Best Shoes for Bunions

Published on October 18th, 2012 | by Kirsten Borrink


Reader Question | 5 Comfortable Shoes for Wide Forefoot / Narrow Heel Combination

Reader Doreen writes:

I'm desperate to find shoes that fit. I have bunions on both feet, so I need a wide toe box (also per my Dr. since I'm diabetic) but I have a narrow heel. When I buy wide width shoes, my heels slip. I put heel inserts in but they still slip up and down. I appreciate any suggestions. Thanks for your time.

Hi Doreen. I'm pretty sure you and I both had adorably perfect feet when we were born. And now we have duck feet. I don't mean webbed toes (believe it or not, this runs in my family but skipped me–dear Lord, thank you), rather wider at the front, narrow at the heel. Years of traversing life's trails and trials have caused these changes. Whether brought on by genetics, improper shoes, or joint-compromising conditions such as arthritis, it doesn't matter. Finding comfortable shoes that fit is our mission. 

Take a look at the following five shoes from brands that specialize in footwear that fits duck feet. Like our Facebook page and join in the comfort shoe discussion. Readers recently listed their favorite shoe brands for this type of foot.


Munro jerrie

1. Munro American: Munro is a "fit" brand. Their shoes are built on a combination last. This means the heel is narrower than the toe by two widths. So a B width shoe will have an AA heel. The Jerrie is my favorite from their fall line–a trendy "smoking slipper" style in this season's hot purple hue. Available for in sizes 4-13, narrow to wide for $180 at Zappos.
Clark's Unstructured Un.Loop

2  Clark's Unstructured Un.loop: A customer favorite, the Un.loop has staying power. It's been around since 2008, but I think it may be on its way out as certain colors/sizes are hard to find. The Un.loop features a roomy toe box, narrow heel with padding for a snug fit and cushioned insole. Available in sizes 5-12, B width for $99.99 at Three widths available for $120 at Rieker celia 1762

3.  Rieker Celia 1762: I browsed right past these the first time I saw them, but they're growing on me. Rieker shoes tend to be wider in the forefoot and narrower at the heel, like many European brands. This style is getting great reviews for comfort and support. $115 at Zappos, $114.95 at

Naot kirei

4.  Naot Kirei: Same comfort and support as your favorite walking shoes, but much more stylish. The Kirei features a wider toe box and narrow heel along with Naot's anatomical cork/latex insole that's removable to accommodate an orthotic. Take a look at how nice they look on the foot at Available in Euro sizes 35-43 for $180 at Zappos, $179.95 at Shoebuy, $179.95 at The Walking Company and $126-188 at Amazon.

  Ros hommerson cabernet

5. Ros Hommerson Cabernet: Like Munro American, Ros Hommerson shoes and boots are created on combination lasts (molds used to shape the shoe body), narrower at the heel than the forefoot. The Cabernet is a career pump that scores high for all-day comfort and no heel slippage. Available in sizes 5-13, five widths at Amazon for $71-108.

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7 Responses to Reader Question | 5 Comfortable Shoes for Wide Forefoot / Narrow Heel Combination

  1. Tiffany R. says:

    I have the Ros Hommerson Cabernet pumps and can attest to their comfort. I don’t have bunions, but I do have metatarsal pain in most shoes. These pumps are comfortable for all day wear, walking several city blocks, etc. Well worth the purchase price.

  2. Kirsten@BarkingDogShoes says:

    Hi Tiffany,

    Thanks for the Ros Hommerson nod. I don’t have a pair, so great to hear from someone who can attest to their comfort.

  3. valleycat1 says:

    I love my Riekers (similar to the ones you picture). However, I have found that some of their lasts/designs work for me & others don’t fit at all, so it can take some experimenting. The ones that are actually Remonte (they’ll say that on the inside sole; it’s a division or related company that makes shoes for the Rieker brand) are made from different lasts & I don’t find them as comfortable.

  4. Diana says:

    Thank you for the info about combination lasts – I had no idea they existed! I’ll be sure to keep an eye on those brands.

    I love Naot boots and sandals but unfortunately the shoes like the Kirei don’t work for me because my duck feet are also very flat and low. As a result, a lot of comfort brands like Naot end up too deep in the instep and heel, even with added orthotics. This results in the back hitting too high and chafing on my ankles. Any suggestions for low volume/low instepped duck feet?

  5. Mary Lee says:

    I’ve a same situation and my friend suggested me to use Munro for me since it will fit my feet and i can feel comfort.

  6. Eric @ Englin's Fine Footwear says:

    The Clark Un.Loop has in fact been discontinued. Was a fantastic shoe. They have updated the styling a bit in the Un.Maple but kept a majority of the shoe the same with lambskin lining, air circulation system, and wide toe box. You can find more information here . Don’t forget the 10% off for our favorite blog with code DOGS10 !

  7. MommyJuJu says:

    Thanks for a helpful article. I also have wider toe box and narrow heel. I can attest to the Naot Kirea as the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn for walking long distances. Just returned from vacation and wore them to walk the Las Vegas strip without pain or blistering. I’ve also worn Munro American for office/work and they are great.

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