Best shoes with arch support – comfortable walking shoes to walk in all day!

by Sylvia

best arch support shoes for women over 40 |

Women love shoes.

Unfortunately, for many of us over 40 it gets harder to wear uncomfortable shoes as we age and we need shoes that offer more arch support.

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.

We are always updating this article so if you have a great experience with shoes that offer great support, be sure to add your comments to this article so it becomes the definitive resource on arch support shoes! (more than 100 comments and recommendations already).

Let’s help everyone to be comfortable AND stylish.

Comfortable shoes with arch support for summer

As we are now approaching summer weather (at least for most of you) this page will now contain many of the best arch support shoes for the spring / summer 2019 season. I have left some of the great winter shoes as well for those of you in the Southern hemisphere.

The best shoes with arch support

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 comes 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.

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 shoe insoles work to provide the needed support?

Another way to provide more arch support is to work with shoe insoles like these ones from Birkenstock.

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! 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 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.

Shoe brands like EccoFly London and Sofft 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 funkier than the regular ‘sensible’ shoe.

You may like to get inspired by the latest shoe trends from the catwalks for spring and summer 2019 even though these are quite outrageous (and definitely no arch support shoes here!).

The 10 best shoe brands with arch support and our favorite picks

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.

Here are the top 10 that I like to wear and that you have recommended. The top 10 all combine comfort with style because I’m sure you don’t want one without the other!

1. Fly London, yala wedge 290+ reviews, 4 stars

I wear my Fly London wedges with pretty much everything. 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 this shoes in multiple colors.

Fly London Arch Support shoes | 40plusstyle.comFly London yala wedge

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. At the moment, it’s available in seven colors, including, red, neutrals and on-trend metallics.

Here are a few examples of how I have worn them.

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Best shoes with arch support - Wearing fly London Yala shoes |

Your reviews: Deanna and Krista both say Fly London are comfortable and cute, while Pam has three pairs of Fly London which she wears with an additional insert.

2. Born Park Cross-Stap Sandal

Durable and lightweight, Sofft offers multiple styles of shoes from sandals, heels, ankle boots, lace-ups and slip-ons.

Born was founded on the idea that a shoe was needed that was not only comfortable but also lightweight. Shoes feature arch support cushions as well as an air diffusion layer to prevent that weird puff of air noise that you can sometimes get from cushioned soles.

My pick for this season is the new Park cross-strap sandal style, which picks up on the thicker strap sandals trend seen on the runways for spring this year. I like the classic black, but this style also comes in blue and tan.

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Park cross-strap sandal style

Your reviews: Deanna, Carol, Tara and Geeta all love Born, saying that they find the arch support works well. Ricki says Born makes some great flats with fabric lining and added arch support.

3. Clarks concert choir flats – 300+ reviews, 4 stars

They made their first shoes back in 1825, so they’ve had plenty of time to get it right. I love the fact they’ve taken inspiration from a quote from Leonardo Di Vinci, who described the human foot as “a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art”.

Clarks has looked at the way a foot develops from childhood to old age to try to keep your feet healthy.

Jess recommends the Concert Choir Flats. These will good with both pants, skirts and dresses and the metallic adds a hip vibe to your look.

Concert Choir Flats

Your reviews: Jess recommends the Clarks concert choir flats which she says have just the right combo of stability and cushion as well as the Clarks Artisan line that has amazingly soft, cushioned and supportive footbeds. She has four pair of sandals with this line.

4. Ecco supportive shoes, 80+ review, 4.5 stars

Shaped to fit the foot, Ecco is resilient with its shock-absorbent material directly molded into the shoe. Both stylish and durable!

If you’re looking for something a little funkier to add to your shoe closet this season, how about a pair of fashionable sneakers?

I’m loving these Ecco soft perforated sneakers. They come in a variety of colors but the metallic option is just a bit hipper!Shoes with arch support from Ecco |

Ecco soft perforated sneakers

Your reviews: Lucila describes Ecco as both comfortable and smart.

5. Birkenstock supportive shoes, Papillio by Birkenstock sandal, 30+ review 4.5 stars

The supportive footbed of the Birkenstock shoe possesses four different layers, the first layer of the shoe is the shock absorbent sole, followed by two layers of jute fibers, and a firm corked footbed. The last layer is the footbed line which is made of soft suede.

Birkenstock is, of course, known for its iconic double strap sandal. But, it is now offering much more than that.

I love the exclusive copper-gold color Nordstrom has in the classic Birkenstock style. But my favorite pair of Birkenstock this season is the Papillio by Birkenstock sandal.

Depending on your skin tone, you may find that you would prefer the nude leather version, which would create more of a lengthening effect for your legs.

Choosing the color closest in tone to your own skin color will mean that you don’t have the effect of a line running across your ankle, which can make the legs look shorter, if that is something you are concerned about.

Papillio by Birkenstock sandal

Your reviews: Constance likes the new stylish footwear they now have. Lori likes the fact that Birkenstocks now come in fun colors. She also loves their inserts for flats. Great support!!!

6. Vionic Women’s Spark Minna Ballet Flat, 560+ reviews, 4 stars

Vionic is a popluar brand amongst my readers for it’s comfortable yet stylish shoes.

A ballet flat is often a great option for an outfit, but they can be rather uncomfortable and flat. The Vionic Spark Minna Ballet flat is biomechancially designed to hug your arches. The footbed is removable.

The ballet flat comes in many different colors and textures so you’ll be sure to find one that you like!

Vionic Women's Spark Minna Ballet Flat | 40plusstyle.comThe Vionic Spark Minna Ballet flat

7. Naturalizer, Banks pumps, 25+ reviews 4.5 stars

Naturalizer has a stylish array of versatile styles season after season which combines comfort and style.

Whether you choose a sneaker, a pump, a bootie or a flat, all Naturalizer shoes have the same fit technology. There’s cushioning to relieve pressure as well as breathable linings to keep your feet cool.

I think you’ll like lots of their styles this season. I definitely do. There are plenty of stylish sandals and sneakers, as well as some heels if you want to stay comfortable at summer events.

I love the classic style of the Banks pumps below. It’s available in many different colors.

But, it’s all well worth having a look at Naturalizer if you need shoes for a formal occasion like a summer wedding or if you want comfortable but stylish sandals for your summer vacation.Stylish red shoes |

Naturalizer Banks pumps

Your reviews: Kay Elizabeth says she has a super comfy and cute pair of Naturalizer sandals.

