You’ve been asking for specific brands so here they are! Remember that on the final installment of this series I will be sharing shopping tips especially for online stores. QUICK TIP: Find the style name of a shoe you like in the store or online. Google and you will see all the stores that carry it, prices and even if it is on E-bay.
I rarely pay full price for any of my clothes. I’ve learned to shop smart, watch sales and go for price adjustments. With shoes, I often pay full price. I believe my feet are worth it. I don’t skimp when it comes to shoes and look for fine leather that gives and breathes. When I find a sale, it’s even more of a bonus. Here are brands I love. Keep in mind that many of these styles are 3-4 years old. You will probably be able to find a similar look
BORN: Cut generously, cushioned insoles, great choice in styles, easy to find at department, online or discount shoe stores.
SOFFT: Wide width options, very stylish, cushioned insole, 2 1/2-3 inch heels. This brand allows me to wear a higher heel–the brown patent pair shown are very comfortable. Macy’s, Nordstrom, Zappos and many other stores carry a wide variety of styles.
FIDJI: I found this brand a year ago and I LOVE it! As you can see, I went crazy. I love the styles, perfect heel height, European sizes. I get compliments every time I wear these shoes. Nordstrom.com (not found in all stores) Locally: Lily Atelier, Camas WA
La CANADIENNE: Higher end, waterproof, well-cushioned, perfect heel height, extremely comfortable. Although the square toe on the boot is not my personal best look, these boots can be worn when I need to be on my feet ALL day.
FRANCO SARTO : Great selection of styles, EXCELLENT price point, found everywhere. While only one pair is shown, I’ve had several over the years. Love them!
CLARKS: Variety of styles, lower heel, some styles in wide widths, one of the most popular comfortable shoes. Check out their Indigo line.
HELLE COMFORT: Extremely comfortable AND stylish, low heel. I rarely buy the same shoe in two colors as I like variety-these were worth it.
I know you may be tempted to run around with your walking/jogging shoes when you dress casually in jeans, sweats or capris. The heavy look of a running shoe is really best left for exercise. Find a lighter shoe for casual wear. Kohl’s calls them Fashion Athletic. I like that.
Other brands I’ve worn, admire or are recommended for comfort: SUDINI, ERIC MICHAEL, HISPANITAS, CIRCA JOAN & DAVID, ONEX, GENTLE SOULS, MIZ MOOZ.
HIGHER PRICE POINT: Cole Haan: Their Nike Air technology makes them a favorite and they come in NARROW widths.
Let me know if you have a favorite I missed.