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Warmer weather is here and all the outdoor activities that come with it: alfresco dinners, evening walks, bike rides and picnics in the park. Since we'll be getting out of the house a lot more, comfortable weather-appropriate shoes are in order.
Since no one knows better than a podiatrist when it comes to keeping feet healthy and happy, we consulted with NYC-based podiatrist Dr. Polina Zaydenberg on the best spring and summer shoes. The doctor is board-certified by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry, Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds and in Diabetic Footwear.
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Scroll down for podiatrist-approved warm-weather shoes that feel as good as they look.
Cushionaire Luna Cork Sandal
These sandals boast a flexible cork footbed and supple suede insole that contours to your foot with wear. Even better? Those adjustable straps are perfect for those with narrow or wide feet, so you really get a fit that's tailor-made to you.
Dr. Zaydenberg agrees, sharing that they're a great pick for people with metatarsalgia (pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot) and plantar fasciitis.
ASICS Women's Gel-Venture 8 Running Shoes
Available in both regular and wide widths, these Asics sneakers boast a lug outsole that helps with traction (perfect for people who regularly navigate slippery floors or love to go on hikes). Plus, these ultra-cushioned kicks provide excellent shock absorption, which the podiatrist loves.
"The rocker bottom helps with propulsion," she explains.
New Balance Women's Fresh Foam X70 V1 Sneaker
If you value style and comfort equally, you'll love these New Balance sneakers. They're available in 20 fun shades, though we're partial to this pink pair. They're versatile, too: Often seen on the feet of street style mavens and celebs, these look excellent far outside the gym — and don't just have to be worn with leggings or sweats.
Of course, Dr. Zaydenberg likes these for the rocker bottom, as the Asics above, plus she shares that they can be a good option for those with plantar fasciitis.
Those classic Toms you wore on your grocery store runs just got a major upgrade. The Avalon sneaker has a chunky rubber sole, plus they have a removable insole and cotton twill sock liner. Plus, if you have pain in the ball of your foot, these might offer some relief.
"They're accommodative for someone with metatarsalgia because of the platform," Dr. Zaydenberg explains.
Birkenstock Women's Gizeh Sandal
These sandals need no introduction. They have a fanbase of nearly 20,000 five-star Amazon reviewers, and it's not hard to see why: They have a cork and latex footbed which provides shock absorption, extra arch support, a raised toe bar, and best of all, an adjustable strap.
"The density of the sole is accommodative for people with arthralgia (joint pain), people with arthritic conditions and those with heel issues," Dr. Zaydenberg shares.
ECCO Women's Soft Classic Sneaker
These low-tops are made with either a gorgeous full-grain leather or soft nubuck, plus the flexible sole uses Ecco's very own Fluidform technology to cushion your foot with each step. The matching laces add to the monochromatic cool of the style, too.
“The toe box looks accommodative, and they’re supportive," says Dr. Zaydenberg. "Plus, leather and suede are natural materials, which is good for people with skin conditions as they don’t promote sweat.”
Cushionaire Lane Cork Sandal
We're calling it — the Cushionaire Lane Cork Sandals are about to be the shoe of the summer. Like the Luna cork sandals, these offer a similar flexible cork sole and soft suede footbed. Plus, with over 22 colors to choose from, you'll definitely want to grab a couple to switch around.
It's the straps that won Dr. Zaydenberg over, though.
“They can accommodate any type of foot, even wide ones," she explains. "The sole is accommodative for those with metatarsalgia and heel spurs."
Akk Womens Walking Tennis Shoes
The Akk Women's Walking Tennis Shoes are the superstar sneakers with over 16,000 perfect five-star reviews on Amazon. Yahoo Life asked another pro exactly why these kicks feel like magic. “They’re accommodative, meaning they allow the foot and the ankle to move in most any direction that weight-bearing permits,” explained Dr. Rock G. Positano, director of the Non-surgical Foot and Ankle Service at the Joe DiMaggio Heel Pain Center at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
Slow Man Women's Walking Shoes
The Slow Man Women's Walking Shoes are made of mesh fabric, so they feel light on your feet and are just as flexible as your favorite pair of socks. The outsole has an air bubble — which Dr. Zaydenberg says is “a great shock absorber” — and the chunky rubber sole provides “plenty of cushioning.” The wide toebox accommodates those who have bunions and hammertoes too. If that's not enough to convince you to get them, perhaps the more than 55,000 five-star reviews will do it.
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