Best Shoes for Bunions ilse jacobsen tulip

Published on June 2nd, 2023 | by Kirsten Borrink


Ilse Jacobsen Tulip Slip-on Sneakers : Perfect for Problem Toes

Ilse Jacobsen Tulip

Ilse Jacobsen Tulip Slip-on Sneakers

Ilse Jacobsen Tulip slip-ons

Ilse Jacobsen Tulip slip-on sneaker

Was I hiding under a rock this summer? These adorable Ilse Jacobsen Tulip slip-ons have over 200 customer reviews at Nordstrom, mostly five star…and I’m just now noticing them?  How about you? Have you seen these? Do you have a pair? If not, let’s find out why they’re featured here on the leading blog for comfortable shoes.

Process of elimination: if you need enhanced arch support, read no further–these are not your shoes. If what your feet crave is a pillowy insole with soft non-irritating uppers, read on.

The perforated uppers are made of recycled microfiber and glide smoothly over bunions and hammertoes. Ali, a Zappos customer raves about her new comfortable shoes:

“Ladies with bunions and arthritic big toes, relief is finally here! I have found it more and more difficult to fit into fashionable shoes comfortably, and these shoes were the answer to my prayers!”

The leather-lined removable insole sits atop a thick rubber outsole. This combo provides a “walking on clouds” type experience. Some customers use the Tulip as a travel shoe since it’s lightweight, packs easily, is breathable and provides superior cushioning and traction. Plus, I’ve read that they’re washable too!

Ilse jacobsen Tulip in leopard

Now in leopard!

Ilse Jacobsen Tulip

A word in sizing: most customers find the Tulip to run small. We recommend ordering up a size. If the shoe still feels a bit tight, realize it will stretch with wear.

Do you want to chat with women that own this shoe so you can find out more about fit and feel? Join our Facebook discussion of the Ilse Jacobsen Tulip slip-on.

Find the Ilse Jacobsen Tulip in a wide array of colors, euro sizes 36-42 for $78.95 from  Zappos, Nordstrom, Amazon.

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15 Responses to Ilse Jacobsen Tulip Slip-on Sneakers : Perfect for Problem Toes

  1. ClaraT says:

    Oh my gosh, I was just going to email you about these shoes! I just bought them in grey and goldenrod, the first time I’ve ever double-bought like that. I did size up, from 38 to 39 (I’m a 7.5 in Born). And they were all-day comfortable the first time I wore them, which never happens with my problem feet (severe bunions). It would be crazy to get them in leopard too, right?!

  2. Kirsten Borrink says:

    It would be crazy NOT to get them in leopard! LOL. I’ve already overdone it w the leopard trend (skirt, earrings, flats by MIA (not comfy), t-shirt), but I love the look of the Ilse J’s!

  3. Kelly F says:

    I’ve got the Ilse shoes and LOVE them. I plan on another color for spring. I went up to a side and they accommodate my orthotic insert.

  4. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Oh wonderful! So the footbed is removable? I’m always looking for cute shoes to recommend for those that wear orthotics.

  5. Maryann says:

    I bought two pair over the summer. I wear size 11 shoe. The shoes are ok for short periods of time. They do NOT stretch out over time and I find they are too narrow for my feet.

  6. Mary McCoy says:

    I have these in blue and they are very soft and pillowy. I have narrow feet and they feel a little sloppy to me. I remove the insole and put in my ABEO insoles. Still a little wide feeling but comfortable.

  7. J. says:

    Last spring I saw these on a friend’s 80-year-old mother and asked him to ask her what they were (because I take frequent style cues from other people’s and my own octogenarian mom, seriously – my mom is super stylish.) I ordered a pair from Nordstrom but haven’t worn them that many times. I get a little big-toe numbness from the top of my toe pressing against the top of the shoe. I’ve never known what to call that, exactly. It wasn’t bad enough to return them, but I haven’t worn them that many times. I have noticed that Skechers have lookalikes, but haven’t seen them in person.

  8. JS says:

    These shoes are awesome. I have them in black and coral. I was recently in Europe and wore these almost exclusively – walked over 8 miles in one day in them. I also wore my specific walking shoes and my feet ached so I went back to the Ilse’s and wore them the remainder of the trip.

  9. Maggie says:

    Yes, inner sole is removable and, yes, these are unbelievably comfortable. Big bunions on both feet, overweight, but no foot, ankle or knee pain with these…and so cute. Goldenrod and red-purply colors and then went and bought the backless slides in metallic. Those were a bridge too far, as they are not nearly as comfortable as the more traditional design with the back. Cannot recommend those -the ones featured here -more highly.

  10. Jeanie says:

    I have 4 pair of these shoes & I took out the insert & put in my Superfeet which gives me the support I need. I have worn them all summer & hate to see winter come. My black ones have stretched to much so I will order a new pair. Really like these shoes!

  11. Michelle Baker says:

    Are these Ilse Jacobsen shoes machine washable?

  12. Kirsten Borrink says:

    I don’t believe they are. I’ve never washed mine. You can use a damp cloth to clean the uppers, but I wouldn’t put them through the washer 🙂

  13. Julie says:

    How bendable are these? I have big toe arthritis and need a stiff shoe.

  14. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Very bendable.

  15. Janet EmralShaool says:

    I absolutely love these sneakers because they are so comfortable. My only problem is that after 10 months of minimal wear, the threads broke in 4 different areas and I don’t know who to contact as the store won’t replace them (I bought them at a boutique store in Santa Monica, CA) and I’m not sure what would happen if I cut them (as they stick out and look old)!! So sad and not so likely to purchase another pair:(

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