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7 Flats with Arch Support
Finding flats that aren’t flat is my job. It makes me happy to show you seven styles with moderate to excellent arch support to help with all those pesky problems that come with wearing your run of the mill ballet flat: over-pronation, knee, hip and back pain and plantar fasciitis.
Upper left: Ahnu Karma Latitude. The Karma came out a few years ago and Ahnu keeps improving on this yoga-inspired slip-on. The Karma Latitude features a contoured EVA footbed with good arch support. The Karma Latitude style adds adjustable velcro cross straps unlike the regular Karma style. Tends to run large, order down if between sizes. $94.95 at Zappos and Acacialifestyle.com. Find deals on the Ahnu Karma at Amazon. I have a pair of the regular Karmas and get a lot of wear out of them in the summer.
Upper right: Olukai Pueo Perf. Have you ever checked out Olukai? They make great flip-flops with arch support for summer but recently released a pretty ballet flat with a removable, anatomical contoured footbed. And our burgeoning men’s shoes section has a great review on the new OluKai Moloa. No reviews yet, but the Olukai Nohea loafer with the same footbed gets five star reviews for all-day comfort. The Pueo Perf is available for $110 at Olukai.com and Zappos.
Middle left: Earthies Vanya. While the previous two shoes featured offer moderate arch support, Earthies adds even more. And I have to hand it to them for keeping the style sleek and non-orthopedic. According to reviews, customers like the coverage (no toe-cleavage), the excellent arch support for a flat, wide toe box, 1″ hidden wedge heel. $60-160 at Amazon. Anyone that has read this blog for a while knows that I’m a big fan of Earthies with several reviews throughout my blog.
Middle, center: Mephisto Amelia. I feature this shoe not because it has phenomenal arch support but rather because it’s an extremely well-made shoe with a removable footbed to accommodate your own dress orthotic. The premium leather upper is soft and forgiving of bunions and sensitive toes. The topline is elasticized for a good fit and the Soft-Air midsole (constructed of latex foam) reduces the shock of walking, protecting your joints and back. $299 at Amazon, $249 at Nordstrom, $199.95 at FootwearEtc.com, $159.99 at 6pm.com.
Middle right: Naot Kirei. This is a wonderful travel shoe. The cork/latex footbed is removable to accommodate an orthotic, but provides enough support you probably won’t need to replace it. The polyurethane outsole is durable and shock-absorbing and the soft leather uppers won’t irritate hot spots, plus the instep strap is adjustable should your feet swell. And now for the first time ever, the Kirei is available in a wide width (black leather only). $185 at Zappos, $149-185 at Amazon,. If you have a pair of Kirei’s or other styles from Naot’s Koru collection, did you know you can buy replacement insoles for $55 at Zappos?
Lower left: Earthies Bindi. With the same supportive footbed as the Vanya featured above, the Bindi has pretty lace-inspired cut-outs throughout the leather upper and comes in neutrals, brights and jewel-tones. Good news! Some colors come in wides. $68-81 at 6pm.com.
Lower right: Keen Mercer Ballerina: I picked this shoe based on a few good reviews and then made the graphic. Today I read more reviews stating the arch support isn’t that great in this sporty kick-around shoe. I can’t really recommend it but had already included it in the photo! Let me make a runner-up suggestion instead: the Cobb Hill REVchi (owned by New Balance): see number 2 in this post for more information.
As always, I love to hear from you. What are your favorite flats with arch support?