We’ve never lived in a comfier time for fashion. With new sneaker trends popping up left and right, ask any fashion girl and she’ll admit to you that her feet have been thanking her ever since sneakers infiltrated the mainstream, dethroning heels as the go-to fashion shoes.
Former Who What Wear editor Aemilia Madden poignantly likened the growing popularity of the sneaker to the evolving values of modern women everywhere. “Finally women are choosing practicality over everything else. In a time when the daily news cycle leaves me constantly frustrated, I have little tolerance for discomfort in what I wear,” she wrote. So, yes, our footwear choices go well beyond their aesthetic value.
Just because we feel a whole lot more comfortable, though, doesn’t mean that all of the trendy are doing our feet some good. Plot twist: Some sneaker trends are doing bad, bad things to our feet, according to podiatrist and Gotham Footcare founder Miguel Cunha. The doctor weighed in on the seven top sneakers of the moment, sharing which he’d be overjoyed to see you wear—and which he advises avoiding like the plague. Keep reading to discover and shop the best podiatrist-approved sneakers.