Comfiest Shoes Your Over-50 Feet Will Love
The older I get the more important it is to have comfortable shoes, but I want them to be stylish. New technology and modern products mean we no longer have to suffer for stylish shoes. Today I’m sharing some of the comfiest shoes your over-50 feet will love. Cindy and I are joined by Annie and Mary Anne for our Over 50 Style Edit this month.
Older feet can suffer from bunions, fallen arches, corns or calluses, hammertoes, and/or plantar fasciitis which make comfortable shoes a must. I’ve got several go-to brands that fit my bunion-ridden feet and have rounded up some other great options for you. Let’s start with sneakers and walking shoes.
I’ve been a fan of Ecco shoes for years. I own the lace-up version in 3 colors and last year I added the slip-on in a metallic which I find myself wearing all the time. The Ecco lace-ups come in 4 colors here, 3 two-tone options here, and 5 colors with color-coordinated soles here. The slip-on version comes in 7 colors here. Ecco’s have a cushioned insole with arch support and leather upper/leather and textile lining/synthetic sole. The insole is also removable so you can use your own custom orthotic.
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I love my AllBirds which flex easily and offer tons of cushioning. They’re available in lots of colors and options, including wide width. Their lightweight top is made from eucalyptus fiber which breathes and is super stretchy. They have a cushioned midsole for all-day comfort and support plus they’re machine washable.
These little beauties are simply magical. I now own them in 3 colors. This super-comfortable slip-on sneaker has a suede upper that’s whipstitched to a flexible rubber sole. They stretch to mold to your feet and are cool in hot weather.
I tried Birdies after my daughter recommended them. They make the mules and slippers in varying patterns every season. These starlings come in medium and wide widths in tons of colors and patterns. I find the medium plenty wide for me. These mules were last year’s version and I have my fingers crossed they’ll come out with more embroidered options this year because the linen is perfect for summer.
I’ve worn these Rothy’s animal print flats more days than I can count. In fact, they’re now the shoe I leave by the garage door to slip on if I haven’t planned what shoe to wear for the day. They go with everything and are amazingly comfortable. The pattern has changed subtly over the seasons but Rothy’s always makes an animal print.
Rothy’s shoes are made from recycled plastic bottles and they won’t stretch so you need to buy the size you normally wear. They’re all machine washable and seem to last forever! The new driver style has my name all over them so I just need to choose a color.
I’ve worn Paul Green sandals for years but didn’t know incredible comfort until I tried their sneakers last spring. These are pricey for sure, but I can wear them for an entire day and my feet never get fatigued.
Paul Green believes in making shoes that will last a lifetime, not just for one occasion. They’re handcrafted in Austria with only the finest Italian leather. I’ve worn these metallic ones on the beach, sightseeing, climbing on rocks and they still look almost as good as new. When they do die, I will definitely save up and replace them.
I’ve been wearing Eileen Fisher shoes for as long as I can remember. The leather is soft, the footbed cushiony plus they are wide enough for my medium/wide foot. In fact, I do not recommend them for women with narrow feet.
Sweater and fabric top shoes are personal favorites these days because they stretch where my bunion bulges and never pinch.
I wore these sports sandals day in and day out over hot cobblestoned streets on our last cruise back in 2019 and am still wearing them today. EF makes this shape every year in various colors with a small twist to the sole. This year they’re in 4 colors including a pretty metallic.
I’ve worn and loved Gentle Soul shoes for as long as I remember. They’re designed with a well-cushioned footbed and arch support perfect for long days on your feet.
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The best walking shoes for older women
Wearing the right footwear is critical to getting the most out of a walk, which is one of the best, low-impact ways to stay fit. Look for shoes that offer a wide enough toe box not to crimp hammertoes and bunions. They need to provide arch support for stability and extra padding for cushioning.
This Yoon Walking Shoe gets high marks for its breathable, flexible uppers, easy slip-on design, air cushion insole, and durable midsole that provides enough buffer between feet and ground. They come in 14 colors, size 5.5-12. I just ordered this gray for my fast walks up and down my neighborhood paths.
Some other popular options you might consider are Hoka, Sketchers, New Balance, Vionic, Aerosoles, Clarks, FitFlop,
Let’s check out what Cindy at Cindy Hattersley Design, Annie at Most Lovely Things, and Mary Ann at Classic Casual Home are sharing about comfortable shoes.
Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.
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