These Cheap Shoes On Amazon Are Super Cute & Podiatrists Actually Approve Of Them

Shockingly on trend (but also foot-friendly).

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While finding adorable shoes is usually way too easy, knowing whether they’re the best choice for comfort and support isn’t always easy. And after all, with the stress you put on your feet every day, it’s important to take care of them for the long term. But podiatrist-approved shoes tend to be expensive. Luckily, this list rounds up over 30 pairs of budget-friendly shoes on Amazon that are not only stylish, but are based on podiatrists’ advice, tips, and tricks.


These Minimalist Mesh Sneakers With A Wide Toe Box

Podiatrist Suzanne Fuchs, DPM, of Luxe Podiatry in Jupiter, Florida, suggests grabbing shoes with a wider toe box because they “allow your toes to move and wiggle comfortably.” These minimalist shoes have just such a wide toe box, while also being a sleek sneaker option. They’re made of a breathable mesh with a rubber sole that provides good traction. Plus, they’re practical but have stylish details, like a pull-on strap in the back.

  • Available sizes: 5.5 — 10
  • Available colors: 9


These Square-Toe Flats That Are *So* Roomy

A go-to with wide-width options is this pair of chic slip-on loafers with their breathable canvas lining and a cushioned latex sole. Available in neutral colors and fun patterns like leopard print, these square-toe beauties look luxe down to their gold metal accents. Plus, their cute looks don’t equal uncomfortable.

  • Available sizes: 5.5 — 13 (including wide options)
  • Available color: 17


A Pair Of Wide-Width Ballet Flats With Luxe Buckle Details

These ballet flats have a rounded, wide toe instead of a pointed one, which Dr. Fuchs also recommends avoiding. Other comfortable details include a microfiber lining, a padded heel, and a breathable insole, so you can wear them anywhere. Plus, their chic rhinestone buckles make them look more expensive than they are. And a variety of colors in patent or fabric give you options.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 11
  • Available colors: 20


These Knit Slip-On Sneakers Padded With Memory Foam

“Adequate padding and cushioning in the insole and midsole of the shoe can provide shock absorption and enhance comfort,” says Dr. Fuchs, who recommends gel or memory foam. These mesh slip-on sneakers have a memory foam insole that cushions your feet while walking, plus the mesh is breathable. Wear these easy-to-slide-on sneakers with your favorite athleisure, and your feet will thank you.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 13 (including wide options)
  • Available colors: 28


These Sleek Walking Shoes With Impressive Air-Cushioned Heels

This pair of slip-on walking sneakers gives your feet the shock absorption Dr. Fuchs recommends via an air-cushioned heel. The chic platform style is extra supportive, while the soft, breathable mesh hugs your feet like socks. Meanwhile, the insole provides extra breathability with over 1,000 ventilation holes.

  • Available sizes: 5.5 — 10.5
  • Available colors: 25


These Trendy Ballet Flats That Feature Extra Padding Inside

For a dressier shoe option, these ballet flats come in clutch — and they have a few features that upgrade the comfort and support from similar options. They have wide toe boxes and ankle straps that keep them securely on your feet, while the insoles are made with a high-rebound yoga mat material that helps provide the cushioning and shock absorption Dr. Fuchs recommends.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 11
  • Available colors: 9


These Sleek Slip-On Shoes For Busy, Active Days

These sneakers have a cushioned, bouncy sole that offers the support you need for comfortable, everyday wear (as Dr. Fuchs recommends). Wear them on errand days or quick walks in the park — their lightweight construction and textured sole add to their versatile wearability. Plus, their timeless athletic sneaker design means they’ll match anything.

  • Available sizes: 6 — 10
  • Available colors: 15


These On-Trend Chunky Knit Sneakers With Memory Foam Insoles

A chunky, on-trend rubber sole is just one cool feature of these knit sneakers, but their style doesn’t detract from their comfort. Inside is memory foam that may help with shock absorption as you walk (as Dr. Fuchs recommends). And while they’re pull-on, you get the best of both worlds with adjustable laces.