8. Naot Women’s Sabrina Flat Sandal, 60+ reviews, 4 stars

Naot is an Israeli shoe company where the idea emerged in the late nineteen-eighties that, “It’s fashionable to walk in comfort”.

Naot manufactures a large variety of footwear with a unique anatomical footbed. The footbed is a “negative” print of the foot, just like the footprint we leave when walking in the sand. It is flexible, soft, shock absorbent, supports the heel and alleviates fatigue and pain.

The footbeds are made of natural cork and latex and are covered in a pampering layer of suede. The uppers are made of high quality Italian leathers.

My pick is this Sabrina sandal as it’s simple, stylish and will look good with many outfits. A great sandal to take on your travels.

Your reviews: Beth says that both Dansko and Cobb Hill make good shoes for those with bunions, while Jennifer and Diana are also fans of Dansko, saying they can comfortably wear this brand all day.

Gigi says she only wears Naots, Dansko and Born because of her plantar fasciitis.

 Naot Women's Sabrina Flat Sandal | 40plusstyle.comNaot Sabrina sandal

9. Sofft, Vanita 50+ reviews, 4 stars

Softt has some very stylish sandals and booties for spring and summer. If you like the vintage feel of a round-toed Mary Jane, then this is also a good place to look.

My favorites are these wedge sandals which are currently on sale.

Your reviews: Diana who suffers from plantar fasciitis says she always buys Softt brand for heels and Naturalizers for heels and boots.

Söfft Womens - Vanita - Shoes with arch support |

Vanita Wedge sandal

10. Rockport, Adelyn loafers 

Known for their comfortable walking shoes, Rockport goes high style with chic ankle boots and glamorous pumps.

Comfortable and practical shoes with styles that are inspired by elegant European design.

You’ll find classic pumps, ankle booties and sneakers. There are lots of styles this season that I would more than happily add to my closet.

If you’re looking for a flat which isn’t a sandal, how about these Adelyn loafers. The gold detailing on the heel adds extra style and interest.

Stylish arch support loafers for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.comAdelyn loafers

In addition to my choices above I just wanted to highlight a few more comfortable sandals with arch support that are ideal for summer.

Sandals with arch support

If you’re looking for the best sandals with arch support for spring and summer, we’ve got you covered.

Women love Ecco’s Women’s Damara Sp Gladiator Sandal. Striking the right balance between a comfort shoe and a hip sandal sandals are extremely popular.

They are available in several colors but I couldn’t resist choosing the textured silver ones!

ECCO Women's Women's Damara Sp Gladiator Sandal | 40plusstyle.comEcco’s Women’s Damara Sp Gladiator Sandal

Vionic, Kirra Backstrap sandel, 250+ reviews, 4 stars 

Vionic (formerly Orthaheel) is a popular choice which was launched because of the work of a renowned podiatrist who realized that treatments alone weren’t enough to alleviate sore feet and conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

Its shoes are designed to hug your feet as if they were your own footprint.

This season, there are plenty of stylish options to choose from, including sandals, sneakers, wedges and ankle booties.

The black toe post sandals (below) are a stylish classic that will be on trend for many summer vacations to come. They are designed to help stabilize, support and realign the foot while relieving heel pressure.

Comfortable and stylish sandals for women over 40 | 40plusstyle.comblack toe post sandals

Your reviews: Jeanette recommends looking at some of the Vionic sandals that have adjustable straps at the toe area. She also has a couple of sets of Vionic inserts to wear with some shoes that do not have arch support but work great with bunions.

Aerosoles Women’s Conchlusion Gladiator Sandal, 558 reviews, 4.5 stars

Aerosoles is another popular brand that makes a similar shoe to the Kirra Back strap sandal, which is even more popular than the Vionic version.

It has a memory foam foodbed, good arch support and adjustable straps. It comes in all kinds of colors too.

Aerosoles Women's Conchlusion Gladiator Sandal | 40plusstyle.comKirra Back strap sandal

Dansko Women’s Vera Flat Sandal, 44 reviews 4.5 stars

Known for their comfort line, Dansko shoes are ideal if you’re on your feet the whole day.

I’m not keen on some of the styles in the Dansko range, which include some “clumpy” looking clogs, but, there are also some new sandals styles which you would never guess were comfort wear. I bet you would get plenty of compliments for these Cecily wedge sandals as they make quite the statement.

My pick is for the Dansko women’s vera flat sandal This sandal gives you a bit more height and dressiness, yet will ensure your feet are comfortable all day.

Best shoes with arch support - Dansko Women's Vera Flat Sandal | 40plusstyle.comDansko women’s vera flat sandal

Comfortable walking shoes 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.

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.

Rollie Women's Lightweight Derby Punch Perforated Lace-Up Flat Shoe |

Great for walking around the city. More shoes from Rollie here.

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Superga Women’s 2750 Cotu Sneaker, 599 reviews, 4 stars

A good white sneaker never goes out of style and they are still very current.

The Superga Cotu sneaker has long been a favorite as very popular walking shoe that looks good with many outfits.

It doesn’t offer great arch support though so if that’s a main issue for you, you may want to try one of the other options. Superga Women's 2750 Cotu Sneaker |

Superga Cotu sneaker

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:

Want to make this resource even better? Add your arch support recommendations as well!

Just add a comment to this article with your favorite arch support shoes and why they work so well for you.

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?


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1 traceyliz65

I have a pair of both Kalso Earth and Birkenstocks for walking in my neighborhood. I live literally 5 houses away from the grocery store, bank, home improvent store and drug store and quite often slip them on for a quick walk. I also have sciatica so when that flairs up, which isn’t too often these days, I switch to much more supportive shoes and I do use orthotics in most of my boots.


2 Sylvia

Thanks for the feedback Tracey!


3 Nancy

I have just come across the most amazing shoes with arch support, Ziera, from New Zealand. They can be purchased mainly on the west coast or on line. I got a pair of heels for my son’s wedding and they have……wait for it……removable foot bed for use of an orthotic as needed but honestly I don’t think I will use mine as the one in the heel is so good. I suffer from plantar fascilitis and have tried so many shoes that seemed promising…these deliver. Plus you can get them in wide.


4 Sylvia

Great feedback Nancy. Thanks for sharing it!


5 Frances

Yes, Ziera shoes are fantastic, well worth the investment.


6 Ann

I need shoes with arch support so I’ve done a lot of searching in the past few years. I’m wearing Earthies for dressers shoes and can wear them when I’m standing all day. They have a high arch support and may not be for everyone, but I find them both comfortable and stylish.

