Summer Comfort Shoes: The Ultimate Guide To The Cutest & Most Stylish

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Well, if there ever was a time to embrace the comfort shoe, I would say it is these past three months (and likely the next three as well)! Where the HECK are you going to go in those pointy-toe stilettos??? There are always some nay-sayers regarding these comfort shoe posts, but know that I’m always here for you….ready to welcome you with a warm embrace when you’re ready to make the change. Notice I say “when” and not “if”…I am confident in this. Are you ready to slip your feet into a nice marshmallowy pair of Soffts, a supportive sporty pair of Gentle Souls, or a cushy soft pair of Cloudfeels?…I mean HELLO…just listen to those names…THESE, I’m telling you…are what your feet WANT!

I’m kidding, of course (sort of). I know there will always be a crew of you guys who will oppose these posts until the bitter end, wearing your gorgeous designer shoes and enduring those blisters and back pains and hip aches and foot damage…(should I go on?) for the sake of fashion. I support your passion for footwear. My passion for footwear, however, lies in shoes that meet my stringent requirements of being both cute AND comfortable.

Cute, Comfortable Summer Shoes: A Guide To Sandals & More

A few notes: 

  1. PRICE: I know most of these shoes are expensive. From my experience, comfort shoes from well-known brands that are designed well, made to last, and created to ACTUALLY support your feet cost more than I would like, but most of mine have lasted for years and years and have been worth the $.
  2. FLATS & HEELS: I didn’t include flats or heels this year because I’m just not wearing many of these, but if you are, I’m obsessed with this style. In general, Naturalizer heels are by far my favorite for comfortable heels. Everlane Day Gloves are my favorite by far for flats (*they just came out with new sustainable pointy toed flats and gorgeous espadrilles too*), and if you’re looking for slip-on sneaks, go here.
  3. WIDE SIZING: I know finding cute shoes in wide sizes can be hard, so this year I created a separate category of my top 12 picks.
  4. GOING FORWARD: I included some brands that focus on sustainability, and I would love to include more as well as some black-owned brands in future posts, so as always…please shout out in the comments if there are any comfortable shoe brands you love that I should check out.
  5. FINDING STUFF IN THIS POST: I’m an options gal (so I included a ton), but if you’re short on time, take a quick look at Shana’s and my top picks in the collage or click below to go directly to the category you’re interested in. 

And awaaaaaay we go…

Best Summer Comfort Shoes: Our Top Picks


Table Of Contents

1. Sandals On The Lighter Side
2. Sandals On The Darker Side
3. Sandals For the Bold
4. Wedges For Walkable Style
5. Summer Lovin’ Espadrilles
6. Slide Sandals (Without That Toe Thingy)
7. Easy Flip-Flops
8. Clippity-Clop Clogs
9. Wide Sizing


Marshmallowy Soffts, supportive Gentle Souls, cushy Cloudfeels, sporty EILEEN FISHERs & cute FitFlops...Our guide to stylish comfort shoes & sandals is here!

Shana’s Picks: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
Linzi’s Picks: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9


1. Light-Colored Sandals

Marshmallowy Soffts, supportive Gentle Souls, cushy Cloudfeels, sporty EILEEN FISHERS & cute FitFlops...Our guide to stylish comfort shoes & sandals is here!

2. Dark-Colored Sandals

Marshmallowy Soffts, supportive Gentle Souls, cushy Cloudfeels, sporty EILEEN FISHERS & cute FitFlops...Our guide to stylish comfort shoes & sandals is here!

3. Bold Sandals

Marshmallowy Soffts, supportive Gentle Souls, cushy Cloudfeels, sporty EILEEN FISHERS & cute FitFlops...Our guide to stylish comfort shoes & sandals is here!

4. Wedges For Walkable Style

Marshmallowy Soffts, supportive Gentle Souls, cushy Cloudfeels, sporty EILEEN FISHERS & cute FitFlops...Our guide to stylish comfort shoes & sandals is here!

5. Summer Lovin’ Espadrilles

Marshmallowy Soffts, supportive Gentle Souls, cushy Cloudfeels, sporty EILEEN FISHERS & cute FitFlops...Our guide to stylish comfort shoes & sandals is here!

6. Slide Sandals (Without That Toe Thingy)

Marshmallowy Soffts, supportive Gentle Souls, cushy Cloudfeels, sporty EILEEN FISHERS & cute FitFlops...Our guide to stylish comfort shoes & sandals is here!

7. Easy Flip Flops

Marshmallowy Soffts, supportive Gentle Souls, cushy Cloudfeels, sporty EILEEN FISHERS & cute FitFlops...Our guide to stylish comfort shoes & sandals is here!

8. Clogs

Marshmallowy Soffts, supportive Gentle Souls, cushy Cloudfeels, sporty EILEEN FISHERS & cute FitFlops...Our guide to stylish comfort shoes & sandals is here!

