Fall is here, which means it’s time to bring out your favorite fall trends like pumpkin spiced lattes, chunky knit sweaters, and even shoes. Yes, shoes. From boots to loafers and anything in between, there’s something for everyone to rock this fall. However, it’s essential to remember that your shoes should be fashionable and comfortable. In this blog, we’ll be discussing the best supportive shoes for fall.
What Makes a Good Supportive Shoe?
These are the characteristics of a good, supportive shoe:
- It has a thick sole to absorb shock and adequately protect your foot from the elements
- It has enough room in the toe box to allow your toes to wiggle freely
- It is deep enough that the section around your heel holds the shoe onto your footwell
- Its material is stiff enough to provide ankle support
- It has a sensible pitch that allows the shank to rest in a comfortable position
- It is the right size
You can always give yourself some extra support and comfort by using a cushioned insert.
The trendy “ugly dad sneakers” have been “in.” However, this season designers are pulling inspiration from their older, more classic designs. These sneakers are stylish and give you much-needed support. There are models made for everyone, whether you have flat, neutral, or high foot arches. These shoes are also very breathable, meaning they allow air to circulate, giving your feet a chance to breathe. This will help prevent foot odor and infection. Be fashionable and comfortable with the perfect pair of retro sneakers.
The Modern Chelsea Boot
Chelsea boots have been a popular fall choice for decades and continue to be this season’s most popular trend. However, designers have reimagined the modern Chelsea boot with different materials, colors, and lengths (knee-high to ankle booties). Just like with any Chelsea boot, you’ll want a snug fit around the ankle for optimal support. Just like with any pair of boots, your Chelsea boots should have a nice, rigid sole that isn’t easily bendable in the arch, but you should still be able to point or flex your foot. The higher the boot goes around the ankle, the more ankle support you will have, which provides more stability in icy or muddy conditions. The elastic at the ankle of the Chelsea boot will ensure a perfect fit.
Similar to Chelsea boots, loafers have been a staple of many different types of wardrobes for years. However, new styles have gained the attention of younger crowds and those who would otherwise look elsewhere to make a statement with their shoes. This year, leather loafers have been reinvented with chunkier soles for an edgy look and added walkability. These structured shoes are perfect for a long day of standing or walking. They’re especially great for those with lower back problems and can’t bend down easily to put shoes on. Keep this classic in your closet because it won’t be going out of style anytime soon.
Lace-Up, Combat-Style Boots
These are arguably the best type of walking boots. Combat boots toe the line between chic and comfortable. Find a pair with an air-cushioned sole and with anti-slip properties. The plus of these guys is that they’re incredibly durable, versatile, and offer unlimited support due to the lace-up ankle. Go for an edgy look by dressing up some leather trousers, feminize them by pairing them with a dress, or keep it casual with a pair of jeans.
Kitten heels are right on trend, with recurring trends bouncing back from the eighties and nineties. If you are going to wear any kind of heel, we recommend a kitten heel (one inch or smaller). These might even help your posture and temporarily take pressure off the Achilles. You may also try wedges, as these distribute weight evenly on the sole foot instead of a heel that puts pressure only on the heel and ball of your foot. If you must go for a heel instead of a wedge, perhaps consider a block heel instead of a stiletto.
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