Ask Belle: Investing in Comfortable Heels
May 6, 2013
I start my internship in less than three weeks, and I am so excited to come to D.C. for the summer. I’m searching for a pair of comfortable black heels that I can wear day after day. Do you have any suggestions?
Thank you for the blog! Audrey
Finding a pair of comfortable shoes is all about knowing where you need support or padding. So I always buy shoes online so I can test out their comfort on a multitude of surfaces (carpet, wood, concrete, tile, etc.), and gently wear them around for an hour. That being said, I’ve been really impressed by a handful of shoes that can be worn hard and last all summer.
J.CREW. The Miri pumps ($198) are really comfortable, which is amazing since they have zero padding in the front. They’re just under-3″, and have a real sleek and soft round toe.
Ann Taylor. I ordered a pair of AT pumps, and loved them. I ended up returning them, however, because the “nude” color looked a bit off next to my skin tone. But I will definitely be buying them in another color because they were THAT comfortable.
From the moment I put the shoes on, they felt soft and comforting. There were no hard seams or edges rubbing into my skin. My arches felt well-supported, and the padded footbed was sublime. They come in a 2.5″ version and a 3.25″ version. I also bought this ankle strap sandal in the beige-colored snakeskin for all of my evening events.
Corso Como. If you need a heel that is a bit taller (3.75″), the Corso Como Del pump is your best bet. They have a reinforced gel insole in the arch and footbed, and a classic style. Best of all, they’re available in a ton of colors.
Ivanka Trump. I own two pairs of IT pumps and I find them to be fairly comfortable. I add a Dr. Scholl’s insole to ensure that I don’t have to worry about unexpected walks to the coffee shop or an unplanned meeting on the other side of the Hill. Plus, they have such cute styles, from these basic black pumps, to these Mary Janes to these perforated leather sandals.
Naturalizer. I don’t mind being a little uncomfortable in my shoes at the end of the day. If I get a solid six hours, I’m happy. But some women aren’t willing to sacrifice even a minute of comfort. For those ladies, I recommend Naturalizer. The Clava pumps ($79) have an almond toe and don’t look the least bit clunky. Proving that you can find a super-comfortable work shoe that is also feminine and classic. I also like these peep-toe pumps with a block heel.
When you’re talking about a pair of every day pumps, you need to kiss a lot of toads before you find your prince. You also need to be willing to spend a little of money (it’s all about cost-per-wear). So shop around and pick the pair that is right for you, hopefully, I’ve narrowed down the list for you.