No one is immune from bunions. But if you do suffer from them, it can feel next to impossible to find shoes for bunions which are both stylish AND comfortable.
Chances are though, you may well suffer from bunions at some point in your life. Around a quarter of all people are estimated to get bunions, and that rises to more than a third for those over the age of 65.
Plus, women are more likely to suffer from bunions than men.
Celebrities with bunions
Just as with any health condition, even the rich and famous aren’t able to avoid getting bunions.
Celebrities who have famously been photographed with their bunions on display include Victoria Beckham, Meghan Markle, Christina Hendricks, Naomi Campbell and the Duchess of Cambridge.
What are bunions?
So, exactly what are bunions? Well, they’re a bony deformity at the base of the big toe.
You may also find that your big toe starts to point inwards towards your other toes, so that the foot bone faces outwards.
The exact cause of bunions is not known, but they are thought to be partly genetic, and partly made worse by wearing uncomfortable footwear. They can also be caused, or made worse, by foot injuries and arthritis.
Shoes which are too tight or which have high heels can increase your chances of getting bunions.
Shoes for bunions
Wearing the right shoes for bunions is vital if you don’t want to make the condition worse.
You are likely to have pain and swelling over your big toe joint, which will be made worse from the pressure caused if you wear ill-fitting shoes.
Plus, the shape of your foot could change, which makes it even harder to find shoes which fit and which are comfortable enough to wear all day.
What are the best shoes for bunions?
Just as with finding the right shoes for those who need arch support, finding the right shoes if you have bunions can be a case of trial and error to find out exactly what works for you.
But first, here are a few quick tips…
- Look for shoes with a wide toe. As Sue on the 40+ style community points out: “Our toes are supposed to be able to splay rather than be pushed inwards to a point.”
- You may wish to stay away from synthetics and opt for leather, suede and elasticated materials which have a bit more give.
- The widest part of your foot should correspond with the widest part of the shoes you choose.
Recommendations – shoes for bunions
It may seem like you have limited options or that you have to make a choice between comfort and style.
But, there are actually plenty of shoes out there from boots to sandals, wedges to heels (just don’t go too high!), which no one would ever know you had chosen because you have bunions and not simply because you love them.
If you haven’t found the perfect pair yet for you, here are recommendations that work from the stylish women of the 40+ style community.
Wide toe box shoes
If you do suffer from bunions, or any foot pain towards the front of your foot, opting for wide toe box shoes can give you the room you need to walk in comfort.
I couldn’t resist showing you these floral sneakers, which are new from Ecco, a brand recommended for its comfort.
This style has a lot of reviews on Nordstrom. Many reviews talk about the generous width in the toe area.
Stylish shoes for women with bunions
If you’re searching for shoes with plenty of width at the toes, then another good tip is to avoid pointed toe styles altogether and, instead, look for square-toed and round toed options.
That’s why a pair of classic ballet flats may work for you.
This pair is the Trotters Signature Sizzle flat and has a wider toe area to allow your foot to spread out a little, rather than squashing your toes together.
No matter what your foot width, you should find a pair to fit as they go from super slim to extra wide, and they come in a range of colors and patterns.
My favorites for this season are the nude leather and metallic options, which won’t look too ‘heavy’ for summer.
wide fitting shoes for bunions
Nordstrom was recommended for wide-fitting shoes by women on the 40+ Style Community, because it is so easy to narrow down your options (pardon the pun), by searching for wide fitting shoes.
That way, you don’t waste any time looking at options which you realize will be too narrow for your feet only after you have fallen in love with the style.
I love the stylish, minimal simplicity of these flats from Clarks. The blush pink shade would be perfect for heading into spring and summer or the black (below) would be ideal for work and day-to-day wear.
They have a leather upper and are well-cushioned with a shock-absorbing footbed.
sandals for bunions
Sandals can actually be very comfortable if you have bunions, because you can let your feet “breathe” without having restrictive material rubbing or pressing against the side of your big toe joints.
These ones from SAS were recommended by 40+ Style readers. They have leather uppers and a footbed which molds to your shape.
best sneakers for bunions
Vionic is often recommended by podiatrists because of the way they cradle your foot.
This pair has a podiatrist-designed footbed for extra comfort.
In leather or nubuck, they have a little give and the perforated uppers add some additional style, and keep them on trend.
The Vionic Midi Perf style a lot of reviews on Amazon.
dress shoes for bunions
Just because you have bunions, it doesn’t mean you have to quit wearing heels completely.
If you do want a dressier feel from you shoes, just be sure that they aren’t too high or too narrow.
This pair from Sofft are available in patent leather or suede. They come in two different widths so you could try both to see what works for you and your feet.
They also have a molded foam footbed for extra comfort.
Sofft was one of the brands recommended for bunions in the 40+ Style community.
Fashionable shoes for bunion sufferers
Even if you have bunions, you can still wear a range of fashionable styles, including wedges.
Bernie Mev is a brand recommended for anyone who needs comfort shoes for a range of foot issues.
These ones are very similar to the Fly London pair I love, and come in a range of colors and prints, including a very on-trend snakeskin design.
Another option which looks very similar to the Fly London styles is the Clarks Wynnmere Fox ankle strap pump, which is reviewed well on Nordstrom.
best running shoes for bunions
If you are someone who loves to run, or take part in any kind of aerobic activity, having sore feet can put you off exercising.
But these New Balance sneakers are one of the options regularly recommended by podiatrists.
They are designed to help if your feet tend to roll inwards, which can cause your bunions to rub on the outside of your shoes.
sandals that hide bunions
Gentle Souls are another brand recommended by both women in the 40+ Style Community and podiatrists.
This pair of Lily Moon-style sandals have a fair amount of coverage on the top and side of your feet. Many reviews talk about these sandals having a wide toe bed, so they should be roomy enough.
Gentle Souls were also a popular recommendation on the 40+ Style Community.
best walking shoes for bunions
If you’re searching for a pair of sandals that will both help to disguise your bunions and make sure you can walk or go sightseeing to your heart’s content, then how about this pair from KEEN?
They’re an outdoor sandal suited to hiking or activity vacations,.
KEEN was the first recommendation I got for bunions on the 40+ Style Community.
I have to say, I think KEEN shoes have come a long way in terms of style, particularly with the new colors available like the wine shade (above).
I’ve already mentioned lots of great brands here. So far, I’ve talked about…
But, of course there are more recommended brands if you have bunions. Others recommended to me include the following.
You could also get some relief from the pain associated with bunions by wearing bunion cushions or pads.
These will help to cushion sore areas and reduce rubbing from your shoes.
How about you? Do you suffer from bunions? What are the best shoes for bunions that you’ve ever found?
Let me know in the comments below and let’s turn this into the most valuable resource there is for women with bunions!
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