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The 22 Most Comfortable Wedge Sandals, According to a Podiatrist

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It’s the peak of summer, which means your footwear rotation should heavily focus on cute summer sandals. There are a ton of open-toed styles available, and we don’t blame you for always reaching for your favorite flat silhouettes. However, unlike a lot of flip-flops and slides (which tend to have little arch support), comfortable wedge sandals can actually be a great choice for promoting proper foot health with a stylish look.

Silicon Valley-based podiatrist Najwa Javed explains that a wedge is especially superior to a high-heeled stiletto. “In a wedge, the heel is elevated but the outsole is a continuous solid platform, which allows for increased ankle stability and even weight distribution,” she says. The pro also calls wedge sandals a preferable choice for occasions where you may have to stand or walk for long periods of time. “Most people prefer wedges for office presentations, exhibitions, weddings and vacations, because you get that graceful elongated leg without the pain of traditional heels,” she notes.

Wedges happen to be a popular warm-weather footwear choice among celebrities. For a night out, take cues from Rita Ora and sport an all-black wedge sandal to create a cool monochromatic ensemble. And for a flirty daytime aesthetic, team a pair of strappy espadrilles with a printed summer dress a la Sofia Vergara. Of course, you can never go wrong styling your wedges with a denim shirt and shorts — one of Jennifer Aniston’s signature looks.

To shop the 22 most comfortable wedges of the season, keep reading.

Crocs Brooklyn Mid Wedge Sandals

  • Thermoplastic Rubbers sole
  • Heel measures approximately 2.42

As comfortable as Crocs‘ iconic clogs with an extra dose of cool style, the Brooklyn wedge features Crocs’ signature LiteRide foam technology for an ultra-lightweight feel and superior softness. The minimalist design in an all-black colorway makes them an easy choice for any occasion.

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Born Lila Wedge Sandals

  • 2 3/4″ heel
  • 1″ platform
  • Leather upper and lining/rubber sole

Born shoes are known for their memory foam footbed that molds to your foot with each wear. Customers say they can’t find paralleled comfort in any other shoe. These wedges offer a lightweight wedge with a padded insole, which makes strolling in them a breeze. Born shoes are flexible, resilient and spring back with every step. This style comes in five different color ways and can carry you into fall. Keep in mind, you’ll need to break them in.

What reviewers say: “True to size. Way cute. Way comfortable. Love them.”

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Dolce Vita Cici Wedge Sandals

Best Slide Sandals

  • Synthetic upper and sole
  • Slip-on
  • Round toe
  • Synthetic lining
  • 1½” platform, 2″ wedge heel

Flatforms are one of the hottest sandal trends of summer 2022. This pair from Dolce Vita is the easiest slip-on slides that are still technically considered wedges. They bring a world of new comfort, keeping your foot flat across the footbed and an easy slip-on/slip-off method of wear. They are casual enough to wear with leggings, but also look great with any type of denim or casual dress.

What reviewers say: “I was looking for a casual slide and saw these. Thought they were dressier than I intended, but gave them a chance and I’m so glad I did! They are very cute and can be dressed up or down. Very comfortable. The 2″ wedge is the perfect height. I normally wear an 8 or 8.5. I got the 8 & they fit perfectly.”

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Lucky Brand Kenadee Wedge Sandals

  • 100% Leather
  • Imported
  • Foam sole
  • Platform measures approximately 0.75 inches
  • Memory foam insole
  • Mid wedge sandal

When you want a little bit of height without the pain, look no further than these wedges from Lucky Brand. The strappy design provides the fashionable look you want while memory foam cushioning give you the support you need. Available in five colorways, they can be dressed up for beach weddings and dressed down with denim jeans.

What reviewers say: “Super comfortable. I’m an 8.5 with wide feet and they fit very nicely. Going to a wedding with lots of walking and grass, so have to be practical.”

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Teva Flatform Universal Sandals

Best Active Wedges

  • Nylon webbing upper
  • Hook & loop strap closure
  • Round open toe
  • Fabric lining
  • Cushioned footbed
  • 1½” platform, 1¾” molded wedge heel
  • Durabrasion rubber™ sole

Sporty and stylish, these flatform wedges from Teva will strap your feet in to support any adventure. They are so comfortable, you’ll forget about the extra inch and a half that provides some height. The best part about these comfortable wedge sandals is that they have adjustable straps to fit any foot width. The Teva Flatform comes in a variety of prints and colors, and can be worn with anything from workout wear to slip dresses, matching sets and shorts. The possibilities are endlessly comfortable with Teva.

What reviewers say: “I love these sandals. The straps are adjustable so you can make sure they fit just right and aren’t too loose or too tight like some other sandals. And they’re probably the most comfortable platform/flatform shoes you’ll find. I want them in all the colors.”

