Women love shoes.
Unfortunately, for many of us over 40 it gets harder to wear uncomfortable shoes as we age and we need shoes with 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.
Best arch support shoes
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Comfortable shoes with arch support for spring summer
As we are now approaching fall (at least for most of you) this page will now contain many of the best arch support shoes for the spring/summer 2020 season. Read on for plenty more summer sandals with arch support.
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 come with aging.
Wearing shoes with arch support may actually be a good preemptive step, as it is estimated that over 80% of the population will end up with foot problems, which are largely due to poor footwear.
Why is Arch Support Important?
A shoe with good arch support reduces muscle strain and helps you to maintain balance.
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.
Kim (above) shows that flat shoes can look just as fabulous with heels. If you want to get a similar look, but you need support, you can get a similar pair of ankle strap sandals with good arch support from ECCO.
Will arch support insoles or arch support inserts work to provide the needed support?
Another way to provide more arch support is to work with shoe insoles like these ones from 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 arch support shoes and still look great?
‘Sensible’ shoes do tend to be thought of as more boring and are slightly more aging.
However, more and more manufacturers are paying attention to this problem now and the shoes on this list all look good.
The key is to find shoes that are just slightly different, have a hip vibe to them and are just a bit funkier than the regular ‘sensible’ shoe.
You may like to get inspired by latest shoe trends for spring and summer 2020 though many of these are quite outrageous, there are some trends which could work for you.
Anita (above) wears a fabulous pair of leopard flats. If you love this look and want a pair which have arch support, try these similar leopard printed pumps from Vionic that both are comfortable and very stylish that you can wear it from day to night.
See the list of shoe trends for Spring Summer 2020.
The 10 best shoe brands with arch support and our favorite picks
Below, my top features 10 shoes and brands that I like to wear and that you have recommended.
They all combine comfort with style because I’m sure you don’t want one without the other!
1. Fly London wedge sandals
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 these shoes in multiple colors.
They manage to be timeless, but on-trend year after year. The Yala wedge is my style of choice. You will always find this style is available season after season.
I find these are a great shoe to transition from summer through to fall as you can wear with summer clothes or pieces for cooler weather.
Dayle (below) paired her outfit with a Yala wedges.
Here are a few examples of how I have worn them.
You could, of course, also try one of Fly’s newer styles, such as the Yace, above.
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. Earth slip-on sneaker
I think it’s great that sneakers have never been so on trend.
It makes it so much easier to stay comfortable AND stylish. This reptile print would be perfect for summer and spring. You could wear with your white jeans.
Earth is popular among women who need arch support because of its contour technology with, and flexibility that means its shoes move with the foot.
3. Earth flat
My favorites are these Uptown Ursula slingbacks (below), which come in four different colors and a print. Take a look and see which are your favorite.
4. Taos sneaker
Another pair of super-stylish sneakers for you, I love the soft gray shade of these leather lace-ups.
You can take a look at how to wear sneakers if you’d like some inspiration about how to wear them.
5. Kenneth Cole loafer
While silver shoes have been on-trend for a number of seasons, gold was definitely the metallic of choice on the runways for spring and summer.
If you want to update your outfits so you are on-trend, but still comfortable, how about these gold loafers from Kenneth Cole.
They come in a total of five shades if gold isn’t your thing; all featuring a cushioned footbed with arch support.
6. Geox loafer pump
Geox is another good brand to look out for if you are searching for comfortable shoes or sneakers.
These Vivyanne loafers have an on-trend heel shape and also add a little height without being uncomfortable to walk in.
The shoe also features a memory foam footbed with arch support.
7. Geox sneakers
If you like Geox as a brand but are looking for a more casual look or an athletic shoe. There’s a removable cushioned insole with arch support.
8. Carvela Comfort ballet flat
Ballet flats are one of those shoe styles that are never not on-trend. However, they can be hard to wear if they are too flat and don’t offer any support.
The basket weave style is very on-trend this season, as is this gold shade, but you could also choose from other brights, metallics and neutrals. I also really like the bone shade in these Carvela ballet flats. They also have a cushioned footbed with arch support.
9. Trotters pumps
Of course, you may prefer to wear a heel, either because you want a more formal look, or because you like to add a little extra height.
Trotters’ Kiera pumps are a shoe staple that tend to be in stock season upon season.
Classically shaped and with a kitten heel (another trend for 2020), they have a padded footbed and flexible sole for all-day comfort.
10. Comfortiva sandal
Comfortiva is a great brand to take a look at for comfortwear, because there is a wide selection of flats, booties, sandals and sneakers, so you should be able to find a style which suits your own style personality.
Shoes from the brand feature pillowtop memory-foam cushioning.
11. Naturalizer loafer
Naturalizer has a stylish array of versatile styles season after season which combine 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.
Sandals with arch support
As most of you will be heading into spring and summer, and hopefully will be looking forward to some warmer weather, you’re sure to be looking for sandals that you can wear day-to-day at home, or for sightseeing while on vacation.
