Say “orthopedic shoes” out loud and it already feels like you’ve just given up. But that’s just not the case anymore. Shoe manufacturers are finally realizing that there’s a substantial market for footwear that’s both comfortable and stylish. And new brands are popping up (Hopp is our favorite) that started out with the mission to provide shoes you can walk in all day and not feel like total garbage by nightfall. Yep, these shoes are a little more expensive than you might be used to, but believe us, it’s worth it to feel great at the end of the day (and if you take good care of them, they’ll last you for sure). Check out 10 reasons why we’re calling nouveau ortho shoes the best thing to be wearing this minute.
Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.