When it comes to walking and staying active, nothing can ruin the experience as much as a painful pair of shoes. Imagine you’re spending a weekend on the beach or on a mountain trail, and your feet have been hurting for a long time. Not a fun getaway, right?
This is the reason why there are footwear brands that focus entirely on developing and manufacturing shoes that go above average when it comes to what most people will consider “comfortable.” These brands offer footwear that has a footbed with superior alignment, cushioning, and arch support – usually with designs recommended by podiatrists. Other companies are focused on creating the comfiest footwear for outdoor activities like running or hiking. Meanwhile, some brands offer the best of both worlds: style and comfort. They offer footwear for urban explorers who are keen on design, yet want their feet to feel light and easy during the entire day.
So whatever your needs are, here are some brands you can count on to provide you that special, therapeutic footwear you are looking for:
Dansko is a Pennsylvania-based comfort footwear company, and most of their products have been awarded the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association. This seal is granted to products that are found to promote good foot health. This company is most known for its clogs as it was their specialty product when they have started. In the 1990s, the founders started the company for the pursuit of the perfect barn shoe. Nowadays, they also make boots, sandals, dress, and casual shoes that are all stylish and extremely comfortable.
- Dansko Women’s Liliana Wedge
- Dansko Women’s Brandi T
- Dansko Men’s Wynn Slip-On Clog
- Dansko Men’s Vaughn Fashion Sneaker
Out of all the footwear brands in this list, Birkenstock is the oldest one. Their history dates back to the late 1700s! Their past and longevity in this industry are impressive, but it’s the contoured footbed they invented in the 1930s is what made the brand a global phenomenon. Birkenstocks have been in and out of fashion, but they have made a big resurgence in their popularity in the past few years. Their famous footbed has been part of every pair of Birkenstocks, which are supportive and actually molds to the shape of the feet over time. After a few months of wear, your footwear will feel like it’s custom-made for the shape of your feet. The footbed is made of jute fibers that absorb moisture, a resilient cork layer for extra support, and a soft suede upper layer to keep your feet comfy and dry all day.
- Birkenstock Women’s Granada BirkiBuc Sanda
- Birkenstock Collins Women’s Boot
- Birkenstock Essentials Unisex Arizona EVA Sandal
- Birkenstock Men’s Milano
Crocs are one of the most polarizing fashion brands out there in the market. People either love it for its comfortable and lightweight shoes, or they hate it because they think that the classic clogs are pretty much an eyesore. But thankfully, Crocs are not just about clogs. They offer sandals, flip flops, and shoes that are soft, lightweight, comfortable, and stylish. Yes, some of their shoes are downright sleek while maintaining a comfortable fit that can be worn all day.
- Crocs Women’s Busy Day Strappy Wedge
- Crocs Women’s Sanrah Diamante Wedge Flip
- Crocs Men’s Santa Cruz Loafer
- Crocs Men’s LiteRide Pacer Lace Up Sneaker
Oofos is known for its patented sandals, slides, and clogs. Their products are made of the company’s revolutionary OOfoam, which is made to absorb 37% more impact than the traditional footwear foam materials. It aims to reduce the stress on feet and joints by providing tremendous arch support. The design of their every sandal and shoes allows it to flex with both the foot and the ground, which encourages a greater sense of natural motion. Plus, their flip flops and sandals are moisture-resistant, making them shower-ready. It’s recommended for those who are recovering from injuries at the feet.
- OOFOS Unisex OOCloog
- OOFOS Unisex OOriginal Sport
- OOFOS Women’s OOmg Shoe
- OOFOS OOmg Men’s Fibre Low Shoe
If you’re serious about foot health and foot support, Vionic is a good brand to consider. Their shoes are designed by Australian podiatrist Philip Vasyli and are constantly improved by a panel of podiatrists and fitness experts. Their flats, sandals, and slippers all have a footbed that promotes healthy foot alignment from the ground up. Vionic’s heels and boots also have advanced arch support and increased cushioning for the balls of the feet. Their firm yet flexible insoles deliver all-day comfort.
