25 of the Most Comfortable High Heels That’ll Make Your Feet Happy

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Heels can, quite literally, *elevate* any outfit (sorry, had to), but while they look stylish, wearing them often comes at a price: You have to sacrifice your precious toes, arches, and ankles, stock up on bandaids, and/or buy extra inserts to relieve the pain. Ever want to take a pair of shoes off the second you put it on? Same. Not very fun.

Dr. Robert K. Lee, board-certified podiatric surgeon and chief of podiatric surgery at the UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center, says some common injuries from wearing heels include ankle sprains, bunions, tailors bunions, or hammertoes from narrow toe boxes, as well as metatarsalgia, which is essentially pain in the ball of your foot from the increased pressure.

When shopping for heels, Dr. Lee recommends seeking out certain features for as much comfort as possible. Platforms put “less pressure on the forefoot when walking,” heels with wider bases “provide more stability when walking and reduce risk of twisting the ankle,” and open-toed designs because they “don’t apply that same pressure to the toes” as closed-toe styles often do.

Also, you might be tempted to opt for a heel that’s slightly larger than your normal size to avoid any blisters or rubbing, a la Meghan Markle and other celebs. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t work! “Like with Goldilocks and the Three Bears, you want the shoe size to be ‘just right,'” says Dr. Lee. “If your shoes are too small, they will feel too tight, and the pressure from the shoe against the toes in the forefoot will cause pain. But if they’re too loose, you will have more movement of the foot within the shoe when you’re walking, and that will cause more rubbing and blisters due to excessive friction.”

Another pro tip: look for heels made from high-quality leather because it’s a flexible material that’ll conform to the shape of your foot better than synthetic stuff. “More rigid, ‘plasticky’ materials are less forgiving and will put more pressure on the forefoot causing more pain,” says Dr. Lee. “Additionally, better leather breathes more, so you have less moisture in the foot from sweat, which reduces the incidence of blisters.” So, if you’re willing to invest some moolah in a quality pair of heels, take comfort in the fact that they’ll most likely be less painful (and last longer!) down the road.

Some pain-reducing shoe “accessories” can be worth it, too. Dr. Lee says you can place gel pads into the plantar forefoot area of the shoe for more shock absorption. Heel grips help provide more stability and less slippage if the heel area is too loose. Also, moleskin and anti-blister sticks can lessen friction when applied to blister-prone areas of your feet.

With ALL this expert guidance in mind, it might seem overwhelming to find a heel that’s both chic AND comfy. But the good news is, they’re definitely out there—even if it takes endless internet browsing to scout ’em out. Lucky for you, we’ve already done the work and compiled a list of the 25 most comfortable high heels in various silhouettes, textures, and heights. You’re sure to find at least one that works with your personality. From mules to platforms, we have you covered with all the actually comfy styles you could ever ask for. Wave goodbye to achy, sore feet and say hello to your new fave heels below.

Our top picks for the most comfortable heels to shop now:

  • these cork wedges

    Giselle Cove Sandal Clarks

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  • these Mary Janes

    Jildie Pump Sam Edelman

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  • these toe-ring block heels

    Una Thong Sandal Zou Xou

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  • these bow-trimmed stilettos

    Strappy Stiletto Sandal Marion Parke

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  • these low wedges

    Mirai Sandal Cult Gaia

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For even more heavenly shoes that won’t hurt your feet click the links for the best sneaker brands, the best flats, the most comfortable overall shoes, and the most comfortable sandals.

these cork wedges

Giselle Cove Sandal

  • Buckle can sit right on ankle bone

This Clarks pair is one of the brand’s best-selling styles because of a triple-threat combo of sole-saving features: it’s got a foam footbed, adjustable strap, and lightweight cork sole. These come in a bunch of other colors as well, and they make a great go-to casual summer sandal.

these Mary Janes

Jildie Pump

  • Some review say the material is squeaky and rigid

If you’re looking for more of an unconventional heel, this style might be up your alley. The patent leather gives ’em some shine, and the slingback strap paired with the thicker heel will keep them secure on your feet.

these toe-ring block heels

Una Thong Sandal

  • Handmade with quality leather

Looking for a shoe to complete your ‘fit? Look no further. The straps perfectly hug your toes, so you’ll glide around all day with these beauties securely on your feet.

these bow-trimmed stilettos

Strappy Stiletto Sandal

  • Adapts to the curve of your foot over time

Marion Parke is not only a shoe designer, but also a podiatric surgeon, so she really knows what makes a comfortable shoe. This is one of her most popular styles, featuring cute bows on each strap—and an insole that increases stability and reduces the pressure on the balls of your feet.

these low wedges

Mirai Sandal

  • Raffia material may not be as flexible as leather

How about these summer-ready baby wedges? They also have additional padding that’ll cushion your feet with each step.

these suede mules

Tuesday Mule in Mustard

  • Suede can be hard to clean

The hue of these mules is just so pretty, no? The squared silhouette keeps things trendy, but you’ll love the breathing room your toes get in these stunners, as well as the manageable one-inch heel.

these inexpensive ones

Over the Toe Strap Ankle Wrap Strap Heel

  • Back of the ankle straps may chafe

This best-selling style on Amazon is wallet-friendly, comfortable, and such a versatile, simple silhouette. Besides, you can never go wrong with a two-strap design featuring a sturdy block heel.

these mid-height mules

All-Day Heeled Mule

  • Has a shock-absorbing insole
  • Some say the leather insoles wear down quickly

Nisolo’s customer-favorite shoes are mostly flat, but there are some heeled options, like these mules, that are just as popular. Slip these babies on, and you’ll be able to wear ‘em all day long.

