Women Dress Shoes with Arch Support – Keep Your Feet Comfortable and Healthy!


Editor’s Note: This post has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of women dress shoes with arch support.

Have you been looking for a pair of dress shoes with arch support? Do you feel like your feet and legs get tired when you wear shoes that don’t provide good structure and support? I have been working for a specialized shoe store for over 10 years now, where we focus on women with foot conditions such as flat feet as well as “complicated” foot shapes. Over the years I became familiar with the best dress shoes with arch support.

One common question I have been asked by many women is which are the best dress shoes with arch support. While it might be easier to find running shoes for women with arch support, finding a pair of dress shoes with good support can be very time consuming and frustrating.

Did you know that it is estimated that nearly 80% of the population will end up with foot and leg problems due to not wearing the correct type of shoes?

I have helped several women with foot and leg pain find the perfect pair of dress shoes with arch support, and I believe I can help you as well.

The correct pair of dress shoes with arch support will help prevent your feet from collapsing and from putting pressure in areas of your feet and legs that you are not supposed to.

How can you tell which Dress Shoes Provide Good Arch Support?

You need to look for dress shoes that provide a substantial outsole and targeted support right below the arch. As soon as you try the dress shoes on you will feel a bump right below where your arch is located, or you can look in the insoles of the shoes and check if there is extra support and padding around the arch area.


I have found that the most supportive and comfortable dress shoes tend to be the Mary Jane styles. They come with a substantial and supportive rubber outsole, a firm heel counter, and a strap that goes across your feet which will help provide more support and more stability to your feet. Let me show you an example of a Mary Jane shoe that provides good arch support:


I am going to show you a selection of the best women’s dress shoes with arch support, but I think it’s important that we start by making sure that you know your exact foot size and shape.

For example, do you know whether you have narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet? Do you know whether you have a high instep or not? These factors will help determine what type of dress shoes you will end up wearing.

I created a different article in which I help women determine their exact foot shape and size:

How To Measure Your Foot Shoe Size – The Most Simple And Effective Way!

Why is it Important to Wear Dress Shoes with Arch Support?

Did you know that the arches are one of the most important structural features of our feet? They don’t only help prevent many potentially debilitating musculoskeletal issues, but they also play a key role in keeping our feet and legs from feeling tired all the time.

Some people are born with flat feet, and if you are one of these people, you might already know that wearing good supportive shoes will have a huge positive impact in the way your feet and legs feel.

A good, supportive pair of dress shoes will provide three important features:

  • Arch support
  • Heel support
  • Stability

If you can find a dress shoe that provides all of those  features, you will be guaranteed to walk around comfortably and more important you will be keeping your feet and legs healthy.

Flats or Mary Jane Dress Shoes? – Choose Them Wisely!

I know a lot of women love the way flats look, but the main issue with flats is that they don’t provide any support to your feet whatsoever. If you suffer from flat feet and need extra support from your dress I strongly suggest that you choose a Mary Jane style instead of a pair of flats.

Finding a pair of dress shoes with good arch support has several advantages as it will reduce muscle strain, help you to maintain balance, and will reduce the risk of developing plantar fasciitis.

The dress shoes I recommend below provide excellent support but they are lightweight and flexible at the same time. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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Below you can find a selection of the best women dress shoes with arch support. These dress shoes can fit women with medium (M), wide (W), and extra wide (XW) feet. If you happen to have narrow feet please send me an email and I will send you specific shoe recommendations: comfortablewomenshoes@gmail.com 

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.

If you are looking for a pair of everyday sneakers or running shoes with arch support I recommend that you take a look at the following article:

Most Supportive Running Shoes for Women – Let’s Keep your Feet and Legs Healthy!

Do you happen to have a child that needs a pair of dress shoes with arch support? I actually wrote an article where I describe the best dress shoes with arch support for kids and you can find it here:

Dress Shoes with Arch Support – The Best Kids’ Dress Shoes with Support!

Do I Need Orthotics Inside my Dress Shoes?

This depends on how much arch support you want from your dress shoes. The dress shoes I recommend all provide a good amount of arch support, but if you believe you can benefit from extra support then you can always fit an orthotic inside your dress shoes.

All of these dress shoes come with removable insoles in case you need to fit an orthotic for extra arch support inside of them. If you believe you can benefit from wearing an orthotic take a look at the article below where I describe the best orthotics for women:

The Best Orthotics for Women – Stop your Foot and Leg Pain!

You will be able to fit the orthotic I recommend in that article in any of the dress shoes I recommended.

The Most Affordable Women Dress Shoes with Arch Support

If you are something like me, you will like to get a good deal when buying your shoes. Now, we can always find cheaper shoe styles, especially when surfing the Internet, but you must be careful with prices that sound too good to be true.

For example, when a shoe goes on sale, there is a reason for it! It might be that the shoe is just an older style (nothing wrong with this since it means it’s a good shoe, just a previous style), or it might be there is a fitting problem with the shoe (this is a big deal since we don’t want to buy shoes that don’t fit).

Because I have been fitting women’s and children’s shoes for so long, I know a little secret that will help you save a lot of money in your shoes.

Did you know that if you wear a women’s shoe size 8 ½ or smaller you can get the kids’ version of the shoe and save a lot of money? I am talking about the same shoe style, same support, same comfort! The only thing it changes it’s the price since sometimes you can buy the same shoe for half of the price!

Now, this shoe size conversion will only work if you wear a women’s shoe size 8 ½ or smaller since that is the equivalent of a children’s shoe size 7  (that’s the last kids’ shoe size).

While I can’t get into too much detail about how this shoe size conversion works, I wrote an article where I explain exactly how this conversion works and you can find it below:

Cheap Women Shoes – The Best Way To Save Money When Buying Women Shoes

Have you been looking for a dress shoe with good arch support for a while now? Is there a particular dress shoe style that you have tried before and love how it felt? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!

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  1. What recommendations do you have for low heel slip-on shoes/pumps for wide feet with high instep, high arches and Haglund’s deformity on one foot?(Runs in the family) This is for formal occasions. I can’t seem to find a good, comfortable pair. I’ve tried Mary Janes in the past but the strap runs small and comes undone easily.

    • Hi Jindar,

      The reason why the Mary Jane strap is coming undone is not because the strap runs small, it’s probably because of your high instep. If you try a Mary Jane with extra depth and in a wider width it might be able to accommodate your high instep and wide feet. There is a particular Mary Jane style that provides extra depth and is available in wide widths. The heel counter is cushiony so it won’t put a lot of pressure in your heels:

      Mary Jane: Option 1

      I am not sure if the shoe below is formal enough for your occasions.

      Slip On: Option 1

      Please let me know if this is what you had in mind.

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