The Best Women’s Shoes with Arch Support
When arch support is non-negotiable, buying cute shoes can turn into an epic struggle. Fortunately, there are some gems out there if you know where to look. Here’s my picks for the best (actually attractive!) shoes with arch support for women:
If you’re dying to embrace the minimalist sandal trend, but can’t live without arch support, Beek sandals are nothing short of amazing. (The image at the top of this article is Beek’s Seagull slide, which I have and love!)
Their immaculately constructed sandals and slides include a molded leather arch that allow for support without adding bulk. One caveat: their styles generally don’t accommodate wider feet.
In addition to Beek’s website (linked above), you can shop their arch supporting sandals on Nordstrom.
Naot makes flats, heels, boots, and more with supportive cork footbeds. They’re pretty consistent in providing great arch support, and I love that the insoles are removable in many of their styles in case you’d like to switch out your orthotics.
But what really sets them apart is the range of legitimately cute shoes with arch support, like the Helm above. Yes, they do sell some of those instantly identifiable–and hideous– “comfort shoe” styles, but it’s worth digging past those, as Naot also offers an impressive array of sleeker styles.
Arcopedicos pack some serious arch support in a quirky style that plays off the stretchy sneaker trend. I’m loving the huge variety of colors available (20!), and flexible knit fabric of their sneakers is heaven for those with bunions.
“Comfort” shoes that don’t look like they’re made for your grandmother? Turns out it is possible, and L’Amour des Pieds provides ample proof, with a selection of gorgeous dress and casual shoes that boast arch support and don’t feel at all stodgy.
I’m smitten with the vintage 1940s influence of some styles like the Brenn sandal pictured above–and if you’re looking for the perfect summer sneaker, here it is. I’ve mostly linked to Nordstrom, as they have the best selection right now, but you can also find L’Amour des Pieds at Zappos.
Fellow sufferers of plantar fascitis are probably familiar with this one, but Birkenstock’s arch support and comfort cannot be overstated! Birkenstock also offers a pretty wide variety of cute styles nowadays.
If I’m planning a long day of walking on my travels, Birkenstocks are my go-to choice 100% of the time. They’re somehow even more comfortable and supportive than my custom-made orthotics. (For those who are wondering, I’ve found that the insoles Birkenstock sells aren’t nearly as supportive as their sandals).
Stay away from potentially fake Birkenstocks on discount sites like Amazon, and instead check out the stock on sites like Nordstrom, Anthropologie, and Saks. They’ll usually stock some of the trendier options, and you know you’re getting the real deal.
Eytys serves up fashion forward sneakers with a signature platform, and molded cork insoles for arch support and comfort. They make some awesome minimalist styles, as well as stocking some fun tropical prints for summer right now.
In addition to Farfetch (linked above), MyTheresa has a nice selection of Eytys sneakers.
Vionic offers a nice range of casual and dressy shoes with arch support, many with removable footbeds. In addition to the cool smoking slipper styling of the Carnegie above, I’m digging their loafers and booties.
This one is cheating a little bit, but I love these sneakers, and I feel like my fellow orthotics users will understand. Veja’s Wata sneakers don’t have built in arch support, but they do feature removable insoles that are impressively deep. This makes it easy to replace with your own orthotics with plenty of room to spare–anyone who’s struggled to make their orthotics fit in their favorite shoes will know what a boon this is!
Just keep in mind that not all Veja sneakers have insoles this deep. I own a pair of Veja Holiday sneakers, and the insole is much thinner, necessitating a half length orthotic.
9Women’s Shoes with Arch Support: Honorable Mentions
There’s a handful of brands that didn’t quite make it onto the short list of women’s shoes with arch support. Even though these brands might lean towards clunky, they do have some cute shoes in the mix too. Here’s more to browse if you haven’t found something that strikes your fancy yet:
OTBT: I’m personally not a fan of their chunky sandals, but OTBT does make some cute sneakers that are worth taking a look at.
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