STYLE: The Comfort Zone
Who says style and comfort don’t go hand-in-hand? The days of pinched toes and aching arches are over as more and more designers incorporate the kind of comfort technology often found only in sneakers into their other footwear. These shoes were definitely made for walking. Checkout the selection after the jump.
The Soft Shoe
With highly shock-absorbent cushioning at the heel, and a moisture absorbent footbed, Rockport’s Parker Hill Moc is as gentle on your feet as the buttery soft suede outer is to the touch.
Parker Hill Moc, $160 Rock Port. Available at Rockport.com.
Johnston & Murphy’s Ellington Saddle shoe features a memory foam footbed and extra shock absorbing EVA at the heel. Plus, this elegant, lightweight shoe has an incredibly soft sheepskin interior for exceptional comfort, even when your not wearing socks.
Ellington Saddle, $135, Johnston & Murphy. JohnstonMurphy.com.
A double monk strap may not seem like the comfortable shoe at first glance, but the ultra-lightweight rubber used in Bally’s Scribe Lux Legere line this spring makes these suede beauties flexible enough to handle your foot’s entire range of movement.
Suede double monkstrap, price upon request, Bally. Similar styles available at Bally.com.
Born To Run
Y-3 may call their sneaker-loafer-moccasin hybrid the “Drive Moc,” but these shoes have the sole of a runner, with high quality rubber bods in high impact areas. And the unlined mesh upper provides maximum breathability.
Drive Moc, $310,Y-3. Y-3.com.
A Wing And A Prayer
Sperry Top-Sider ’s Gold Cup collection gives the classic wingtip a radical makeover. Reincarnated as a casual kick with the company’s patented anti shock and vibration technology, these shoes have lost none of their sophisticated charm.
Gold Oxford Wingtip, $160, Sperry Top-Sider. SperryTopSider.com.
Cole Haan’s Great Jones saddle shoe is flexible in more ways than one. The brilliant blue sole features flex groves, traction pads, and a break in the welt, all of which bend to your foot’s natural movement. It’s also the perfect shoe to take you from work to play!
Great Jones Saddle, $198, Cole Haan. ColeHaan.com, 800-201-8001
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