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7 Sylvia

Great to know that Earthies are good Ann! Thanks for letting us know.


8 Rita A.

I guess my arches are OK since I don’t need to seek out shoes that are known for their support, but I do appreciate a well-crafted shoe that is comfortable for all-day wear. Ballet flats that I wear all have a slight heel and sturdy sole. The super flat ones make my feet ache after a while. One brand of “comfort shoe” that I do like is Paul Green. It’s a Munich-based company which manufactures shoes in Austria. Some seasons are hit and miss, some looking more “comfort” focused than others, but they often have nice sandals that are also cute. Like AGL flats, Paul Green is a brand that I can trust for never wearing a blister and always being comfortable after wearing many hours.


9 Sylvia

Great to know Rita. Thanks for sharing your tips with us!


10 Greetje

You would think that some entrepreneur discovers this market opportunity. Perhaps Ecco? As I don’t like any of them. (My apologies to those who cannot wear anything else.) I have “solved” my feet problems by seeking shoes half a size bigger which can hold my custom-made support soles. Not many can. Ofter they are not wide enough. Or you slip at the back because your heel is too high up (or the heel of the shoe too low whichever way you look at it) when you put your soles in them. High heeled summer shoes or open flat shoes cannot hold support soles.
Still I managed to find a couple of cute ballerina’s (Tommy Hilfiger ones are good for me), brogues, sneakers with removable foot bed (Kennel and Schmenger) and of course flat boots. Which is a bit of a problem in summer. Hence my preference for white boots (slowly going off them LOL).
I don’t have to wear my soles all of the time, but I alternate quite often.


11 Sylvia

That must be a challenge, but you seem to succeed as you always wear nice shoes!


12 cyndee

I have to use orthotic inserts in my shoes and have for 7 years so have been on the hunt for
cute shoes the whole time. In the last year I have found Abeo shoes at the Walking Company shoe store. They have two foot bed types, one with a high arch and one that is a bit lower. I can wear these shoes all day without my custom orthotics. They have a number of cute styles available. I have also had good luck with Orthoheel sandals, Keen and once in a while, Clarks.


13 Sylvia

Great feedback Cyndee. Thanks!


14 LuAnn

I too wear the Abeo shoes from the Walking Company. I use the one with the metatarsal support. They are wonderful. Also use Orthaheel sandals, Danskos. Plus New Balance Ultra-arch inserts have helped tremendously.


15 Sylvia

Great feedback. Thanks LuAnn!


16 Tangobabe

I should wear them, but I don’t. All I can say is: ugly, uglier, ugliest:-(. Too bad.


17 Sylvia

Oh you’re tough. Some of these are actually quite nice!


18 Tangobabe

Ok, the Earthies are acceptable, I’ll give you that;-).


19 Christina

I work mostly from home, where I stick with my Birkenstocks. I think this has kept my feet in good shape. However, when I head out the door, I prefer something more current. I refuse to wear shoes that are painful, or are difficult to walk in for any reason. Still, I have lots to choose from flat sandals to 4” sandals and all are very comfortable for hours without looking frumpy in the least. I find that this is the one category of clothing where cost and comfort are often closely linked. I have found good deals on eBay. Recently, I got some brand new $600 Prada sandals for less than $100. They are fantastic in design, and all day comfortable.
I do a lot of walking for exercise; usually an hour a day. I am experimenting with Vibram barefoot sandals, and so far, I like them. It feels a bit like a yoga workout for my feet.


20 Rita A.

Score! on those Pradas, Christina. 🙂

Anyi Lu (used to work for Taryn Rose) also makes really well constructed shoes with good support They are usually very fashionable and don’t look like comfort shoes at all. I have several pair (one slingbacks and one heeled oxford) both about 2.5″ heels that are dreamy to wear! I’ve seen some cute sandals this season, too. Cost a bit more, but really, they are the only feet we’ve got, right??


21 Christina

Just looked at the Anyi Lu website. They do look really nice! We are SO limited here in Montreal I’m afraid. Most of my best shoes were ordered online, or from trips to NYC.


22 Greetje

Oh.. Flip!!! Never leave the comment box while you are in the middle. You’ll lose everything you have typed so far…. OK.. Again.
I had a look at Anyi Lu website as well and those shoes are much, much better than the usual ones. Especially the Lola in orange is adorable.
And I agree that money invested in good quality shoes is money well spent. But… Christina…. Unfortunately not every manufacturer spends the extra they charge on the quality of the shoe. Sometimes they only enrich themselves. Even good brands like Louboutin or Blahnik have shoes you cannot walk on. Probably to satisfy the need of women who only want the brandname and demand ridiculously high shoes.
I have a pair of Prada pumps myself (the only ones of name) and I have to admit that they are very good.


23 Sylvia

All great feedback girls! Thanks!


24 Chris

I suffer fr plantar facilitis on and off. It was first brought about by walking around in flat sandals in New York. I bought a pair of ecco shoes which has been great. I call them my ugly traveling shoes. Used them again when I was traveling in Europe in April and walked all over the place. Still had to buy the Orthotic inserts though. So pleased that you have finally put up some possibilities for us. Will look at yr suggestions. I hope they have narrow fittings. Not only am I a size 8 but my feet are narrower than most people!


25 Sylvia

Great you like the feature Chris and thanks for your feedback. I will need some good walking shoes for my holidays as well, although I have recently also bought some sneakers for that.


26 Nancy

Has anyone ever tried Arche brand shoes? if so, what is the support and footbed padding like?


27 Stacey

I find arche awful personally. Have tried a few pairs and was willing to invest $ in them but they are a pain to care for (special sprays/ you have to bring them back to arche for repair etc…) AND they did not provide good support for me. My feet hurt.


28 joniw

Most people with condition also need a wide width which doesn’t work with just any wide shoes which tend to expensive as well not as much as an orthopedic shoe. It is suggested that you buy shoes more often; which, can be an issue if you have a tight wallet. I bought a pair of aerosoles in a wide width to save some money and they are not wide enough for my foot.


29 Kate

I’m sorry, but pronated ankles don’t have anything to do with the width of your feet. I have narrow feet, as do my children, and we have a difficult time not only finding narrows, but narrow with good arch support. I have 2-3 pads in my shoes to make them fit and be comfortable. I just bought my first pair of taos and second pair of Keen. MOST shoes touting arch support, I can put shove 3 fingers in, along with my foot. Happy Shopping!


