Published on March 11th, 2013 | by Kirsten Borrink26
Shoes and Sandals for Bunions: The Best & Most Stylish Picks
The original post from 2008 was deleted and replaced with a 2017 update with currently available shoes and sandals for bunions.
From my own experience with bunions caused by rheumatoid arthritis, I highly recommend these brands and styles. Each features a roomy toe box, soft leathers and a vamp that doesn’t cut across the bunion area.
2. Alegria Verona: Want an open-toe option for summer? Sandals for bunions can be hard to find, but we love The Verona, Alegria’s most popular sandal with its adjustable forefoot and instep strap, wide toe box, supportive footbed and rocker sole. Alegria Verona is available at Zappos, free shipping and returns.
3. Dansko Sam: A cute alternative to the plain jane Dansko Professional. The Dansko Sam features a soft, supportive footbed, lightweight rocker sole and it covers the bunions while giving the toes room to spread out. Find them at Zappos, free shipping and returns.
4. Arcopedico Rose: Arcopedico footwear feels like your favorite slipper, but with support. The soft leather uppers will conform to “toe bumps” like bunions and hammertoes. If you don’t like the clunky look of clogs but need a wider toe box and narrower heel, Arcopedico Rose is for you. Available at Zappos, free shipping and returns.
5. Ara Tacy: If you must wear a pump, the Ara Tacy is a good bet. Try the Tacy in microfiber for a more flexible fit over the bunions. A stable heel, cushioned footbed and slight platform add to the shoe’s overall comfort. UPDATE: Since publication, the Ara Tacy has been discontinued. Instead we recommend the similar Rockport Total Motion Plain Pump, which gets great reviews for overall comfort and for having ample toe room, and comes in multiple widths. If you’re looking for a bunion-friendly ballet flat, try the Ara Bella.
6. Wolky Ballet: A fashionable yet bunion-friendly ballet flat! You’ll see that the vamp makes an inverse V enclosing the bunions without cutting into them. Dutch Wolky makes a quality shoe with removable footbeds should you want to use a custom insert or orthotic. Update: The Wolky Ballet has been discontinued, but try the Wolky Passion, which has similar styling and comfort features.
7. Fly London Yakin: European design and comfort. Envelope the bunions in soft leathers and suedes while the rest of the foot enjoys a stable, shock-absorbing wedge heel and cushioned footbed. Update: The Yakin has been discontinued, but Fly London has a wide selection of similar wedge sandals for bunions available from Zappos.
8. Clark’s Alto Disco: A more affordable sandal option for bunions without compromising comfort. The Alto Disco features two adjustable straps for a customized fit and a nicely cushioned, supportive footbed. Update: Since publication the Alto Disco has been discontinued. We’re loving the Aetrex Arielle which has similar velcro straps, and (we think) cuter styling, or take a look at the complete line of Clark’s wedge sandals.
We get LOTS of requests for the best shoes for bunions. Check out our full archive of reviews and recommendations here.