9. Wide Sizing

Marshmallowy Soffts, supportive Gentle Souls, cushy Cloudfeels, sporty EILEEN FISHERS & cute FitFlops...Our guide to stylish comfort shoes & sandals is here!

For you narrow-sized gals…I didn’t purposefully forget about you, but please help me out. What brands do you wear? The selection I’m finding in comfort shoes with narrow sizing is terrible…not cute at ALL! Shana has narrower feet than me (but not so narrow that she has to buy narrow size) and finds Naturalizer, UGGs, Everlane, Cole Haan, Kenneth Cole and EILEEN FISHER to work for her. Do those work for you other narrow-sized ladies? And for everyone else…please shout out any brands I missed or any you’re particularly loving these days. Love to hear from you guys (especially when we’re talking comfort shoes). Here’s To Happy Feet! Always!

-Linzi

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  1. I’m a narrow comfort shoe lover (I think I comment on your shoe posts almost every time – so here for cute AND comfy). Usually as long as things have adjustable closures (buckles, laces, velcro), then I’m set. Specific brands that have worked for me are Fly London, Clarks, Camper, Wanda Panda, Ecco, and Saltwater sandals (I know they’re flat but they’re still just so good and convenient to be able to get them wet because small people…). One brand I wish fit me better is Fluevogs. I ended up giving my pair to my sister. They are definitely comfy but their last just wasn’t right for my foot. So so cool styling though

    • Hi Allison! Thanks for the comment and all of the narrow-foot-friendly brand suggestions. Shana has a narrower foot than me, and I know she has had success with Gentle Soles and Eileen Fishers as well. And she has also been a Saltwater sandal fan for years. They are extremely convenient and super cute…just too flat for me. Will have to check out Fluevogs…I don’t know them. Thanks again and always good hearing from you. 🙂

  2. I have narrow feet and find that most comfort brands run SO WIDE. I’m looking at you, Sofft! I actually got a pair of Sorel sandals from REI with a thicker sole (super on sale!) after someone on the facebook group suggested the ones Shana recommended — they’re super narrow, I love them! Birkenstocks are usually too wide but the EVA gizeh in one size down actually works for me. I think Naot are narrow but a lot of their styles are a little too frumpy librarian for me, lol.

  3. So many great sandals! I know it is more time consuming, but where possible, perhaps you could link directly to manufacturers’ sites or even to smaller retailers, to help spread around the dollars spent by your readers? The Sandrens clogs, for instance, could link to the US Sandgrens website, which offers free shipping, instead of to Amazon.

    • Yes! Thank you so much, Jill, for this suggestion. I would love to do this in the future. I can definitely provide more options for smaller retailers and manufacturers’ sites in my next “Shoes I Tried” posts (next one should be coming in July). It’s a bit complicated, however, in these types of HUGE roundup posts (where I have all the little rectangles with writing underneath) because we use our affiliate network for the pretty formatting and unfortunately, many of the smaller brands aren’t linked up with them. BUT, and this is SUPER exciting…Shana is lobbying for affiliate networks to onboard more black-owned brands and small business brands for the exact purpose you mentioned…spreading around those dollars spent by our readers, so hopefully soon I will be able to include more of these small retailers in these types of round-up posts as well. Besides the shoe manufacturers’ sites, are there any small retailers that you love? Thank you so much for the request and happy to tell you we’re moving in that direction for sure!

  4. Great post. I’m wondering if someone could do an outdoor/hiking sandal post. I’m interested in purchasing but I find them to be quite ugly. Interested to hear about fashionable options.

    • Ha! I totally agree, Jess. They’re not super pretty. I wear and love these keens https://shopstyle.it/l/biKy1 because I can hike in them (not super long, but long enough) and also trudge through creeks trying to keep up with my kids… and they have great tread and toe-protection. BUT, they’re definitely not pretty. I like the look and color options of these chacos https://shopstyle.it/l/biKzk. I’m likely going to stick with Keens, though, because of that toe protection…it’s essential for me. Will put it out there to the other contributors that there’s some interest for a post. Thanks.

  5. Thank you SO much for the wide sizing inclusion! Usually I skip the shoe posts or just skim them wistfully, but now I’ve got 4 tabs open! Great roundup overall, as well.

    • These are gorgeous, Amanda! Do they provide much arch support? They unfortunately look like they would be too flat for me, but soooooooo pretty and nice to hear they’re a good option for narrow feet. Thanks for sharing the suggestion.

  6. I have narrow-ish feet (ball of foot measures as B width, but a particularly shallow instep and narrow heel). I usually just buy shoes in regular width, looking for adjustable buckle straps and reviews from wide-footed folks saying they were too narrow.

    One protip for comfort brands specifically is that velcro hook-and-loop closures are the WORST for narrow feet — depending on how the two sides of the velcro are structured, sometimes I can’t even get it to stay in a tight-enough position. Whereas buckles are much more flexible and I often don’t even have to use the smallest hole (you could also get more holes punched at the cobbler, not an option with velcro).

