Footwear brands “Seychelles” and “Jump” have my attention because the styles are sweet, playful, retro, and pretty comfortable. I recently posted about the Seychelles Veronica T-strap pump as a Fab Find.
So far in my experience these ranges are by no means 8 to 10-hour city shoes for my walking lifestyle, but I’ll entertain the flat and low heeled styles of both brands for shorter walking time spans, like 3-hour client meetings, or for evenings out when I don’t do much walking.
The leather is pretty soft and the foot bed is fine once you’ve added a cushioning insole. You could probably add an orthotic and have certain parts of the shoe stretched if need be. Remember that I have fussy feet and sensitive skin that is annoyingly blister prone, which makes my bar very high on the comfort scale. So these footwear brands might suit your needs down to the ground if you have less fussy feet, or sit behind a desk for most of the day.
If you’re prepared to pay extra and enjoy an immaculately crafted shoe, then I still highly recommend the more expensive Portuguese Fidji brand if their styles are too your liking. But for relative comfort and quality at a lower price, Jump and Seychelles are interesting and I’ll be keeping an eye on their ranges.
I’ve had all of these except the two on the right on myself or my clients, and you can read more about them in the YLF store.