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Looking for arch support shoes for flat feet? Take a gander at these comfortable yet cute TFG picks that’ll have your feet singing with happiness!
Good Shoes for Flat Feet
Written By: Jeannie Mark
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TFG readers ask this question frequently: “What are the best shoes for flat feet?” As someone who suffers from this myself and has been prescribed orthotics for overpronation, I’ve had to muddle through on which shoes work well either for travel or on a daily basis that doesn’t make my feet hurt.
On top of that, for years I wore comfortable but ugly-looking shoes which wounded my fashionista side. It wasn’t until a few years ago that comfort brands finally started producing pretty shoes—hallelujah!
So, rather than have you go through trial and error as I did, we’re excited to share this ultimate guide to choosing the best shoe for flat feet including boots, sneakers, sandals, and much more! However, let’s clear up some common questions first.
How To Tell if You’re Flat Footed
Simply put, having flat feet means you have no visible arch when you stand up. It’s normal to be flat-footed as it’s one of many foot types that people are born with.
Why Are Flat Feet Bad
It definitely isn’t worrisome if you’re someone who doesn’t experience symptoms, and a lot of flat-footed folks don’t! But some do have issues stemming from flat fleet such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, tendonitis, and more. There can also be general pain in the foot, ankle, heel, or leg.
I was diagnosed with overpronation due to a condition called flexible flatfoot, which means my arches have fallen and my ankles slightly roll inwards, so comfortable, supportive shoes are vital for me!
What Are the Most Comfortable Shoes for Flat Feet?
When I scout for travel shoes, I’m always looking for arch, ankle, and heel support, excellent cushion, good grip so I don’t have to worry about surfaces too much, and quality materials that will last a long time so I’m not having to replace shoes frequently.
All of those elements allow me to walk for long periods of time without noticeable discomfort at the end of a long sightseeing day.
Though comfort is #1, the final thing I look for is aesthetics. I still want a cute shoe that’s versatile and can pair with a number of my trip outfits!
Without further ado, check out these best walking shoes for flat feet womens styles that are comfy and pretty enough to wear anywhere!
Best Boots for Flat Feet
Vionic Joy Serena Ankle Boot
I love boots and when I was diagnosed with overpronation, I thought a high heel for flat feet was impossible until I found the Vionic Joy Serena boots. I discovered that I can wear up to a 2” heel and my feet feel fine. These are only 1.8”!
These suede numbers are weather-resistant, have a removable EVA footbed for anyone who wants to put in their own inserts, and have a TR outsole that’ll stand up to surfaces. I really love the boho feel to these, with the tassel zipper and seam piping.
One wearer says of these, “This Serena bootie is unbelievably comfortable—as in I can wear them all day with my 56-year-old feet, bunion and all, and still feel great by evening. It’s the perfect height to see a little peep of the ankle without having to roll my jeans which is just what I wanted. The little tassel zip is a perfect touch!”
Clarks Michela Petal Ankle Boot
I’m a long-term fan of this brand and first discovered them years ago when I was on the hunt for lovely-looking, supportive shoes. Their history spans over 200 years! These Clarks Michela Petal boots are superbly crafted with premium leather and suede so they’ll last years (I usually apply some waterproofing spray), and come equipped with an EVA midsole, an Ortholite footbed, and a sturdy outsole for walking.
These boots flat feet savior is loved by many, as evidenced by this review. “Clarks are my new favorite shoe. These fit great and are super cute. quality leather, great insole. So comfy, wish all of my shoes fit like these. I’ll be buying more in the future.”
Orthofeet Emma BioHeels Boot
If you have very sensitive feet but worry about sacrificing style, these Orothofeet ankle boots are a dream come true! They have orthotic insoles, tons of cushioning layers, and are designed for anatomical arch support.
They’re also wide in the toe box for anyone with hammertoes or bunions and come in medium, wide, and extra-wide widths. Not only that, the removable insoles can be replaced with custom orthotics as well.
One wearer says these are not only pretty to wear but support her feet fully, saying, “I have bunions and plantar fasciitis, so good shoes are very important to me. These boots fit well and don’t hurt my arch or my bunions. They came with inserts so you can build them up or down in the arch. These are stylish and feel great!”
