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Published on May 1st, 2014 | by Kirsten Borrink

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5 Graceful Flats With Arch Support (Yes, it’s true!)

Flats with arch support could be considered an oxymoron. Arch support is curvy, flats are flat. But a few shoe companies are sneaking in as much as they can without forcing the shoe out of the “flat” category into “comfort loafer.” I’m not promising the same kind of support you’ll find in your New Balance tennies, but your arches will notice anywhere from moderate to excellent support in one of these options:

flats with arch support

Earthies Bindi

1. Earthies Bindi: The Bindi is back this spring in new colors and here’s the rub: This pretty flat will support the arches and cushion the heel, but it might irritate bunions. If you don’t have serious bunion/hammertoe issues, you’ll most likely love the Bindi. Update: Since publication, the Earthies Bindi has been discontinued, but we’re loving the new Earth Capri, a pretty flat with many of the same comfort features.

flats with arch support

Aetrex Jodi

2. Aetrex Jodi:  As an Amazon customer puts it, these are “fashionably comfy.” Aetrex footwear incorporates a Lynco orthotic footbed that supports the arch and cradles the heel. This particular style receives the American Podiatric Medical Association seal of approval. I often find that when a shoe company focuses on fancy footbeds, they skimp on other materials, but the Jodi is made of premium quality leather and suede.  Available in medium widths, sizes 5-11 at Zappos and Amazon, free shipping and returns.

flats with arch support

Taryn Roe Bryan

3. Taryn Rose Bryan:  Founded by an orthopedic surgeon, Taryn Rose footwear is designed with room for the toes to wiggle, substantial arch support and a layer of PORON® Performance Cushioning which is breathable and won’t break down with wear. Sizes 5-11, medium width at NordstromAmazon, and OnlineShoes.com.

flats with arch support

Abeo Terrie

4. Abeo Terrie: A classic ballet flat with enhanced arch support and a foam cushioned footbed, the Abeo Terrie is one of The Walking Company’s best-selling shoes.

flats with arch support

Vionic Spark Willow

5. Vionic Spark Willow: This pretty flat with arch support sparkles and shines with micro-stud embellishments. A firm yet flexible EVA orthotic insert supports the arches and is removable if you’d like to try it with your own orthotic. An elastic topline provides some stretch. Available at Zappos, Amazon, and 6pm.com.

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18 Responses to 5 Graceful Flats With Arch Support (Yes, it’s true!)

  1. Theresa says:

    The Earthies Bindi is AWESOME!! SOOOO cute, and I can wear them all day without the PF bothering me. Loads of compliments on how cute they are too.

  2. Traci Dickson says:

    This list is a nice start, but what about those of us who need a wider shoe? I have flat feet, a narrow heel and take a W or often a WW shoe, and I have plantar fasciitis. Can you recommend 5 attractive (and comfortable) shoes that come in Wide widths, fashionable styles, accommodate custom orthotics, AND cost less than $100? I’m desperate to find a good, fashionable, comfortable and affordable shoe for my hard to fit tootsies!

  3. Chrizza says:

    Traci, did you see the Cobb Hill Esme, in the Honorable Mention list at the end of the article? It comes in wide withs, has a removal insole, and is $85.The only way to know if it will accomodate your orthotic is to try it, as every custom orthotic is dfferent.

    • admin says:

      I can’t say enough about Cobb Hill. Owned by New Balance, they’ve come into their own these past two years for making good quality, stylish footwear that I think is pretty reasonable! Plus many styles come in narrow to wide widths.

  4. Mandi says:

    I was super sceptical of Cobb Hill at first. I work at a pedorthic shoe store and when we brought in the line my initial impression was “Meh, they are cute, but there just isn’t much to them.” Boy have they proven me wrong! I have sworn by Aravon for a long time, and while I still maintain that they aren’t quite as supportive, Cobb Hill is definitely great for the money and have a lot of really cute options. I have 2 pair now, and they definitely aren’t “work” shoes but they are great for my days off. I have a stupidly short and wide duck-foot with Hagland’s deformity so am very tricky to fit, but New Balance has fit the bill once again! Thank you New Balance!!

  5. Miriam says:

    I loved the look of the Taryn Rose Bryan, so I followed your link over to Zappos and read the reviews there. One person said this model does not include the “classic Taryn Rose arch support”–have they changed the shoe? This was from a very current review (May 9, 2014).

  6. Lynda Davis says:

    This selection is really helpful for those with PF. They all look great, and I bet they feel great, too. My personal favorite would be the Aetrex Erica. They are super chic. Nice post, Kirsten!

  7. Jessica says:

    Thank you very much for posting this! I am in my mid 20s and officially have flat feet. I have been frantically searching for cute flats with support. This helps out tremendously! Thank you!

  8. Teri says:

    thanx for this list however I too have wide feet and have found nothing more comfortable than orthaheel tide and tide 2 sandals (I’ve had to go up a size for the width, but can’t find anything for the winter season), any ideas? Thank you!

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  10. Tania says:

    Thanks for this post!

  11. Terry says:

    Found out that the Taryn Rose Bryan flats
    and the French Sole Sloop and ZeppaWedge
    flats do not have removable insoles.
    That’s a must for me, w my orthotics.

  12. Kirsten says:

    What I wouldn’t do to be able to wear a ballet flat – even one with little arch support! I wear an 11.5/12AA and cannot find a flat that will stay on my foot. Sigh.

    • Monica says:

      Kitsten, have you tried Tieks flats? I was not able to find a flat that stayed on my feet until I got a pair of Tieks. I am the proud owner of 9 pairs now. Amazingly comfortable, no arch support, but it is a flat that stays on my feet!

      http://tieks.com

  13. Cristina says:

    Which shoe would you recommend for PF issues?

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