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Comfortable Work Shoes

Dear Sugar
I work for a very conservative firm that requires me to wear a business suit and closed-toed shoes to work every day. Because I walk around the city to meet with our clients, by the end of the day, my feet end up burning hot and are covered in calluses and blisters.

I'm getting worried that I'm permanently damaging my feet. I don't want to resort to wearing sneakers with a nice suit but I'm only 26 and don't want to wear orthopedic shoes that my grandmother would wear either. Are there any companies out there that make cute, comfortable work shoes? Sad Sole

Dear Sad Sole
Give Unisa a chance. OK, they aren't Manolo's but they're totally cooler than you remember them being and they are WAY comfortable.


Or, there's always the trusty (however not as hip)
Aerosoles. If you are looking for something slightly more high end, I can't push Taryn Rose's collection enough. They are more pricey, but they last and the designer was a former orthopedist. I recommended her shoes in a post about Ideal Travel Footwear.

It's a good thing that flats are back in. And shoe makers now are catching on to how painful this past pointy toe, stiletto skinny heel phase was and are making shoes with more rubbery soles.

If you are looking to make a little bit more of a high end shoe, these Prada's fit the bill. They are rubber soled, professional and have just enough of a heel to make your legs look slim. They retail for $241.

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Padraigin Padraigin 10 years
Taryn Rose's shows are amazing. They feel good and can be worn all day long. I think that I have a few pairs of Steve Maddens and about 10 pairs of Taryn Rose. And I live and work in Manhattan so I'm all over the hot hard pavement on a daily basis.
MadeofChocolate MadeofChocolate 10 years
Franco Sarto has several simple pumps and oxfords that are classic, comfy, and stable. I wore them to work for years.
Gastronomie Gastronomie 10 years
Also, try the G Series line from Cole-Haan. Each season, they have a few pairs designed more conservatively, and the whole collection is based on Nike Air technology.
mle983 mle983 10 years
i think tara subkoff's collection for easy spirit is cute. i've never tried any one, but i'd assume since they're easy spirit, they must be comfortable. i was skeptical at first when i heard she was doing that brand, but they really are adorable.
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
Only wear the closed shoe at work...wear something more comfortable to work.
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
Get EARTH shoes. They are THE best. Also Dansko's good.
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