Dansko Becki Waterproof Bootie
I adore a classic slip-on boot, and these Dansko booties fit the bill, and they’re also waterproof! Made of leather with a rubber sole, the lining has Aegis Microbe Shield odor control which is excellent for traveling when having to wear shoes for long periods of time. They also have a removable, EVA memory foam footbed that can cradle feet nicely!
A reviewer conveys their experience with these from the get-go, saying, “Wore it for the first time and they never hurt my feet! I’m so impressed! My feet normally hurt when I wear a shoe the first time; no matter if it’s expensive or cheap. These boots are amazing! Love it.”
Looking for a perfect black boots? Find out our readers’ picks for the best black ankle boots for travel!
Best Sneakers for Flat Feet
I am a sneaker fan, through and through! Either I look for ones that have the proper support or ones where I could remove the footbed and add my own orthotic. Check out these lovelies!
Ecco Soft 7 Slip-On II
Ecco is another one of my faves, and the Soft 7 are walking sneakers for flat feet that look contemporary and are well-cushioned for everyday or travel. This company prides itself on creating cute, yet supportive shoes.
The Ecco Soft 7 shoe flat feet support comes from an anatomically designed shape built for total comfort and there’s enough width to not pinch. Also, the insole is removable if you want to use your own inserts, and the PU outsole is durable, yet flexible as you walk. Can you tell I LOVE them?
One review says, “I just recently got plantar fasciitis and with all other shoes I have to wear extra arch support and a heel cushion, but when I wear these, I have no pain at all. They feel amazing!”
Read the Ecco shoes review we compiled with love!
adidas Cloudfoam Advantage Cl Sneaker
I wouldn’t have thought of Adidas as a sneaker for flat feet, but these are darn cushiony as reviewers have noted.
It all comes down to the Cloudfoam insert that has two layers of cushioning, while the rubber outsole gives a decent grip on walking surfaces. And this reviewer agrees, saying, “They’re called Cloudfoam for a reason! Super comfy; I feel like I’m walking on clouds with how white and comfy they are!”
As a general comfort shoe, these work great! But do note that some wearers say these fit small, so consider sizing up.
Here are our readers tried and tested recommendations for the best insoles for walking and standing all day!
Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 Sneakers
Our readers rave about their Skechers, and I’m about to do the same! I wore the Flex Appeal sneakers on a trip to Merida, Mexico where the pavement is highly irregular and uneven. I walked for hours around the city center and not once did my feet hurt, which is a problem I encounter having flat feet.
Their secret is the cushioned and air-cooled memory foam sole which offers great arch support and plenty of flexibility for your feet. While these aren’t fashion sneakers, they’re still cute and sleek, pairing well with my weekend getaway outfits, all the way from shorts to a casual dress.
One review says, “These were comfortable right away and I have a lot of foot issues—bunions, hammertoes, etc. I’m always looking for comfortable shoes and have the best luck with Skechers, love these!”
If you want MORE of this brand, check out our post on the best Skechers for all occasions—from boots, sneakers, to sandals!
Keen Low-Top Sneakers
Makers of great travel sandals (I wore them on my RTW trip), my feet crave these KEEN low-top sneakers. A casual, summer oriented shoe, it has a cushiony Luftcell PU insole and a heel panel with a tough-traction rubber outsole that’s perfect for active walkers, or just busy people with many places to go!
This reviewer is pretty darn happy with her pair, and says, “These are exactly what I was looking for. The arch support is exactly where it should be. I’ve got flat feet and love the sandals I have from Keen, so the sneakers have the same comfy support. Nice and firm but not too firm.”
Looking for a cute and comfy travel shoe? Find out what our readers vote as the best slip on sneakers for sightseeing days!
Best Athletic Shoes for Flat Feet
I was a big runner for years and it took a lot of fine-tuning to find athletic shoes I could either wear solo or be able to insert orthotics. This collection includes brands I’ve worn to exercise in comfort!
Saucony Women’s Cohesion 11 Running Shoe
I used to be a runner and my symptoms from flat feet entailed painful shin splints whenever I went on a run. Once I was prescribed orthotics, I needed to find a shoe that worked for my activity. Enter the Saucony Cohesion running shoes!
