Podiatrists Swear By These Comfy, Cheap Shoes On Amazon

Keep scrolling for the most comfortable shoes on Amazon — all at very good prices.

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Fact: There’s simply nothing worse than walking all day in shoes you can’t wait to take off. Luckily for you, I’ve gathered five podiatrists (and one physical therapist) to recommend their top picks for your utmost comfort. Along with expert selections, they also shared key features to shop for. Getting the size right — whether that’s length or width — comes first, followed closely by arch support, shock absorption, and a somewhat rigid sole with good traction. Other details, like breathable mesh and a heel counter, got high marks as well.

Still unsure where to start? Combined with the experts’ picks, I’ve rounded up 30 shoes that tick all the boxes. Keep scrolling for the most comfortable shoes on Amazon — all at very good prices.


And Some Trusty Metatarsal Pads For Your High Heels

Dr. Sidney Weiser, podiatrist and founder of Quality Podiatry group, also says that, “in high-heel shoes, there should be a metatarsal pad. You are putting more weight on the forefoot, so you need that protection.” Enter: This ten-pack of pads. Slip these into any pair of pumps for some extra cushion and your feet will be comfy and supported all night long.


Soft Knit Sketchers That’ll Put Some Pep In Your Step

These aren’t your average comfortable sneakers. These Skechers have a specialty insole that gives maximum breathability and bounce. With mesh material for added comfort and responsive cushioning technology, these are an immediate buy. Podiatrist Dr. William D. Spielfogel writes that, “this shoe is a great option for consumers who are looking to take care of their foot health while keeping costs low.”

  • Available sizes: 5 — 13
  • Available colors: 34


These Podiatrist-Designed Insoles

If your main concern is arch support, these Samurai insoles are a no-brainer buy. They were designed by podiatrists with state-of-the-art orthotic laboratory technology, so you know they’re the real deal. Great for plantar fasciitis and shin splints relief, these fit into any shoe you already own and provide the extra support you need without breaking the bank.

  • Available sizes: 6 — 18.5


A Waterproof Orthopedic Flip-Flop For Casual Support

For those sweltering days or when you need a trusty around-the-house shoe, these orthopedic flip-flops are perfect. They’re APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) approved, are contoured to hug your feet, and provide excellent arch support. They’re great if you’re recovering from surgery but need to be on your feet, and they even have anti-skid outsoles for enhanced traction.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 12.5
  • Available colors: 7


A Slip-On Flat That Keeps Your Feet Cool

Easy-peasy slip-on sneaker flats for under $30? Count me in. With elastic paneling to make taking them on and off a cinch — plus a thick sole for all-day wear — you can’t go wrong. They have breathable mesh upper to ensure your feet stay dry and cool all day and, as an added bonus, they go with almost everything.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 11
  • Available colors: 8


These Minimalist Shoes That Feel Like You’re Barefoot

Although not a podiatrist, Anthony Maritato is a licensed physical therapist who has “been discussing and reviewing shoes for nearly 20 years.” He praises his best find and says, “My absolute favorite shoe on Amazon is the WHITIN minimalist sneaker. I have posted multiple video reviews of this shoe and choose to wear them daily over far more expensive custom crafted shoes I own.” The wide toe box allows the foot to move freely while the canvas material provides breathability. It feels like you’re essentially barefoot when you wear these.

  • Available sizes: 5.5 — 11
  • Available colors: 13


A Birkenstock Lookalike With Great Arch Support

“Birkenstocks are one of my favorite sandals but they are pricey. A very close second favorite and much less expensive is Cushionaire sandals,” writes Dr. Ashley Lee, a foot and ankle surgeon. These are a nice alternative if you want the same look and feel but don’t want to break the bank. They have a thick footbed with solid arch support that molds to your foot, and this keeps your heel from slipping out the back.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 13
  • Available colors: 24


A Wedge You Could Walk Miles In

For days you can’t stand heels, opt for these cute shoes. “TOMS wedges are some of the most comfortable wedges I've worn,” vouches Lee. “They have a solid sole, but a slightly soft foot bed with an arch support. It evenly distributes weight to the entire foot making it easy to wear these all day.” Measuring a little over three inches, they provide just enough height while the cork midsole and platform maintain maximum comfort.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 12
  • Available colors: 9


And A Sturdy Ankle Boot With Style

If you want a rugged option — I’ve got you. These TOMS boots give you the same height as the wedge sandals above, just in a different style. They feature elasticated side panels and an ankle pull-tab which makes them easy to slip your foot into. Plus, they have super-durable rubber outsoles, which mean these will stay in good condition for longer.

