Owning comfortable shoes is one of life's necessities. Each of us spends countless hours on our feet working, exercising and running daily errands. Wearing comfortable shoes can make every difference.
Our mission at Most Comfortable Shoes is to assist you in finding the world's most comfortable shoes with ease and efficiency - comfortable shoes for work, sports and recreational activities. We are here to bring comfort to your feet.
Comfortable shoes used to be chunky and unfashionable - not anymore. Manufacturers of comfortable shoes have stepped up in recent years and are now creating anatomically supportive footwear that combines comfort with fashion and style.
As well as being avid seekers of comfort footwear ourselves, we constantly seek out recommendations for comfortable shoes, boots, sandals and clogs. We take into consideration expert opinions and reviews such as Runner's World magazine's best running shoe picks, Outside and BackPacker magazine's most comfortable hiking and trail shoes, and Health magazine's most comfortable walking shoe awards.
Under each category of men's and women's shoes you'll find our Top Picks designed to save you precious time finding the best fitting and most comfortable shoes: Comfortable shoes for walking, dress shoes for the office, comfortable sandals for a week at the beach or while traipsing through the cobblestone streets on your overseas sojourn.
While browsing for comfortable shoes you can also read articles on obtaining proper shoe fit and sizing to give you maximum comfort.
All of the comfortable boots, shoes, sandals and clogs that we recommend to you can be purchased online through our preferred suppliers, Zappo's and ShoeBuy. These partner stores provide exceptional customer service, free shipping, a low price guarantee as well as free exchange and return shipping. You can be wearing your choice of comfortable shoes in a matter of days.
And of course, we welcome your suggestions and recommendations from your own most comfortable shoes experiences. Perhaps we'll add your recommendations to our Top Picks lists.
Whatever your needs in finding the most comfortable shoes, boots, sandals and clogs, we hope our web site assists your search and brings comfort to your feet!
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Most Comfortable Shoes are one of life's necessities. But not all shoes are created equal. Each of us spends countless hours on our feet working, exercising and running daily errands. Wearing comfortable shoes or comfort footwear can make every difference.
Our aim at Most Comfortable Shoes is to assist you in finding the world's best men's and women's comfort shoes, boots, sandals and clogs for work, sports and recreational activities. We are here to bring comfort to your feet.
Comfortable shoes used to be ugly and unfashionable. Not anymore. Manufacturers of comfort footwear brands have stepped up in recent years and are now creating anatomically supportive and orthopedic footwear that combines comfort with fashion and style.
Whatever your needs in finding shoes, boots, sandals and clogs, we hope our website assists your search and brings comfort to your feet!
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What makes for a pair of comfortable shoes?
The primary purpose of the most comfortable shoes should be to protect your feet and prevent injury. But in order to do so, shoes must fit well. Poorly fitted shoes, shoes that are too narrow, too short or too large can cause discomfort, injury and even permanent deformity.
Understanding the components of shoes and proper fit can help you make sensible shoe purchases for yourself and your family. What are the parts of a shoe and how can they affect fit? What are the special considerations related to the most comfortable men's, women's, work and athletic shoes? In this web site we provide recommendations on the most comfortable shoes selection.
Although style is often a key consideration in choosing a pair comfortable of shoes, the most important quality to look for in shoes, from a practical standpoint, is durable construction that will protect your feet and keep them comfortable. In selecting the shoes, keep this basic principle of good fit in mind: Your shoes should conform to the shape of your feet; your feet should never be forced to conform to the shape of a pair of shoes. Soreness, blisters, callouses, and, with time, permanent disfigurements can be caused by habitually crowding your feet into shoes that don't fit well.
The Anatomy of a Comfortable Shoe
Comfortable shoes are composed of different parts. Understanding the basic construction of the most comfortable shoes, boots, sandals and clogs can help you choose intelligently from among the thousands of available styles.
In the most comfortable shoes, boots and clogs the toe box is the tip of the shoe that provides space for the toes. The toe box may be rounded or pointed and will determine the amount of space provided for the toes. In all the most comfortable shoes the toe box will allow a lot of room, preventing pinching or constriction of the toes.
