Full disclosure: After having my second baby something happened to my feet. And by that I mean I wake up with foot pain every morning when I get out of bed. This sometimes sharp or dull ache runs from my heel to the arch of my foot, POOR ME. My podiatrist diagnosed me with Plantar Fasciitis ((fashee-EYE-tiss) - which is a condition that is commonly associated with runners, which I am not! But its also a result of wearing high heeled footwear (guilty!) which abuses, stretches and inflames your fascia, the tough, fibrous band of tissue connecting your heel bone to the base of your toes. I'm 5'1" and have basically lived in heels - pregnant or not - my whole adult life. The remedy? Lots of stretching, rest and, wait for it, sensible shoes. Panic! What do I wear now? If I'm honest I wasn't quite prepared to put away my heels but I did consent to a commuter sneaker. Although my podiatrist was quick to point out that my rather cool (and pricey) Nike AIR MAX's were no good. His reason? "They're not flexible enough" and that the brand I needed to buy were runners fave ASICS. So I dutifully checked them out and I firstly have to say - Sorry to Asics, but you may have the scariest sneakers available to female-kind. I do not want to wear day-glo multi coloured shoes or footwear that makes me think of pairing them with khaki pants and a phone attached to the waist, thank you very much. So I stubbornly continued with my Nike's, which were comfy but I still had pain in my right heel. Finally, I decided to give ASICS another shot and.... after some intensive research, and a visit to the store, I discovered the ASICS GEL Quantum 360 in a chic (ish) grey. Now these may not be the sneakers of my dreams, but they are subtle (more so in real life), cushioned to the max (that they feel like I'm walking on a cloud) AND they look (more importantly!) well erm just like NIKE's - right? right?! So whether you have a similar pain situation like myself or you just need some sneakers to run around in whilst they deliver some serious support and comfort to your tootsies, I highly recommend! (And you can also exercise in them too! BONUS!).
I also did some hardcore research into more supportive sneaks that don't make you want to put a bag over them (and found some Nike's too!):