- Vionic Women’s Karina
- Vionic Women’s Splendid Midi Perf Slip-on
- Vionic Men’s Bryant
- Vionic Men’s Tide Toe-Post Sandal
Telic prides itself for its exclusive Novalon material, which supports the arches of the feet through their anatomically correct footbed and custom deep heel cup. This material also minimizes pressure and maintains shock-absorbing properties much longer. It’s tested to rebound better and give your feet a comforting hug. Their sandals can adapt and mold to any foot type, making their products unique. Do to their footwear’s forms and orthopedic functionality, Telic’s sandals are recommended for alleviating foot ailments like bunions, joint pains, and plantar fasciitis.
- Telic Energy Flip Flop
- Telic Women’s Mallory Sandal
- Telic Unisex Recharge Slide
- Telic Unisex Shoe Mule Clog + Bundle
Merell is a brand popular for hikers, campers, and outdoor enthusiasts. For the past 30 years, the brand has focused on that audience, keeping their products on top-of-the-line quality. Their shoes are designed to provide maximum all-day comfort and support, as well as durability to make it ready for any type of terrain. Their sneakers typically feature a textile upper, a grippy outsole, and an air-cushioned heel that adds stability and absorbs shock. Their breathable mesh lining and contoured insoles guarantee the comfort that will last for a long time.
- Merrell Women’s Jungle Moc Slip On
- Merrell Women’s Siren Edge Hiker
- Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe
- Merrell Men’s Jungle Moc Slip-On Shoe
Popular for their strappy outdoor sandals, Keen focuses on providing all-day support for the active traveler’s feet. Their products offer additional protection for the toes and plenty of traction since their target market are hikers and outdoor enthusiasts of both sexes and all ages. Their shoes have footbeds that can cradle your foot. In their founding year in 2003, the Portland-based company launched their strappy “Newport” sandals, and they have been known for it ever since.
- KEEN Men’s Uneek o2-m Sandal
- KEEN Men’s UNEEK Sandal
- KEEN Women’s Rose Sandal
- KEEN Women’s Presidio II-W Hiking Shoe
We all know a pair of Uggs boots are so comfy and warm – perfect for the autumn and winter season. But the brand is more than their shearling-lined boots. Founded in California by an Australian Surfer, Uggs is popular for their signature luxurious comfort, both for the home in your slippers, as well as in your daytime shoes for your casual outings.
- UGG Women’s W Solana Loafer Sneaker
- UGG Women’s Bailey Button II Winter Boot
- UGG Men’s Pismo Sneaker Slip-On Sneaker
- UGG Men’s Ascot Slipper
Launched in 2008, Alegria has become a leading maker of therapeutic footwear, as they are famous for their comfortable work shoes. Each pair of Alegria shoes are made from genuine leather and suede with their signature Perfect Fit Footbed System and rocker outsoles. It features arch support, thanks to the blend of latex, memory foam, and cork to create a comfy fit that forms in the natural contours of the feet. Plus, the shoes are hand-stitched to give you a unique style. Their professional collection is enjoyed by nurses, doctors, chefs, hairstylists – professionals who are on their feet most of the time – because their footwear can impress with style and comfort. It’s also stain and slip-resistant.
- Alegria Women’s Petal
- Alegria Women’s Classic Clog
- Alegria Men’s Chairman Clogs and Mules Shoes
- Alegria Men’s Schuster Cognac Pull Up 42 European
Chaco is an American footwear brand well-known for its product line of classic, adjustable Z-strap sandals for outdoor and water use. Since then, it’s the footwear of choice for outdoor enthusiasts seeking to find a comfortable yet durable and supportive sneaker for their adventure. Each Chaco shoe has a proprietary “Luvseat” footbed that is designed to provide comfort all day, contoured to cradle the foot to make a better alignment and a more efficient stride. The brand provides a variety of outdoor-influenced sandals, flip-flops, shoes, boots, and accessories.
- Chaco Women’s J106764 Hiking Shoe
- Chaco Women’s ZX2 Classic Athletic Sandal
- Chaco Men’s Zcloud Sport Sandal
- Chaco Men’s Teton Hiking Boot
Ecco is a well-known Danish shoe company that provides innovative comfort footwear for men, women, and kids. They pride themselves on their Scandinavian approach to shoemaking, which ensures that their designs are following the function of the foot, keeping it lightweight, sturdy, and flexible. Their leather shoes are crafted from the company’s own tanneries, making sure that their footwear undergoes exceptional quality control. The company began with producing only footwear, but is now expanded into leather production as well as accessories and bags.