It’s here!!! The beginning of our huge review of a TON of the shoes in the BIG SALE. So many of the REALLY GOOD pieces in this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale are selling out FAST (-boo-), so I’m posting this a bit early with what I tried on in the store, will update it as soon as my online order arrives with even more comfy and stylish picks. I know Shana has more shoe coverage coming too.

I personally stuck with mostly comfort brands (surprise, surprise!), but I did throw in a few alternative brands other than my usual go-to’s…figured shoes-on-super-sale-time was a good chance to step out of my comfort zone a bit.    

Shana developed this fabulous scoring system last year, so I’m sticking with it: 

TME Comfort Score 1 – You can walk — like really walk, not hobble — for at least several hours in this shoe. It doesn’t rub, it doesn’t pinch, yet it meets (or exceeds) our minimum quality control for cool and chic.

TME Comfort Score 2 – It still meets our baseline for cool, but there’s something wrong: the heel is slightly too high, or maybe it’s comfortable only in small doses, etc.

TME Comfort Score 3 – BOOO we hate it. Buy at your own risk.

A quick word about MY (Linzi’s) comfort scores. In reality, as the Comfort Shoe Queen, I would only give a Perfect 1 to these Professional Danskos that I could happily walk on pavement in for 48 hours straight –but they’re literally “Professional Shoes” marketed to people who work in restaurants and hospitals so….I will give those Danskos a “1 plus” and will be more reasonable and give a 1 to shoes I would actually wear (which is saying a lot if you know my comfort standards). 

Linzi’s Top Stylish Comfort Shoe Picks

1.  Born Meggs Booties

TME COMFORT SCORE: 1

I fell in love with these Born booties, and as I tried them on 2 other people saw them and bought them as well! They look like REAL stylish booties! Not comfort shoes in any way! Way to go BORN! Disclaimer: Shana tried these, and her ankles are so darn skinny (not nice and strong like mine..ha!) that they slouched down on her, but they stayed up perfectly on me. I love the stretchy material, I love the height of the shaft, I love that they’re WAY more comfortable than any other high heel bootie I’ve tried, and I love all the colors. I tried on and loved the brown, I came home with the black, but am seriously considering ordering red. Go up a 1/2 or full size for a comfy fit.


Born Meggs Booties

2.  EILEEN FISHER Stacked Heel

TME COMFORT SCORE: 2

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to buy a pair of EILEEN FISHER stacked heels. They make everything look chic (jeans, skirts, dresses…everything!) They’re also comfortable to walk in (not Danskos or Fly Londons comfort), but for heels? Really good. I bumped my comfort score to 2 because after wearing them ALL day in 92 degree weather with super-swollen feet, the elastic dug in to my skin on the top of my feet. Curious if it will happen in the winter. Even with that issue, I still love them, am happy I brought them home, and they’re still one of my top picks of the sale. 


EILEEN FISHER Stacked Heel

3.  AGL Almond Toe Booties

TME COMFORT SCORE: 1

I’ve heard such good things about AGL comfort, so I was really excited to try them for the first time. They totally lived up to their hype. I took them out of the box and there was a definite “ooooh–this is nice!” as I slipped them on my feet. The suede is so super soft, and even though they don’t have an ultra-cushy footbed, they’re really comfortable (which is something I’m not used to–you know I like my cushy footbeds). You add the very cool studded zipper on the back and they’re really hard to resist. I personally don’t love this type of really soft suede for my boots, so these are going back, but I’m very excited to try other AGL’s in the future, now that I know they are both beautiful AND actually comfortable. 

AGL Almond Toe Booties

NOW…All The Stylish Comfort Shoe Categories

Lower-Heeled Booties

1. EILEEN FISHER Tote Bootie

TME COMFORT SCORE: 1

Another win by EILEEN FISHER. This stacked heel that she does is the key. Looks chic, but feels good on your foot. I liked the earth color better than the black, (I think the lighter is easier to wear sometimes). My store didn’t have the cognac, but I’m guessing it’s gorgeous in person and a perfect fall color.


EILEEN FISHER Tote Bootie

2. Sofft Westwood Bootie

TME COMFORT SCORE: 1

These are REALLY comfortable — I love Sofft’s cushy footbed. The style isn’t quite me, so I didn’t take them home, but I’m really excited to see what else Sofft come up with this fall in terms of booties. If this style is you, though, snatch them up. They’re really pretty, come in a gorgeous gray too, and are a perfect transition summer-fall bootie. Super walkable!


Sofft Westwood Bootie 

3. Gentle Souls Harlie Bootie

TME COMFORT SCORE: 2

It’s hard to find snakeskin print booties from the comfort brands, so I was excited to see these from Gentle Souls. Gentle Souls is one of my favorite comfort shoe brands. These booties weren’t as cushy as I was expecting, but still plenty comfortable. I wish they had a pointier toe or had a cut out like these Vince booties to make them a bit more elongating.

