Comfortable Women's Shoes

Kirsten Borrink
Kirsten Borrink

Blogger, Wife, Mom, Dog-Lover, Coffee Drinker, Owl Watcher.

Kirsten is passionate about finding stylish, comfortable shoes for women. In her 17 year journey with rheumatoid arthritis, she has developed pretty picky feet. Join her as she reviews and recommends stylish footwear for your "barking dogs." You can read more from Kirsten on and on Twitter.


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April 05, 2014



If she can make the splurge, Anyi Lu shoes might work. Stocked at Nordstrom, Arthur Beren, and Zappos is just beginning to sell them. My 91/2 to 10 foot wears the size 41, possibly 41.5 in a higher heel.
(But Arthur Beren size conversions are awry, best to call to order and ask for the European size)


Wow, I just logged on to recommend Anyi Lu also! These were the last heels I could wear before I had to give up -- beautiful, quality leather in gorgeous colors and styles, handmade in Tuscany, designed by a (female) engineer who wanted comfortable shoes for dancing at a wedding. Two words of caution -- all her shoes are flexible at the forefoot, so not good for any metatarsal or toe issues -- and they are VERY expensive. The Anyi Lu website is a work of art, itself -- highly recommend taking a look.


Cherry and Bette,

I came *this* close to mentioning Anyi Lu, but then backed off due to the price. Her shoes are works of art, you're correct. I especially love the Tulip style:

Thanks for your input!


FWIW, I always bought Anyi Lu on eBay -- there are some great bargains to be had, once you learn your size.

In the less expensive realm, I found Ara pumps to be good for the office and Amalfi were dressier for evenings and "events."


Here's one from Gentle Souls, currently on sale.


Also meant to add this one by Gentle Souls


I don't recommend the (lack of) arch support in Gentle Souls shoes. It's soft padding that flattens easily instead of rigid structure that actually provides support.

I was hopeful about Earth Tamarack but reviewers generally report that it's too narrow at the toes and too loose at the heels. I could put in some heel grippers but that wouldn't solve the narrowness issue.

Tsubo has discontinued Acrea and most (if not all) of its styles that have rigid arch support, but it may be worth hunting down some of Tsubo's older styles.


Every time I see the ara Tacy, I wish I needed a pair. I think they are gorgeous, but just never have a need for that shoe. I've got a pair of Ros Hommerson black pumps that are quite comfy and nice, classic looking.


I know, cedar, I feel the same way. I'm not in corporate America, so don't need a classic pump. But if I should become a corporate lawyer, this would be my shoe.


I love the look of the Earth Tamarack too, but I've read too that the toe is pinchy...darn...


Has anyone heard of Julie lopez shoes?
They are made in Italy and only sold on their website.
You can also add Dr Scholls arch support to any heel you like and voila.


I've tried Julie Lopez shoes. There's absolutely no arch support in them. Also, I found the shape of the toe box to pinch the toes. I would suggest Julie Lopez shoes for narrow-to-medium width feet with bunions, but I would not recommend them for wide feet.


Me, too! (and I don't mean the shoe brand)

Exactly. Absolutely.

Gorgeous classic pump; a work of art.

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