Comfortable shoes to wear all day long

Q. I have to attend a trade show next month for 5 days!! Each day I will be on my feet for what seems like an eternity and possibly will be.  I want to find shoes that aren’t frumpy, go with multiple outfits, don’t cost an arm and leg and if possible, not flat – is that too much to ask? And ideas?
-Heel Comfort

A. It’s not a lot to ask that shoes be comfortable and still be stylish especially when many of us spend all day on our feet.  My favorite designers that always seem to have extra padding built in or even air cushioning are Aerosoles for super affordable style and Cole Haan for high end quality. I wore a pair of open toe high heels from Aerosoles recently while hosting an event.  I didn’t get to park my butt for five hours and when I finally did sit, it wasn’t due to an aching lower back.  I never would have lasted that long in my Manolo Blahniks! Cole Haan not only offers extra padding, but they’ve also teamed up with Nike for some of their styles to add air cushioning.  To help stave off the pain in your feet, calves, and lower back consider switching off between cushioned flats like a stylish driving moc and low heels.

Here are some suggestions:

Aerosoles Sleek Preview
$69 at

Aerosoles Pretty Gritty
$29 at


Cole Haan
Air Bronte Moc
$175 at

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