30 Kay Elizabeth Kerns

I have a super comfy and cute pair of Naturalizer sandals I found brand new at a Goodwill store


31 ricki

I have a high arch plus a hammertoe on one foot due to wearing those cute and sexy heels for so many years. About 15 years ago I decided I was tired of ruining my feet because male shoe designers and men in general, seem to prefer those high heeled shoes, (I like to compare it to the past practice in China of binding women’s feet to keep them small and to keep women submissive :-). I started to listen to my feet and all foot issues stopped being issues. It has not always been easy to find stylish comfortable shoes but I believe designers are becoming more aware of the importance of erogonomically designed shoes. I have tried all of the manufacturers shown above, some are in my closet right now. They are all very good and I have had compliments on many that I have bought so they could not be too ugly and matronly looking. Some of my favorites as far as comfort are the Archopedico’s, Earthies, Think (not mentioned above) and Ecco. Also, Born makes some great flats with fabric lining and added arch support. Mephisto was not listed but are great walking shoes, we have worn ours on trips to Europe and San Francisco where we do a lot of walking. Tried the ortho inserts and found that they reduce the toe box in closed shoes rendering them uncomfortable for me therefore I search endlessly for nice looking comfortable shoes that do not require an insert. When you think about how important our feet are to our health is it really worth sacrificing comfort and an active lifestyle in our later years for the sake of style alone?


32 Sylvia

Thanks for your great feedback Ricki. I think it’s important to find the right balance. I personally buy mid heeled shoes only when they are comfortable and never wear them for long. But sometimes I just feel glamorous wearing those shoes every now and then (even though my husband doesn’t really care for high heels…) but I never wear them for very long. In the end you are right that your health and well-being always comes first!


33 Lisa

I hear you on the high heeled shoes! Who exactly decided this was a good idea? I’ve almost always worn flats or very low heels and have not had any foot problems. I actually own more heels now then I did when I was younger, although I never wear them if I’m doing much walking and have a pair of flats along to change into if needed!

I actually like the kind of chunky shoes that are brown and black with the back strap in green. It reminds me of a mallard duck. They could certainly look like “old lady” shoes, but if styled right could also be kind of funky and cute.


34 Halleigh

I’ve had feet problems from time of child-hood. At 40 something I finaly went to a pediortrist. Sent me to have orthotics made. Of which were night n day difference. Yet only fit in tennis shoes. My feet are wide and flat. The only thing I can wear w/o not foot pain but back and hip also besides shoes that can hold the ortho’s are Finn Comfort. And coming from nothing but ugly shoes since a kid I thought them to be super cute. But be sure they have a–whole plenty of ugly ones also. Ah yaa like those tan lace up oxfords only seen on 90 year old over weight gals with swollen ankles of which not only are they uuuuggggly they cost about 300.00 and up!! So I have been searching for other brands that are equal to FC’s if not better. I have the Sansibar and Witchata my favorite.
So yes any others out there that absolutley have to supior arch support and CUSH and have found a brand that works please let me know. And of course I expect them to be in 250.-350. range. Thanks


35 Sylvia

Thanks for your recommendations and feedback halleigh. I will do my best to find more great brands that offer shoes with arch support.


36 Gigi

Gigi September 23 6:40 pm
I wear only Naots, Dansko, and Born, mainly because I love these and they work for me. They are expensive but I have reached the point I have to wear great shoes because of plantar fasciitis. I just haven’t tried others but intend to do so! I heard Altrex is good but haven’t tried them. Orthoheel have a great arch but the foot bed is plastic and I do not enjoy paying so much with such a “cheap” foot bed that absorbs perspiration. Have only one pair. Yuk I really want others and not wear orthodics but they may be my next thought.


37 Sylvia

Great feedback Gigi. Thanks!


38 cathy

Another big thumbs up for Naots – – especially the ones with the removable footbed. These footbeds are made of cork and mold to the shape of your foot – – – and they have some cute styles!


39 Susan

A third thumbs-up here for Naots. Since developing plantar fasciitis ten years ago, I’ve gradually given up almost all my shoes except Naots and Archipedicos–and a couple of new pairs of Cobb Hill dressier shoes. Naots aren’t sexy, but they’re cute, and that’s good enough for me these days.

My plantar fasciitis comes and goes, and it mostly comes when I’ve not been wearing my Naots every day.


40 Su

Came upon this site in my endless search for shoes, insoles, anything to help my flat feet. I’ve had planter fascitis. I would love to wear a good pair of insoles but they take up room in the toe box area esp. big toe area. So how do I resolve this – I don’t know. And I have a budget. I did find Teva sandals on sale that I glued my over the counter 3/4 length arch supports to and it works just fine. But closed toe shoes are trickier and we’ve hit the cold season in Seattle.


41 Sylvia

Hi Su. Thanks for your comment. I’m not (yet) an expert with this but perhaps some of the other ladies have experience with this and can give you some feedback….


42 Greetje

Usually there is more room at the front of boots… Is that a solution?


43 Su

I was wondering – is there such a thing as 3/4 length insoles that work? Has anyone had any experience? What are some people’s experiences with working with toebox room


44 Greetje Kamminga

Yes, I have 3/4 lenght insoles as my feet problems are at the side (the “bridge”) of my feet and underneath the front of my feet. But not underneath my toes. So I have support soles which end where my toes begin.


45 Alyce

I work in a European comfort shoe store outside Philadelphia PA. Birkenstock makes 3/4 insoles from cork which are very supportive and fit inside a variety of shoes. The insoles are sometimes referred to a Big Blues. Hope this helps and happy shoe shopping!!


46 Su

Greetje ~~ Wonderful! Might be what I’m looking for. What are yr insoles called – hopefully I can find it on Amazon.



47 Kate hampshire

Yes I have three quarter soles but also need support at the side of my feet because my ankles roll inwards! I would like to be elegant but it really isn’t possible with orthotics. I’m in the uk and haven’t heard of a lot of the makes mentioned above, but I’ll certainly be looking out for them. Thanks everyone.


