Dress shoes for walking
June 23, 2016 8:16 PM   Subscribe

Dresses and walking, together

For someone who loves dresses and loves to walk, a lot, what dress shoes can you recommend? Shoes that can be taken for travel to explore cities in and are comfortable, look a bit sexy (or as dressy as possible) but can walk miles.
posted by metajim to Shopping (9 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Naturalizer! I love mine and they definitely have some cute/sexy/dressy shoes, like this pair or these or these.
posted by capricorn at 8:26 PM on June 23, 2016

Clarks! I have a couple pairs with low heels that I have walked miles in.
posted by padraigin at 8:31 PM on June 23, 2016 [2 favorites]

Yes I also love Clarks!
posted by capricorn at 8:45 PM on June 23, 2016

I have two recommended brands: M&S Insolia - their heeled office shoes not so much (though you can walk in them for a long time if you have to), but their cork platform sandals for example? Ideal. I have a red pair and a blue pair of those. Also some flat ones in silver but flats are not ideal for long periods of walking.

My other one is Clarks Softwear, though only for sandals. Their shoes are very hard and inflexible and thus, very painful especially at the toe joint. The sandals are a different story. You can walk for hours in them and not feel a thing. I like them so much I have them in purple, pink and orange, and gold and beige.
posted by tel3path at 8:46 PM on June 23, 2016

Finn Comforts. I wore mine to my last professional conference, including walking from our hotel to the conference hotel and back (1.5 miles each way) and miles in the conference hotel and to dinner and such and lots of standing in between.

They are painfully expensive; I got lucky on a half off sample sale.
posted by joycehealy at 8:50 PM on June 23, 2016 [2 favorites]

Aetrex or Aravons. Might want to check out this blog by a podiatrist. Excellent, cute recommendations.
posted by onecircleaday at 9:21 PM on June 23, 2016 [4 favorites]

Nthing Aravons which have a good range of widths and work well with orthotics.
posted by childofTethys at 9:29 PM on June 23, 2016

I've had success walking miles/standing all day in the rubber sole strappy wedges from Fly London. Also I have royal blue rubber sole suede sandal from Arche. All of the shoes are very cute for summer and are fine for walking a mile+.

My winter selection is less comfortable. I had beautiful red t-strap heels from Biviel that they no longer make, these were my favourite shoes ever. I have a low heel from Fluevog as well that works. However I did get dreadful blisters in the Fluevogs on long (5 km) walks. My boots are all quite heavy and need replacing. I'll watch this thread for suggestions.
posted by crazycanuck at 7:22 AM on June 24, 2016

YMMV, but almost every pair of Miz Mooz pumps and maryjanes I've ever owned are totally walkable and completely adorable.

I also wear Geox flats every day. Good to walk to work, good to wear to work, good to walk home.
posted by janey47 at 10:21 AM on June 24, 2016

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