Comfortable Shoes to Get You Through the Long Voting Lines

Election day is just a week away, and voting lines are expected to be longer than usual. So make sure you’re prepared with a water bottle, a fully charged cellphone and, most importantly, a pair of comfortable shoes.

Since many voters will be heading to the polls on their way to the office, they’ll need work-appropriate looks that are easy on their feet.

For men, Mephisto comes to the rescue with a penny moc featuring its proprietary Soft-Air technology designed to minimize shock. Or, step into Rockport’s DresSports Lite wingtip, set on a cushioned EVA outsole.

Mephisto men's moc. Mephisto men’s Howard penny moc, $395. Courtesy of Mephisto.com

Keeping it more casual, guys can ease into a Chelsea boot by Clarks that incorporates an OrthoLite footbed for enhanced cushioning. Just in case the weather report calls for rain, Sperry does a waterproof duck boot that can double as a shoe.

Since more than half of the voting population is female, women’s brands are stepping up with a range of comfort-driven options that go from day to night. Dansko takes the ankle bootie, one of the most popular fall silhouettes, and adds a cushioned footbed with arch support, while Gentle Souls interprets the look for warmer climates by opening up the back and toe.

Gentle Souls Shiloh open-toe bootie, $229. Gentle Souls Shiloh open-toe bootie, $229. Courtesy of Kenneth Cole.

Want the lowdown on the election? Try a ballet flat from The Flexx set on a flexible outsole with just enough lift to gently keep feet off the ground. If there are evening plans on the agenda, Thierry Rabotin enhances the comfort of pump by adding a Poron footbed, then setting it on a mid-heel.

Thierry Rabotin Fortuna pump, $465. Thierry Rabotin Fortuna pump, $465. Courtesy of Thierry Rabotin.

Taking the day off from work and heading to the gym after voting? Check out New Balance’s Vazee Agility cross-trainer in preppy orange and pink with added traction on the outsole.

New Balance women's Vazee Agility trainer, $79.99 New Balance women’s Vazee Agility trainer, $79.99 Courtesy of New Balance.

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