  • Available sizes: 6 — 11 (including wide options)
  • Available colors: 4


A Pair Of Knit & Velcro Mary Janes That Are So Breathable

Dr. Fuchs also says, “Shoes made from breathable materials like mesh or leather allow air circulation and help keep your feet cool and dry.” If you’re looking for chic flats, these round-toe Mary Janes fit the bill of comfort and style. They have knit insoles for breathability and sweat-wicking power. They also have adjustable Velcro straps (so they won’t pinch your feet) and a cushioned heel for all-day protection against blisters.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 12
  • Available colors: 7


These Lightweight Walking Sneakers With Cooling Mesh

Not only are these lightweight walking sneakers made of breathable mesh that’ll keep your feet cool, but they’re also super easy to slip on. Adjust the laces, then slip your feet into them and go. Their shock-absorbing soles will help you keep going on even the busiest days.

  • Available sizes: 6 — 10
  • Available colors: 15


These Faux Leather Floral Ballet Flats With A Cutout Design

The faux leather material of these floral ballet flats has plenty of cutouts that’ll keep your feet aired out rather than overly hot. The flexible soles keep them comfy, while the floral design will surely be the highlight of your outfit. Plus, they’re even shockingly flexible enough to fold in half in your bag.

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


These Neutral Penny Loafers With Chic & Ultra-Breathable Leather

These loafers have the increased breathability of leather, just like Dr. Fuchs recommends for regulating the temperature of your feet. These classic rounded-toe loafers also feature a nonslip outsole and a cushioned insole with arch support to amp up the comfiness. They also have some bonus breathable features built into the insole.

  • Available sizes: 6 — 11
  • Available colors: 10


These 100% Leather Loafers That Are A Breeze To Pull On

Another all-leather shoe, the natural material of these heeled loafers allows for breathability, no matter the weather (or how many hours you wear them). They’re made from 100% leather and feature plenty of footbed cushioning and stretchy elastic that makes it easier to put them on.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 12 (including narrow and wide options)
  • Available colors: 5


A Pair of Leather Flats You Can *Actually* Wear All Day

If you want a shoe that can hold up to your daily step count, these flat loafers are a comfy solution. Wear them on long days because the leather upper offers improved air circulation, which, according to Dr. Fuchs, is key for keeping your toes dry and cool. The shoes also have a padded insole and massaging nubs on the outsole for added comfort.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 12
  • Available colors: 49


These Flexible Loafers With Chic (But Casual) Fabric

For footwear that feels good, Dr. Fuchs says, “Look for shoes that are flexible and allow natural movement of your feet.” These machine-washable loafers fit the bill with a pliable “flex and fold” design and a clever memory foam insole. They have a slip-on design with low-profile laces, and they’re made with a lightweight fabric that feels chic but casual.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 11
  • Available colors: 29


These Trending Chunky Sneakers That Are Surprisingly Flexible

These seriously on-trend chunky sneakers have a flexible mesh upper that’s designed to move and flex with you throughout the day. They’re surprisingly lightweight and have a soft, cushioned insole for added comfort. And the 2.4-inch chunky bottom offers a height boost on a stable platform.

  • Available sizes: 6 — 11
  • Available colors: 5


The Flexible Mary Janes That You Can Wear For Long Strolls

With a thick but flexible sole, these Mary Jane-style shoes are a shockingly comfy option for that on-trend Mary Jane moment. As Dr. Fuchs recommends, the sole easily bends with the ball of your foot for maximum comfort. Plus, the knit outer features dozens of perforations that help with breathability.

  • Available sizes: 6 — 10
  • Available colors: 12


These Expensive-Looking Sneakers With Geometric Soles

Slip on these expensive-looking athletic sneakers, and the flexible sole with a geometric nonslip rubber pattern will keep you comfy. The breathable fabric offers up plenty of temperature regulation while also feeling structured and sturdy. It’s available in a bunch of fun color options like hot pink, lime green, or a more subdued black.

