Women love shoes. However, it gets more important as you get older that your shoes don’t just look good, but that they also feel great on your feet. That’s why you may need to think about choosing arch support shoes.
Unfortunately, for many of us over 40 it gets harder to wear uncomfortable shoes as we age and we do need shoes with arch support. so, if you are looking for the best shoes with arch support, you’ve definitely come to the right place. This article features my own favorite recommendations and those of 40+ Style readers.
SHOES WITH ARCH SUPPORT
In this updated extensive article based on my experience and your own comments and experiences, I will highlight the best arch support shoes and brands.
I also share a comprehensive list of brands that offer shoes with arch support and share some of my favorites with you.
BEST ARCH SUPPORT SHOES
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I know that many women over 40 suffer from foot problems like plantar fasciitis that require shoes with more arch support.
It’s one of the unfortunate annoyances that often come with aging.
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. In effect, arch support equals shock absorption.
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.
This 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.
Alison @wardrobe_oxygen below (read her style interview here) shows off a pair of Birkenstocks, which are often a good option for summer or if you are heading on vacation. Read on for cool weather choices if you are heading into fall and winter.
comfortable shoes with arch support for winter and fall
As we are now approaching fall (at least for most of you) this page will now contain many of the best arch support shoes for the fall/winter 2021 season such as the ECCO booties below which are a lovely autumnal burgundy shade.
WILL ARCH SUPPORT INSOLES OR ARCH SUPPORT INSERTS WORK TO PROVIDE THE NEEDED SUPPORT?
Another way to provide more arch support is to work with shoe insoles like these ones from Amazon (below).
These are very affordable and you may be able to use them with your existing shoes, even though high-quality orthopedic 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!
CAN YOU WEAR ARCH SUPPORT SHOES AND STILL LOOK GREAT?
‘Sensible’ shoes do tend to be thought of as 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.
The key is to find shoes that are just slightly different, have a hip vibe to them and are just a bit funkier than the regular ‘sensible’ shoe.
They all combine comfort with style because I’m sure you don’t want one without the other!
For more inspiration check out our article on what shoes to wear with different styles of pants.
boots with arch support
If you’re heading into cooler weather, a pair of ankle or knee-high boots with arch support will help
A pair of knee high riding-style boots will always be on trend. The Naturalizer boots (below) would look worn over your skinny jeans. You can choose from black or different shades of brown and tan. They have extra cushioning to keep you comfy.
The strap and buckle detailing adds interest to the Softwalk booties (below) which have a removable cushioned footbed to provide arch support.
Lace-up hiking-style boots are particularly on trend at the moment. The Trotters lace-up boots would look good worn with your jeans, or with summer dresses for transitional weather.
Part bootie, part sandal, the Söfft sandals (below) will add a little edge to your outfit. They’re a good option if it’s not yet so cold that you need to cover up your toes.
If you want a smarter bootie option, you could try a pair with a kitten heel. The Rockport style (below) have retention foam inside for full foot contact.
Practical and stylish, the Teva waterproof boots (below) will be a good option for wet weather. There’s elastic at the side to keep your ankles comfortable.
9. hush puppies
If you prefer a lower bootie that doesn’t come too far up your ankle, the Hush Puppies boots (below) could be a good choice. They comes in several neutral shades as well as leopard print. Reviewers say they look good with skinny jeans.
10. warm boots
Of course, when the weather cools, you may be looking for something a little warmer than a chelsea boot. The UGG boots (below) will help you to enjoy the great outdoors in comfort.
11. sneaker boots
If you love wearing your sneakers but find they aren’t practical in winter, a pair of sneaker boots may be perfect for you. The L’Amour Des Pieds sneaker boots (below) are particularly on trend because of the black and white platform. They have an adaptable memory foam footbed and arch support.
FLATS WITH ARCH SUPPORT
Now, let’s take a look at some flat shoes with arch support, before moving on to heels.
1. vionic pointed toe flat
Pointed toe flats are one of the shoe trends for fall and winter 2021, so you can be sure to be on-trend and comfy at the same time.
Vionic is often a good choice for arch support. The pointed toe loafers (below) feature a cushioned footbed with arch support.
2. Softwalk loafers
For a little lift without wearing a heel, you could choose a platform. The SoftWalk loafers (below) come in a big choice of colors. They have goring at the sides to make them easy to get on and they have a cushioned footbed.
