Best Shoes for Bunions

Published on August 17th, 2018 | by Beth Bengtson


FitFlop Ballet Flats & High Top Sneakers in Awesome Uberknit

Fitflop Uberknit Ballerina

Fitflop Uberknit Ballerina

Fitflop Uberknit Ballerina Flat

Fitflop Uberknit Ballerina Flat

In 2007 FitFlop was a start-up making unique, incredibly foot-friendly flip flops.  In ten short years, the brand has become to a go-to for comfort-seeking shoe shoppers looking for everything from sporty kicks to business-casual shoes, all loaded with carefully engineered comfort features. So we took notice when we first saw this FitFlop ballet flat and high top sneaker.  The combination of the brand’s sublime soles with stretchy “Uberknit” uppers gave us high hopes for wearers with bunions, hammertoes, high insteps, plantar fasciitis and other challenging foot issues. Now that reviews are coming in, it’s clear – these shoes are winners!   Both the FitFlop ballet flat and high top sneaker are lightweight, supportive, and comfortable right out of the box.  And their stretchy uppers are forgiving in all the ways we’d hoped.  They’re both slip-ons –perfect for those who don’t like to fuss with fasteners.  (Note: the FitFlop high top’s laces are adjustable.)

FItflop Uberknit High-Top Sneaker

Fitflop Uberknit High-Top Sneaker

FItflop Uberknit Ballerina

Fitflop Uberknit Ballerina

We’ll let online reviewers say the rest: “From the moment they went on I was in heaven.”  “I can’t recommend these highly enough!”  “They look great and wearing them is like walking on a cloud.” “I just walked on vacation 63 miles in these and my feet didn’t hurt at all.”  “Very, very comfortable-finally a shoe that offers comfort and support and accommodates a bunion and hammertoes–all the perfect combinations.”  “This shoe fits and feels like a slipper, with a great sole.”

Fitflop Uberknit High Top Sneaker | Photo Credit: Style de Rue

The FitFlop Uberknit line features the brand’s new Anatomicush midsole which is flexible and light, hugs the contours of your feet, and has a “motion-empowering”  grid of flex lines underneath.   Both the FitFlop Ballet Flat and the FitFlop High Top Sneaker come in sizes 5-11, with select half-sizes. Available at, Zappos, Nordstrom, and Amazon.

Update! Fitflop just released a true ballet flat called the Allegro. We’ve got the scoop on fit and feel of this streamlined, chic style!

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19 Responses to FitFlop Ballet Flats & High Top Sneakers in Awesome Uberknit

  1. Autumn says:

    I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog a few days ago. I just ordered the FitFlop ballet flat. It looks like the perfect summer shoe.

  2. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Let us know what you think!

  3. cedar says:

    I might have given the flat a try except for the white trim/sole. Why oh why do so many shoes have that white bottom. Neutral or darker is my preference.

  4. dd says:

    I agree….white draws attention to bunion feet

  5. Tonya says:

    I agree!

  6. Maryjane says:

    Does the model even have a bunion, I mean a real bunion….to me it would be very helpful to see these shoes on someone with a bunion to even know if it’s worth trying it out. Thanks!! I do love this blog

  7. Deborah says:

    I agree about the white soles. It takes the shoe to a more casual place.

    I have some sketchers that I love but hate the white sole.

  8. Ellie says:

    Thanks for this post! I ended up ordering the FitFlop Superballerinas rather than the knit ones, but they are fabulously comfy and perfectly chic. Like plain black ballet flats, except with tons of arch support and a funky, but discrete black platform sole.

  9. Irene says:

    I would love to know how the top foto has a cute little bow when the actual shoe doesn’t come with it. I’m wondering if that’s an added feature? I’m not seeing it anywhere and I absolutely love it. If anyone knows how I can do that, reach out!

  10. Kirsten Borrink says:

    I know. I realized after I posted the photo that the current FitFlop ballet shoes don’t have it!! Ugh. Perhaps it’s a UK version of the shoe? Or maybe it was the first season style and the bow got discontinued? Let me look into it.

  11. Ali says:

    There is a ballet flat with a black sole and its currently on sale on many sites:

  12. Kris says:

    I so appreciate your reviews and hard work on this blog. However, although Fit Flops are cute and comfortable, I could never, ever recommend this brand after my experience. I have been trying to get a refund for items that were returned more than a month ago! Buyer beware!!!! Horrible, horrible company to deal with. I have sent dozens of emails and placed dozens of calls – simply impossible to get any service. Worst company I have ever dealt with.

    Thought your other readers might want to be aware that the shoes may be good but the service absolutely sucks.

  13. Kirsten Borrink says:

    That’s not good to hear! I guess it’s best to order from Zappos–their customer service is the tops.

  14. Nicola Inchbald says:

    I have a Morton’s neurons. Please could you tell me where I can buy appropriate foot wear in London UK.

  15. Mary says:

    I probably have 30 pair of Fitflops…hardly wear anything else. Yes, the company is strange and their website is abominable. They seem to have a bunch of hired hands running it, rather than professionals. Their sizing is very variable. I have different styles in sizes ranging from 7 to 9. I am afraid they will go out of business because of mismanagement and I will be left in pain. Fit flops are also sold by Amazon, sometimes a bit cheaper.

  16. Pepper says:

    I second ordering from Zappos! Their customer service is amazing!

  17. Ellie says:

    Update, a (almost) year later: These have worked mostly well for me, but I am starting to find that if I walk or stand too much in them, I end up with pain in my heels (plantar fasciitis?). Not sure if this is because the soles are too soft, the arch support is too high (didn’t know such a thing was possible for my super high arches) so my heels hang down in the back (I had real problems with the original Earthies because of that), or just the ballet-flatness of them that means my feet have to work too hard to keep them on. May have to try something else.

  18. Ann says:

    Huh, I had a good experience with Fitflop customer service. I had a package from them stolen from my building, and they refunded the money right away. I reported it to the police and I thought Fitflop might need that paperwork, but they didn’t. Just processed the refund with no hoops to jump through. I’m sorry you had a hard time, though!

    P.S. I’ve had the Uberknit high tops for a year and am really happy with them. I’m eyeing the new gladiator Uberknit sandals, but am not doing anything too hasty. I’ll try to wait for a sale if I can!

  19. anne harris says:

    Has anyone with hammer toe used these. i need a wide toe box that will not put pressure on the tops of my toes.So painful when it gets rubbed raw and takes a while to heal.

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