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Whether you have a brand new mom in your life or your kids have started families of their own, you'd be hard-pressed to find a mama who wouldn't appreciate a pair of comfy, cute spring shoes for Mother's Day. It's a thoughtful gift that keeps on giving — and a great gift-to-self as we spring into warm weather.
Since no one knows better than a podiatrist when it comes to keeping feet healthy and happy, we consulted with NYC-based podiatrist Dr. Polina Zaydenberg on the best spring and summer shoes of the season. The doctor, who's a mother herself, is board-certified by the American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry, Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Wounds and in Diabetic Footwear.
Scroll for warm-weather shoes that feel as good as they look — and that will make anyone's Mother's Day (yours especially) brighter.
Cushionaire Luna Cork Sandal
These sandals boast a flexible cork footbed and supple suede insole that contours to your foot with wear. Even better? Those adjustable straps are perfect for those with narrow or wide feet, so you really get a fit that's tailor-made to you.
Dr. Zaydenberg agrees, sharing that they're a great pick for moms with metatarsalgia (pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot) and plantar fasciitis.
ASICS Women's Gel-Venture 8 Running Shoes
Available in both regular and wide widths, these Asics sneakers boast a lug outsole that helps with traction (perfect for moms that regularly navigate slippery floors or love to go on hikes). Plus, these ultra-cushioned kicks provide excellent shock absorption, which the podiatrist loves.
"The rocker bottom helps with propulsion," she explains.
New Balance Women's Fresh Foam X70 V1 Sneaker
If the mom you know equally values style and comfort, she'll love these New Balance sneakers. They're available in 20 fun shades, though we're partial to this pink pair. They're versatile, too: Often seen on the feet of street style mavens and celebs, these look excellent far outside the gym — and don't just have to be worn with leggings or sweats.
Of course, Dr. Zaydenberg likes these for the rocker bottom, as the Asics above, plus she shares that they can be a good option for those with plantar fasciitis.
Those classic Toms you wore on your grocery store runs just got a major upgrade. The Avalon sneaker has a chunky rubber sole, plus they have a removable insole and cotton twill sock liner. Plus, if the mom you know has pain in the ball of her foot, these might offer some relief.
"They're accommodative for someone with metatarsalgia because of the platform," Dr. Zaydenberg explains.
Birkenstock Women's Gizeh Sandal
These sandals need no introduction. They have a fanbase of nearly 20,000 five-star Amazon reviewers, and it's not hard to see why: They have a cork and latex footbed which provides shock absorption, extra arch support, a raised toe bar, and best of all, an adjustable strap.
"The density of the sole is accommodative for people with arthralgia (joint pain), people with arthritic conditions and those with heel issues," Dr. Zaydenberg shares.
ECCO Women's Soft Classic Sneaker
These low-tops are made with either a gorgeous full-grain leather or soft nubuck, plus the flexible sole uses Ecco's very own Fluidform technology to cushion your foot with each step. The matching laces add to the monochromatic cool of the style, too.
“The toe box looks accommodative, and they’re supportive," says Dr. Zaydenberg. "Plus, leather and suede are natural materials, which is good for people with skin conditions as they don’t promote sweat.”
Cushionaire Lane Cork Sandal
We're calling it — these are about to be the shoe of the summer. Like the Luna cork sandals, these offer a similar flexible cork sole and soft suede footbed. Plus, with over 22 colors to choose from, you'll definitely want to grab a couple to switch around.
It's the straps that won Dr. Zaydenberg over, though.
“They can accommodate any type of foot, even wide ones," she explains. "The sole is accommodative for those with metatarsalgia and heel spurs."
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