Best Shoes for Bunions Arcopedico LS

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Arcopedico LS Oxford: Best Shoe for Bunions and Hammertoes

Arcopedico LS

Arch Support Under The Arch: Arcopedico LS

This review of the Arcopedico LS is sponsored by Arcopedico USA. The opinions are completely my own based on experience. 

Spring break 2017 didn’t take us to sunny Florida or exotic Bora Bora, but our St. Louis destination did not disappoint! Why haven’t I visited this wonderful city since childhood? We enjoyed visiting the quirky City Museum, beautiful (and free) zoo, and experiencing the local flavor of The Hill and other historical neighborhoods. I took along my new 100% vegan Arcopedico LS lace-up oxfords to test them out along the city streets and cobblestones.

Arcopedico LS

Arcopedico LS

This is one unique little shoe. I’ve read that the Arcopedico LS is an excellent choice for women with bunions or hammertoes with its forgiving knit upper, so I decided to give them a try. Folks, I kept my shoes on for the entire five hour drive to St. Louis. I hate wearing shoes in the car (an aversion that started back in the 70s when I went barefoot for at least four months out of the year). But I truly forgot about my Arcopedicos in the car. They are incredibly lightweight and the soft knit upper allows air to circulate in and out of the shoe, so feet stay dry and cool–like they’re barefoot!

Arcopedico LS

Arcopedico LS

But how would they hold up to city walking? I’ve read reviews touting the Arcopedico LS as the best travel shoe for its lightweight feel, breathability and arch support, so would I experience the same walking comfort? I’ve worn Arcopedico shoes before, but this is my first experience with the LS style. My bunions and hammertoes had no complaints at all–the knit upper is heavenly. The arch support is definitely noticeable. In fact, I’d even classify it as heel support. My heel felt slightly raised up and cushioned from the hard sidewalks. The support continued to my arches but felt a little set back toward the heel, but still felt good.

The only issue I personally have with the Arcopedico LS is the need for more cushioning in the forefoot. I might add a metatarsal or ball-of-foot pad to help with this. Bear in mind that the insole is removable so you may be able to insert your own favorite orthotic or insole (in which case I’d recommend ordering up a size). Also, while I’d recommend for those with bunions or hammertoes–even neuropathy, if you need a non-flexible sole due to hallux rigidus, this is not the shoe for you (there’s a lot of flex).

As far as style, I’ve always thought the Arcopedico LS can look as young and fun as you make it! Wear with leggings and a tunic, rolled up boyfriend jeans or ankle pants. Try a neutral color to go with everything or bright colors to support your favorite team.

Arcopedico LS

Arcopedico LS

A word on sizing: I ordered the euro size 41 for my size 10 (sometimes 9.5) medium width feet. The fit is perfect. If you have slightly wide feet, I think the Arcopedico LS would fit you well with the lace-up entry and slightly stretchy upper. Narrow feet–you may have difficulty getting the shoe to tighten up enough.

Tip: If you need a comfy post-surgical shoe (after bunionectomy, ankle or other foot surgery), the Arcopedico LS is a wonderful as it accommodates swelling. Also, they’re washable! Yep, take out the insole and put them in the washer on delicate cycle.

Find the Arcopedico LS in an array of colors, euro sizes 36-46 (5.5-15!) at Zappos, Shoebuy, and Amazon. Find an Arcopedico retailer near you. 

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9 Responses to Arcopedico LS Oxford: Best Shoe for Bunions and Hammertoes

  1. cedar says:

    I have the LS in black, and it has been all over the world with me, more than once. There are so many uniquely wonderful points to this shoe. So lightweight, so low volume, so so so. I am going to order a second pair tonight. Sizing is true. I have, indeed, washed mine on gentle cycle and air dry.
    Only one complaint, but perhaps worth noting: do not walk in dry grass or “crunchy stuff,” wearing these shoes. You will have to pick each piece out of the fabric….not fun.

  2. Angela says:

    Your review of this shoe is spot on. I have at least 8 pairs of Arcopedico shoes, including these. They were my life saver after developing a tailor’s bunion and bursitis. Thanks to this blog I found them, the first pair of shoes since my diagnosis that didn’t make me end up in severe pain. I just wish they had more support in the fore foot like you mentioned. My sore tailor’s bunion can feel very vulnerable in these. I sometimes add a metarsal support or orthotic but then the styles without ties or straps don’t stay on my foot as well. It is so frustrating. I wish they would make that one minor adjustment to so many of their shoes that have the same style sole.

    • cedar says:

      I just want to agree about the shoes that tie offer more “support,” as a way to keep the shoe securely on the foot.

  3. Mouse says:

    Yes to all of this, and to the issue of forefoot padding.

    I’ve tried mine with my orthotics, but it raises the heel too high, as the LS has a bit of heel already. Be sure that’s comfortable for you–I like the flattest shoe possible.

  4. Chrissy says:

    If people love the LS they should try the Shocks 5 as it’s the high too version of it! in black, black starry night and navy!

  5. Carey says:

    I couldn’t agree with this review more. My bunion and high arches making walking all day while on vacation very painful. This shoe solved that problem-I wear them while walking to and from work every day also, since they look nicer than sneakers. Just so perfect. My only complaint is that I tore up the interior lining before the rest of the shoe fell apart. I still wear them but I can feel the tears on the inside. Still, they’ve lasted me two years. They’re much tougher than they look and I plan to buy another pair.

  6. Mia says:

    I am confronting the same issues as others with my Arcopedico, they are comfortable but at the end of the day I can use more support. I tried using my orthotics, but because the heel of them is high the shoe slips off. The insert that comes with the shoes are not very supportive after a few hours. I also bought the shoes because a Taylor bunion I am dealing with. Any suggestion, what else can i use to make them more comfortable and wont slips off my foot?

  7. Vicki says:

    Is the part with the anti microbial finish removable? Im
    Probably allergic to it. And do those laces work to customize the fit or is it really a clingy slip pn in disguise. Im a size 5.5 in sneakers with a wide forefoot 3 and 3/4 tha inches but trim heel. I also have a high instep and healthy arch, so overall high volume foot. So slip ons only slip off- need laces. Throw in needing flexible sole and i cant find foot wear. Feet are great walking feet but no one seems to make shoes for them.

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