15 Cute & Comfortable Summer Shoes: Reviews With Selfies

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Who’s still searching for comfortable and stylish summer shoes? I am SO happy, you guys–SO SO happy– that many of you are loving the comfort shoe “thing!” It was just a little over a year ago that I wrote my first post for The Mom Edit, and I was literally sick to my stomach when Gwen texted that she hit the “publish” button. I had no idea if any of the TME readers would be interested in comfortable shoes, and I was absolutely terrified about putting my very opinionated thoughts on shoes out there. It turns out that yes, there are some of you who very clearly aren’t interested in the comfort shoe convo (or only interested in the summer—haha, that one was for you, Elizabeth!), but there are a ton of you who LOVE comfort shoes all year long for all kinds of reasons. Yay! 

There was a ton of interest in the travel shoe post, as well as the summer sandal comfort shoe round-up, so this is a follow-up to those posts. I tried on an embarrassing number of shoes in prepping for those posts and remembered to take selfies from different angles for at least some of them. So for any of you still looking for summer shoes, I included below my personal pros and cons of each. You’ll find EILEEN FISHER, Gentle Soul, UGG, Fly London, Vionic, Born, Pon, Allbirds, Melissa, Isle Jacobsen, FitFlop, MIA, Dr. Scholls, Sorels, and Naturalizer…and if you’re looking for a mini-review of the clogs I tried, go here. Phew! This is yet another Linzi MONSTER post, so keep scrolling to find the ones you’re looking for, or just scroll to the end to shop them all.

Best Summer Shoes & Sandals For Women

Photo at the Top: Red Fly Londons | Black Gentle Souls | Beige EILEEN FISHERs | Gold Borns | Tan Isle Jacobsens | Brown Sorels

1.  EILEEN FISHER

Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.
At Nordstrom | At Zappos (some colors)

Pros: The style is beautiful. EILEEN FISHER rarely disappoints in terms of classy design that also reads current and stylish. A TME favorite are these EILEEN FISHER sports, but I personally like these strappy ones better and am kind of dying over this red one that’s on super sale. The thinner mixed width straps are more flattering and interesting I think. The stretchy straps feel great on. With the snug straps on top and the higher zippered back, they feel very supportive (perfect for running after kiddos). This color is also really pretty in person, and they have a range of other really pretty and somewhat unusual shades as well. When you put this shoe on, it feels high quality—the zipper, the straps, the material…all good.

Cons: Pricey

2.  Gentle Souls

Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.
At Nordstrom 

Pros: I am loving Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole these days for their cool shoe designs and attention to comfort. These are super cushy and comfortable. One of the straps has a tiny bit of elastic, and it’s just enough that you can pull the shoe strap on without unbuckling (huge bonus in my opinion). Love the look, too.

Cons: I’m always concerned about shoes with white bottoms. They get dirty easily. Not THAT big of a deal and easy to wipe off, but anytime I wear a shoe with a contrasting white bottom, I sometimes look down and am disappointed that they don’t look as fresh as when I first got them. 

3. UGGs

Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, UGGs, Sorels, Pon, MIA, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.
At Nordstrom | At Zappos 

Pros: These are super-soft, super-cushy, and the color is so super-pretty in person. I really like the style and look of these and am a huge fan of the color I’m wearing, as well as the red. The red shade is perfect….not too in-your-face red (if that makes sense).

Cons: They stretch out a bit, so if you have very narrow feet, these may not be for you. I personally don’t love slide shoes. They don’t feel as secure as these UGGs with the back strap (especially when you need to keep up with wild kiddos). Unfortunately this season, though, the UGGs with the back strap don’t come in as many fabulous colors as the slides.