Gentle Souls Harlie Bootie

4.  UGG Waterproof Wedge Booties

TME COMFORT SCORE: 2

These are SUPER-comfortable, cozy, soft, and all the good things. But — I think they look weird on me. Did I not have them tied right? The tongue stuck out and they just looked too clunky–and I like a clunky shoe.  Was I supposed to tie the laces over the tongue? Chime in if you have these because they felt amazing on. I’m giving them a TME score of 2 because of the difficulty with the style–they were a total 1 just for comfort!
UGG Waterproof Wedge Bootie

5.  UGG Waterproof Moto Boots

TME COMFORT SCORE: 1

UGG definitely knows comfort–these felt amazing on. They’re not really my style (they were brought to me by mistake), but I’m kind of in to them. I think I would especially like the gray to soften the whole moto boot thing that’s going on with the black.  


UGG Waterproof Wilde Boots

6.  Naturalizer Freya Bootie

TME COMFORT SCORE: 1

I have been so impressed recently with Naturalizer’s style and of course their comfort. These booties had good arch support, and my weight was very evenly distributed when I walked in them. The leather isn’t particularly gorgeous or butter-soft, but the double zipper look is cool and they were definitely the most comfortable pointy toe boot I tried.  

Naturalizer Freya Bootie

Higher-Heeled Booties

  1. Born Meggs Bootie

TME COMFORT SCORE: 1

I fell in love with these Born booties, and as I tried them on 2 other people saw them and bought them as well! They look like REAL stylish booties! Not comfort shoes in any way! Way to go BORN! Disclaimer: Shana tried these, and her ankles are so darn skinny (not nice and strong like mine..ha!) that they slouched down on her, but they stayed up perfectly on me. I love the stretchy material, I love the height of the shaft, I love that they’re WAY more comfortable than any other high heel bootie I’ve tried, and I love all the colors. I tried on and loved the brown, I came home with the black, but am seriously considering ordering red. Go up a 1/2 or full size for a comfy fit.


Born Meggs Booties

2. Vince Camuto Sandal-Bootie

TME COMFORT RATING: 1

I wore these shoes for most of my 8 hour (I know! So ridiculous that we do this!!) in-store dressing room selfies. They were the ones I always reached for, and withstood hours and hours of standing and posing (again…I know…ridiculous). I loved them, though, and the gray color went perfectly with everything. A fun and comfortable transition-from-summer-to-fall shoe for sure. 


Vince Camuto Sandal-Bootie

3. Aquatalia Weatherproof Tilly Bootie

TME COMFORT SCORE: 2

These are the ones I was MOST excited about trying in person. And hoorah! — my store had my perfect color: Anthracite…GORGEOUS! These were my favorite boots I tried in terms of style–so chic! I LOVED them, and women next to me reported they have happily worn their Aquatalias for years–a forever closet piece. I’m giving them a 2 because I was disappointed they didn’t have the super cushy footbed that I’m used to in my comfort shoes, but other than that they were pretty perfect and such a huge discount in this sale. I have thicker ankles, so for those of you skinny ankled gals–they will be looser for sure, but they totally zipped all the way up on me (despite the one pic below that it’s not–whoops!)  I would size up 1/2 to make room for socks. 


Aquatalia Weatherproof Tilly Bootie

4.  AGL Almond Toe Booties

TME COMFORT SCORE: 1

I’ve heard such good things about AGL comfort, so I was really excited to try them for the first time. They totally lived up to their hype. I took them out of the box and there was a definite “ooooh–this is nice!” as I slipped them on my feet. The suede is so super soft, and even though they don’t have an ultra-cushy footbed, they’re really comfortable (which is something I’m not used to–you know I like my cushy footbeds). You add the very cool studded zipper on the back and they’re really hard to resist. I personally don’t love this type of really soft suede for my boots, so these are going back, but I’m very excited to try other AGL’s in the future, now that I know they are both beautiful AND actually comfortable. 

 

AGL Almond Toe Booties

5.  Cole Haan Maggie Boot

TME COMFORT SCORE: 2

I love this color for fall, and it comes in a really pretty black as well. The mix of the leather and knit side panels looks really nice in person, and they felt nice on the bottom of my feet. They were a little tight in the toe box, though, and I was a bit nervous that the tab on the back of the ankle might bother me after a while. They weren’t keepers for me, but they’re definitely worth a try–we know I’m pretty picky about my shoes.   

Cole Haan Maggie Boot

TALL BOOTS

1. Vince Camuto Tall Boots

TME COMFORT SCORE: 3

Just read that these are actually knee boots (not over the knee boots), but they were over the knee boots on me (5’2). Whoops. Well–I didn’t like them, so it kind of makes this choice easy. They weren’t that comfortable and they kept slouching down. They also didn’t do anything for any of my outfits. They were a definite bust for me. Maybe if you are taller? Maybe if you’re shorter? Maybe if you have skinnier legs? Don’t know–let me know if anyone loves them! 


Vince Camuto Tall Boots

2.  Born Knee High Boots

TME COMFORT SCORE: 1

Born rarely disappoints me in the boot department, and I love the variety of colors they are offering in this tall boot. They’re comfortable, walkable, easy to zip, and had plenty of room for my on-the-bigger side calves. If you have on-the smaller-side calves–you’ll be swimming in these. 

