Published on July 25th, 2014 | by Kirsten Borrink9
Spenco Sandals – Total Support, Lightweight Yumi Sandal
You’ve heard of Spenco insoles, but did you know they make supportive sandals designed to alleviate foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, over-pronation, forefoot pain and more? I’ve talked about Vionic flip-flops recently, and they’re terrific for problem feet, but the price tag on some styles can be a turn off. The more affordable alternative is the Spenco Yumi sandal.
I’m surprised at how supportive the Spenco Yumi is because it’s so incredibly lightweight. The contoured footbed with deep heel cup looks like cork, but is actually EVA foam that cushions and absorbs shock. While I don’t have severe bouts with plantar fasciitis, I’ve read many reviews that claim the sandal helps alleviate heel pain.
What I love about the Spenco Yumi is the metatarsal or transverse arch support. The transverse arch of the foot is different than the medial longitudinal arch (which we normally refer to when talking about arch support). The Spenco Yumi supports both arches! I have metatarsalgia (arthritis of the metatarsals), so the transverse arch support offloads pressure on my metatarsals when walking and it feels great.
Spenco Sandals and the Spenco Yumi
The Spenco Yumi is available in whole sizes 5-11 in a variety of colors and patterns for 42.99-69.99 from Zappos, Amazon, and 6pm.com,
Hi – 2 comments, one is related to your post. Between the Orthaheel and Spenco, which one do you feel has the most arch support?
Second I just made a fabulous discovery…I was always sized out of Naot due to the narrow footbed…after continued frustration I called their customer service to see if they would ever consider Wide shoes and she said they have 2 styles that are made in Wide…I ordered both and I think they are keepers. Not sure why they only make 2 but happy they do…they are on both Naot’s site as well as Planetshoes com You have always so nice in your responses to me I wanted to share this find with you and your readers.
These are cute and comfortable, but I find I need a more rigid sole for my metatarsalgia. I also still need a metatarsal pad in these; the support in the sole isn’t quite enough for my foot.
A note for Nancy above: in my totally non-professional opinion, the Orthaheel has more arch support.
Kirsten, thank you for this blog. I found it through a friend and it has been a total lifesaver.
Hi. I am 36 years old and I recently got diagnosed with arthritis. I live in my New Balance tennis shoes all year long. But I moved to Texas and the 110- 115 degree summers here are too hot to wear comfy tennis shoes during the summer.Flip flops are uncompfortable and I feel like I am walking on cement. I can’t walk around more than 3 minutes without my feet screaming! If you could only wear 3 pairs of summer sandels what would they be? I wish they made a sandel that absorbs shock and is soft like a tennis shoe.
I’ve been trying to find sanita dawn shoes and can’t find them anywhere. I have plantar fasciitis & want a cute sandal…not something “old”
I have inserts for my flats and my tennis shoes, but would love a good sandal
I purchased a pair of Spenco Yumi sandals. They were very cute. But the metatarsal arch support was not rigid enough for my high arches. So the arch flattens down. (I think Spenco are good for people with a normal arch). Personally, I found my Birkenstocks original hard footbed more supportive and hands down more comfortable than the Spenco Yumi flip flop. I returned my Spenco sandals after a few days of wearing them on my carpet. I think if Spenco used a ridgid material then the arch support would not flatten down. I did try on a pair of Kalso Earth shoes/sandals and they were very comfortable. The heel cup keeps the ball of my foot from hurting. I also tried on a pair of Chacos which have fabulous arch support. I did try on the orthoheel vionics at Dillards on three different occasions but they are like standing on a hard walnut and so too intense for my high arch, arthritic foot. It is a good idea to try different shoes and sandals and figure out which one your high arch likes. I purchased a pair of ABEO metatarsal sandals from the walking store that I like a lot. And I also purchased a pair of ALEGRIA shoes that I like. I tried Danskos on in the store and walked around in them for a few minutes but they cause me to have pain in my toes and the ball of my foot. My advice is to order different brands. Try them on. Test them out.
I am so sorry. I am 55 and have had foot issues for the past 6 years, but now midfoot arthritis is almost unbearable some days. Cortisone shots provide some relief. Did you ever find a good sandal? I have been wearing Vionics and Orthoheel when I can tolerate the straps. Any suggestions? Thanks for this amazing site.
Hi Martha, Fit Flops are my go to brand for comfortable sandals/flip flops. Super commodities right out of the box and light as a feather. I have plantar faciitis and these have saved my life. I have a pay off the flip flops and 2 pair of the clogs.
Recently I bought crocs Women’s Anna Ankle Strap Gladiator Sandal, recommended by Kristen in a newsletter. No more sore feet, stylish and cool on a family trip to Florida recently.
I have a high arch and have always worn Birkenstock until now. The gripping of toes caused pain. Arthritis is no fun! Vionic hurts, Clarks and Merrell also.
Thankful for this blog!
Dansko boots all day for winter worked great too. I wish they had pretty sandals.
I prefer the Spenco Yumi to the Vionics. Vionics are too high of an arch and it makes me feel wobbly. The Spenco have a metatarsel arch, but not as high of an instep arch on a firm sole. If you want spongey soles, reef has some nice ones.