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 shoes for women with high insteps.
Are you having a hard time finding shoes that fit your high instep? Do you feel like you try a whole bunch of different styles but they all end up rubbing against the top part of your feet and you end up empty handed? Finding a pair of shoes to accommodate your high instep can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience if you don’t know what shoe styles to look for.
If you don’t know what the instep of the foot is, then you can’t possibly be getting your right shoe size. So first, let me clarify what a high instep is. It refers to the top portion of the foot between the toes and ankles.
Take a look at the image below for clarification:
Women with high insteps always have trouble fitting their feet all the way inside the shoes, and sometimes the heels don’t sit properly inside the shoe.
In addition, the other issue that women with high insteps face is that the top part of their feet tends to rub against the top of the shoes, and the same happens to their toes. This can create several foot issues to toes, since they might rub against the top of the shoes and lead to the formation of blisters and corns.
If you have a high instep, wearing deeper shoes will make a huge difference in the comfort and overall fit of the shoes.
However, another challenge is that shoes don’t usually come labeled as deep, so there is no way for you to know which shoes are deeper than others.
The good news is that even though there are only certain shoe styles that will fit a woman with a high instep, I know which ones they are because I have fitted these shoe styles myself. I will also show you which women’s shoes are deeper than others.
You are in good hands since I have the experience of working for a specialized shoe store for the last 10 years and I can assure you that I am an expert when it comes to fitting women’s shoes. Moreover, 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.
Let me show you the difference in depth between two shoes that are the same length and width:
I will show you a selection of the best shoes for women with high insteps, but first I want to make sure that you know your exact foot size and the features that these shoes have to offer.
Are you 100% sure that you know your foot size?
Most women look at the length of their foot and purchase shoe sizes based solely on that, not knowing that this will make their feet hurt and lead to several foot issues. If you don’t take the width or the instep of the foot into consideration, you will get shoes that are too narrow for you, which will lead to several foot issues.
Moreover, if you prefer online shopping and are going to be buying your shoes online, you need to be absolutely certain that you know your correct foot size. I wrote an article that describes the simplest yet most effective way to figure out your foot size from home. Please click on the link below:
How to Determine if You Have a High Instep? – Let’s Find Out!
Figuring out if you have a high instep or not comes with experience. There is no measuring device or way to measure your instep. However, since I have been fitting women’s shoes for so long, I can take a look at your foot and tell you immediately if you have a high instep.
If the top part of your foot is high, it means that you have a high instep. In addition, if you try on your shoes and you feel that they are too tight when there is plenty of width room and length room, it might be that you have a high instep and you need a wider or deeper shoe.
Let’s take a look at a picture of a woman with a high instep. Do you notice how high the top part of her foot is?
Bear in mind that if you indeed have a high instep and are not wearing shoes that are wide or deep enough for your feet, it is highly likely that you will experience discomfort and pain. Also, note that a woman that has narrow feet can still have a high instep. In this case is important that you find deeper shoes instead of wider ones since you don’t want the shoes gapping too much around your heels.
Deep Shoes Vs Shallow Shoes — See the Difference!
As I mentioned earlier, shoes that come with extra depth are great for women with high insteps. Now, let me show you the difference between a deep pair of shoes and one that is shallow.
For better visualization purposes, there is an orthotic fitted in both of the shoes below:
Do you notice how the orthotic is sitting much deeper in the New Balance shoe style (grey and pink) than in the Asics shoe style (black)?
So, since you have a high instep, we will choose the New Balance shoe style rather than the Asics one.
As a gentle reminder, if you have a high instep and don’t wear the correct type of shoes, then you can create all sorts of issues to your feet since the top part of your feet will rub against the top part of the shoes. This will make you more prone to developing blisters, calluses, and corns.
Now that you know how to figure out your foot size from home, how to determine if you have a high instep, and the importance of finding deeper shoes, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best shoes for women with high insteps.
I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
The Best Shoes for Women with High Insteps ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Below you can find a selection of the best running/walking shoes for women with high insteps. These shoes are available in different widths so please choose your shoe width accordingly. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
Keep in consideration 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.
You always want to wear half a size longer of the size that you measure in the shoe measuring scale to prevent your toes from rubbing against the side or the front of the shoes.
If you measure a foot size 10 and the shoes fit “short”, then you will need to choose the shoe size 11 to allow enough wiggle room (a whole size longer instead of 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 a half a size longer (since the shoes already fit long).
What Shoe Size Should You Order?
Take a look at the description below each shoe to find out what shoe size you should order.
Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?
If you are looking for a different type of shoe to accommodate your high instep I suggest that you ask your question in the comment section below or send me an email to:
In addition, if you have a child that has high instep and you have been trying to find shoes that fit, then you can take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the best kid’s shoes for high instep. Please click on the link below.
Now that you know which are the best shoes for women with high insteps, you can keep your feet healthy by preventing the top part of your feet and toes from rubbing against the top part of the shoes.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you ever have trouble finding a particular pair of shoes. I want you to keep one thing in mind: It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your feet are, 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.
Is there another style that has fitted your high instep and that would like to recommend? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other women can benefit from your experiences.