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13 Cute Shoes That Are Good for Your Feet

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High heels can instantly upgrade any outfit from everyday to runway-worthy style. Plus, they perk up your posture, making you look and feel taller, leaner, and maybe even more confident. But if a gorgeous pair of shoes have ever left you with foot problems, you're in good company. According to a new British survey conducted by The College of Podiatry, it only takes one hour and six minutes of wearing uncomfortable shoes to feel pain, with ailments ranging from blisters to muscular problems. And heels aren’t the only culprit, even flip flops can increase your risk for stress fractures.

“Wearing shoes is like dieting... You have to count the hours you wear them. You can wear a bad shoe, just like you have dessert, but you don’t need dessert at every meal,” says Hillary B. Brenner, DPM, a podiatric surgeon in NYC and spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). We sat down with Brenner and fellow APMA spokesperson Jacqueline Sutera, DPM, to find out which shoes you can wear, for how long, and why you don’t have to sacrifice style for support.

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Keds Champion Tie

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Hours allotted: 4 to 5
Good for: Bunions or hammer toes—the soft fabric on the inside will give a lot. This pair also offers great arch support, lifting up the arch in the middle much better than Keds did 10 years ago.
Bad for: Wide feet—they’re pretty narrow. If this causes pain, skip a lace to extend the width a little.
Buy it now: keds.com

Clarks "Purity Snow" Pump

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Hours allotted: 2 to 3
Good for: Work. You can shuffle from boardroom to boardroom without feeling pain in this pair.
Bad for: Commuting—any heel is putting your foot in a plantar flexed position. The arch is supportive enough to walk in but not to commute in.
Buy it now: shop.nordstrom.com

Reef Desert Mirage

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Hours allotted: 3 to 4
Good for: Arch support and massaging your feet with every step, thanks to the textured bottom.
Bad for: Wide feet. The narrow shoe won’t fit anyone with an even slightly wider-than-average foot.
Buy it now: shop.reef.com

H. by Hudson Horrigan Boots

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Hours allotted: 4 to 5
Good for: Walking. The round toe box leaves plenty of room for comfort, while the soft fabric will be bunion- and hammertoe-friendly.
Bad for:Nothing—these are 100% podiatrist approved!
Buy it now: madewell.com

Corso Como Seth Tennis Shoe

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Hours allotted: 3 to 4
Good for: People with bunions. You can't feel the seam on the inside so it won’t flare up a pump bump.
Bad for: Arch support—it’s a little too flat but could be worn as a walking shoe.
Buy it now: corsocomo.com

Jacques Levine Davies Spanish Walking Moccasin

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Hours allotted: 2to 3
Good for: Shock absorption or anyone with an orthotic insert.
Bad for: Support—the biggest misconception is that flats are good for your feet; they can be just as bad for you as heels. These will fit an orthotic—store bought or prescribed—perfectly.
Buy it now: jacqueslevine.com

Frye Classic Lace-Up Oxford

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Hours allotted: 3 to 4
Good for: Serious comfort—the padded footbed ads major support, and the heel is wide and not too high.
Bad for:Nothing—another pair our podiatrists loved.
Buy it now: urbanoutfitters.com

Vince Camuto Tazma Sandal

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Hours allotted: 3 to 4
Good for: Work, errands, and anyone dealing with plantar fasciitis, or pain in the bottom on your feet. The heel, while too high for hours of wearing, holds up the thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes, and the strong straps keep the foot in place. The surface area of the shoe trumps a pump because it keeps you from misaligning your body in order to walk.
Bad for: Arch support. Though it has a platform, this shoe is still a little too high for your arch.
Buy it now: shop.nordstrom.com

Aerosoles Betunia

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Hours allotted: 3 to 4
Good for: Running errands. The bottom of the shoe has excellent traction and a chunky heel.
Bad for: An entire day of walking around—the arch support is too flat to have the integrity of an eight-hour outing.
Buy it now: aerosoles.com

Aetrex Marissa Adjustable Ankle Strap Sandal

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Hours allotted: 4 to 5
Good for: Commuting. The cork has excellent shock absorption, plus the design offers high arch support, a wide toe box, and a soft strap that won’t give you blisters.
Bad for: Everyday commuting—remember, no shoe should really be worn every single day.
Buy it now: aetrex.com

Aetrex Essence Riding Boot

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Hours allotted: 5 to 6
Good for: Lots of walking, particularly in the winter. The rubber sole has excellent traction, unlike the leather sole of many fall/winter shoes.
Bad for: Nothing. You can walk far and wide without worrying about pain.
Buy it now: aetrex.com

Taryn Rose Amor Nubuck Footbed Thong Sandal

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Hours allotted: 3 to 4
Good for: Shock absorption and commuting. The thick arch and chunky heel make it safe to walk in.
Bad for: Wearing regularly—you should never wear the same shoes all the time, think of it like shampoo.
Buy it now: neimanmarcus.com

Stuart Weitzman Reins

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Hours allotted: 1 to 2
Good for: Women who want to fake a lot of height, thanks to the platform, and shock absorption, thanks to the cork heel. This high-style pair is best for wearing out to dinner or changing into at the office—when you won't be on your feet for too long.
Bad for: Your foot’s actual movement—the height is so high that your foot won't move naturally and will need a break after a couple hours of wearing.
Buy it now: stuartweitzman.com