Is there such a thing as best shoes for bunions, shoes that are attractive and affordable? Yes, yes, and yes. Those painful bumps on your feet do not immediately relegate you to the less than appealing, expensive orthopedic oxfords.
How many of us suffer through occasions anticipating the moment you can remove your shoes and rub your feet? And yes, I have kicked off my shoes to boogie down, pain-free, at more than one wedding reception. Admit it, haven't we all?
Those gorgeous shoes that we women must have, you know the ones. Those very high heels that make our legs look longer and give us two to three inches (or more) of height. The ones with the pointiest of toes, oh how stylish.
And you men aren't immune to style dictates either. You've squished your feet into some stylish pointed toed shoes as well. And for those of you who are a bit older, do I even have to mention those platform shoes of the 1970s and their higher heels?
Comfortable shoes and the freedom to leave are the two most important things in life. Shel Silverstein
Stylishly painful shoes. What we are willing to endure for the sake of fashion and looking our best. Although as I remember the 1970s, I'm not so sure they were all that stylish or that we looked our best.
But for whatever reason we have bunions, and most of our shoes cause our feet to hurt. Flipflops aren't allowed at the office, and we're just not ready to forsake all fashion sense by wearing orthopedic oxfords. Although there are those moments, we get very close to at least checking them out.
But before you give serious consideration to those oxfords, look over our list of the 10 best shoes for bunions. It could keep you stepping out in style while saving you money, all with no foot pain.
The Source Of The Toe Bumps
The source or cause of bunions seems to be a bit of a puzzle to the medical profession. They're not sure what the exact cause may be or the best way to eliminate them.
Is it heredity, shoe design, profession, medical issues, all or none of the above? While they can't definitively say what causes bunions, they are certain of what can make you susceptible to getting them.
There does seem to be a hereditary factor. Foot shape and structure are hereditary, and some foot types are more prone to bunions than others.
People in occupations that require a lot of standing and walking are more susceptible, as are ballet dancers, whose feet are under constant stress and strain.
To be happy, it first takes being comfortable being in your own shoes. The rest can work up from there.
While not the cause, toes squeezed into narrow-toed shoes can trigger a bunion. And those high heels don't help either. Low arches, flat feet, and loose joints and tendons also increase the risk.
Rheumatoid arthritis and gout can be a factor in bunions as well. In addition, foot injuries and deformities at birth can also contribute to bunion formation.
However those bunions came to be, you now have to deal with them and their pain. Do you treat them conservatively, with gel-filled bunion pads, night splints, shoe inserts, and bunion friendly shoes or aggressively, with surgery?
Believe it or not, there are more than 100 different surgical procedures to correct a bunion deformity. Which surgery chosen will depend on the severity and specific biomechanics of each patient.
But before you give surgery a thought, be aware that there is a 25 percent chance for bunion recurrence. Given that possibility, along with the actual surgical procedure, recuperation, and potential complications, it seems the conservative approach is the better first step.
Women take the lead
Women are 10 times more likely to have bunions than men. Which gives some credence to the theory that pointed toe, high heeled shoes contribute to the formation of bunions.
The higher the heel, the more your weight is tipped forward, forcing your toes to be pushed to the front of the shoe. Those pointed toe stilettos, while so attractive, present a double dose of bunion brewing.
Over half of all adults have bunions. And while women make up most of that population, a significant number of men are sharing that pain. While stilettos aren't regular footwear for men, fashion includes pointed toed shoes for them too. And there is that hereditary factor that includes men as well.
So, while there may not be as many men dealing with bunions, there are enough that we've included men's shoes in a few categories of our best shoes for bunions list.
How We Chose The Best Shoes For Bunions
We searched the internet for podiatrists opinions and recommendations on how to pick the best shoes for bunions. Then we searched the internet for shoes with the highest customer satisfaction and positive reviews that matched that criterion.
The purpose of this review is to give you, the consumer, factual, unbiased information so that you can make an informed and effortless decision on purchasing the best shoes for bunions.
Pay The Fiddler And Dance In Style
When you absolutely must dance to the beat, you have to find the right shoes for your feet. And they make them, and you can afford them.
The first step in the treatment of bunion pain is to relieve the pressure by wearing the right kind of shoe. Shoes should have a wide, flexible sole and a toe box big enough to accommodate the bunion.
Good shoe choices are sandals, athletic shoes, and shoes made of soft leather. Shoes with a back should have a sturdy heel that keeps the foot snuggly, not tightly, in place. Ideally, heels should be no higher than an inch.
Wide shoes are also effective when dealing with bunion pain. When deciding what shoe width is best for your foot, know that the widest part of your foot should correspond with the widest part of the shoe.
While assessing footwear, it's good to note that athletic and canvas shoes have the lowest risk of a fall when compared to other types of shoes.
You can also use foot inserts that will help keep your balance by improving arch support, which can decrease the width of the foot while walking. Before getting expensive made to order orthotics, you can start with inserts from the drug store to see if they help.
On the boardwalk
It's summer, and you need sandals for a lazy stroll on the boardwalk, dancing on the beach, or just running errands.
Knowing men love sandals in the summer too, we've included them in this category of best shoes for bunions as well.
For those summertime strolls, Clarks Leisa Cacti Q slide sandal is just what you want. It comes in 10 different colors and is available in narrow, medium, and wide widths.
This sandal has a soft leather upper with velcro closures and a lightweight ortholite footbed. It has a synthetic sole with a flexible rubber outsole and a heel height of 1.33 inches.
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And who could blame him if they were Orthofeet's Alpine Orthotic Sandal? They come in Brown and Gray and are available in medium, wide, and x-wide widths.
