Ever heard the phrase ‘with beauty comes pain’? This is perhaps especially true when it comes to shoes... Unlike, say, loafers or sneakers, shoes that are made to look nice are usually a bit hard on your feet. On the bright side, more and more shoe manufacturers are now focusing on comfort, ergonomic designs, as well as style…


Obviously, major international brands like, for example, Clarks, have a long history of incorporating feet-friendly design and materials into the majority of their products—from simple flats to fancy court shoes and everyday work wear.

Moreover, brands that made their mark in casual shoes are now using their expertise in comfortable footwear to bring you formal shoes that won’t kill your feet. Case in point: Hush Puppies, with their shock-absorbing heel pad plus flexible insole cushioning and flexible tread design.


Ergonomic design isn’t the only thing you should look for: new innovations in materials are also making shoes more feet-friendly. For example, some brands are now using cork and latex for their shoes’ footbeds. Why? Because the cork-latex combination tends to be better at following the shape of the wearer’s foot compared to other common materials such as synthetic rubber.

(Hint: If you want to tell the difference between synthetic rubber and latex, take a whiff… synthetic rubber has a very distinct smell, while latex—which is a natural form of rubber—is practically odorless.)


So, in the end, paying just a little extra attention (and a little bit more cash) at the shoe store might be extremely beneficial for your feet…



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