Updated List! Top 20 Comfortable Women's Dress Shoes - Podiatry Recommended (2022)

Updated List!

Top 20 Comfort Women's Dress Shoes

Any shoes on my list meet three of the four criteria that a shoe must have to be comfortable: a thick rigid and supportive sole, a wide toebox and rearfoot control. The fourth criteria is arch support and although many of these shoes do have decent arch support, I am less stringent on this criteria because you can get custom molded dress orthotics from your Podiatrist that fit into most dress shoes.

My list is not in any order but I would like to reiterate that what shoe feels comfortable on you is very specific to the biomechanical structure of your feet as well as any previous foot injuries that you have experienced. Anyone with forefoot issues (especially Hallux Limitus/Rigidus, which is limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint) should steer away from the heels. I do include a number of higher heels on this list because many women can wear them comfortably and I've tried to choose high heel shoes that are significantly more protective of the feet, which will slow the progression of foot deformities and allow for more comfort - as opposed to wearing a less supportive and poorly constructed high heel.



I love the look of this shoe! Naot shoes tend to be amazingly comfortable as they have padded heel cups and an anatomical cork and latex footbed that conforms to your foot. The Naot Pleasure is a great shoe for anyone who wears a narrow to medium fit. A hidden metal shank in the sole gives the shoe more stability and less motion, which leads to more comfort, less mechanical strain, less chance of injury and 'wear and tear' on joints. This shoe is not recommended for anyone with severe Hallux Limitus/Rigidus, which is limited range of motion of the first toe joint. If you have any severe forefoot issues this may not be the right shoe for you. It is a great shoe for anyone with heel pain and mild Achilles Tendonitis.


This is a similar shoe to the Naot Pleasure (above) and also has a hidden metal shank for more comfort and support as well as the anatomic cork and latex foot bed. This shoe also works well for anyone with a narrow to medium fit.


For anyone who can't tolerate heels, this is a fabulous flat dress shoe that offers support, comfort and style. It has a removable footbed so that you can replace it with your custom-molded orthotic if needed. For those of you that don't have custom-molded orthotics, the insert is high quality and molds to the foot. This is an excellent shoe for anyone with forefoot issues such as: Hallux Limitus/Rigidus (decreased or no motion of the 1st toe joint), Bunions, Hammertoes, Corns & Calluses, Morton's Neuroma, Osteoarthritis, Heel pain and metatarsalgia.


I love Tsubo! They make high quality, stylish shoes that offer all- day comfort. The thick, rigid sole offers wonderful protection for the foot joints and I particularly love the great midfoot and rearfoot control. Once again, if you have any severe forefoot issues that limit you on heel height this may not work for you.

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Several years ago, the Tsubo Acrea was one of my go-to shoes for all-day comfort at work. It has the thick, rigid sole that is crucial to foot comfort as well as midfoot and rearfoot control. Because the rearfoot strap on this shoe moves, I wasn't able to wear my custom-molded dress orthotics in this shoe but I found that I was comfortable with the arch support the shoe provided. Again, this is not a good shoe for anyone who can't tolerate high heels or who has severe forefoot issues such as Hallux Limitus/Rigidus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint).


Because this is a wedge, you get the height for fashion but not the high angle that causes increased pressure on the forefoot structures. The thick, rigid sole is excellent for protecting the foot and the forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot control is wide, soft and supportive.


Assuming that you don't have a severely deformed foot, I'd like to meet the woman who isn't comfortable in these shoes! The Alegria Paloma and Abbi have an amazingly comfortable and protective sole as well as a soft insert with excellent arch support. They come in a wide variety of colors and designs from conservative to quirky.

An extra-wide toebox is perfect for anyone who has painful bunions, hammertoes, corns & calluses, Morton's Neuroma, Metatarsalgia, Hallux Limitus/Rigidus, Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Joint Disease and many other forefoot issues. If you are recovering from a Lisfranc's fracture or sprain, this is a great shoe to ease into after you have healed and are returning to proper shoes. It's also excellent for anyone with heel pain as well as knee, hip and lower back issues.


Gentle Souls is a brand that recently caught my attention for their high quality shoes that offer women style and comfort. Although this shoe has a 3 inch heel height, the front platform is 3/4 inch resulting in a true heel height of 2-1/4 inches. I particularly like the wide soft toebox. Depending on how high your arch is, this shoe can also accommodate most custom-molded dress inserts.


