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Sandals With Arch Support: 8 Picks for Sure Comfort All Summer Long
Those of us in cooler climates look forward to sandal season all year long – that sometimes-too-brief window of time when feet can be sock-free and open to the breeze. But if you have feet that need extra support, we probably don’t have to tell you that finding sandals with arch support can be a challenge. So we’ve rounded up a collection of great options to keep you looking good and feeling great all summer long.
You may notice many of our sandals with arch support have a back strap. This is intentional, as we recently learned from Dr. Cathleen McCarthy, a top podiatrist in Phoenix and author of Podiatry Shoe Review, that sandals with back straps are a must if you suffer from hammertoes or bunions. The rearfoot control that a back strap provides discourages toe-gripping to keep the sandal on (this motion speeds up the progression of hammertoes…and bunions.) Even if bunions and hammertoes aren’t an issue for your feet, you may still appreciate the security of a back strap, but we’ve also included some supportive slip-on options. If you need even more ideas, check out our recent article about comfortable travel shoes: we’ve included a few super supportive sandals in the mix.
You know Birkenstock for their excellent arch support, but did you know a more feminine, dressed-up version exists? The Papillio by Birkenstock “Lana” sandal features contoured cork footbed with enhanced arch support and a deep heel cup with thin adjustable straps and a slight wedge heel. Word has it that the Lana runs a little long, yet fits a narrow to medium width foot best. Find the Papillio Lana in euro sizes 36-42 (5-11) for $139.95 from Nordstrom, Zappos, and Birkenstock.com. See a similar style by Naot, the Pixie sandal.
A crowd favorite, the lightweight Taos Trulie offers aching feet a heavenly feel with its enhanced arch and metatarsal support, padded footbed and adjustability for a good fit. We love that this super sandal is offered in a euro 43 (size 12). Take a look at the reviews over at TaosFootwear.com from women with arthritis, tendonitis, flat feet and more…they love this sandal. Find the Taos Trulie in euro sizes 36-43 from Zappos, TaosFootwear.com, and Amazon.
Cover the bunions while still supporting the arches in another crowd-favorite sandal by Taos. The Taos Gift 2 features a buttery-soft leather upper that won’t irritate sensitive spots. The contoured footbed offers enhanced arch and metatarsal support. Available in sizes 6-12 (order up if between sizes) for $115 from TaosFootwear.com, Zappos, Nordstrom, Amazon, and The Walking Company.
Waldlaufer sandals with arch support are made for walking! European made, Waldlaufer sandals feature a combination last which signifies a good fit (wider at forefoot with a snug fit at the heel). Most models offer a removable footbed so you can use a custom orthotic. Featured above is their popular Marigold sandal with two adjustable straps, removable orthotic footbed with arch and metatarsal support, and enclosed heel. The Waldlaufer Marigold best fits a medium to wide foot and is available in sizes 6-10.5 for $175 from Sole Provisions (an authorized Waldlaufer dealer with free shipping and returns).
OluKai ‘Eheu: Is it a fashion sandal or a sport sandal? That’s what we love about Olukai–the ability to create chic, minimalist sandals with arch support that can be worn with a skirt one day and hiking shorts the next. Five-star reviews abound for the ‘Eheu, which features full-grain or metallic leather straps, anatomical PU footbed with micro-texture for traction, and a textured outsole with an ocean current-inspired traction pod design for enhanced grip and durability. Available in whole sizes 5-11 (order down if between sizes) from Zappos, Nordstrom, and Amazon.
Naot Verbena: This beautiful transitional sandal features a full padded upper and Naot’s signature removable, anatomic cork and latex footbed, which is wrapped in sumptuous suede and molds to the shape of the foot, providing customized comfort. Sandals with a removable footbed are rare, which makes Naot a standout brand (and a godsend for folks who simply must wear an orthotic.) A faux buckle on the ankle strap conceals a hook and loop closure for convenience and adjustability. Available in sizes 4-11 from Zappos and Nordstrom.
SAS Pampa sandal: Every Zappos customer that left a review for the sandal awarded it five stars for comfort–every single one so far! A contoured footbed with soft suede lining conforms to the natural arch and curves of the foot. Extra cushioning at the ball-of-foot and heel comes as a welcome relief for those suffering with plantar fasciitis or metatarsalgia (forefoot pain). Available in whole and half sizes 5-12 (including hard-to-find 10.5 and 11.5), medium and wide widths at Zappos, Amazon. Find a SAS retailer near you.
Not a fan of the two-strap Arizona, but have heard glowing reports about Birkenstock’s arch support? Try the more feminine Mayari with delicate straps. I personally live in my Birkenstocks all year long due to the wonderfully supportive cork and latex footbed with raised metatarsal support. Just remember when ordering that a Birkenstock regular width fits more like a wide and their narrow width fits a medium best. Find the Mayari in euro sizes 35-43 (4-12) at Zappos, Nordstrom and The Walking Company. If the Birkenstock price tag is a bit out of your budget, consider a pair of Birkenstock look alikes!
What are your favorite sandals with arch support? We get some of our best info from our readers, so please chime in!
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