17 Heels You Can Actually Walk In

This post was originally published on June 29, 2015.

Between photo shoots, red carpet events, and international Fashion Weeks, we've had our fair share of footwear disasters. But we've also got enough experience to know which heels are going to be manageable and which ones...won't.

Before you roll your eyes at the idea of a "comfy" pair of sky-high shoes, hear us out. The truth is, comfortable heels do exist — and at every price point, no less. You just have to know what to look for. In hopes of saving you from one more painful blister or twisted ankle, we've sought out the most wearable pieces around. Sure, the 17 picks ahead aren't quite on the same level of comfort as your Nike Frees, but they are sturdy enough to wear for hours on end, and they'll (literally) never let you down. So bring on the summer weddings, hour-long commutes, and days packed with important meetings. With the right pair of heels, it's all a walk in the park.
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Nothing brightens up an outfit quite like a rainbow mule.

Aldo Olani, $110 $55, available at Aldo.
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Who ever said Velcro isn't chic?

Marni One Band Sandal, $760, available at Marni.
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Notice the slight padding on the sole — 10 extra points for comfort.

Rafa The Simple Sandal, $300, available at Rafa.
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You won't have to worry about your heel slipping out of these snug-like-a-sock "grandma" heels.

ASOS Simone Heels, $43 $17, available at ASOS.
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A two-tone cap toe is classy as can be.

Maryam Nassir Zadeh Maryam Heel, $391, available at Maryam Nassir Zadeh.
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Comfort and breathability? Sign us up.

Jeffrey Campbell Bitsie Woven, $135 $42.99, available at Need Supply Co.
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Get music-festival ready with a bit of added treading.

James Rowland Dual Strap Sandal, $130, available at James Rowland.
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A good leather sandal will just get softer and softer with wear.

Jil Sander Shoes, $744.95 $425.97, available at Solestruck.
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Don't let the color fool you — these pink-patent beauties mean business.

Dorateymur Ssense Exclusive Pink Patent Leather Munise Heels, $440 $277, available at Ssense.
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These heels were made for walking...

Sam Edelman
Primm Block Heel Ballet, $120, available at Sam Edelman.
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Three straps to keep you strapped in for all day comfort.

Tabitha Simmons
Ginger Blue Velvet, $745, available at Tabitha Simmons.
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When in doubt, go with a low heel.

Patent Leather Cross-Strap Sandals, $168, available at J.Crew.
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Thick straps like these help to eliminate the problem of slipping and sliding.

Stuart Weitzman The Citysandal Sandal, $435, available at Stuart Weitzman.
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Swap your skinny heels for a thick blocked heel when you have a day full of movement.

No. 6 Felix Heeled Loafer, $340 $238, available at Steven Alan.
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The sandal just got a whole lot dressier.

Urban Outfitters Cody Neoprene Heel, $69, available at Urban Outfitters.
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If you like the look of a mule but hate the feeling of having no back support, consider a slingback heel instead.

Tibi Jillian Heels, $525, available at Tibi.
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Made to last through a night of dancing.

Intentionally Blank Hatter, $199, available at Intentionally Blank.

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