Are there any casual women's shoes that could replace sneakers for general everyday wear? Or should I just stick with sneakers if comfort is my main goal and style is secondary?
Okay, so I've read the many threads on comfortable work shoes for women, but I'm looking for something slightly different. I'm a mid-twenties female grad student and I've been gradually trying to "age up" my wardrobe so that I'm no longer mistaken for an undergrad. My sneakers are due for their annual replacement, and I'm realizing that Kangaroos (which are what I buy every year), while certainly adorable, are maybe not doing me any favors in the maturity department. I'd love to replace them with a pair of comfortable, supportive, stylish non-sneakers, but I'm concerned that sneakers might be the only shoes that could be comfortable for long periods of walking.
I'm not looking for work shoes; I have plenty of pairs of nice shoes that I can wear to "work" when I dress up, and they don't have to be particularly comfortable because my "job" consists mostly of sitting around. I'm looking for something to wear with jeans and walk around in all day (something I could walk, say, 5 miles in). My primary concern is comfort, so if the answer is that sneakers really are the most comfortable option, then I'll just buy another pair of 'Roos.
So I guess my question is twofold: one, is there a reason why I shouldn't
replace my sneakers with quality non-sneaker shoes? Two, if not, does anyone have experience with particular brands or styles? Difficulty level: I have small (6 - 6.5) but somewhat wide feet, and I wear half-length orthotics because I have low arches.
Aesthetic specifications: I don't want something clunky (e.g. Dansko and Born). I'm very petite and clunky shoes will make me look like either a teenager or a huge dork. I love the way the Keen Sienna Mary Jane
looks -- not too sporty but also not too dressy, I like the suede, and the strap looks like it would keep the shoe on your foot well. This Palladium ballet flat
is also the kind of style that appeals to me.
Under $100 is an absolute necessity, and under $75 is very preferable, although I realize that you get what you pay for. I am not averse to buying weird colors on clearance.