Who doesn’t love shoes? Well, let me tell you…people with feet that hurt after being on them all day. That’s who doesn’t love shoes. Now, that isn’t to say that I don’t love comfortable shoes, but I have definitely become picky over the years of which shoes work for me. As I’ve gotten *ahem* older, I am more aware of how my feet just cannot handle being in unsupportive, cheap shoes all day while teaching.
I was guilty for many years of just buying inexpensive and cute shoes and wearing them all season until my feet would be screaming at me to buy a new pair. I have found that if I actually invest in some better quality shoes, they last longer, and I don’t dread wearing them all day. I wish that I was someone that could just put on any pair of shoes and have my feet be fine, but that is definitely not me. I can’t even walk around my house barefoot. I have to wear a pair of hard soled slippers. My feet just don’t like me very much 😉
With that being said…I also want to still buy stylish shoes. Maybe someday, I’ll be fine wearing big clunky orthopedic shoes, but today is not that day. I am always on the hunt for cute shoes that I can actually wear all day, or a least a large part of the day, and be pain free.
Here are my favorite cute and comfy shoes that I wear while teaching.
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A co-worker friend recommended Sorel wedges, and let me tell you, I am so thankful for her. These shoes are my absolute favorite! They are very cute and supportive. My feet do not ache at the end of the day. I have these Sorel After Hours Sandals in Camel pictured above and also the black Sorel Joanie Sandal (pictured below) that I love just as much!
I’m pretty sure that the Ella Slingback sandals from Sorel will be my next purchase to wear this summer.
Another company that makes cute and supportive sandals is Vionic. I ordered these Vionic Kirra Backstrap sandals, and they are a very comfortable flat sandal. The sole of the shoe really supports your foot and are great to wear all day.
I loved them so much that I also ordered the Vionic Tide II Toe Post Sandal in Brown Leopard. These are a little harder to “dress up,” but they are perfect for a less casual outfit. Trust me with this brand. Your feet will thank you!
These sandals used to be my go-to shoes prior to finding Sorel. I do still love these Toms Majora Cutout sandals though. I have the desert taupe suede and the black leather ones. (The black leather ones are the more comfortable of the two.) I definitely still wear these shoes on a regular basis.
Everyone loves Sketchers, right? There are SO many to choose from, too. These are obviously a much more casual shoe than the others on the list, but they are perfect for casual Fridays. I love the slip on Sketchers. They are like clouds for my feet.
Another casual shoes option are Converse. The soles are definitely flat and don’t seem too supportive, but for some reason, they do not hurt my feet.
I’m actually not even sure where I was when I first walked into a store that sold Olukai shoes, but I remember putting them on my feet after a long day and immediately falling in love. I have the Kulapai Kai sandals and they have held up perfectly for about 3 years now. They barely even look worn, and they are my go to black flip flop in the summer.
I also love the look of these Olukai Upena Gladiator Sandals.
While I will say that I do like my one pair that I own, I’m still just not a big enough fan of them to cough up the money for another pair of these flats. (I actually didn’t even pay full price for my first pair. I bought them off of someone that didn’t want theirs anymore.) Maybe eventually I’ll get another pair, but it would have to be in a color that I would wear all of the time. These things are expensive.
Have you tried any of these? Do you have your own favorite teaching shoes that should be added to this list? Share with me in the comments.
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