The vamp is the upper middle part of the shoe where the laces are commonly placed. Sometimes Velcro is used instead of laces. In the most comfortable shoes the vamp will be one long piece of soft material. The softer the material, the more comfortable the shoe.
The sole of any boot or shoe consists of an insole and an outsole. The insole is inside the shoe; the outsole contacts the ground. The most comfortable shoes have a softer sole, with a greater ability to absorb shock.
The heel is the bottom part of the rear of the shoe that provides elevation. The higher the heel, the greater the pressure on the front of the foot. The most comfortable shoes tend to have a lower heel.
The last is the part of the shoe that curves in slightly near the arch of the foot to conform to the average foot shape. This curve enables you to tell the right shoe from the left. On occasion, an orthopedic surgeon, in the interests of providing comfortable shoes, may prescribe a shoe that has a straight or reverse last. The last will determine the level of support in every pair of the most comfortable shoes.
The material from which the shoe is made can affect fit and comfort. In the most comfortable shoes, softer materials decrease the amount of pressure the shoe places on the foot. Stiff materials can cause blisters. A counter may be used to stiffen the material around the heel and give support to the foot.
Recommendations for Comfortable Shoes
The Most Comfortable Men's Shoes
Most men's comfortable shoes conform to the shape of the feet and have a roomy toe box with sufficient horizontal and vertical space and a low heel (usually about half an inch high). Soles made of hard materials such as leather or soft materials such as crepe can both be worn, but softer soles tend to provide for more comfortable shoes. If you stand for extended periods of time, the most comfortable men's shoes will have soft, pliable cushioned soles that will protect your feet and help keep them comfortable.
The Most Comfortable Women's Shoes
In looking for comfortable women’s shoes, look for shoes with lower heels. High-heeled, pointed-toe shoes can cause numerous orthopedic problems, leading to discomfort or injury to the toes, ankles, knees, calves and back. Most high heeled-shoes are not comfortable shoes – they have a pointed, narrow toe box that crowds the toes and forces them into an unnatural triangular shape. These are not the most comfortable shoes for the wearer. These shoes distribute the body's weight unevenly, placing excess stress on the ball of the foot and on the forefoot. This uneven distribution of weight, coupled with the narrow toe box characteristic of most high heels, can lead to discomfort, painful bunions, hammertoes. and other deformities. Low-heeled shoes (one inch or lower) with a wide toe box are the ideal choice for the most comfortable women’s shoes. An ample toe box that can accommodate the front part of the foot is as important as the heel in determining fit and will provide the most comfortable shoes experience.
The Most Comfortable Work Shoes
Comfortable men’s and women’s work shoes are also available with varying characteristics, depending on the wearer's occupation. The most comfortable boots and shoes are made of thick leather with steel toe boxes and can be worn to protect the feet from injury. Comfortable boots and shoes with varying degrees of traction or slip resistant soles are also available to protect the wearer form injury.
We wish you luck in your search for the world's most comfortable shoes, boots, sandals and clogs.
Click on the links below to navigate to our recommendations for men's, women's and children's shoes.
The variety of men's and women's shoes, boots, sandals and clogs can sometimes seem overwhelming. Which comfort styles and brands are right for you? Here we offer you our top picks in each category of shoes, boots, sandals and clogs, so that you can make informed choices in support of your feet.
Here you'll find our recommendations for women's casual, dress and athletic shoes by well known comfort footwear manufacturers. Brands such as Ecco, Mephisto, Dansko and Birkenstock Shoes.
Throughout our men's shoes pages you'll find our top picks for men's casual, dress and athletic shoes, including men's walking shoes and hiking shoes. All of these shoes are provided by well-known comfort footwear brands, including Rockport, Johnston and Murphy, Ecco, Mephisto, Dansko, Born and Birkenstock Shoes.
Children's feet in their formative years are perhaps the most in need of supportive shoes. All of the best footwear manufacturers are now offering lines of children's shoes; brands such as Dr Marten, Ecco, Primigi, Stride Rite, Keen and Crocs shoes.
Extensive information on each of the world's premier comfort shoe brands is here. Each brand's philosophy and construction methods are explained along with links to online stores where you can purchase all of their latest styles in shoes, boots, sandals and clogs.
BY KORKY VANN THE HARTFORD COURANT
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
A quest for comfortable shoes