Expensive but well worth the money! What sets this shoe apart is the stretch elastic upper that is perfect for any painful protuberances such as bunions, hammertoes, corns, bone spurs and tender toes. It has a rigid sole and excellent (but soft) forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot control.


This is a great shoe.

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It's almost the perfect shoe.

The only drawback to this shoe is the open back makes it less than ideal for walking outdoors in rainy or snowy climates. It has a thick, rigid sole with excellent arch support for more comfort and protection. The wide toebox is exceptional for anyone with Bunions, Hammertoes, Morton's Neuroma, Metatarsalgia, Hallux Limitus/Rigidus, Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Capsulitis, and Tailor's Bunions.

This Shoe is Recommended for Patients with:

*Hallux Limitus/Rigidus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint)


* Degenerative Joint Disease


*Tailor's Bunions


*Morton's Neuroma


*Plantar Fasciits (Heel Pain)



*Achilles Tendonitis

*Mild Over-Pronators

*Knee, Hip and Lower Back Pain

*Sinus Tarsi Syndrome

*Mechanical Strain


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The Wolky Dazzle is not as good as the Cloggy but it is a comfortable shoe for anyone who knows they can wear heels. Once again, I love the wide, soft toebox and the extra biomechanical control that the midfoot and rearfoot strap offers. The material is a soft suede upper with an adjustable strap for a better fit. The contoured footbed offers support and cushion while the wedge sole is made of shock absorbing materials.


Okay, not the prettiest shoe ever to grace planet earth but, guess what, the Wolky Blossom is ridiculously comfortable! This is the winter version of the Wolky Jewel, which is an excellent sandal that I recommend to many of my patients. Wolky shoes are expensive but I always remind my patients that shoes are an investment. They will pay off (many times over) in less foot, knee, hip and lower back pain.


I love the look of the Earthies Syriana! They have the thick, rigid and therefore protective sole. The criss-crossing midfoot and rearfoot strapping gives added biomechanical control of the foot and ankle. The forefoot area runs a bit narrower than I would like to see but otherwise, this is a comfortable and stylish shoe for anyone who knows they can wear heels.


This adorable vintage looking shoe is perfect for anyone who knows they can comfortably wear a heel. It offers excellent midfoot and rearfoot control and the sole is rigid for more comfort and stability. One of the many reasons I like the Earthies shoes is that they offer good arch support within the shoe but, this shoe in particular, may be able to accommodate a custom-molded dress orthotic from your Podiatrist. If you get molded for dress orthotics, I recommend you take your favorite dress shoes so that your Podiatrist can make the prescription that will perfectly fit that shoe.


The Earthies Bristol is another dress shoe with exceptional forefoot, midfoot and rearfoot control. The bow is removable and the interior offers good arch support. The wedge in the front offers more protection and comfort for the forefoot.


The Dansko Brand is not for everyone because it offers hard-core biomechanical control that is sometimes 'too much' for some patients. If you have any 'protuberances' or 'bumps' on your feet, you may have trouble finding a comfortable fit because the typical Dansko has very little give.

That being said, Dansko shoes are fabulous! All of them have thick, rigid soles that are super-protective of the foot. If you work on your feet all day, especially on concrete or retail flooring - this may be the perfect shoe for you. When it comes to Dansko, I highly recommend that you go to the store to try them on. You are either going to love them or hate them. If you love them, make sure you only get the ones that have rearfoot strapping.

Dansko shoes are notoriously heavy shoes so I do not recommend these for anyone who has muscular weakness, easily fatigued legs, drop foot, the elderly, or balance issues.


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Please see the review above for general information on Dansko shoes. The Dansko Nori is an exceptionally comfortable shoe for most people. This will not be a good choice for anyone with a high arch or an exostosis (i.e. bump or bone spur) on the top of their midfoot because this shoe will cause too much pressure on that area.


This is my current go-to shoe for work. The best Dansko ever and the one that got me through my residency and all those hours on my feet on unforgiving hospital floors! For more information on this shoe, please go to the search box in the upper right hand corner as I did a more in depth review on this shoe several months ago.


The Dansko Harlow is an excellent choice for someone who needs a lower heel than the Nori or the Reeny. It also is an excellent choice for someone who can't wear some of the other styles because of excessively high arches or bone spurring on the top of the midfoot area. The design of this shoe doesn't place any pressure on that area unlike some of the other Dansko styles.

