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Our Favorite Comfy Spring Shoes Under $125

Design: the Skimm | Photos: Thousand Fell, Madewell, Nordstrom
May 2, 2024

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Spring is the perfect time for a closet refresh. If you have a pair of last year’s sandals that are literally hanging on by a strap, we feel you. You’re loyal to your tried-and-trues. We’re here to show you that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to find a quality (and cute) pair of spring shoes at a reasonable price. From sandals and flip-flops to sneakers and booties, we rounded up pairs our editors are obsessed with (and are comfortable to walk in). It’s time to give last year’s tired pair a toss.

Thousand Fell

A pair of vegan leather slip-ons…

Slip-ons are a great option because you don’t have to overthink your shoe choice. Just throw them on and go. This pair is made of coconut, sugarcane, and palm that has the look of leather. The recycled rubber insole is extra-cushioned and this pair is even stain-proof and water-resistant. ($125, Thousand Fell)

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Some chic asymmetrical sandals…

These are one of those pairs that look far more expensive than they actually are. They’re minimal, simple, and the asymmetric straps do all the talking. Psst…these are a flatter sandal, so if you prefer a more cushioned style, scroll on. ($68, Madewell)

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The platform sneaker we can’t get enough of…

Yes, these are from Dr. Scholl’s. Yes, they’re the shoes you should buy on this list if you only have the budget for one pair. They have a cloud-like bouncy insole, provide a just-right platform that isn’t too high, and don’t rub. These are the sneakers you can walk for miles in without an ounce of a blister, while still feeling put together. Their viral popularity is worth the hype. ($69.96, DSW)

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$30 Mary Janes so you can test out the trend…

We’re constantly writing about trends that we’re itching to try without having to spend a ton of money. These flats from Target are perfect for that very “problem.” At $30, they have a memory foam cushion, a sleek silver buckle, and come in four colorways. Customers rave that the quality is good, long-lasting, and a noteworthy dupe for pricier versions. ($30, Target)

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A comfortable sneaker by an underrated brand…

Step aside, Sambas. We’ve been seeing Golas pop up everywhere, and for good reason, since they’re some of the most comfortable sneakers we’ve ever worn. The next It Color? Cobalt blue. Get these up before they inevitably sell out. ($80, Revolve)

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A pair of mules for the office…

If you’re blister-prone or simply are looking for an elevated flat for hotter days, a mule is a great option. This Steve Madden pair is under $50 and has gold detailing that’ll elevate any outfit. Pick from black, pink suede, taupe, and on-trend raffia. ($44.98, Nordstrom)

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Cushiony flatforms that are actually comfortable…

Guess what? Reef makes cute shoes that aren’t flip-flops. This pair is perfect for the moments where you want some extra height without having to sacrifice being pain-free. The footbed is made of a sugarcane that’ll mold to your feet the more that you wear them. We’re picturing this brown pair with a white sundress. ($90, Reef)

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A bold sandal with some hardware…

Slides are in. Bright colors are in. Choose the pink in these shoes, and you’ve married the two for one amazing footwear moment. You can opt for one of the more neutral colors if the chain is flashy enough for you. No matter what you decide, these sandals have a padded insole to ensure you’ll be comfy all day. ($55.98, Amazon)

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A flip-flop made for walking (trust us)…

They might look like an average pair that won’t provide much arch support, but they’re not. They have air-foam cushioning and extra padding in high-impact areas like the heel and ball of the foot. These are perfect for vacationing when you’re going from the beach to dinner in an instant (especially since they’re also waterproof). Customers say they ended up wearing them for hours and love how many colors they come in. ($26.03+, Amazon)

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A go-everywhere waterproof slide…

Introducing a completely plastic version of the classic Arizona Birkenstock. It’s the lighter, waterproof alternative that’s perfect for trips to the pool or beach. Just don’t be surprised if they become your new go-to for a coffee or mailbox run. Customers rave about them, saying that their feet never overheat in these as compared to the leather ones. ($49.96, DSW)

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A pair of no-fail, must-have white sneakers…

Is there anything better than a fresh pair of white Converse for spring? We think not. There’s nothing these canvas classics can’t be paired with, but we love matching them with a crisp pair of blue jeans. We’ve worn them and have to note that this style has more cushioning than the original Chucks. ($60, Converse)

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Dr. Martens sandals that are incredibly versatile...

PSA: Docs make sandals. And they’re just as comfortable as their combat boots. These platform sandals are made with the same Goodyear welt that will hold up over years. The double straps are sure to keep your foot from sliding around as you walk. We like the spring-ready white, but they also come in black. Customers say you might want to consider sizing down for a more secure and snug fit. ($79.69+, Amazon)

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A Chelsea boot for chillier days…

Spring can be a little fickle, so it’s nice to have a boot or two in your arsenal. The chunky sole on these makes them trendy, but also comfortable. Grab the sand or white to be spring-ready. We love how easy they are to walk in despite the heel. (We’ve tried them.) ($76.03+, Amazon)

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New Balance

A track sneaker in a neutral cream color…

You heard it here first: Track sneakers are having a moment right now. Get ready to stand out in this stylish pair from New Balance in a colorway that will go with everything. There's a reason everyone’s wearing them: New Balance shoes are insanely comfortable. Plus, you can pair these with a dress and wear them out to dinner, since they have a vintage flair. ($89.99, New Balance)

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A black Chelsea boot that can go from the office to dinner reservations...

From the sturdy sole to the breathable lining, these are supportive and comfortable. You can pair them with jeans, dresses, or skirts. They also come in tan and white if you’ve got enough black boots in your closet. Plus, they’re waterproof, so not even spring showers can stand in your way. ($57.99+, Amazon)

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A SoCal-inspired brown bootie…

A surprising hero of spring? The brown bootie. These have dual zippers for pull-on ease and a stacked heel for comfort. Plus with the padded insoles, you’ll never wanna take them off. Psst…customers agree the toffee color is even better in person. ($55.07+, Amazon)

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A nude ballet flat that’s about as classic as it gets…

From the neutral hue to the delicate bow detail, these flats will never go out of style. You’ll find yourself pairing them with everything from your go-to denim to a breezy sundress. Plus, the buttery leather will keep your feet happy all day long. ($98, Shopbop)

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