4.  Fly London

Finding the TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Fly London, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Fly London, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.
Red Fly Londons | At Zappos 

Pros: Oh Fly London—how I love you! You make SUCH fabulously fun shoes! All Fly London wedges fit me the same—-super-comfortable and when I’m walking, they feel more like a sneaker than a heel because of the rubber supportive wedge. I also love that they use hidden velcro for easy off and on (instead of having to mess with the buckle). This color is brilliant…a really fun redish-orangish that makes a true statement. For most Fly Londons I have purchased, I find I wear them year after year because the brand doesn’t necessarily follow traditional fashion trends. They just kind of do their own thing, which means they’re never really on-trend or off-trend, and therefore become longtime closet pieces for me.

Cons: Pricey for a statement shoe, and I know the style isn’t for everyone.

5.  Vionic

Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.
At Nordstrom | At Amazon (on sale some sizes)

Pros: Okay guys, these are ridiculously comfortable. I didn’t keep them because I have another pair of shoes that are similar in style, but I’m regretting it. I’m actually considering ordering them again (maybe in brown or another similar style) and doing a full review post of how they hold up walking all day long. These were the most comfortable shoe I tried. They perfectly molded to the arch of my foot and felt like they would be perfect for city walking.

Cons: The style is fine. Nothing terribly exciting or interesting, but nothing bad either. Another negative is there’s no elastic on the strap, so I had to use the buckle each time I tried them on –I know, I know…how lazy am I?? But it’s a “thing” if you are a shoes-off household and constantly slipping shoes off and on. I also know that some people find Vionics feel TOO supportive– the footbed on this pair IS more firm and supportive (rather than cushy and bouncy). I’m between sizes usually, and I should have sized down 1/2 size in these. 

6.  Borns 

TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, UGGs, Sorels, Pon, MIA, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, UGGs, Sorels, Pon, MIA, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.
At Nordstrom | At Zappos 

Pros: I’ve been wearing these as my go-to summer travel sandal. They’ve been awesome. They are lightweight and take up no room in the suitcase. The light gold is really pretty in person, and it would go well with a lot of different skin tones. All of the other colors are really pretty in person too. They’re a thin flat shoe, so they aren’t going to provide a ton of arch support, but they did feel significantly more supportive than the Pons. They also are a lot cushier than the Pons. I was pleasantly surprised with the rubber bottom sole—it had a bit more traction than I expected during a recent trip where I was walking in them on slippery dirt paths.

Cons: They’re flat, so they’re not THE most flattering shoes ever for those of us with short legs and I like to say “stronger and sturdier” (i.e. bigger) ankles. Wedges are more flattering for sure when it comes to elongating my legs when wearing dresses, but I apparently don’t care (ha!) because I’m wearing them anyway ALL the time. 

7.  Pons

TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, UGGs, Sorels, Pon, MIA, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, UGGs, Sorels, Pon, MIA, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.
At Amazon | At Backcountry

Pros: The leather is gorgeous. These are a really pretty shade of gray and come in a beautiful range of equally pretty colors. I really like this stye for a casual effortless cool look. I’ve seen several people wearing them with beautiful linen dresses as well as jeans and a tee and they ooze “I’m not trying that hard, but I still look fabulous” vibe. Also, as suggested by a reader who loves these, they are perfect for when you are in desperate need of a pedicure.

Cons: I didn’t find them that comfortable. They are very flat and don’t have any cushion or arch support. They were soft and I don’t think they would rub in weird ways, but not enough support for me.

8.  Allbirds 

Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.At Allbirds

Pros: I may have rolled my eyes a bit when I first saw Shana’s Allbirds. I thought they looked plain and boring. But then I was getting ready for a family trip, started to panic about what sneakers I was going to pack, and then ordered these. They are ridiculously soft, ridiculously lightweight, and slide on and off with ridiculous ease. They are pretty much THE ideal shoe for airplanes and long travel days in the car. I am also very tempted to try their new flats–super cute.

Cons: For me, a con is that they ARE fairly plain. For others, that would be a pro. They also don’t have a ton of traction—I slid a bit on dirt paths during my travel. Finally, they don’t have AS much arch support as I typically like (I like A LOT of support). So you may say…Linzi, why don’t you just put your Superfeet in these?  Well, the thing is, the Allbirds insole is kind of their “thing”…it’s super cushy and wool and cozy (but not hot somehow), and I wasn’t willing to change it out on vacation because they feel SO good. Now that I’m home, I switched them out and yes, they feel more supportive, but it’s not quite right, so I’m leaving the wool cushy ones in. With all those cons, I somehow still really do like them overall and have been wearing them a lot.

