Best hip shoes with arch support

by Sylvia

best arch support shoes for women over 40 |

We recently talked about the best shoe trends for fall where we also showed you lots of fabulous shoes that you can buy right now.

However, if your feet need more support than the super trendy shoes can offer, you may like to check our updated tips and ideas for the best shoes with arch support.

Also, if you have a great experience with shoes that offer great support, be sure to add your comments to this article so it becomes a great overall resource! (more than 100 comments and recommendations already).

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 warmer weather this page will now contain many of the best arch support shoes for the spring / summer season. I have left some of the great fall 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 of the best shoes that you may have found that were comfortable or offered you great support! I can then add them to the list as well.

Shoes with 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?

‘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, Fly London, Naot Footwear, Earthies and Keen have started to create really nice shoes!

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. You may like to get inspired by the latest shoe trends.

One of my favorite confortable shoe brands is Fly London. Have a look at how I have worn my super comfortable Yala wedge from Fly London many times.

shoes with arch support |

I have recently also added this one to my collection.

Best shoes with arch support for older women |

A few Fly London shoes for fall/winter 2017

For my New York trip I acquired shoes from Wolky which have been very comfortable for walking around the city.

The best hip shoes with arch support

Below you will find a list of recommended brands that offer comfortable shoes and shoes with arch support. My personal favorites are Ecco and Fly London.

Recommended brands include:

If you like to add 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.

Here are some of my personal favorites

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


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Thanks for this wonderful page!

I have pretty high arch with narrow heels and would like to share the following based upon my personal experience.

Outstanding support:
Taos. I have Rhumba style, and tried on Samba2 and another style of mary jane. They fit my arches almost like a glove.

Vionic Cancun Wedge Sandals. Their other sandals look promising as well. Their walking shoes are too geared toward feet with pronation to feel comfortable on mine, which appear to lean toward subination.

Keen Targhee II

Good support:
Earthies and Earth Specifically Earthies Treviso Oxford Loafer and Earth Camellia Too sandals.

Naot Rachel. A good number of their other sandals appear to feature the same supporting footbed.

Ecco. I have had a pair of loafer from what seems like at least ten years ago.

a little support:

Stores that help with finding shoes with good arch support:
Zappos: On styles that have health number of reviews, the rating on arch support tends to be very helpful. For example, 70% rated keen Targhee II with “excellent arch support”, and it didn’t disappoint.

Footwear Etc online or locally here in a major metro area in west coast: I came across Taos there.

sof sole: the high arch option worked well for me.
green super feet appears to have good reviews for arch support but I have no personal experience.


Thanks for the great feedback Elaine and helping this page become the best resource for shoes with arch support!


Born and Romika are definitely comfortable and I will now look for those brands.
Ecco and Naturalizer shoes are not comfortable. A couple of Naturalizer shoes were killers and just massacred my feet. It took days for the pain to go away. Ecco just makes very small toe boxes, so forget comfort with them!
I wish that shoe manufacturers can make toe boxes a bit wider, NOT longer, with a support at the arch, and certainly not wider at the heel. That is another problem I found these days as compared to 20 years ago, shoes are being made so wide at the heel that your foot just slips out of it. I can’t buy so many styles because of that.

Why is it so difficult to make these a regular sole mold by manufacturers? Is there a conspiracy to make us women buy tons of useless foot care products/orthotics? Even those don’t work ’cause if a shoe doesn’t fit from the start, it will never fit. That is my experience.
Now I have terrible looking bunions and I never even wore pointy shoes! It is because the toe-boxes were never wide enough to accommodate full weight as well as making the front portion with a little more covering so that toes lines are not shown. This only means that show manufacturers couldn’t care less if the front portion of a size 9 shoe is the same length as a size 6 shoe.
If your toes can’t spread in the shoe or if the shoe will fall off or if there is some irregular spaces in the shoe, when you are trying them on in the store, don’t buy them, you will regret!!!


Thanks for the feedback Tara and sorry to read about your foot troubles. Let’s just hope that more shoe designers will create better shoes for our feet!


I have the same problem, if I purchase a wide width oftentimes the heel is so loose my foot slips out, but I’ve found that certain Keen styles (which only come in medium width) work out well for me. Of course, there are some Keen shoes that have a fairly narrow toe box, but if buying online you can easily see if it will fit by looking at a view from the top and you’ll find some with a very wide toe box. I have several pairs and they are the most comfortable shoes I’ve worn.


Tara not sure how long ago you tried Ecco, but I have found some of the toe boxes on ballet to be wide enough. I have to go down 1/2 size for width because of my narrow heel and high arch but I’ve had a pear for 18 months and they are my go to shoe for work and casual when on my feet and/or walking a lot but not wanting athletic shoe.


