Women Dress Shoes With Arch Support – Keep Your Feet Comfortable And Healthy!

Dress Shoes With 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 family shoe store for over 7 years now, and I am an expert when it comes to fitting children, women, and men shoes. The store I work for is a specialized shoe store where we focus on people with foot and leg problems.

Since we are shoe fitting store, we only carry quality shoe brands that provide excellent support and structure. We also carry fitting shoes that come in different widths such as narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide, that is the only way we are guaranteed to FIT all different type of feet, no matter the shape.

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. A pair of shoes with arch support will 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 type of dress shoes will provide good arch support?

You will notice as soon as you try them on since you will feel a bump below where your arch is located, or you can look in the inner sole if there is extra support and padding around the arch area.

However, not all dress shoes come with arch support, but since I work for a shoe fitting store, I know exactly which styles do!

While some women don’t mind wearing their sneakers all day, some of them like to alternate between shoes and have comfortable ones for different type of occasions.

Let’s say you need a pair of dress shoes to wear to work for example. I always notice when I am going to work how some women wear their sneakers at the metro and then change right before they get to work. This is a great idea, but as soon as you get to work you will need to switch to a pair of comfortable, dressier looking shoes.

I have found that the most supportive and comfortable pair of dress shoes are the mary jane styles. They come with a substantial and supportive rubber sole, a firm heel counter, and a strap that goes across your feet which will help provide more support and more stability to your feet.

If you have been experiencing leg or foot pain, you MUST always check the shoes that you are wearing first. Something so simple such as wearing the correct pair of shoes will have a huge positive impact in the way your feet and legs feel.

After reading this post, you will know which are the best women dress shoes with arch support. Besides keeping your feet and legs healthy, these type of shoes will also allow you to walk comfortably.

Comfortable Dress Shoes

Why Is It Important To Wear 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.

However, depending on how flat your feet are, sometimes wearing a shoe with arch support might not be enough to reduce or fully eliminate the pain. In those cases, an orthotic might be required. I have fitted orthotics for children, women, and men and seen the positive impact they have on the way they walk and run (they will help them walk and run straighter). However, for most people, a pair of good supportive shoes with arch support is all they need.

What Features Must Good Dress Shoes Provide?

Every time our feet impact the ground, a tremor goes through our feet and legs impacting our knees and our back. One of the main goals of the shoes we wear is to minimize this impact between our feet and the ground, which will keep our feet and legs healthy.

If you are one of those women who has been experiencing foot, leg, or back pain, start by making sure you are wearing the correct shoe style and the correct shoe size.

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. However, you MUST make sure your shoes FIT properly, because if they don’t, you won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.

Did you know that most women are wearing shoes that don’t FIT and are not even aware of it?

The first reason is that women are not having their feet measured on a regular basis, and there are certain factors that might make your feet size vary such as age, changes in weight, and foot issues such as bunions.

The second reason is that shoe fitting stores are slowly starting to disappear. We are only left with big retailers such as Nordstrom’s, or Payless which don’t really provide a shoe fitting service.

Basically you will pick a shoe from the shelve, try it on and give it to the salesperson to ring you up. Finding a pair of well fitted shoes takes so much more than that!

And no, if the shoes you are trying on don’t feel comfortable from the moment that you put them on, they most likely never be. The term “the shoes need to be broken into” is used by salespeople to just to wrap up the sale. It is true that shoes will feel a little softer after wearing them for a while, but your shoes must feel comfortable from the moment you try them on for the first time.

I always recommend women to have their shoes fitted at their local shoe store, but if you don’t have one that you trust, I wrote a post where I describe the best and most simple way to make sure your shoes FIT, and you can find that post below:

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

Now that you know how to make sure your shoes FIT, you are ready to start looking for shoes!

Women Dress Shoes

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. They are clearly NOT the best option for women who need extra support in their dress shoes.

The shoe style that we want to look for is called a mary jane shoe, and if you don’t know how a mary jane shoe style looks like  you can find a picture below for clarification.

There are certain styles of mary jane shoes that come with a substantial rubber sole with arch and heel support. This type of shoe will also hold your foot in place every time you walk since it has a velcro or buckle strap that goes around the instep of your foot.

By the way, I wore the wrong pair of shoes for several years due to know knowing what the instep of my feet was. Please take a look at a post I wrote where I describe in detail what the instep of the foot is (you can’t possibly be getting the correct shoe size if you don’t know whether you have a high instep or not)

Foot Pain In The Top Of The Foot – The Best Shoes For Women With High Instep!

The advantages of a mary jane shoe style is that it will provide:

  • Arch support
  • Heel support
  • Stability
  • Traction

Women Dress Shoes With Arch Support – The Secret Revealed!

Remember that purchasing a shoe with good arch support has it’s several advantages.

A shoe that offers good arch support will reduce muscle strain, will help you to maintain balance, and will reduce the risk of developing plantar fasciitis.

Keep in mind that while we want your shoes to provide good structure support, we also want them to be FLEXIBLE and LIGHTWEIGHT.

I only recommend shoes that I have fitted before, since I am familiar with the amount of support they offer, the materials they are made of, and the way they FIT.

Remember that FIT remains our top priority, and no matter how much support the shoes provide or how well they look, if they don’t FIT properly, you MUST stay away from those shoes.

Below you can find a selection of the best women dress shoes with arch support!

These shoe styles run “short”, which means that you need to go a half a size to a whole size longer of the size that you measure in the shoe measuring scale.

All of these shoe styles come with a removable insole in case you need to fit an orthotic for extra arch support inside of them.

If you are unsure about what shoe size you should order, don’t hesitate to contact me since I will be able to tell you whether that particular shoe style runs long, short, wide, or narrow.

Do you happen to have a child that needs a pair of dress shoes with arch support? I actually wrote an article where Idescirbe 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!

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, specially wen surfing the Internet, but you must be careful with prices that sounds 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 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

However, I will leave you with a selection of the most supportive children’s shoes that you can find in your sizes if you wear a women’s shoe size 8 ½ or smaller!

These shoe styles all fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that you measure in the shoe measuring scale.

Now that you know which are the best women dress shoes with arch support, you are ready to make the most informative decision!

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!

About Juan Pablo 17 Articles
My name is Juan Valenzuela and I have been fitting women's shoes for the last 10 years. I have helped several women who claimed that their feet were too wide or too narrow to find that particular shoe style that they didn’t even know it existed. I have also helped women who were experiencing a certain foot condition such as flat feet, overpronation, bunions hammer toes, find the perfect pair of shoes to help prevent and treat those foot conditions. I know which shoe brands and shoe styles are better than others and if you ever have trouble finding a particular shoe style please do not hesitate to contact me.


  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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