Where I live in Los Angeles, casual and comfortable shoes are standard items that we wear throughout the year. It’s cool to be stylish but after the age of 50 or so, sore and aging feet can cause serious problems with your posture and balance.
One fall could send you to the hospital for a hip or knee replacement. But even if nothing serious happens, you don’t want to end up with painful corns, bunions, or heel spurs that will ugly up your twinkle toes.
This post was originally published on 6/18 and was updated on 9/2021.
To help you stay as pain-free as possible I’ve picked out some of my favorite comfortable shoes your feet will love you for.
Walking and hiking shoes
If you love walking, it’s important to wear high-quality comfortable sneakers. You may want to have several pairs to switch off now and then and make sure to toss your old ones when they’ve overstayed their welcome.
I bought a pair of Saucony Grid® Omni Walker’s because they were highly rated, reasonably priced, and recommended for people who have high arches like me. They also have extra cushy padding that I love! I wore them on a hike in Canadian Rockies and they were amazing!
If you have low arches you may want shoes with less of a heel drop.
Another sneaker I truly love is made by Ryka. Their shoes also feel comfortable if you have high arches but are also breathable because they are made with mesh. I wore them on my last trip to Mexico where the sidewalks were uneven and sometimes made of cobblestone. They kept me upright the entire time because they’re sturdy and supportive.
Teva is a shoe brand that’s known for its FloatLite™ technology. All of their shoes are lightweight and cushy. If you have sweaty feet or live in a warm climate you’ll love them. These Teva Gateway Low walking shoes will keep you moving in comfort walking around town.
White sneakers are tres chic!
If you want to dress up your look but still want to look classy wear white sneakers. They look chic with dress jeans or slacks. I bought these Sketcher Summits at Macy’s. They are easy to slip on and off because they don’t have real laces, which is perfect if you are walking through airport security. I love that they are made of mesh to stay breathable.
If you’re plagued with Plantar Fasciitis pain or have low arches, you may want to try on a pair of Brooks Addiction™ walkers. They come in a variety of colors on Zappos but I love them in white. The rear and forefoot of the shoe have been designed with Hydroflow technology that will cushion your feet from shock and put less stress on your plantar ligament.
Must have loafers
Stilletos may be in but you can still have pizzazz wearing classic loafers. Aerosole has some fun lug sole loafers that will add flash to your outfit and are easy to slip on and off.
This pair of Lilia loafers have sturdy lug sole tread that will allow you to walk the cobblestones of Paris in style.
If you need comfortable shoes for standing all day, then you will love May Marigold slip-on loafers by Clarks. They’re made from extra-soft black leather with stretch gores, fabric/leather linings, OrthoLite® footbed, TPR outsoles, and have sculpted low heels. Walk pain-free with plenty of support.
I have a pair of these Me Too Yardena Loafers in Leopard and I always get compliments on them. They’re comfortable and snazzy. I love leopard prints because I was born to be wild. LOL!
Toms is best known for their espadrilles, which are perfect casual shoes to wear at a resort or on a cruise ship. They come in all sorts of designs depending on the season. These Alpargata Mallow espadrilles are great to hang around in.
Ballet flats are wonderful when you want something you can slip in and out of, like at the airport.
These Tory Birch Georgia ballet flats in taupe will go with everything in your wardrobe.
And if you want something easy to travel with that is stretchy try these Tory Birch Minnie Ballet Flats from Zappos.
Sandals for sun lovers
The most important thing I look for when choosing sandals is to find a pair I won’t fall out of. Nothing can ruin your day or a trip like having a klutzy toe-jamming experience from shoes that malfunction.
These Teva Verra sandals pictured in Bungee cord are super supportive, have a good tread for all terrains, and will keep your feet securely in the sandal. They’re perfect for adventure, because you are older, will keep you from slipping.
Comfortable shoes make all the difference
I walk for miles every day to stay in shape and to keep my joints from freezing up. But even sneakers can be painful if they don’t fit right or have enough support. It might be that the toe box is too small and you need more cushion for your arch, they’re too tight, or just worn out. Make sure to get fitted properly if you can, even though shoe sellers don’t sit there and measure you like they used to. If you stick with the best-known comfortable shoe brands, you should be fine.
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