15 great pairs of shoes to buy from Taos Footwear
Is there ever a bad time to buy new shoes?
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Summer is never complete without a great new pair of sandals. Or a fun new pair of sneakers. Or, honestly, a new pair of boots, because summer is the best time to buy those discounted boots from last season.
So basically, it's time to build up your shoe collection. And while you may not be leaving the house a lot right now, that doesn't mean you can't stock up on great summer staples and comfy walking sneakers—all of which you can pick up from Taos Footwear, a cult-favorite brand you've probably seen at DSW, Zappos, and even Amazon. I've been rocking my Woolderness 2 clogs since the winter, and they're my new fave shoes for running errands—both because they’re cozy and warm and because everyone in the grocery store compliments the embroidery.
If you're not sure where to start, here are some of the most highly-rated shoes you can get from Taos.
1. These comfy combat boots
With over 475 reviews and a 5-star rating, these boots do not disappoint. The boots guarantee a comfortable fit with laces, an inner zipper, and a buckle above the heel to adjust their fit. They come in 18 different color combinations, including black-on-black, so you can add style and comfort to any outfit. One reviewer says she "wishes she could wear them every day."
Our very own managing editor has a pair too: "Literally they're so great. They kept my feet dry in the New England winter, which is saying something since I'm often trudging through rain, snow, sleet, and ice." That's not surprising, seeing as how these boots feature a rubber sole, faux fur lining, and suede collar. If you're stocking up for the fall or winter, these boots should be at the top of your list.
2. These embroidered wool clogs
As an owner of a pair of the Woolderness 2 (in cranberry), I can back up their solid 4.9-star rating. They quickly became my go-to house shoe, especially since my old home has cold flooring! They fit snuggly, so if you plan to wear them with socks I'd purchase a size up, though they did loosen up a bit after about two weeks of consistent wear. Other reviewers describe them as "cozy comfortable" and claim "the arch support is so comfortable." It truly is!
On top of giving you a 2-inch height boost, they are super (but not too) warm and convenient because you can just slip them on. I live in Ohio, so the Woolderness 2's kept my toes warm as I took out the recycling or ran errands in the single-digit temperatures. I'm not rocking them outside much during the summer, but they make an incredibly warm house shoe for days when my AC is working overtime.
3. This classic sneaker
These comfortable canvas sneakers will quickly become your favorite pair of everyday shoes. They feature one of Taos' signature footbeds: a Curves and Pods polyurethane footbed that provides comfort, but it's also removable in case you prefer the fit without it. Though they have a slim look, they come in wide sizes too, "perfect for problem feet" (according to a reviewer) or for those who are on their feet all day.
The Star sneaker is available in muted tones great for matching and a few darker shades perfect for fall. The white-on-white sneaker is a clean slate shoe waiting for adventure.
4. These distressed sneakers
The Moc Star Sneaker is a variation of one of Taos' bestsellers—the Star sneaker. They have a "distressed" look, making them appear worn in from the start. A reviewer even says they were "were 100% comfortable from the first time I wore them." On top of their slim look, they feature a "premium removable footbed" and one reviewer says the "arch support hits just the right place."
They're a great shoe for casual Fridays or to wear all weekend long. Unlike the Star sneaker, they have a stripe on the rubber sole that mimics the stitching for extra style points. They come in six different colors and work for nearly all seasons.
5. These criss-cross sandals
The Trulie sandal is a perfect all-purpose sandal, great for dressing up or wearing all weekend long. They're made of leather and woven straps to provide "a custom feeling fit" and texture. The platform is made of lightweight cork and suede, which will keep your feet comfortable both day and night.
The woven straps also have multiple adjustments, so you can adjust them to fit your foot perfectly. And, with the strap around the heel, the Trulie sandal is perfect for long days of exploring abroad or even just wearing to the farmer's market down the street. A reviewer says "these provide great support and are even better than my sneakers for long walks." You can definitely find a color you like since the Trulie comes in 10 shades, from the essentials like black and charcoal to cantaloupe and sky blue.
6. These durable sandals
The Gift 2 sandal is lightweight and padded with a premium footbed with arch support. The leather top of the sandal is stylish and even comes in a gold-like metallic shade. Reviewers say the Gift 2 sandals are "perfect for evenings with casual or dressier attire" and that they "don't need breaking in"—making them a great shoe for hanging on your porch or walking around the neighborhood.
I also love the structure of the Gift 2. The wide leather top provides additional support for anyone with foot problems. Plus, it’s always nice to have a show that your foot doesn’t slide around in while walking.
