My work shoes are destroying my feet!

posted 6 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
7442 posts
Busy Beekeeper

bouviebee :  naturalizer makes really comfy supportive shoes that are work appropriate. But also don’t rule out commuting shoes to get you to/from the parking garage. I work in a law firm and most of my shoes live in my desk and I wear something comfier to/from work since my commute involves so much walking. 

Post # 3
1366 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve never found anything more comfortable than Dansko. They have a whole range of styles now, not just the clogs anymore.

Post # 4
1557 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

If you haven’t already, absolutely see a podiatrist. And in the meantime, look up some stretches for plantar fasciitis if you’re not doing that already. 

But for comfy professional shoes, check out Naturalizer, Aerosoles, Dansko, b.o.c., and Born’s. I’m not sure about whether Naturalizer and Aerosoles have 5.5 wides but I do find the toe box runs a little narrow. Dansko runs wider, but b.o.c and Born’s vary greatly based on the shoe.

Another brand to look into for comfy shoes is Bionica. They don’t really have any professional heels/flats so it’s definitely not what you’re looking for, but they have super cute boots and booties and they make the most comfortable shoes I own.

Post # 5
2410 posts
Buzzing bee

Dansko clogs (for the walking then you could change to a more professional looking shoe once you got to work).  I have plantar fasciitis also and i swear by these.

I also really like the mary janes and some of the other styles by Abeo.  They have removable/replaceable inserts and the metatarsal support one seems to work well for plantar fasciitis. Most of the Abeo styles probably wouldn’t work for you given your career, but check them out.

I also like the ballet flats by Attilio Giusti Leombruni.  They are pretty expensive but they’re really pretty and the most comfortable flat I’ve ever worn.  

Post # 6
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Dr. Scholl’s. They make shoes & booties that are work appropriate. Also, Cole Haan makes shoes that have a nike air insole. 

Post # 7
2630 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

bouviebee :  Skechers go walk shoes are hands down the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn and I have a bunch of wierd foot issues that make anything at all tight, hard, narrow, or angled unwearable for me so I think I’m a pretty good judge. They are like $60-$80 CAD typically, so cheap compared to what you’ve been wearing, but SO comfortable.

Post # 8
30 posts

i have so many issues with my feet. I have very high arches, and flats per my orthopedic doc are actually some of the worst shoes people can wear he said. He said we really should wear shoes with even a slight heel. That being said, I love flats, and sandals etc. I have found the brand vionic to be a good option. They are pricey, but they’re made by a doctor and they have some stylish options, and professional ones as well. They get rave reviews from people online as well, and my experince so far has been a good one (about 6 months in). I do also reccomend the brand super feet insoles. My docotor had be get the green for my arches, but they have different colors based on your foot needs. I highly reccomend. They’re about $50. I’d buy from a retailer not on amazon, I’ve seen people on amazon say they were sold fakes. If you have an HSA account, shoe inserts are considered a reimbursable expense per the IRS as well.

I had a few pairs of tory flats too, and i miss wearing them. But your feet will thank you when you stop.


Good luck.

Post # 10
2410 posts
Buzzing bee

Also… when my plantar fasciitis flares up, sometimes I do a few rounds of acupuncture. I swear, it helps!  Worth trying if you can get a referral to someone good.

Post # 11
2844 posts
Sugar bee

Even when I was underweight walking in flats ruins my feet and back!

Part of it is also just getting used to it. When I waitressed in the summers in university wearing flats/dress shoes, the first couple weeks were hellfire and then after that i wouldn’t even really notice. 

But, long term it’s still no good for your back & feet. Shoes with straps or top of foot coverage are much better, as well as shoes with thicker soles. Classy ankle boots with a low heel can be great for work shoes to switch it up. 

And always always put in sole inserts, even if it’s just drug store ones. Get ones that raise the arches and pad the sole since ballet flats are typically very thin and flat. 

Post # 12
3106 posts
Sugar bee

Everlane shoes are amazing. They look super professional and are high quality (made in the same Italian factories as much more expensive brands). I particularly like their modern loafer. Read the comments to help pick the right size in each style, though.

Ballet flats, no matter how comfortable, are the worst for your feet. There is no support.

Also, get a pair of Superfeet to help with your arch support and  PF. 

Post # 13
3093 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

bouviebee :  the only heels I can wear on a regular basis are either chunky heels or the ComfortPlus line from Payless. The fact that they’re cheap AF is a bonus. They’re super duper plain but come in several colours and are incredibly comfortable. 

ETA: it’s also probably worth looking into custom orthotics that you can slip into whatever shoes you wear. I’d probably get the orthotics first and then shop for shoes so you can make sure they fit properly with the insole. 

Post # 14
1571 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

bouviebee :  This isn’t shoe advice, but have you ever tried taking Collagen Peptides? My husband has plantar fasciatis as well, and collagen has made a huge difference for him. 

Post # 15
3807 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I have high arches and am an attorney – I can’t wear flats without having issues.  I’m a big fan of leather booties with heels in the fall/winter and Sam Edelman heels in the spring/summer.  Do heels bother you?  I know it may seem counterintuitive to where heels when you have pain in your feet, but that helps with my high arches.  

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