48 Bridgette

I’m so glad I found you all! I can’t wait to try all of your suggestions! Here are mine. keep in mind that I do not have a wide foot. Aetrex sandals are very cute with great arch support and reasonable prices especially now that they aren’t in season. I love my Naot’s for a dressier wedge style. I needed a beach flip flop that could get wet and found Olukai. Super arch support on the beach! Woohoo! Alegria Debra’s ( are the most comfortable shoe ever for my feet. They are a closed in shoe that I wear with jeans. The first pair of Alegrias that I purchased were ugly as sin, but I tried them on at a friend’s insistence and bought them on the spot for the sheer comfort. It’s amazing what pain can force us to do. If you fit into that category, try them. The arch support is amazing and they seem to be improving their style, too. My most recent purchase was a pair of Ahnu Jackie slip ons. ( They have a good arch support, but I had to put an extra orthotic in because I need lots of support. The good news is that it took the 3/4 length insert and didn’t make my heel slip. Another plus is that the ahnu insole is completely removable and can be replaced with whatever you prefer without having to go up a size (my feet are big enough on their own:-) hope this helps someone. It comprises one year and over $1000 in research, not including all of the shoes that didn’t work! Desperation is a terrible thing.


49 Sylvia

thanks for the great feedback Bridgette!


50 Lorraine

I have osteoarthritis in the big toe of my right foot which makes life interesting…and painful. Since my pet hate is ugly shoes I have a dilemma! I am really wishing I could hire two hunky men and a sedan chair and then I wouldn’t have to walk at all!


51 Sylvia

Now THAT would be a great solution!


52 Ellen

I have worn Mephesto shoes for years….they have high arches. The one I love the most is a sandal called”seidel”. I have them in 7 colors. They have a strap over the toes & over the arch with a rinestone buckle. Everytime I wear them thru security at the airport I get asked where to buy them. I purchase them thru Zappoes on line.


53 Sylvia

Hi Ellen. I found them under the name Sydel and have added them to the collection. Thanks for the feedback!


54 Ada

Ainsley by Dansko are great for many reasons: removable insole to accommodate orthotics
but are extremely comfortable as is. They look dressy, but actually almost flat.


55 Sylvia

Thanks Ada. I have added them to the collection above!


56 Karen

I have super narrow, high arch size 6 1/2 foot. Born is my no fail go to, teva for a flip flop. Both brands are no fail for me. Also, Pikolinos are pretty comfy. For a dressy shoe I merely suffer in silence for fashion and wear what looks good!
Montana gal


57 Sylvia

Thanks for your tips and feedback Karen!


58 jess

Hi , I have a connective tissue disease, called Ehlers-Danlos, and it is crucial for me to have support and comfort. The disease alone, causes knots in my muscles, so any compensation with other muscles to support myself, can create more knots. So my shoe choices are Sofft, Love these pair of combat boots I bought from them.. so comfortable and not heavy. I also have bought about 4 pair of knee high boots from Keen, as the sole was constructed with rubber, and does not have the cap toe that keen usually has, so you wouldnt know these are “comfot” boots. Clarks concert choir flats are just the right combo of stability and cushion. Clarks has a line called the Artisan line, that has amazingly soft, cushioned,and supportive footbeds, I have 4 pair of sandals with this line.
Recently, I purchased 2 pair of Born oxfords, as I love the trend, and they are comfortable, but I could also remove thier footbed, and insert my over the counter insole. This was one of the toughest things about my disease, no more heels, but honestly, I dont miss them that much.. the key is finding stylish shoes that provide arch support and stability.


59 Sylvia

Great feedback Jess. I have added some of your choices to the list!


60 lynne

I’ve been wearing Wolky Jewel sandals but now it’s too cold. They were ugly, but felt great. Now I can’t find anything for winter that 1)have arch support and 2) are not ugly as sin.


61 Kales

Orthaheel Tide flip flop ( hands down best built in arch support to relieve pain and discomfort. I wear them around the house always – orthaheel makes a house slipper claiming to be similar but I found it not nearly as supportive and did not hold up.
Orthaheel Stride and Bali are dressier sandals both with outstanding built in arch support – not as much as Tide but close; very comfortable and can walk long distances. Run about 1/2 size large: only go up to 11. I am 11.5-12 but can wear 11 in the open toe sandals/flip flops.
Dansko volley tennis shoe- supportive, comfy, not as bulky and heavy as the staple clog and cute. Just tried on Dansko Olivia at Walking Company. Usually need 43 in most Dansko but 42 worked. Volley runs bit longer
Earthies Rubio- run about 1/2 size long, good built in arch support. Have to purchase 12 and use heel pad to stop slippage. some cute styles.
Orthaheel Oh orthotic inserts are close to custom orthotics – great to slip in to tennis and athletic shoes-


62 Sylvia

Thank you for your great feedback Kales!


63 Kales

Ps- thank you for your articles and information on style ideas and issues for mature women !!


64 Nicole

Been reading your site. Does anyone know the difference between Earth shoes and Earthies? I like some of the Earties style, but I just bought a pair of Earth shoes that although I order a wide width, they were tighter than my regular b. I do have one pair of like Paul Green that I like and never get pain from wearing, but they are sandlas and I need close toe. I have one pair of Taryn Rose, but that did not work so well either, after just a few months the arch support “softened”. I really need strong arch support. your experience is appreciated.


65 Ann

Earthies have a larger arch support. Earth shoes the support is smaller. I had pain in one arch two years ago and found Earthies to be a good shoe for me. Earthies also have more design detail and make a “fancier” shoe. I also wear a pair of Earth shoes to and like them. I add arch supports to many of my shoes which I purchase at Walmart and adhere with double sided tape. I have also purchased arch supports at shoe stores and added them. Wearing a good slipper with arch support really helped mine to heal. I added more good fat to my diet and went on a low inflamation diet. I also did PT for several months and now I don’t have any pain. I hope this is helpful.

blue hue wonderland


66 Nicole

Thank you


67 Lori

This is a nice website, lots of great info! I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both my knees and have found that supportive footwear is imperative. It took a foot doctor to make me realize there is a major difference between comfortable shoes and shoes that have true support. Wish I would have learned that years ago. Anyway, my search for reasonably stylish and supportive shoes has been ongoing. So far I have found the Earth brands to be good, although sometimes their sizing is odd! Alegria’s have been the most comfortable, even if they aren’t the most stylish. Aravon is a great brand and Abeo from the Walking Co. has been good too. Orthoheel is ok, depending on the style. What bugs me about that brand is paying so much for a shoe that isn’t even leather or suede! Taos has worked for me and is crazy comfortable. I like Jambu, I have found their sizing tends to run small. My one overall pet peeve is so many manufacturers are stingy when offering a wide with shoe! Right now my quest is for flats that have some arch support.


68 Sylvia

Thanks for your great feedback Lori!


69 Angela

Thank you for this site if not for any other reason than to know I am not alone in this quest for comfort and style. Keens seem to be the shoe that provides me with the most comfort but it’s only the hiking style sole that has the support I need and these cannot be worn with everything. I spent a pretty penny on New Balance running shoes but these are not doing the trick. Does anyone experience tingling or numbing in their toes? Thank you and happy hunting.


