In our last article we talked about the latest shoe trends. However, if your feet need more support that 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!
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 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. I find that many of the booties on this list look just as nice as regular booties.
The best hip shoes with arch support
Recommended brands include:
- Paul Green
- Anyi Lu
- Finn Comfort
- Vionic (formerly Orthaheel)
- Taos Footwear
- Chaco shoes
- Sam Edelman
- Rockport (see how I wear them here)
- Josef Seibel
- Jack Rogers
- Antelope Shoes (see how I wear them here and most recently here).
- Fly London (I own the Yala wedge in black, also available here; see how I wear them here and how Dayle wears them in many different colors here)
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?