3. naturalizer flats
For a smart option that you could wear for work or casually with jeans, the Naturalizer Samantha flat is a style that you will generally find in stock every season. Most reviewers say they are nice looking shoe with a good fit.
Trotters are a good brand to look for if you need extra arch support. You could wear their flats with your favorite jeans on casual days.
5. ballet flat
If you prefer a rounded toe, a pair of ballet flats could be the way to go. They look great worn with skinny jeans, a blazer and a t-shirt.
If you look at the shoe trends for fall 2021, you will see that loafers with a lug sole are a big trend for the new season. ECCO has introduced its fluidform technology to make sure the sole isn’t too heavy.
7. ANIMAL PRINT flats
If you don’t already have a pair of leopard print shoes in your closet, how about the ballet flats (below)? They have a softly padded insole to support your arches.
WOMEN’S DRESS SHOES WITH ARCH SUPPORT
Of course, you may want to add a dressier pair of shoes to your closet. You can still wear heels if you need arch support.
1. trotters black pump
Trotters’ Kiera pump (below) is available season-after-season, so you can be sure its classic styling won’t date.
As you can see from the image (below), this style features Trotters’ signature arch support soles.
2. j. reneé
The year is passing by so quickly, it won’t be long before it is party season. A pair of metallic sandals will look good worn with your little black dress.
You can find more inspiration in this article on low heel party shoes that look even better than stilettos.
3. paul green
If you want to add a pop of color to your outfit, the Paul Green shoes (below) come in the orange you can see here as well as purple, green and deep red. I like the metallic detail on the heel.
The Rockport kitten heeled pumps below are an absolute classic that will work for the office, with jeans or out for dinner.
The Naturalizer Vera sandals (below) come in a huge range of colors and will go with your party dresses during the festive season or with your summer dresses in warmer weather.
6. paul green
If you find it tricky to walk in heels, then a block heel could be the answer as it gives your foot more stability than a narrow heel. Reviewers say the Paul Green Tammy pumps are beautiful and comortable.
SNEAKERS WITH ARCH SUPPORT
If you really want to make sure you’re comfy, then a pair of sneakers could be a good option for you.
Floral prints on footwear and coats are very on trend for fall and winter 2021. I like the graphic print on the Vans Old Skool sneakers (below).
While you may have a pair of leopard print pumps or ballet flats, do you have a pair of leopard print sneakers in your closet? Reviewers say the Born sneakers are comfortable right out of the box.
For the minimalists among you, I like the clean lines of the Rockport slip-ons below and the contrast between the black, white and tan.
running shoes with arch support
If you want your shoes to keep you comfortable while exercising, you will want to look out for a pair designed especially for sport.
ASICS is a brand often recommended for women who need arch support or who have plantar fasciitis. The ASICS running shoes below have gel cushioning and reviewers say they are comfortable and supportive.
2. new balance
For a lightweight and modern looking sneaker choice, you may want to try the New Balance sneakers (below). They feature a supportive mid-sole and cushioning to keep you comfortable on your run.
TENNIS SHOES WITH ARCH SUPPORT
A pair of sneakers or tennis shoes will go with the jeans in your closet, or you could wear with your skirts and dresses to add a more casual feel to your outfits.
WOMEN’S WALKING shoes
If you’re looking for shoes to do some serious walking in, you may want to choose a specialist pair like one of the hiking shoes or walking sneakers options below.
The Vionic walking sneakers (below) feature three comort zones to keep you supported during your walk. Reviewers say they are supportive for those suffering from plantar fasciitis.
For a more serious hiking choice, the Merrell sneakers (below) have a cushioned footbed with heel and arch support.
best arch support sandals
Of course, you may be living somewhere warm or lucky enough to be going on vacation. In which case, you may be looking for sandals rather than closed toe shoes. Let’s take a look at some of the most supportive.
1. fly london
My personal favorite brand for arch support shoes is Fly London.
My current favorite is their Bani sandal which I have worn very often over the last few months.
I also like wearing my Fly London wedges when I want more height. They look a little ‘chunky’ in style before you put them on, but when you wear them, they are comfortable, stylish and edgy. They remain on trend each year!
They come in all kinds of colors too and I know several women who have these shoes in multiple colors.
They manage to be timeless, but on-trend year after year. The Yala wedge is my style of choice. You will always find this style is available season after season.
I find these are great shoes to transition from summer through to fall as you can wear with summer clothes or pieces for cooler weather.
Below are a few examples of how I have worn my own Yala wedges. .