I have a suggestion for those of us who like to wear flip flops in the summer. I finally found a flip flop I can teach in and stand in for long periods. It is the Montrail Molokini. It has excellent arch support and you actually heat them in the oven and mold them to your foot. They are a bit pricey at 60 dollars, but my doctor said they correct my gait. I can wear them shopping all day and have little or no foot pain at the end of the day. They are amazing.


Thanks for the great tip Robin. I have added the shoe to the list above.


I have tried a bunch of brands that were posted above and here’s my two cents: as someone with flat wide feet with back and heel problems that talk back to me in excruciating pain if I wear inappropriate footwear or if I am too long on my feet, I have found the the following:
1. Born works the best for me with their arch supports. I was disappointed to find that their boots don’t always have arch supports so I have to use my custom orthopedic inserts in them. I have been pleased with their sandals; the years where they come out with cute stuff, I buy multiples in different colors. Other years, everything just seems ugly to me. A good Born will provide both arch support and be cushiony. Most Borns are like that.
2. Naturalizer No 5 is a good bet. There is a big difference between Naturalizer No 5 and Naturalizer. I don’t purchase the latter. Some years they come out with comfy cute items. Not all their items are comfortable for people with flat arches. The Naturalizer No 5’s are cushiony.
3. I also like Soffts because they provide cushion/arch support. However, their bed is not always as cushiony as I would like or does not provide as much arch support as I would want. I’ve bought several Softs over the years and again, it depends on the season. I see something and try it on and I’ll buy it in all different colors.
The above three are well made and last a good while. It’s a good thing since a lot of seasons, I feel like everything they make in flats is ugly. I’m still looking for a pretty silver flat dress sandals/shoes for a fancy night out, and different variations of red, blue, and green flats/sandals/shoes. I was able to purchase a nice lime green flat open toed sandal by Naturalizer last year.

I have tried Clarks and for some reason they don’t suit my feet. Neither do Aerosoles or Hush Puppies or Ecco. I have met people in the department store who swear by these brands so like each person, each foot is different.


Thank you so much for your great feedback Geeta!


Hi Sylvia,
I just stumbled across your site, which is excellent by the way, while searching for hip and cool shoes that are supportive. I’ve fallen in love with the little black patent flats you have pictured up above, to the right (under a pair of tan shoes). They have what looks like a “—-n u ” printed on the back, little white stitching on the side that almost looks like a flower, and what looks like a light-green label inside. Who makes these, please tell???!!! Thank you. (BTW, I wear Vionic, Birkenstock and Dansko, which I’m sick of, and need something new and hip!!)


I listed all the shoes pictured in the shopping area, but as shoes sell out, they disappear from the page. I can’t remember which brand they were, but I’m afraid that that they will have sold out….


Sounds like one of Ahnu’s casual models – the Ahnu Jackie Pro looks kind of like a Dansko clog with an embroidered flower where the front and back meet.


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 agree! I had severe plantar fasciitis in both heels with Spurs after years of heels and bad shoes. I have a super high arch. The Dansko clog is what has brought me back to walking comfortably. I used orthotic support in my sneakers. And then when I need heels I wear them sporadically with no problem. Our feet deserve comfort!
Love the list of shoes Sylvia!


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!

Laine Everhart

I would add the Klogs brand to this list. I have plantar fasciitis and am a teacher on my feet most of the day. Klogs are cushioned and have wonderful arch support. I can wear them all day and not have sore feet at the end of the day!


Thanks so much for your feedback Laine! I have added this brand to the list.

Ellen Morrell

I have tried a few brands in this article and will definitely try some of the recommended brands that have been suggested. I started having heel pain in my early thirties due to having flat feet and standing on them 10+ hours a day. As far as style and comfort, I also like Merrell. Most of their shoes have great arch support. There are some exclusions such as their glove sneaker styles because they are made for speed running, but I have had less heel pain since wearing this brand. I have worn their wedge styles and also their sandles. I like their sporty look.


Thanks Ellen for your feedback. I have added the Merrell brand to the list!


My son is getting married in November and I am wearing a tea length purple dress. I have flat feet and have suffered from plantar fascitis. I have worn Naot and Aetrex shoes and find them comfortable. I am only 5.2 and would like a small heel and I need a strap to keep them on. Do you have any suggestions for comfortable shoes?


Hi Anne. Congratulations! Many of the brands above have mid heeled shoes that may be good so you may check those out. Also I offer quite a few options in this article that may be good for you:


I’m 70+. The only brand I wear is The Walking Company house brand, ABEO Bio. I have a high arch and find that the ones for metatarsal arch support allow me to wear them all day with nary a pain. If there isn’t a brick and motar store nearby, the have their own website.