  • Available sizes: 6 — 11
  • Available colors: 1


A Lightweight Sneaker For Everyday

These Sketchers come equipped with a rubber sole, lightweight feel, and a cushy memory foam insole. “This sneaker is a nice 'travel sneaker' or errand sneaker. It's lighter weight and breathable with a good arch support,” says Lee. “Although I recommend a sturdier shoe to run or exercise in, this is a great shoe to throw on to run errands for the day.”

  • Available sizes: 5 — 11
  • Available colors: 13


These Running Shoes That’ll Never Fail You

As far as I’m concerned, everyone needs a comfy workout shoe — especially one built like these AKK sneakers. Between the lightweight material and non-slip soles, they also have a memory foam insole so they literally get better with every step. Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi, podiatrist and founder of founder of Khosroabadi Institute confirmed, “These shoes are especially good for those who have bunions, hammertoes, or wide feet. The rubber soles and memory foam insoles provide excellent arch support.”

  • Available sizes: 5.5 — 11
  • Available colors: 37


A Comfy Yet Classic White Sneaker

These PUMA sneakers are the shoes that’ll go with everything while still ensuring maximum comfort. Khosroabadi notes they are “a good choice for those who may have inflammation on the back of the foot where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel bone. By elevating the heel, the shoes release some of the tension. In addition to health benefits, these shoes come in lovely soft leather.”

  • Available sizes: 5.5 — 11
  • Available colors: 9


These Top-Rated Laceless Sneakers

Clarks’ Adella Holly sneakers stretch to your foot with a lightweight feel. They include bungee cords for a laceless closure and rubber outsoles to help soften the impact of each step. “These are super comfortable shoes for folks with wide feet or a large instep. There is a removable Ortholite footbed for cushion, and breathable fabric for maximum coolness,” confirms Khosroabadi.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 12
  • Available colors: 10


A Nostalgic Sneaker With A Padded Sole

Every closet needs a vintage sneaker — consider these Tommy Hilfigers yours. Made of faux leather for easy cleaning, the sneakers have a high-quality rubber outsole that’ll give you some extra grip. Dr. Khosroabadi points out that the “rubber soles absorb impact and provide a cushioned landing. These are especially good for people with metatarsalgia (pain on the ball of the foot) or plantar fasciitis (pain on bottom of the foot).”

  • Available sizes: 5 — 11
  • Available colors: 1


An Elevated Loafer With Incredible Support

If you’re frequently on the go and want a dressy shoe choice, give these Clarks loafers a go. These are “great for people who are working on their feet all day or chasing the kids,” confirms Khosroabadi. “These leather loafers come with extra cushion, a breathable footbed and small platform heel. If you suffer from toe problems, these shoes may be exactly what your feet are looking for.”

  • Available sizes: 5 — 12
  • Available colors: 11


These Walking Shoes With Air Cushions

With a elasticated slip-on closure that make them easy to get on and off (plus, a perforated arch for maximum breathability where it counts) these sneakers are an immediate must-have. The platform gives you a bit of a lift and the soft sole is ideal if you’re on your feet all day. “It’s great for those with bunions, plantar fasciitis or other types of foot pain.” Khosroabadi says. For under $30, these are a steal.

  • Available sizes: 5.5 — 10.5
  • Available colors: 19


An Affordable Custom Orthotic For Instead Relief

Many experts called out supportive insoles, but what if your favorite shoes don’t come equipped with a pair? Consider these custom orthotic inserts by Dr. Scholl’s you can slip into any shoe. They have been clinically tested, provide immediate, all-day pain relief, and offer 3D heel, arch, and ball-of-foot support without crowding your toes.

  • Available colors: 2


This Investment-Worthy Running Shoe With A Sturdier Heel Counter

A stable heel counter also comes recommended by our experts, so for all you gym-goers — or anyone who just wants to look like they went to the gym — these ASICS running shoes are a must-have. ASICS redesigned the heel counter to help keep the stable and provide a more comfortable stride so, no matter what your workout routine is, these shoes will feel like walking on a cloud. The knitted mesh guarantees breathability, while the sole provides plenty of cushy support.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 12.5
  • Available colors: 20


These Sneakers That Feel Like You’re Walking On Pillows

Available in 30 colors, these air cushion sneakers are equally cute and comfy. These feature a soft sponge lining that reduces the friction between feet and come equipped with a pair of arch support insoles. They’re designed with double the air cushioning to offer premium shock absorption, plus they have a grippy sole that’s anti-skid.

