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Hi…Any suggestions for cute but comfy shoes? I’m a first-year teacher and will be teaching kindergarten (starting next month – I’m terrified). My shoe collection consists pretty much of flip flops and high-heeled church shoes. I experimented with all kinds of styles and shoes during student teaching and never found a style that was comfortable throughout an entire day of on-my-feet teaching. Help!
First of all, congratulations on the teaching job! I never taught kindergarten, but Shey of A Skirt a Day always makes it look easy! I know exactly what you mean about cute and comfortable shoes. I’ve gone through many pairs of shoes during my five years of teaching, and it’s been a painful process. I have virtually no arch, and flat shoes tend to hurt my feet more than heels! Last school year I wore my J. Crew Factory flats faithfully throughout the work week (read more here). I’ve been really shocked at how comfortable they’ve been and how long they’ve lasted. While the Emery flats have worked well for me, you definitely need some other suggestions on how to find the perfect pair of flats.
Read on for a few tips and plenty of flat shoes!
List of Comfort Brands
These brands are known for selling comfortable shoes.
Fashionable and Comfortable Flats
I own a pair of Miz Mooz heels and a pair of Miz Mooz boots; both pair of shoes are comfortable. I’ve had the boots since 2009, and I picked up the heels at a thrift store last year. I have my eyes on the Bindi flats; they are rated five out of five stars on Zappos, and are available in nine colors! They are on sale at Nordstrom, but the Nordstrom site doesn’t have all of the colors available for purchase.
I was on the hunt for another pair of black flats last year, and someone suggested I go to Payless and buy a pair of their Dexflex flats. I’ll be honest with you. I should have accepted the suggestion, but instead I went to Nordstrom and splurged on a pair of Stuart Weitzman “comfort flats”. Those shoes were painful, so they went back to Nordstrom. On the way home I stopped at Payless and bought the Dexflex flats for, wait for it, $9. The Claire scrunch flats put Stuart Weitzman and his $250 pair of flats to shame. The reviews on the Payless site speak volumes. There are over 300 reviews, and 298 of those reviews are five stars. I’m going to buy two more pairs this year!
Unlike the flats mentioned above, I do not own these shoes. However, I’ve heard pretty good things about Dr. Scholl’s shoes. These shoes come in several colors and are available on Amazon, Zappos, DSW, and Macy’s.
I’m a sucker a for cap-toe flats, so of course these Fairlegh flats immediately caught my eye. I’ve had so-so luck with Sam Edelman shoes. I’ve gone down half a size in his platform heels, up a full size in flats, and wore my regular size in sandals. Amazon reviews suggest going up half a size for this chic pair of flats; I think they’ll look great with denim, skirts, and dresses and you can easily transition these into fall with a pair of opaque tights.
While this post focuses more on flat shoes, I’ve selected highly rated wedge heels, oxfords, and sandals using some of the comfort brands I listed above. If you have more questions or suggestions, leave a comment!