Thanks so much for the feedback CJ


I have bad plantar fasciitis and have found the following Brands to be my life savers: Dansko Clogs! Amazing, Softt brand for heels, Naturalizers for heels and boots, Merrill and Keen for flip flops. For sneakers I always choose New Blanace or Sauciny Running sneakers which I wear with orthotic arch supports.


Thanks for the feedback Diana


I recently ran across a shoe brand called Sanita. They fit like my Dansko clogs, which I absolutely love! (helped me get rid of the plantar factitious). Has anyone out there tried Sanita shoes or boots? I’m reluctant to order them online if they aren’t as good.


Hi There, I have crumbling, arthritic feet but like to wear stylish shoes. This was a great problem for me until I discovered Ziera Shoes. A company from New Zealand, these shoes just fly off their shelves according to the sales person I spoke to in their shop in Perth, Western Australia. Check them out on their web site. The shoes look seriously good. I need quite significant support and these shoes have it, way more than any other brand. I also have prescription soles so I wear them in my other shoes as I don’t need them for my Ziera shoes. Only problem is that they are not easily available in the Northern hemisphere and not at all in Germany where I currently live. Next time I visit Australia I will have an empty suitcase just for Ziera shoes. Della


Thanks so much for your tip Della!


Hello,Sylvia,I want to say that you look beautiful in all your outfits!
Yes,I still wear pumps with Capri pants,dressy jeans and dresses.I wear the Ayala wedge sandals and I also like Clark shoes. I bought Naturalizer Polo sandals and Michelle pumps and they are wonderful.
Thanks again,Sylvia.


You forgot to include Naot. But maybe you didn’t because their look went downhill after they replaced buckles with Velcro.


Your list includes most of my “go to” comfort brands for dressier shoes. I would add AGL flats to the list. Though they are flats, I think they have a nice amount of support.

For sneakers (non-athletic), I would add Vans. I have had such good luck with them. I wear them when I am at pet adoption events and day-long shows, and I can be on my feet for 10 hours with no foot fatigue at all.


You see by the number of comments how popular this topic is. Comfortable yet fashionable shoes, don’t we all want them?

Nina T

YAY! arch support! Something I also learned recently that will help in not buying the wrong heels. Instead of fitting heel to toe and leaving your arches high and dry, fit yourself heel to ball of the foot. It works! Any my closet clean-out went along that much better because now I know which shoes I should be keeping.


My nemesis is the need for arch support in a ww width- so frustrating not to be able to find stylish shoes in ww’s. New Balance has a shoe division called Aravon and their shoes are quite comfortable for everyday usage. I love Spenco flip flops for their arch support- my ortho recommended those and they are a winner. Bella Vita is an italian company carried by Nordstrom that offers wide widths with current styles- the quality isn’t supreme, but their prices are a bargain so for those looking for special event/occasion shoes these may fit the bill. I wear Clarks clogs and Brooks addiction for working out. But I yearn for a stylish sandal, hip pump/wedge or flat that has both wide width and arch support that I could use for touring.It seems i spend hours on Zappos to no avail.


Have you tried our Woman Within? They have ww width shoes. Also try I have seen both narrow and wide widths there. I hope this helps!


Having good shoes make a world of difference!
Easy Spirit Softwalk Salina Woven Clogs are great and comfortable.Haband shoes has nice and comfortable shoes- Easy Street Passion pumps comes in a variety of colors.
Naturalizer – honey tan leather sandles and Pola Saddle tan have great arch and heel support too.
Thank you,Sylvia!


I love Alegria but I don’t see Cobb Hill listed. They are fabulous and have great arch support. I have bone spurs and plantar fascitis and both brands help me tremendously.


Hello Sylvia,I have the Dayle pump in taupe print leather,and the Oath pointy toe pump in floral print. They are both pretty,elegant and very comfortable!

Jo chan

Try Dr. Kong shoes it has very good arch support too and it is affordable.dr. Kong is a podiatrist based in Hong Kong. He has shie shops already in big malls in metro manila philippines


Can someone recommend a shoe brand that has NARROW flat sandals with high arch support and an open toe and open heel that will stay on the foot.


vionic has a lot of sandals that will help you. you will find sandals with straps and you can adjust them to just the right fit for your feet. happy shopping. you can find them on line Vionic also many sites on line have their line of shoes, sandals, clogs, flats, heel, wedges.


Any suggestions for a low to mid heel dressy/business shoe for narrow feet with great arch support? Thanks!

