When winter rolls around, we all know it's important to have shoes that are warm — but what about comfort? You won't feel like walking around the city or trekking through the woods with tired, achy feet. Although the most comfortable winter shoes often range in style and shape, they generally have a few things in common:
- Cushioned footbeds: It's important for your footbeds to cradle your feet with proper cushioning to keep them comfortable and prevent soreness. Look out for options that feature memory or EVA foam for just the right amount cushion.
- Shock absorption: If your shoes don't have some sort of bounce or rebound, your feet will fatigue quickly. Shock absorption, which is typically found in the midsoles, makes it easier and more comfortable to walk for long periods of time.
- Cozy liners: Not all shoe styles have liners but those that do — especially boots and loafers — will benefit from the extra softness and comfort. Whether they're made from faux fur or neoprene, soft liners add padding, reduce friction, and create an overall sense of coziness.
- Good traction: People often forget about traction when discussing comfort but you won't feel "comfortable" if you've fallen on your butt. Given that this is a particular risk in the colder months, your winter shoes should have good traction.
On top of featuring all or most of these qualities, my picks below are warm enough to get you through some of the coldest days of the year. Read on for the most comfortable winter shoes below, so you can bundle up in style.