This shoe is perfect for anyone who has metatarsalgia and mild Hallux Limitus (limited range of motion of the 1st toe joint).


My shoe list is never complete until I included a John Fluevog! I adore John Fluevog shoes. This is an example of a lower heeled Fluevog shoe that offers comfort and style. They are pricey but, if you've ever indulged in purchasing a pair, you'll see why they are worth the money. I love the wide toebox and I love the look of the heel. If you have ankle instability or suffer with severe over-pronation, this is not the shoe for you.

I hope this was helpful!

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Podiatrist shoes recommended
  • Brooks.
  • Asics.
  • New Balance.
  • Rockport.
  • Merrell.
  • Ascent.
  • Mizuno.

Which brand has most comfortable shoes? ›

Clarks. Since 1825, Clarks has put comfort first when designing sophisticated shoes for women, men, and kids. All of their shoes are built with Ortholite cushioning, which helps reduce foot strain and absorbs impact. They're also breathable and flexible, and use sustainable, recycled materials.

Which shoes are best for all dresses? ›

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  • M&S Collection. Leather Ankle Strap Block Heel Sandals. ...
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  • Adidas Ozweego. Pure Trainers. ...
  • Adidas. Astir Trainers. ...
  • Arket. Veja Venturi Trainers. ...
  • Free People. Vegan Going West Boot. ...
  • M&S Collection. Leather Platform Ankle Boots.
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Are New Balance shoes recommended by podiatrists? ›

I know I cannot speak for all podiatrists, but most of the ones I know love New Balance sneakers. I have personally been a big advocate for them for years. When looking for the best shoe to wear health wise, there are a few considerations.

What do podiatrists say about OOFOS? ›

The patented foot-bed also offers great support, which is why OOFOS are recommended by Health Professionals such as Podiatrists and Physiotherapists. The simplest way to describe OOFOS footwear is by saying that normally you have a very soft material with no support or a relatively hard material with support.

What shoes are better than Vionic? ›

Best Women's Shoe Brands for Foot Health
  • Allbirds. You can't go wrong with Allbirds. ...
  • Vionic. You have plenty of cute and comfy picks to choose from thanks to Vionic. ...
  • Birkenstock. ...
  • Brooks. ...
  • Skechers. ...
  • HOKA. ...
  • Chaco. ...
  • Dansko.
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Which is the best shoes in the world? ›

  1. Nike. Nike is an American multinational corporation that designs, develops, manufactures, and markets footwear, clothes, equipment, and accessories in the whole world. ...
  2. Reebok. ...
  3. Adidas. ...
  4. Puma. ...
  5. Bata. ...
  6. New Balance. ...
  7. Sketchers. ...
  8. Woodland.

What brand of shoes has the best arch support? ›

8 Trusted Plantar Fasciitis Shoe Brands
  1. Sovella. Sovella sandals are known for their recovery abilities. ...
  2. Aetrex. Aetrex shoes are great to help reduce the pain caused by plantar fasciitis; an excellent Aetrex sandal is the Lori. ...
  3. Dansko. ...
  4. OluKai. ...
  5. New Balance. ...
  6. HOKA. ...
  7. Brooks. ...
  8. ECCO.

What are the best boots to wear with dresses? ›

Ankle boots go well with dresses, when the right styles are paired together. For more elegant dresses wear sleek heeled ankle boots that fit to the calf and for casual dresses wear flat and comfortable ankle boots. In summer choose brown ankle boots over black to match lighter dresses, and vice versa in the winter.

Can I wear dress shoes with jeans? ›

While all jeans are casual, there are some kinds that are dressier than others. Opt for the dressier variety. Distressed jeans, jeans with holes, and jeans with a lighter wash are all ultra-casual and will NEVER go well with dress shoes. Instead, opt for denim that fits well in the waist and the hips.

What brand of shoes do podiatrists recommend for plantar fasciitis? ›

If you're looking for a great walking shoe to accommodate your plantar fasciitis, Hoka shoes are a popular pick. Any Hoka shoe provides great cushioned support for walking, which is ideal for plantar fasciitis, according to Susek.

Do podiatrists recommend Hoka shoes? ›

Do podiatrists recommend Hoka shoes for walking? Many podiatrists recommend Hoka shoes for walking, and, the American Podiatric Medical Association has even given some of the brand's styles its Seal of Acceptance. This means the shoes have been found to be beneficial to foot health.