This sandal has a non-binding fit, extra room for moving your toes as well as maximum protection against pressure points. The ergonomic sole along with the anatomical orthotic insole offer precise support and excellent cushioning.
Sillan Paz is the newest shoe in the Cloudsteppers™ Collection and has a soft fabric lining with a removable CushionSoft™ with OrthoLite® footbed. It has a synthetic sole and a heel that measures approximately 1.5 inches.
Or Walking To The Beat Of Your Feet
Pick your beat and walk, or maybe even dance, those 10,000 steps every day. These shoes are so comfortable you may call them your happy feet shoes.
Since the goal is 10,000 steps for all of us, we included men in this best shoes for bunions category too.
- Non-marking walking shoe with padded tongue and collar and durable XT-900 material in high-wear portions of outsole
- Grid cushioning unit
- Walk-Trac comfort outsole
Time to pick up the beat and the shoe that will help you do that, with no pain, is Saucony's Women's Integrity ST2 walking shoe. This shoe comes in three colors and is available in narrow, medium, wide, and x-wide widths.
The full-grain leather upper features a forefront stretch zone and ProGrid cushioning. It has a non-marking outsole with a padded tongue and collar. A cushioned insole offers optimal support for neutral walkers. Plus the flexible insole provides traction and durability.
She may have walked on by, but you can walk like a man in comfort with Skechers Men's Go Walk 4 walking shoe. It comes in seven colors and is available in medium, wide, and x-wide widths.
This shoe has a 100 percent mesh upper with smooth synthetic overlays at the toe and heel panel for added durability. It has a bamboo-lined footbed for anti-bacterial odor control and has tapered midfoot design for improved arch support.
It features innovative and highly responsive 5GEN midsole cushioning with a featherweight sock liner.
- Weather Resistant Suede Upper. Removable Microfiber Covered EVA Footbed. TR Outsole. 1.8" Heel Height.
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Ok gals, when best shoes for bunions come with a bootie beat, it's Vionic's Kanela Bootie for your feet. It comes in three colors and is available in medium and wide widths.
This boot has a weather resistant suede upper, removable microfiber-covered EVA footbed, and inside zipper for easy access. This slightly slouchy ankle boot has a 1.8 inch stacked heel.
Vionic shoes feature podiatrist-designed footbeds that bring style and science together, combining innovative biomechanics with coveted stylish trends. The Kanela Bootie will be your go-to bootie all year long.
It's an early rock'n'roll beat that will bring out the Clarks Danelly Adira Ballet Flats. You can bop around the clock in a choice of five colors (I love the red ones), available in medium and wide widths.
The perforated leather uppers and espadrille styled rubber bottoms will let you twist and shout comfortably without slipping. These cushion soft, airy ballet flats keep your feet happy all day.
There will be no slip-slidin' away in Easy Spirit's Traveltime Clogs. Call these shoes clogs, mules, or slip-ons, they are everything you would want in a comfortable casual shoe. I love and live in these shoes.
They come in over 100 colors and combinations and are available in narrow, medium, wide, and x-wide.
These shoes soothe your feet in a breathable tennis-shoe like mule, with a fabric upper and rubber soles that absorb shock for comfort.
And finally, we get to the best shoes for bunions in the dancing category. It doesn't matter what beat you dance to, these are the shoes that will keep your toes tapping while looking beyond fabulous.
Of course, we included the guys in this best shoes for bunions category; slow dancing requires a partner, after all.
Naturalizer's Whitney pumps will keep those bunions quiet while you dance the night away. They come in 17 different colors and are available in narrow, medium, wide, and x-wide widths.
The Whitney is a classic, round toe pump with an on-trend 1.5-inch block heel that is the perfect mix of modern vintage style. Naturalizer N5 contour gives you the ultimate comfort, thanks to a removable insole, lightweight components, flexible sole, and breathable linings.
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A very appropriate name with Dr. Comfort's Wing dress shoe because you will feel like your feet are flying across the dance floor. These shoes come in two colors and are available in medium, wide, and x-wide widths.
This classic style shoe is built for comfort, designed with full grain leather and a hand-burnished finish. The Wing has a padded heel and roomy, protective toe box.
Dr. Comfort includes gel inserts, and the footbeds of these shoes can be removed to accommodate orthotics if you have them. The firm heel counter provides extra medial and lateral support stability.
The Fiddler’s Paid And We Danced With No Pain
We've strolled, danced and even loafed through our list of 10 best shoes for bunions. Did you notice that our best shoes for bunions list covered every shoe needed to get you through almost every occasion?
While we may not definitively know how we got these protuberances of pain, we now know what we can do to lessen their pain.
Wear shoes with a lower heel to distribute your weight evenly over your entire foot. You also want a wider shoe so that there's less pressure on the bunion. Make sure the widest part of the shoe corresponds to the widest part of your foot.
Your best shoe choices will be sandals or shoes made of fabric, canvas, or soft leather. If material covers your bunion, you want it to have some give so that there's the least amount of pressure on your bunion.
Make sure your shoes with a back have a sturdy heel counter (the part surrounding the heel) so that your heel fits snuggly and stays in place.
Visit your local drug store and check out foot inserts, gel-filled bunion pads, and night splints. These inexpensive over the counter products may help alleviate bunion pain.
It is important to note that, as with all medical issues, you should discuss your bunions, and their pain, with your primary care physician. A routine physical examination and monitoring can address issues before they lead to any potential deterioration.
Let us know in the comments below what shoes you wear to keep your bunion pain at bay.