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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):

Flats with Arch Support:Dansko Lisanne

Dansko Lisanne (photo: Dansko Instagram)

1. Dansko Lisanne: We love the styling of Dansko’s newest cap-toe “flat.” The Lisanne features a one-inch hidden wedge for a little lift, a removable footbed with moderate arch support and memory foam cushioning. Available in euro sizes 36-42 for $144.95 from Zappos, Nordstrom, and The Walking Company.

Flats with Arch Support: Abeo Tabitha

Abeo Tabitha

2. Abeo Tabitha: Exclusive to The Walking Company, the Abeo Tabitha 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. Available in sizes 6-10 for $129.95 from The Walking Company. Not crazy about the bow detail? Try the minimalist Abeo Tia.

Flats with Arch Support: Born Julianne Floral

Born Julianne Floral (photo: Born Footwear Instagram)

3. Born Julianne Floral: This feminine flat may not have the aggressive arch support of Vionic, but if your feet crave a little something extra under the arch, we think they’ll find it in the Born Julianne Floral. This Zappos review sums up the fit and feel of this comfortable flat,“These lovely ballerinas fit like a glove. Plenty of room for my toes, with no heel slipping or gaping at the sides. They offer some arch support.” The Born Julianne Floral is available in sizes 6-11 for $90 from Nordstrom, and Zappos.

Flats with Arch Support: Taryn Rose Rosalyn

Taryn Rose Rosalyn

4. The pretty Rosalyn flat by Taryn Rose not only offers moderate arch support, but the vamp is designed to envelope bunions without cutting into them. The soft nappa leather uppers are also forgiving of hammertoes and the gentle elasticized topline ensures the flat will stay put and not slip off the heel. Find the Taryn Rose Rosalyn in sizes 5-11 for $165 from Zappos, Amazon, and Nordstrom. Check out the entire collection of flats with arch support by Taryn Rose at Zappos.

Flats with Arch Support: Vionic Posey

Vionic Posey

If bunions aren’t an issue, and you like the elegance of a pointy-toe flat, consider the Vionic Posey. For a flat, the Posey’s arch support is impressive. A majority of reviews remark that the Posey runs a tad small, so best to order up if between sizes. Find the Vionic Posey in sizes 5-11, medium and wide widths, for $119.95 from Zappos, Amazon, and Prefer a rounded-toe flat with enhanced arch support? We suggest the Vionic Minna.

Flats with arch support in extended sizes and widths: SAS Scenic, Trotters Sizzle.




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

  1. 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!!

  2. 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!

  3. Tania says:

    Thanks for this post!

  4. 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.

  5. Kim Rader says:

    Just curious if you have tried the flats by Rothys or Betabrand? They are both super cute but I’d love to hear how they treat problem feet.

  6. Veejay says:

    Can you suggest me good shoes to wear in office (that goes with formal workwear)? I have flat feet and have arch pain . I prefer lace ups (as in oxfords, but not tried them yet) as any other would fall off my feet and cannot walk in them.

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