Take a look at some of my favorites below.
1. Earth flat sandal
A touch of animal print can add an on-trend element to your summer style. These Earth sandals feature a shock-absorbing heel and molded footbed.
If you prefer a heel, a block heel if usually more comfortable for everyday wear. These Earth sandals feature a reinforced arch and support for the metatarsal bones in your foot.
Also take a look at the most comfortable and hip heels to wear.
2. Earth slingback sandal
A pair of wedge are always a stylish options for summer. These could look lovely worn with a white or black dress for summer, or with white jeans.
3. Aetrex espadrilles
4. Dansko wedge sandal
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.
My pick is for the Dansko ‘Tamia’ cutout wedge sandal. This sandal gives you a bit more height and dressiness, yet will ensure your feet are comfortable all day.
Plus the cut-out heel adds interest and is sure to be a talking point.
5. Dansko asymmetrical strap sandal
Another style from Dansko is the Angela sandal, which is on trend because of the asymmetrical strap detailing.
6. L’Amour des Pieds platform sandal
Flatforms were a big trend on the 2020 fashion week runways for spring and summer.
However, I do think they can be tricky to wear because of the usual lack of flexibility in the soles.
These sandals from L’Amour de Pieds have a definite nod to flatform styling while being more comfortable to wear as they have a cushioned footbed and arch support.
7. Cole Haan double band sandal
Another of my favorite comfort brands is Cole Haan. These double band sandals are simple, yet stylish.
You could choose a block color like the sandals below, or opt for one of the other five color pathways. Take a look and see what you think of the snake print.
8. Kork-Ease platform sandal
Mules are another simple but very stylish option, which should appeal to those of you with minimal tastes.
9. Naturalizer ankle srtrap sandal
Florals are also on trend for spring and summer, for obvious reasons. This floral fabric could offer a stylish way to update your existing outfits.
A pair of floral shoes could also look beautiful for a summer wedding if you are lucky enough to have any invites this year.
10. Born sandal
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.
Boots with arch support
Of course, you may not be at the stage of being able to wear sandals just yet.
If you’re still experiencing a lot of cold weather, or you want a pair of booties for your transitional outfits, take a look at the five styles below and see which ones appeal.
Brenda (above) looks beautiful in a mix of blues and neutrals.
Get a similar pair of boots from Naturalizer.
1. Softwalk bootie
I haven’t mentioned Softwalk yet, but they are certainly another option worth looking at.
The Rylee booties below feature a little quirky touch with tassel detailing to the zip. They have a small heel and a cushioned footbed.
2. Ecco bootie
Neutrals always work well for spring and summer if you are worried that black may look a little “heavy” for warmer months.
Ecco has created its own Fluidform technology which ensures that the cushioned sole remains supportive.
3. Rockport bootie
For a vintage aesthetic, you could opt for Rockport’s Kailyn booties, which have button detailing as well as a removeable footbed with arch support.
4. Camper bootie
How about a totally classic style, with a very on-trend twist. You really don’t get much more timeless than a pair of black ankle booties.
Yet these ones from Camper also feature a heel which is a little different from the usual square or stiletto heels you might expect.
5. Carvela riding boots
If you prefer a knee-length boot, or you need a pair with more coverage for warmth, I love the equestrian-styling of these Carvela boots.
Like the other shoes and boots on our list, they have a cushioned footbed and arch support. These ones also come in black if you prefer, but the tan could look particularly good with lighter weight dresses as winter turns to spring.
Shoes with good arch support for travel
If you are looking for comfortable shoes for travel, here are a few more options.
Many of the arch support shoes mentioned above will be great choices but if arch support is not your top priority here are a few more.
1. Rollie brogues
I really enjoy wearing these brogues from the brand Rollie. Although there is not a huge amount of arch support the soles are very soft and I have found these shoes very comfortable. They are ideal for travel as they are super lightweight.
Great for walking around the city. More shoes from Rollie here.
For more inspiration, read our article on what shoes to wear with different styles of pants.
A good white sneaker never goes out of style and they are still very current.
2. Superga sneaker
The Superga ‘2750 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.
There are more ideas here in this article on the most comfortable walking shoes for women over 40.
Other recommended brands of arch support shoes
Of course, the options above aren’t the only arch support shoes available, although they tend to be the most popular.
Here is a full list of recommended brands of shoes that offer you great arch support and are comfortable walking shoes.
I have listed the best arch support shoes brands in alphabetical order:
- Antelope Shoes
- Chaco shoes
- Cobb Hill
- Earth Origins
- Finn Comfort
- Fly London
- Jack Rogers
- Josef Seibel
- Paul Green
- Sam Edelman
- Taos Footwear
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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? Let me know in the comments below.
More articles on comfortable shoes:
- The Most Comfortable Walking Shoes For The Stylish Woman
- The Best Plantar Fasciitis Shoes For Women Over 40
- The Most Comfortable Heels That Look Hip AND Are Comfortable To Wear
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