straight from the box and hit the trail immediately without even breaking them in. (But for an even better fit, wear them before you get to the trailhead.) As I prepare for this 40-mile hike, the last things I know I have to worry about are blisters and sore feet."
—Susan Brickell, assistant editor