Research has found time and again that people do the most walking in the summertime. And that just makes complete sense, right? The warmer weather makes your daily commute to work all the more enjoyable; it encourages you to take a quick stroll around the park during your lunch break; and people are out and about a lot more when the sun is shining—it's as simple as that.
Spending a lot of time on your feet during the summer months, however, calls for airy, breathable, and lightweight shoes. Sneakers are great, but sometimes we want something with a bit more flair—and that's where wedges come in. You may be of the belief that the heeled shoes are a no-go when you plan on walking miles and miles, but in fact, super-flat shoes are actually far worse.
We spoke with podiatrist Jacqueline Sutera, DPM, a Vionic Innovation Lab member, a few weeks ago to learn all about how to find a good walking shoe, and using her tips on what to look out for, we went on a mission to find the best, most comfortable wedges for walking. Ahead, see and shop our selection, plus read the standout review for each.
"I get tons of compliments on these sandals. I normally wear a 6.5 and that is the size I ordered, I wish I would have ordered a 6, as they're a tad too big on my feet. I have worn them all day (9-hour workday) and they are comfy! I can't wait to wear them with a skirt, or dress. Love these sandals!" — ShawnKane
"I've tried on a dozen different wedge espadrilles Ike this one, and I can honestly say that this is by far the best. The sole is cushioned so I can stand/walk in it all day long with no tired or achy feet, and the top is comfy and doesn't cut into my foot. The height is perfect, the bottom is not slippery, and it's very high quality. Going to go ahead and buy the other colors because this shoe is perfect!" — ShellKell
"The Misia Camper shoes are a delight. They're very comfortable and my feet feel great due to the nice cushion in it. Also, the strap is genuinely made to not harm my foot, which is amazing. I will definitely buy more Campers because they're a wonderful shoe and are of high quality." — Nordyclub
"I've worn Vionic flip flops so I know how comfortable they are, but I was still pleasantly surprised when I took a chance and bought these wedges. They're so comfortable, supportive and stylish, a win-win! I have a wide foot, and the straps were not restrictive at all. Bought the beige in my normal size 8; it goes with everything." — Vicaroo
"I bought these with great trepidation, given my flat feet and general foot comfort issues. I haven't worn any kind of heel in years, but was going to a dressy event and wanted to look my best. WOW—I can comfortably wear these for hours, walk distances in them, and generally not think about my feet. Vionic is my new best friend." — CJS
"These shoes are awesome!! They are comfortable, and they have a nice wedge, which dresses up a skirt or shorts. I wore them to a concert and stood all night. My feet were never sore or uncomfortable. I've had so many compliments on these adorable shoes. Love them." — AlliAnn
"Couldn't decide between black and silver so bought both! Really comfortable; excellent wedge height. These will be my go-to for summer. Just wish they came in black leather. They do run small; size up at least a half size." — 75248
"I bought this pair of shoes; they have a beautiful design and perfect high heels for me to wear to work, standing for over seven hours. I do not feel tired at all. It's amazing, quality shoes!" — Celinam
"This is my third pair of Chocolat Blu wedges. This pair is a nice height for working all day. It's very comfortable and stylish. I can dress these up for a cocktail party or wear them to work. I highly recommend this brand and this style! Simple and perfect for my needs!" — 2ViolinsMom
"I love these shoes so much! I'm a big fan of Lucky Brand wedges—usually booties—but these sandals are hands down the most comfortable ones I own. The footbed is a soft suede-like material and is slightly padded for extra comfort. I'm probably going to live in these this summer; sorry, not sorry." — MiSSjHO
"I've been looking for espadrilles for years. They're normally too high, or the fabric is not forgiving for long walks. This pair is perfection. The heel is the perfect height for all sorts of looks. The fabric is soft and durable. It's very comfortable. I plan to wear this throughout my travels in Asia." — Classicmadame