Sneakers are possibly one of the most essential fashion items ever invented if you are a woman who cares about comfort. The advanced fabric and support technology used in today’s designs make them better than ever and a wardrobe essential for all women.
You can get styles in any color in many fabrics, from mesh to wool, all designed with one thing in mind, comfort. Whether you are looking for a fashionable sneaker to wear while walking around all day or a stylish shoe for travel or work, we have rounded up 12 of the most comfortable sneakers for women.
IBI Sneakers are a wildly popular, relatively new style from the environmentally-friendly Brazilian footwear brand Cariuma. This shoe has sold out three times since it was launched in October 2019 and, at one point, had a waitlist of 12,000.
If you can get your hands on this sustainably produced style, you will find yourself in possession of a shoe that has been handcrafted with self-generating bamboo and recycled plastics that is lightweight and ultra-comfy. It has a memory foam insole made with recyclable cork and organic mamona oil. They are vegan and designed so that you can wear them with almost any outfit. They also come in a beautiful range of vibrant colors and are machine washable.
Adidas NEO Women’s Lite Racer
Adidas’s NEO Women’s Lite Racer Casual Sneakers are a very light and extremely comfortable shoe that works well for people who have to be on their feet for long periods. They have pretty decent arch support and contain something called a cloud foam sock liner that provides a lot of cushioning and adds to the comfort level.
They come in a variety of vibrant colors and stretchy materials. Most styles have breathable upper fabric, which is especially useful if your feet tend to overheat. They are lightweight and easy to clean, so they are great shoes for traveling, as they won’t be too heavy in your suitcase.
Skechers Sport Women’s Flex Appeal 2.0
The Sport Women’s Flex Appeal 2.0 from Skechers is another excellent option for anyone who is on their feet all day and who needs something easy to walk in and that won’t leave their feet feeling sore by the end of the day.
Skechers is known for its memory foam lines of shoes that are wonderfully comfortable and lightweight. This particular style won’t feel too hot because the fabric lets allow your feet to breathe. They look great with shorts, jeans, or workout wear, and you can usually get them for a pretty reasonable price.
Adidas Originals Women’s Superstar W
If you can get the sizing right, the Adidas Superstar will be one of the most comfortable sneakers you will own. They tend to run a bit large, so check your sizing carefully. They are pretty stylish and trendy, so you can get away with wearing them with almost anything (skirts, dresses, jeans, etc.).
As far as comfort goes, they are quite padded with pretty good arch support. They are one of the more durable styles around since they are made of leather and synthetic material on the upper part of the shoe and have a thick rubber sole.
Sometimes the super durable styles can be uncomfortably warm, but the Superstar does have a breathable mesh liner that can help prevent your feet from getting too hot and sweaty. The Superstar is available in several color combos (mostly white with varying colors of stripes, although you can get black and a few other colors).
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Converse Women’s Chuck Taylor Shoreline Slip Casual Shoe
If you love the look of classic Converse All Stars but find them a tad uncomfortable to wear, these Shoreline Slip Casual Shoes are a great alternative. Not only are they more comfortable than regular converse, but they are also a little bit cuter. Most women buy the unisex Converse, which is an excellent shoe; however, if you have larger-sized feet, they can sometimes make your feet look even bigger than they are.
This style has the same great look but is not as bulky as the traditional Converse because they have a different fit. The key to the more comfortable and feminine-looking Shoreline style is that it has a stretchy back, which helps prevent blisters, and it is slip-on with no-tie laces.
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PUMA Adult Suede Classic Shoe
A personal favorite of mine, the PUMA Suede Classic Shoe, is more comfortable than any other sneaker I own. If you have high arches and a very wide foot, they may not be the best choice for you since the shoe is very flat and can run a little narrow.
I like black or dark blue colors, but this style has some nice vibrant colors. Since they are suede, they can sometimes be a little hard to clean and aren’t the best if it is wet outside.
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Allbirds Wool Runner
A brand that is getting a lot of attention lately is Allbirds. Their Allbirds Wool Runner is reportedly one of the most comfortable women’s sneakers that you are going to find anywhere, and since it is made of merino wool, you can even wear it without socks. Not something I’m looking for in a sneaker, but apparently, many people hate wearing socks with their shoes.
Anyway, the features that add to the comfort level are a lightweight, low-density foam cushioning in the footbed and the temperature-regulating and moisture-wicking properties of the wool.
Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81
If you want something a little different yet super stylish, check out the Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81. They have a low profile silhouette and are very sleek, so they don’t have the bulk to them that you sometimes get with other brands. Despite being super lightweight, they stay supportive with a little cushioning on the sole. The upper material is nylon/mesh, so they are breathable and fine to wear in hot weather.
