Stylish Flats That Are Actually Good for Your Feet

by Elizabeth Yuko
Apr 4, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. ET
Colorful flat shoes that are good for your feet.
Image: Photos Courtesy Of Vionic, SAS Shoes And Dr. Scholls/Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows

If you live anywhere that experiences cold winters, your feet have spent the past few months wrapped up under layers of socks and a variety of boots. Now that it’s (technically) spring, though, it’s time to ditch the boots in favor of some cute flats that won’t make you want to chop off your feet after wearing them all day at work.

The problem is that despite not being the dreaded high heel, flats aren’t actually that great for your feet.

“There is such a thing, as 'too flat,'" Dr. Jackie Sutera, Vionic Innovation Lab member tells SheKnows.  

Very flat and thin shoes are not good for your feet because they offer little to no arch support, shock absorption or cushioning, she explains. Instead, she suggests opting for a shoe with a slightly thicker sole and cushioned arch on the inside.

But with so many shoe options out there, how do we know which ones are the best for our feet?

Sutera says to look for shoes that have her three “good-for-you shoes” must-haves: arch support, cushioning and shock absorption. Other good bets are shoes that have a deep-seated heel cup, which allows the foot to make more contact with the entire sole. 

So, whether you’re heading to your friendly neighborhood shoe store or looking online, here are some of our favorites that both look and feel good.

1 /7: Reagan Mule

1/7 :Reagan Mule

For me, one of the biggest problems with finding shoes that fit and don't give me blisters is making sure the back of the shoe fits properly. That's not a problem with these shiny, classy mules. They leave your heel out to breathe while still managing to stay snugly on your feet all day — comfortably too.

Reagan mule, $129.95 at Vionic

2 /7: Scenic Black Lace

2/7 :Scenic Black Lace

SAS Shoes' Scenic flat — like the one here shown in black lace — is so versatile and so comfortable. It even includes a removable footbed that's easy to wash, so they always feel fresh and new. 

Scenic black lace, $137 at SAS Shoes

3 /7: Adjust Memory Foam Flat

3/7 :Adjust Memory Foam Flat

These aren't your grandma's Dr. Scholl's shoes. The brand synonymous with foot comfort has a wide range of styles, including these flats lined with memory foam.

Adjust memory foam flat, $58.95 at Dr. Scholl's 

4 /7: Lacey Yellow Chevron

4/7 :Lacey Yellow Chevron

Yes, these adorable SAS Shoes Lacey flats are yellow and have a pattern, but trust us, they're going to be your new favorite neutral shoe. A padded insole and rubber outsole let you wear these from day to night.

Lacey yellow chevron, $198.99 at SAS Shoes

5 /7: Everett Band Loafer

5/7 :Everett Band Loafer

Here's another super-cute offering from our friend, Dr. Scholl. These loafers come in a variety of colors — including this millennial pink — as well as an insole with three distinct zones designed for maximum comfort. 

Everett band loafer, $70 at Dr. Scholl's

6 /7: Posey Pointed-Toe Flat

6/7 :Posey Pointed-Toe Flat

These dainty suede flats come in a variety of cute colors and will look great with everything from dresses to jeans. The insole is structured and supportive, making them a breeze to wear all day.

Posey pointed toe flat, $119.95 at Vionic

7 /7: Maui Flip Flop

7/7 :Maui Flip Flop

Sure, most people can't wear flip flops to work, but everyone has at least one pair for pool and beach time, or casual summer errands. If you're going to opt for a flip flop, you're best off with these, from Okabashi. While most flip flops hurt your feet, these actually assist in the recovery process by providing arch support, as well as heel cup help which reduces strain on the knees, hips and back.

Maui flip flops, $18.99, Okabashi