As every woman about town knows, no wardrobe is complete without a pair -- or two, or four -- of ballet flats. But when it comes to comfort, not all shoes are created equal. To look and feel good all day, start your collection of flats that are stylish enough for the office and comfy enough for pounding the pavement.
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Some experts, including Dr. Oz, as quoted on The Shoe Expert's blog, believe that walking flat on the ground can cause shin splints and other health issues, so chose flats that have a bit of a lift. When elaborating on shoe choices several fashion authorities, including the editors at "Real Simple," are fans of shoes such as J.Crew ballets flats. The company's Cece leather ballet flats are made of Italian leather, have a cushioned insole, a rubber no-slip sole and an interior wedge so your feet aren’t completely flat on the ground.
Light on the Toes
When shopping for a walking shoe, the Mayo Clinic recommends looking for something lightweight. UK brand French Sole's flats, which are sturdy, light and have a rubber sole, fit the bill. New York City fashionista and socialite Olivia Palermo is regularly seen wearing them through the streets of Manhattan -- as evidenced by the pics on her self-titled blog. There are over 50 styles and a variety of colors to choose from, but the well-structured quilted napa and leather tip Passport flat is super comfortable for walking, according to New York lifestyle magazine "Guest of a Guest."
The Mayo Clinic also recommends a walking shoe that has good shock absorption. AOL Shopping experts love Cole Haan’s Air Bacara Ballet Flats. With a full sock lining, elastic top seam and a rubber sole with Nike AIR technology, they're basically a running sneaker disguised as a beautiful shoe.
For comfort on the go, Thewalkingsite.com recommends purchasing a shoe with a flexible sole. Another AOL Shopping fave, Easy Street Women's Rosalina Skimmers have a foam insole, flexible sole and a foot-hugging lining to keep your tootsies happy all day.
Thewalkingsite.com also recommends looking for shoes made of breathable material. With its structured design, rubber sole, square toe and perforated leather upper, Adrienne Vittadini’s Kirk Flats are a comfy, and airy, shoe, according to AOL Shopping experts.
Good walking shoes should have solid arch support, say the pros at The Fitness Walking Guide. That's why "Travel + Leisure" -- and Oprah -- love Tieks, which provide both arch support and comfort. These flats give you the added convenience of folding up into the size of a man's wallet, so you can easily slip them in and out of your purse.