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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. However, more and more shoe brands 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 (see our category dedicated to comfortable flats for women for even more ideas):
I own these classic flats with arch support, the Revere Nairobi (see my complete review here). The removable footbed offers the best arch support and cushioning I’ve found in any pair of flats. Bonus feature: the envelope vamp is bunion-friendly. Find the Revere Nairobi in sizes 5-12 for $129.95 from RevereShoes.com and Zappos.
Exclusive to The Walking Company, the Abeo Tia is serious about arch support! Choose either the neutral footbed for enhanced arch support for most foot types, or the metatarsal support with added ball-of-foot support. The elasticized topline provides a snug fit.
Walking Co. customer Amy says this about her new Abeo Tias, “I am purchasing my third pair of the Tia Flats. I literally wear them every day to work in. I had prescription inserts from my podiatrist but they never fit into any dress shoe. I found these shoes and I don’t even need the insert, they keep my feet feeling great and they are very stylish and not bulky at all. I love them!”
The Abeo Tia is available in sizes 6-11 for $119.95 from The Walking Company.
The Abeo Tammy flat is a similar style with enhanced arch support that comes in leopard print! How fun!
Vionic continues to impress us with their ability to combine on-trend styles with foot-friendly arch support. The Vionic Willa loafer flat is a perfect example. A happy Vionic customer praises the Willa, “It provides ample arch support without the insole digging into your feet to remind you that it’s there. I Iike the fact that I don’t have to switch around insoles for my plantar fasciitis from shoe to shoe.” Find the Vionic Willa in sizes 5-11 for $129.95 from VionicShoes.com, Zappos and Amazon.
Dansko keeps improving on their stylish flats with arch support, and this season the Larisa makes her debut. How they sneak in enhanced arch support while maintaining a sleek profile, we’ll never know. The Larisa works well for a wider forefoot, high volume foot. Find the Dansko Larisa in euro sizes 36-42 (5.5-11.5) for $125 from Dansko.com, Zappos, and Walking Co.
Fitflop introduced the Allegro ballet flat a few years ago, now they’re adding a sweet penny loafer in navy suede (and black) to the collection. The Fitflop Allegro penny loafer features Dynamicush™ footbed (high rebound EVA cushioning and anatomically contoured footbed). The elasticized topline creates a snug fit minimizing heel slippage and gaping at the sides. Find the Fitflop Allegro penny loafer in sizes 5-11 for $120 from Fitflop.com.