What is the best orthotic shoe? ›

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ProductForbes Health RatingsCustomer rating
Spenco Yumi Orthotic Flip Flops5.05
Vionic Tide II Toe Post Sandal5.04.5
Sketchers GOwalk Joy5.04.6
L.L. Bean Comfort Mocs3.54.3
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Are OOFOS podiatrist approved? ›

Global Leader In Recovery Footwear, OOFOS, Accepts The American Podiatric Medical Association Seal Of Acceptance Across All Products.

Are OOFOS podiatrist recommended? ›

The technology behind OOFOS footwear is the unique OOfoam, which absorbs 37% more shock than any other material found in footwear. The patented foot-bed also offers great support, which is why OOFOS are recommended by Health Professionals such as Podiatrists and Physiotherapists.

Are OOFOS bad for your feet? ›

Most medical professionals do not recommend wearing flip-flops for this reason — they're not healthy for your feet. We designed OOFOS to provide impact absorption and arch support typical flip-flops lack, so feet get a chance to recover in between workouts.

What brand is comparable to Vionic? ›

Vionic's top competitors include Kenner, Texon, LORENZ Shoe Group and Desa. Vionic designs and manufactures footwear. Kenner is a footwear manufacturing company.

Do podiatrists recommend Vionic shoes? ›

Why podiatrists recommend Vionic footwear is because they have been designed by podiatrists. Vionics have been ergonomically designed to incorporate functional and supportive orthotic insoles without compromising on comfort. They are a prescriptive shoe with no need for a prescription with bags of style.

What kind of shoes do orthopedic doctors recommend? ›

Shoe Recommendations
Walking, Running
AsicsNovablast, Kayano, GT-2000, Nimbus (plantar fasciitis)
MenAetrex, Allem Edmonds, Cambrian, Clarks, Cole-Haan, Cambrian, Dansko. Rockport, Ecco. Kumfs
Cross Trainers
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Who makes high quality shoes? ›

Top International Shoe Manufacturers and Companies
CompanyNo. of Employees
1.Adidas AG56,888
4.Burberry Group plc10,000
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Which brand is famous for shoes? ›

1. Nike. As one of the world's largest shoe shoe brands, Nike has always been at the leading edge of innovation, technology development, and cutting-edge marketing campaigns that help it surpass other brands in terms of popularity and sales.

What is the most popular name brand shoes? ›

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  • 1 Hanes72%
  • 2 Levi's71%
  • 3 Fruit of the Loom71%
  • 4 Skechers65%
  • 5 Wrangler64%
  • 6 Under Armour63%
  • 7 New Balance63%
  • 8 Adidas63%

What is the most popular shoe brand 2021? ›

Nike dominated the list of the top selling sneakers for 2021.

What is the most popular shoe brand in the world 2022? ›

Adidas. Adidas AG or Adidas, a German manufacturer of sports shoes and athletic apparel, is undoubtedly the best shoe brand globally that will remain popular even in 2022.

What athletic shoes do podiatrists recommend? ›

Best Sneakers for Foot Pain
  • ASICS Women's Gel-Kayano 28 Running Shoe — $160.00. ...
  • New Balance Women's Fresh Foam More V3 — $165.00. ...
  • Saucony Triumph 19 — $150.00. ...
  • HOKA ONE Bondi 7/SR — $170.00. ...
  • Brooks Levitate GTS — $150.00. ...
  • New Balance Made in USA 990v5 — $185.00. ...
  • ON Cloudstratus — $170.00.
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What brand of shoes do podiatrists recommend for plantar fasciitis? ›

If you're looking for a great walking shoe to accommodate your plantar fasciitis, Hoka shoes are a popular pick. Any Hoka shoe provides great cushioned support for walking, which is ideal for plantar fasciitis, according to Susek.

What shoes are good for foot problems? ›

New Balance shoes are often cited as great for people suffering from foot pain. The Fresh Foam 1080V9 Running Shoes for men and women are stylish and comfortable with their mesh uppers. They have a wide toe box that helps to stabilize your feet and their ample cushioning helps with shock absorption.

What do podiatrists look for in shoes? ›

You want the shoe to flex and roll the way your foot does naturally, to bend where your toes bend. To check, place a hand at either end of the shoe and try to bend it in half. The shoe should only flex where the toes naturally bend, about two-thirds from the back, not in the middle of the shoe.


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