 

Born Knee High Boots

 

HEELS

1. EILEEN FISHER Stacked Heel

TME COMFORT SCORE: 2

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to buy a pair of her stacked heels. They make everything look chic (jeans, skirts, dresses…everything!) They’re also comfortable to walk in (not Danskos or Fly Londons comfort), but for heels? Really good. I bumped my comfort score to 2 because after wearing them ALL day in 92 degree weather with super swollen feet, the elastic dug in to my skin on the top of my feet. Curious if it will happen in the winter.  Even with that issue, I still love them, am happy I brought them home, and they’re still one of my top picks of the sale. 


Eileen Fisher Stacked Heel

2. Marc Fischer Sandal Heel

TME COMFORT SCORE: 3

I wanted to go home with these, but I didn’t. I love the yellow, I love the style, but they were just too high for me and not comfortable enough.  


Marc Fischer Sandal Heel

3. Dansko Platform Sandal

TME COMFORT SCORE: 2

I wanted to LOVE LOVE LOVE these–because hello! Dansko! But they weren’t perfect. They were a little loose and I wanted them to be snugger. I have to admit–I tried them on at the very end of my long day, and I see now that there’s a buckle that can be adjusted–ugh. And now they’re sold out-Boo! Hoping there will be some returns, so I can try them again–or get them somewhere else after the sale. I LOVED the way they  look with flares.

Dansko Platform Sandal

4.  EILEEN FISHER Fond-Su Sandal

TME COMFORT SCORE: 1 (If you have narrower feet) 

I’m looking for a new black “work heel” and was wondering if this one would be it. But…it’s not. These are made with ultra-soft suede that feels amazing to touch, but they’re too narrow for me and the straps are way too tight.  I also decided they’re a little too conservative for me style wise.

  


Eileen Fisher Fond-Su Sandal

SNEAKERS

1. Steve Madden Sneaker Booties

TME COMFORT SCORE: 2

I don’t know why I grabbed these–they’re not my typical style, but I’m glad I did. Camo is almost sold out, but check back if they don’t have your size—inventory is fluctuating. Even though I’m not a camo girl, it’s subtle and it worked. They were definitely comfortable enough, but I’m not going jogging in these (which is kind of my standard for anything sneaker…hence, the 2 rating). I WOULD wear them for running errands or going to the playground, though, and at this price I think that’s pretty darn good.

Steve Madden Sneaker Booties

2. Adidas Swift Run Sneaker

TME COMFORT SCORE: 3

I’m usually a New Balance gal all the way–but the price and coloring on these Adidas sold me for at least a try. Unfortunately, they were a no-go. The coloring is awesome in person (REALLY pretty gold specks), but they looked so weird on me. Way too much white sole and too wide.


Adidas Swift Run Sneaker

3.  Nike Air Zoom Sneaker

TME COMFORT SCORE: 2

Let’s start with the color—it’s really really cool. Photo doesn’t capture the coolness. As I said above, I’m usually a New Balance gal, and I think I’ll probably stay that way…at least for now. I liked these Nikes–they were lightweight, and the color is fantastic, but I don’t love the slip-on sock-fit design. Call me old school like that. 

Nike Air Zoom Sneaker

 

Shop All My Top Stylish Comfort Shoe Picks From The #NSale

 

Hope everyone’s sale shopping is going well and you aren’t too frustrated with all the sell-outs. I’m sure quite a few items will come back in stock once returns start happening–a lot of folks (like me) buy multiple sizes/colors and then return.  If you’re one of those people, GET THOSE RETURNS IN FAST!… pretty please.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the team’s faves and our full NSale coverage here!   

As always–here’s to happy feet and happy mamas!

-Linzi

8 COMMENTS

  1. I had to laugh at the opening of this article. As someone who has gone to both culinary school and nursing school, I have tried Danskos in both professions and still don’t like them! ? The NSale price for them is really good, though! Those Camo Steve Madden sneakers are really cute for fall and I’m always so happily surprised by how comfortable Vince Camuto shoes are. Even the heels! My one piece of advice…try Adidas Boost shoes. My personal faves are the Ultraboost X style. They. Are. Life changing. Great roundup, as usual!!!

    • Thanks for the comment and humor (as always), Elizabeth. Adidas boost are on my list–I definitely need to give them a try.

  2. LOVE all of these! However, I need serious recommendations for knee high/over the knee boots for narrow calves. It seems like it should be an easy thing to find, but after years and years and years of searching, I have had terrible luck. Please advise in the N-Sale!

    • Oh Christa—I’m not the lady to answer this. I definitely do not have narrow calves. Have you tried any of Shana’s pairs that she loves? As I try on boots this fall, I’ll keep you in mind when I’m trying to wrestle the zippers up over my calves–those pairs may be the boots for you. 🙂

  3. highly recommend checking out extra petite dot com for that — she has lots of very well-researched options for narrow calves!

  4. Thank you Linzi! IT’s legit a life long struggle 🙂 Every pair of “narrower” boots, that should fit, are still too large. I may have to resort to custom boots…which I would happily receive recs for custom boots also!

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