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 SPRING
As we are now approaching spring (at least for most of you) this page will tell you about many of the choices you could choose for the spring and summer season. A pair of ankle booties like the Vionic Joy boots (below) is a good choice for transitional weather. They feature Vionic’s vio-motion support to fit and support your feet. Reviewers describe them as elegant and comfortable.
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.
FLATS WITH ARCH SUPPORT
Let’s take a look at some flat shoes with arch support, before moving on to heels, sandals and boots.
Fonda @savvysouthernchic above opts for a pair of leopard print flats to stay comfortable while adding interest to her outfit.
1. vionic pointed toe flat
Pointed toe flats are one of the key shoe trends for spring 2022 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 ballet flats (below) feature a cushioned footbed with arch support. They would look good worn with your skinny jeans or you could wear with a pair of bootcut jeans. Wear your bootcuts just over your shoes for a leg-lenghtening effect but make sure they don’t trail on the ground.
Clarks is another good arch support brand to look out for. The wedge on the loafers (below) will add height and help you to stay comfortable. There is cushioned support and a breathable lining. The contrasting platforms give this style a trendy element.
3. naturalizer flats
For a smart option that you could wear for work or casually with jeans, the Naturalizer Flexy Ballet 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.
Another style to choose is the d’orsay flats (below) which come in lots of different colors so you should find a pair to suit your existing outfits.
4. fitflop flat
FitFlop shoes are designed to give a natural rolling motion when you walk to help prevent strain on your feet. The ballet flats (below) have contoured, cushioned comfort and you can choose from neutrals, brights, pastels or metallics.
5. ballet flat
For day-to-day, a pointed toe ballet flat could be the way to go. They look great worn with skinny jeans, a blazer and a t-shirt. The bow flats (below) have memory foam insoles. Add a pop of color with the yellow below, or I also like the red option.
Loafers with a lug sole are a big trend for the new spring season. The LifeStride loafers (below) have cushioning and a lug sole.
Or, you could choose the tasseled loafers (below) which have a padded footbed.
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.
8. L’Amour des Pieds
The side cutouts on the L’Amour des Pieds flats (below) add an on-trend element and they have a memory foam footbed and grippy sole to keep you comfy and secure.
WOMEN’S DRESS SHOES WITH ARCH SUPPORT
Of course, you may want to add a dressier pair of shoes or a pair of heels to your closet. You can still wear heels if you need arch support. In fact, flat shoes can be more uncomfortable for you to wear if you need arch support.
1. vionic strappy sandal
A pair of strappy heeled sandals can an a certain edginess to your outfit, particularly if you choose a pair that are amost a shoe-boot hybrid. The sandals (below) have a podiatrist designed footbed and come in a choice of tan, gold or snakeprint.
Or how about the Bianca heels below which have a sculptural cutout and three-zone comfort.
2. 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.
3. j. reneé
One of the micro trends I noticed on the spring 2022 catwalks was white shoes. You could wear the J. Renee shoes (below) with your favorite jeans.
You can find more inspiration in this article on low heel party shoes that look even better than stilettos.
The Naturalizer Taimi 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.
A pair of pumps is a classic style that will go with everything from your more formal work and dinner outfits to your favorite jeans and blazer. The Clarks pumps (below) have good reviews from wearers who say they are so comfortable they feel like flats.
You could also try the Lifestride pumps (below) which have an asymmetric strap. Reviewers say are comfortable from the first wear.
7. Unity in Diversity
8. walking cradles
If you have a classic style personality, you might like the Walking Cradles pumps (below) which have a late footbed. They would go well with a jeans and blazer outfit.
9. london fog
London Fog is perhaps better known for its trench coats but they also have lots of stylish, timeless, shoes to choose from. The Nikki sandals (below) have an easy-to-walk-in two-inch block heel and a slightly padded footbed.
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.
If the weather is transitional where you are, you could opt for a sneaker boot like the ECCO sneakers (below). They come in a good choice of colors, have an on-trend platform sole, and reviewers say they are great walking shoes.
2. new balance
New Balance is often recommended by podiatrists if you need arch support. The FuelCore sneakers (below) have midsole comfort and a supportive fit. Some reviewers say you should size half a size down.
The ASICS sneakers (below) come in a huge choice of colors. They have gel technology to provide shock impact.
For a casual pair of sneakers that you can wear day-to-day with your jeans, or your summer dresses, how about the Vionic sneakers (below) which have espadrille styling. They have three-zone comfort technology and reviewers say they offer great support.
5. dr. scholl’s
Dr Scholl’s shoes feature an insole with three different zones for comfort. The Wander Up sneakers (below) have an on-trend contrasting platform sole.
If you’re looking for a completely classic pair of white sneakers, the Taos sneakers (below) could be the perfect option. They have a removable footbed and reviewers say they offer excellent arch support.
