With Prime Day upon us, promise yourself to freshen up that all-important footwear — it's prime time (hehe) to invest in your feet as we're seeing great sneaker deals right now, due in part to a cumulative $45 billion in overstock from orders placed during the supply chain crisis of 2021, when demand was high. The result? Amazing bargains to be had at Amazon. With the advice of podiatrists, we assembled an array of comfy, cushy, supportive athletic shoes to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face — all on sale for Prime Day.
- $28 $60 at Amazon
Slip-on Walking Shoes
- $35 $70 at Amazon
Women's Running Shoes
- $29 $50 at Amazon
Go Walk Joy Sneaker
- $40 $70 at Amazon
Gel-Venture 8 Running Shoes
- $30 $70 at Amazon
Walking Tennis Shoes
- $37 $80 at Amazon
Women's Walking Shoe
- $19 $66 at Amazon
Adidas Puremotion Adapt Running Shoe
- $38 $70 at Amazon
Birkenstock Betula Sandal
More important: Bonafide foot doctors give them the thumbs-up. “Stability, or ‘support,’ is probably the most important quality of a sneaker or any other shoe that someone will wear to be on their feet for more than a few minutes at a time,” Richard H. Graves, DPM, of Sol Foot & Ankle Centers in Longwood, Calif, tells Yahoo Life. “Making the foot stable means that the joints of the foot are in better alignment and the muscles, tendons and ligaments are not having to work as hard. A good shoe will do a lot of that work.”
“These are good for people with plantar fasciitis," explains NYC-based podiatrist Dr. Polina Zaydenberg, who is board-certified by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry, Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds and in Diabetic Footwear. "I like to tell my patients to get gel heel cups, but the bubble on the heel is even better because it has a lower density, which provides better shock absorption.”
The stylish GoWalk sneaker is a friend to all who suffer from joint pain and all those uncomfortable foot aches. The slip-on style — which features a rear pull-tab in the back — is a bonus for those with dexterity issues. Plus, the tip of the shoe is round and the flat mesh upper is woven yet stretchy, making it easy for any foot shape to sit comfortably inside the shoe. On top of all that, the shoe’s dual-density outsole provides the stability and support you need for all-day comfort.
These Asics sneakers boast a lug outsole that helps with traction (perfect for people who regularly navigate slippery floors or love to go on hikes). Plus, the ultra-cushioned kicks provide excellent shock absorption, which the podiatrist loves.
"The rocker bottom helps with propulsion," explains Dr. Zaydenberg,
Breathable, light sneakers with almost 17,000 perfect five-star reviews on Amazon? Sounds good to us!
“They’re accommodative, meaning they allow the foot and the ankle to move in most any direction that weight-bearing permits,” explains Dr. Rock G. Positano, director of the Non-surgical Foot & Ankle Service at the Joe DiMaggio Heel Pain Center at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
The outsole has an air bubble and a chunky rubber sole, which Dr. Zaydenberg says is “a great shock absorber” and provides “plenty of cushioning.” The wide toebox accommodates those who have bunions and hammertoes too. If that's not enough to convince you to get them, perhaps more than 57,000 five-star reviews will do it.
These Adidas sneaks routinely top Amazon bestseller lists, and for good reason: Not only are they sleek and stylish (just check out that cool pink gradient!) but they're super comfy for your heels, too. An added extra? They come in more than 30 colors.
Explains Dr. Zaydenberg: "The heel lift is great — it helps take the pressure off the posterior and the bottom part of the heel. The texture of the material doesn’t contribute to creating pressure in that part of the foot as well.” Choose from 30 color options.
In the market for a pair of supportive sandals? These Birkenstock slides offer incredible arch support and a cork insole for comfort. Adjustable straps ensure they'll stay put while you're cruising around town. Choose from 15 different color options.
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