Editor’s Note: This post has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of comfortable sandals for women with bunions.
Are you having a hard time finding a pair of sandals to accommodate the shape of your bunion? Do you feel like every single sandal style that you try feels too tight and puts too much pressure on your bunion? Finding a pair of comfortable sandals for women with bunions can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience, especially if you don’t know what shoe brands and what shoe styles to try.
There is a very small selection of sandals that provide good support and can accommodate a bunion at the same time, but the good news is that I will help you find them.
I have helped several women who were not able to find a single pair of shoes because of their bunions and I believe I will be able to help you too. I have worked for a shoe store that specializes in helping women with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems. Over the years I became familiar with the best shoes for women with bunions.
One of the most common mistakes that I see women make is to assume that a sandal that is labeled as extra wide (“XW”, “EEEE”) will automatically accommodate the shape of their bunion. Trust me when I tell you that it takes a lot more than just choosing a sandal that is labeled as extra wide and hoping it will fit the shape of your bunion.
What Makes the Sandals I Recommend Effective for Women with Bunions?
☑️ Extra Depth: This is a key feature that is often overlooked by many women. Sandals that provide extra depth allow your feet to fit deeply inside the shoes, preventing the sandals from rubbing against the side or the top of your bunion. Take a look at the image below to visualize what I mean by sandals that provide extra depth:
☑️ Rounder Toe-Boxes: This feature allows for extra space for your toes and also helps prevent your bunion from rubbing against the side of the sandals.
☑️ Extra Wide Widths Available: In addition to providing extra depth and rounder toe-boxes, it’s important that your sandals are available in wide or extra wide widths.
Where Can You Find Sandals that Provide These 3 Important Features?
Most sandals don’t come labeled as “extra deep” or with “rounder toe-boxes”, so the only way to tell which sandals provide these two features is from having fitted them before. I will show you a list of sandals that provide these important features, but before we take a look at this list, I want to make sure that you know your exact foot size
When was the last time you had your foot measured to check your shoe 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 will get longer and wider.
Did you know that several studies show 35% of women are wearing the wrong shoe size? I have noticed that most women that come to the store I work for are wearing shoes that are either too short or too narrow.
Wearing the wrong shoe size can affect both your walking gait and overall posture. My goal is to raise awareness so women don’t develop foot issues from wearing the wrong shoe size. Hopefully now you are thinking of having your feet resized.
The issue now is that most shoe stores have been closing down. If you live in an area where you can’t have your feet properly measured, I suggest that you take a look at a different article I wrote where I describe how to figure your exact foot size and shape from home:
Now you should be 100% sure of your foot size, so let’s take a look at the most comfortable sandals for women with bunions.
Most of these sandals are available in medium, wide and extra wide widths so make sure that you choose your shoe width accordingly. Do not hesitate to contact me if you are unsure of what sandal size you need to order.
Comfortable Sandals for Women with Bunions ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The sandals that are open-toe and have an adjustable velcro piece across the toes will help you manage how tight/loose you want the sandals to feel. 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 sandals that I recommended to find out what shoe size you should order.
The goal of these sandals is to help relieve the pain you feel from bunions by reducing the pressure beneath your big toe joint when standing or walking.
How comfortable and effective these sandals will be for you depends on individual foot anatomy, but I can confidently tell you that these sandals have worked for several women, and hopefully they will work for you as well!
In addition to providing extra depth and rounder toe-boxes, the sandals I recommend provide the following features:
- Antimicrobial treatment helps keep odors at bay, and promotes a cooler, drier feel for your feet
- Microbuck synthetic nubuck leather and breathable mesh uppers
- Cushion around your ankle and heel
- Rubber sole with excellent traction
- Built in arch support
Did you know that wearing the wrong shoes when you have a bunion can lead to blisters on your toes, as well as arthritis, bursitis (joint inflammation) or sometimes even an ulcer in the area of the bunion?
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a different type of shoes to fit the shape of your bunion:
In the meantime, I am going to leave you with some articles that describe the best shoes for women with bunions:
My Final Thoughts on the Best Shoes for Women with Bunions
The type of shoes that you wear can either allow you to perform your daily activities comfortably or be a major contributor to making your bunion worse. Stay away from shoes that squeeze your toes together due to being too narrow!
I always like to make the analogy that wearing tight shoes is the same as wearing tight braces on your teeth. Braces that are too tight on teeth can shift the teeth through constant pressure. The same analogy can be applied to women’s shoes as they can force the big toe over toward the second toe.
By the way, if you have a child at home, I suggest that you keep a close eye on your child’s feet and the shoes he/she is wearing. Most podiatrists and foot surgeons will tell you that bunions are caused by wearing she’s that are too narrow during childhood.