  • Available sizes: 5.5 — 11
  • Available colors: 30


The New Balance Sneakers That Give Extra Cushion

In case you missed it, the dad sneaker trend is very much still happening. Don’t be fooled, though: These sneakers may look chunky, but they feel quite light. They’re made with genuine leather and also have a foam insert that offers long-lasting comfort. The EVA foam midsole provides the extra cushion you need to get through the day, plus the interior is designed with minimal seaming to help reduce irritation.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 12
  • Available colors: 5


These Modern Loafers For Effortless Comfort

A great alternative to sneakers or flats? These canvas loafers provide the same ankle support Maritato spoke to in the sneakers above. With a soft, wide toe box and a zero-drop rubber base (meaning a completely flat sole), these shoes offer both comfort and traction. “I can move in these without my knees collapsing, my hips don’t hurt like they usually do after a day of walking around and standing, my feet no longer cramp up like they do in flat stiff shoes,” one reviewer shared. “Get these! They’re affordable, unlike many barefoot shoes, while actually working!”

  • Available sizes: 6 Wide — 11 Wide
  • Available colors: 7


A Podiatrist-Approved Sandal That Reduces Back Pain

No closet is complete without a good pair of flip-flops, and these just happen to come equipped with excellent arch support. The orthopedic insole reduces back and heel pain while the water resistance holds a firm grip on rough surfaces. Plus, these are APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) approved.

  • Available sizes: 6 — 11
  • Available colors: 20


An Easy Velcro Shoe With High Density Memory Foam

Offering a Velcro closure, high-density memory foam padding, and firm arch support, these shoes tick all the boxes. They offer an air cushion design for shock absorption to protect your feet and keep your ankle comfy. An added bonus is the latex metatarsal pad that helps relieve foot pressure and fatigue. Opt for these if you need some extra support or struggle with diabetes or arthritis.

  • Available sizes: 6.5 Wide — 10 Wide
  • Available colors: 5


A Classic Flat With A Cushy Heel Pad

Amazon Essentials makes some of the most comfortable ballet flats, and they’re under $20. The classic look goes with any outfit and these are gently elasticized so you can stretch into them without having to struggle. They feature memory foam lining and a heel pad that provides maximum ankle cushion.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 15
  • Available colors: 34


These Knit Ballet Flats With A Barely-There Feel

If you’re on your feet a lot, you should seriously consider these Frank Mully flats for your next purchase. The breathable elastic mesh is complimented by moisture-wicking perforation. They include a cushioned footbed for a little extra bounce, while the pointed-toe silhouette is undeniably chic.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 11
  • Available colors: 41


A Sleek Loafer You Won’t Want To Take Off

This isn't your basic preppy loafer, it’s a style that feels super-supportive (and a style that you need immediately). The luxe faux leather is complemented by its cushioned footbed. It features a plush layer of memory foam padding, so if you’re on your feet a lot you won’t feel any pain the next day.

  • Available sizes: 5.5 — 12
  • Available colors: 28


This Cushiony Flat With A Supportive Sole

Dr. Weiser advocated for shoes that fit correctly, and not just for comfort. “If your shoe is tight, it can cause blisters that can lead to infection. If your shoe is too loose, you can lose the support you need.” These flats come in a truly wide range of sizes, with added arch support and reinforced heel. Plus, they’re designed with a rubber sole for traction so you won’t have to worry about slipping.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 12 (wide sizes available)
  • Available colors: 5


These Knit Snaffle Loafers For A Lighter Look

Chic, timeless, and undeniably comfy — what more could you need in a flat? These Feversole gems feature a mesh upper that keeps your feet feeling dry all day, and a rubber sole for durable cushion. With the metal hardware and elevated heel, these are the perfect plus-one to any look.

  • Available sizes: 6 — 9.5
  • Available colors: 39


These Sturdy-Yet-Stylish Ballet Flats

Looking for a ballet flat that feels like it was made for your feet? These Naturalizer flats basically were. Featuring a cushioned footbed with arch support and proprietary comfort technology, the insole relieves any foot pressure you might have. There’s a slight heel for a little extra lift, plus an anti-slip outsole, so you’ll never want to take these off.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 12 (half sizes and wide sizes available)
  • Available colors: 15


An Airy Slip-On With Extra Cushion

These Life Stride slip-ons are the perfect hybrid between a flat and a sneaker. They offer extra arch and heel support for balance and all-day stability, plus they have an ultra-flexible outsole which means every step will feel soft. Buy these now, because you’ll probably be repurchasing more than one pair.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 12
  • Available colors: 15

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