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Vince Camuto Women’s Leera Espadrille Wedge Sandals

  • 100% Leather
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole
  • Platform measures approximately 0.5 inches
  • Braided jute wedge with hand whipstitching detail
  • Buckle closure in silvertone for black and goldtone for tan
  • 2.75 inch wedge heel with .5 in platform

These sandals are ones you’ll want in every color — and they come in six different varieties so brace yourself. With over 750 near-perfect Amazon reviews, they have become a Vince Camuto best-seller for a universally flattering look that will elongate the leg. The straps are simple and sexy, which provide these wedges the versatility you desire in a summer footwear staple. Reviewers rave about them while admitting they need a break in period.

What reviewers say: “I also tried these on with different outfits and WOW these things are versatile and work well with almost all of my dresses, shorts and jeans! I’m so excited because I won’t have to pack as many shoes when I go on vacation!”

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Steve Madden Balanced Wedge Sandals

  • Knit fabric upper
  • Slip-on
  • Round open toe
  • Lightly padded footbed
  • 1″ platform, 1¾” molded wedge heel
  • Run slightly small

These sandals from Steve Madden pay homage to the ’90s as a less exaggerated version of the iconic Slinky sandal. They’re ctually more wearable, supportive and comfortable while remaining right in line with the style trends. They feature a lightly padded footbed with a stretch thick strap so your foot is elevated, snug and comfy for all your summer adventures.

What reviewers say: “When I received this in the mail, I never opened a box up so quickly! It was extremely fast shipping, seamless ordering, and a beautiful product. I am reliving the 90s and looking forward to wearing these all summer long! A must buy, very comfortable and affordable!”

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Toms Diana Platform Wedge Sandals

  • 2 1/2″ heel; 1″ platform
  • OrthoLite® Eco™ footbed
  • Textile upper and lining/synthetic sole
  • TOMS gives a minimum of one-third of its annual net profits to support grassroots efforts, partnering with organizations that boost mental health, increase access to opportunity and end gun violence
  • TOMS is a Certified B Corporation, which meets standards for verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to create a more inclusive and sustainable economy

A little platform adds a whole lot of comfort. These wedge sandals from TOMS feature a memory foam footbed for the utmost comfort, a fabric strap to avoid chafing and a grippy tread that won’t cause you to slip and slide (even on slippery surfaces). They do require a break-in period for the strap and footbed to adjust to your feet.

What reviewers say: “They are very supportive and comfortable for lots of walking on hard surfaces. They are also light and airy for Alabama summertime.”

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Jessica Simpson Women’s Kennie Wedge Sandals

  • Rubber sole
  • Leather Material
  • Slip On Style

Jessica Simpson took your standard flip-flop and took it to stylish new heights. Choose from eight different colors in a platform angled wedge heel that elongates your leg without bringing discomfort. Plus, the grippy tread helps keep you stable and secure.

What reviewers say: “I wear a size 8.5 and the 8.5 fit perfectly! I broke my ankle a few years ago and I’m super afraid of wearing anything with a wedge or heel because I’m afraid of losing my balance. These have a nice grip on the sole and fit so well that they feel secure and amazing!! I am THRILLED with my purchase of the gold Jessica Simpson wedge flip flops. They’re so diva!” -Jessica Simpson customer

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Dr. Scholl’s Scout High Sandals

Comfortable Wedge Sandals for Standing All Day

  • Leather sole
  • Heel measures approximately 2.5 inches

These Dr. Scholl’s chunky wedges are the perfect cross between sporty and chic. Available in a handful of wear-with-everything hues, they feature thick leather straps, a sneaker-like rubber outsole and chic embossing at the heel. And thanks to their cushy footbed and vulcanized midsole, they should be wearable for hours. “I get compliments every time I have these on; not to mention they’re more comfortable than tennis shoes,” one reviewer said.

Dr. Scholl's Scout High Sandals
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon


Toms Monica Rope Sole Wedge Slides

  • Suede, textile or combination uppers in fun colors and prints
  • OrthoLite X40 high-rebound cushioned insole for all-day comfort
  • Rope wrapped wedge with blanket stitch detail
  • Rubber outsole with high traction design
  • Heel height approximately 3 1/2 inches

Toms has developed a cult-like following for its supportive shoe styles, and the brand’s popular Monica mule doesn’t disappoint. It’s on the loftier side standing at 3.5 inches tall, but its high traction outsole and added cushioning make it a wearable option for every occasion. Don’t sleep on these; there are dozens of five-star reviews that rave about how comfortable they are.