This shoe isn’t for everyone; they fit best on a regular or narrow foot with a lower arch. You aren’t going to want to wear these shoes for long distances or working out, but they work well as a casual style for basic everyday wear. They come in a bunch of beautiful, bold color combos that are stylish. This is a unisex style, so be careful with sizing.
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The Reebok Princess has been around forever. They were super popular in the eighties and have come back into style recently. The Princess is a great shoe that is a little retro-looking, with a soft sole and soft synthetic leather upper that makes it very comfy. You can wear them with dresses, jeans, and shorts, and they will look adorable. They kind of look like running shoes but aren’t intended to be anything other than a comfortable sneaker.
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Saucony Originals Women’s Jazz
Saucony makes some pretty nice running shoes, so it isn’t surprising that their sneakers are also great. Their Originals Women’s Jazz is a pretty cool, retro-looking, slim-fitting style that makes a suitable everyday style. It is reported to be comfortable right from the get-go without breaking them in.
They also apparently have a decent amount of arch support despite being very lightweight. They have a little more traction on the sole than some other casual options in this post.
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Reebok Women’s Skyscape Runaround 2.0 Walking Shoe
Often recommended as an excellent travel walking shoe that isn’t a running shoe, the Reebok Women’s Skyscape Runaround 2.0 Walking Shoe is known for being crazy comfortable and super lightweight. There isn’t a lot of arch support in this style, so if you have high arches and are interested in this style, you may need an insert.
Despite a lack of arch support, they do have a thick cushioned sole that helps to make them a dream to wear. They also have a very classic style to them so that you can add them to a lot of casual outfits. You may not see it in the picture, but the material is a little shiny and stretchy (kind of like neoprene, almost water-shoe-like). People love this style for travel because they are so light, and they don’t add a lot of weight to your luggage.
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Keds Women’s Champion Original Canvas Sneaker
I don’t find Keds all that comfortable, but you will probably find Keds very comfortable if you have long, narrow feet. The Women’s Champion Original Canvas Sneaker is the classic Keds basic shoe that hasn’t changed much for decades. They come in a lot of beautiful colors and cool patterns so that they can add a lot to an outfit.
One of the best things about this style is the price; you get a decent shoe for little money. They also come in multiple widths, which is sometimes hard to find in an affordable design. The soles are a little thin, but for most situations, that shouldn’t present much of a problem. Overall they are a great casual, classic shoe that is versatile enough to wear with many different outfits.
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What to look out for?
Shopping for a great sneaker is pretty straightforward. Most people want something that looks good, is comfortable, and doesn’t cost a fortune. Here are a few other things to consider before you make your purchase.
Sizing– Sizing isn’t standard across different brands, so you need to try any shoes you are thinking of getting. If you buy online, check sizing charts and reviews to see whether they fit big or small. Also, be aware that some sneakers are unisex sizing, so you will have to double-check sizing for men or women. Also, don’t forget to check to size for narrow, regular, or wide feet, as some brands offer different widths.
Material– The best sneakers come in various materials: leather, suede, synthetics, nylon mesh, canvas, etc. What will work best for you obviously depends on when you plan to wear your shoes. Leather, suede, and some synthetics can make your feet feel pretty warm, which is great for colder seasons and not so great in the summer. Nylon mesh and some other types of breathable synthetics are fantastic for the summer months or if you generally have hot feet.
Colors– Luckily, there is no shortage of different color options for casual walking sneakers. Many of the options on our list have all of the primary colors you will need, plus very vibrant cool patterns if you want something a little more exciting. If you have trouble keeping your shoes clean, you may want to avoid white shoes or look into white shoes that are easy to clean, like the Adidas Superstars.
Breathable– If your feet get hot, you may want to look for the mesh-type material that allows your feet to breathe. Conversely, if you have cold feet, you may want to consider suede or some of the more substantial materials like leather or canvas.
Silhouette – Some of the most popular styles can be a little bulky and may not fit how you expect. If you like a slim, clean silhouette that goes well with skinny jeans, you may want to avoid the more bulky shoes like the Adidas Superstar, the Puma Classics, or the Brooks Vanguard and stick with the Keds or the Vans styles.
Easy to clean – White sneakers are trendy at the moment, but they can sometimes be a little challenging to keep clean. If you live somewhere where it rains a lot and want a white design, you may want to consider getting leather-type one like the Adidas Stan Smith that can be wiped clean.
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