9.  Melissa

Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.
At Shopbop

Pros: I really like the style and color combo of these and wear them all the time. They’re cute and seem to go with everything. Also love that Melissa shoes can get wet with no problems. The footbed is cushy and feels great–I just walked a mile to dinner and a mile back and they still felt fantastic (see note below, though, about walking ALL day long.) I haven’t had any “inappropriate noise problems” that some plasticy/rubbery shoes have when your feet get sweaty/wet. I hear a tiny slap slap when I’m walking (but nothing terrible) and if I wiggle my toes a lot and they’re wet or sweaty, I hear a little squeaking (but again..nothing terrible).

Cons: Although I love the style, they’re not my go-to’s if I’m going to be walking the city all day long. My feet are a little (not a lot, though) achy after walking for several hours on pavement and the between-the-toe thing is okay, but feels less okay after lots and lots and lots of walking. It’s a very rubbery shoe, so the material isn’t as soft as some of my leather and fabric shoes. 

10.  Ilse Jacobsen

Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.
At Nordstrom | At Zappos | At Zappos (Metallics)

Pros: These were a surprise find. I was in Nordstrom looking for wedges and came across these Ilse Jacobsens. These are WAY cuter in person. Hard to describe, but the white jagged sole is a tiny bit edgy and doesn’t read as conservative or as preppy as the photos. They are super soft and style wise, they’re a great cross between a sneaker and a flat. Because they are a bit dressier than most sneakers, they can easily be worn with skirts, but my favorite way to wear them is with denim. They also come in really good color options–I had a hard time deciding.

Cons: Is it possible there are none?? I guess maybe the style isn’t for everyone.

11.  FitFlops

Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.
At FitFlop (on sale) | At Amazon (some sizes/colors on sale)

Pros: These are old, but they’re my favs and I snapped some selfies, so I’m including them. When asked about the MOST comfortable flip flops, I always recommend these. I can walk the city in these all day long and feel fine. When I get home after wearing new shoes that I’m trying out that aren’t super comfy, I put these on to treat my feet. They’re cushy and soft and supportive and make my feet very happy. These are my summer shoe default. Amazon also has silver and bronze which are really pretty.

Cons: The biggest negative is they’re clunky. They’re fine for me, but some of my skinnier ankled friends complain that they look too big and bulky on them. They do have many styles that aren’t as clunky, but the clunky ones are my favs. Also, they’re a bit pricey for basic flip flops in my opinion… until you try them on and you then realize they’re totally worth it. 

12.  MIAs

Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.
At Amazon | At Nordstrom

Pros: Very reasonably priced. I’ve been wanting to try a pair of cushy sandals by MIA because they get such good reviews for comfort and are way less expensive than most comfort brands. I thought these were cute, and I was in to the white as a fun pop for summer. Very soft, very comfy, with a nice cushy footbed.

Cons: I should have tried these MIAs instead. I can’t wear slides. They just slip off of my feet when I’m walking. I’ll have to try again with this brand. I will also try a 1/2 size bigger–they were a tad short in the length.  

13.  Dr. Scholls

Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.
At Nordstrom | At DSW

Pros: SO super cute! I love the mix of tan, wood grain heel, and cheetah print. So fun!  I also love that they are made by Dr. Scholls and meet my comfy standards for a wedge.  

Cons: The material on the strap was pretty stiff. I’m guessing it would break in with time, but it was an instant turn off when I tried them on.  Also, size up if you are between sizes. I needed a half size bigger. 

