We recently talked about the best shoe trends for spring 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.
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.
I have recently also added this one to my collection.
A few Fly London shoes for spring/summer 2017
The best hip shoes with arch support
Recommended brands include:
- Chaco shoes
- Cobb Hill
- Finn Comfort
- 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)
- Jack Rogers
- Josef Seibel
- Paul Green
- Rockport (see how I wear them here)
- Sam Edelman
- Taos Footwear
- Vionic (formerly Orthaheel)
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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