Splurge Or Save: Comfort Sandals For My Barking Dogs

It’s the Holy Grail of footwear: shoes that look good and don’t ever hurt. I haven’t found this magical combination yet, and my feet aren’t getting any younger. There has been progress in recent years, as new comfort brands are launched. I credit us aging Baby Boomers with creating the demand.

With our NYC trip coming up in a couple of weeks, I’m getting more desperate for eye-pleasing walking sandals that aren’t these:

I love, love my Tevas for running around, but they’re too sporty for Manhattan. Some even say ugly.

As my urgency grows so does my budget – isn’t that the way? My requirements aren’t too exacting – just a low heel, good support, not too many pressure points, no thongs, and don’t be ugly (don’t be glaringly ugly).

Here are some affordable comfort sandals on my list:

  • Spring Step Chops. These are Birkie look-alikes, and just $50. I like the metallic color, but are they just shiny Birkies?
  • Clarks Lydie Hala. These are dressier and have a great silhouette.  I like all the color choices but this is my favorite. Comfortable enough?
  • Naturalizer Julissa. A good old-fashioned comfort brand. Classic black is always right for NYC and doesn’t show the dirt!

And some shoes that qualify as a splurge, although the brands have a great comfort reputation:

  • Mephisto Paris. These just look uber-comfortable, and in a terrific color.

Think Jaeh DamenI never heard of this brand, but these got top reviews. Almost-a-shoe, rather than a sandal, yes?

Arche Malyak.  Everybody raves about Arche, and the price reflects the reputation. I think these can handle Manhattan:


Do you have any feedback on any of these styles, or brands? My dogs thank you.

Stay fabulous,

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