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Hallux Rigidus Shoes – 5 Solid [and Stylish] Options
Do you have pain and stiffness in your big toe when walking? Do you have a bump on the top of your big toe joint that looks like a bunion, but on top of the toe instead of the side? You may have hallux limitus (or the more drastic hallux rigidus). There are a few causes of this degenerative condition from a congenital foot abnormality to an inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis. Recently, three readers have sent me emails requesting help in finding somewhat stylish hallux rigidus shoes to help their big toe pain.
- Still searching for an attractive comfort shoe to accommodate my arthritis big toe. Most are ugly and I am frustrated…
- I have a closet full of stylish, and what I thought, decently supportive shoes. However, I have been diagnosed with Hallux Limitus (ballerina toe) and am looking for stiff soled, yet stylish casual shoes. This is such a blow to my vanity. Your website gives me hope there might be enough variety of shoes that fit the bill? Any suggestions from those in the same situation trying to save their big toe joints?
- I have fibromyalgia, hallux limitus, plantar fasciitis and the start of tailor bunions. In otherwords, I’m pretty miserable! Any thoughts on shoes you’ve come across? Looking for anything from casual to walking/running.
Friends, I hate to say it, but hallux limitus will in fact limit us, as far as stylish shoes are concerned. We may have to redefine what we consider “stylish.” The best footwear for this condition will have a roomy and somewhat high toe box as to put undue pressure on the big toe joint. Also, a rigid sole keeps the big toe from bending past its limited range of motion…ouch. And you’ve probably figured out that heels are only a huge pain in the big toe. Here are five hallux rigidus shoes to try (with some honorable mentions at the end). Let me know if anything works for you! Also, if you’ve found a shoe that helps alleviate your hallux pain, do leave a comment and let us know. Thank you kindly.
1. Alegria shoes: Launched in 2008, Alegria has taken the comfort shoe world by storm. All Alegria shoes feature a contoured footbed of cork and latex covered in a layer of memory foam (it’s removable too to accommodate orthotics), wide toe box and a rocker sole-the perfect combination for hallux limitus or rigidus (read our Alegria shoes brand review). Alegria has a style for you from sandals (be sure to try Alegria sandals with adjustable forefoot straps to get a good fit over painful big toe) to slip-ons and boots (check out our Alegria reviews and features). Find Alegria shoes (some in wide widths) at Zappos and Amazon.
Clarks Teadale Rhea. Photo: Krystin T., Zappos customer2. Clark’s Teadale oxford and slip-on: I received a tip about these bold oxfords from a Barking Dog reader who found them on a recent trip to London. She was happy to report that they worked for her hallux rigidus because they have a thick rocker-type sole. See how cute they look on Psyche Southwell of Economy of Style. The Teadale features a soft nubuck upper, Ortholite-cushioned insole with light arch support and a 1 1/2″ platform. Available in sizes 5-12 for $130 from Zappos, ClarksUSA.com (currently 30% off ), Amazon.
3. Dromedaris: Hard to find, but worth the hunt if you have hallux rigidus. The styles from their Nightingale collection work better than others for alleviating big toe discomfort due to their thick rocker sole and roomy toe box (see photo above for names of specific styles). We love their Dusty sandals also as the forefoot strap is adjustable. Find a retailer near you or buy online at Dromedaris.us, and Amazon.
4. Clark’s Maritsa Janna. Finding a dress shoe for a wedding or other special occasion is frustrating when you have hallux rigidus. We think this platform sandal with a 2 3/4″ heel by Clark’s might be the ticket! So far, reviews are coming in five stars for comfort. Find the Clark’s Maritsa Janna in sizes 5-12 for $129.95 from ClarksUSA.com, and Zappos. The Maritsa Lara pictured to the right is a similar style with a cross-over vamp.
5. Hoka One One fitness shoes: Hoka shoes (specifically the Bondi style) are one of the best shoes on the market for providing relief from hallux rigidus. The combination of rocker sole, thick outsole, enhanced cushioning and wide toe box means the big toe is protected from cramping and over-flexing. Find the most current Hoka Bondi styles in sizes 5-11 from Zappos, Amazon, and Holabird Sports.
We’ve done a LOT of research on hallux rigidus shoes and hallux limitus shoes – check out our other posts with more information and many great recommendations! You can find them all here.
What hallux rigidus shoes (or hallux limitus shoes) have we missed? Please leave a comment and let us know if you’ve found shoes that work for you!