With every change of season also comes an undeniable urge to give your closet a bit of a refresh. If you’re in the market for stylish new shoes this fall, it’s important not to overlook comfort because—let’s face it—there’s nothing worse than a pair that looks great but wreaks havoc on your feet. Below, the most important qualities to look for when searching for shoes that deliver both comfort and style points.
1. Shock Absorbance
You may think of sneakers when you hear the term “shock absorbent,” but stylish, non-athletic shoes with insoles that reduce the stress of walking do exist, like these flats from Taryn Rose.
2. Elastic Backs
If you’re shopping for a new pair of pumps or ballet flats, try ones with an elasticized back. This added feature allows shoes to stretch and mold to the shape of your feet.
3. Built-In Inserts
The bottoms of our feet take a ton of abuse, so it’s important to cut them some slack when we can. You can always buy supportive inserts for your shoes, but shoes that have them built into the design, like these Taryn Rose slides, will save you both time and money.
4. Block Heels
You can never go wrong with a thick block-shaped heel structure. The additional surface area provides more stability and comfort than thinner heels.
5. Roomy, Rounded Toes
When it comes to comfort, shoes with a rounded toe, like these Taryn Rose pumps, are guaranteed to give your toes more wiggle room and prevent cramping.
6. Platform Soles
A pair of high heels with a platform sole will help balance out the height difference between your foot and your heel, which takes some pressure off the ball of your foot. Bonus: A shoe with a padded platform also works as a shock absorber— a win-win all around.
If you’re planning to add a pair of tall boots to your cart this season, make sure the material features some stretch so they’re not too tight on your calves, like this pair from Taryn Rose. Too-tight boots can pinch, cause blisters and can negatively impact circulation. (Not so chic!)
8. Adjustable Ankle Straps
Avoid pesky ankle straps that cut into your skin and cause pain by ensuring that, when you make a strappy shoe purchase, there’s an adjustable ankle strap to perfectly fit the size of your ankles.