Those of us in cooler climates look forward to sandal season all year long – that sometimes-too-brief window of time when feet can be sock-free and open to the breeze. But if you have feet that need extra support, we probably don’t have to tell you that finding sandals with arch support can be a challenge. Join us as we round up a collection of great options to keep you looking good and feeling great all summer long.
You may notice many of our sandals with arch support have a back strap. This is intentional, as we recently learned from Dr. Cathleen McCarthy, a top podiatrist in Phoenix and author of Podiatry Shoe Review, that sandals with back straps are a must if you suffer from hammertoes or bunions. The rearfoot control that a back strap provides discourages toe-gripping to keep the sandal on (this motion speeds up the progression of hammertoes…and bunions.) Even if bunions and hammertoes aren’t an issue for your feet, you may still appreciate the security of a back strap, but we’ve also included some supportive slip-on options. If you need even more ideas, check out our recent article about comfortable travel shoes: we’ve included a few super supportive sandals in the mix.
If you’re a fan of Chaco sports sandals and love the enhanced arch support but need something a little dressier, consider the Chaco Wayfarer leather strap sandal. After perusing reviews, we’d recommend the Wayfarer for a medium to slightly wide foot that needs a lot of arch support. If you have bunions, you may find that the strap crosses them which could cause irritation. Available in whole sizes 5-12 for $119.95 from Zappos and Chacos.com. Also available in beautiful soft suede (feature photo above).
A crowd favorite, the lightweight Taos Trulie offers aching feet a heavenly feel with its enhanced arch and metatarsal support, padded footbed and adjustability for a good fit. We love that this super sandal is offered in a euro 43 (size 12). Take a look at the reviews over at TaosFootwear.com from women with arthritis, tendonitis, flat feet and more…they love this sandal. Find the Taos Trulie in euro sizes 36-43 from Zappos, TaosFootwear.com, and Amazon.
Cover the bunions while still supporting the arches in another crowd-favorite sandal by Taos. The Taos Gift 2 features a buttery-soft leather upper that won’t irritate sensitive spots. The contoured footbed offers enhanced arch and metatarsal support. Available in sizes 6-12 (order up if between sizes) for $115 from TaosFootwear.com, Zappos, Amazon, and The Walking Company.
Cushioning plus arch support plus adjustable straps in a stylish 2.5″ wedge? The Aetrex Lexa has it all. Whether you have narrow or wide feet, you should be able to get a good fit. Find the Lexa in sizes 6-11 for $139.95 from Zappos. Prefer an easy-on, easy-off slide? Check out the Aetrex Cora with the same footbed!
Vionic does sandals with arch support best! Welcome the new flatform collection: three fashion-forward sandals with excellent arch support and adjustable straps. Find the Brandie, Brielle and Lex in sizes 5-11 for $119.95 from VionicShoes.com,
We love Munro’s new updated sandal styles, the Juniper being our favorite with its platform wedge! A cork and latex footbed offers good arch support. The Juniper is available in sizes 6-11, narrow to extra-wide widths for $169.99 from Zappos.
SAS Pampa sandal: Every Zappos customer that left a review for the sandal awarded it five stars for comfort–every single one so far! A contoured footbed with soft suede lining conforms to the natural arch and curves of the foot.
Extra cushioning at the ball-of-foot and heel comes as a welcome relief for those suffering with plantar fasciitis or metatarsalgia (forefoot pain). Available in whole and half sizes 5-12 (including hard-to-find 10.5 and 11.5), medium and wide widths at Zappos, and Amazon. Find a SAS retailer near you.
If you like the Skechers price point, but have found them to be less than supportive, think again! Skechers new machine-washable Arch Fit collection features shoes and sandals with podiatrist-certified arch support, contoured memory foam insoles and stretch uppers. Find the bunion-concealing City Catch style in sizes 6-10 for $65 from Skechers.com, Zappos and Amazon.
The Jillian sandal by Aetrex continues to collect five star reviews from happy customers. We love this anonymous Zappos comment–a testament to the overall comfort and support of these sandals with arch support:
Oh my. I can walk . I have been dealing with plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, arthritis and over-pronation. Some days I walk with a cane and all days are painful . Granted I just got these shoes today and since I have put them on I have been able to walk! I would not take them off except I’m nearly ready for bed ! I love them – they are not ugly – they are completely adjustable as to the strap tightness and they are soft under my heels . I wear a 9.5 and they are true to size . I’m now shopping for more!
What are your favorite sandals with arch support? We get some of our best info from our readers, so please chime in! For more recommendations, check out our recently updated “6 Stylish Sandals for Hallux Rigidus” as most feature excellent arch support.