Best Shoes for Bunions

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Shoes and Sandals for Bunions: The Best & Most Stylish Picks

No matter the season, bunions refuse to conform to ill-fitting footwear. No worries, we’ve got you (and your bunion) covered! See six of our favorite shoes and sandals for bunions. All feature soft leather uppers, vamps that don’t cross the bunion area and other comfort features to carry you through the day painlessly. Feel free to leave a comment with your favorite shoes or sandals for bunions that have helped you!

Sandals for Bunions - Born Iwa

Born Iwa sandal

We  love the wide criss-cross straps of the Born Iwa. Made from supple leather, the straps envelope the forefoot and cover the bunion area without irritation. The insole is nicely cushioned but arch support is minimal. The Born Iwa is available in whole sizes 6-11 (order down if a  half-size for best fit), $94.95 from Zappos and Nordstrom.

The Matai is Naot’s longtime best-seller for multiple reasons: removable cork/latex footbed with metatarsal and arch support, soft leather uppers that conform to shape of foot (including bunions) and a vamp that crosses well below bunion area. The hook and loop closure provides a snug fit at the instep. Read my detailed review or take it from a happy Zappos customer:

“Very supportive and attractive – I have a hard time finding shoes that accommodate my bunions and have enough padding and support in the footbed without being too wide in the heel. These are just about perfectly comfortable with the added bonus of having an interesting visual appeal-not too cloddy. Love ’em!”

The Naot Matai is available in euro sizes 35-43 (4-12) for $81-179.99 from Zappos, and Amazon.

Shoes and Sandals for Bunions - Birkenstock Tracy

Birkenstock Tracy

Reviews are coming in 5-stars for this new closed-toe style by Birkenstock. The Tracy features soft nubuck uppers and a wide toe box to accommodate bunions. And of course you can’t go wrong with the supportive cork and latex Birkenstock footbed. Available in euro sizes 36-42 (5-11), narrow (fits more like a medium) and regular (fits like a wide) for $130 from Zappos, Happy Feet Plus, Amazon, and

Sandals for Bunions - bzees

Bzees Smile

Need an affordable sandal for bunions that’s cute and comfy? Try Bzees! They specialize in lightweight, ultra-cushioned footwear with stretch fabric uppers–perfect for bunions. We love the Bzees Smile with its happy bow and cheery color selection (plus, they’re washable). Find the Bzees Smile in sizes 5-12, medium and wide widths for $48-69 from Zappos, Amazon and DSW.

Sandals for Bunions - Vionic Tawny

Vionic Tawny

Do you shy away from heels for fear they’ll put pressure on painful bunions? Don’t give up quite yet! The Vionic Tawny platform sandal receives rave reviews, even from bunion-sufferers:

Eureka! Finally after ordering over half a dozen sandals, lugging them back to UPS I finally found the perfect sandal for me. I have tried on VIONIC shoes before but for one reason or another, never purchased any. I am a convert! I have a medium width foot but because I have a serious bunion I have to wear a Wide width or a medium that runs wide. Usually the better shoes run wider and I can wear them in a Medium. So these 8M are perfect on my 8M foot. They are comfortable, none of the straps rub where they shouldn’t. Because they are a platform, they really aren’t as high as they look and I have no trouble walking in them, even at my age!

It’s also helpful to note that the Vionic Tawny (and most Vionic styles) has excellent arch support!

Find the Vionic Tawny in sizes 5-11, medium and wide widths for $81-105 from Zappos, and Amazon. The Vionic Astrid is a similar style to the Tawny with good reviews for bunion coverage.

Fitflop Fay

Fitflop Felicity

Fitflop released two new styles this season that stylishly cover bunions and adjust to accommodate them. The Fay espadrille wedge and Felicity backstrap sandal feature twisted rope closures atop Fitflop’s trademark DuocomFF™ and Microwobbleboard™ midsoles. A Fitflop customer says this about the Felicity sandal:

“Not only comfortable, but also look great and will accommodate large bunions as well as hide them.”

Find the Fitflop Felicity in sizes 5-11 for $91 from The Fay is available in sizes 5-11 for $160 from

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33 Responses to Shoes and Sandals for Bunions: The Best & Most Stylish Picks

  1. LIsa says:

    Great Post, Kirs! My favorite bunion-friendly shoes are actually my UGG slippers, but if I’m wanting to go outside, I love my Privo Sofrito’s. I also have an old pair of Born mules that are great.
    I love that Posh has bunions! With your hair and your bunions, you could be her twin!

  2. Kirsten says:

    Thanks for the suggestions Lis! I was thinking of your poor little feet when I was posting. Yes, I’m often mistaken for Victoria Beckham.

  3. Sue says:

    If anyone has info on cute…. fashionable…colored shoes in Slender width?

    All I can find affordable are beige or black and not very cute! Any help????

