(Closed) Are more expensive heels more comfortable?

posted 5 years ago in Shoes
  • poll: More $$$ more problems?
    More expensive shoes are WAY more comfortable! : (33 votes)
    35 %
    Find comfortable shoes regardless of price... : (34 votes)
    37 %
    I haven't noticed whether more $$ equals more comfort. : (19 votes)
    20 %
    Et cetera. : (7 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    4478 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    The most comfortable heels I’ve ever worn have been from Payless – their Comfort Plus line.  I also have friends who’ve dropped big bucks on shoes they couldn’t walk in.  So I’d keep an open mind.


    If you’re looking for strappy sandals, have you looked into Ballroom dancing shoes?  Their not as expensive as some of the name brands, and there are sites where you can actually custom make them.  Insoles can help as well, like Schoell’s for her.

    Post # 4
    6360 posts
    Bee Keeper

    They’re not, they have the same range as mid-priced shoes. You have to try each pair on.

    Mid-priced and designer shoes are both more likely to be comfortable than discount, faux-leather shoes, but after that you’re paying for stylishness and brand name recognition.

    Post # 5
    2287 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: Central Park

    I find that for heels spending $50-70 at Macy’s or Dillard’s gets me more comfortable heels than cheap ones from Target but I think that spending hundreds on shoes is ridiculous.

    Post # 6
    5405 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Well made shoes will generally be much more comfortable than target, Payless, etc but I think there are many comfortable shoes in the $100 range. You really just need to go try them on and find the most comfy ones you can. My most comfortable pair of heels I’ve ever owned (that I literally wore the heel off of after many wears) are from Gianni bini, which you can get at Dillard’s. I haven’t found anything as comfortable for heels ever since. 

    Post # 7
    14344 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’ve found that more expensive shoes are more comfortable to an extent.  I wouldn’t buy heels from Bakers, Payless, etc anymore, but I dont find a need to go over $100 either. 

    Post # 8
    5405 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @abirdword:  ballroom shoes don’t have really any support so wouldn’t be good to wear all day at a wedding I don’t think. They’re much more for aesthetics than comfort. 


    Post # 9
    1044 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    It really depends. I have heard that well made shoes can be more comfortable. The heel placement allows for a more even weight distribution. The arch of the shoe is made with better material which allows it to flex and move with your foot.

    That said- I have wide feet, and though I love my very expensive shoes, they tend to pinch my toes and wear me out a lot quicker than my cheapo banana shoes. Also, some crazy CL shoes are too painful for me, so… Sacco in NYC made a great line of midrange priced shoes that are very comfortable but as PP said- try them on with semi -swollen feet (end of day) walk around in them a lot. FH and I always pretend to play football or basketball in the shoe section- make look crazy but I need to know I can split the defense in my 5inch heels 😉

    Post # 10
    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I agree with PP…there are not a lot of $20 shoes I have that are truly comfortable, but I have many in the $50-80 range that I find very comfortable. I personally don’t have shoes that cost more than $100, but I don’t believe Louboutins are known for their comfort. So I think there is a difference between the lowest price range and mid to high price range, but there is less of a difference between the mid- and super high price range.

    Post # 11
    3773 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    I am not sure because I refuse to spend too much money on one pair of shoes. Something I have found is that it really does take a while to break a pair of shoes (heels specifically) in. And it makes a huge difference comfort wise.

    Post # 12
    1083 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’m not one to wear heels or find them comfortable. But! I tried these on and they are seriously the most comfortable pair of heels I have ever worn!



    I ordered them in black to be my new special occasion shoes. They were too high to wear for my wedding. These are the ones I ordered for my wedding, and they’re really comfortable, as well!



    I don’t think you need to spend a lot of money to find comfortable heels. There are definitely comfortable ones out there that don’t break the bank!

    Post # 13
    383 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I dont buy inexpensive shoes. Its my “problem” if you can call it that and no price doesnt always mean more comfort when it comes to HEELS. (flats are a different ball game) I have jimmy choos, Tory Burch,louboutins etc… and no they are not comfortable for the most part, unless they are shaped a certain way.

    What makes a heel comfortable is the toe shape, size, and platform. If there is a platform along with the heel it will make the heel shorter making the shoe easier to walk in. If the toe is more rounded its more comfortable than a pointed toe. Also its important to get the right size.

    Unfortunately there is no way of really knowing what will be comfortable until you wear the shoe for several hours.

    Post # 14
    2587 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

    My comfiest pair of heels cost me £20. That said, I bought a pair for £30 and they rub like buggery.

    Post # 15
    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Cole Haan makes the most comfortable heels that I have ever worn. They’re between $300-400 I believe. If you ever get a chance to try a pair on, I highly recommend it. 

    Post # 16
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Yes, expensive shoes are way more comfy. They are more stable, have wayyy more cushioning, and last longer. There’s a huge difference in a $60 pair of heels and a $300 pair of heels. I have a $185 pair of Rockport heels – and they have Adidas cushioning in them. There’s no going back to cheap crappy shoes after that. They’ll last 3x as long and be way better for my body in the end! The up front investment seems crazy, but is actually cheaper in the end.

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