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:
- Kalso Earth
- Paul Green
- Anyi Lu
- Finn Comfort
- Vionic (formerly Orthaheel)
- Taos Footwear
- Chaco shoes
- Sam Edelman
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?