  4. Kirsten says:

    Hi Sue (is this my friend Sue G.??),

    I personally love the Naturalizer Hoffman for a dress shoe. It comes in neutral shades, but my favorite is red! It also comes in a narrow width and is fairly affordable:
    I also recommend the Sofft Calypso in narrow. Right now the mauve color is on sale at Shoemall:

  5. Chrissie says:

    Saved good amount of money on the purchase of stylish shoes from Timberland…

  6. Laura says:

    This is a real problem. I’ve read that 45-60% of American women deal with bunions. And all they can do is push more pointed toe heels. “They make the leg look longer”. Hogwash. They make the foot look deformed and HURT! The reason the old school marm has bad feet now is because she used to trade comfort and sensibility for fashion, as we all did. And she believed the shoe salesman who said, “Oh, they’ll stretch”. I get by with boots in the winter, low ones, and Arcopedico Queens in the spring. Sandals that are wide open work for summer. Fashionable? No, but comfortable. I’m looking for “bunion friendly” shoes myself. I’m probably Zappos worst nightmare. I hope some wise shoe designer will recognize this market of millions of American women with this common need, and do something about it!

  7. Susane says:

    What angers me the most is that there are NO flats for bunioned people! Mine are hereditary. I have the toe width of a size 9 1/2 and the foot length of an 8 1/2. So ALL pumps and flats slip off because by the time I can get my toes to fit in them, they are way to long and don’t grip my heels! I’m so mad.

  8. Will Grimm says:

    I think that women’s feet with shapely toes and bunions look very sexy. Not ugly.

  9. mona memud says:

    hi, I have had bunions since I was a kid,and am now in my 30’s and they have gotten progressivy worse….I have resorted to wearing the most comfortable shoes in the market for bunions…ready?….[drum roll please]…MBT’s! They are incredible!!! Incredible for bunion sufferers. They run high in cost, but they can be found on ebay or on several websites for alot cheaper than the retal store cost…that said…I would even say that paying full price for them is well WORTH it! They are heavenly,they are shaped like a banana on the sole, and for good reason, to emulate walking on sand….they are wonderful…I dont wear anything else anymore…they have more stylish models as well, like mary janes or boots…I have the sandals and the running shoes which i use every day…thats my recommendation! 😀

  10. Sarah says:

    Hello, i am 13 years old and i have horrible bunions. I can’t keep a single pair of shoes for over 3 months, because they get holes in them. If anyone has any nice brands that don’t wear easily and don’t look like orthopedic shoes, please let me know. I also love Ed Hardy shoes because they are extremely comfortable, but they wear way too easily for the 70$ price range.

  11. Peg says:

    I don’t understand why Dansko clogs keep getting recommended for people with bunions. I have ordered 2 different pairs from Zappos and had to return both because they hurt my bunions so bad. I’m very disappointed in Dansko’s.

  12. says:

    I have narrow heels and wide ‘toes’ and only one bunionette (on the left foot). I love high heels and am terrified of having to wear cloggy, clunky, clown shoes! I haven’t liked the look of crocs or danskos in the past; I only wear a size 6 and having those heavy-looking clunkers on my feet reminds me of bozo when I try them on. I’ll certainly be taking a look at some of the suggestions here.

  13. Nicole says:

    Thank you Kristen for all you do to help our dawgs feel and look better! Keep up the good work!

  14. Diana says:

    Yes, Kirsten, thank you SO much for all you do! I just love your blog and tell anyone who compliments my cute but comfy shoes (often from your recs) about it!

    I am loving my Haflinger Valarie ballet flats– they come up (down?) pretty high so they cover the trouble spots and are cute, cute with straight (or skinny, if that’s how you roll, I don’t) jeans. I have the red and it looks like they just came out with a taupe, maybe gold (dare I hope metallic). I also have great luck with Earth Kalso Solar mary janes– they also are cut generously and cover the cursed spot. I also am doing well with my Naot Trendy “heels,” but I did have to use a stretcher on them– once I did that they were fine and do not cut across. Finally, my Wolky Argentinas are also working out great. I struggle with a fair amount of discomfort (was just diagnosed with fibromyalgia– my feet were always killing me) and substitute teach occasionally, so I really value your suggestions!

  15. ClaraT says:

    Thanks for this list.

    Here are my bunion picks (all shoes I have that work for my bunions). Note that I wear a 7.5 (length) but often buy size 8 so my foot fits in. I hope this is helpful for others and I love to hear suggestions.

    FitFlops: OK, not shoes, but the thick foot bed is heaven on my feet. I wear these in any situation that is remotely not sandal-inappropriate. Helps my back, too. Not for those that don’t like between-the-toes sandals.

    Biala Keely Cap Toe Oxford (Kristen has mentioned these)–they have almost an accordion-fold in the bunion area that stretches to accommodate my bunions. Kind of a distressed look but I like them and wear them with thin socks.

    Clarks Sugardust in 7.5 wide. These look frumpy on the website but cute on my feet. I wear them with tights or bare feet. Not too bad.

    ECCO Sculptured Lace: Also wider/more bendy in the bunion area. I can wear these with tights or alone. I replaced the laces with ribbons that look better.