They’re a dream to wear due to the solid rubber sole, roomy toe-box, and great support cushioning. You can also remove the insole which this wearer attests to saying, “I wear an orthotic with my left shoe so I have to be picky with the shoes I order. The Cohesion 11 is perfect in every way. Right out of the box, I was able to wear this shoe with my orthotic and it fits perfectly. I absolutely love everything about this shoe.”
I can’t disagree; these are seriously the best tennis shoes for flat feet!
New Balance Women’s Cush+ 715 V4 Cross Trainer
Besides Saucony, another popular brand I’ve bought before is the New Balance running shoes for flat feet. These are packed with a sturdy upper that’s breathable, a rubber sole allows you to stand on a gym floor without slipping, while the cushioning midsole makes the feet feel solid and supported on the ground.
These even have grooves so you can move intuitively! A fan of these says, “As someone with large feet and several foot issues (bunion and Achilles tendon problem), I have a hard time finding shoes that are comfortable for long periods of time that don’t hurt my Achilles. I just recently bought these and have worn them three times with no problems—comfortable and lots of room. I like that they’re lightweight but also offer pretty decent support.”
Check out reader recommendations for the most comfortable and cute walking shoes for travel!
Best Sandals for Flat Feet
For me, a flat-footed person, I like sandals that have good arch support, cushioning,g and don’t feel restricting as my feet swell in the heat. This is important because I can’t slip in an orthotic so the cushioning has to be there. These highly recommended picks are great!
Naot Kayla Sandal
In a slight wedge style and with more than 30 great colors to choose from, the Naot Kayla is a reader favorite. Its anatomic cork and latex footbed are made out of a comfortable suede that molds to the shape of your feet, and its outsole is also water-resistant, which is a major plus if you plan for a mix of city and light outdoor activities.
One foot sufferer calls this her most comfortable shoes flat feet pick, saying, ‘I have very poor feet with calluses and hammertoes causing painful walking. Naot sandals are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. They provide a pain-free walk and also help my balance. These are amazing!”
This little wedge dresses up beautifully, so you can easily take it from day to evening with just a few wardrobe changes. And if you want to know more about Naoat, take a look at our review on an editor-in-chief favorite, the Naot Sabrina.
Vionic Farra Sandal
A veritable reader fave, the Vionic Farra sandals are beloved for their look and comfort. The cork and synthetic upper and adjustable straps make these feel and fit well and the footbed is designed to help overworked feet.
And of course, the rubber sole is uber helpful when walking on surfaces. But our favorite feature is the pretty metal decorative accents that make this sandal versatile from day to night.
An ardent fan of his brand raves about these and says, “I have several Vionics for my standing job, they helped my plantar fasciitis pain. These are so pretty, super comfortable, and true to size.”
TFG readers are ALWAYS recommending Vionic for comfortable shoes. Whether it’s sandals, sneakers or boots, here are their top picks!
Taos Footwear Gift 2 Sandal
These Taos flat feet sandals are excellent for standing all day, and are described as “feeling like a glove for your foot!” Users can’t get enough of how comfortable they are.
Firstly, the design is cute, with a diagonally cut ruched leather upper (that comes in a ton of colors), and as users explain—hides bunions! But the ergonomic fit of these shoes is also great too, with arch and metatarsal support built into the cushiony soft liner.
One wearer shares, “I was looking for a sandal to use when traveling that had good support and read on a couple of travel sites that highly recommended this brand for all-day walking. I have soooo many foot problems! These sandals are extremely comfortable. Great footbed support including the arches and even some metatarsal support. The leather is extremely soft and supple, which makes the sandals really comfy for wearing all day, They’re also very attractive which makes them versatile for casual wear to dinner with a nice pair of slacks.”
Just note that users say these don’t come in half sizes so fit your feet accordingly!
Olukai Upena Gladiator Sandals
Channel your inner bohemian with these sandals from OluKai! Available in several head-turning colors, our readers tell us they love their oh-so-comfy footwear.
Adjustable leather straps and soft microfiber lining offer a secure but relaxed fit, and the anatomically molded PU midsole hugs feet comfortably. And the textured rubber outsole gives good traction. These are awesome to take to a beach or hang by a seaside cafe.
One reviewer, who calls them her favorites, says, “This is my second pair of Olukai gladiator sandals. I need arch support in my shoes and sandals. I have tried other orthotic brands and the arch support was too high and too hard. This style of Olukai is perfect for me and very stylish.”
