Best hip shoes with arch support

by Sylvia

best arch support shoes for women over 40 |

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

In this extensive article based on my experience and your comments, I will highlight some of the best arch support shoes. 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).

As we are now approaching warmer weather this page will now contain many of the best arch support shoes for the spring / summer season. I have left some of the great fall shoes as well for those of you in the Southern hemisphere.

In addition, this article also has many valuable comments from readers who offer great tips on how to deal with problematic feet.

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 ageing. Wearing shoes with arch support may actually be a good preemptive step, as it is estimated that over 80% of the population will end up with foot problems, which are largely due to poor footwear.

Why is Arch Support Important?

A shoe with good arch support reduces muscle strain and helps you to maintain balance. It can also reduce the risk of plantar fasciitis, which is a painful inflammatory process of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue on the sole (bottom surface) of the foot. It is often caused by overuse of the plantar fascia or arch tendon of the foot. It is a very common condition and can be difficult to treat if not looked after properly. Another common term for the affliction is “policeman’s heel”.

A good support shoe is rigid enough to support the arch, yet offers just enough flexibility to allow the foot to naturally flex.

Will insoles work to provide the needed support?

Another way to provide more arch support is to work with insoles like these ones from Birkenstock. These are very affordable and you may be able to use use them with your existing shoes, even though high quality orthopaedic shoes are recommended. Experiment with insoles to see if they fit in your current shoes and if they provide enough support before changing all your shoes! I have included some options in the list below.

Can you wear shoes with arch support and still look great?

‘Sensible’ shoes do tend to be a bit more boring and are slightly more aging. However, more and more manufacturers are paying attention to this problem now and the shoes on this list all look good. Shoe brands like EccoFly LondonNaot FootwearEarthiesand Keen have started to create really nice shoes!

The key is to find shoes that are just slightly different, have a hip vibe to them and are just a bit more funkier than the regular ‘sensible’ shoe. You may like to get inspired by the latest shoe trends.

A few Fly London shoes for spring/summer 2018

shoes with arch support |

For my New York trip I acquired shoes from Wolky which have been very comfortable for walking around the city.

The best hip shoes with arch support

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.

Recommended brands


aetrex women's shoes for arch support |

An orthopedic shoe brand designed to help align the body with proper arch support.

Aetrex Brenda – Aetrex ZaraAetrex Eileen– Aetrex Giselle


algeria women's shoes for arch support |

Each pair of Alegria shoes are hand-stitched and made from genuine leather and suede with patented, interlocking footbed system features for arch support.

Jan names Alegria and Keens as her go-to brands, which provide comfort for bunions, while Nancy loves Alegria and Cobb Hill for their arch support.

Algeria KleoAlgeria Alli FlatAlegria Essence Sneaker – Algeria Vanessa Sandal

Antelope Shoes

(see how I wear them here and most recently here).

antelope women's shoes for arch support |

Designed for comfort, the brand ensures to curate its shoes with only the finest and softest pieces of leather for women.

Slingback Sandal – Leather Sandals – Leather Banded stripe sandals – Leather Perf & Stud Sandals


aravon women's shoes for arch support |

This orthopedic extension of New Balance provide a number of stylish shoes that don’t skimp on comfort!

Fisherman sandal – Medici sandal – Foam footbed sandal – Nude sandal


arche women's shoes for arch support |
Arche shoes are made exclusively in France by a team of craft artisans devoted to bringing you women a quality pair of footwear.

Laius – Elewa sandal – Satia – Obela


arcopedico women's shoes for arch support |

Arcopedico sets its design according to three basic shoe traits: the Techno-Elastic upper, an anatomic footbed, and the twin arch support system. All aimed to comfortably exercise the foot to build stronger muscle while walking,

GalapagosLighthouseL14 – Knit mesh mule


Bernardo women's shoes for arch support |
Designs patterned on comfort and the idea that simplicity is sophistication, Bernardo has been a favorite among celebrities.

White leather sandal – Miami wedge sandal – Santina sandal – Tegan


Birkenstock women's shoes for arch support |
The supportive footbed of 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.

Constance like 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!!!

Mayari  – Dorothy sandal – Mayari sandal – Classic mules


Born women's shoes for arch support |

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

Deanna, Carol, Tara and Geeta all love Born, saying that they find the arch support work well.

CastriesCharlotta Parson – Sorja

Chaco shoes

Chaco women's shoes for arch support |

A versatile walking sandal, Chaco incorporates function with use of footbed contour for pure alignment to the body.

ZvolvYampa – Dorra  – Sofia

Cobb Hill

Cobb Hill women's shoes for arch support |

Rockport goes on to create their Cobb Hill Collection which carries flats, sandals, heels, loafers, and boots that are fashion forward yet comfortable.

Jana likes her Rockport total motion pumps as she says they feel just like wearing tennis shoes, even though they have heels.

Jordan  – Revsoothe – High vampAubrey


Dansko women's shoes for arch support |

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

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

StevieBenita – Blythe – Carla


Ecco women's shoes for arch support |

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

Lucila describes Ecco as both comfortable and smart.

