I Asked a Podiatrist Which Spring Shoe Trends Are Good for Your Feet—These Won

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There are probably certain criteria a pair of shoes must meet in order to make it in your shopping cart. Of course, the silhouette must align with your personal style and be trend-forward for the season. But equally important is the level of comfort. After all, a pair of shoes that pinches and gives you blisters may not always be a solid investment. If you’re currently in the market for a fresh pair of spring shoes, I thought I’d provide you an edit of top-notch styles that are not only cute but comfy as well. As in, they’re podiatrist-approved.

That’s right—I turned to Benjamin Tehrani, DPM, of Kings Point Foot & Ankle in Los Angeles, who is the creator of Nerve Assist (vitamins that I actually use to help with nerve pain). He weighed in on the shoe trends that are worth it because they won’t necessarily cause too much harm to your overall foot health. Of course, one of the top sneaker trends reigned supreme, but there are some sandal picks that were front-runners too. With all that in mind, keep scrolling for some of the best spring and summer shoe styles to consider right now, complete with visual and shopping inspiration.

Slide Sandals

"Some slides like those by Sam Edelman are supportive and provide a high quality in their craft. I also love slides made by Hoka, which are light, supportive, breathable, and have a heel-drop, which feels unusual at first, but the heel-drop actually relieves your calves. I always try to wear these in the morning after my Peloton bike rides, and they have yet to disappoint." — Tehrani

Sam Edelman Annalisa Slides ($120)

Birkenstock Arizona Essentials Slide Sandals ($45)

Hoka Recovery Slides ($50)

Birkenstock Arizona Birko-Flor Sandals ($100)

Who What Wear Charli Slide Sandals ($89)

Dr. Martens Blaire Slide Sandals ($90)

Retro Sneakers

"It all depends on the type of sneaker. I'd say the New Balance retro sneakers are the most supportive while also being trendy. Air Jordans are also comfortable and supportive shoes." — Tehrani

New Balance Made Us 990v5 Sneakers ($175)

Nike Daybreak Sneakers ($90)

New Balance Sola Sleek Sneakers ($70)

Reebok Classic Nylon Sp Sneakers ($75)

Onitsuka Tiger 78 Edr Sneakers ($90)

New Balance 574 Classic Sneakers ($80)

Cushioned Flip-Flops

"So not all flip-flops are created equal. Cushioned flip-flops such as those made by Vionic have a built-in orthotic, and this reduces stress on your feet, ankles, and knees and provides the best shock absorption. I do all of my work around my home in Vionic because it feels just like I'm wearing shoes. I recently bought a pair of Fitflops, which are a hot trend right now. This features Microwobbleboard in the midsole, which provides shock absorption and instantly diffuses the pressure under the foot. Wobbleboard technology has three areas of different support in the insert, with the heel being firm for shock absorption, soft cushion in the forefoot for added comfort, and medium support at the toe box to help you push off. They even have flip-flops with memory foam, which doesn't necessarily provide long hours of support but is very comfortable to wear for a few hours at a time." — Tehrani

FitFlop Lulu Flip Flops ($80)

Tony Bianco Ives Sandals ($120)

Tory Burch Miller Cloud Sandals ($198)

Staud Tessa Sandals ($295)

Vionic Tide II Flip-Flops ($70)

Vagabond Shoemakers Erin Flip-Flops ($100)

Reike Nen T Flip-Flop Mold Sandals ($370)

Birkenstock Honolulu Eva Sandals ($40)

Sandals With an Ankle Strap

"Strappy sandals are nice because the strap helps hold our ankle and rearfoot in place, and this acts like a seatbelt which helps prevent the ankle from instability. When you're wearing the strap, the farther back the strap, the greater the ankle support. This is also beneficial to help prevent severe ankle sprains." — Tehrani

Steve Madden Bandi Platform Wedge Sandals ($70)

Reike Nen X Ankle Strap Platform Sandals ($390)

MIA Lunna Platform Ankle Strap Sandal ($49)

Stuart Weitzman 50mm Amelina Block Chain Sandals ($475)

Dr. Martens Voss Ii Sandals ($100)

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