The 19 Most Comfortable Sneakers Money Can Buy, No Matter Your Budget
If we’re going to sport sneakers just about everywhere we go, why not invest in the most comfortable sneakers money can buy? After all, we wear them to run, to the gym, to travel, to walk around town, heck some even wear them on their wedding day. We did a deep dive, reading tons and tons of reviews and polling our loved ones to pin down the pairs that are best for all-day use, no matter what you’ve got planned. Here, 19 superstar sneaks that are guaranteed to keep your feet feeling comfortable for hours on end.
The Most Comfortable Sneakers at a Glance:
- Best White Leather Sneakers: Vionic Paisley Sneakers
- Best White Fabric Sneakers: Atoms Model 000
- Best Slip-On Sneakers: Scholl’s Nova Sneakers
- Best High-Top Design: Cariuma OCA High
- Best Wedge Sneaker: Linea Paolo Felicia Wedge Sneaker
- Best for the Whole Family: New Balance 990
- Best Casual Sneakers: PUMA Carina Sneakers
- Best Everyday Sneakers, According to Kate Middleton: Superga 2750 Cotu Sneakers
- Best Machine-Washable Sneakers: Rothy’s The Sneaker
- Best Gym Sneakers: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20
- Best for Road or Treadmill Running: Asics GT-2000 Running Shoes
- Best Trail Running Shoes: Altra Lone Peak 6
- Best for Nurses: ON Cloudflyer
- Best Water-Repellant Sneaker: Allbirds Wool Dasher Mizzles
- Best Fashionable Sneaker: Sorel Kinetic Impact Lace Sneakers
- Best Designer Sneaker: Tory Burch Good Luck Trainer
- Highest Rated at Nordstrom: OluKai Pehuea Slip-On Sneakers
- Highest Rated at Amazon: Adidas Cloudfoam Running Shoe
- Highest Rated at Zappos: Brooks Ghost 14
Pros: Roomy toe box; Podiatrist approved
Cons: Requires a brief break-in period
Sturdy leather doesn’t automatically necessitate a lengthy break-in period or rubbing at your ankle. Case in point: these easy kicks from podiatrist-founded company Vionic, which fit comfortably after just a few hours of wear. They come with a soft jersey-covered insole that’s just as supportive as it is comfy. They’re also built with Vionic’s Vio-Motion Support technology, which offers ample arch support and foot stability, while alleviating and preventing heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. The Paisley also has a roomy toe box with plenty of space to let your toes move comfortably, or to accommodate bunions. (Don’t let that extra room fool you, though—these sneakers definitely run true to size.)
Pros: Eco-friendly, sustainable design; Easy to pull-on
Cons: Few color options
These simple lace-up kicks are infinitely cooler and more detailed than you might imagine. Designed by husband-and-wife team Sidra Qasim and Waqas Ali, Atoms’s signature sneaker was built to be worn day-in and day-out with a cushy foam insole and eco-friendly upper that has just the right amount of stretch to mold to your feet without sacrificing support. They also come with a copper lining that helps prevent odor and the build-up of bacteria, meaning you can go ahead and skip socks, if you so choose. Oh, and did we mention the proprietary elastic shoelaces? Tie them once and you can simply slip these kicks on and off without needing to readjust or bending the back out of shape.
Pros: Lots of color and fabric options; Affordable price point; Back collar has extra cushioning to prevent blisters
Cons: No laces means less adjustability
Some days we just can’t be bothered to sit down and tie or untie tight shoelaces, so it’s good to have some supportive slip-ons in your shoe wardrobe rather than reaching for flats or sandals every time. This easy pair by Dr. Scholl’s is made using recycled materials and features a podiatrist-approved, anatomically designed insole for all-day support, in addition to extra cushioning at the ankle to help prevent uncomfortable rubbing or slipping. They also come in both regular and wide widths and have a nice roomy toe box that won’t leave your poor toes feeling cramped by midday. “Living in the city, I walk several miles every day,” reads one review. “I bought these to replace my Vans slip-ons, and I am obsessed. I don't even think about my feet, which is all a girl can ask for.”
Pros: Made with eco-friendly materials; Under $100; Come in sizes 5 through 13
Cons: Few color options
Sustainably-minded shoppers will be glad to know that all of Cariuma’s products, not just the OCA High, are made using eco-friendly materials and methods, and the brand also plants a pair of trees in the Brazilian Rainforest for every pair of shoes purchased. But of the designs offered, the high-top is one of our absolute favorites for comfort for two main reasons—that high ankle offers addition support for all day walking, and Cariuma’s design includes extra padding around the cuff for bonus comfort without the bulk. There is also a vegan memory foam insole that will make you feel like you’re walking on clouds, and the rubber sole is lightweight to prevent fatigue even after a full day on your feet. Per one Brooklyn-based shopper, “These are the best sneakers I’ve ever owned. I live in NYC and walk everywhere, and these have lasted longer than any kicks I’ve previously had.” (P.S. There are also leather and suede versions available.)
