Ask Belle: How to Choose a Commuting Shoe
Apr 13, 2015
I’m going to New York City in May to visit a friend. She told me to bring comfortable walking shoes. I wear heels to work and sneakers to the gym – I don’t think I know what comfortable walking shoes are! Any suggestions?
Hope law school is treating you fairly, Christina
The first thing I would say to you is not to bring new shoes on a trip. You need to take a pair that are broken-in to your liking. The last thing you want is blisters. But if you bought a pair now, you would probably be able to break them in in time.
First, let’s talk about how to select a pair of flats that are good for walking. I love a rubber-soled shoe. The rubber soles absorb some of the shock and give you a bit of extra cushion.
You should also look for a padded footbed. Anything to ease the pressure on the ball of your foot. If you find a comfortable flat without padding, you can always add a Dr. Scholl’s insole.
Here are a few flat shoes with rubber soles and a bit of padding.
Also, sleek sneakers are a hot trend right now. So you could plan some casual outfits around a pair of cool sneakers. Here are a few affordable suggestions.
As I mentioned above, whatever shoe you choose, make sure to break them in. And it never hurts to put a few band-aids in your purse just in case.