When it comes to uncomfortable shoes, dress shoes can be the worst offenders, causing pinched toes, achy arches and blisters. Thankfully, there is a range of brands like Dr. Scholl’s and Sam Edelman that are getting it right in both the style and comfort departments. Many of their looks include features like cushioned insoles, soft materials and elastics to help you get a better fit. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites. From loafers to the perfect pair of pumps, these options are also versatile, so you won’t need to swap out your shoes from boardroom meetings to after-work drinks.
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1. Calvin Klein Gayle Pump
These pumps are crafted from leather and feature a 3.5-inch stiletto heel.
Pros: They have a pointed-toe and are available in various colorways and finishes, including faux snakeskin.
Cons: They tend to run small.
2. LifeStride Suki Pump
There are few places you won’t want to sport these pointed-toe pumps from LifeStride, considering they’re so wearable: They feature just the right amount of height at 2.75 inches, as well as smooth linings and soft insoles that flex with your every move. The asymmetrical front strap adds a unique touch and includes elastic goring to give you a customized fit.
Pros: These are also available in wide width size and come in three colors: black, nude and an eye-catching red.
Cons: These may run small.
3. Clarks Adriel Viola Dress Pump
These pumps are crafted from leather and have a 3.25-inch heel with a .5-inch platform. They feature ortholite footbeds, heel, and undersole cushions, designed to maximize comfort.
Pros: These pumps provide additional height while still offering ample foot support. They are available in several different colorways and are in a timeless, professional silhouette.
Cons: They tend to run on the smaller side, so you might want to purchase half-size up, especially if you have a wider foot.
4. Amazon Essentials Belice Ballet Flats
These flats are crafted from faux leather and feature a rounded toe, flat rubber sole and elasticized topline for easy wear. A faux suede microfiber lining also feels super soft on skin.
Pros: They come in a variety of neutral colors from black to blush and metallic hues.
Cons: They run on the smaller side.
5. Vepose Heels With Ankle Strap
These pumps feature a faux suede construction with a 4-inch thin heel and buckled ankle strap. They have a pointed-toe and a padded insole.
Pros: They are available in a variety of colorways, making it simple to find one that suits your personal style.
Cons: They run on the larger side.
6. Idifu Sabrina Ankle Strap Pump
These heeled sandals made from faux leather and feature a 5-inch block heel. A buckle at the ankle offers easy adjustments.
Pros: These shoes feature a cushioned footbed, lining, platform, and a block heel to make them more comfortable than a traditional pump likely would be. They are a cruelty-free alternative to leather options and are available in various colorways.
Cons: They tend to run on the larger side.
7. Naturalizer Pressley Platform Dress Sandal
These heels feature a 100% leather construction with a 3-inch heel and a .75-inch platform. They have a slingback design with strappy detailing and Velcro closure with padded insole for additional foot support.
Pros: These shoes are easy to take on and off. The low heel provides a timeless silhouette and is a more comfortable alternative to a sky-high heel for more formal events.
Cons: They run on the smaller side.