What reviewers say: “These shoes are so comfortable I get blisters for any shoe. They give you support they are not too high heels matches with any clothes .They have a cushion inside. I am very picky on shoes but these are beyond. Very well recommended!” -NG

Toms Monica Rope Sole Wedge Slide
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon


Ugg Yarrow Sandals

Most Comfortable Wedge Sandals for Arch Support

  • Heel measures approximately 2.5″
  • Canvas, Suede upper
  • Functional zipper and ankle strap
  • Synthetic sockliner + Imprint by UGG footbed
  • Durable rubber outsole
  • 2.5″ heel height

Ugg makes the ultimate cozy winter boots, so it only makes sense that its warm-weather shoes would be just as good. The brand’s Yarrow sandals are plenty stylish, but Dr. Javed also likes them for their ample arch support. One reviewer mentioned that she was looking for “low-heeled, comfy sandals for a wedding, and these were surprisingly very comfortable and really cute in person.” Tie the ankle straps in a bow at the front for a girly touch or wrap them in the back for a more minimal look.

What reviewers say:These are so comfy I have no words to describe their greatness. It was like walking in your favorite pair of flats, but your legs look good. The design is so cute I received compliments throughout the wedding I attended. If you want to look fantastic and be comfortable, buy these, but buy them a full size down because they run big.” 

Ugg Yarrow Sandal
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon


Birkenstock Papillio by Birkenstock Namica Wedge Slide Sandals

Most Comfortable Wedges for Wide Feet

  • Suede upper
  • Round peep toe
  • Leather lining
  • Anatomical contoured footbed
  • 2¼” cork wedge heel
  • EVA sole

Birkenstock has long been a favorite comfy shoe brand. Notably, these slides feature the label’s iconic cork and latex footbed, plus a single piece of rich leather that wraps across the top of the foot. One reviewer wore these nonstop on their Caribbean vacation, saying, “I have wide feet, and these shoes fit the bill for something a little more dressy.”

What reviewers say: “I bought these for a vacation to have something a little more than just sandals. They are so comfortable, so sturdy, no blisters and I walked A LOT.” -Birkenstock customer

Birkenstock Papillio by Birkenstock Namica Wedge Slide Sandal
CREDIT: Courtesy of Nordstrom


Seychelles Skipper Ankle Strap Sandals

  • 1 1/4″ heel (size 8.5)
  • Leather upper and lining/synthetic sole

Seychelles‘ strappy mini heels are great everyday shoes. If you’re new to heels, the concealed wedge is just 1.25 inches tall. The shoes are crafted from smooth leather and come in neutral shades of black, peach and cognac. The braided strap gives the look textural appeal, while a thick, cushy sole makes for soft landings with every step.

Seychelles Skipper Ankle Strap Sandal
CREDIT: Courtesy of Nordstrom


Journee Collection Women’s Aretha Wedges

  • Faux Leather
  • Synthetic sole
  • Platform measures approximately 0.5
  • Upper Material: Faux Leather
  • Heel Height/Type: 2 3/4-in wedge
  • Shoe Width: Medium

These breezy sandals from Journee Collection feature perforated uppers for ultimate breathability and a traction sole that makes them safe for walking. They also have a zipper closure at the heel, which not only allows for easy on-off access but also dresses up the look, so you can wear these for a night out on the town, too. Grab them in four neutral shades to complete any outfit.

What reviewers say: “Loved these shoes from the second I put them on. They are so comfortable and stylish, the wedge on them is the perfect height to wear them all day!”

Journee Collection Women's Aretha Wedge
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon


Naturalizer Theron Wedge Sandals

  • ​Synthetic upper
  • Hook & loop strap closure
  • Round open toe
  • Foam lining
  • 0.75″ platform, 2.25″ wedge heel
  • Slip-resistant synthetic sole

Go for a monochromatic outfit with these light gray sandals from Naturalizer. They also come in black leather and a light brown. A contoured footbed, non-slip outsole and snug elastic straps makes these ideal walking shoes.

Naturalizer Theron Wedge Sandal
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Crocs Leigh II Wedge Sandals

Best Wedges for Plantar Fasciitis

You can never have too many Crocs shoes in your wardrobe. These nearly three-inch platforms are versatile, elegant and lightweight thanks to the label’s patented Croslite foam material. ”I’ve worn them a few times, and they haven’t caused me any issues yet with foot pain,” one reviewer said. “I have plantar fasciitis, so that’s a huge thing for me.”

  • 100% Synthetic
  • Imported
  • Ethylene Vinyl Acetate sole
  • Heel measures approximately 2.64″

What reviewers say: “These are great! I’m always a bit worried buying shoes online, but these fit perfect! The shoe is made out of the basic Croc’s material where your foot sits, a sturdier material for support on the bottom, and fabric straps over the feet. I’ve worn them a few times, and they haven’t caused me any issues yet with foot pain! I have plantar fasciitis, so that’s a huge thing for me. They’ve been super comfortable every time I’ve worn them.”