  • Available sizes: 5.5 — 12
  • Available colors: 21


These On-Trend Slippers That Have Top-Notch Traction

Dr. Fuchs also says, “Shoes with a good grip or traction on the outsole can provide stability and reduce the risk of slipping.” So, if you’re looking for comfy house slippers, these lightweight slippers feature a wave-shaped outsole that won’t slip on smooth surfaces. They also have a cloud-like insole and a waterproof design to make them ultra-versatile. Plus, they have a bit of a platform to add to the trendiness of these light slippers.

  • Available sizes: 5.5 — 16
  • Available colors: 23


These Budget-Friendly Rain Boots That Look *So* Timeless

These ankle-height rain boots are a seriously chic all-purpose option (especially for rainy days). Beyond looking stylish, Dr. Fuchs likes boots because “They can also provide warmth and waterproof features.” In addition to keeping your feet dry, these Chelsea boots feature a roomy toe, nonslip outsole, and a pull tab for easy entry. Plus, the timeless elastic details on the side make them ultra-comfy.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 13
  • Available colors: 15


These Combat Boots With Comfy Ankle Stability

According to Dr. Fuchs, boots also “offer ankle support and protection, making them ideal for hiking or working in rugged terrain.” So, try these lace-up combat boots because they have a high ankle shaft and durable faux leather upper to feel extra secure. In addition to support, these boots also have a soft memory foam footbed and an inside zipper that makes it easy to put them on and take off.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 13
  • Available colors: 4


An Adorable Flip-Flop Option With A Supportive Yoga Mat Sole

“Sandals are great for warm weather and allow your feet to breathe,” says Dr. Fuchs. “Look for sandals with arch support and cushioning to offset any potential negative effects.” These stylish knot-front flip-flops are such a perfect option because their arch-supporting insole is made of super soft yoga mat foam. The top features soft fabric that is less likely to irritate the delicate skin between the toes than classic plastic flip-flops. Plus, they have a foam footbed that offers arch support, so you’ll want to wear this adorable pair all day.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 11
  • Available colors: 29


These Cork Sandals With Suede That Conforms To Your Feet

These on-trend double-buckle sandals feature a durable EVA outsole and adjustable straps help you get the perfect fit. As for the support Dr. Fuchs recommends, these sandals fit the bill with a suede insole that conforms to your foot and a flexible cork footbed. They’re also finished off with plenty of traction.

  • Available sizes: 6 — 12
  • Available colors: 22


These Pointed-Toe Pumps With A Supportive & Ultra-Stylish Ankle Strap

Dr. Fuchs also says, “Heels with ankle straps can provide added stability and prevent your feet from sliding forward.” These pointed-toe pumps have a block heel and the recommended adjustable ankle strap for the perfect combination of style and comfort (although they may be best for shorter periods of wear, due to the narrower toe box). These heels also have a nonslip outsole to keep you stable no matter the terrain, and are finished off with an ultra-stylish buckle.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 11 (including wide options)
  • Available colors: 20


A Timeless Heel That Has An Ankle Strap To Keep You Secure

These ankle-strap heels are another chic option with extra stability. They have a padded memory foam insole for added comfort and a block heel for extra support — plus these chic shoes come in both regular and wide widths. Last, the strap on this version is thin and dainty-looking (even though it will add some support).

  • Available sizes: 5 — 15 (including wide options)
  • Available colors: 5


These Fun Heels That Have An Extra Chunky Platform

With an open toe and a blocky platform, these sandals incorporate ankle straps for extra stability, as Dr. Fuchs recommends. The shoes are made from faux suede and leather, and come in over 20 styles, including classic black and fun leopard colors. The shoe also features a breathable lining to keep your toes dry and plenty of tread on the bottom.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 12
  • Available colors: 21


These Chic Pumps With A Low Heel & Pointed Toe

Love the look of heels but hate the strain? Then you just might love these low heel pumps. With only a 2.5-inch heel, they also have comfortable elastic memory foam footbeds for comfort with every step (but with the pointed toe, you may not want to spend full days in them). The uppers are made with a fun knit fabric for a modern, summery aesthetic. Plus, Dr. Fuchs says, “Opt for lower heel heights to reduce the strain on your feet and ankles. Lower heels are generally more comfortable and easier to walk in.”

