I saw a meme the other day that said something along the lines of “damn, June didn’t even stop to talk to us,” and it perfectly captured how insanely fast time is flying by. Most times, I barely know what day it is, so I’m still trying to figure out how we’re already more than […]

Quick poll: Have you picked up a pickleball racket lately? Challenged friends to a game of beach volleyball? Traded your indoor gym sesh for outdoor walks? Whatever your preferred mode of movement is, summer tends to come with a serious urge to get on your feet.

That on-the-move mindset makes the season fun and festive—but it can also put stress on your muscles and joints. Take it from podiatrist Timothy Oldani, DPM, FACFAS: “Typically, people increase their activity level in the summer,” he says. “This increase in activity can lead to overuse injuries, such as plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and stress fractures.”

Here’s the good news, though: A simple upgrade to your shoe closet can help bolster your body from the ground up (and keep your activity schedule going strong). “By wearing the proper footwear, the incidence of overuse injuries can be significantly decreased,” Dr. Oldani says. “Footwear that provides adequate support through the arch, and good shock absorption through the heel and under the ball of the foot, is essential.” In other words, those $5 foam flip flops you’ve been rocking are chic—but they’re not giving your feet the support they need.

Not sure what to slip on instead? Dr. Oldani is weighing in on a slew of podiatrist-approved shoes for the summer that are equal parts comfortable *and* cute. From cushioned sandals to classic ballet flats, you can find all these supportive (and seriously affordable) picks at QVC. Check them out—and then head to checkout. Your summer feet will thank you.

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