People with arthritis know better than most how important it is to have comfortable shoes. Thank goodness we don’t have to sacrifice style to get them! Here are some of my favorite, fashionable, arthritis-friendly shoes for women.

SPORTY

For walking and cruising around, I only wear New Balance sneakers. They come in wide widths, and so many of us with arthritis in our feet need wide shoes. I buy mine at the outlet stores because of the discount – sometimes two pairs at a time (one for now, one for later). The New Balance Classic Sneakers, from $50 at newbalance.com and at department stores, come in neutrals or colorful combos.

I also like Nike’s Free Gym Training Shoes, from $65 at department stores. These are minimally padded, Mary Jane-style shoes with a Velcro strap and a flexible, rubber sole – like going barefoot, but better.

CASUAL

An ankle boot is a must have for fall. SoftWalk’s Trieste boot, priced around $110 at nordstrom.com, comes in suede and leather. It goes great with jeans or casual pants and is oh-so-easy on the feet.

The most comfortable winter boot is the Ugg – like wearing your slippers to the store. They are heaven for aching feet. The Classic Short Ugg ($165, uggaustralia.com) is a good, all-around boot.

Any time of year, you can wear Aerosoles’ Final Exam wedges ($69 at department stores). They’re simple loafers with a low wedge heel. A good loafer flatters pants or skirts and never goes out of style – and these are classic and comfortable.

DAY-TO-NIGHT

Dr. Scholl’s Graduate ballet flats, available at Macy’s and online for less than $50, have a lot of style. In silver, black or gold with a nice toe buckle detail they dress up any outfit.

An alternative to a high heel or fancy flat is Cole Haan’s Air Jaynie Sandal ($89.95, colehaan.com) in silver. It has enough straps to support swollen feet but is still fun and flirty. Once the back buckle is adjusted they can be slipped on with ease.

I love Aerosoles’ Fax Figure lace-up, peep-toe pump ($89 at Macy’s). It’s dressy, sexy, practical and sophisticated, all in one. While it may not work well for swollen fingers because of the laces, it’s perfect on swollen feet.

 

Christine Schwab is a longtime fashion reporter and author of Take Me Home from the Oscars: Arthritis, Television, Fashion, and Me (Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2011), in which she chronicles her years battling rheumatoid arthritis in Hollywood.

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