Crocs Leigh II Wedge Sandal


Journee Collection Comfort Foam Shanni Wedges

  • Synthetic sole
  • Upper Material: Canvas
  • Heel Height/Type: 3-in wedge
  • Shoe Width: Medium
  • Footbed: 4 mm

If you’re looking to add a girly punch of pink to your look, these fuchsia sandals from Journee Collection will do the trick. The crisscross straps feature frayed details for an effortlessly cool look. The espadrille design includes a padded footbed and standard three-inch heel, making it a good everyday shoe.

What reviewers say: “They are a great color and heel size. I find the fit very comfortable and they are true to size.”

Journee Collection Comfort Foam Shanni Wedge
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon


Impo Ohanna Ankle Wrap Wedge Sandals

Best for Vacation

  • Fabric upper
  • Ankle tie closure
  • Round open toe
  • Synthetic lining
  • Memory foam footbed
  • 3.5″ cork wedge heel
  • Synthetic sole

These fun tropical print wedge sandals from Impo are a vacation must-have. They feature an ankle wrap design that helps keep the foot stable with each step. The comfortable foam footbed and non-skid outsole make them easy to wear all day, from sightseeing to chilling by the hotel pool.

Impo Ohanna Ankle Wrap Wedge Sandal
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon


Journee Collection Ronnie Wedge Sandals

  • Vegan Leather
  • Heel Height/Type: 3-inch wedge 
  • Shoe Width: Medium 

Aside from the fact that these leopard shoes are super comfortable — complete with a cushiony footbed and grippy rubber outsole — they’re also quite versatile. Journee Collection’s Ronnie wedge sandals feature sophisticated crisscross straps with an elastic slingback design that’s easy to slip on and off. Pair them with a silk skirt for date night or skinny jeans on the weekends.

Journee Collection Ronnie Wedge Sandal


FitFlop Eloise Back-Strap Espadrille Wedge Sandals

  • Leather upper & lining
  • High wedge sole featuring Microwobbleboard cushioning inside a firmer shell for stability
  • Slip-resistant rubber outsole

Elevate your everyday look with these strappy leather FitFlop wedges. They’re made with the brand’s signature Microwobbleboard comfort technology, featuring three levels of targeted cushioning. The medium support at the toe helps you push off with ease, while a soft insole offers some plushness and firm cushioning at the heel reduces impact. These shoes do run a little large and wide, so make sure to size down.

FitFlop Eloise Back-Strap Espadrille Wedge Sandal
CREDIT: Courtesy of Amazon

What to Look for in Comfortable Wedge Sandals for Women

As when looking for the most comfortable sneakers or comfortable flats, you should begin by assessing your foot type to find the most comfortable wedge sandals, Dr. Javed says. If you have any of the below foot conditions, shop accordingly.

Wide feet: “Look for soft upper materials, like canvas, that can stretch to accommodate the shape of the foot,” she says. “Most wedges are narrow, so make sure to buy a half size up.”

Sandals for Flat Feet: “Those with flat feet or fallen arches should buy shoes with a heel that’s at least one-inch tall but no more than three inches tall for optimal midfoot support,” Dr. Javed advises. She also notes that you can specifically look for wedges with built-in arch support.

Sandals for Bunions: “Go for wedges with no more than two inches of heel elevation,” she says, adding that styles with soft, stretchable leather uppers are best to prevent further aggravating the bony protrusions.

Sandals for Plantar Fasciitis: For people with plantar fasciitis, the heel height rule is opposite. “Opt for at least two inches of heel elevation to help reduce the pull of the Achilles, which is connected to the plantar fascial band,” Dr. Javed explains.

Neuromas: “If you have a pinched nerve, make sure to buy a platform wedge to help reduce pressure in the toe box,” she says.

In addition to recommending silhouettes made with stretchy canvas and leather uppers, she also prefers options with outsoles made of cork, a material that’s naturally shock-resistant and cushiony. “Styles with canvas or soft leather uppers and jute outsoles are the most comfortable options,” she says.

Wedge Sandal Outfit Ideas 

The good news about all of this, is that you can find a pair of comfortable wedges sandals that go with just about anything in your closet. The key to styling them is to pair them with the overall vibe of your summer outfit. You’ll see a variety of styles from platforms and flatforms, to chunky slides and strappy wedges that look like heels. The fancier ones can be worn with dresses, jeans or trousers while the more casual and sporty ones are great with joggers, shorts and even leggings. As for tops, the same rules apply.  We even show off a flip-flop wedge and a version of the iconic Steve Madden Slinkys because the 90s’ are back! Wedges offer a world of height matched with comfort, no matter where you take your outfit.

Meet the Author

Vanessa Powell is an established editor and stylist with a decade of experience covering lifestyle and wellness trends for publications like PeopleStyle, Well+Good, Health, and Shape magazine. When she’s not testing out cute wedge sandals, you’ll find her in her go-to white sneakers.

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