14.  Sorels

Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.At Sorel (on sale) | At Zappos (on sale)

Pros: Other people LOVE these! Many readers and reviewers think these are fabulous. Reader Heather reported that she wore them all over Europe with shorts, skirts, jeans, and dresses and they were perfect. They have an extremely secure feeling with the elastic straps, and the bottoms have really good tread, so I imagine these would be great for being prepared for slippery surfaces, impromptu hikes while traveling, or a bit of rock scrambling with the kiddos.

Cons: Too flat for me and not enough arch support. I also was hoping that these would be “water-friendly” since they’re made by Sorel, but after getting them I enquired and Sorel said they may do okay in rain and light showers, but they weren’t built for water. 

15.  Naturalizer

Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.Finding the best summer shoes & sandals just got easier. TME tried 15 of the cutest, most comfy brands — Vionic, Allbirds, EILEEN FISHER — reviews inside.

At Nordstrom | At Zappos

Pros: These are my newest heel and I love them! I wouldn’t walk in them all day long (that’s ridiculous talk), but I’ve worn them to special events and even date night and walked several blocks and have been fine.  They’re high, but the heel is thick and sturdy and they have decent support (for a heel).

Cons: More support and more comfortable than any other heel I’ve EVER tried, but they’re still heels! I’m clearly not walking the whole city in these. 

 

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-Linzi

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  1. Elizabeth Rafter on

    Haha!!! Thanks for thinking of me!!! I’m really happy with the MIA sandals I got this summer and I have a few pairs of Dr. Scholls ones that are really comfortable. I love the pair you’ve shared here, too! What a great, fun neutral sandal!

    • Of course I think of you, Elizabeth! Your comments always make me smile. Little by little….those comfort shoes are going to creep in to your wardrobe…watch out!!!

  2. So I have been wearing PONS all summer. They took a week of non stop wearing and the hairdryer trick to break them in. I bought them because I lost my part of my big toenail right as sandal season began and they have been perfect for protecting my toe and feeling cute. 😊

    • Oh, these are totally the PERFECT summer shoe if you are having any toenail issues for sure, Maria! Good to know that the hairdryer trick helped. Curious, though…do they feel supportive enough on the bottom of your foot after breaking in?

  3. This is so helpful – thank you! I’ve been looking to up my game from my Birkenstock Gizeh, which I’ve been wearing constantly for the last few summers, and these are some great options to consider.

    Can I ask another question? Linzi, have you tried the Everlane Day Glove? I’m a comfort shoe fan (see Gizeh on repeat, above) and would love to know how the Day Glove stacks up as a closed-toe option for summer city walking. Thanks for the great shoe posts!

    • I think Birkenstock Gizeh looks great–Keep rocking those if you love them! I haven’t personally tried the Everlane Day Glove. It’s another one of those “Shana shoes” that she looks gorgeous in, but I don’t ACTUALLY believe her when she says they’re super super comfortable. I HAVE seen her walking in them all day long, though, and multiple other friends have them and say they’re super comfortable. I’m not a huge flats wearer, so that’s why I’ve held off trying them. They’re really cute, though, and everyone loves them! Maybe I need to try them for my fall roundup. If you end up trying them—email me at Linzi@themomedit.com and let me know how they feel.

  4. Thank you for this! I have the UGGs with the back strap and they have stretched out after two years, sad. I recently bought old school Tevas for summer and have to say I’m loving them. Not cute but for summer they’ll do. I’d love for you to do a fall comfort shoe post!

    • I think old school Tevas are totally cute! And so practical for jumping in to sprayground parks whenever you want! A Fall Comfort Shoe post around September/October is on my list for sure. Here are 2 I did from last fall: HERE and HERE.

  5. I LOVE a comfort shoe post!!!! I have foot issues and so ALL of my shoes “have” to be comfort shoes. And i consider myself a stylish person and these two things don’t go together usually. I can’t wear a heel so I would love a post about comfort shoes for dressing up (think holiday cocktail party – perhaps you can address this as the holiday’s approach – it is a real issue!) including some flat and UNDER two inch heel options. A challenge for sure.

