Published on October 29th, 2014 | by Kirsten Borrink5
Shoes for Top of Foot Pain | Reader Request
I suffer horrendously with top of the foot and toe pain! So much so that I can’t even wear an athletic shoe that laces up, yet I need arch support and deep toe box on any shoe for a wide or extra wide foot. I’m a 74 y/o woman that prefers a cushiony shoe that offers comfort if it means wearing the box the shoe came in! Can you offer any suggestion? Many thanks! I so appreciate your wonderful website!
I wonder what’s causing the pain on the top of your foot? Do you have a high instep (the raised middle part between toes and ankle)? I’d recommend visiting a podiatrist or foot orthopedist if you don’t have a diagnosis yet. In the meantime, allow me to recommend footwear with features such as: adjustability over the instep, a wide toe box and good arch support. Each shoe featured is available in wides; some extra wides. (I’d also recommend these featured shoes for anyone that suffers from plantar fasciitis–good arch support, cushioned insoles and a 1″ shock-absorbing heel).
Aetrex Corinne: Aetrex has gone all out this season to design a shoe with good-looks and tons of foot-friendly comfort technologies. The Corinne features an adjustable instep strap, removable Lynco orthotic insole, wide toe box, and metatarsal pad to relieve ball-of-foot pain. Available in medium and wide widths. $129.95 at Zappos, free shipping and returns. Also check out Aetrex Berries Helen, a mary jane with a stretch-fabric upper.
Earth Savin: Here’s another slip-on option with an adjustable instep closure that you can loosen or tighten easily over the top of your foot. The Earth Savin has a multi-density latex foam cushioned footbed with extra padding at the heel to absorb shock. It also features a reinforced arch support and roomy toe box. Available in medium and wide widths. $89.95-109.95 at Amazon, free shipping and returns; $99.95 at OnlineShoes.com, free shipping and exchanges.
David Tate Stretchy: If you don’t like the look of the velcro closure, try this classic slip-on by David Tate. The vamp features stretchy elastic goring at the instep to allow some give when walking. The removable gel-cushioned insole provides shock-absorption. You can always add a more supportive insole if needed. Available in extended sizes and four widths. $117.95 at Zappos, $114.95 at OnlineShoes.com.
Cobb Hill REVmuse:
Cobb Hill is a New Balance company so they know a thing or two about comfort technologies. The REVmuse is a 2″ wedge with
REVlite® midsole foam pods in the heel and forefoot
(30% lighter than traditional foams, REVlite® offers a lightweight ride without minimizing construction or sacrificing cushioning or stability). A removable contoured insole allows for a custom orthotic. The stretch lycra allows for a secure fit with give. The Cobb Hill REVmuse is available in narrow, medium and wide widths. $100 at Zappos, $99.95 at OnlineShoes.com.
I’d also like to recommend FootSmart Stretchables as an option for sensitive feet. A stretch synthetic upper and stretch topline accomodate bunions, hammertoes and overlapping toes. Available in medium, wide and extra wide. For readers that wear a medium width, try the ABEO 3530 from The Walking Company. Other Abeo shoes have been reviewed through BarkingDogShoes.com.
I’m always open to more suggestions, readers! Do you have pain in your foot tops, your instep? What shoe brings you relief?