70 Robyn Herczeg

Has anyone tried Joya shoes?


71 Lynette Benton

Thanks for this post. It’s amazing how our feet can change as we get older. I have the Naots with the little curlicues on them in about 4 different colors. I also spent at least $200 on inserts until I found the Spencos you show above. (They also come in full lengths.)

What a wonderful website this is—tackling subjects we want and need to discuss but seldom find anywhere else (although I did do a post on my Stylish Ole Woman site about foot challenges!


72 Pam Vierling

This is a very interesting & helpful web page. I just recently went to a store called Smart Feet because I was having severe foot pain. I have always known by looking at my arches that they were high, but I never really realized how high until I had one of those foam box measurements done. I have always tried to find shoes with the best arch support possible, I also use small arch inserts that are made out of leather with a sponge arch support. But as we age the support in these types of devices aren’t enough for the arch support we need. I bought 2 full length arch beds & 1/2 of a one which has helped me tremendously. Some of my shoes the inserts can be removed & some can’t. I purchased a pair of walking shoes made by Finn Comfort from Germany. I put in my arch support & I was amazed how nice it felt on my arch. These aren’t ugly, they are a nice walking shoes & you could wear them with a dress pant & they would still look nice. They are Black & have a sort of shiny surface but not a leather or patent finish. The serial number inside is # 3088917-1, they were in the pricey range of $300. but well worth it. I bought a size 41 but would normally buy a 40 which would be a 9.

Now if you need a Tennis shoe I have recently bought Brooks ( from Dicks Sporting Store here in Kansas City, MO. The foot bed comes out & you can insert your own, they naturally have a raised arch bed inside the shoe but it wasn’t high enough for my foot. I ordered 1/2 size larger than you normally wear.

I really appreciate every ones feed back here, I’m new to this foot pain issue. Now I can go in & look at all the shoes that was mentioned on here. I never imagined so many different brands of shoes that I could possibly wear. Yes I agree with all of you on here that mentioned about the ugliness of the designs. I to want better styles.

I think designers should be asking US to send them pictures of the designs we would want to wear on our feet.

Yes I get it that most of these designers come from UK; New Zealand; Germany; Australia & where ever. The style of shoes in their native land are so much different than our styles. They should come over here & study our designs & them go back to their country & make them. We should have a women designer to make comfortable shoes for us & also that don’t cost an arm & a leg.

Thank You for the supportive suggestions.


73 Fifi

Thanks for the great article. Good arches are hard to find – especially in a cute shoe! I wear most of the brands mentioned above, really love Earthies, and I live in Chacos in the warm weather. I don’t know if they are fashionable enough, but Chacos have fabulous arches that work very well for me.


74 sheri

Has anyone used Vionic?


75 Christina

I wear Vionic Shoes almost exclusively. I have walking sneakers, tons of flip-flops in casual to smart-casual, one with a nice wedge heel, plus flats, booties, and mules. I swear by them, and have suffered from plantar fasciitis.


76 ebrena

I live in Canada and came across this website so thought I would add a few names for cute ortho correct womans shoes I have bought. I have awful feet!! My right foot has a huge painful bunion so I have to have strap like shoes or cut a hole in regular shoes-ha!!~ I also have Metatarsal collapse (not sure if this may be the same as plantar fiscitis? The tiny bones in my feet are no longer supportive. I have Ortho insoles that were prescribed but of course I rarely wear wear them. Now my feet are really hurting, the bottoms of my feet are bright red and the skin stretched so they are shiny & my bunion is a beacon. Here are the shoes I have:

ecco-Abeo-Noat- Mobiles- Teva’s (I love but not enough arch support)-and the best dress sandals are from Romika’s. I guess just look them up online to find a shop that sells them.


77 Sylvia

Thank you so much Ebrena for your feedback. I will try adding your recommended shoes to this list. Good luck with your feet troubles!


78 Marsha

Mephisto Helen Sandals are wonderful for arch support. Also Orthaheel Tide flip-flops. I live in Florida and never wear closed shoes so it’s hard to use my custom orthotics. These two sandals have saved me!


79 Sylvia

Thanks for the great feedback Marsha!


80 Helen O'Loughlin

Hi I have bought a pair of Allegria Caiti ankle boots size 40. They feel great great support but my foot seems to be swimming even in thick wool socks. I take a size 40 in Naot but wanted more more support for walking. has anyone else found Allegria running large or do Naot run small?


81 Sylvia

Hi Helen I don’t know the answer to that question, but hopefully soon someone who knows will respond!


82 Rosaliekappaz

I discovered Vionic with Orthoheel technology available on QVC. I have severe pronunciation because flat feet and this brand FEELS wonderful


83 Sylvia

Thanks for the feedback Rosalie!


84 Nicole

I tried several brands, but the best and corrective for everyday use were the Vionic Orthoheel. I have feet that need medical attention due to a bad bunion situation, but until then the Vionic feel so good and repositioned my feet for the better. Also The Walking Company offers a similar technology and they will do a computer analysis of your feet right at the store. Prices are similar for both. Also, don’t despair, there are dressy shoes as well you can wear on occasion. Viovic has come up with a cute new “Bootie” that looks as good as regular shoes. Their quality I found a little disappointing, but in reality many shoes in their price range are similar in other ways. Its the technology that I paid for. Dansko also has good support shoes. Happy shopping, and health, happiness and peace to all.


85 Sylvia

Thanks for the great feedback Nicole!


86 Kathy

Thank you for the helpful list. Saved me a ton of time trying to compile my own!


87 Elaine

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.


88 Sylvia

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


89 Tara

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!!!


90 Sylvia

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!


91 Lucia

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.


92 Joy

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.


93 Robin

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.


94 Sylvia

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


95 Geeta

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.


96 Sylvia

Thank you so much for your great feedback Geeta!


97 Audrey

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!!)


98 Sylvia

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….


99 Melissa

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.


100 Jfer

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.


101 Sylvia

Great to see you found a way to mix comfort with style Jfer. Thanks so much for your feedback!


102 Diana

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!


103 BBDJ

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.


104 Sylvia

Sorry to hear about your feet issues but thank you so much for your feedback. Wishing you strength!


105 Melissa

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:)


106 Sylvia

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.


107 Gilda Rackley

I dearly love the black patent leather flat slipons shown at the top of the this page? Who are they by? thanks.


