Bunions, blisters, bruises, oh my! Historically, wearing stylish shoes meant aches and pains, and nasty effects from head to toe. Lucky for our legs, sneakers and “ugly sandals” have made a major fashion comeback and our feet couldn’t be happier about it.
These retro-style sneakers are what this season’s shoe trends are all about. The best part? They work with everything from your favourite jeans to a cotton sundress.
Stan the Man
The preferred sneaker of trendsetters and fashion editors, these white Stan Smiths are the ultimate It-girl shoe (plus, Adidas‘s high-performance technology means no back or foot pain).
If you’re going to spend all summer in something other than running shoes, try the resurgent Birkenstock. They’re stylish, supportive and cooler than you ever thought possible.
Converse’s Chuck Taylors have been a style staple since the ’60s, but now, they’re good for you, too. The revamped All Star II features Nike Lunarlon insole cushioning, giving your body the support it deserves.
If you’re going to wear a minimalist sandal this summer, this should be it. With a sole made out of yoga mats and super stretchy upper fabric, it’s like a beachside hammock for your feet.
While high heels are always hard on your feet, pick a pair that offers added body benefits. Cole Haan’s Fair Haven pump is constructed with Grand.OS technology, which means the sole has extra cushioning (and is also super light and flexible).
If you know Canadian winters, you probably know Sorel (and how comfortable their cold-weather boots are). Now the brand has introduced summer footwear with the same sole support, so your feet can feel good all year ’round.
These slip-on sandals are the perfect summer shoe: the neoprene straps won’t leave your feet battered with bruises and blisters, and the molded foam footbed will save your soles from aches and pains.
Not only are the colour combinations of these new runners super sleek, but the technology offers a comfortably snug fit which will give you loads of support wherever you go.
Wedges are a wonderful option for more formal summer footwear, but it’s important to pick styles without a steep instep. These wedges provide the height you’re looking for without the foot horrors that come with high heels.
Keen on Health
Much like the beloved Birkenstock, Keen created a sandal with a molded cork footbed that will keep your limbs happy and healthy. Plus, the leather T-strap and elasticized ankle strap hug the feet perfectly.
If boots are more your style speed, try a leather ankle boot with a short stacked heel. The thick heel will give your body more support, and the crepe sole is ultra soft to walk on.
If you didn’t pick up on it, white sneakers are having a major fashion moment-and these lightweight Reebok high-tops are right on trend.
Made in Metallic
Even high-end designers are getting in on the sneaker game, with most houses including fashion-forward good-for-your-back shoes in their collections.
To save your soles, skip the stilettos and opt for a woven wedge with a slight instep. Look for a soft leather upper, which will reduce blisters and foot inflammation.
Source: Best Health Magazine