Without shoes, humans would be forced to walk around on their elaborately gloved hands, shaking feet with new acquaintances and crocheting knee-scarves with their minds. Help keep the world upright with today's Groupon: for $60, you get $120 worth of footwear and accessories at Comfort One Shoes, with 20 locations throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC.
Comfort One Shoes espouses a unique European-style footwear philosophy, valuing comfortable, support-giving shoes from brands like Ecco, Terrasoles, and Amalfi. Send a marathoning man off in bright blue Aetrex Zoom Runners ($125), or prep him for an elegant football soiree in foam-finger-friendly Ecco Neobasic Moc Toe shoes ($120). Shapely lady feet slip easily into classic heels like the Tsubo Acrea ($140), inspiring tap-dancing commutes to work or play. Come warmer weather, toes wiggle fetchingly in breezy options such as floral-accented Jambu Touring brown sandals ($125). A pedigreed plethora of brands and an adornable rainbow of styles ensure soles remain chic and clad for every look, occasion, or bird-divined emotional forecast.
Before being allowed near dangerously uncovered appendages, foot-focused associates train at the rigorous Comfort One University and apprentice under a more battle-hardened shoemason. The philanthropic company encourages its skilled staff to volunteer regularly, and Comfort One corporately engages in karma-building activities such as planting 10,000 trees and collecting 25,000 pairs of shoes for the needy.
- Despite its unhip name, this store sells a great selection of popular styles for both men and women, including Doc Martens, Birkenstocks, and Ecco. You can always find something that looks good and actually feels comfortable. – Frommer's, 1607 Connecticut Avenue location
- The shoes at Comfort One, however, are the latest designs for work, casual or dressy. – Ed Waters Jr., Frederick News-Post
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Before Comfort One Shoes' sole experts are allowed to fit a single shoe to a customer's foot, they must graduate from Comfort One University and undergo a mentorship process. It's only then that they can help shoppers find their desired footwear, whether it be lace-up Ziera boots, On running shoes with CloudTec technology, or Thierry Rabotin shoes, handmade without uncomfortable, rigid components. Alongside men's and women's footwear, the shop stocks an assortment of bags and accessories such as colorful iPhone cases from Triple C Designs that protect phone exteriors and conceal scratches from the last time you transformed into a werewolf.
Comfort One Shoes also seeks to better the world through creative philanthropic efforts, such as collecting 25,000 shoes for those without and offering their employees half their pay and time off to volunteer in the community. Perhaps such initiatives are part of the reason Comfort One Shoes earned the National Shoe Retailers Association’s Retailer of the Year Award in 2011.