There is a very special place in hell for any and all walking shoes that give you blisters—which, unfortunately, is most of them. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting overly excited about the first really nice day, throwing on a pair of innocent-looking sandals, and going outside… only to have your outing cut short by your incredibly uncomfortable footwear. You’ve waited so long to bask in the good weather and be free from the constraints of boots. You can’t have your sandals holding you back.
Designers get it. Phoebe Philo got it when she helped bring back Birkenstocks. Sandy Liang, Marni, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Gucci all got it when they sent Teva-esque sandals down their runways. And Glamour editors definitely get it: We love a good trend, but we also love to be comfortable—and because most of us are based in New York, we walk most places, which makes walking sandals an absolute essential.