Your feet are regularly hip-width apart, thus they echo the horizontal line of the hips. This is why they make us look so dumpy.
But ease at the widest part of the foot is where we want comfort. What to do?
Either change the plane of that line or round it. Even the slightest rounding or crisscrossing of the strap closest to the toes breaks up the horizontal line diminishing width.
A moon-shaped cut out at the toe sets the "Teva Cabrillo Strap" apart. It provides the footbed that comfort lovers require in a flattering wedge-heel. An ankle wrap also provides stability in this sandal. Wild Blue Yonder has the leather version.
El Naturalista features a natural rubber sole with a form fitting mule sling back. The slightly almond shaped toe is more elegant than the über comfy Dansko's almost bubble toes.
If a pump is in order, look at Clark's "Cynthia Avant" peep toe pump. A two inch heel, so they know you mean business, but built with Clark's comfort technology so they won't kill your feet like most pumps. Nelson's carries them locally.
The fashion world embraced Toms shoes more for the worldwide good the company does, than for its looks. With every pair you purchase, Toms gives a pair of new shoes to a child in need. Get 'em at Crazybone.
They even have the wedge heeled version for those who find the espadrille-like flat not flattering enough. Toms never uses any animal by-products, either.
Christopher's has carried cute, comfy, conscious Vegan shoes for years. For the conscientious designer collector, Stella McCartney has never worked in leather, either.
Flats can be comfy and cute but often have no support. Maria Sharipova for Cole Haan's "Air Bacara" ballet flat features Nike air cushioning. The tennis star designs for Nike and Cole Haan. Also, Geox has ballet flats with breathable rubber soles.
Trade in your Birkenstocks for ballet flats once in awhile and enjoy the transformative power of dressing for comfort, consciousness and don't forget class.