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Published on May 7th, 2017 | by Kirsten Borrink

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See Our Readers’ Favorite Comfortable Shoes

We’re passing the mic to you, dear Barking Dog readers! Lately, you’ve had some wonderful shoe recommendations from sandals for bunions to running shoes for hallux limitus. We thank you for taking time out of your day to write such thoughtful, well-crafted reviews of your favorite comfortable shoes.

Louise et Cie “Harmony”

  1. Susana on the Louise et Cie “Harmony” platform sandal:

Hi Kirsten! I’ve been a fan of yours for a couple years and have you to credit for my fabulous Aravon Mayas! Well have I got a rave for you! These shoes are comfortable, sturdy, high quality, and ultra stylish!

Here’s Susana’s review on Zappos:

I am so freaking happy with these shoes! I’m 47, professional, and a person who likes classic styles. I have narrow-ish, low rise feet and a bunion on my right foot from years of having worn cute, pointy high heels I can no longer tolerate. I’m so happy to have (finally!) found a shoe that is very attractive and stylish, but also sturdy, comfortable, high quality and versatile! I wear these both for going out in the evening as well as with professional clothing, and feel like a million bucks — even as a walker who spends a good amount of time speaking and training on her feet.

Finn Comfort Gomera

Finn Comfort Gomera

2. Wendy in response to sandals that accommodate orthotics:

I’d highly recommend Finn Comfort sandals. Yes, they are expensive, but they last for years. Though I use Superfeet insoles in most other shoes, The Finn Comfort give me great support without swapping out the insole. My issues are bunions and extra-wide feet. I can’t fit into their oxfords, but many of the sandals do work for me. Most, if not all, of their sandals have velcro straps.

3. Amy recommends Hoka One One Ora Recovery sandals

Hoka One One Ora Recovery Slides

I tried the Hoka slides and love them! Great arch support, nice and cushy for RA feet, nothing between the toes and they don’t bother my bunions. Was a little concerned about the textured footbed but so far no blisters or tender spots.

4. Paige loves her ghillie-lace wedge sandals by Sofft:

I have the Sofft Maize and I highly recommend them. I’ve had bunion surgery and a reconstructive surgery that consisted of plates and screws so I have to be careful about shoes I wear. These are very comfortable and I can wear them for longer periods of time.

5. Barbara swears by  her Hoka One One running shoes for hallux limitus:

Hoka One One Clifton 3

Hoka One One Clifton 3

Have stocked my closet with Hoka One One–I’ve suffered from hallux limitus for years. Normally have no choice but New Balance 2E x-trainers to run. The Hokas got me back to running many miles per week. Prefer their road runners. Some of the trail runners don’t fit quite right. Can be a trifle narrow in toe box. Suggest using Sierra Trading Post to get outlet prices. I live near a store, so order a bunch at once, try them all on and wear around the house with my RX24 inserts— then return those that don’t work. At age 57, I’ve learned to rock the colors. And I can run!!! Glory be!

Mephisto Helen

Mephisto Helen

6. Shelly’s detailed review of the Mephisto Helen sandal:

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Mephisto Helen sandals. I passed a women in Victoria B.C. one summer who was wearing them and thought they were so cute that I just had to ask where she got them. That was six or seven years ago and I’ve ordered several pair since then–love all the colors and finishes. I love how they stay on your feet. Their adjustable strap is perfect for when the leather stretches a bit so they still feel secure. I suffer from plantar fasciitis as well and have bad knees but I can walk around all day in these and have little to no discomfort at the end of the day. Also, a side note if you’re comparing them to Birkenstocks (which I used to wear)….I was told that the cork footbed with Birks mold to the shape of your foot which isn’t good if your feet pronate or have other issues where as Mephisto’s foot beds stay firm, keeping your feet in the best position. I can personally attest to this.

Kork-Ease Myrna

Kork-Ease Myrna

7. Stylish shoes for hallux limitus:
I recently had an injury to my foot as a dancer (gave myself turf toe). As I’ve been recovering my doctor recommended really stiff soles as I transition from the boot, and shoes with a slight rocker to them (essentially similar to your recommendations for Hallux Limitus and Hallux Rigidus). I have found your blog very helpful in looking for shoes for this point in my recovery as well as shoes to protect my feet more in the future.
I wanted to share with you a few shoes I recently found that your readers might also find helpful. I HATE the mary jane look that many healthy feet shoes have and am happy to have found some alternatives that don’t break the bank.
First is the B.O.C. Anne sandal, second is the Kork Ease Myrna, and 3rd is the Rantt oxford from Steve Madden (see similar).

8. Melissa recommends a sandal that accommodates an orthotic (and it doesn’t even have a removable footbed):

Taos Trulie

The Taos Trulie comes in a million colors, and now in prints, too. Totally adjustable – over the foot, around the ankle, etc! Not inexpensive, but very cute and you can wear them casual or dressed up. My orthotics are putty-colored (argh) and just disappear unless you really bend and look at my feet.


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2 Responses to See Our Readers’ Favorite Comfortable Shoes

  1. Tricia says:

    A couple more sandals I love so much I’ve bought exact replacements — the Ecco Flash and Cobb Hill Ireland. I have wide feet and have had bunion surgery on both. The Ecco Flash sandals are very adjustable, and the Cobb Hills are incredible comfortable — and perfect for work in spring and summer if you need a closed toe shoe. I have them both in dull metallic colors that go with everything.

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