Women will do anything in the name of fashion—even if that means cramming our feet into pointy-toed stilettos. As it turns out, our masochistic high-heel habit is wreaking havoc on our bodies, causing everything from bunions to heel spurs to chronic back pain. Lest you think that comfort and style are mutually exclusive, think again. With warmer months on the horizon (finally!), refresh your spring wardrobe with our handpicked selection of fashionable-yet-functional wedge sandals. Combining the utmost in quality, comfort, fashion and technology, these fun and feminine wedges bring new meaning to “orthopedic shoes.” Three cheers for heels that don’t hurt!
Spring Step, Azura Laurentia, $99.99
These high-heeled, open-toed sandals scream springtime with ladylike touches such as delicate floral detailing and beaded accents. The sling-back heel comes with an adjustable buckle for a snug fit, while the smooth, padded insole cushions every step—perfect for parading around after a fresh pedicure. “I would pair these dainty sandals with a flirty sundress,” our tester said.
Teva, Riviera Wedge Strappy, $75.00
Ergonomic Tevas get a feminine twist with these stylish yet laid-back wedges. The Riviera Wedge boasts all of the comfort and arch support of standard Teva sandals, but with fashionable touches such as a cork heels and thin leather straps. The adjustable over-the-foot strap ensures a secure, comfortable fit, while the sandal’s padded rubber sole offers cushioning for all-day wear. “Putting these on my feet felt deceptively dressy: I couldn’t believe they were Tevas!” our staff tester said.
Earthies, Campora, $180
It didn’t take much for these adorable, oh-so-comfy wedges to win us over. “The leather is soft and doesn’t pinch or rub, the arch support is amazing, and the overall feel is just cushy-goodness,” one of our reviewers gushed. Featuring a stylish zipper-back and laser-cut leather detailing, these sandals make a bold statement without sacrificing comfort; even after a full day’s wear, there were no sore feet in sight. Stylish and comfortable? It’s a win-win.
Taos, “Carousel Wedge,” $155
Trust us: As soon as you strap on Taos’ Carousel Wedges, you’ll want to strut around in these flirty sandals all summer long. Crafted out of distressed full-grain leather for a vintage look, these open-toed wedges come with several Spanish-inspired embellishments—we love the oversized gold-medal medallions, intricate stitching and pebbled fabric. The shoe’s contoured cork footbed provides enough cushioning to ward off foot fatigue, while the leather-wrapped ankle strap lends a sophisticated, flirty touch.
Born, “Aleeah,” $95.00
Don’t let this shoe’s 4-inch heel deter you: These wedges are surprisingly comfortable, thanks to ample cushioning and a special orthopedic insert. Subtle details—like the decorative cutouts and faux wood platform heel—create a classy and well-constructed look that could easily transition from the office to the street, and everywhere in between. The footbed is plush enough for extended wear, while the perforated leather straps create a breathable and flexible environment for the feet.