Cathy D.

I highly recommend Munro American shoes. They come in many widths and have removable insoles so you can easily add orthotics. My doctor highly recommended Superfeet, which you can buy on Amazon, and they are amazingly comfortable (and much less expensive than custom orthotics). I’ve had many foot problems over the years, and a combination of Munro shoes and Superfeet is the best solution I’ve found yet. For a more casual look, New Balance sneakers also work well with Superfeet.


My recommendation is a book, Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy by Katy Bowman or her new edition which isn’t just for women and has just been released, but I can’t think of the name of that one at the moment.


Well, this was a post that drummed up some comments! I say! I get by with a larger size shoes and my support soles in them. Love the skirt you wore to our lunch with Carin. The combination with the blouse in today’s post has my preference.


Yes I agree. Tucked in shirt suits this skirt better!


Now that I have to use orthotics for my arthritic big toes, I’ve been searching for attractive, practical shoes. I found the Dutch brand Wolky makes great boots and flat shoes with removable insole. For sandals I prefer Portofino from Spain.

The irony is that I work for a major shoe company, but I can’t wear their shoes!

Joan Bouttell

What a timely great article. I feel I am definitely suffering from plantar fasciitis in my right heel. I will look at all the welcome suggestions; its quite painful, but sounds manageable. Thanks so much Sylvia & all who contributed.


I have a wide, flat foot, and find that I am adding silicone arches inside of most of my shoes. I have recently found a silicone arch that sticks to the foot instead of trying to install it in the shoe. This is helpful.

Last year, I noticed Sylvia wearing Antelope shoes. Most are too narrow, but I found one style that works and the overall foot support reduces the need for arch supports. Awesome, “where did you get that shoe?” response when I wear them. My shoe salesman pulled out the catalog on Naot shoes and showed me how they differentiate narrow-medium, medium, and medium-wide styles. He wants me to try out the brand. He was smart enough to tell the other sales person that a longer size will not help. Some Dansko shoes are wide enough, but I am feeling the need to change out the insert. I wear a 7 wide in Clark’s, and sometimes add support. I have Vionic for flip flops and athletic shoes. Awesome. I have a Joseph Seibel sandal with a cork footbed that I wear most often (all of the straps adjust). I have been thinking about trying out Cobb Hill.


Great feedback Cheryl. Which Antelope style worked out for you?


Hotter shoes from England have great comfortable fit.


These are great suggestions but the shoes tend to be very expensive. I understand that it’s important to invest in good shoes but does anyone know of some cheaper brands that work well? I just don’t have the resources to buy most of these shoes.


Neither do I. I either go to Boscov’s (boscov’ which carries a lot of these brands at low prices as constant sales. Other sites to try: and

Good luck!


Teva is a wonderful brand for comfort and support. Especially Teva Tirra sandals.


Clark’s has some good ones that are not as expensive, especially if you have an outlet store near you. Check out their Bendables line particularly.

Also, for those who must wear Flip Flops, Okabashi is the only brand with a recommendation from the American Chiropractic Association. They have a website at, but you can also often find them in season at Walgreens or CVS. I can’t wear flip flops (can’t stand something between my toes) but my husband and college age daughter love them. They are also washable (in the dishwasher!) and recyclable.


Thank you for the helpful list. I have size 11 flat feet + plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and bunion removed from both feet. (I was wearing the wrong size/type for years.) My feet yell at me if I pick the wrong shoe.

I go to my local Boscov’s and they have about half the shoes on your list for a good price.

My recommendation for althetic shoes are Asics. They have shoes for over/under pronators and removable inserts for orthodics. New Balance just doesn’t compare.


Not sure if anyone has mentioned the brand Abeo yet, but they offer customized support, based on the type of foot problem you have (or not). Available at The Walking Company.


I would LOVE to see all this great information in a chart. All the brands mentioned in a vertical column and all foot problems listed across the top horizontally, then have check marks in the boxes that correspond to what brands are good for what problems. I have mortons neuroma, I have had plantar faciitis twice. As a 50+ woman, I have lost the fat pad on the bottom of my feet (which we all do as we age) so I need fluffy or good shock absorbing foot beds, and I also have thin skin on my feet because I’m post menopause. A chart would really, really be great!!


Good idea Murphy. Will definitely consider it.


I have to beg to differ — I really love Fly London shoes (I have 3? pairs!), but I would say that the arch support on them isn’t great at all. I have a pair of wedge brogues that I wear with an insert, and find those incredibly comfortable despite the 2.5/3″ heel. The other two are sandals (wore one pair yesterday), and there’s just zero support. Perhaps I have a particularly high arch?

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