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What are the Most Comfortable High Heels and Pumps - Comfort Shoes

Updated on September 1, 2012

What's the Most Comfortable High Heel Shoe?

A comfortable high heel shoe is not a figment of the imagination. While no high heeled pump will be as comfortable as a flat athletic shoe, there are some heels that offer extra comfort features.

The most comfortable high heel shoes offer ample toe room, a cushioned in-sole, and a snugly fitting heel. These shoes may not be the sexiest looking heels, but they will provide a lot more comfort than a spiked stiletto high heel shoe.

What to Look for in a High Heel Shoe

If a particular pair of high heel shoes (or several) are going to be the most comfortable for your feet, you need to be sure the shoe has several key features:

  • Rounded vamp - the area that covers the tops of the toes should be slightly rounded and provide ample room for your toes. Wearing a pump with a tight toe box is likely to lead to a variety of foot problems such as bunions, corns, hammer toe, and Morton's neuroma.
  • Cushioned insole - an adequately cushioned insole will provide arch support, help absorb shock and provide a pillowed surface for your feet.
  • Flexible sole - a flexible sole allows your foot to naturally bend with each step you take.
  • Heel height of 3 inches or less - the higher the incline, the more stress you will have on the ball of your foot which could lead to discomfort and pain.
  • Breathable materials - the interior of the shoe should be made of a material that will allow your foot to breathe.

The MOST Comfortable High Heel Shoes

The following high heels are a sample of shoes that are highly rated for comfort and style. These shoe manufacturers are dedicated to providing a quality shoe that is cozy and stylish. From this selection, you are sure to find a high heel shoe that meets your needs.

Cole Haan High Heels with Nike Air

Cole Haan Nike Air High Heels - Violet Air Pump 90
Cole Haan Nike Air High Heels - Violet Air Pump 90

Cole Haan Nike Air Heels

Cole Haan Nike Air heels provide an extremely comfortable cushioned insole. These shoes have hidden Air Technology (between the insole and sole) and a leather cushioned foot-bed.

With every step you take, the Nike Air Technology helps absorb shock.

Naturalizer Lennox High Heels

Naturalizer High Heels - Lennox in jungle/snake shiny print.
Naturalizer High Heels - Lennox in jungle/snake shiny print.
Naturalizer Lennox high heels in black leather.
Naturalizer Lennox high heels in black leather.

Naturalizer High Heels

Naturalizer high heel shoes have been around for a while, and are known for comfort.

Naturalizer high heel shoes have N5 Comfort which consists of five important features for providing long lasting comfort:

  1. Extra Cushioning on the insole of the shoe.
  2. A lining that is breathable so that your feet don't over-heat and feel sweaty.
  3. The heel-to-toe area is balanced, so that your foot is not at an extreme angle.
  4. The soles are flexible and allow your foot to move in a natural position while walking.
  5. The overall shoe is light weight and comfortable.


Currently, the Lennox pump is the most popular in the Naturalizer line of shoes because it offers exceptional comfort and support. It has a supportive cushioned insole and the heel height is just under 3 inches which makes the shoe manageable for day-long wear.

The nice thing about Naturalizer is that they're available in various different widths; narrow (AA), medium(B), and wide (C).

Naturalizer High Heels

Naturalizer Women's Lennox Pump,Blackshiny,8 M US
Naturalizer Women's Lennox Pump,Blackshiny,8 M US

The Lennox pump is available in a variety of sizes and widths, giving you the perfect fit!

 

Sofft High Heels and Pumps

Sofft is a shoe manufacturer that offers a comfort shoe in a variety of different styles.

Sofft high heels have an extremely soft and cushioned foot-bed that's padded with latex foam - like little mattresses for your feet!

Sofft High Heels

Sofft "Ramona" High Heel Pump
Sofft "Ramona" High Heel Pump

Sofft Ramona High Heel Pump

Sofft Women's Red Patent Ramona 8 B(M) US
Sofft Women's Red Patent Ramona 8 B(M) US

The Sofft Ramona high heel pump is available in a variety of different sizes AND colors!