Here are comfortable walking sandals that are stylish too!
Best Flats for Flat Feet
Flats aren’t something that works for every traveler and are typically not be the best for long periods of walking. However, during my 11+ years of travel, I always wear flats as my dressy shoe. As long as they have the proper arch support and strong, durable cushioning, it’s something I’ve packed into my suitcase to attend a conference or just for leisure travel. I’ve also worn them sightseeing in urban cities like Milan and Paris!
Vionic Desiree Flat
The Vioni Desiree is a terrific flat feet ballet shoe that’s supportive for gals like me. I also think it’s a classy shoe, with the diamond quilting and patent toe.
They have a removable Orthaheel insole that provides podiatrist-designed support, relief, and stability, and it comes in a medium and wide fit. One wearer shares, “Cute, comfortable, and great support!”
SAS Scenic Ballet Flats
Womens dress shoes for flat feet can be hard to come by, but these SAS flats have a breathable, leather lining and a removable, machine-washable foam footbed designed to cradle the foot for comfort, which can be replaced with your own inserts. These supportive shoes are designed to provide a relaxed fit with a roomy toe-box and polyurethane heel equipped with tiny bubbles to absorb pressure as you walk. They’re also pretty darn cute!
One wearer says, “Lovely dress shoes for wide feet and for those who need to be able to remove the footbed in order to insert an orthotic footbed.”
Taos Footwear Rascal Support Ballet Flats
These Taos Rascal shoes are made from smooth leather, with a Curves & Pods removable footbed that gives you comfort like tiny, supportive pillows. They’re also light, which is great for roaming the streets of a new city, or just everyday life.
Voted by many as the best dress shoes for flat feet womens style, we can see why! One traveler shares, “I just walked all over Moscow in this shoe. Fits true to size, did not slip, and great arch support. Didn’t realize I was walking over cobblestones until I looked down.”
Josef Seibel Pippa Ballet Flat
Though similar looking to the Vionics, the Josef Seibel Pippa is a personal fave. I wore these hitting the pavement in Hong Kong, looking cute and feeling no pain in my feet! They’re very flexible due to being made of leather and elastic, and the rubber heel is designed to move with your foot. Plus they have a cushioned footbed.
A user shares their experience, “I needed a dressy flat that would work for a trip to Italy as an evening dress shoe. This ballet flat was perfect! The colors dress it up and it’s a wonderful neutral. Great cushioning and comfy for longer walks, even on cobblestones.”
Here’s what our readers rated as having the most cute and comfortable ballet flats for travel!
Best Womens Shoes for Flat Feet Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Best Boots for Flat Feet|
|Vionic Joy Serena Ankle Boot||“ I think these are the most fabulous, cutest, most comfortable ankle boots I’ve EVER tried on! I will probably wear them with thin socks and skinny jeans but they are comfortable without socks. I have flat, severely arthritic feet (only in my 40's), so Vionic has been a miracle for me. Highly recommended!”||Check Price|
|Clarks Michela Petal Ankle Boot||“Clarks are my new favorite shoe. These fit great and are super cute. quality leather, great insole. So comfy, wish all of my shoes fit like these. I’ll be buying more in the future.”||Check Price|
|Orthofeet Emma BioHeels Boot||“I have bunions and plantar fasciitis, so good shoes are very important to me. These boots fit well and don’t hurt my arch or my bunions. They came with inserts so you can build them up or down in the arch. These are stylish and feel great!”||Check Price|
|Dansko Becki Waterproof Bootie||“Wore it for the first time and they never hurt my feet! I’m so impressed! My feet normally hurt when I wear a shoe the first time; no matter if it’s expensive or cheap. It took me a week to break in my Dansko clogs. But these boots are amazing! Love it.”||Check Price|
|Best Sneakers for Flat Feet|
|Ecco Soft 7 Slip-On II||“I just recently got plantar fasciitis and with all other shoes I have to wear extra arch support and a heel cushion, but when I wear these, I have no pain at all. They feel amazing!”||Check Price|
|adidas Cloudfoam Advantage Cl Sneaker||“They're called Cloudfoam for a reason! Super comfy; I feel like I'm walking on clouds with how white and comfy they are!”||Check Price|
|Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 Sneakers||“These were comfortable right away and I have a lot of foot issues—bunions, hammer toes, etc. I'm always looking for comfortable shoes and have the best luck with Skechers, love these!”||Check Price|
|Keen Low-Top Sneakers||“Love my Keens. This is my 5th pair. These are cute, so comfortable, and I have arthritis in my knees and hips so that is important. Way more comfortable than Converse flat feet options and easier stride in these. These fit perfectly in length, width, and in the toe box. Love them!”||Check Price|
|Best Flats for Flat Feet|
|Vionic Desiree Flat||“Cute, comfortable and great support!”||Check Price|
|SAS Scenic Ballet Flats||“Lovely dress shoes for wide feet and for those who need to be able to remove the footbed in order to insert an orthotic footbed.”||Check Price|
|Taos Footwear Rascal Support Ballet Flats||“I just walked all over Moscow in this shoe. Fits true to size, did not slip, and great arch support. Didn’t realize I was walking over cobblestones until I looked down.”||Check Price|
|Josef Seibel Pippa Ballet Flat||“Bought these shoes for an overseas trip and was very useful for day and night use—could be worn on walking tours and dressed up at night. I have narrow feet and needed to use an insert but that worked well. Can highly recommend.”||Check Price|
|Best Sandals for Flat Feet|
|Naot Kayla Sandal||‘'I have very poor feet with calluses and hammer toes causing painful walking. Naot sandals are the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. They provide a pain-free walk and also help my balance. These are amazing!”||Check Price|
|Vionic Farra Sandal||“I have several Vionics for my standing job, they helped my plantar fasciitis pain.These are the prettiest. Comfortable and true to size.”||Check Price|
|Taos Footwear Gift 2 Sandal||“I was looking for a sandal to use when traveling that had good support, and read on a couple of travel sites that highly recommended this brand for all day walking. I have soooo many foot problems! These sandals are extremely comfortable. Great footbed support including the arches and even some metatarsal support. The leather is extremely soft and supple, which makes the sandals really comfy for wearing all day, They’re also very attractive which makes them versatile for casual wear to dinner with a nice pair of slacks.”||Check Price|
|OLUKAI Upena Gladiator Sandals||“This is my second pair of Olukai gladiator sandals. I need an arch support in my shoes and sandals. I have tried other orthotic brands and the arch support was too high and too hard. This style of Olukai is perfect for me and very stylish.”||Check Price|
|Best Athletic Shoes for Flat Feet|
|Saucony Women's Cohesion 11 Running Shoe||“I wear an orthotic with my left shoe so I have to be picky with the shoes I order. The Cohesion 11 is perfect in every way. Right out of the box, I was able to wear this shoe with my orthotic and it fits perfectly. I absolutely love everything about this shoe.”||Check Price|
|New Balance Women's Cush+ 715 V4 Cross Trainer||“As someone with large feet and several foot issues (bunion and Achilles tendon problem), I have a hard time finding shoes that are comfortable for long periods of time that don't hurt my Achilles. I just recently bought these and have worn them three times with no problems—comfortable and lots of room. I like that they’re lightweight but also offer pretty decent support.”||Check Price|
Packing Womens Shoes Flat Feet Styles for a Trip
Now that you’ve checked out the best walking shoes flat feet picks, it’s time to pack a pair for your next trip! Start by selecting a container such as a shoe bag or a packing cube, then pack according to your type of luggage. See more in the video below.
Watch this video to start learning how to organize with packing cubes!
Whether you have a front loading or top loading backpack, it’s crucial to put your shoes first, at the bottom. If you’re planning to pack shoes in a rolling carry-on, remember that it stands sideways, so it’s important to note how it functions when it is upright.
Most often, your shoes will need to be packed close to the wheels, so that the luggage maintains its balance in transit. This is the secret to packing carry-on only!
What do you think are the best walking shoes flat feet styles for women? Share in the comments!
For more comfortable, travel shoes, please read:
- My Favorite Shoes to Wear When I Fly
- Best Orthopedic Shoes for Women – That Look Good Too!
- Most Comfortable Skechers Shoes for Women: 18 Must-Have Picks
- Best Womens Narrow Shoes for Travel That Are Comfortable and Cute
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