Editor’s Note: This post has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of the best Mary Jane shoes for women with high instep.
Are you finding it impossible to find a pair of Mary Jane shoes that are capable to accommodate your high instep? Do you feel like every single pair of Mary Jane shoes that you try puts too much pressure on the top part of your feet (instep)? Women with high insteps have the hardest time finding a pair of Mary Jane shoes that fit. The good news is that I have put together a selection of the best Mary Jane shoes for women with high instep, and I will show you these shoes shortly.
I want to clarify what the instep of the foot is. Some women believe that having a high instep is the same as having a high arch. The instep and the arch are totally unrelated. I have seen women with high insteps who actually have regular arches or are even flat-footed.
The instep is basically the top part of your feet, and I like to describe it as the total amount of foot height volume that needs to be fitted inside of the shoes. Take a look at the image below for clarification purposes:
I know which shoes are better for women with high insteps since I work for a specialized shoe store that helps women with “complicated” foot shapes and foot conditions find the correct pair of shoes for their feet. I have helped hundreds of women with high insteps find the correct pair of shoes, and I believe I can help you too.
What Makes the Mary Jane Shoes I Recommend Effective for Women with High Insteps?
The Mary Jane shoes I recommend provide extra depth, which is a key feature as it allows the feet to fit deeply inside the shoes, and prevents the top part of your feet (instep), from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. Below you can see an example of a Mary Jane shoe that provides extra depth:
You will notice that some of the Mary Jane shoes I recommend come with a buckle strap while some of them come with velcro closure. Several women have told me how shoes with buckle straps tend to work a lot better compared to shoes with velcro closure when it comes to accommodating their high insteps.
Where Can You Find Mary Jane Shoes that Provide Extra Depth?
It’s hard to find Mary Jane shoes that provide extra depth as most Mary Jane shoes don’t come labeled as “extra deep”. Like I mentioned before, I know which shoes are deeper than others from having fitted them before.
The best way to find shoes that provide extra depth is by trying the shoes on and checking whether your feet can fit deeply inside the shoes. However, this can be frustrating and time-consuming, that’s why I have put together a list of the best Mary Jane shoes for women with high instep.
What are the Best Shoe Brands for Women with High Instep?
It’s hard for me to recommend specific shoe brands as I have found that there are only specific shoe styles among each shoe brand that work better than others. This means that there is no universal shoe brand that is better for women with high insteps. With that said, I have had success with most shoe styles of the following shoe brands:
Like I promised you before, I have put together a selection of the best Mary Jane shoes for women with high instep. However, before I show you these shoes I want to make sure that you are 100% sure of your exact foot shape
Are You 100% Sure that you Know Your Foot Size?
You won’t be able to order the correct shoe size online if you don’t know what your exact foot length and shape is to begin with.
Do you know whether you have narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet? These are all factors that determine what shoe brands and shoe styles you can wear.
Most women always buy the same shoe size simply because that’s the shoe size that they have worn for years. Did you know that just because you have worn a certain size for most of your life that doesn’t mean that your foot size has not changed? As we age the body’s ligaments and tendons lose their strength and ability to spring back, which means that our arches decrease, which flattens and lengthens the foot and toes. This often results in an increase in shoe size by a half-size or more.
Since most specialized shoe stores are closed now (even before the pandemic hit) I came up with a system that helps women determine their exact foot size and shape from home:
Now that you know your foot size let’s take a look at the best Mary Jane shoes for women with high instep.
Best Mary Jane Shoes for Women with High Instep ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Look at the description below each image to figure out if that Mary Jane shoe is capable of fitting narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
What Shoe Size Should You Order?
Take a look at the description below the shoes that I recommended to find out what shoe size you should order.
Are Any Other Mary Jane Shoe Choices Available?
Do not hesitate to contact me if none of the Mary Jane shoes I recommended are capable of accommodating your high instep. I will show you what our alternatives are: firstname.lastname@example.org
I believe that you might find the articles below helpful, as many women have told me that they have a hard time finding a pair of sneakers or stylish shoes that are capable of accommodating their high instep:
Let us know in the comment section below if you have found a specific shoe brand or shoe style that has worked well in accommodating your high instep. I am sure that other women with high insteps will find your feedback helpful.