Published on February 23rd, 2017 | by Kirsten Borrink8
Comfortable Shoes for Spring from Favorite Brands
Fashion sneakers, peep-toe booties, ghillie-laces, the color rose, perfs and cutouts–that’s the spring shoe scene in a nutshell. Can problem feet enjoy spring’s trends while keeping comfy? That’s our aim with this feature. We’ve culled a collection of new or updated styles from favorite brands known for quality and comfort. Whether you need a removable footbed, roomy toe box, a wide or narrow fit, we’ve got a shoe for you!
Were you a fan of the Keen Coronado before it was discontinued? We hope you’ll be equally as pleased with the updated Keen Elsa sneaker. From what we read, the reviews are positive for cushioning, wide toe box, and removable footbed–and it’s vegan if that’s a priority for you. They don’t fit exactly like the Coronados and may seem a bit narrower through the midfoot. As one reviewer stated, she expects them to relax over time as they’re made of canvas. Available in whole sizes 5-11 (even a 10.5) from Keenfootwear.com, Zappos, Amazon. A slip-on version is available too! Find a Keen retailer near you.
Without getting over-technical, Geox footwear is made to breathe. Perforations in the outsole allow sweat moisture to escape while an inner microporous membrane keeps water out. Sweaty feet stay comfortable in the hottest of temperatures. The Geox Nebula is a chic fashion sneaker with lightweight suede and mesh uppers, elastic laces provide a secure fit–you don’t have to tie them! Available in a variety of colors and patterns. Consult the Geox sizing guide to help you find the best-fitting pair. Available at Zappos, Nordstrom (has all the colors), Amazon, ShopGeox.com, and Shoebuy.
If you like the look of the Geox Nebula but need a wider toe box, enhanced arch support or a removable footbed to accommodate an orthotic, the new Dansko Charlie is your shoe! The reviews are coming in five stars for comfort and support for this new addition to the Dansko family. The perforated leather upper is both on-trend and functional as it allows feet to breathe…just don’t wear them in a rainstorm. Available at Zappos, The Walking Company, Amazon and Nordstrom. Find a Dansko retailer near you.
You can be completely with-it this spring in your ghillie-laced shoes, but they’re so much more than a fashion statement. Ghillie laces are a true blue friend to hard-to-fit-feet. Loosen them around a wider forefoot, annoying bunion or high instep. Tighten them for a narrow foot or ankle. You’ll enjoy reading through the many reviews at Zappos from happy customers who haven’t worn heels in years due to age or surgeries, until the Rockport Cobb Hill Gabby. The cushioned footbed with moderate arch support adds to the overall comfort of this 1 1/2″ heeled sandal. Available in medium and wide widths in whole and half sizes 6-10, 11, 12 from Zappos, Rockport.com, Amazon, Nordstrom and Shoebuy.
Do you like the ghillie-lace look, but need to wear your own orthotic? Consider Naot’s new Yarrow sandal with a removable cork-latex footbed. The enclosed heel will keep the orthotic secure. Although, Naot is known for excellent arch and heel support, so your feet may like the shoe just as it is without having to replace the insole. The Yarrow features a 1 1/2″ heel with a 3/4″ platform (we think this would be a good choice for feet that suffer from plantar fasciitis). Available in European sizes 35-42 at Zappos, Nordstrom, and Shoebuy.
Never say never. Yes, you too can wear the peep-toe bootie trend with confidence. The Earth Intrepid promises to get noticed and not because it’s from a comfort brand, rather, in spite of that fact! The manageable 2″ heel with 3/8″ platform will keep you steady and secure. The multi-density cushioning with moderate arch support adds to the pleasant walking experience. The perforated upper and side cut-outs enhance air flow. Available in whole and half sizes 5-10, 11, 12; medium and wide widths from Zappos, Nordstrom, Amazon, Earthbrands.com, and The Walking Company.