T-strap gladiator –Block heelDress pump – Sandal plateau


Earthies women's shoes for arch support |

Earthies shoes are designed with a “negative heel” that emulates yoga’s tree pose for better strength and support in the thighs, ankle, and calves area.

Gretchen and Lynn both like Earthies and they have cool styles while still providing plenty of support.

EnsenadaAsola – Bello – Santorini

Finn Comfort

Finn Comfort women's shoes for arch support |

Gomera ankle strap – Phucket sandal – Brandy country – Adana

Fly London

(I own the Yala wedge in black, also available here; see how I wear them here and how Dayle wears them in many different colors here)

Modern, eclectic, and stylish meets function and comfort!

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

Yala wedgeWedgeDress sandalCloud cupido


Geox women's shoes for arch support |
Geox addresses the issue of unhealthy foot perspiration with their “patented Geox breathes” system.

Black wedge – Sozy sandal – Trysure fashion sneaker – Modesty espadrille sneaker

Jack Rogers

Jack Roger's women's shoes for arch support |

Said to be one of Jacky Kennedy’s favorite shoe brand, Jack Rogers’ designs offer comfort and style.



Jambu women's shoes for arch support |
Jambu footwear is a great choice for day-to-day activities or globe-trotting travel. Built for durability and comfort, Jambu shoes are also made from 100% recycled and re-usable materials.

Gladiator sandal – Navy sandal  – Dress pump – Celine platform

Josef Seibel

Josef Seibel women's shoes for arch support |
Premium quality in materials, the best workmanship, and comfort. These main principals have helped Josef Seibel become renowned as european comfort shoes.

Pippa flat – Leather heeled sandal – TongaFiona flat

Cheryl wears Josef Seibel sandals as she says they are the most comfortable shoes she owns.


Klogs women's shoes for arch support |
Klogs offers multiple styles in narrow, regular, and wide widths for men and women. Klogs Footwear supports those who depend on footwear comfort.

AstoriaCarolinaSyracuse clogEmmie flats

Laine likes Klogs for their wonderful arch support.


Mephisto women's shoes for arch support |
Long lasting comfort oriented footwear with a wide selection of styles and shoe types.



Merell women's shoes for arch support |

Merrell is a company that understands the importance of melding form and function into a product that is just at home on the streets as it would be in the mountains.

SunvueBalletEmmaBluff strap

Ellen describes Merrel as both stylish and comfortable.


Naturalizer women's shoes for arch support |
Naturalizer has a stylish array of versatile styles season after season which combines comfort and style.

Camilla wedgeWheeler flatHartfordBeatrice

Paul Green

Paul Green women's shoes for arch support |
Paul Green was founded on the notion that a shoe is not a shoe unless it meets the highest standards of both visual appeal and a perfect fit.

PetraSlide sandalSlingbackFlower embellished


Pikolinos offerst quality shoes with unique and original design. They have many stylish sandals as well!

Leather strappyCoimbraAlhambraAlcudia


Rieker women's shoes for arch support |
Rieker’s special construction methods and components allow for minimal weight, maximum flexibility, ample foot room and ultimate shock absorption.

Sandy mentions: Rieker shoes are fabulous, comfortable and attractive. The leather is soft and stretches around my bunion.



Rockport women's shoes for arch support |
Known for their comfortable walking shoes, Rockport goes high style with chic ankle boots and glamorous pumps. (see how I wear them here)

Briah gladiator – Strappy strap sandal – Kalila capsling – Tropez high tan heel


Romika women's shoes for arch support |
Romika likes to combine houghtful design and traditional craftsmanship. Best know for their signature lateral support wings and orthotic-friendly footbeds.

Ibiza sandalMokasseta – Barbadoes dress sandal – White floral sandal

Sam Edelman

Sam Edelman women's shoes for arch support |
With trend-forward yet comfortable footwear, Sam Edelman shoes cater to those who love to travel.



Sofft! women's shoes for arch support |

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

Vanita SomersModestoNalda


Think women's shoes for arch support |
Think!’s anatomically designed cork footbeds consist primarily of natural cork which over time molds to the natural shape of your feet to create a custom fit.

JuliaMizzi – AidaJulia 8433

Taos Footwear

Taos women's shoes for arch support |

Very much focussed on comfort without compromise.

Trina, Cherry, Caroline and Elaine say Taos are comfortable and feminine.

Casual slip-onWhite sandalCavalierJulia leather sandal


Vaneli women's shoes for arch support |

Vaneli offers arch supports shoes for day-to-day wear as well as lightweight footwear for sports activities.

GanetEvonneAliz Melea


Vionic women's shoes for arch support |

Vionic (formerly Orthaheel) is a popular choice which provides support and natural alignment soles along with sandals effectively alleviate heel pain.

Lisa  and Veronica both love Vionic.
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.

Slide sandalSlip-on sneakerPosey flatClassic white strap sandal


Fashionable comfort footwear that is not too trendy.

Twinkle – TampaFriaJewel

Jannike says Wolky make great boots and flat shoes.

Want to make this resource even better? Add your 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.

I would love to hear from you! Do you need shoes with arch support? Which are your favorite brands? 


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }


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.





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!



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


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