Editor’s Note: This post has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of shoes for bunions and flat feet.
Do you have bunions and flat feet? Is finding shoes to fit your bunions and flat feet becoming a huge hassle? I am aware that finding shoes that fit your bunions and flat feet can be a discouraging and tedious experience. You might feel the search is long overdue and that you haven’t accomplished much.
Let’s commence by defining and exemplifying these foot conditions, as well as finding common grounds between both.
A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big or little toe. It forms when your big toe/little toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe/little toe to get bigger and stick out. Often, the skin over the bunion might be a little bit red and/or sore.
Bunions, on top of being painful and making you feel very uncomfortable, can also make the rest of your toes to be predisposed to develop issues since bunions might make your toes overlap and rub against each other.
For bunions, deep shoes that come with a round toe-box are the most appropriate ones when it comes to treating and preventing them. When you fit your feet in a pair of deep shoes, the feet will fit deeply inside the shoes, and this will prevent the feet from rubbing against the top or the sides of the shoes. A shoe with a round toe-box will prevent your small toe or the bunion from being cramped against the shoe.
Look at the woman’s bunions in the picture below for better illustration purposes.
✅ Flat Feet
Flat feet is a condition in which the arches of the feet roll inwards or downwards when walking, and it is also commonly known and referred to as overpronation.
So, when women overpronate, they put pressure on parts of their bodies where they are not supposed to, and this leads to foot and leg pain, as well as other serious issues in the future such as lower back problems.
The key takeaway of this condition is that the feet collapse and they tend to turn either inwards or outwards, which throws the whole body out of alignment. This causes women to put extra pressure on parts of their bodies where they are not supposed to, and this leads to foot and leg pain, as well as other serious issues in the future such as lower back problems. There are also essential features for women with flat feet, which I will describe in a bit.
Look at the woman’s flat feet in the picture below for better illustration purposes.
Keep in mind that it is crucial that you wear shoes that can accommodate your bunion but also shoes that provide the correct amount of support to your flat feet.
I want to stress that you should never underestimate comfort, especially if you are dealing with prior foot issues. If you have no pain, then consider yourself lucky. However, please don’t underestimate the importance of wearing good, supportive, and comfortable shoes.
My extensive knowledge and experience in fitting women ’s shoes are a result of working in a specialized shoe store for over 10 years. In addition, I have been helping women find the correct type of shoes and orthotics to reduce or fully eliminate the foot and leg pain that they were having. While we specialize in women with foot and leg problems, we also provide regular shoe fittings.
I will provide you with a selection of the best shoes for women with bunions and flat feet, as well as other relevant information that will be deeply useful for your decision making.
Finding Out Your Exact Foot Size — A Step into the Right Path!
When trying to find the correct shoe size, we are looking to figure out your actual foot width (remember that shoes come in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide). It may be the case that you believe that you have extra wide feet and in reality, you just have wide feet.
So, there are 3 key things you need to consider:
- The width of the foot
- The length of the foot
- Other foot issue or deformity you may have (e.g. flat feet, bunions, etc)
The most common mistake that women make when trying to find shoes for their bunions is to assume that once they find a shoe that is labeled as extra wide, that particular shoe style will accommodate the shape of their bunions. In reality, the two most important features that they need to look for are shoes that come with extra depth and a round toe-box.
You can start by reading an article I wrote that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your foot size from home. Please click on the link below:
Features & Characteristics — Shoes for Bunions & Flat Feet!
A good shoe can have different features and characteristics, but you need to find shoes that will specifically accommodate your bunions and flat feet. For that reason, I have put together a targeted list that combines features and characteristics that your shoes must have.
✅ Extra Depth: This feature will allow your feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the bunion from rubbing against the top part or side of the shoes.
✅ Round Toe-Box: This feature will prevent your toes from overlapping or rubbing against one another or the bunion from being pressed against the side of the shoes.
✅ Firm Heel Counter: This feature will cushion, support, and protect your ankles. If the shoe that you wear has a heel counter that is too flimsy, you won’t get any of the benefits that the shoe has to offer.
✅ Arch Support: This feature is especially important for flat feet since it will prevent your feet from collapsing and turning inwards.
✅ Ankle Support: This feature will help protect and support your ankles and flat feet.
✅ Shock Absorption: This will help reduce the impact that your feet and legs take every time they become in contact with the ground.
Now that you know how to figure out your exact foot size from home and what features your shoes must provide, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best shoes for women with bunions and flat feet.
You can rest assured that I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before since that is the best and only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
The Best Shoes for Women with Bunions and Flat Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for women with bunions and flat feet.
Shoes can run short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they run you will need to adjust the size that you get for yourself.
I usually recommend wearing half a size longer than the size that you measure in the shoe measuring scale to prevent your toes from rubbing against your bunion or the front of the shoes.
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.
What Are Other Women Saying? – Sharing Experiences!
I get contacted by women on a daily basis, and I have gathered some of their comments and concerns below.
“Do you have any solution for bunions and do you recommend any specific shoe style? Like I mentioned in the article, there are only certain shoe styles that provide extra depth and come with a rounder toe-box.
“I have bunions and tried wearing shoes a whole size larger and it didn’t help, I got blisters instead.” It’s important to look for shoes that provide extra depth instead of buying longer shoes.
“Can flat feet be corrected with time and with the use of the right shoes?” No, the shoes won’t mold you an arch. However, the shoes will allow you to walk and run straighter, and prevent foot and leg pain.
“Do you think that New Balance’s shoes are appropriate for flat feet? Appreciate any suggestions that you might have.” Yes, but only certain styles.
“I just have a bunion in one foot, should I get wider shoes still or should I just get a wider size for that foot?” if you feel like your foot without the bunion has too much extra space, then you should consider buying two different sized shoes.
“Do you advise against wearing toe pointed shoes or high heels?” Yes.
In addition, if you have a kid and are interested in becoming more informed or are looking for a good pair of shoes that prevent bunions or the best shoes for flat feet, then you can take a look at the articles below.
Are You Having a Hard Time Finding Shoes for Your Bunions?
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Your comments are highly welcome and if you need help with your specific foot condition, do not hesitate to contact me.