7. These adjustable sandals
The Prize 3 sandal is lightweight and ultra customizable with several velcro straps. They get more comfortable over time, the foam footbed molding to your foot as you wear them. Currently, they are available in two leather options: classic black and pewter (silver/metallic). The three-strap design provides support for your foot as well as points to adjust for comfort and fit.
As Taos promises, the Prize 3 sandal is both functional and stylish. The leather material lasts through everyday wear and pounded medallion or jewel accents add pizzaz, making the sandal a bit more formal. Reviewers say that even after two months of everyday wear the straps and sole of the Prize 3 barely show signs of wear—which we love in a show that is on heavy rotation.
8. These high-top sneaks
Who doesn't love a classic high-top sneaker? This set is a variaion on the best-selling star sneaker, but adds fabric on both sides that go past the ankle. It currently comes in four colors and holds a solid 4.8-star rating. Reviewers say they fit true to size, with one reviewer even explaining, "You will get nothing but compliments when you wear them. I always do!"
9. These comfortable wedges
The Carousel 2 sandal is a cute and supportive wedge shoe. The sandals are versatile, featuring a lightweight, padded cork footbed for comfort and a 2 1/2 inch heel for style. They're a great option for weddings or graduations where you want to look great, but also want to dance! The wedges are available in seven colors, two of which have a snake print look.
You can count on the footbed to mold to your own foot and the outer sole to last through plenty of wear. They're also a great shoe for your home office according to one reviewer: "They are the ONLY shoes I can wear all day at work and not feel like I need to kick them off under my desk."
10. These leather sneakers
We love leather leggings, so it's no surprise reviewers love these leather sneakers from Taos. These 4.9-star sneakers come in 10 colors, ranging from dark black to deep blue. They feature textured designs to help them stand out—like metal studs, which buyers are obsessed with.
Reviewers call these shoes funky, chic, and beautiful. One reviewer said they're the perfect pair for staying active and traveling, which isn't surprising since they feature a good balance of style and comfort.
11. These slip-ons
In my opinion, every closet needs a slip-on shoe. The Taos Dandy is just that! They're a great all-day sneaker with a thick platform underfoot. These are a perfect option for bikers (since there are no laces to tangle in your gears), restaurant workers (the comfy footbed will keep arch pain at bay), or those who are pregnant (since they're easy to slip on and off yet provide support).
The sneaker comes in five canvas options with a cream or white sole, and features the added comfort of a "twin gore"—a stretchy fabric added to make taking the shoe on/off easier but keeps the shoe snug to your foot while out and about.
12. These adventure sandals
These soft-support sandals are perfect for hiking and all-day wear. They have multiple adjustment points, so you can find a comfortable fit from all angles. Like any Taos shoe, they feature a supportive footbed; however, this style also features a "Cool Recovery Foam" version meant to prevent your feet from slipping during activity. They come in a few select patterns and the bright shade of 'cantaloupe.'
A happy reviewer reports that "the bed molds to the foot wonderfully, and the sole has barely worn down even after extensive use." In addition to quality and style, the rubber sole provides traction and stability that you’ll love when hiking slippery surfaces.
13. These platform sandals
The Luckie sandal is a casual version of the Carousel sandal mentioned above. It's a European-style sandal with the same lightweight, cork footbed and sturdy leather straps. The outer sole is durable for extensive walking and adventuring too. The Luckie sandal comes in five classic colors, but I prefer the darker ones since they provide more of a contrast with the golden medallion element where the staps meet. They do have a red shade for a more playful look!
They're stylish enough for dresses and formal events, but they also look great with jeans or shorts day to day. I can picture wearing the Luckie to the farmers market or to the beach.
14. These adorable studded sandals
Much like the other sandals on this list, this pair of Party 2 sandals features a comfortable arch bed to provide support while walking. The leather straps are coated in metal studs, which add a touch of elegance to the pair. They hold a 4.9-star rating on the Taos website, and reviewers can't say enough positive things about them.
One reviewer said they're just as good on Hawaii sand as they are on Boston cobblestones. Another claimed these were "the best, most comfortable sandals I've ever owned."
15. The tall version of our favorite boots
Love the Crave boots, but wish they were taller? Good news—they are. This pair of Tall Crave boots takes everything we love about the Crave boots and adds more. They only come in two colors for now, but they hold a solid 5-star rating.
One reviewer says she was impressed with how well the boots held up during the elements. She explained, "These boots have stood up to 18 months of daily walking with a heavy backpack. I live in the rainy PNW and they keep my feet dry. When I recently visited my family in the mountains of Colorado, my boots kept my feet dry and warm as I walked through snow up to my calves!"
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