Best Buys for Comfortable Boots

on December 9, 2011

Aetrex Berries

$149.95; Aetrex’s Berries line is a stand-out for this company that strives to provide the most comfortable and health-beneficial footwear around without sacrificing fashion. The fact that they’re waterproof is definitely a bonus, but it’s the hug they give your leg from the moment you slip them on that takes them to the top of the list. Be warned, though: the tall boots are literally like blankets on your legs, at times causing them to sweat. The short boots don’t have the same effect. The memory foam cushion provides pressure relief while standing, and the anti-microbial linings, which prevent fungi and bacteria growth, mean they’ll never take on a stinky-boot smell. Sweet! Wear them straight up or fold them over … either way, they look and feel great!

Dansko Carmel Slouch Boots

$185; Dansko has been making feet happy for 20 years, and with lines like the Carmel collection, it’s easy to see why. The zipper-side slouchy boots are easy to slip on and provide a snug-but-comfortable fit. And with ample arch support and moisture-wicking sock liners, feet are comfortable and cool all day long.

MBT Tenga

$435; mbt.comFor those who have gotten on the toning shoe bandwagon, MBT is upping the ante. The brand’s Tenga line is not for toning; it’s for improving body alignment and promoting overall wellness without sacrificing fashion. The attractive knee-high boots’ curved soles take some getting used to as they are designed to promote “movement through instability,” which is where the adapting comes in. At first wear, they make you feel as though you’re balancing on a seesaw. But if the results are improved balance and posture, who can’t adapt to that?

Aerosoles Decoy

$50.99; overstock.comJudging by the number of compliments thrown our way by family, friends and complete strangers, these supple, suede tall boots with tone-on-tone stitching for added interest get high marks in the style department. But do they live up to Aerosoles’ reputation for comfort? Yes. The rubber sole and 3-inch wedge heel offer stability and cush for moving through your day; a double zipper entry makes slipping them on and off a breeze. Only complaint: They’re a bit heavy, adding to foot fatigue after a long day.

Orthaheel Emma Lace Up Boots

$100; orthaheelusa.comBilled as a healthy alternative to Uggs, this casual nubuck mid-calf style with a faux fleece collar has ample arch support and heel stability for women who put their boots through their paces. Features an orthotic footbed specially engineered to take pressure off of knees, hips, heels and backs that is endorsed by alternative health guru Dr. Andrew Weil. Stylish enough for running errands, shopping and lunches out; rugged enough to stand up to cold, snowy days.