For a sporty look you can wear with your jeans or to exercise, the Aetrex sneakers (below) feature an orthotic support system to stabilize and align your feet. Reviewers say they are lightweight, stylish and offer good arch support.
The Propet sneakers (below) have an EVA footbed and grippy sole. Wearers say they are stylish, lightweight, comfortable and fit well.
With arch support and a cushioned heel, the sneakers (below) are easy to slip on for walking, the gym or just day-to-day. Wearers say they are super comfortable and breathable.
The air cushion sneakers (below) come in a huge choice of colors. Reviewers say they are just as good as better known branded sneakers.
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. While many of the sneaker options above would be perfect for exercise, there are more below that you could choose.
The Adidas running shoes (below) have a curved sole to reduce stress on your feet. The thick sole also gives them an on-trend look.
The support system in the Brooks running shoes (below) helps to stop your feet from moving excessively to reduce the risk of injuries.
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.
With a cushioned insole, the STQ tennis shoes have largely positive reviews, including one which says they are like walking on clouds.
The cut out, cushioned soles, of the Tsiodfo sneakers (below) add an interesting element. They come in a huge choice of colors so you should find your favorite.
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 leasure 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.
If it’s a bit colder where you are, you may want a pair of walking boots rather than walking shoes or sneakers. The cozy booties (below) have an EVA footbed.
On the other hand, if you live or are going on vacation somewhere warm, then you may prefer a pair of walking sandals. The Skechers sport sandals (below) have responsive cushioning and adjustable straps.
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. .
You may also like to try the FLY London open toe sandals below. 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.
Chunky sandals are particularly on-trend at the moment. The Vionic strappy sandals (below) will add an on-trend element to your summer looks.
For a sportier look, you could opt for the Skechers sandals (below) which feature an arch comfort footbed.
5. cobb hill
For a flipflop look with more comfort, the Rockport Cobb sandals (below) are well reviewed.
The CUSHIONAIRE sandals (below) have a suede insole which forms a contour of your foot when they are worn in. Reviewers say they compare well to better known brands and are good for wearers with plantar faciitis.
7. L’Amour Des Pieds
The lug soled platforms of the L’Amour Des Pieds sandals (below) gives them an on-trend look.
Clogs are particularly on trend right now. The Dansko sandals (below) have an EVA insert for arch support.
If you’re looking for a pair of flipflops for your vacation, it can be tricky to find a pair with arch support. The sandals (below) were inspired by the principle of bare feet in wet sand. Reviewers say they have good arch support and provide immediate relief from plantar fasciitis.
Another sandal option with flipflop styling is the UTENAG choice below, which have arch support and foam bottoms.
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.
boots with arch support
If you’re heading into cooler weather, a pair of ankle or knee-high boots with arch support will provide increased support and comfort.
Abi @stealmystyle40 above chooses a pair of ankle booties with her leather pants. You can see she leaves some of her ankle showing for a flattering effect.
If you want an option to go with your casual options, you could choose a sneaker-boot hybrid like the Clarks ankle boots (below).
Or, you could try the Clarks boots (below) which have an on-trend lug sole.
If you want a trendy option, you could look at the combat boots (below) which feature several trends in one boot – lace-ups, lug soles and the color white.
FitFlop, as you would expect, started off selling flip flops. But they now have a wide range of styles that feature their rolling sole.
4. 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.
Merrell tend to be a good option if you’re looking for robust boots that will be good in inclement weather. The waterproof ankle boots (below) have a removeable contoured insole and an air cushion in the heel.
6. naot footwear
The cutout styling of the Naot booties (below) gives them a casual feel that would be ideal with your jeans. Wearers say they are comfortable from the first wear, but you should think about going half a size up.
7. dr. scholl’s
For booties with a little heel, the lace-up booties (below) are very much on trend and would look great with your jeans or with tights and a midi dress.
For a comfy walking option, you could opt for the Chaco chukka boots (below). One reviewer said they offer great arch support, describing them as one of the best investments they ever made.
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.
If you usually need arch support, then walking around in bare feet or just your socks can be uncomfortable.
The Clarks slippers (below) come in a huge range of colors and wearers say they are comfortable and supportive.
If you prefer a pair with an open toe, you could try Vionic’s slippers (below). One reviewer said she suffers from a number of foot problems and these are the most comfortable slippers she has ever owned.
The isotoner slippers (below) have memory foam and cushioned support. They have more than 20,000 largely positive reviews from women who say they feel like a hug for your feet.
With high density memory foam, the Ultraideas slippers (below) should comfortably hug your feet.
With arch support to improve your foot and leg alignment, the Sollbeam slippers (below) also have a heel cup to keep you stable.
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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