Pros: Sleek design; Adds 3-inches of height; Side-zipper closure
Cons: Doesn’t offer as much support as a flat sneaker
For those who want a little extra pep in their step but aren’t a fan of platforms (or flatforms), a wedge sneaker can be just the ticket. This Linea Paolo pair has been a Nordstrom favorite for years (there are more than 1,400 reviews and they have a 4.5 rating overall), and frequently comes out in new colors and patterns. Reviewers love the sleek design, and a zipper on the inside makes it easy to pull them on and off. And although the heel is 2 ½ inches high, the added support of the front and a cushy 1-inch sole help to offset the pressure put on your arches and the balls of your feet. Those with wider feet or anyone who plans to use custom insoles is better off going up half a size, but otherwise the Felicia wedges run true to size. One 57-year-old buyer says she typically can’t wear heels anymore, but loves these sneakers for their combination of comfort and style.
Pros: Available in narrow, regular, wide and extra-wide widths; Available in kids, womens and mens sizes; Made in the U.S.
Cons: You might end up matching with every man in your neighborhood between the ages 40 and 75; High price tag (and they rarely go on sale)
“My dad owned about 35 pairs of these when we were kids so one day I finally asked for a pair of my own to see what all the hype was about,” says Emily H., life-long New Balance 990 fan. “Since then, I maintain [that] these are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever put on my feet.” Indeed, this old-school gray style is available in women’s, men’s and kids’ sizes and has a reputation for being incredibly comfortable, which is perhaps why it’s earned its status as a classic. It comes with an Ortholite insole and a shock-absorbing ENCAP midsole that will keep you comfortably on your feet for hours at a time. A dual density foam collar offers extra support and stability around the ankle without feeling too restrictive, and the toe box is nice and roomy. While lots of reviewers mention loving these for walking or standing for long periods of time, they are on the heavier side, so may not be great for running anything longer than a 5K.
Pros: Easy to clean; Under $75
Cons: Some found the leather to be too stiff
These classic white kicks do in fact come in other colors, but we love the all-white look of the originals for casual everyday use. The sole is much thicker than similar styles from other brands (like Vans or Keds) but isn’t so thick as to be considered a platform. But that extra rubber, combined with a SoftFoam+ sockliner and a molded insole, help make these shoes incredibly comfy for strolls around town or exploring new cities. And they are very highly rated at Amazon—as in, they have more than 9,500 five-star reviews and a 4.6 overall rating. As Ladynia wrote, “I bought these just for style but didn’t think I’d dare do a bunch of walking in them. But I was on vacation in NOLA, put them on to do a short walk for coffee and that short walk turned into a full day of walking and exploring. I felt like I was walking on a cloud all day. I have chronic back and leg issues, but felt great after wearing these on my trip.” Some reviews suggest going up a half size if you have wide feet or use custom insoles, but otherwise the Carina seems to run true to size (though there is a bit of a break-in period).
8. New Balance 990
Pros: Ample room for adding your own insole or orthotics; Unisex sizing
Cons: Less support than other pairs on this list; Hard to keep clean
Kate Middleton has been photographed wearing these simple white kicks on countless occasions, so we decided to see if the Duchess was really onto something. Turns out, Superga’s classic Cotu style is also beloved by lots of non-royals, including more than 1,000 happy shoppers who felt compelled to leave a five-star review at Zappos. We will admit, these have less support than most of the other styles on this list, but they do fare better than similar styles from brands like Keds, Vans and Converse thanks to a cushy foam footbed and ample room in the toe box. Because they are unisex, they also run a little wider than most women’s shoes, great for those with wide feet or bunions but also for adding your own extra-supportive insoles if need be. “I got them to be able to walk around Europe this summer in style, and they fit the bill perfectly,” reads one review. They are very comfortable so far, even though there isn't really a ton of arch support but the rubber of the sole helps to cushion your foot.”
Pros: Machine washable; Lots of fun color options; Sustainably made
Cons: Those with wide feet may find the toe box small
Ever since launching in 2016, Rothy’s has made a name for itself making ridiculously comfy shoes you don’t have to be precious with. Even Meghan Markle is a fan of the brand’s OG flats. The knit uppers, made from recycled water bottles, are particularly notable for their comfort right out of the box, so you don’t have to worry about blisters or skin irritation. They’re also incredibly breathable and can be tossed in the wash once you remove the midsole (though Rothy’s recommends skipping the dryer), a bonus for those who don’t want to bother with socks. Take it from one reviewer who feel in love with these kicks after recovery from two hip surgeries, “After wearing them for eight to ten hours and hustling around on my feet all night at work, my feet never hurt! I needed something that was cool and had support and these are perfect for me.”