 

Taryn Rose High Heels and Pumps

Taryn Rose "Fierce" open-toe high heel pump
Taryn Rose "Fierce" open-toe high heel pump
Taryn Rose "Patsy" High Heel pump in beige suede
Taryn Rose "Patsy" High Heel pump in beige suede

Taryn Rose - The Most Comfortable High Heel Shoe

Taryn Rose shoes entered the footwear scene in 1998 when an orthopedic trained doctor, Taryn Rose, created an ergonomically designed shoe that was comfortable and stylish.

Taryn Rose shoes are made of the finest materials. They feature padded insoles, arch support, and a flexible sole.

The Fierce Peep-Toe Pump is a favorite. It features an extremely comfortable padded leather insole, arch support, and a 2.5 inch thick heel.

Taryn Rose Women's Fierce Open-Toe Pump,Black SN,8 M US
Taryn Rose Women's Fierce Open-Toe Pump,Black SN,8 M US

The Taryn Rose Fierce open-toe pump has a heel that's a little under 3 inches - a very comfortable shoe for all-day-wear

 

Aerosoles Peep-Toe high Heel Pump

Aerosoles Peep-toe high heel pump in black patent leather
Aerosoles Peep-toe high heel pump in black patent leather

Aerosoles Shoes and High Heels

Aerosoles shoes are known for comfort and style. With a cushioned insole and a flexible foot-bed they're sure to be a comfortable shoe for daily wear.

Many of their shoes are available in a wide width.

The Benefit peep-toe pump is a stylish and practical shoe for day and evening wear. The heel height is a comfortable 3 inches and the shoe is available in many different colors and patterns.

Aerosoles Women's Benefit Peep-Toe Pump,Black Combo,7 M US
Aerosoles Women's Benefit Peep-Toe Pump,Black Combo,7 M US

The Benefit pump is available in many different colors, patterns, and sizes!

 

Hard to Fit Feet

Some women may find that no high heel shoe will provide them with lasting comfort.

  • An existing back problem may make it uncomfortable to stand and walk on a shoe with a heel.
  • Foot problems like bunions, hammer-toes, and Morton's Neuroma can make wearing and walking in high heel shoes extremely uncomfortable or painful.

if you have any of these problems, selecting a gel or cushioned insert for your high heel shoes might provide a little bit of extra comfort.

Insoles for High Heels

kilofly Silicone Cushion Shoe Insoles - Front [Set of 3]
kilofly Silicone Cushion Shoe Insoles - Front [Set of 3]

These fore-foot gel insoles are especially helpful for women who suffer from Morton's Neuroma.

 

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      rychae 3 years ago

      I might could add up also some like BORN CLARK ECCO BASSry

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      Thallia Roberts 4 years ago from West Coast, U.S.A.

      Hi Sheri! I agree... high heels make us ladies feel feminine and pretty! But they sure can be painful at times! Thanks for commenting and checking out my hub!

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      High heels are something I save for special nights, but maybe I will try these because I sure do feel pretty in heels. Great hub!

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      Thallia Roberts 5 years ago from West Coast, U.S.A.

      Hi visionandfocus! Thanks for reading and commenting on my hubpage! Since I have a handful of foot and back problems, shoe reasearch and shopping for the most comfortable shoes has become a hobby. I'm glad you found this information useful.

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      visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada

      Wow, you have obviously done your research and put some serious thought into this. I'm not a high-heel kind of gal as I topple over in anything over 2 inches, but it's good to know that if I need to dress up, I won't have to stagger around and hurt myself. I'm astonished that Nike has contributed its technology to high heels, and those Taryn Rose look beautiful and awfully tempting. Perhaps it's time to venture to the shoe shops again. :)

      Great hub! Thanks for sharing! Voted up and awesome!