Ask Belle: Commuting Flats
May 19, 2015
Love the blog! I know you’ve posted about this before, but I’d love some updated advice on what shoes to wear on the commute to/from work (I walk). With the summer heat, my feet are usually tired and swollen after a day in work shoes. Looking for some cute styles that don’t break the bank!
There are a lot of ways you can go with a commuter shoe. You want to find a balance between chic and comfortable, but there are many places you can draw that line. Some women will be fine with a simple, casual flat. But while gym shoes may not be ideal, when your commute requires you to walk several miles, it may be necessary.
Whatever your needs, I’ve compiled a few options. I ranked them on a five-star scale. Five stars being the most comfortable, one star being the least.
When I look for comfortable flats, I search for two phrases: padded/cushioned insole and rubber sole. The Yosi Samra flat has both. They also come in a wide variety of colors (I love these toe-cap flats.) and can often be found on discount.
These are a favorite of many commuters because they’re fairly comfortable for a medium length commute. They also fold up into a small bag that fits easily into almost any bag. (I’ve tucked them into an envelope clutch.) If you’re just looking for a simple flat for going to and fro, this is a great candidate.
Looking for an under-$50 version? These Me Too flats are similar.
While the Yosi Samra flats are great, I need something more substantial for regular wear. These Geox flats offer the rubber outsole, but don’t have a padded footbed. The extra half-star for comfort comes from Geox’s patented breathable construction, which allows for air to flow. And on those hot summer days, breathability and moisture evaporation is a nice feature.
When I was searching for a spring shoe that wasn’t quite as precious as a ballet flat, I opted for a moccasin. This pair from Michael Kors is a great option. They have a lot of cushion, and if your feet swell, they have a good amount of stretch. They also come in a basic tan. Need a cheaper pair? Try this coral pair from Anne Klein.
Michael Kors also offers a flat shoe with a cushioned insole and rubber sole. I’m not crazy about the medallion on top, but square-toe shape is cool.
I tried these on a few weeks ago, and I luhved them. Like a gym shoe, they’re really flexible. The cushioning in the sole is substantial. And the look is fairly sleek with a versatile silver color. I couldn’t find anything similar in a lower price-point. If you know of something, please leave it in the comments.