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 women’s dress shoes for bunions.
Have you been looking for a pair of dress shoes that will work for your bunion? Did you know that most bunions occur from wearing shoes that are too short or too narrow? If you developed a bunion, there are only certain shoe styles that you will be able to wear. The good news is that I have helped several women with bunions find the perfect pair of dress shoes.
There are 2 key features that your dress shoes must provide to accommodate your bunion:
- They need to provide extra depth
- They need to come with rounder toe-boxes
You might be asking yourself: How can I find shoes that will accommodate my bunion if shoes don’t come labeled as “extra deep” or with a “round toe-box”?
I know which shoe styles are deeper and come with rounder toe-boxes so I will be able to help you find them.
First off, let’s start by describing what a bunion is. It is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. It forms when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. Sometimes, the skin over the bunion might be a little bit red and/or sore.
This is how a bunion looks like:
Do you notice in the picture how hard it will be to find a shoe that won’t put too much pressure on the bunion?
You should be aware that wearing tight, narrow shoes might cause bunions or make them worse. Bunions also can develop as a result of an inherited structural defect, stress on your foot or a medical condition, such as arthritis.
Let me show you a picture of a woman who has a bunion and is wearing a pair of dress shoes that are too narrow for her feet: Do you notice how the bunion is being pressed against the side of the shoe?
I am sure that you will agree with me that uncomfortable dress shoes are not worth it. They’re definitely not worth the annoying pain, the bunions, the sore muscles, or the time you spend complaining about how uncomfortable they are. The issue is that finding a pair of dress shoes for a woman that has bunions is not easy.
The good news is that I am an expert when it comes to fitting women’s shoes since I have been working for a specialized shoe store for the last 10 years. 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.
Over the years I became familiar with the best women’s dress shoes for bunions. Let me tell you that although there might be only a few shoe styles that will fit the unique shape of your feet, you can rest assured that I know which styles are wider or narrower than others, and I will help you find them.
Remember how I mentioned that shoes must provide extra depth and come with rounder toe-boxes?
Let’s take a look at the difference between a pair of deep shoes and one that is not. Both of the shoes below have an orthotic fitted inside. Do you notice how the orthotic is sitting deeply inside the New Balance shoe (grey and pink) than in the Asics one (black)?
The picture below shows it more clearly. Do you notice how the orthotic in the Asics shoe style is fitting much further up than in the New Balance shoe style?
Deep shoes will prevent your feet (in particular your toes) from rubbing against the top part of the shoes.
The other key feature I mentioned is how shoes must come with a round-toe box rather than a pointy one. Let’s visualize the difference between a shoe style with a round toe-box and one with a pointy one:
Do you notice how the New Balance shoe style (grey and pink) has a much rounder toe-box than the Asics one (black)?
As soon as you try a pair of deep shoes with a round toe-box, you will see a noticeable difference right away, since your feet will fit deeper inside the shoe and you will feel a lot more comfortable.
Let me show you a selection of the best women’s dress shoes for bunions. These shoe styles will take the pressure away from the widest part of your feet, preventing your bunion from getting worse and allowing you to walk and run comfortably.
Dress Shoes & Bunions – Key Considerations
While dress shoes are only meant to be worn for a couple of hours occasionally, you must choose your dress shoes carefully.
Certain dress shoes will provide more support and comfort than others, and you must get them in the correct shoe size to get the full benefits that the dress shoes have to offer.
Women who wear shoes that are too short, too narrow or too pointed are more susceptible and prone to develop bunions. Also, wearing high heels forces your toes into the front of your shoes and as a result, your toes end up smothered. You must avoid wearing high heels, the styles I will describe are all Mary Jane styles that will provide more support and comfort to your feet.
To prevent bunions, you should:
- Wear shoes that have a wide toe box (no pointy toes)
- Have enough space between the end of your longest toe and the end of the shoe
- Fit shoes for the exact shape of your feet without squeezing or pressing any part of your foot, especially the toes
Even though bunions usually don’t require a medical treatment, you should see your doctor or physical therapist if you have persisting big toe or foot pain and/or decreased movement of your big toe or foot, or any other symptom that might be concerning.
Below you can find a selection of the best women’s dress shoes for bunions that are available in different widths such as medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW). Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
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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.
Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?
Do not hesitate to contact me if you are having a hard time finding a different type of dress shoes for your bunions:
There are certain shoe brands with a few shoe styles that have special comfort features built right into them. Besides being deep and supportive, these shoe styles will provide the following features:
☑️ Support: These shoes are biomechanically engineered to alleviate stress on the joints, enhance stability and help facilitate foot motion. They all come with a substantial sole that will reduce the impact that your feet take every time they come in contact with the ground, allowing you to walk comfortably and pain free every step you take.
☑️ Lightweight and Flexible: While the shoes must be supportive, but lightweight and flexible at the same time to prevent your feet and legs from easily getting tired.
☑️ Non-Binding, Extra Depth Design: Soft, non-binding upper with extra depth design and wide toe box eliminates pressure on bunions and hammertoes.
Additionally, do you want to provide your child with a pair of shoes that prevent and accommodate bunions? I wrote an article where I describe the best shoe styles that prevent bunions. Please go to the link below.
Don’t let your shoes get in the way of keeping your feet healthy and happy. Comfortable dress shoes not only keep the feet healthy, but also help prevent you from having a myriad of issues, including back problems.
Have you tried the dress shoes that I recommend in this article? Have you found another shoe style that has worked well for bunions? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other women can benefit from your experiences.