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Top 5 shoes to make going out bearable

Posted on March 26, 2014 | by Yujin Ryeo


Almost anywhere you would want to go in this city is accessible by foot, but all this walking takes a toll on your feet. Sneakers are a must have for those who walk everywhere, but many people tend to find themselves gravitating toward fancy, uncomfortable heels or dress shoes for a special night. Rather than suffering the entire evening, switch out your evening shoes for more comfortable, trendy alternatives.

Platform Wedge Booties

Wedges are generally more comfortable than heels because they provide greater stability. By evenly distributing your weight, wedge booties make walking less strenuous. They add extra height while still maintaining comfort. An added plus is that there are fewer chances for toes to be stubbed when wearing wedge booties. A sleek, black pair like Michael Antonio’s Milena wedges is perfect for an evening look and can be paired with a variety of outfits ($48).


People might think wearing sneakers for a night out on the town is a sloppy look, but there are many kinds of stylish and sleek sneakers available to replace painful heels. High-tops such as Project Canvas’ Primary High come in multiple colors and have a simple yet sophisticated design that goes well with outfits, dressed up or dressed down ($70). It is worth investing in a sturdy pair of sneakers for its versatility.

Combat Boots

The signature look of Dr. Martens’ combat boots can add an edgy vibe to a feminine going-out look. Doc Martens boots are versatile and can be coordinated with a grungy or girly outfit while still looking appropriate. Doc Martens can be a good investment, but is a splurge for many students at a price of over $100. Instead, try Wanted’s Zinc boot, which offers an edgy, cut-out combat boot for about half the price ($54).

For Guys

For men, casual footwear has been an increasingly popular choice for evening footwear. Men can sport comfortable shoes from sneakers to boots to complement a stylish night-out outfit. Guys are given many options in color, style and fit for their sneakers from a variety of brands. For instance, Aldo’s Fortuna sneaker comes in both black and gray, which is both casual enough for regular wear and sleek enough for going out ($85). Though keeping it casual is always an easy and comfortable option, a classic loafer, like Perry Ellis’ Bradley Slip-On, offers comfort and support in its simple styling ($50).

A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, March 25 print edition. Yujin Ryeo is a contributing writer. Email her at


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