Best Shoes for Bunions

Published on October 5th, 2013 | by Kirsten Borrink


Haflinger Rhythm Comfort Clog

Haflinger Rhythm

From corporate heels to boiled wool kick-abouts, I so enjoy uncovering the world of comfort footwear here on Have you tried Haflinger boiled wool clogs? I swear by them in the wintertime to keep my feet toasty warm while providing excellent arch support, toe room and just a little heel lift. 

Last year I invested in a pair of Haflinger Alice clogs and wore them more than any shoe in the closet during our colder months in Chicago. But this new arrival caught my eye and I prefer it over the Alice.

The Rhythm clog by Haflinger comes in three colorways of cozy and soft boiled wool with a super supportive cork and latex midsole (molds to your foot like Birkenstock). What’s unique about the Rhythm clog is its rocker outsole which helps to take pressure off the forefoot during the stride. A roomy toe box should accommodate a wider foot, or bunions and hammertoes. The heel on the Rhythm measures a bit higher than a traditional Haflinger clog at two inches tapering to a 1/2″ platform at the forefoot. 

Although no online reviews exist yet for the Rhythm, Haflinger’s closed-back version of this clog, the Joy, receives praise for its ability to relieve heel pain and provide all-day comfort and support. Oh joy!

The Haflinger Rhythm clog is available at Shoebuy for $119.95 with special offers, free shipping and returns. $119.95 at with special offers, free shipping and exchanges. Update: A reader pointed out that the above online retailers only carry up to size 9 currently. Check out Amazon and Soft Surroundings for larger sizes!

Haflinger also makes the cutest slippers–most with kitties, doggies and other sweet animals on them. The coffee ones speak to me. 

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Do you have a pair of Haflingers? Which style? What do you like about them?

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7 Responses to Haflinger Rhythm Comfort Clog

  1. Pam S says:

    I have lived in my Haflinger Grizzlies the last 3 years, once it turns too cold for my Orthaheel flip flops. They saved my feet!

  2. Theresa says:

    I have had a pair of boiled wool Haflinger clogs I use as slippers in the fall & winter. They work great for my Plantar Fasciitis!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for a wonderful post — I’ve been a long-time Haflinger fan and hope that your recommendation might bring relief to a few sufferers! I’ve worn the Haflinger Jewel for years — I think it’s been discontinued, but is the same footbed as the Rhythm, above. What a fabulous shoe! When my foot are aching and I feel I can’t take another step, slipping into my Haflinger clogs is such a relief. I love the Jewel, the Joy, and now have added Rhythm to my wish list. FWIW, I wear a 41 Dansko and find a 40 to be a perfect fit in Haflinger clogs. Also, for those readers looking for a slipper with arch support, Haflinger Snowbird is my favorite slipper! In these, a size up allows for the added cushioning of the fleece — fabulous!

  4. Dawna says:

    Just bought a pair of the Haflinger Rhythm and they have not been off my feet since. Love the higher heal and the wider toe box. I wear 43 in most Danskos(if they even fit) and the Haflinger I’m in a 42. The arch support is good & these really seem to be helping my heel pain.

  5. Pam says:

    I own these shoes, and they are wonderful! I have large bunions, high arches, and a narrow heel, and these provide excellent support (plus, I still get to wear shoes with a bit of a heel for height! Yea!). I usually require a 7 or 7.5 2E or WW, though without bunions I’d be wearing a 6.5. Most European shoes I own are 38 or 39. These clogs, though fit me in 36. Oddly, I ordered a second pair in a different color and had to send them back, as they felt slightly smaller than the pair I already own in 36. I’m holding out for the 2015 designs before ordering more, as I hope to someday see these same shoes in more neutral, solid colors that would go with my work slacks.

  6. Susanne says:

    Where can I get a pair of Haflinger Rhythm Comfort Clogs, with a slight wedge heel? Thanks, Susanne

  7. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Wish I could find them too 🙂

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