When I was 17, I was going to my senior prom, and I had chosen these clunky black flats to wear with my dress. They definitely looked a lot more casual than the heels that all of my friends were wearing. One of my acquaintances looked at my shoes and remarked, “Stephanie, I don’t think those shoes are really prom worthy.”

I explained, “they’re comfortable.”

“Well, do you want to be comfortable or do you want to be pretty?” she asked.

This seems like the age old question when it comes to shoes for women. Do we want to be comfortable or do we want to be pretty? Do we want to suffer with blisters and cramps, shoving our toes into unnatural positions, hurting our backs with extremely high heels or do we want to be comfortable, supporting our backs and our feet with proper cushioning and support? Is there a happy medium? Can we have both comfort and style?

Luckily, there are some brands of shoes that offer both. For example, there are many different styles of Clarks shoes that are both comfortable and pretty. I am a huge fan of Clarks, and I own several different pairs of Clarks shoes, so I can tell you that you no longer have to give up feeling attractive for feeling comfortable. Let me give you a few examples.

There’s the Clarks Attitude Pose shootie. This half-boot, half-dress shoe goes perfectly with my skirts and my jeans. There’s a high heel, which I love, and it makes me look cute. I always get a ton of compliments when I wear these shoes. You’re probably thinking that there’s no way it could be comfortable, but actually it’s designed with eight hidden gores for custom comfort. It also has a OrthoLite® footbed with Active Air® which gives me all the support that I need.

One of my other favorites would be the Clarks Diamond Opal, a classic pump. This shoe features feminine designs like a leather bow. This shoe also has a footbed with Active Air®, which is one of the key ingredients when it comes to comfortable shoes, and it’s made with premium leather. This shoe will go with almost anything: skirts, dresses, pants, jeans, etc. This is another great example of a shoe that makes me feel sexy and doesn’t kill my feet.

Next, we have the Clarks Indigo Wessex Cross, a classic women’s platform shoe. This shoe is made with a combination of leather and suede, and it gives you that high heel that will really make you feel hot. It features an adjustable strap and a footbed that has extra padding, making it the most comfortable platform I’ve ever worn.

So the next time you are shopping for shoes, look for a brand that will give you both comfort and style. Clarks shoes for women will definitely do both of those things, but it’s important to remember that there are many brands that are making high-quality shoes for women that make us feel attractive and won’t make us miserable at the same time.