108 Sylvia

I don’t know anymore. They were listed as shoes you can buy, but they have sold out.


109 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 !


110 Sylvia

Not sure what brand they are, but they are no longer available.


111 Racine

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!


112 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!


113 Sylvia

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


114 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.


115 Sylvia

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


116 Anne

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?


117 Sylvia

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:


118 CJ

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.


119 Sylvia

Thanks so much for the feedback CJ


120 Diana

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.


121 Sylvia

Thanks for the feedback Diana


122 Christine

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.


123 Della

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


124 Sylvia

Thanks so much for your tip Della!


125 Raquel

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.


126 lkla

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


127 Rita

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.


128 Greetje

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


129 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.


130 Patricia

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.


131 Angelina

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!


132 Raquel

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!


133 Nancy

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.


134 Raquel

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!


135 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


136 Martha

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.


137 michelle

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.


138 Kristi

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


139 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.


140 Lana

Munro runs narrow and often have heavy lining overheating feet. Pricy too.


141 Melisa

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.


142 Greetje

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.


143 Sylvia

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


144 Jannike

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!


145 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.


146 Cheryl

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.


147 Sylvia

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


148 Regina

Hotter shoes from England have great comfortable fit.


149 JQK

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.


150 Angelina

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!


151 Sera

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


152 Joy

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.


153 Angelina

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.


154 Kathy

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.


155 Murphy

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!!


156 Sylvia

Good idea Murphy. Will definitely consider it.


157 Pam

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?


158 Shellbell

I find Ziera and Naot very comfortable. Ziera have a range with removable arch support so you can use theirs or put in your own orthotics. Naot sandals are just super comfy and supportive on the feet, I’m on my third pair. Both brands have fashionable styles.


159 hope



160 Barbara Almony

I read this article with great interest as I am planning a two week trip to Italy in the late summer. I’ve been trying to decide what footwear to bring. I see several choices here that look very interesting!


161 Jill

What about Taryn Rose? She is doctor who designs and makes very fashionable comfortable shoes


162 Jelka

It’s sad that as we age, choice of selecting shoe will be very limited. We need to take care that comfortable pair of shoes is more important than style. Now i usually wear flats.


163 Bonnie

I have a very high arch that causes me a lot of pain if I walk a long time, such as when I’m traveling, without having good arch support in my shoes. I also have problems if I don’t “rotate” through several pairs of shoes, wearing a different pair each day. My travel staples are Dansko “professional” clogs, The Flexx booties with added arch support, and a good pair of neutral-colored sneakers (still looking for the perfect style). I always wear the Danskos on the plane, because, although not really what I’d call heavy, they are the bulkiest and heaviest of my shoes, so better to wear than to pack, plus they are easy on and off at security.


164 Sylvia

Thanks so much for your feedback Bonnie!


165 C.A.

Well, the big rule for me, as a 40-plus woman, is I really don’t give a **** whether my shoes are ‘hip’ or not!!! Are they comfortable? Are they closed-toe (this is a must for anyone walking in an urban environment regularly, as I do – you really do not want to be wearing open toed shoes)? And, due to a host of plantar fascitis off-and-on, ankle, and knee problems, good overall support is a must. If I put my foot in them and I feel like it’s just a sheet of paper between me and the pavement, they won’t work.

That said, I’m really surprised Clark’s aren’t on this website. They are about the only non-tennis-shoe brand that I can regularly find something wearable in.

(Not trying to be difficult, but I do have to ask – do you get any remuneration for mentioning specific brands??)


166 Sylvia

Yes, I’m not sure why they weren’t mentioned before. I will add them to the list. This list was purely based on the recommendations of readers and brands that I found useful myself. I get a small commission when someone purchases from most of them as almost every brand now has an affiliate programme that rewards bloggers like myself for referrals.


167 Teresa

Has anyone tried Sandgren clogs? If so, how is the arch support?


168 Dana

The best support I ever got from a shoe was the Etonic brand sneakers, unfortunately, the company was bought by a competitor and mostly put out of business. While I certainly hope they will again offer sneakers with proper arch support for women, I now have found that Under Armour sneakers offer a decent amount of arch support.


169 Jeri

Love my Taos Universe sandals! The arch support is outstanding (I have fallen arches) and there was no break-in period at all. The straps are very soft on my skin and adjustable in two places. I can walk in them all day.


170 Wanda

Always enjoy your articles on shoes. I have narrow feet and need good arch support.
A friend recently told me about one she wears when she travels. The brand is
Bionica . I did order a pair of the sandals very happy with them. Very lightweight and comfortable.


171 Margaret Harvey

I recently spent 29 days in Europe and I only brought two pairs of shoes: gold Ecco sandals and pink Allbirds loafers. The sandals were amazing. The Allbirds felt like bedroom slippers and were also stylish for casual wear. They are sustainable (wool and natural rubber) and not expensive ($135 at Nordstrom Toronto) so I didn’t feel bad tossing them at the end of my trip to make space for some new silver Clark’s lace ups. They were pretty worn since I wore them every day and was tough on them. I will replace them. Recommend Allbirds be added to the list.


172 Eleni Palmos

An uncomfortable shoe will ruin my day. Since my college days – whether a good thing or not – I have placed a priority on good shoes.

Miz Mooz offers some very comfortable and stylish shoes.


173 Liz Hands

Thank you so much for the tip Eleni. It’s always fantastic to receive recommendations. I totally agree. There’s nothing worse than spending your day in uncomfortable shoes.


174 Jeannie

I wear a size 9 1/2 AAA and have a hard time finding shoes with a heel that fit and don’t hurt my toes. I shop only at one story in my large Canadian city that carries my size. One sandal type shoe I have had great luck with is SAS shoes. They make narrow sizes, which is a boon to me in summertime. If you haven’t tried their shoes, you are in for a treat, very elegant and comfortable.


175 Liz Hands

Thank you so much for the tip Jeannie. It’s fantastic to get recommendations that will help everyone else!