    Btw, I’m backing Shana up on the comfort of Bueno sandals! I bought the rainbow pair she posted about a while back and the leather is SO buttery. Support is pretty good, about on pair with Ecco dress sandals but not serious support like Vionics. I have very picky feet (no medical issues but sensitive skin and hard to fit foot shape), ordered the Buenos on a whim, and was shocked by how comfy they were. In fact I might order those braided slides too…

    • Such good suggestions for narrow-ish feet ladies. Thank you! I may have to try the Buenos…thanks for verifying Shana’s report. 🙂

  7. I love these roundups! Such good finds. I would love some closed toe options too. I work in medicine in a hot climate so am looking for the unicorn of shoes… closed toe but summery and comfortable for being on my feet all day. But cute with dresses. Do they exist?!?

    • I’m excited about this challenge! You’re right…that’s totally the unicorn of shoes. So…if I needed a closed toe shoe for work purposes and was on my feet all day, I personally would probably go Fly London, but I know their style isn’t for everyone. Here are a couple of options if you DO like their style: https://shopstyle.it/l/biRCl or https://shopstyle.it/l/biRFB or https://shopstyle.it/l/biRDX. Fly Londons provide just the right amount of comfort and support for me, but these aren’t SUPER summery.

      The other option I would likely do is Espadrilles. I think Eileen Fisher has the prettiest, summer-iest out there right now AND they’re on super sale. https://shopstyle.it/l/biRB6, but Everlane has a new Espadrille line I’ve been wanting to try too. https://shopstyle.it/l/biRHk. This may be worthy of a whole post…hmmm…my brain is a churning. Also…if you’re looking for Fly Londons and are want to shop local…many local “comfort shoe” stores carry them, like our own local https://blshoes.com/.
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  8. I always love your posts, Linzi! As someone who received my very first pair of Louboutin stilettos for my birthday in May and my newest Birkenstocks (the washed metallic rose big buckle Arizonas that A shared a while ago) today, I can truly appreciate all shoes, I think! Haha! I have pretty narrow feet, and I can wear Birk’s Gizeh and Madrid normally, but got the Arizonas in narrow. I have and LOVE the Ugg Karli sandals. So, so comfortable. And I just got the Sam Edelman version of that sandal and they really are equally comfortable! Thanks for this very comprehensive round up! Can’t wait for the next one!

    • OMG Elizabeth…you have to send me a photo of you in those stilettos…I LOVE IT! Or maybe a side by side in Birkenstocks AND Louboutins. 🙂

  9. Agree with Emily! A treasure trove. Thanks, Linzi. Any ideas on sources for covered toe sandals with a smidge of extra width and arch support. Afraid my runner’s toenails aren’t ready for prime time.

    • I just replied to Jessica….I’m feeing a challenge calling my name. I’ve been happy with my peep toe Born sandals that are on sale right now here https://shopstyle.it/l/biRJz. They show just a touch of my toe nails, so I can totally have a terrible pedicure situation and still feel comfortable. Not a ton of arch support, but a cushy footbed and more comfortable than most flat sandals I’ve tried. I have not wide, but on-the-wider-side feet, and they’ve been fine. Completely closed toe is definitely more challenging. I think espadrilles may be the best answer…will keep searching.

  10. To echo Caroline and Jessica – closed toe options would be great. I thought I was the only one and had basically given up on summer shoes – but glad to see there are others in the same boat.

  11. Oh my gosh y’all are KILLING me!!! I DO NOT NEED any more summer shoes (ok let’s be honest, I don’t need ANY shoes, for any season. lol!) yet here I am, with 8 (EIGHT!!!) tabs open and I’m seriously perusing them ALL. Uggg! Hahaha thanks for another awesome post!!

    • Hahaha! I have tried SOOOOOO many of these sandals and yet I still think that I may need to order just one more. These are dangerous posts for sure!

    • You’re totally right on the Eccos! I’m usually not drawn to their styles, but this year they have several super cute sandals that I missed! I love the simplicity of these https://shopstyle.it/l/biRLs and these look like a great supportive flip flop option. https://shopstyle.it/l/biRLw. Thank you for pointing this out! Good to hear about the CC Corso Comos. They have some really cute styles, but I haven’t tried them yet to determine if they’re really comfortable, so I’m glad to hear you have and they’re good. Last year I included a sporty/water-friendly category with Tevas, but there wasn’t that much interest, so I didn’t include it this year. I’m hearing, though, that people are looking for some sportier/hiking sandal options, so we will definitely keep that in mind! Thanks so much for the comment, Chana.

  12. That’s great to hear, Linzi! I always love your posts. I like Village Shoes in Ashland, OR, and Benjamin Lovell shoes right here in Philly. Thanks!

  13. For closed toe but summery, I second Fly London and would also suggest seeing what Naot makes. The pair I have is super old, but is a sandal back but Mary Jane front. Think cute librarian in summer vibe.

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