Cities are great places for walking, especially during the warmer months of spring and summer, and walking shoe features are more important than ever. When getting from place to place, make sure your shoes provide enhanced walkability. The following is a guide to the best walking shoes for the city.
What will you be wearing to the downtown art gallery exhibition? All Saints carries footwear that have the perfect balance of rugged and edgy style, as well as quality construction for comfort.
For a relaxed look, consider the Breeze Loafer in sygnet or black suede leather upper construction with a soft deck, light fringe detail and leather sole. This shoe comes with a slight hand finishing for an accentuated vintage feel.
For a smart, Bohemian look, consider the Frankie Flat in an Oxford style, leather upper construction in black with wax cord front lace-up and double layer leather sole. For a bit of shine to grab some attention, the Glitter Frankie Flat comes in a crackled metallic leather upper construction with a blend of kidsuede. It has a round toe, wax cord front lace-up and double layer leather sole.
Comfortable footwear is available for career women, too. Michael Kors offers great selections of flats in business casual styles. The MICHAEL Michael Kors Fulton Moccasin comes in leather upper construction, silver buckle with the Michael Kors signature logo, flat heel and lugged sole. This flat is available in red or white leather, or a python-embossed leather with leather trimming.
For a bit of toe point, the KORS Michael Kors Odin Patent Flat is available in patent leather upper construction, leather lining, pointed toe and ½ inch of stacked flat heel. This shoe is available in cobalt blue or nude.
Moccasin inspired shoes are also available at Michael Kors. The MICHAEL Michael Kors Windsor Loafer comes in leather upper construction, round moccasin toe, padded leather insole and stacked wooden heel. This terrific penny-loafer style flat comes in lime, lemon or white.
For a comfortable shoe that molds to the shape of your foot, the MICHAEL Michael Kors Open Toe Jelly Ballerina is perfect for the summer, which comes in rubber upper construction with an enamel logo and open toe. This shoe is available in black, white or zinnia.
Who knows city walking better than the Europeans? Sport a stylish summer footwear for the perfect walks through your New York, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, Minneapolis or Houston area with Stripey Espadrilles by RopeySoles. This amazing summer flat is handmade with cotton canvas for the upper construction. The sole is a blend of jute and rubber. This flat is the perfect casual wear to go with your summer outfit. It comes in a variety of patterns, including sweet raspberry, navy stripe, tan stripe, light blue stripe, summer heat and California print. This flat wear goes great with shorts, tank and sun hat for walks through the park or the beach.
Choosing walking as your way of commute by avoiding gas-powered buses and cars or energy consuming subways and trolleys is already an environmentally friendly choice. Boost your sense of awareness of the environment by choosing flats made from eco-certified suede and leather materials, recycled car tires, biodegradable substances and organic cotton fabrics. Simple Shoes offers items of the perfect balance between eco-friendliness and fashionable footwear.
The Women’s Sunny Side P comes in eco-certified suede leather upper construction with a recycled lace and cotton plaid print. The insole is a curveball shape, which maximizes comfort in wear. This terrific flat is available in peacoat blue or frost gray.
Who says flats can’t be elegant? For heel alternatives, there are plenty of flats that can look just as glamorous for both day and night. Guiseppe Zanotti offers the Jeweled-Toe Ballerina Flat in gray leather upper construction with satin lining and a Swarovski crystal brooch above the round toe tip. This slip-on style ballerina flat is a wonderfully comfortable substitute to heels for those special evenings out or an important daytime meeting. It goes great with anything from skinny legwear to miniskirts and dresses, and is perfect for walking to where you’re getting.
Guiseppe Zanotti also carries the gold suede upper flat with a gold glitter toe cap for a sparkling look that is both comfortable and chic. This summery flat comes with a metallic leather lining and a flat heel that provides walkability all day and night. It goes great with denim wear as well as eveningwear.