Finding shoes that are both stylish and comfortable can be a surprisingly tall order — an order made especially more challenging if you have wide feet or pain from bunions, arthritis, or other common foot conditions. If you’re forever on the hunt for comfortable shoes that look chic and feel fabulous on your feet, you’re in luck, because the shoe brand beloved by the Duchess of Cornwall herself is finally available in the United States.
Yep, it’s true: Sole Bliss, the brand behind Duchess Camilla’s favorite heels, is finally launching stateside, with a range of styles and sizes to suit every taste — without sacrificing comfort. All of the brand’s designs are tailored for those who have wider feet than average, suffer from bunions and other foot issues, or who simply find that wearing heels all day long is too painful — so pretty much all of us.
Sole Bliss founder Lisa Kay works with podiatrists to help ensure that every pair of shoes has a few important features: a deep and wide toe box (up to three sizes larger than most other shoes out there), which gives your tootsies space to breathe and relax, a triple-layer memory foam cushioning system to support your feet, a hidden stretch panel called the “bunion bed” to accommodate painful bunions and wide feet, and a small memory foam pillow to keep feet in the correct position and protect against pronation.
FYI: Pronation is the natural movement of your feet as you move, as your feet absorb the shock of your body weight in motion. You might overpronate, in which your feet roll inward or downward as you walk, as many people with flat feet do. You also might underpronate, which Healthline notes is when your foot rolls outward from the ankle and places pressure on your outer toes, and tends to happen to those with higher arches.
Bunions are bony bumps that form at the base of the big toe that happen when your big toe is pushed against the next toe, which causes your big toe’s joint to protrude, potentially leading to pain, swelling, and soreness, along with friction when you wear your favorite shoes. And bunions can be caused by wearing tight, narrow shoes, keeping your toes protected is crucial.
As Kay herself put it, her brand’s “mission is to provide pain-free fashionable footwear for every woman and lifestyle,” which is why she’s accumulated famous fans like Duchess Camilla and Dame Helen Mirren, who frequently wears Sole Bliss shoes on the red carpet. So whether you thought wearing heels with bunions was out of the question, or you’re simply hoping to snag a bit of royal-approved style, you’ll want to purchase a pair of two for your own closet.
Featuring shoes for every occasion, from ballet flats to wedge sandals, dressy pumps to boots, you’re sure to find more than one look to love. Ranging in price from $199 to $335, each pair will certainly set you back a pretty penny. But there’s no better investment for your feet than a pair of well-made, supportive, and stylish shoes that you can wear for years to come. Achy arches and sore soles, be gone!
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