If you’re looking for a closed shoe you may like to try the Yoxi755fly bootie. It has the same sole as the Yala and has an edgy look.
Birkenstock, with its instantly-recognizable contoured footbed is renowned for offering good arch support as the footbed is designed to mirror the shape of the foot.
3. Unity in Diversity
The Unity in Diversity brand has some hip options that would be good for summer or for transitional weather.
To add a little height, you could choose a platform rather than a heel. The Mephisto style (below) comes in a good range of colors and has soft air cushioning.
5. Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole
The crossstrap detailing on the Kenneth Cole sandals (below) adds an interesting element.
SHOES WITH GOOD ARCH SUPPORT FOR TRAVEL
If you are looking for comfortable shoes for travel, here are a few more options.
Many of the arch support shoes mentioned above will be great choices but if arch support is not your top priority here are a few more.
1. ROLLIE BROGUES
I really enjoy wearing these brogues from the brand Rollie. Although there is not a huge amount of arch support the soles are very soft and I have found these shoes very comfortable. They are ideal for travel as they are super lightweight.
Great for walking around the city. More shoes from Rollie here.
2. SUPERGA SNEAKER
A good white sneaker never goes out of style and they are still very current.
The Superga ‘2750 Cotu’ sneaker has long been a favorite as very popular walking shoe that looks good with many outfits.
They don’t have built in arch support as such, but many travellers choose to add an arch support insole.
I also like the Naturalizer Marianne sneakers (below) as a sightseeing or walking choice. They come in a good range of colors and prints so you should find a pair you like.
For more inspiration, read our article on what shoes to wear with different styles of pants.
SLIPPERS WITH ARCH SUPPORT
All of you, I’m sure, have been at home more than usual so you may want a pair of comfy slippers for relaxing in. And, of course, to keep your feet cozy.
The Vionic slippers (below) have a foot-hugging footbed. They have nearly 6,000 largely good reviews with women saying they are super comfortable, and fantastic for arch support and plantar fasciitis.
Another very well-reviewed choice are these RockDove two-tone slippers (below) which come in a choice of 6 color pathways.
There are more ideas here in this article on the most comfortable walking shoes for women over 40.
OTHER RECOMMENDED BRANDS OF ARCH SUPPORT SHOES
Of course, the options above aren’t the only arch support shoes available, although they tend to be the most popular.
Here is a full list of recommended brands of shoes that offer you great arch support and are comfortable walking shoes.
I have listed the best arch support shoes brands in alphabetical order:
- Aerosoles (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Aetrex (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Alegria (Amazon/Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Aravon (Amazon/Zappos/Nordstrom)
- Arche (Zappos)
- Arcopedico (Amazon / Zappos)
- ASICS (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Bernardo (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Birkenstock (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Børn (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- BZees (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Chaco (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Clarks (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Cobb Hill (Amazon / Zappos)
- Dansko (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- ECCO (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Earth Origins (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Earthies (Amazon / Zappos)
- Finn Comfort (Amazon / Zappos)
- FitFlop (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Fly London (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Geox (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Hush Puppies (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- J. Renée (Nordstrom)
- Jack Rogers (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Jambu (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Josef Seibel (Amazon / Zappos /Nordstrom)
- Klogs (Zappos)
- L’Amour Des Pieds (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Mephisto (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Merrell (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- MOSHA BELLE (Amazon)
- Naot (Amazon/Zappos/Nordstrom)
- Naturalizer (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- New Balance (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Paul Green (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Propét (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- PIKOLINOS (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Rieker (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Rockdove (Amazon)
- Rockport (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Romika (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Rollie (Amazon / Nordstrom)
- Sam Edelman (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- SoftWalk (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Söfft (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Superga (Amazon / Zappos)
- Taos (Amazon / Zappos)
- Teva (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Think! (Amazon / Zappos)
- Trotters (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- UGG (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Unity in Diversity (Zappos / Nordstrom)
- VANELi (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Vans (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Vionic (Amazon / Zappos / Nordstrom)
- Wolky (Amazon / Zappos)
- Ziera (Amazon )
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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.
Do you have any favorite comfortable shoe brands?
What would be your picks for the best arch support shoes? Let me know in the comments below.
More articles on comfortable shoes:
- The Most Comfortable Walking Shoes For The Stylish Woman
- The Best Plantar Fasciitis Shoes For Women Over 40
- The Most Comfortable Heels That Look Hip AND Are Comfortable To Wear
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