176 ANNA

MinorFoot problem many years, some of which is not learning to walk correctly/alignment/etc. Lately, 16+yrs of mood to severe RA makes earlier ‘problems’ laughable. I have hammer toes on both feet because the foot knuckles right by the pad are so inflamed daily the types cannot lengthen and relax, plantar Fasciitis of course, so every so often I’ll get shots in the heel. The inflammation stretches everything so tight that I’ve even pulled out little bone pieces (Spurs) . So now I take my rA meds, I have several pairs of custom for orthotics, I buy well researched shoes, and I refuse to wear footwear only if it’s cute. My picks are Vionic times a million. Everything from leather boots, tennis shoes, dressy sandals, and different styles of sandals from those with straps and buckles to those that seem to be flip flop only. They have been great for me. Two old my daughter’s suffer on their feet as well so I made the,$30 purchase for each, sent them a Vionic flip flop. They couldn’t believe the difference, the relief they felt. So, go Vionic you’ll not be disappointed. My orthotics are rather tried, so they got in most of my shoes but I also have 3 left over pairs from trying different doctors and options before understanding the full extent of the disease so I can use these with my other shoes that are not Ortho, and remain comfortable for quite a while.
I have used Clark’s on occasion but specific ones that were supportive,et, and I like to use white mountain for Sunday shoes in the spring summer season.


177 Amy

I love my birks and wear the sandals almost year round at home. For work and other events, I often wear Crocs. They are so comfortable, come in all different styles and are washable. They last quite a while. I have the fur covered suede for winter and sandals for summer. I am not sure about arch support but it feels better than many other shoes I have worn. Cost is reasonable.

Otherwise I have one pair of Wolkys for walking shoes in winter. Love them too


178 Jude

Unfortunately for many of us, wearing high heels has become difficult. And also unfortunately I find all the solutions suggested won’t work for me. None of these shoes are attractive in my opinion. Why can’t some shoe company come up with a gorgeous shoe that doesn’t look like an orthopedic shoe. Also many of the shoes that might be acceptable are way over the top in price for most people. I sometimes buy Eleen Fisher but has to be on sale. Mephisto has maybe one style that is ok. Still waited for sale….Naot has some ok boots…
I personally hate sneakers unless I am riding my bike . I travel extensively and look for comfort but when I am going to the party, I want sexy shoes.
Very frustrating. Thanks though.


179 Lana

Tried lots of those shoes without much success – one in ten is doable. Got Vera sandal from Dansco, sandal from OBEO and Skyler boots from ECCO last year ( Skyler is probably the best ). Many of the shoes not doable for me because of my thin legs and overall slim shape – size 0 with 5’4″ height and over 45 years old – they just look horrible like hooves. Have high arch and high instep – sometimes I cann’t get my foot inside the shoe at all! Usually getting half size to size bigger in ECCO and using Powerstep insoles works. Some shoes have very thin sole ( some sneakers too ) – hate that trend with passion. I need a lot of padding with some firmness too – the quest is never ending.


180 Chris

Bzees!! I love them. Cute comfy perfect for work, play and travel!


181 Scotti Cohn

I have found Earth Origins sandals to be very comfortable. The styles with velcro straps across the top can be adjusted to accommodate my bunions.


182 Julia (the one in BC)

This is great. I would like to fervently request that you do a companion piece on stylish shoes for women with bunions. I’ve always had these, but with age they’ve become far more pronounced—this is all too common in women over 40, unfortunately. I have the additional curse of very wide feet, so finding shoes that don’t hurt is hard, much less good-looking too! And while shoes that taper to a point are certainly pretty to look at, for me they’re an eternal NOPE 🙁


183 Sylvia

Thanks for the suggestions. I will do that.


184 Meg

All wildly expensive. Can anyone recommend any brands that don’t go above £40 for those on the average UK salary (27K) and below?


185 Lynda Davis

I’m a huge fan of FitFlops (brand name, not to be confused with flip flops). They have dozens of styles of sandals, shoes and boots designed by British foot doctor. Soft but firm rubber soles with great arch supports and slightly raised heel. My favourite is SuperSkate which is more comfortable than Vionic and other similar styles. They have good online sales too. They fit large so take one size smaller in sandals and half size smaller in full shoe. Available at Nordstrom amd I have 12 pairs of assorted styles.


186 Jane

Frankie4 footwear are amazing. An Australian company that offer free worldwide postage. Well worth the money.


187 Dee Ann

I have never found Naturalizer shoes to have any arch support. The d’Orsay pumps cited in the article are very chic, but one look at the shoe shows that there is no arch support whatsoever. Aerosoles are the same way (and before the foot problems, they were my go-to brand!). Both brands offer padding, but no support. Personally, I’m a fan of Vionic despite their cost simply because they have firm support. I’ve also had good luck with Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole – great style and comfort as well. I have wide feet, so FitFlops work well, too, although I think they are expensive in that they are often not made of leather and the athletic white sole is not a look I like.


188 Barbara Goad

Hello , I wanted to add a type of Sandal I have been wearing for the past few years with great success . I have flat feet , bunions and arthritis in my knees . I spend 3 months in Mexico every year without a car so we walk everywhere . I discovered by accident Strive sandals , designed by a podiatrist and based out of the UK . I can and have worn these sandals all day . They have great arch support and help with pronation . I live in canada and have ordered these from the UK . Worth it for me to be able to wear something with success . I understand they now have a strive Us site as well . These are a game changer for me


189 Sylvia

Thanks so much for the recommendation Barbara!


190 Shannon @ Skip to My Life

I’ve found Saucony sneakers so comfortable. Even after a day on my feet at work! These are my go-to sneakers when I am standing or walking for long periods. In the past, they’ve had some strange color combinations, but lately they’ve been producing more attractive styles.
Thanks for this comprehensive review!


191 L.A.

For me in which I have plantar fascitis (continuing) in combo with R.A., I rely on the following shoes for comfort: My feet need/like a thicker outsole.
1. NEW BALANCE Fresh Foam sneakers VONGO
2. HOKA ONE ONE Bondi 5 (super expensive, got mine on ebay!) This helps with my Metatarsalgia in the best way!
3. BIONICA Cosmic sandal (2017) visit Bionica website for best prices & deals!
4. BIRKENSTOCK (Why is this not listed??) Very expensive, but the insole has that prominent arch support and deep heel cups and toe grips, feet will get a workout!
5. BETULA licensed by BIRKENSTOCK, more affordable, compare to half off Birks. Go for the SOFTBEDS both for Betula & Birks!
6. For boots ONLY 2 brands SOREL and BOGS. Very important for me to have removable insoles! SOREL sandal: TORPEDA LACE 2 and BOGS Classic Vintage boots.


192 Cheryl

Hi, thanks for this great info. I have plantar fasciitis but also posterior tubular tendon dysfunction. Has anyone else who has this have a shoe they absolutely love. I am just starting to not have pain, I have only worn Brooke addiction for the last six months but really would love a nice supportive sandal. Thanks in advance for any help.


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