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Rieker Celia 51: Perfect for Wider Forefoot, Narrow Heels

Rieker Celia

Dear Kirsten,

I have a wide forefoot and a narrow heel.  I have flat feet and need good arch support.  My left foot is a half size larger than my right foot.  Finding winter shoes is a challenge.  I no longer wear more than a 1 inch heel.  Any suggestions?  Thanks.

Often shoe companies use the phrase “fits like a glove” to describe their comfort shoe. But when you try it on, the shoe feels more like a loose mitten.

When researching a shoe for my reader’s problem (wider forefoot, narrow heel, flat feet), I came across the Rieker Celia 51. This time it’s the customers that describe the shoe as “fitting like a glove.” Women with foot problems from bunions to neuropathy rate the Rieker Celia 51 five stars for comfort.

Rieker designs their shoes around lasts that allow more room at the forefoot for toes to spread out and a narrower heel to prevent slippage. The arch support in the Celia style is moderate. Customers report that they are able to insert a half or three-quarter length orthotic for more support.

Yes, the shoe is plain, but if you read through the reviews, you’ll find the Celia 51 is a traveler’s favorite: lightweight, easy-on, good fit and doesn’t scream “American Tourist.” As far as sizing is concerned, I’ve read two reviews from women with size 8.5 feet who find the 39 to fit best (you can use this as a benchmark).

The Rieker Celia 51 is available at Zappos, free shipping and returns and at Amazon, free shipping and returns.

Do you have a favorite shoe with a wider forefoot and narrow heel with good support? Feel free to leave a comment below!

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27 Responses to Rieker Celia 51: Perfect for Wider Forefoot, Narrow Heels

  1. Babygreens says:

    That is a hideous shoe. Can you recommend an attractive shoe for women who have bunions? Some of us are quite young and have bunions due to heredity.

  2. . . says:

    Keen shoes are wide in front & narrow in heel http://keenfootwear.com

    Also some of the Galah shoes http://turnpikeshoes.com/shop/all/galah-comfort

  3. Doublewidefeet says:

    Try pikolinos margarita sandals. I have very wide feet and a bunion, and those have a wide enough toe box to not aggravate my bunion. Fly londons are nice, and the leather gives, but sometimes not wide enough to accommodate bunions.

  4. Rae says:

    As I expected. Not in 11 5E

  5. Sadie says:

    What are those red shoes in the picture? They are gorgeous!

  6. BJay says:

    What do you recommend that goes to women’s size 11.5 or 12.

  7. Jude says:

    Kirsten thanks so much! I’ll try the Keen too…

  8. Susan Earley says:

    Looking for hiking boots wide forefoot, narrow heel, lots of padding. HELP!!!

  9. Laura says:

    Can I find this shoe/brand in Las Vegas, NV? If so, where? I have to try shoes on because they fit differently. I have wide feet and 1 foot with a bunion and the other foot had bunion surgery in May 2015. Thank you.

    • Lore says:

      Any of the websites that have free shipping both ways or allow exchanges will allow you to try them on in the house and return them if they don’t work for your feet.

  10. Diane S. says:

    I bought these and they didn’t work for me. They have, blessedly, a lot of room in the toes, but I had a couple problems with them. 1. My feet sweat horribly in them. This is not usually a problem for me. You will need socks. 2. Little to no support and no room for an orthotic. 3. No cushioning in the sole. 4. Quite frankly, they are hideous, which would not be such a problem except for hideous I expect blissful comfort.

    I donated them to a women’s shelter.

    • Kirsten Borrink says:

      Oh, I’m sorry they didn’t work and I have to admit I’m laughing. Yeah, I thought maybe if worn with the right outfit they wouldn’t look so, as you put it, hideous.

    • MissDebra says:

      You donated shoes you hated that made your feet sweat and had little to no support to a women’s shelter? Nice gift!

  11. Wendy says:

    Trying to find a dressy shoe to go with business suits that won’t kill my bunions, especially since my new job is on a college campus. Any suggestions?

  12. Bill Roberts says:

    I don’t have the time to wade through all of the posts.
    What men’s shoes do you carry that have a wide toe box and normal or narrow heel. Because of surgery, I need extra room between the tip of my big toe and my pinky toe.

  13. Maryleigh Hegner says:

    What are the best sneakers with a wide toe box but narrow heel? My socks ride down constantly b/c the heel is too wide. Thanks.

  14. Michelle Hovet says:

    Who makes the navy sandals in the picture above? I have bunions and rarely wear sandals because they don’t cover enough, aren’t wide enough for my toe box, or do cover but aren’t attractive! These are cute!

  15. Sheila Most says:

    I need to find a dressy shoe, size 10 or 10 1/2 med or wide with a narrow heel that doesn’t press on my bunion and has room for my orthotics. Help! (I love Book’s Addiction for casual/sporty use.)

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