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The 32 Most Comfortable Shoes & Sneakers for Women, According to Experts

CEO Tinh Phung
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All products and services featured are independently chosen by editors. However, Footwear News may receive a commission on orders placed through its retail links, and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.

Finding the most comfortable women’s shoes or sneakers can be complicated. Whether you’re looking for women’s dress shoes, flats or ankle booties to wear with casual dresses, or one workout shoes for running, hiking, walking, or training at the gym, there are many factors to consider. Are you susceptible to blisters or painful foot disorders? What’s your foot type? What terrain are you running on? See, the list can go on and on.

In an uncomfortable pair of sneakers, you’re practically in a sweaty foot prison and can endure pain for the long term. “Wearing the wrong shoes may lead to problems such as lowered performance, discomfort such as in plantar fasciitis and runner’s knee, injuries, and even flat feet,” says Dr. Miguel Cunha, founder of Manhattan’s Gotham Footcare and leading New York City podiatrist.

But what is it that defines a shoe as “comfortable” or right for your foot? According to a 2018 study by Scientific Reports, minimal shoes with less cushion can increase the foot muscles and maintain arch stiffness. “People who are habitually barefoot or minimally shod have much lower rates of flat feet than habitually shod populations,” the study says. While minimal or barefoot shoes might be the most healthy option and provide better stability, that doesn’t mean that transitioning from cushioned shoes will be comfortable.

According to the Journal of Foot and Ankle research, finding the “healthiest” and most “comfortable” shoe “is a complex and multifaceted concept that is influenced not only by structural and functional aspects of shoe design, but also by task requirements and anatomical and physiological differences between individuals.” Thus, it’s challenging to draw strong conclusions about the most comfortable shoes for women without understanding more about the disparities between them.

Nonetheless, make sure to switch out your sneakers one to two times per year. “Your shoes will need to be replaced approximately every six months if you are running and approximately 10 months if you are just walking,” Dr. Cunha says. “It doesn’t matter if they still look new; if the support has been worn out, you’re at a much higher risk of injury.” Cunha recommends taking note of the date you buy a new pair of sneakers. “This will help you to keep track of when you’re due for a new pair.”

With so many comfortable sneakers to choose from these days, where does one begin? To help decipher between the best of the best, Dr. Cunha and more foot experts weigh in below on the most comfortable shoes for women who have flat fleet and high arches. Then, we scoured the Internet for the most comfortable women’s sneakers and shoes with top customer reviews that are also super cute. (While you could splurge for a reasonably comfortable pair of designer women’s sneakers, these ultra-practical options are your best bets for all-day support and wearability.)

Ready to shop? Ahead, check out the 33 most comfortable shoes for women with sneaker styles from Nike, New Balance, Allbirds, Adidas, and more.

Top Most Comfortable Shoes for Women 2022

Best for Cross-Training: Nike Metcon 8 X Sneakers

  • Size range: 5-12
  • Weight: Smokey Grey, Thistle, Pink, Purple-Volt
  • Materials: Mesh, rubber, foam
  • Pros: Wide and flat heel provides a great amount of stability
  • Cons: Only a few subtle differences from the Metcon 7
  • Additional notes: Grooves in the sole let your forefoot bend naturally.

Nike Metcon 8 X Sneakers Image: Nike Metcon 8 X Sneakers

React Foam provides plenty of cushioning for high-impact activities, while the wide, flat heel provides a steady platform weight training in the Nike Metcon 8 X, making these some of the most comfortable cross-training shoes available. (To note, the brand’s Metcon series offers some of the best CrossFit shoes, too.)

What reviewers say: “These are very comfortable and sturdy. The feel locked in but not too rigid. The colors are more beautiful in real life.”

Best for Everyday: New Balance 327 Sneakers

  • Size range: 5-12
  • Colorways: Black, grey, and white
  • Materials: Suede and nylon
  • Pros: Great for those with narrow feet
  • Cons: Run large

New Balance’s sneakers are some of the best comfortable shoes for every day. Its 327 sneakers have a pastel-hued suede and nylon fabrication that’s equal parts breathable and stylishly retro. The well-cushioned midsole delivers unmatched comfort for work and play.

What reviewers say: “This is the most comfortable shoe I have ever owned. I have plantar and I stand on my feet all day at work. This shoe keeps me comfortable through the entire day. I had to get another pair. It helps that they look cool as well.”

New Balance 327 Sneakers Image: New Balance 327 Sneakers

Best for Running: Allbirds Tree Dashers 2 Sneakers

  • Size range: 5-11
  • Weight: 8.56oz
  • Materials: FSC-certified TENCEL™ Lyocell (eucalyptus tree fiber) upper, SweetFoam midsole made with sugarcane-based green EVA, FSC-certified natural rubber outsole
  • Pros: Lightweight
  • Cons: Fits tight
  • Additional notes: Shoe laces made from recycled plastic bottles, castor bean oil-based insole foam

You’ll toss your old-school running shoes after one jog in Allbirds’ Tree Dasher sneakers. The brand’s removable castor bean sockliner provides flexible and anatomical support, while the dual-density SweetFoam midsole is made with the world’s first carbon negative green EVA that’s extra plush. And if you aren’t a runner, these shoes are great for nurses or anyone who stands all day.

What reviewers say: “These shoes are the bomb! Great arch support, exceptional cushioning, stable heel and as comfortable as anyone could want.”

Allbirds Tree Dashers 2 Sneakers Image: Allbirds Tree Dashers 2 Sneakers

Best for Chronic Foot Pain: Dr