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 women with bunions and narrow feet.
Are you having a real hard time finding the right shoes to fit your narrow feet with bunions? Have you tried a whole bunch of different shoe styles that are either too wide or that end up squeezing your bunion and causing you pain?
First off let’s clarify what a bunion is. It’s 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. In often cases, the skin over the bunion might be a little bit red and/or sore.
Below is an image that will show you exactly how a bunion looks like.
On top of being painful and making you feel uncomfortable, bunions can also make the rest of your toes more prone to develop issues, since bunions might make your toes overlap and rub against each other.
The real challenge and tricky part is when you have both bunions and narrow feet since to prevent squeezing the bunion against the side of the shoes, a wider shoe is usually recommended. If you find shoes that are wide enough to accommodate your bunion but the shoes are too wide for your feet, that extra space inside the shoes will allow for too much foot movement inside the shoes, which will lead to your bunion rubbing against the side of the shoes.
You need to focus in accommodating your bunions as well as your narrow feet. You need to be mindful that not all shoe styles will be able to accommodate these 2 things at the same time, in fact, there will be only a small selection of shoes.
Without a doubt wearing the wrong shoes will lead you to develop other foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns, just to name a few. Additionally, a shoe that is too wide can also lead to foot and leg pain.
My vast experience from working for a specialized shoe store for the last 10 years has granted me great expertise in fitting women’s shoes. 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 can tell you I have helped several women that also have bunions and narrow feet.
Certain shoes definitely fit narrower than others, but it’s important to at least try shoes that come in narrower widths to see what a difference they make. For the bunions, it’s important to find shoes that will have a rounder toe-box instead of a pointier toed box.
Alternatively, we can try medium width shoes that we find that fit and can accommodate both your narrow feet and bunions.
The most important feature that your shoes must provide and most women are not aware of is extra depth. This feature will prevent you from having to purchase wider shoes since it will allow your feet to fit deeply inside the shoes, and prevent the bunion from rubbing against the side of the shoes.
Finding a pair of shoes that are capable of accommodating your bunion and narrow feet at the same time can be a frustrating and time consuming experience, so let me make it easy for you and show you a selection of the proven and most effective shoes for women with bunions.
In this informative post, I am going to show you a selection of the best shoes for women with bunions and narrow feet, but first I want to show you the features that these shoes must have, and make sure you know your correct foot size.
3 Key Features — Accommodate Your Bunions and Narrow Feet!
Take stock on the 3 important and main features your shoes must have to be able to accommodate your bunions and narrow feet:
✅ 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: Shoes that come with a round toe-box will prevent your bunion from cramping your toes, rubbing against one another, and making your bunion hurt.
✅ Narrow Heel Counter: This feature will prevent your heels from coming out of the shoes as you walk or run.
Please don’t make the big mistake of buying shorter shoes believing that they will fit and feel better. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t matter how many features the shoes have, if you don’t wear the correct shoe size, you won’t get any of the benefits and end up hurting your feet.
Finding Out Your Exact Foot Size — A Priority!
Your #1 Priority should be knowing your correct foot size, also accounting for any foot issues you may have. A bunion is definitely something to consider!
When trying to find the correct shoe size, you must figure out your actual foot width (remember that shoes come in different width such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide) and whether you have any other anatomical thing to consider.
So, if you want to make sure you get your correct shoe size, there are three things you need to consider:
- The length of the foot
- The width of the foot
- Other foot issue or deformity
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:
Now that you know your exact foot size 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 narrow feet.
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.
Best Shoes for Women with Bunions and Narrow Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for women with bunions and narrow feet.
As a general note to yourself, bear in mind that 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 always 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!
Let’s all take stock from the different feedback of women who also have bunions and narrow feet:
“I looked for a professional shoe fitter and she helped me find the perfect shoes for my narrow feet with bunions, though I must say it wasn’t easy!”
“XX shoes have worked for me and are a great option for those who women who also wish to avoid surgery or who are not qualified candidates for bunion surgery.”
“I have tried partial bunion sleeves and they are great since they leverage the heel strap to stabilize the big toe. I found that they don’t add much space and are a relief.”
“I’ve had the hardest time trying to find shoes for my narrow feet with bunions, please help.”
In addition, do you have a child that developed a bunion and you need a pair of deep shoes? I wrote an article where I describe the best shoes shoe styles that prevent bunions. Please go to the link below.
If after this informative article you are still having trouble finding a particular pair of shoes, please do not hesitate to contact me. From experience, I am confident to tell you that there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your feet perfectly, and I will help you find it. I have fitted women with bunions in sandals, boots and dress shoes, and while the selection is small, all you need is one pair of well fitting shoes.
Is there another style that has fitted your bunions and narrow feet and that you would like to recommend? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from your experiences.