With his unique designs, creative flair, and rock and roll spirit, Steve Madden has taken the shoe industry by storm. By focusing on footwear that combines authenticity with individuality, he's created a line that straddles the divide between high fashion and contemporary streetwear to masterful effect. When it comes to Steve Madden sneakers, you can expect attitude, wearability, and more options than you'll know what to do with. Wedged sneakers, slip ons, laced up kicks... the one thing the collection doesn't lack is variety. But how do you decide which one of the many, many options to put your money behind? If you want our advice, you won't go far wrong with any of these top 5 picks.
Steve Madden Gills Sneaker
If you want comfort AND a few extra inches of height, look no further than the Steve Madden Gills Sneaker. Recommended as a top buy by travelandleisure.com, these super comfortable slip-ons come with a 1.25 platform, giving you a great little boost without compromising on walkability. Comfort is guaranteed by the addition of a padded collar, which keeps your feet blissfully blister-free no matter how long you're on them. A durable rubber sole and a lightly cushioned insole add to the wearability, while the fabulously convenient slip-on style makes them a time- saving joy - without any unreliable zippers or complicated laces to worry about, you can slip the sneakers on and off in seconds. This sharp, super-cute style comes in a range of material options - choose from suede, PU, or leather uppers - and a great selection of colors. For fashion lovers with a taste for glitz, there's even a sparkly glitter version - great for standing out from the crowd! Easy to wear, chic, and with enough style and substance to carry you through almost any occasion, this is a sneaker for women who aren't prepared to sacrifice style for comfort, or vice versa. If you want to get your hands on a pair, be prepared to pay around $82.
Steve Madden Cliff Sneaker
Steve Madden Cliff Sneaker is a unique looking shoe with a lot to say for itself. Intercepting high fashion and streetwear, it's a big, bold, vibrant sneaker that might not be to everyone's taste (shrinking violets, step away now), but that's perfect for dedicated fashion-followers who want their footwear to make as much of a statement as the rest of their outfit. Despite the 2.5-inch wedged heel, the sneaker is wonderfully easy-to-wear, providing an outstanding level of support and comfort regardless of how long you wear them. Unlike many other wedged sneakers, it doesn't fall into the trap of looking cumbersome or clunky: while the novel color blocking does make the wedge stand out, it still manages to blend into the overall style of the shoe in a complimentary, rather than jarring, fashion. Style wise, it's a bold choice (the options are extensive, but considering most involve at least an element of animal print or metallic, don't expect to find much by way of subtly). But if you’re happy for all eyes to be on your feet, and for those same feet to be blissfully comfortable and supported at the same time, it's a great choice.
Steve Madden Wedgie Sneaker
Bestreviews.guide ranks the Steve Madden Wedgie Sneaker as one of the brands all-time best buys. We can see why. With its 2.5-inch hidden wedge, one-inch platform, and high fashion good looks, it stretches the idea of the sneaker to breaking point. But despite the style, despite the wedge, and despite the chicness, the Wedgie Sneaker also happens to be one of the most comfortable, easy to wear styles in the Steve Madden catalog. The super soft fabric lining brings the cozy, while the slip resistant rubber sole and robust dual side zippers make the sneaker as functional as it is stylish. Thanks to the decision to use suede for the uppers, the sneakers breathe when you do, keeping your feet dry, warm, and mercifully odor free. For people in the market for a sophisticated sneaker with a flattering, laid-back look, they're a no-brainer... as an added advantage, they're also one of the most affordable options in the collection.
Steve Madden Ecentrcq Sneaker
They're slick, they're stylish, and they're superbly comfortable to wear. What are we talking about? The Steve Madden Women's Ecentrcq Sneaker, a shoe that combines attitude with wearability to stunning effect. Featuring a slip-on style (perfect for those days you can't be bothered with laces or straps) and a quilted leather upper, they can be paired with just about any outfit and any occasion and still look chic. Super cute and just as versatile, they bring the comfort thanks to their use of dual goring (great for a custom fit), a lightly padded, supportive insole, and a durable rubber outsole. If you fancy getting your hands on a pair (and why wouldn't you?), just be aware they run small. To avoid problems, either try before you buy or purchase in half a size up from your usual size. Do that, and you'll have no regrets about forking out the $64 they demand.
Steve Madden Myles Sneaker
Taupe, white, black, multi, and even camouflage - if there's one thing the Steve Madden Myles Sneaker series has in abundance, it's options. Regardless of which one you end up with, you're not going to be disappointed in the ultra-modern aesthetic, the sporty functionality, and the amazing level of comfort. Featuring drawstring-style lacing, a thick, durable sole, and a raised collar, they've got all the style and wearability you could possibly want. Like a lot of sneakers in the Steve Madden collection, they run small, so be sure to order up a size for the perfect fit. Priced at just a few cents short of $83 dollars, they're certainly not the cheapest pair of sneakers around. But with their laid-back style, easy wearability, and fierce good looks, they're definitely one of the most attractive.
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