If you have dainty, high arches, fret not. You won’t have to wear sneakers with orthotics all summer long. There’s no reason you can’t have your cake and eat it too in the form of this season’s coolest shoe trends. It’s just a matter of looking for some key characteristics like rigidity, padding around the ankle, a well-cushioned footbed, and space around the toes so you can move them freely. Keep reading to find out the best shoes for high arches, and shop some of our favorite styles.
These shoes have far more shock absorption than mules, don’t bend easily, and have more support around the ankle, which are all characteristics we look for in shoes for high arches.
Madewell The Frances Loafers ($148)
Vagabond Shoemakers Alex Penny Loafer ($160)
Sam Edelman Loraine Loafers ($130)
Gucci Princetown Loafer Mule ($790)
2. Slingback Block Heels
A perfect complement to any flowing skirt or tailored pants, slingback with a block heels provide everything we’re looking for: ankle straps for ankle support and a lower heel for reduced tension on your foot.
Atp Atelier Tressanti Flat Slingbacks ($390)
Jeffrey Campbell Kari Bow Slingback Pump ($130)
Franco Sarto Racer Slingback Pump ($99)
Zara Jewel Leather Slingback Heels ($80)
3. Comfortable Sandals
Love ’em or hate ’em, Velcro sandals are here for the next 90 days minimum, and whether you’re here for the look or not, your feet will definitely be happy. This “ugly” shoe trend provides good shock absorption and arch support and is basically orthopedic footwear as a fashion statement. You’re welcome.
Teva Midform Universal Geometric Sandal ($60)
Birkenstock Arizona Eva Sandal ($45)
Arizona Love Trekky Bandana Sandals ($188)
Birkenstock Arizona Big Buckle Sandals ($150)
Instead of high heels over three inches (who wants to walk around in those anyway?), opt for cute wedges that not only pair perfectly with jeans or a sundress but will also provide more balance and support.
Nine West Kalia Wedge Sandal ($45)
Castaner Blaudell Espadrille Wedge Sandals ($170)
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Olympia Wedges ($460)
Sneakers are an obvious choice for comfort and support, but luckily they’re also a long-standing fashion trend. Whether it’s a fashion sneaker or a more traditional running shoe, these will provide absorption and cushioning for arch support.
New Balance 996 Classic Sneakers ($80)
Veja Esplar Logo Sneakers ($120)
Nike Daybreak Sneaker ($90)
6. Cowboy Boots
The cowboy boot craze is still all the rage. Fortunately, this Western style is usually accompanied by a low heel, padded soles, and ankle support. That might explain why fashion girls were seen wearing them all over fashion week.
Isabel Marant Denvee Boots ($990)
Billini Howie Croc Embossed Tall Western Boot ($100)
Mango Leather Cowboy Ankle Boots ($75)
7. Ankle Boots
As a forever fan of pairing ruffled, flowing dresses with Dr. Martens, I can’t complain that they happen to be good for my feet as well.
Dr. Martens Jadon 8 Eye Boots ($170)
Dr. Martens 1460 8 Eye Boots ($230)
Dr. Martens Leonore Sherpa Chelsea Boots ($160)
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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