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 running shoes for women with bunions.
Are you having a hard time finding a pair of shoes to accommodate your bunions? Do you feel like every shoe style that you try is too narrow and squeezes your bunion causing foot pain?
To be on the same page, let’s start by clarifying what a bunion is. 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. In some cases, the skin over the bunion might be a little bit red and/or sore.
Here is an image that shows you how a bunion looks like:
If you are a runner and have bunions or are trying to prevent them, you need to find the perfect pair of running shoes. You should be able to find a pair of comfortable running shoes that will accommodate your bunions.
There are 2 key features that the shoes must provide to be able to accommodate your bunion. The first one is that the shoes must be deep, which will allow your feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent your feet from rubbing against the top or the sides of the shoes. The second feature is for the shoes to come with a round toe-box, which will prevent your toes from overlapping and rubbing against one another.
Unfortunately, there is only a small selection of shoes that will accommodate your bunions. The good news is that I know exactly which one they are from having fitted them before.
Moreover, I have been working for a specialized shoe store fitting women’s shoes for the last 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. We specialize in women with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.
Over the years I became familiar with the best running shoes for women with bunions.
What Makes the Running Shoes I Recommend Ideal for Women with Bunions?
☑️ Round Toe-Box: This feature helps prevent your running shoes from putting pressure around your bunion:
☑️ Extra Depth: This feature is really important if you tend to have high insteps, as the deeper the shoes are, the deepest your feet will fit inside the shoes. This will help prevent your bunion from rubbing against the top part of the shoes.
I want you to do something for me right now. I want you to take a look at the shoes that you are wearing now and check if you notice a small bump on the side of the shoes. Take a look at the image below which shows a woman wearing a pair of shoes that are too narrow. That bump that you notice on the side of the shoe is the small toe being pressed against the side of the shoe by the other toes.
This is why it’s so important to find shoes that come with a round toe-box.
I can tell you that we see all sorts of different foot conditions every day and that it’s a top priority for us to carry high quality shoes that are available in all the different widths (narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide), since that’s the only way we can guarantee to fit every woman.
Shoes that are specifically made for running are specifically engineered to provide you with the correct amount of support, cushioning, and motion control that you need to run around all day while preventing foot and leg injuries associated with each particular activity. Certainly, there are certain running shoes for women that provide more support than others, and it is important for you to know which ones they are.
However, if you have bunions you must make sure you are not wearing shoes that are putting too much pressure on your feet, and that your toes and bunions are not smothered.
I will show you a selection of the best running shoes for women with bunions shortly, but first I want to make sure you know your exact foot size and the features that these shoes have to offer.
Especially if you prefer online shopping and are going to be buying your shoes online, you need to be absolutely sure of your correct foot size and width.
I encourage you to take a look at an article that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your foot size from home. Please click on the link below:
You should be aware that women who wear shoes that are too tight, too narrow or too pointed are more prone to develop bunions. As well as wearing high heels, since you force your toes into the front of your shoes and as a result your toes end up cramped.
Running Shoes for Women with Bunions – Must Have Features!
The 2 most important features that your running shoes must provide are for them to be deep and come with a round toe-box. However, there are 5 important additional features that your running shoes must provide in order to accommodate your bunions and also keep your feet and legs healthy while running:
☑️ Ankle support: Adequate support for the heel and ankle is extremely important if you want to keep your feet healthy while running. If you wear running shoes without the proper amount of support around the heel of the shoe it can lead to a badly sprained ankle and weeks of physical therapy.The heel counter is the back part of the shoe. If you are not sure where the heel counter is located take a look at the image below:
☑️ Arch support: Choosing a shoe with good arch support will reduce or fully eliminate the shock that your feet receive every time they impact the ground.
☑️ Traction: Your running shoes need to provide good traction to prevent you from slipping and falling, especially if you are running on wet and slippery surfaces.
☑️ Breathability: Your running shoes must be breathable to prevent bacteria from building up inside the shoe.
☑️ Lightweight and Flexibility: These features will prevent your feet and legs from easily getting tired.
Bear in mind that even though bunions most of the times do not require medical treatment, you should see your doctor or physical therapist if you have persisting big toe/little toe or foot pain and/or decreased movement of your toe or foot, or any other symptom that might be concerning.
Now that you know what features your running shoes must provide and how to figure out your foot size from home, you are ready to see a selection of the best running shoes for women with bunions.
I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise, I wouldn’t know how well-made they 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 Running Shoes for Women with Bunions ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Below you can find a selection of the best running shoes for women with bunions. These shoes are available in wide (W) and extra wide (XW) widths.
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.
As a recommendation, you should always wear half a size longer of the size that you measure in the standard foot measuring tool (Brannock Device) to prevent your toes from rubbing against the side or the front of the shoes.
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.
If you measure a foot size 5 and the shoes fit “short”, then you will need to choose the shoe size 6 to allow enough wiggle room (a whole size longer instead of a half a size longer). On the other hand, if the shoes fit “long” then you will need to pick the same shoe size instead of going half a size longer (since the shoes already fit long).
Are You Having a Hard Time Finding Shoes for Your Foot Shape?
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Do you happen to need a pair of shoes for your child with bunions? I wrote an article where I describe the best kids’ shoes shoe styles that prevent bunions. Please click the link below.
Have you tried the running shoes that I recommend in this article? Have you found another running shoe style that has worked well for accommodating your bunions? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other women can benefit from your experiences.