    • Chris, this is an awesome idea. A total challenge, though, for sure–it’s making me nervous already. I can hear the negative facebook comments now! I feel like I often just pretend I don’t see my feet when I’m getting dressed for a holiday party and want to wear Danskos…that’s not so helpful, though. Okay– I’ll give it a go. Curious…what are some of your favorite brands so I can try and include them?

    • Totally agree, Candace. I knew as soon as I put the PONS on, they were going to be too flat for me. Interesting find with Viscata. Interested to hear if any other readers have tried them…they look nice and supportive. I don’t love the white bottoms on them, though— I like the PONS and the Borns similar style because they’re so simple and streamlined. Ahhhh….Birkenstocks. I just haven’t been a huge Birkenstock person recently. I was very tempted to try some of their new thinner strapped metallic sandals this summer–Just didn’t get around to it. It’s going to be on the top of my list for next summer. I used to wear them and loved them, but then just got tired of the styles.

  6. Here’s a tip for the white bottom and sides of your shoes looking dingy…use micellar water and a microfiber cloth. They’ll look good as new! I use this trick for all of my white bottomed shoes! I swear it’s magic!

  7. Linzi, I am going to be a pest again but… PLEASE remember to mention which shoes come in wide! Most of us with wide feet (or bunions) have no choice but to buy “comfort” shoes, but the shoes are not going to be comfortable if they don’t fit on our feet!

    • Not a pest at all! I obviously need the reminder!! I know I get frustrated sometimes with just restricting myself to the “comfort brands”…so you having to restrict even more to only wide sizing and trying to find stylish shoes must be even more frustrating. I will take a look this weekend at what comes in wide sizing in to this post as well as my Nordstrom shoe post. Thanks for the reminder, Jen.

  8. I just got exactly those Sorels (same color) and I think they are very comfy — but my husband says it looks like I am wearing bandages. Is he right? I want him to be wrong – I don’t really love any of the other colors (except the cool orange/multi, but not as practical) and hate the hassle of the return.

    • I think I’m in the minority with not loving the comfort of the Sorels—I’ve heard from a lot of people that think they’re really comfortable. And OF COURSE your husband is wrong–If you want him to be wrong! 🙂 There are some people who think the Eileen Fishers (the ones with the wide straps) in some colors also look like bandages…..I’m maybe not the person to ask. I say if YOU love them…wear them!

  9. I love your comfort shoes posts. THANK YOU for including them so I can see some new ideas. Comfort shoes are generally all I wear after having surgery on each foot.. Eileen Fisher, Ecco, and Sorel are my go tos. Occasionally Mephisto but they are so pricy! I have to have a back strap so glad to see you included those. I can’t wear anything flat because it helps me to have a little lift and a small wedge at least. EF heels and boots can be great too, when I find them on sale. I wish those Fly Londons came in a good blue; I love the red but don’t wear that color.

    Also, a Magic Eraser works well on the white bottoms of shoes. Also will try the tip above with micellar water and microfiber cloth. But a Magic Eraser is very handy and my boys use it on their precious Nike sneakers!

    • Hoping Fly London has some new good fall options…will look for a pretty blue! Brilliant with the magic eraser….I have a feeling my older son will be entering the precious Nike sneaker phase soon, so now I will be prepared. SO LOVE YOU GUYS for all your suggestions in the comments.Thank you!

    • LOL! Yep, Christy…that’s me…making the world a better place through trying to convince everyone to invest in comfortable shoes. Hahahah!

  10. Belated thanks here, Linzi– just back from travels! I really appreciate this… and also that you photograph your feet in the shoes from the top. That can help a lot in determining if non-W shoes will fit wide feet also– I bet the Allbirds here would.

  11. Hi Linzi! I’m just going to put it out there that I’m hoping you’ll do a post on fashionable fall/winter comfort shoes in a variety of styles (not just boots). Love your posts!

    • Awww! Thanks, Jessica. Fall/winter comfort shoes (not just boots) is in the works! I’m slow, though, so probably not until end of September/beginning of October. 🙂

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