    Of these, the FitFlops and some tennis shoes (from my sister who bought them in a bazaar and they have no label) are actually comfortable (as in: I can really walk all day in them). The others are not too bad (which I think is the best I can hope for with my feet). I agree with Laura (above) in that I think there is a fortune to be made in comfortable shoes that aren’t frumpy.

  16. Heather says:

    I’m suprised to see sandals like the Alto Disco listed for bunions- That’s exactly the most UNCOMFORTABLE style for my bunions! For sandals a thong (with arch support) is by far the best choice- nothing to irritate the joint. My absolute favorite, though not cute, is the Merrell Belluna- the squishy neoprene protects the bunion and it has great arch support.

  17. Teri says:

    I really like the shoes, I have RA and bunions, but I can’t afford the price. :*(

  18. Aly says:

    Hi! Does anyone know where I can get Julie Lopez heels less expensive!!:)
    Way out of my price range but my dogs are barkin’ for some pretty heels that look and feel good!

  19. Tracy says:

    That’s so unfortunate for you. Haha. 😉

  20. shirley says:

    I have knee and hip problems. Also, I deal with bunions, flat feet and swollen ankles. I need suggestions for dress shoes, sandals and boots. Any help is appreciated.

  21. Diann says:

    The mist comfortable and stylish sandals I have found are Softshoe by Medicus, Gabrielle style. Unfortunately, mine are wearing out and the company doesn’t make them any more. They are by far the cutest and most comfortable ever with no straps over the bunion but cute straps that hold the shoe securely in other areas. We should find a skilled shoe maker and form our own company.
    For walking, the Nike Pegasus has a wide model and it is super comfy. I can wear it all day.

  22. aisha white says:

    Thank you thank you thank you Kirsten for the great variety of wonderful shoes for us unfortunates living with painful bunions. I’ve wasted so much money buying shoes that cut right across the extrusions on both my feet with the hope that they would stretch and become wearable at some point. they never do. Now I’m going to save my money and buy some of the quality stylish ones you recommend.


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  24. Jenni bailey says:

    Being from the UK I’ve personally worn clarks (their brogues are particularly good for bunions) and fly London for my quite bad case of bunions. However I’ve really struggled with buying heels for nights out with my friends or going to a special occasion like a wedding. I’m talking properly stylish shoes, that are comparable to high street brands like Nine West or LK Bennet ( favourite brand of Kate Middleton) So I’ve decided to do something about it and would appreciate it if you could take a look at my blog and tell me what you think because don’t we bunion inflicted ladies deserve beautiful shoes too???!!!

  25. Echo says:

    Such wonderful advice here, thank you this helps.

  26. Nala says:

    Bunions are often caused by poor posture when walking. Found that info when looking on how to help my husband fix his duck walk, which can create bunions.

    Look up Mobility WOD – for ways to address posture issues.

    This is a great article to read on picking shoes for children as poor foot health and posture issues begun there:

  27. Jane Moores says:

    I’m in Australia so it’s winter now and I live in my Arcopedico L19 comfort lytech ankle boots. The soft top and wide toe box don’t rub on my bunions and the arch support gives all day comfort. The side zip means easy on and off for my arthritic hands and feet. These have been a real surprise and I can highly recommend them. BTW, I love your newsletter and informative articles. You’re my go to site when I need to research new shoes – thank you!

  28. Kirsten Borrink says:

    Thank you, Jane! Yes, that’s a great boot for bunion problems! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

  29. Linda says:

    I just bought the Born Iwa sandal & love them! Funky looking but very very comfy! Got in the red suede & it’s a subdued shade not bright red.

  30. Kirsten Borrink says:

    That is awesome news!

  31. Sue Schneider says:

    I am desparate for a shoe that is super soft for bad bunions, extra wide width and probably size 13 womens – could you help me? Thank you somuch!

  32. Sasha says:

    I’m over 60, 5’11 & was a professional model in the 70’s. What burns me, is how there seems to be a HUGE PROBLEM with shoe companies NOT making shoes in size 12 and above for TALL WOMEN! I knew University women basketball players who had to buy men’s shoes because they were all over 6’3-6’6 and wore Womens sizes 13-15,but couldn’t find anything nice, fashionable or comfortable and still cannot! The shoe industry must think that anyone who wears women’s size 12 and up are drag queens (men with WIDE FEET) because rarely can I find NARROW size 12 women’s shoes! Can you imagine how FRUSTRATING AND ANGRY this makes women like me? Get your world right , shoe manufacturers and make shoes for US TOO! I’m sure it would be well worth it because of all the tall, long footed women, DESPERATE TO FIND WOMENS SHOES THAT FIT AND THEY DONT HAVE TO WEAR MENS SHOES OR CRAM THEIR FEET INTO SMALL SHOES THAT HURT AND CAUSE INJURIES! Thanks

  33. Shari D. says:

    I’ve worked with 2 podiatrists and a foot surgeon. All have said that my bunions were caused by wearing narrow or more pointed-toe shoes for years as a young person.

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