Glowing Review: “I have searched high and low. These are the perfect mules. Full stop. They feel great. They look great. The quality is insane. You won’t be sad about this buy!”

these platforms

Miso Platform Sandal In Ivory Leather

Larroude’s “Miso” shoes are bound to be some of the most delightfully squishy platforms you’ve ever worn while still looking v chic. Want to make even more of a statement? Great news: These also come in tons of other colors, and prints, too!

these block heels

The Heel

These heels come in a variety of shades and will keep your feet so, so happy. Just peep all the rave reviews if you need further convincing.

Glowing Review: “I love the look and feel of this shoe! So happy with this purchase. The extra padding on the sole is extraordinary.”

these over-the-knee boots

Thigh High Over The Knee High Heel Boots

  • Some say they can run small

These suede boots with an ultra-tall shaft have tons of excellent reviews and also come in multiple colors, so you can opt for something neutral or go more bold. Plus, the price ain’t bad either!

Glowing Review: “These are the best knee-high boots I have ever owned. They actually stay up, and you don’t have to constantly bend over and pull them up. They are also super comfortable; no breaking them in required.”

these lug-sole boots


  • Elastic gores make these easy to slip on and off
  • Can be a bit stiff at first

Boots are a must in colder weather, and if you’re choosing heeled ones, you want to make sure the soles have enough traction to avoid wipeouts on snowy and rainy days. This pair delivers on functionality and they’re also way stylish. Check out that casual 4.9-star rating out of 5.

Glowing Review: “The boots are surprisingly comfortable. The heel doesn’t slip. I have worn them almost everyday since I got them, and I am on my feet all day.”

these pillow-y heels

Galactic 100

Tamara Mellon’s shoes are definitely on the pricier side, but if you’re looking for a comfy investment heel, these velvety, plushly cushioned ones are absolutely stunning. They’re part of the label’s “Pillow Top” collection, which explains all those clutch comfort features.

these flip-flop wedges

Cinder-F*cking-Rella Thong

  • Extensive sizes available
  • May run small, go up a half size

Not into a super high, thin stiletto heel? A wedge is always a great alternative to both achieve height and added stability. Plus, these Good American’s heel are available in extended sizing, including wide widths, so you’ll be sure to find a pair that fits you perfectly.

Glowing review: “Runs a tad small so order half size up. I wore these two nights in a row out in NYC with a good amount of walking, and they were painless.”

these classics

Nunakedstraight Strap Sandal

“Nudist” sandals are truly icons when it comes to high heels. They’re a designer piece worth the $$$ because they’ll be in your closet forever thanks to their classic, elegant silhouette. The 80-mm version, like these metallic ones, have a slightly lower height than the 115-mm originals, with just as many amazing ratings.

Glowing Review: “Was searching for mid-level heeled sandals that I could wear for both my wedding and formal events in the future, and these are the perfect fit. The heel is a great height for being on your feet all night, and very comfortable with a minimalist look.”

these espadrilles

Chiara Espadrille

  • ankle ties may get loose, need re-tying

The canvas material on these wedges isn’t stiff and feels like it’s hugging your toes. At 4.25 inches, the height is noticeable, but you won’t feel like you’re going to topple over, thanks to the ankle support from the wide, wrap-around ties.

these metallic slides

Sirena in Silver Snake

  • Has substantial arch support
  • Only standard width available

With padded arch support, this metallic pair is easy to slip on. Though honestly, your pain-free feet might not want to take these off….

these color-block mules

The Oby -Patch

  • Made to order, so shipping takes longer

A color-block heel moment will add a little something extra to any summer outfit, and that chunky heel provides added stability.

these pleated ones

Penny Beauty Pleated Bow Heel

  • Organza material is delicate

Pair these best-selling sandals with a boyfriend jean and a plain white tee for a casual yet elevated look.

these clogs

Susan | Chocolate Suede

  • Runs a half size small, so size up

You’ll never find a more comfortable pair of clogs than these. If this dark brown hue feels too classic, choose from a bunch of fun colors. Whichever hue you go with, you’ll def appreciate that the soles feel like you’re walking on a plushy mattress.

  • Double padded leather insole
  • Fits a half size small, size up

Double padding makes this pair feel utterly heavenly, and that cutout silhouette is gorge. These babies also come in black, burnt orange, and glitter, FYI.

Glowing Review: “These are such comfy heels to slide on and off, even with my wide feet. The heel height is comfortable enough to wear all day. Every time I wear them, I get compliments.”

these kitten heels

The Felize Mule

  • Elasticized straps stay in place
  • toe box may feel tight; consider going a half size up

Your prayers have been answered. These slingbacks are exactly what you need when you’re on your feet all day. With a wider heel base, they’re much more walkable than your average kitten heels.

Glowing Review: “The Mia is a beautiful, classic shoe and very comfortable out of the box! Very pleased with my purchase.”

these satin slingbacks

Sable Bank

  • Platform adds extra support
  • Fits a half size small, size up

This satin sandal will look beyond beautiful with any evening look. And zoom in on the extra cushioning on the front of the soles, which will relieve the ball of your foot.

these fan-fave pumps

Perfect Pump 100

  • Has a wider toe box for more comfort
  • Fits a half size small, size up

A classic pump is one of those shoes we all need in our closet. This pair has a little extra padding, so no need to worry about getting the Band-Aids out. BTW, Meghan Markle is a huge fan of these, just in case you needed extra convincing.

Glowing Review: “I love these heels. I get so many compliments whenever I wear them out! The heels are very stable and comfortable. The leather quality is amazing.”

these two-strap stilettos

The Two Strap, Nude I

  • Patent leather can scuff easily

You’ll look so sleek in this simple yet bold heel. These also come in other shades of brown, for a more inclusive range of “nude” shades that match your skin tone.

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