Pros: Also work well for road running; Lots of color options
Cons: Can feel a little stiff at first
The Adrenaline GTS, one of Brooks’s most popular shoes, is already on its twentieth iteration. Although it was designed for road running, the increased support makes this an equally great shoe for gym workouts like weightlifting or HIIT where having a stable base is equally important. A built-in GuideRails system helps to correct an inclination toward over or under pronating and keeps your feet feeling steady throughout your whole movement. As for the sole, it incorporates both BioMoGo DNA cushioning and a soft DNA LOFT Crash Pad (two Brooks-original technologies engineered to both cradle and support the foot) to put a little pep in your step. “I am 54 and have horrible foot issues that have impaired and even prevented my running and even walking long distances,” reads one review. “I have to tell you that these are the best running shoes I have ever had! My feet do not hurt while running or after running. Even my fibromas do not become inflamed with running like they usually do.”
Pros: Great stability; Work for lots of distances; Help correct over-pronation
Cons: Run a little narrow
If a good daily trainer is what you’re after, the Asics GT-2000 series is great for beginners, shorter distances and marathon efforts. Two GEL Technology cushioning systems, one at the front and another at the heel, help absorb shock as you run, whether you’re jogging or sprinting. The midsole has also been designed to help guide your foot to adjust for over-pronation issues and is made from a single layer of lightweight foam for a smooth ride, even on pavement. The sturdy mesh upper provides ample support at the ankle and around the middle of your foot (right at the arch) but won’t restrict your toe movement. Per one reviewer, “I purchased these shoes for pretty intense workout classes with lots of jumping and lateral movement and they are great! They provide great support and are very comfortable.” One thing to note: Many wearers mention these feel narrow at first, so you may want to consider buying a half-size up.
Pros: Roomy toe box; Lightweight
Cons: Only available in regular widths
A good trail running shoe needs to be supportive, comfortable, stable and sturdy enough to handle rough terrain and hills. This Altra pair provides all that and more. The sole incorporates the brand’s Altra EGO foam, which is nice and cushy but also allows your foot to respond and bounce quickly as you run. A sturdy midfoot cage secures your foot in place to prevent twisting and injury, and rubber along the toe also makes it easier to stay upright on steep uphill or downhill efforts. Nancy E. from Boston says, “I have very difficult feet with arthritis and ankle ligament issues. Right out of the box these were fantastic! They fit like a glove and the cushioning and padding is like no other I've tried. I had no break-in time and was able to get my steps in with ultimate comfort.” She and a few other reviewers suggest going up half a size if you’re between sizes to better accommodate thicker socks or swelling after a hard effort.
13. ON CloudflyerBest for Nurses
Pros: Lightweight; Can double as workout/running shoes; Also come in wide widths
Cons: High price point; Only goes up to a size 11
The Cloudflyer may have originally been designed for long distance runs, but it’s impressive cushion, support levels and minimal weight make it ideal for nurses who are on their feet for 12-plus hour shifts. (Of course, these would also work for other jobs that require extended time on your feet, like those working on film sets, teachers, veterinarians and pharmacists.) Both the insole and the mesh upper are incredibly plush to provide 360-degree comfort, while an extra-wide outsole gives your heels bonus support that you’ll really feel in those final hours of a long day at work. The Cloudflyer is also made with sustainable materials, for an eco-friendly boost, and the upper material is supremely breathable to prevent your feet from overheating. Plus, there’s absolutely zero break-in time required.
Pros: Easy to clean; Great for both working out and general wear; Wool keeps your feet warm even when wet
Cons: May feel too warm in hot weather; May be too wide for those with narrow feet
Whether you’re looking for a sneaker that will hold up during rainy day runs or just don’t want to have to consider the weather when you head out the door in the morning, the Allbirds Wool Dasher Mizzles have got you covered. They’re technically designed as running shoe, but the minimalist design and low-key colors make them just as easy to wear to the office or brunch without anyone knowing they’re workout shoes. And much like all of Allbirds designs, shoppers rave about the supreme comfort of the wool upper and the cushioned midsole, both of which are made using sustainable, eco-friendly fabrics and production methods. As for all day comfort, reviews mention wearing these all day for a shift at a hospital, walks around rainy Scotland towns and, of course, runs in all kinds of weather. Beate M. says, “As a preschool teacher, I need good and fun shoes that keep me comfortable and secure all day, keep my feet dry and warm in case of errant watering cans, are easy to clean and allow for the occasional sprint after an escaping 3-year-old. The Dasher Mizzle does all of that. They took no time at all to break in and make me feel light yet secure on my feet. I also love the wider toe box, which allows my toes to spread out.”
