Best hip shoes with arch support

by Sylvia

Arch support shoes
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Many of us need shoes with arch support. On this page I offer a great selection of hip and comfortable shoes with arch support as well as a list of brands that are recommended by readers. As we are now approaching colder weather this page will now contain many of the best arch support shoes for the fall / winter season. I have left some of the great summer shoes as well for those of you in the Southern hemisphere.

In addition, this article also has many valuable comments from readers who offer great tips on how to deal with problematic feet. They also suggested more great brands that offer good arch support shoes. I have incorporate most of their recommended brands into the list.

I hope you will keep sending me your best tips as well as some great shoes that you may have found and that offered you great support! I can then add them to the list as well.

Shoes with arch support

I have featured many great shoes on this site and showed you my favorite arty flat shoes, which are my go-to shoes whenever I want to be more comfortable. However, some of you pointed out that these shoes are still not very good for your feet as many of these do not offer arch support.

I know that many women over 40 suffer from foot problems that require shoes with more arch support. It’s one of the unfortunate annoyances that often comes with ageing. Wearing shoes with arch support may actually be a good preemptive step, as it is estimated that over 80% of the population will end up with foot problems, which are largely due to poor footwear.

Why is Arch Support Important?

A shoe with good arch support reduces muscle strain and helps you to maintain balance. It can also reduce the risk of plantar fasciitis, which is a painful inflammatory process of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue on the sole (bottom surface) of the foot. It is often caused by overuse of the plantar fascia or arch tendon of the foot. It is a very common condition and can be difficult to treat if not looked after properly. Another common term for the affliction is “policeman’s heel”.

A good support shoe is rigid enough to support the arch, yet offers just enough flexibility to allow the foot to naturally flex.

Will insoles work to provide the needed support?

Another way to provide more arch support is to work with insoles like these ones from Birkenstock. These are very affordable and you may be able to use use them with your existing shoes, even though high quality orthopaedic shoes are recommended. Experiment with insoles to see if they fit in your current shoes and if they provide enough support before changing all your shoes! I have included some options in the list below.

Can you wear shoes with arch support and still look great?

I’m not going to lie. I much prefer the shoes on my general shoe shopping list and the arty flat shoe list. ‘Sensible’ shoes do tend to be a bit more boring and are slightly more aging. However, more and more manufacturers are paying attention to this problem now and the shoes on this list all look good. Shoe brands like Ecco, Naot Footwear, Earthies and Keen have started to create really nice shoes! My black mid heel sandals from Ecco are actually very comfortable (but these will probably be too high if you have foot problems).

The key is to find shoes that are just slightly different, have a hip vibe to them and are just a bit more funkier than the regular ‘sensible’ shoe. I find that many of the booties on this list look just as nice as regular booties.

The best hip shoes with arch support

I started the search for some nice shoes with arch support and found quite a few. I can’t vouch for their quality or support as I haven’t personally worn them (apart from the Ecco brand) but they all seem to both look comfortable AND hip.

I have also added lots of shoes based on the recommendations that readers have left in the comments below.

Recommended brands include:

If you like to send your recommendations as well, you can still do so through the comments below.

Please note that many of the shoes featured below come in several color options, so if you like a model, please make sure to click through and see if they have your desired color.

I would love to hear from you! Do you wear mainly shoes with arch support? Which are your favorite brands? 


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This website is great. I am short about 5feet and felt that I needed to wear high heels to compensate for the lack of height. I wore my shoes based on fashion and style. Comfort was the last consideration. In my late 30s I begin to notice considerable foot discomfort. I knew that I needed to make adjustments, however I was not fully committed. But when I turned 40, I said no more. I committed myself to comfort. The staple all day shoe for me is Dansko. That arch support is a home run for me. I also wear alegrias, earthies, sanitas, and just started Naots. Comfort first and style to match. The best change I’ve ever made. No regrets.



Great to see you found a way to mix comfort with style Jfer. Thanks so much for your feedback!



I have neuromas and neuropathy in my feet. My feet hurt all the time, and I need a strong arch support to keep pressure off the ball of my foot. I’ve found Vionic with orthaheel technology and Ariats with ATS technology seem to minimize my pain.



Sorry to hear about your feet issues but thank you so much for your feedback. Wishing you strength!



I am younger than 40 but this website is so cool. I think it should be how to be classy for all ladies :) I have many diseases and ailments so I look for comfort and style and this post about arch support helped me out so much! A heartfelt thank you:)



Thanks Melissa. So nice to read the article helped you. Yes the website is really for everyone, but I just wanted to focus on one group and celebrate the older women for once. But as you say most of my advice, tips and inspiration is really for everyone… I hope you continue to enjoy 40+Style and I wish you strength with your ailments.


Gilda Rackley

I dearly love the black patent leather flat slipons shown at the top of the this page? Who are they by? thanks.



I don’t know anymore. They were listed as shoes you can buy, but they have sold out.


Mary Glenn

Hello, can you please tell me what brand the shiny black flats are on your page titled “best hip shoes with arch support”? Thank YOU !



Not sure what brand they are, but they are no longer available.



6pm is also a good online place to shop for shoes! They have a variety of brands and styles, at discount prices, but don’t always have all the sizes.
I have been please with what I have ordered for there!


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