*This post was updated November 7, 2023*
I have searched FAR AND WIDE for the most comfortable shoes (that also look cute) for those who are on their feet all day at work. This post is actually a YEAR in the making because I wanted to make sure I left no stone left unturned.
I’m a wedding photographer and most of my job involves sitting my booty in an office chair all day while my body deconditions. But on the weekends when I have weddings I’m on my feet for 8-12 hours straight! We typically have 30 minutes to scarf dinner down, but other than that it’s go go go. It’s a lot of work and my feet have started to get very fussy in my “old age” (I’m 32 lol).
Last year I made it my mission to find shoes that were:
I tried Rothy’s. I’m sad to share that they let me down BIG TIME.
I loved how they looked, but hated how they felt. There seems to be a Rothy’s craze sweeping the wedding industry, and I honestly can’t understand why. Their flats have ZERO cushion and the fabric is so rough to the touch. You might as well be walking barefoot with thick scratchy socks on.
About my feet–They’re picky. I have SKY HIGH arches and wear plastic inserts in my shoes, so I like having close-toed shoes while I’m working. I also have a wide-ish toe bed and a normal/skinny heel, so typically pointy shoes aren’t very comfortable for my little toe. I also appreciate shoes that are breathable and have cushion.
Now that you know too much about me 🤪 let’s jump right in.
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They are actually orthopedic shoes and have cushion for DAYS! I have had a few pairs of Fitflops for over a year now (Update: I’ve had them over 3 years!) and they’re still holding up well. They are on the more expensive end of the spectrum, but they’re completely worth it! There’s no break-in period and when you sign up for their newsletter you get 20% off, so you can easily snag a pair for less than $100! They also have a sale section that is updated seasonally where I’ve found some great deals.
*I wear a 6.5 typically and that’s also what I wear in Fitflop shoes. If they only come in whole sizes, I size down to 6.*
These shoes are like walking on clouds.
They have a ton of options and they come in different shades as well. I prefer black shoes for weddings, so that’s what I pictured here. Here are some of my favorites:
A Runner-Up brand that I tried and liked was Vionic. They are also orthopedic shoes, but at the time (last Summer) they didn’t have a ton of cute options. They definitely had that orthopedic “look.” BUT I noticed recently that they have added so many cute styles to their line! Last summer I tried one of their ballet flats and did like them. These are great shoes for people with high arches since they have more of a structured arch in their shoes. I usually wear arch inserts from the Good Feet Store, but I didn’t need them with the Vionic shoes.
Here are some favorites:
(PS next week I’m sharing my favorite outfits for photographing weddings!) *update* see the post here!
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Allison Jeffers is a photographer and educator serving sweet couples and helping other creative entrepreneurs reach their goals. She specializes in wedding photography, elopements, and proposals as well as Bridal and Engagement portraits in Texas. She is available for travel worldwide and has her passport ready!