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


These Braided Sandals You Can Wear With Anything

“Avoiding super high heels is also important, but extremely pancake-flat shoes are not good either,” says podiatrsit Julie Schottenstein, DPM, of the Schottenstein Center in Miami. When shopping for a heel, she says, “aim for about 2 inches,” and that, “small heels can actually help to take pressure off the Achilles tendon.” These braided sandals are an excellent option with a 2-inch block heel and easy slip-on design.

  • Available sizes: 6 — 10
  • Available colors: 17


These Flip Flops With Multiple Foot-Friendly Features

These orthotic-friendly flip-flops are designed to help balance the amount of body weight placed on your feet with each step, complete with arch support, too. In addition, they feature a higher back than front (which goes easy on the Achilles tendon), a deep heel cup, and a shock-absorbing gel surface. These features and more are why Dr. Schottenstein points out that they’re a shoe approved by the American Podiatric Medial Association.

  • Available sizes: 6 — 11
  • Available colors: 22


These Walking Shoes With Memory Foam Insoles

Podiatrist Nelya Lobkova, DPM, at Step Up Footcare in New York City says, “The best shoes are typically wide, supportive, with an extra-deep toe box, and comfortable insoles. Sneakers usually fit this category.” These walking tennis shoes fit the bill, designed for maximum comfort wherever your day takes you. The knit uppers promote airflow while the memory foam insoles work to cushion your feet. Meanwhile, the padded ankle cushions help increase comfort.

  • Available sizes: 5.5 — 11
  • Available colors: 34


These Breathable Sneakers That Are Great For Wide Feet, Too

Another great, supportive sneaker option are these Go Walk 5-True sneakers by Skechers. They’re lightweight and feature breathable insoles with high-rebound cushioning, while the dual-density traction on the outsoles offer extra stability. Choose from eight different colors with wide widths available, too.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 13 (wide widths included)
  • Available colors: 8


A Vegan Leather Sneaker You Can Dress Up Or Down

If you’re looking for a shoe with podiatrist-approved features that’s more fashion forward than athletic looking, these lace-up vegan leather sneakers fit the bill. With adjustable laces and comfort foam padding throughout, they feature a chic yet reasonable 1-inch platform and are available in four neutral, everyday colors.

  • Available sizes: 6 — 11 (wide options included)
  • Available colors: 4


These Flip Flops That Actually Have Arch Support

Dr. Lobkova says that while shoe shopping, be sure to look at the insole: “Does it have any firm elevation in the arch? A firm arch increases proprioception in the feet. It stimulates us to slightly turn out the feet while walking and increases stability during activity.” To satisfy that requirement, check out these perfect-for-summer flip-flops. They’re made of supportive yoga mat material with an intentional curve for extra cushioning and support while the wide-width insole is suitable for feet of various sizes. They have a wide thong cloth strap in a variety of prints and colors — even blinged-out gemstone options.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 11
  • Available colors: 34


A Pair Of Suede Mule Slides For All Seasons

The cork footbed on these mule slides hug your feet while providing arch support and cushioning, too. They slip on and off super easily without being too loose or too tight, thanks to the adjustable metal buckle straps. Choose from seven different colors and wear the versatile style year-round, for all seasons.

  • Available sizes: 5 — 14
  • Available colors: 7


These Low Heels With Chic AF Buckle Details

For dressier shoe options Dr. Lobkova says, to “look for dress shoes with a 1-inch heel instead of no heels (completely flat). Flats put an excess of pressure on the heel bones, which can cause plantar fasciitis. I would recommend going with a chunky heel. Remember, heels could be fun geometric shapes too; they don't have to be square!” Following the doctor’s orders, these chic heels with gold buckle accents have a practical 1-inch heel in a unique, geometric shape. Meanwhile, the thickened memory latex insoles provide extra comfort, while the breathable lining helps prevent sweating.

  • Available sizes: 5 —12
  • Available colors: 8