Our style editors are here to help you avoid five of the most common mistakes made when choosing comfort shoes.
There is no worse pain than feeling a blister form on your heels from shoes that simply, are not right for you. Pain and discomfort in your feet and back from uncomfortable shoes can mean your busy life is put on hold. Here, we share the most common mistakes made when purchasing footwear, as seen by podiatrists, and tips to ensure you always choose the perfect comfort shoes for you.
Mistake #1 These are so comfy now – but lack support
Whether walking on a smooth footpath or sand at the beach, having a pair of shoes that support your ankles and soles are crucial to avoid falls and injury.
Step on Air's Able is a stunning two-toned sandal that will be the next go-to pair of shoes in your collection. Able is available in classic black, navy or mushroom colours, making it a versatile, feminine design suitable for different outfit choices and lifestyles. Able's ankle strap is a supportive feature that provides added comfort, holding your ankles in place for whatever terrain you may tread. Able incorporates Step On Air's comfort technology with a high-density padded footbed for practicality and comfort.
Pair Able with a wrap around midi-dress, a large brim sunhat and your favourite sunglasses to create a seamless outfit for your next summer outing.
Mistake #2 They will become more flexible - shoes that are hard underfoot
Buying shoes with an overly hard sole becomes more uncomfortable with each step. This can wreak havoc on your shoe collection with many heeled shoes donning stiff soles that are impractical and ill-fitting.
For a stable, stylish heeled shoe, invest in a pair of Facts by Step On Air. This simple yet classic design is uncomplicated in function and refined in design. Facts, which comes in a suede black, tan and bone colour, is the marriage of comfort and style. The shoe features an elasticated ankle strap and Step On Air's comfort technology on a low sturdy heel. This fresh and versatile design is perfect for lunch with friends, a family dinner or a day at work.
Match the Facts strappy heel with a white denim midi skirt and a floral tunic for a polished casual look.
Mistake #3 They will stretch - shoes that are too narrow
Narrow shoes are the epitome of discomfort, with cramped spaces leading to calluses and, over time, cause problems such as hammertoe. Why force your feet into small spaces when you can skip the pain?
Step on Air's Jojo is the perfect effortless slip-on shoe for whatever your plans may be. Jojo comes in three stunning colours – ice, light pink and navy. Jojo is designed with Step On Air's comfort technology for trans-seasonal comfort and suitability that will protect your feet from pain.
Pair the Jojo comfort slip-on shoes with a pair of shorts or jeans, depending on what life throws at you!
Mistake #4 They will soften - shoes that are too stiff
Selecting a comfortable, flexible pair of shoes should not mean sacrificing style. Shoelife has a wide selection of beautiful footwear that provides high-quality comfort shoes made of the best materials without sacrificing style.
Step On Air's Ella suede-look slip-on is available in four beautiful colours for any occasion – navy, black, stone and red. The Ella shoe conveys elegance and comfort, designed to move and mould with your feet for all-day wear. The Ella features a zip closure with overlapping elastic detailing at the front of the ankle to keep your feet in place and feeling great all day.
Wear Ella with wide-legged pants, cropped jeans or a skirt for whatever your agenda is for the day.
Mistake #5 They will wear in - shoes with blistering backs
Have you ever dreaded wearing a new pair of shoes in fear of the blisters that come with "wearing them in"?
Ages strappy sandal by Step On Air is made to be worn for long days running errands, dinner events and café lunches. Ages is designed with a comfort memory foam footbed, low block heel, soft upper and flexible elasticated back that will keep your feet happy all day long.
Pair Step On Air's Ages comfort heel in black or tan with a simple shift dress and geometric statement jewellery for a sophisticated, effortless style.
Shop these ladies comfort shoes and many more styles at Australia's leading ladies online shoe store – ShoeLife.
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