With Hotter opening ever more high street stores, it is good to see the market for stylish yet comfortable shoes expanding.
New kids on the block are Sole Bliss which are specifically designed for women with bunions. Rather refreshing that the marketing gets straight to the point and interesting to see the new technology which has been employed. And all the designs feature heels.
Is this still the definitive list of stylish but comfortable women’s shoes or do you have some more favourites to add?
1. Marks & Spencer Footglove range
These are a firm favourite. Comfortable shoes in smart designs at reasonable prices. http://www.marksandspencer.com
Hotter shoes are made by a family company in Lancashire and are all about “delivering comfort and style”. Having only been available online, Hotter have recently been opening more and more shops. I had the chance to try out a pair of Hotter’s Valettas and was impressed by both their comfort and style. http://www.hotter.com/gb/en
Recommended to me by a friend awaiting a foot operation, FitFlops are part of the new wave of footwear promising exercise whilst you walk. FitFlop sandals wearers have apparently also reported relief from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, chronic back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, RLS (restless leg syndrome), scoliosis and degenerative disc disease. I’ve not tried them myself but they may be worth checking out if you have problem feet. http://www.fitflop.co.uk/
This is a Dutch company (which delivers to the UK) and its shoes are not cheap – but they are by far the most fashionable range of designs I have seen for so-called “comfort” shoes (shouldn’t they all be?!). And their boots look great too. http://www.wolkyshop.com/12-Home.html
5. Josef Seibel
Shoes which I am told are “stylish – no good for wearing with a floaty summer skirt, but look great with a denim or cord skirt. Soooo comfortable too” http://www.josefseibel.co.uk/ They are also sold through other shoe retailers (They did have a flagship store at 37 Neal Street, London and two factory stores at The Bishops Centre, Taplow and Meadowland Retail Park, March but when I last checked I could not find these again).
Specialises in “well fitting shoes” and offers sizes 2-9 in 3 foot widths and 3 fitted boots styles available in foot size 2-9 and in up to 21 calf fittings http://www.duoboots.com/products/shoes/
Some of you love ‘em, others loathe ’em http://www.crocs.co.uk/
8. Cinderella Shoes
An independent company run by Gina Hennessy which carries a variety of styles ranging from size 8½ – 12 and more importantly different width fittings. ww.cinderellashoes.ie
9. Katie Long Shoes
Also caters for women’s larger shoe sizes (from 7) and has a selection of wide fittings- www.katielongshoes.co.uk .
Hanna contacted me to say : “Having just bought myself a pair in the sale, I can highly recommend Camper shoes. They are expensive, but really comfortable and well made. I think they are fashionable enough to appeal to younger and older generations” http://www.camper.com/en
11. Chie Mihara
Kate Codrington via Facebook says: “I’d go for shoe genius Chie Mihara every time, e-bay or sales”
12. Clarks – High street veterans, Clarks have upped their game in the past couple of years also. They have a great range of widths and sizes. Check out the Clarks Plus dual density cushioning and their fantastic collaboration with Liberty’s http://www.clarks.co.uk/
13. Sargasso & Grey – Owner, Katie Owen contacted us about her new business, Sargasso & Grey which specialises in high heels for wider feet. Worth checking out. https://www.sargassoshoes.com/
14. Bells Shoes – Bells Shoes are a Derbyshire-based family business who stock a large collection of women’s wide-fitting & larger-sized shoes (up to size 16 UK) including many of the brands mentioned in this list such as Hotter, Josef Seibel, Clarks and Fitflops. Check them out here https://www.bellsshoes.co.uk/
15. NEW ENTRANT – Sole Bliss – Sole bliss are shoes with heels specifically designed for women with bunions. Featuring special technology and celebrity endorsement from Dr Dawn Harper, Sole Bliss are definitely worth a look https://solebliss.com/
So, is the ultimate list or have we missed some? Where did you buy your favourite pair of shoes from? Let us know.