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 walking shoes for women with bunions and high instep.
Are you having a hard time finding a pair of walking shoes that are deep and wide enough to accommodate your bunions and high instep at the same time? Do you feel like every single shoe that you try puts too much pressure on your bunions or the top part of your feet (instep)? I have helped hundreds of women with bunions and high insteps find the perfect pair of shoes for their feet, and I believe I can help you too.
Did you know that women are more likely to develop bunions than men? This is primarily because women may be more likely to wear tight, pointed, and confining shoes. Wearing shoes that are too small or too narrow in the toe area is the most common cause of bunions.
The first step to relieve pressure on your bunion is to make sure that you wear shoes that are wide enough for your feet. A shoe that is too narrow can make your bunions worse.
Did you know that there are now more shoes designed specifically for people with bunions than ever before?
My Experience Helping Women with Bunions and High Insteps Find Shoes
For the last 10 years, I have worked for a shoe store that specializes in helping people with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot conditions find the correct types of shoes. I have helped several women with bunions and high insteps find the correct pair of shoes for their feet, and I believe I can help you as well.
Before you take a look at the specific shoes I recommend, I suggest that we retrieve your exact foot length and shape. It’s important that you don’t order shoes that are too narrow or too short for your feet. Did you know that once you develop bunions, they often make your forefoot wider than it was originally?
If you already know your exact foot length and shape you can scroll down to see a selection of the best walking shoes for women with bunions and high instep. However, if you have any doubts about your foot length or shape I suggest that you read the paragraph below so we can make sure that you order the shoes in the correct size.
Are You 100% Sure of Your Foot Size?
Your foot shape and size can change over time, and some of the factors that contribute to this change are pregnancy, aging and weight gain or loss. Over time and because of gravity, our feet might get longer and wider.
As we age, the body’s ligaments and tendons lose their strength and ability to spring back. This 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. You might also experience a change in foot width, meaning that even though you always ordered medium width shoes now you might have to start ordering wider shoes.
Don’t insist on getting your shoes in a specific size simply because that has been the size that they always wore. I usually have to insist to them that they need to at least try the shoes in a different size to see how they feel.
How to Retrieve Your Exact Foot Length and Shape
Buying shoes online can be a challenge. If you are unsure of your current foot shape or foot length, I suggest that you take a look at a free resource I created where I help women determine their exact foot shape from home:
What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Ideal for Women with Bunions and High Insteps?
It’s important that the shoes are constructed using materials with a bit of give, but the two most important features that your shoes need to provide are:
✅ Extra Depth: This feature allows the feet to sit deeply inside the shoes and prevents the bunion from rubbing against the top part or side of the shoes. This feature also helps accommodate the shape of your high instep:
✅ Rounded Toe-Boxes: This feature helps prevent your toes from overlapping or rubbing against one another or the bunion from being pressed against the side of the shoes:
In addition to providing these two features the shoes need to be available in wide (“W”, “EE”), or extra wide widths (“XW”, “EEEE”). Even if you have medium width feet, it’s highly likely that you will have to order your shoes in a wider width.
The Best Walking Shoes for Women with Bunions and High Instep ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for women with bunions and high instep. 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.
If you are looking for a different type of shoe such as seasonal footwear or dress shoes don’t hesitate to contact me and I will help you find them:
In the meantime, you should take a look at the articles below:
Is Your Bunion Still Hurting After Wearing Properly Fitting Shoes?
Sometimes wearing a pair of supportive shoes that provide extra depth and rounded toe-boxes might not be enough to prevent your bunions from hurting. If this is your case, I suggest adding an orthotic inside your shoes to keep your arches aligned and the pressure evenly distributed.
Can Bunions Get Worse Over Time?
Yes, if you wear shoes that are too short or too narrow that put too much pressure on your bunion it could potentially make it worse over time by making the bunion grow larger which all-cause excess trauma and pain to the bunion.
Let me know in the comment section below if you have found a specific shoe style that has worked well in helping treat your bunions and high instep. I am sure other women will benefit from reading about your experiences.