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Sneakers often fall into one of two categories: sporty or fashionable. The former is, of course, meant for breaking a sweat, while the other is better suited for everyday wear. Sure, the two might do very different jobs, but wouldn’t it be way more practical to just have one shoe that does both?
Enter: Concept 3 by Skechers. This line is exclusive to Amazon, and it’s unbelievably affordable — in fact, all styles ring in at under $50. Don’t let that low price spook you into believing these aren’t high-quality: In fact, the sneakers are beloved by podiatrists and Amazon shoppers alike.
“The Concept 3 line offers comfortable options for walking shoes,” Dr. Nelya Lobkova, DPM at Step Up Footcare in New York City, shares with Yahoo Life. “All sneakers have a rubber-type sole with cushioning.”
To Dr. Lobkova, cushioning is crucial. “We lose much of the fat pad that provides natural cushioning as we age,” she says. And a firm heel counter, which many of these sneakers have, will “aid in proper alignment of the foot.”
If you have specific foot issues, take note: “All the pairs in the line have a memory foam insole, which accommodates multiple bony deformities, including bunions, heel spurs and metatarsalgia [when the ball of your foot becomes inflamed], as well as fat-pad atrophy,” Dr. Lobkova adds.
One particular hit is the Made Pretty Mesh Slip-On Sneaker, $45. The low-tops, with a stunning two-tone heather finish, sport a shock-absorbing midsole, so every step feels supported. The bungee cord laces don’t require any tying — a real bonus for those with back issues or arthritis. And they come in four colors: black, charcoal, light gray and navy.
Reviewers are truly gushing about these stylish, supportive sneakers. Here’s what they had to say:
If anyone can attest to the comfort of a pair of shoes, it’s nurses. Their job requires them to constantly be on their feet, so if they deem a sneaker supportive, there’s no better stamp of approval.
“So comfortable! I work as a nurse full time and these don’t make my feet ache at the end of the night,” one noted.
Another chimed in: “Most comfortable shoe I’ve ever purchased. I am a nurse working on my feet for 12+ hours. Would purchase again.”
If you’re on your feet all day, you know that comfort is key for any pair of shoes you add to your collection. The Made Pretty mesh slip-ons have it in spades.
“These are so comfortable!!!” one shopper shared. “I have so much foot pain that I can’t be on my feet for long and usually need a LOT of arch support. Oddly, these don’t have a ton of arch support but there’s a heel cup that has shock absorption and it keeps me pain-free longer than my arch support inserts did in my last sneakers. I plan on buying more colors to pair with different workout outfits because these are cute too!”
Another shopper agreed: “Love the sneakers! Very comfortable, even after wearing them all day. Great support!”
Easy on the eyes
Sure, comfort might be key, but it certainly doesn’t hurt that these are absolutely gorgeous too! What’s wrong with a little fabulousness and function?
“Love these shoes!” one shopper gleefully reported. “Super comfy and cute! I get compliments every time I wear them!”
Another reviewer echoed the sentiment: “I'm on my feet most of the day and these are so comfortable and CUTE!”
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