Heels, as great as they look, are all too often foot-killers. But luckily, they don’t have to be. You just need to know where to look. That’s why we’ve read reviews, polled our friends and tried a few pairs out ourselves to bring you this list of seven of the most comfortable pumps you can own.
The 7 Most Comfortable Pumps You Can Buy
Just say no to blisters and Advil
1. Sturdy Block Heels
If comfort’s your goal, instead of teetering around on a heel barely wider than a pencil, consider a sturdily grounded 2.25-inch heel (in this case, an interesting, angular one). Wear these babies to work and you’ll never have to keep a pair of flats under your desk.
Stuart Weitzman ($375)
2. Classic Stilettos
OK, we know what we said about block heels versus stilettos, but stay with us. Ann Taylor is a total go-to for surprisingly cushy shoes, and this classic pair is no exception. Mark our words: This sleek style is so comfortable, you’ll probably end up buying a second pair.
Ann Taylor ($128)
3. Metallic Lace-ups
One reviewer had this to say: “My first pair of heels that still feels like wearing flats after 8+ hours of walking!!!” And with contoured arch support, a manageable three-inch height and a stabilizing front tie, we can totally believe it.
Paul Green ($239)
4. Mid-height Heels
This pretty pair from Naturalizer isn't too low but isn't too high, and features the brand's patented N5 Contour technology, with a contoured footbed with arch and heel support, tons of cushioning and flexible, lightweight materials.
5. Printed Pointy-toes
We’ve long turned to Cole Haan for ultra-comfortable heels, but this printed pair takes it to the next level, boasting dual-compound cushioning and Achilles padding for comfort and energy return. On top of that, its flex-molded leather sole was designed to promote the natural movement of the foot.
Cole Haan ($190)
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6. Patent Slingbacks
Less recognizable than Naturalizer but equally comfortable, Trotters has a ton of super-comfortable options, like these sleek slingbacks that feature a foam-cushioned insole and rounded toe (no pinching problems here).
7. Patent Mary Janes
We knew that shoes designed by the artist formerly known as Carrie Bradshaw would look incredible, but we had no idea how comfortable they’d be. Consider this: A newlywed in our very own office wore a pair of SJP pumps to her rehearsal dinner and danced the night away without so much as an ache or blister. For every day, though, consider these great, '60s-inspired Mary Janes.
SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker ($365)
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