19 Pairs of Shoes Made for Walking


I am 62 yrs old. 4’11”, X body, short legs. I walk 2 miles into town and 2 miles back every day.  Twice a week I attend a theatre production.  For these I wear an upscale dress, but still have to wear runners because of the walk.  I’d rather not carry shoes, because once inside the theatre, no one sees my feet. still, I wish my feet could look better.   Any suggestion for upscale walking shoes (with a wide sole, not tapered narrower). Perhaps the answer is to stop wearing dresses and wear pants.


The reality, when wearing skirts and dresses, particularly when you have shorter legs, it’s hard to find a flattering shoe that will also withstand a long walk.   Yes wearing pants is the easier option, but if you love to wear dresses and really don’t want to carry other shoes, here are a few options that you may want to try (click on the picture to discover more about them)

Slightly smarter


Here are some others that are less dressy, bore like runners, but without the bulk

My other option would be to wear your sneakers, then take along some tiny, slip in your purse, foldable flats to change into if you can.


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  • Would this type of shoes be appropriate in dressier or more professional outfits?

    Im not refering to office, just that type of outfits, like pencil skirts, slacks etc. Im just a 24 y.o student who doesnt require any specific dresscodes, it just that I prefer wearing that type of outfits, “business-y/office-women” kinds.

    But one thing that i always get bothered with is the shoes. I cannot wear thin soles and heels, including loafers and the low heeled shoe you suggested in the orphotic shoe post.
    I was born with slight deformed feets and Ive very high foot arch and tiny ankles which make that problem even worse. One time when I was shopping, I tryied to wear “nicer” balett flats and ended up with a severe back and calf pains after 2-3 hours and needed to switch to walking sandals. :L (I dont think its “required” that you need to take painkillers for sake of looking put together…).

    Most of the times, I wear the type of shoes you suggested in this post (like the first examples. Mine are athetic mary-janes from eccoshop like these: http://images.booztx.com/ecco/350/ec210273_black_01001.jpg ) but I often get bothered if they would look out of place with pencil skirts and shift/sleek shift dresses. Unlike the person who asked this question, Im not petite. Im 5’5″ and size 32-36eu (0-6us) and have long and slim legs so the “cutting body in parts” doesnt bother me with high vamps shoes! It just the level of refinement thats are tricky to get it right due to my feet injury. I can wear low heeled wedge heels for some reason because they dont cause stress on my ankles, but my feets get tired of them very quickly so Im not sure if they would work for everyday smart/dressy wear.

    Whats your opinion about this? Like what shoes to wear with dressier/neat outfits when both thin soles and heels are not an option?

  • I don’t know what type of weather you have, but a knee high boot looks great with pencil skirts and you can put your orthodic right inside of them. There are some very classy knee high boots that have low heels. so if that works for your climate it would be a great option.

  • Like Lina, I have “difficult feet” and I’m afraid the answer is that you just have to shop around. Sadly, the more expensive the shoe, the better for your feet.
    It sounds to me as if Ferragamo would suit your feet. They are constructed taking into account the foot arch and foot movement so even though they are top-end fashion, they are easy to walk in. The classic Ferragamo ballet shoe suits nearly everyone.
    On the cheaper end of the scale but still OK, Dianne Ferrari and Sandler are very wearable. Hush Puppies also have dress shoes which can be fabulous (I have one pair of gold evening sandals and the same in black patent – $45 each at DFO where you can choose and try on your own shoes, perfect for owners of difficult feet.)
    When you say you can’t wear ballet shoes, were they top end ballet shoes or inexpensive ballet shoes? Again, the more expensive the ballet shoe, the better the padding on the sole and the shoe construction.
    For over-60 ladies, nothing is more aging than obvious “comfort shoes”. I would just carry a pair of proper evening shoes or sandals and change. (That’s what I do as that’s my demographic!). The secret is to carry them in a nice bag – perhaps a small tote with an arty design – so it doesn’t look like you are carrying shoes. (A separate bag from the small evening bag.) Very often you can put the bag somewhere (eg with the coat desk in a theatre) and collect it later, with minimum fuss.
    I read somewhere that wearing golf shoes to a cocktail party is one of the really fun things about being over 80 as everyone understands. But let’s leave it until we’re over 80 or have a very serious foot problem:-)

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