Pros: Fashion-forward design; Exaggerated lacing system gives additional arch support; Breathable mesh upper
Cons: Funky design isn’t for everyone
There’s a reason these funky kicks have more than 300 five-star reviews, and it all comes down to the cloud-like EVA footbed. Sorel’s Kinetic Lace sneakers are designed keep your feet happy all day with a springy, supportive sole and soft, breathable upper that’s so comfy, you don’t even need to wear socks (if you so choose). Because the laces go so far down the side of your foot, you’ll notice better arch support than other knit styles. The upper also has a seamless boot construction, rather than a separate tongue, to prevent unnecessary rubbing in weird places. Per one reviewer, “I have chronic plantar fasciitis and manage a mall, so I am constantly walking on hard tiled floors and no other shoes have kept my pain at bay as well as these.” (P.S. You can also shop last season’s colors on sale right now for $84.)
Pros: Ergonomic sole offers plenty of support; Also available in solid colors
Cons: Exaggerated sole may not be for everyone; Limited color options
These Tory Burch kicks currently have only five-star reviews at both Nordstrom and the Tory Burch site, and almost every single one of them mention just how comfortable the Good Luck trainers are. We credit those rave reviews to the exaggerated ergonomic sole, which offers a ton of arch support while still feeling plenty cushy. And the addition of a wishbone-shaped piece on the bottom of the shoe acts as a cambrion to give you even more structure. Meanwhile, the ankle drops low for a more fashionable fit that elongates your leg by showing a bit more skin, but that does mean less ankle support. Cheryl in Chesterfield, VA, writes, “I was having issues finding a fun sneaker that also provided support, but these fit the bill. I have had some struggles with plantar fasciitis and these cause me no pain and I can comfortably wear them all day. They’re even better than my running sneakers! I have had these for about 6 months and wear them a few times a week and still holding up pretty strong.”
Pros: Lots of color options; Can be worn as a backless slide or a full shoe; Removable, washable insole
Cons: Require a brief break-in period; May run small
These Hawaiian-made OluKai slip-ons have more than 1,300 5-star reviews at Amazon and an overall rating of 4.6. And there are even more stellar reviews on the OluKai website. So, yeah, it’s safe to say the Pehuea is a popular pick. The removable, washable footbed is made of dual-density PU with moisture-wicking lining to keep your feet comfortable and dry, with extra arch support and heel stability, even while the drop-in hack is folded down. Some reviewers who wear orthotics found going up half a size fit better, but others found their usual size worked just fine, so if you’re someone who enjoys some extra toe room you might want to consider sizing up. Fans of these shoes include waitresses, walking commuters, city travelers and teachers who are on their feet for most of the day.
Pros: More than 54,000 five-star reviews; Lots of color options
Cons: Not supportive enough for long runs or extended gym sessions
Adidas’s Cloudfoam sneakers really live up to the name with a midsole made from the namesake memory foam that is incredibly comfortable for all-day wear and a mesh upper that hugs your feet in all the best ways. In fact, some folks even say they’re comfortable enough to wear without socks. That said, multiple reviewers suggest investing in a sneaker with a more durable, thicker sole if you plant to run long distances or spend multiple hours a week lifting at the gym. But for general daily wear, there is no shoe that comes more highly reviewed at Amazon. Even Khloe Kardashian is a fan. Per one reviewer, “These shoes are the BEST shoes on the market in my opinion. They are light and flexible yet give me all-day support. I work in a kitchen, so I am on my feet at least eight to nine hours a day. They are a godsend.”
19. Brooks Ghost 14Highest Rated at Zappos
Pros: Comes with the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance; Available in narrow, regular and wide widths; Lots of color options
Cons: Fans of older Brooks Ghost models might find these too narrow
The Ghost 14 shoe was designed for road running and regular training, but with so many fun colors to choose from and a pretty minimal outsole (given the plethora of chunky kicks trending right now) you could totally rock this sneaker outside of working out, too. The sole is made using Brooks’ proprietary BioMoGo DNA Loft, which is an earth-friendly, cushy material that offers plenty of bounce back to keep your feet from feeling heavy. Oh, and did we mention that the Ghost 14 comes with the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance? Which basically means the shoe promotes good foot heath according to the scrutiny and professional expertise of podiatrists. Add to that more than 1,000 five-star reviews and you’ve got yourself a pretty obvious winner. Plus, Zappos offers a 90-day trial period for all running shoes, including the Ghost 14, so in the off chance you find they don’t meet your expectations you can return them even after running multiple miles.
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