18 Stylish Wedges That Are Super Comfortable to Walk In

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When it comes time to choose your travel shoes, we all know that sneakers are a comfortable and easy standard. But sometimes you want to amp up the style factor when you visit new destinations for a night on the town, or simply a for more fashion-forward look, and the humble sneaker just won't cut it.

We asked Dr. Ami Sheth, a foot and ankle specialist in Los Gatos, California and a spokeswoman for the American Podiatric Medical Association, to weigh in on the travel shoe debate. Her answer for feeling both dressed-up and comfortable? The wedge.

"People always say to me, 'I don't want to wear sneakers because they make me feel like I'm a tourist,'" said Sheth. "Well, you are a tourist. But if you want to dress up a little more, I would say that my blanket statement is to wear something stable anytime you're putting mileage on your foot." While she doesn't recommend wearing them all the time, "wedges are still the best if you're going for a dressier shoe. It's a better option than a stiletto or a pump as long as it's not too high and has a slight pitch."

Other features to look for? "Some level of adaptability," she said, referring to straps that can be adjusted to ensure a snug fit. Sheth prefers wedges that come up around the ankle, as well, "because they're more protective," and she suggests some insole padding.

Important point: "I tell everybody to test-drive the shoes before taking them on the road, and if they're not comfortable, do not take them on the trip," she said. And, finally, Sheth added that you won't want to take on any serious mileage without the proper footwear. "If you're walking 10 miles, get a big handbag and when you arrive at the venue where you need to shine, swap out your sneakers for wedges," she said.

Here are 18 pairs of comfortable wedges that look as good as they feel.

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TOMs Monica Wedge Sandal

Tom's Monica Wedge Sandal
Tom's Monica Wedge Sandal.

Amazon

Comfort features: Adjustable ankle strap, cushioned insole

Ugg Trina Ribbon Tie Wedge Sandal

Ugg Trina Ribbon Tie Wedge Sandal
Ugg Trina Ribbon Tie Wedge Sandal.

Nordstrom

Comfort features: Adjustable ankle straps, foam-cushioned footbed

Vionic Kaitlyn Lace-Up Wedge

Vionic Kaitlyn Lace-up Wedge
Vionic Kaitlyn Lace-up Wedge.

Amazon

Comfort features: adjustable ankle tie, arch support, biomechanically designed insole, deep heel cup

Olukai Onohi Wedge

Olukai Onohi Wedge
Olukai Onohi Wedge.

Amazon

Comfort features: Padded leather footbed, rubber sole

Blondo Women's VOR Waterproof Ankle Boot

Blondo Vor Waterproof Ankle Boot
Blondo Vor Waterproof Ankle Boot.

Amazon

Comfort features: Cushioned footbed, waterproof, rubber sole

Cole Haan Tali Wedge Pump

Cole Haan Tali Wedge Pump
Cole Haan Tali Wedge Pump.

Amazon

Comfort features: Quilted footbed, enhanced cushioning, flexible, lightweight

Stella McCartney Sneaklyse Platform Sneaker

Stella McCartney Sneaklyse Platform Sneaker
Stella McCartney Sneaklyse Platform Sneaker.

Nordstrom

Comfort features: Lace up support, padded footbed, rubber outsole

Eileen Fisher Willow Espadrille Wedge

Eileen Fisher Willow Espadrille Wedge

Amazon

Comfort features: Ankle support, ridged rubber sole

Sofft Innis Wedge Sandal

Sofft Innis Wedge Sandal
Sofft Innis Wedge Sandal.

Amazon

Comfort features: adjustable buckle for ankle support, cushioned, leather-lined footbed, extra padding at ball and heel

Aersoles Shortcake Sandal

Aersoles Shortcake Sandal
Aersoles Shortcake Sandal.

Amazon

Comfort features: Flexible soles, heel rest technology, memory foam footbed

Dr. Scholl’s Scout Sandal

Dr. Scholl’s Scout Sandal

Amazon

Comfort features: Contoured, supportive footbed, wide straps

Clarks Flex Sand Wedge Sandal

Clarks Flex Sand Wedge Sandal
Clarks Flex Sand Wedge Sandal.

Amazon

Comfort features: Adjustable slingback strap with buckle, soft textile lining, cushioned cork footbed

Lucky Brand Joodith Leather Platform Wedge Sandal

Lucky Brand Joodith Leather Platform Wedge Sandal
Lucky Brand Joodith Leather Platform Wedge Sandal.

Lucky Brand

Comfort features: Cushioned footbed, adjustable ankle strap with buckle

Kenneth Cole Gentle Soul Wedge Sandal

Kenneth Cole Gentle Soul Wedge Sandal
Kenneth Cole Gentle Soul Wedge Sandal.

Amazon

Comfort features: Padded insole, back zipper

Sole Bliss Willow Wedges

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Comfort features: triple layer cushioning in the footbed, rubber shock-resistant heel piece

Gentle Souls Gianna Slingback Sandal

Gentle Souls Gianna Slingback Sandal
Gentle Souls Gianna Slingback Sandal.

Nordstrom

Comfort features: Flax seed pillow insole, lightweight support, adjustable straps

Vince Camuto Marybell Platform Wedge Sandal

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Comfort features: Secure, adjustable ankle strap, platform

Toni Pons Mid Wedge Espadrille

Toni Pons Mid Wedge Espadrille
Toni Pons Mid Wedge Espadrille.

Nordstrom

Comfort features: Secure straps, soft suede upper

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