Comfortable Dress Shoes for Women

Published on November 10th, 2009 | by Kirsten Borrink


Comfortable Women’s Shoes | Reader Question: Dress Shoes with Wider Toe Box


Your blog is an amazing resource. Thank you so much for the great reviews and information!

I've recently given up on wearing shoes that are too tight. I struggle with the wide toe box/narrow heel problem. Wide shoes slip off, and regular shoes pinch my feet (even Sofft’s are usually too narrow). I don't have painful problems yet, but I've decided I don't want to run the risk by wearing tight-toe shoes anymore.Born makenna

I have a few shoes I love, Dansko's with buckles to keep them on, Ariat clogs, and one pair of Keen boots. Your "Roomy Toe Box Shoes" category has some great fun shoes, but I'm having trouble finding just what I'm looking for: something dressy and sexy enough to wear with a little black skirt and go dancing, or to a very fancy dinner. Heels are fine, and even preferred, but suede is my nemesis.

Hope you can help!


Hi Hermione!
Thanks for the kind words and I sure hope I can help you find a dressy, sexy shoe that won't pinch your toes while staying put on your foot.

Bella-vita talent A few ideas:

  • Born Makenna: Dress them up or down. Born tends to run slightly wide, but with the instep strap, these should stay put. Only two customer reviews, but both great.
  • Bella-Vita Talent: I love the look of this shoe.  I've read that this brand has an accommodating toe box for a heel. Also comes in 4 widths. Some customers say heel is too wide. Maybe try Heavenly Heelz?
  • J-41 Fabulous–very cute, but maybe too cute? Great reviews. J-41 usually runs 1/2 size small. I also find the toe box to be wide enough, but sometimes too short for long toes!
  • Ros Hommerson Chili–RH shoes are usually quite orthopedic looking, but the "red" collection are anything but! Rounded toe, instep strap, good reviews.
  • Clark's Shire Town: Lower kitten heel, but very classy in black patent. Great reviews.
  • Indigo (by Clark's) Musing: Indigo is known for their rounded toe styles and nicely cushioned footbed.

If I come across more ideas, I'll forward them on to you!

Kirsten at BarkingDogShoes.comAravon maya

Hermione ended up ordering the Born Makenna and the Aravon Mia (a shoe I had reviewed last year). The Mia was a great choice as it has a wide toe box and narrow heel with an instep strap. Aravon (a New Balance company)  has an updated style called the Maya that comes in pretty metallic leathers. I'm hoping they work out for her! Stay tuned…

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5 Responses to Comfortable Women’s Shoes | Reader Question: Dress Shoes with Wider Toe Box

  1. shoes are great says:

    Great article, love some of the shoes here. You can have as much style as you want in your shoes but if they’re not comfortable then whats the point!

  2. Consultoria RH says:

    Este blog é uma representação exata de competências. Eu gosto da sua recomendação. Um grande conceito que reflete os pensamentos do escritor. Consultoria RH

  3. Elaine Briones says:

    I’m still looking for comfortable, pretty dress shoes with a very wide toe box?? Somehow, I must have ordered five different style of shoes from Zappos and had to return all of them. I got store credit and I just can’t figure out how to choose a shoe that will fit around my feet with bunions! It’s so frustrating! My nephew will be graduating from 8th grade next month and I really am desperate to buy one that won’t hurt my bunion. Is there any local stores in California that carry triple wide shoes that accommodates bunions on both feet? I browsed Planet Shoes and Online Shoes web sites. Impressive selections but some are not available to purchase! I’ll keep looking!

    • admin says:


      Have you seen the Softspots Tatianna–roomy toe box, soft leathers, comes in extra wide. I’ll look into comfort shoe stores in CA–where specifically?

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