Thank you for the well wishes regarding my wrist. The MRI shows considerable damage and bone erosion from active rheumatoid arthritis. No surprises I suppose, but I can't believe how quickly the RA took over my wrist--one month flat. I'll visit my fabulous rheumatologist on Wednesday to find out where we're headed. But enough about my wrist, let's talk BUNIONS! If you don't have one, count your blessings and start wearing shoes with wider toe boxes so you can avoid the ghastly toe bump.
It's time again for the annual Barking Dog Shoes "Top Comfortable, Semi-Stylish Shoes for Bunions" post. After researching customer comments at Zappos and OnlineShoes.com these passed the "comfort with style" screen we utilize while shoe hunting.
Ecco Casual Bouillon: Looks like a ballet flat, but has a slight wedge; great option for those that insist on wearing a ballet flat/skimmer style but need a roomier toe box to accommodate a bunion. Best for narrow to medium width feet that need more room in the toe and narrower heel. Also comes in a button and bow style.
Arcopedico L14: This comfortable slip-on has a Lytech® upper that stretches and forms to the foot so it's extremely forgiving of bunions and hammertoes. Removable insole allows for custom orthotic.
Me Too Prissy: A true ballet flat with cushioned footbed and elasticized soft leather top line that stretches to make room for wider forefoot due to bunions.
Privo Darebin: Sporty slip-on that comes in medium and wide widths. Three customers mention the shoe doesn't aggravate their bunions.
Ryka Studio Flex: Seems to be a favorite with Zumba enthusiasts with bunions! Ryka makes fitness shoes for women that are wider in the toe box and narrower at the heel. Eighty-five percent of customers give the Studio Flex a 5 for comfort and style.
Crocs Malindi: Reviewed here. Nothing conforms to foot quite like Croslite and the Malindi does it with style (unlike other Crocs styles).
Aravon Maya: New Balance's relatively new dress-casual line is gaining popularity among women in search of a dress shoe with a wider toe box and narrower heel.
Wolky shoes: Wolky continues to be in my top three for comfort, support and adjustability. Many styles have velcro straps over the bunion area allowing for a customized fit. Closed-toe style have accommodating toe boxes.
If you have bunions, which shoes have worked for you? I've truly appreciated the informative reader comments lately. Keep 'em coming!