Reese Witherspoon and Katie Holmes also wear the brand.
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Given the dismal news of transphobia and fascist behavior in some states, it’s great to see celebrities express their support for the queer community this Pride Month. Earlier this week, Jennifer Garner wrapped several trees in rainbow colors while wearing a pair of shoes that I personally can confirm are very comfortable.
Behind the design is Hoka One One, a sneaker brand that also appears in Spears, Reese Witherspoon, Katie Holmes and Cameron Diaz and other celebrities. Garner wears the label’s pale blue Bondi 7 — the same color I own — and it’s an interesting combination of powder blue, turquoise and white and orange accents. As someone who has tried dozens of support shoes, I’ve been struggling to find a pair of shoes that don’t look bulky. But these are so cute and spring-like feelings that I’ve been wearing them repeatedly over the past few months.
The memory foam sole is one of the brand’s most cushioned soles, and this particular iteration (along with some of Hoka’s other designs) earned the American Association of Podiatric Medicine’s seal of approval (Check: My Podiatrist always wears them). I may not understand how the brand created such comfortable trainers, but anyway, I thank Hoka for letting me walk around in shoes that feel supportive but not heavy.
The sturdy sides are also good, especially if you have weak ankles. Honestly, I haven’t found their scams other than the price tag. Still, at Zappos, bondi 7 style has received a solid four-star rating from more than 8,000 reviews. One of them, from a fan, said they work nursing jobs, working shifts of 12 to 16 hours a day. After trying “a variety of shoes known to man,” they found that these were the only ones that worked for plantar fasciitis and high arches.
Other fans were also delighted. Another reviewer wrote that the shoes “energized my footsteps” to the point where they are now looking forward to walking. A self-described dog walker also gave the sneakers a warm review, as did someone who considers himself a “blonde” shopper.
Buy Now: $160; zappos.com
If blue isn’t your speed, the same style is available in 10 colors (the bright camellia/coastal option is also beautiful). However, as the last shopper wrote, optics is not everything when it comes to foot pain: “Who really cares if wearing them avoids unbearable pain?” They weren’t wrong.
If you’re willing to take me for granted and try it for yourself, the Hoka One One Bondi 7s is available for $160 at Zappos.