If you live in any major city, then you know that the shoe of your choice is an important choice. Between running for cabs, walking blocks away from your office to try that new sushi burrito everyone is talking about, or simply standing on your feet all day, the comfort and model of your shoe can easily determine whether you're a working in ease, or working in pain. Some shoes simply aren't built for daily wear and the work week. I learned that the hard way — sorry toes. We all know the saying: "Healthy feet, healthy back, healthy posture." Wait…that's not a saying. But you get the point. Here's six top shoes for, men and women, that provide a stylish build and look without compromising comfort.
Gunner Driver Shoe
Wolf & Shepherd
Wolf & Shepherd is known for making quality shoes with a quality price tag and these shoes certainly do not disappoint. For men in the workforce who have a long commute whether driving, walking, or using public transportation, the Gunner Driver ($225) is modeled to provide maximum comfort in an elegant and practical design. Made of water resistant Italian suede, the shoe is a nod to the traditional Italian driving shoe. The pair features an instant-forming memory foam footbed, sheepskin lining, and is lightweight. Great for summer, fall, and early winter, style and practicality meet in harmony with the Gunner Driver.
Gemma Mule Shoe
Madewell is one of those brands that is quick to recognize the best trends in every season. This summer, designer loafers and mules seemed to rule the catwalks and for good reason. The Gemma Mule ($98) is a sleek, simple shoe available in velvet and leather, and features a leather lining and sole. The type of shoe you can dress up or dress down, the Gemma Mule is perfect for all your sundresses and fall skirts, or your favorite jeans. (P.S. Madewell makes some good jeans.)
Ecco Helsinki Bike Toe Tie
Helsinki Bike Toe Tie
Ecco is another brand that is known for consistently producing shoes that maintain the aesthetic of a work appropriate shoe, while wearing like a pair of sneakers. The Helsinki Bike Toe Tie ($150) is no different, offering maximum shoe absorption (to minimize the pressure and weight on your feet), moisture absorbent lining, removable leather insoles, and a full grain leather on the outside body. The shoe is nice to look at, feels great for the wearer all day, and can be worn in casual and dress settings.
Crosby Driver Shoe
Because women drive too! Coach is a classic brand featuring some of the most fashionable and trendy leather goods for women (and men). The Crosby Driver ($195) is another shoe intentionally designed for the wearer on the go, joining pebble leather, a flexible sole insert, and a sleek metal embellishment to honor Coach's heritage style, the shoe delivers a high fashion look without the hidden pain. Fashion and everyday wear meet in the middle with the Crosby Driver, available in both brown and black leather. If the driver shoe is not casual enough for you, try looking at Coach's ballet flats that offer the same sleek look, with a younger vibe.
Named after all those Wayne's out there, Dansko's Wayne Slip-Ons ($140) are made for the everyday man who needs comfort and practicality all in one. Made with a slip-resistant outsole, a cushioned midsole, a removable triple-density footbed, and a leather sock lining for prolonged comfort, Wayne is a shoe you can rely on for all your summer, fall, and winter errands. Designed with a more casual look in both black and brown, the shoe is great for days out of the office, weekends, and dads.
2314 VelvetJPW Shoe
Superga is an Italian brand that has made a name for itself in American beauty and fashion blogs. The 2314 VelvetJPW ($129) is a shoe designed for the woman on the run who still wants a little bit of height provided by her shoe. Superga, queen of platform sneakers, takes the minimal look of a Converse sneaker and adds some pizazz with a platform build that is neither too low or too high, but just right.